Frequently Asked Questions

I’m frequently asked what is permanent makeup and why would you want to apply it permanently?

Permanent makeup is also called dermagraphics or micropigmentation. The procedure is an application of micro insertions of pigment into the dermal layer of skin. With the cosmetic client in mind, I offer natural looking eyebrows, eyeliner, eyelash enhancement, blended lip liner, full lip color, and beauty marks.

For the para medical client I offer nipple and areola repigmenting after breast reconstruction or reduction, cleft lip vermillion restoration, and brows before chemotherapy.

Convenience is one of the most common reasons people choose permanent makeup. You can sleep longer in the morning, be as active as you want without worrying your eyebrow pencil will rub off, eyeliner will smudge, or that your lip color will remain on a cup or linen at a party! Alopecia patients have found comfort in the restoration of simulated facial hair through permanent makeup. Stroke patients, people with unsteady hands and those who are visually impaired regain confidence. The appearance of unsightly scars can be greatly improved. When you are happy with your appearance you feel better about yourself!

Read below to find answers to the most common questions about Dermagraphics by Miller services.

Who chooses permanent makeup?

  • Men and women of all ages who want to wake up looking their best
  • Busy people who love the look of topical makeup but are tired of applying it
  • People who suffer with skin sensitivities and allergies
  • People with special needs such as physically and/or visually impaired individuals
  • Burn survivors, Cancer patients, Stroke patients, Alopecia patients
  • People with flaws in their skin often choose permanent makeup

Will permanent makeup hurt?

Everyone is different! Some clients experience mild discomfort during the procedure. Topical anesthesia is applied prior to the procedure and continuously throughout the procedure. Pigment is implanted into the dermal layer with a fine, sterile needle.

How long does the procedure take?

The length of time involved in a procedure varies, depending on the chosen service. Most services are designed to be completed in stages. Many clients prefer a conservative approach enabling them to make minor changes to the procedure without additional cost. The time frame for your service will be discussed during your “no obligation” consultation.

Will I still look like me?

Sure! Wear your topical makeup as you normally would to your consultation and on the day of your scheduled service. You are a part of every decision! You will know the size, shape, color, and placement of your service before anything is made permanent. All pigments are custom mixed to compliment your skin tone and eye color. Blended brush strokes look natural with existing brow hairs. Facial symmetry and muscular structure of the face, depth of the eye and lip line are taken into consideration when designing any permanent makeup procedure.

What is involved in a consultation?

Your no obligation consultation answers your questions and addresses your concerns from start through post op. A before and after photographic portfolio is available. View past procedures on Facebook or the online portfolio.

Can lips, brows, and eyeliner all be done in the same day?


Can I have permanent makeup done if I have Diabetes?


How can permanent makeup improve my eyebrows?

The appearance of natural looking eyebrows is achieved by using hair like strokes to fill in partial, thin, sparse, or non-existing eyebrows. A well balanced eyebrow with an established arch gives the face a younger, lifted look making the eyes appear more open and rested.

Is permanent makeup really permanent?

Yes, permanent makeup is considered permanent but will slowly lighten with time requiring a retouch in three to five years. Retouches are one session, a fraction of the initial application cost and great for keeping your look updated!

What about recovery?

Minor swelling and temporary redness of the procedure site are common in the hours following your service. Lips may appear fuller and deeper in color for several days. For most clients there is no down time, ice packs are sufficient in minimizing any swelling involved.

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Renaissance Centre
1001 State St Suite 808
Erie, PA 16501

Phone: (814) 881-5591