Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe?
Yes! Permanent makeup and paramedical tattooing are safe ... when performed by a qualified technician. At White Lies, all micropigmentation procedures are performed under strict sanitation and sterilization guidelines. We always use single-use sterilized and disposable needles. Pigments are of the highest quality, non-toxic and are specifically formulated for permanent cosmetics and paramedical tattooing.
Is it painful?
Advanced topical anaesthetics are applied, at no extra charge, making the procedure virtually painless. Some swelling and redness may occur, but normal activites may be resumed after the procedure. Should you get the full lips tinted, you will, however, encounter some swelling and discomfort for a few hours.
How long will it last?
Permanent makeup can last from 3-6 years depending on the type of skin and over exposure to the sun. Although some fading will occur with time, the pigments will remain in the skin forever. The hair strokes procedure for brows might have to be reinforced after 2 years, sometimes 1 (semi-permanent).
Is it like getting a tattoo?
White Lies uses a computerized machine imported from Germany. This machine is equipped with a patent-pending Safety Needle Cartridge, eliminating any chance of cross contamination which can be a risk with traditional tattoo machines. Our pigments are very different from the flamboyant colours used in body tattooing. They are of the highest quality and are offered in a palette of soft harmonious colours that have specifically been designed for micropigmentation purposes.
Can I see sample of your work?
Our complete permanent makeup and paramedical portfolio (over 200 photos) is made available to you during the office consultation.
How much does it cost?
Unfortunately, some clients are making their decision based on price alone. Beware of establishments offering too good to be true bargains; this is like anything else, we always get what we pay for.
Our procedures start at $275. We strongly believe that the office consultation will help you determine by yourself that our fees are very competitive, based on the quality of service you will receive.
What are the risks?
I have practiced in the permanent cosmetics industry since 2003 and I have seen my share of poor quality procedures performed by underqualified technicians. Blue brows, purple brows, misplaced and uneven brows are not only related to a lack of training or the use of poor quality pigments, but very often, resulting from an inability to determine what's needed to complement a client's skin tone.
It is your responsibility.....
The selection of a qualified technician should be based upon factors other than price alone. Artistic ability, manual dexterity, experience, technical skills, reliability, cleanliness are all significant factors you should take into consideration when making your decision. It is your responsibility to do the research to find the gifted one.
Don't be afraid to ask to see actual clients done by the technician you are consulting. A serious technician will have you complete a health questionnaire, and there should be a record of your procedures for future follow ups, if these are needed. And foremost, sterile equipment and a spotless environment are mandatory.