I Had Microblading, Botox and Permanent Makeup Done in a Single Appointment
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My name is Cindy Hollinger. I am 66 years old and live in Palm Springs, California. I recently went to the Cosmetic Surgery Institute of Palm Desert to have my eyebrows microbladed, permanent makeup applied to my lips and botox. Before retiring, I worked as a professional and enjoyed dressing and looking the part. Now that I am retired, I still like to look my best by getting dressed, styling my hair, and applying makeup to begin my day. However, I notice that as I age, I am losing my eyebrow hair and natural pigment to my lips, while gaining wrinkles and fine lines around my eyes. It seems to take me longer and longer to “put my face on.” And when I do, I am using more and more makeup to get the job done. I started investigating microblading and permanent makeup by going on Youtube and watching videos showing the process. I did a bit more investigating by talking to friends and decided to go for it!
I decided to have it done at the Cosmetic Surgery Institute of Palm Desert because I have a friend who works there and I trusted her good reviews. I called and made my appointment. I was told that the microblading on my eyebrows and the lip permanent makeup would cost $500. This fee included 2 sessions. The second session must be 30 days after the first application. I understand that the permanent makeup fades quite a bit and a second time is needed for the ink to be the desired color. The botox would cost about $350. I decided to have all three procedures done in the same day.
I arrived in the office with a clean face---no makeup. The esthetician, Adrienne, was a lovely young lady who made me feel very comfortable. She directed me to a room much like any room in a doctors’ office and asked me to lay down. She began to ready herself by arranging the ink, and lining up the utensils she would need. She put on rubber gloves and a type of mask/magnifying glass over her face. She covered my hair with a hairnet, sterilized my face with alcohol and applied a vaseline like substance that was numbing cream. I laid there with the numbing cream on my face waiting for it to work. While I did that, Adreinne was mixing colors, and getting her equipment ready. She started by placing a measuring tape on top of my brows. She carefully measured each brow, making marks on the tape and my face to ensure my brows would be evenly matched. She not only made my brows darker, she added length to them as well. Adrienne handed me a mirror and made sure I liked what she had drawn. Once we were both in agreement with shape, size and color, she started microblading. The numbing cream had worked, I couldn’t feel a thing. However, toward the end of the treatment, the numbing cream began to wear off and I could feel the blade. On a pain scale of 10 it probably was about a 3. The numbing cream was still in working but losing its potency.
The same type of ritual took place for the permanent makeup applied to my lips. The esthetician, Adrienne, sterilized my lips, applied numbing cream, and began mixing lip colors. Once we both decided on a color, she began the application. This procedure is
not the same as microblading. It is plain old tattooing. The drill is not a blade, it is a tiny round tip like a sharpened pencil. Once again, the numbing cream kept me from feeling the drill. It took her quite a while to layer the ink on my lips. I held the hand mirror and at one point stopped her and said I thought the color we chose was too light and I needed it to be darker. This meant she had to start over. So she basically went over my lips with the drill several times and it hurt! Especially in the corners of my mouth. My saliva had all but washed away the numbing cream in the corners of my mouth. However, I was able to stop her and ask for more numbing cream which really did help. Having my lips done was more painful than my eyebrows. I think lips are more sensitive. Even though it hurt, I am glad I did it and am actually looking forward to my second treatment because I know the results will be amazing!
My next stop was with Peggy Murgo, RN, who gave me Botox. I asked for $350 worth and if she thought I needed more to let me know. She said that was all I would need to get rid of the “elevens” between my eyes and the wrinkles around my eyes. Peggy sterilized my eye area, and applied numbing cream. I asked her to please give the cream time to work before she started giving me the shots, which she did. I asked her several questions about the hollows under my eyes and other problem areas on my face. We talked about this as she prepared the botox and I was eventually numb. She asked me to squint, smile, and took a good look at my face. It only took her a minute or two to complete the botox injections. The syringe needles are so tiny and sharp I could barely feel the injections she gave me. The eye area (especially a bit under the eye) is more sensitive than the forehead. It goes so fast and before you know it I was handed a little round ice pack to hold against my face to stop potential bruising and ease any pain. By the time I paid my bill and got to my car, I didnt need the ice pack.
I took a few Tyenol when I got home to help with the permanent makeup soreness. My lips felt chapped for a few days. I was told not to get my eyebrows wet for ten days. I did what I was told. I am looking forward to my second application of permanent makeup as I know it really takes to coats for my anticipated outcome to be reached.
Now that I have had my procedures, it no longer takes me so long to get ready. My brows and lips have more color to them and this gives me a natural, fresher look that I couldn’t achieve with makeup. My result will last for a few years and the botox will last for about four months. The botox makes my eyes look more open and takes away the fine lines. Plus, my eyebrows seem higher and my face looks happier. I feel better on the inside, because I look better on the outside.