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How Painful Is Permanent Makeup?

Taking A Closer Look at Different Levels of Discomfort

Let’s be honest: when it comes to enhancing our natural beauty and streamlining our routines, we all want solutions that are both effective and convenient. That would explain why, in recent years, permanent makeup has become a sought-after procedure for achieving this goal — offering results that simplify your daily routine and amplify your natural allure at the same time.

However, one question remains: “How much will it hurt?” And while this is an entirely understandable concern, there’s no need to let fear cloud your judgment or get in the way of going for the results you want from a permanent makeup procedure.

 Let’s dissect the reality and dig a little deeper into the experience of getting permanent makeup.

It All Starts With Managing Discomfort 

As professional artists, your comfort during the procedure is paramount to us. That’s why we adopt several measures to ensure that any discomfort you experience during the application of permanent makeup is minimized. One of these measures is the use of a topical anesthetic.

Before the procedure begins, your artist will typically apply a high-quality topical anesthetic to the treatment area. This numbing cream will help to significantly reduce any sensation you might feel during the process — bringing the discomfort level down.

The goal here isn’t just to diminish discomfort but also to ensure that you can stay still, relaxed, and at ease throughout the entire session. Making it a lot easier for your artist to work on your desired results.

From Zzz’s to Ouch!

It’s a fact of life that we’re all unique, right? Well, with that also comes the way that we perceive and respond to different sensations. And, when it comes to permanent makeup, this couldn’t be more accurate. 

So while some clients find the procedure a breeze — experiencing only a slight tickle or scratching sensation — there are others who find it slightly more uncomfortable. There have even been cases where clients were so relaxed that they dozed off during the procedure! 

Most of the time, though, past clients have even likened it to the feeling of threading or plucking eyebrows — not exactly a spa experience, but undoubtedly manageable!

Whatever the case, it’s equally valid that some individuals are naturally more sensitive and might find the sensation slightly unsettling. 

That’s where our expertise comes in. As experienced practitioners, we understand and respect these differences and are ready to adjust our approach for each client — ensuring that we’re doing everything we can to make you feel as comfortable as possible during the procedure.

Our Top 5 Tips for Managing Discomfort During the Process

Along with topical anesthetics, there are other things you can do to make the entire procedure more enjoyable and comfortable for yourself — and your artist.

Whether that’s keeping calm, avoiding stimulants, or talking to your artist, here’s what we recommend:

1. Come Prepared and Relaxed

Anxiety can heighten your perception of discomfort, so try to arrive for your appointment as relaxed as possible. Listen to calming music, practice deep breathing exercises, or meditate beforehand if that helps. Remember, you’re in the hands of professionals who care about your comfort!

2. Rest Well and Hydrate

Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before your appointment and stay hydrated. A well-rested, hydrated body can better cope with discomfort and help speed up the recovery process.

3. Avoid Stimulants

Stimulants like caffeine or nicotine can make your skin more sensitive. Try to cut back or avoid these entirely on the day of your procedure to minimize potential discomfort.

4. Talk to Your Technician

Communication is crucial. If you’re feeling anxious or if the discomfort becomes too much during the procedure, don’t hesitate to let your technician know. That way, they can adjust their technique or take a break if needed.

5. Trust the Process

If all else fails and you’re still not having a great time, try to simply keep your eyes on the prize. A touch of discomfort is temporary, but the confidence and time you’ll gain from your new look are priceless. Trusting the process can help you manage any discomfort and make your permanent makeup experience a positive one.

Bottom Line: Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

At the end of the day, the thought of discomfort shouldn’t deter you from exploring the benefits of permanent makeup. Remember, we have plenty of strategies in place to minimize any discomfort during the procedure, and any sensations you might feel are short-lived.

Every person’s experience with permanent makeup will be different, and that’s okay! What’s important is that you’re in the hands of professional and empathetic artists who prioritize your comfort and well-being.