Permanent makeup, known as micro pigmentation, provides the opportunity of freedom from daily makeup applications of the eyelids, eyebrows, and lips. It is very crucial to realize that such medical makeup is a permanent decision and may require touchups at some point with some expected fading. Therefore, we would love to sit down with clients for a thorough pre-treatment consultation with removable liners before the procedure is ever scheduled.
Essentially, the primary goal of permanent makeup is to substitute the daily routine of applying cosmetics. Specifically, the placement of permanent pigments into the skin relieves the day-to-day application of eyeliner, brow, or lip.
Permanent makeup is the precise placement of color into the skin. Via small needles, the deeper portion of the skin, known as the dermis, will be filled with differing colors of iron oxide pigments. Clear-cut placement of needle sticks produces numerous tunnels toward the skin which then transport the colored pigments along with each needle stick. When the tiny pinholes heal over, the pigments are forever confined in the deeper layers of the skin, creating a permanent color effect. Too large to be absorbed by the body, the large size of the implanted pigmenta particles in the skins make permanent makeup last. However, occasional touchups might be necessary since some fading occurs due to smaller tattoo particles of the permanent makeup being absorbed.
When considering undergoing permanent makeup, I recommend that each potential patient be aware of the following concepts surrounding it. Most importantly, permanent makeup is……permanent. There is no good way to remove the color once it has been placed. Lasers cannot remove them and may actually make them appear worse. The desire to have permanent makeup requires a good understanding of the concepts involved. Therefore, every patient must have an in-depth consultation prior to the procedure to review color selection and location. Meeting with a professionally trained and licensed aesthetician in a medical setting who has specific training and certification is usually best, although technicians from many different backgrounds perform the procedures. A thorough pre-treatment consultation ensures you will be comfortable with the look that will be obtained with permanent makeup. The procedure will not be done the same day as you need time to think about the selections of color and placement. As the use of many needle sticks from tattooing is uncomfortable, I always provide some sedative medication for the procedure and I personally inject local anesthetics to minimize every patient’s level of discomfort. Recognize that the tattoo colors that are initially placed will be darker than one expects and that some fading of this color will occur in the next few weeks to months. For this reason, some touch-up of the permanent makeup work is almost always necessary in the first six months after the initial application.
Permanent makeup can be ideal for many reasons beyond the inconvenience of those who detest a daily cosmetic application. Physical reasons such as age and mental impairment may make permanent makeup a ‘medical need’ that the patient otherwise would not be able to do.
Permanent makeup can be well-fitted for some patients in active lifestyles that involve strenuous activities and frequent exposure to water.