Hand tools offer less discomfort, less trauma to the skin and faster healing. Pigments last about 1 to 3 years.
Sun exposure, tanning salons, swimming in chemically treated pools, hot tubs, laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, alpha hydroxy acids and Retin A can impact the length of time that the pigment will stay fresh. Clients should be encouraged to apply sun protections and avoid pigmentaed areas when using exfoliation products or tools.
The pigmentation fades 20-30%, so choosing the right pigmentation is critical, especially if you have permanent makeup.
I use iron oxide pigments. They are considered the safest semi-permanent pigments to use for the skin.
It just means that they will gradually fade and eventually you will need to do them again. With proper care they typically will last 1-3 years depending on your skin and lifestyle. Unlike typical inked tattoos which last forever, they fade over time and should be refreshed every 1-1. 5 years for maintenance.
I always offer a complimentary eyebrow touch up 4-6 weeks later. Everyone heals differently and at different rates and this gives us the opportunity to make them darker or create more density to your brows the second time.