Sandra's Ink Cosmetic Tattooing FAQ


Due to the high demand of services at our shop, we kindly request our permanent cosmetics clients let us know in advance if they need to cancel their appointments.


If your appointment needs to be cancelled or rebooked, we require cancellation to be made with at least 24 hours notice, otherwise you will incur a cancellation fee of $50 which shall be paid at your next appointment.


Please call us at 250-729-3909 to cancel or rebook your appointment.

Thank you for your understanding.


Would you like to know a bit more about Permanent Makeup? The following downloadable PDFs are great reading material!

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Pre and Post Care

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Medications to Consider

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Day of your Appointment

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Sandra's Personal Writing

Sandra's Ink Sandra Danchuk's article on permanent makeup

Permanent Cosmetics FAQ

Are There Any Side Effects?

There may be a bit of swelling or redness of the tattooed area for a couple of days. While eyebrows show little effect of being tattooed, eyeliner and lips may show more and the edema may last from two to seventy two hours. There may also be a bit of tenderness for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first five to ten days. There may be other side effects unforeseen due to individuality.

What exactly are permanent cosmetics?

The term “permanent cosmetics” means cosmetic tattooing. Pigment is deposited into the dermal layer of the skin, giving the illusion of traditional makeup. Although eyeliner, eyebrow creation or enhancements, lip color, and beauty marks are the most common applications, a host of other services are available from specially trained advanced professionals, including the re-pigmentation of areolas, scar camouflage, and hair imitation. Sometimes industry professionals refer to permanent cosmetics as permanent makeup or micropigmentation.

How are permanent cosmetics procedures preformed?

Various tools are used to implant pigment into skin. These tools range from a traditional tattoo machine (coil machine), to a pen-type (rotary or digital-rotary machine), or to a non-mechanized manual device. The process includes an initial consultation, the pigment application procedure, and usually at least one finishing procedure where adjustments to the shape or the color are made.

Can anyone benefit from permanent cosmetics procedures?

Men and women of any age or ethnicity can benefit from a soft natural enhancement to their appearance, or an improvement to the appearance of a scar. It is especially beneficial to people who have allergies or skin sensitivities to traditional cosmetics, or are active sports or gym enthusiasts, or people who are in the public eye and want to look their best at all times without worry. People with disorders resulting in hair loss, or with poor vision, or who are suffering from dexterity challenges that make applying makeup difficult find that permanent cosmetics offer an excellent solution for their beauty needs and their self-esteem.

Are permanent cosmetics really permanent?

Permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the skin and cannot be washed off. Even when faded, the pigment components remain in the body regardless of the external visual appearance of the tattoo. As with any tattoo, many factors will cause fading. The predominant reason for color fading in a permanent cosmetic tattoo is the decomposition of pigments due to sun exposure. However, health conditions, medications, and facial products containing strong exfoliation and skin bleaching agents all can contribute to the need for maintenance. Precautions need to be taken with new treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), and some laser based treatments so as not to affect your permanent cosmetics. Regardless of what precautions you take, you can expect that your permanent cosmetic color will need refreshing at some future date.

How much can I expect to spend for permanent cosmetics?

The average cost per procedure varies, but averages range from $300 to $900. Advanced work may be charged at $100 to $300 per hour. Many advanced procedures are commonly referred to as Para-medical procedures. Work performed in physicians’ offices or specialized clinics may be charged at higher rates. But, the cost of the procedure should never be the most important factor when selecting a potential technician. Your confidence in the technician’s training, talent and experience, their ethics and their compliance with health and safety requirements is paramount in the selection.

Which technician should I choose?

First, choose an SPCP member and be assured your technician adheres to a strict code of ethics and standards. Also choose a technician by considering training, experience, portfolio, and compliance with local and state laws. A consultation prior to scheduling a procedure provides the opportunity to gauge your comfort level with the technician and with the facility and equipment to be used. You need to feel comfortable with your choice of providers.

Is it Safe?

If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe. These guidelines include the following: MOST IMPORTANT Things To Look For: 1. All needles should be new and sterile for each client. Other machine parts, such as tubes should be pre-sterilized and disposed of in sanitary manner. 2. Gloves should be new for each client and changed during the procedure when needed. 3. The technician should be clean and neat and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements. 4. The treatment chair should be wiped down with a hard surface disinfectant for each client. 5. The treatment room must only be used for cosmetic tattooing and free from other contaminants such as perm solutions or artificial nail dust etc.

What is a touch-up and when do I need one?

A touch-up is a color enhancement. Almost always the implanted color will not be perfect after the first session. These procedures are processes and one or two follow up sessions will be needed. It is recommended that the skin not be traumatized again for a minimum of four weeks. Six weeks is better but of course, your individual needs take precedence. Eight weeks is recommended after a lip procedure.

How long does each procedure take?

The initial procedure usually takes from 1 to 2 ½ hours. Touch-up procedures usually require less time.

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