“How long will my permanent makeup last?”..who knows?


            There is an ongoing controversy about how long permanent makeup is supposed to last and how many touch-ups are required. May I just begin by saying that permanent makeup is indeed an art form, but it differs the customary painting and sculpting. Permanent makeup is an artistry that is very individualized for each person. Each person has different skin and bodily reactions; therefore, the permanent makeup will come out differently on each person. You are not a canvas. Your skin has pores and layers of derma, which absorb the pigments at a different rate. The pigments are all organic and 100% natural. Just as if someone were to eat a peanut, which is 100% natural, some would benefit from it’s healthy proteins, but others could react with hives and an allergic reaction. In other words, everyone reacts differently to permanent makeup.

            When I apply permanent makeup on customers, I see different results on each person. Yes, permanent makeup has a high success rate; there are a slight percentage of customers whose bodies don’t retain the pigment. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “How long will my permanent makeup last?” This is also one of the most difficult questions to answer because there is no right answer. For some people, permanent makeup lasts for up to seven years! For others it may only be a year. Permanent makeup is most trivial at the eyebrows – it’s the region with the most variable results.

            Since most customers don’t have this knowledge, there are many complaints and bad reviews on permanent makeup. People get upset because they have to schedule more touch-ups than others, but it’s something that solely depends on their own bodies. Permanent makeup is an individualized procedure and as a result, there will be individualized results.Image

Q: Do I Have to Get Rid of All the Hair on My Brows Before I Do Permanent Eyebrows?

A: When getting permanent eyebrows done, there is an ongoing misconception that one would have to get rid of all current eyebrow hair. Ruth Swissa is here to clear up this myth and provide you with information that’s actually quite the contrary. At Ruth Swissa Professional Permanent Makeup and Skin, we put the utmost importance to eyebrow hair, looking to preserve each strand. Many customers have asked Ruth if they would need to shave their eyebrows clean in order to get permanent eyebrows but this is a false idea. Ruth Swissa uses the eyebrow hair as a simple add-on to the already 3-d looking pigment she applies just to provide you with realistic and natural result.

            On the other hand, there are many customers who come to Ruth Swissa who suffer from hair-loss diseases such as alopecia or trichotillomania and don’t have any eyebrow hair for Ruth to work with. Not to worry, Ruth has an artistic eye and skillful technique, she is able to apply permanent makeup pigment in a way where the strokes look like real hair. Ruth never uses generic stencils that were in style twenty years ago. Each of our clients leave with natural-looking eyebrows that suit and enhance their individual facial expression. 


Beware of Bad Permanent Makeup Out There

Ruth Swissa is spreading awareness on bad permanent makeup jobs and is sharing her advise on how to best avoid it. Most of Ruth’s patients are those who seek permanent makeup fixing. Ruth is so exposed to these permanent makeup mishaps, she feels obligated to share her knowledge on how to avoid these horrific procedures many aestheticians are offering to oblivious costumers. In this hard-hitting economy, it is our instinct to lean towards the cheapest option, but when it comes to matters involving your outward aesthetic, cheapest isn’t always better.

1. Ask for Before and After Pictures

Ruth’s first suggestion is to look at before and after pictures. It is crucial to see how your aesthetician performs. Anyone who is willing tattoo your face should be willing to show their previous work with pride. Be sure to ask many questions, not only for your own knowledge, but in order for you to see if your permanent makeup practitioner has a good knowledge of what they will be performing on your face. When looking at before and after pictures, it would also be a good idea to evaluate its legitimacy. There have been many occurrences when before and after pictures have been derived from other aestheticians.

2. Read Reviews

Nowadays, the internet has made reading reviews oh-so easy. Simple websites such as Yelp and Google Reviews are actually quite reliable. They truly give you the gist of whether a place is good or bad overall.

3. Check for cleanliness

Make sure that the place you are getting your permanent makeup done is clean. Look for certificates that are up-to-date and make sure your aesthetician is using antibacterial sanitation. Permanent makeup is indeed a real, invasive procedure, so it should be held on the same level of intensity as cosmetic surgery. You can get serious infections not just from un-sanitized needles but from ink as well. Ruth Swissa uses all organic ink derived from fruit and vegetables – if you have severe allergies make sure that wherever you choose to get your procedure does some sort of sample patch-testing to verify that your body reacts well with the ink. It never hurts to be proactive.

4. Don’t go too bold

At Ruth Swissa’s medical spa, her motto is the more natural looking the better. Even if you wish to have a more dramatic look, it’s always safest to be conservative at first. Just see how the color suits you first, then you can always go back and add more. You can darken permanent makeup, but you can’t lighten. Always start with a lighter look and color.

5. If you’re not comfortable, leave

It’s always best to go with your gut-feeling, your instinct. If you’re not feeling the vibe of the place, it’s best to just leave and find a more comfortable place. Ruth Swissa has numerous occurrences where she has had to fix bad permanent makeup jobs and she says that almost every time the patient claims that they initially didn’t feel comfortable in the place they were getting their procedure done. If your intuition has an opinion of a spa, your best bet is to find another place.


Rejuvinate Your Distressed, Winter Skin with the New VI Peel

After a cruel, stiff winter, your skin is begging for some relief and reawakening. Ruth Swissa is now offering the VI Peel to relieve your damaged winter skin. The VI Peel utilizes the power of several ingredients to perform drastic skin corrections. These ingredients treat all different skin types, which means the VI Peel is virtually ideal for anyone who’s seeking skin remedy. The peel provides superior results for all skin types (Fitzpatrick 1-6). Another advantage to this peel is that you don’t need to do any pesky skin preparations, you can just come in and get a VI Peel on the go. Swissa’s VI Peel also requires minimal to almost no downtime, so it wont disrupt your daily life. 
The VI Peel doesn’t only improve the appearance of skin, but it physically improves the tone, texture,and clarity of the skin. It does this by reducing any visible signs of aging (which may be dark pigmentation caused by too much sun exposure, etc). The VI Peel Swissa offers at her medspa has the ability to reduce age spots, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. Not only does it correct those faults, but it also has the power to stimulate the production of collagen, leaving you with a youthful and glowing complexion. Additionally, the VI Peel is safe to use along with lasers, injectables, and post procedure. 

By doing a series of about two to four peels per year, with the addition of home care and correct aftercare, this peel has the power to reverse sun damage we have accumulated over time. It can basically erase all the sun burns and sizzling afternoon sunbathing we have indulged in back in the day. Many people see radical results after just one VI Peel. This peel is also the only peel that can treat the area around your eyes (upper and lower eye). Ruth Swissa’s VI Peel can also be performed anywhere on the body, i.e. chest, hands, arms and back. 
Enjoy radiant, younger, smoother looking skin in a little over a week with the VI Peel. 
Check out Ruth Swissa’s website for more information on pricing and any VI Peel special offers. Image