Permanent makeup (also called cosmetic tattooing, micropigmentation or dermapigmentation)
can be used to enhance facial features or to correct skin pigmentation problems.
This form of tattooing is an increasingly popular alternative to conventional
makeup. People with rushed schedules, allergies to makeup products, skin disorders,
poor eyesight or poor hand-eye coordination, may find this procedure to be a
you are considering permanent makeup, the following information
will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For
more detailed information about how this procedure may help you,
we recommend that you consult a plastic surgeon who is board
certified or has completed a residency program that includes
instruction in this procedure.
makeup can be used to enhance certain facial features, or to
give scar tissue a more natural appearance. Some of the most
common permanent makeup procedures include: permanent eyeliner,
permanent eyebrow definition, lip liner, and lip color. The fuller
and more defined eyebrows and lips that result from this procedure
can completely change an individual's appearance, and can create
a more youthful, put-together look. It can also save time for
those who want a new look without having to reapply makeup daily.
And it can be a big help to people who are allergic to cosmetics,
suffer from skin disorders, or for other reasons cannot apply
is a permanent makeup procedure performed?
makeup is made from vegetable products that are injected into
a deep layer of the skin. Fine needles are used to inject the
pigment. These needles may be attached to a coil machine (the
machine used for most tattoos) or a rotary machine. The needle
is dipped in pigment and then injected to insert the pigment
into the skin. As the needle penetrates the skin, a small amount
of bleeding may occur. At the end of the procedure, the skin
is washed and an antiseptic cream may be applied.
long does a permanent makeup procedure take?
length of the procedure depends on the area being treated and
the particular technique used. This procedure generally takes
an hour to complete.
type of anesthesia is used?
topical numbing agent may be applied or an anesthetic injection
may be used to numb the area.
is the procedure performed?
makeup treatments are performed in the surgeon's office-based
surgical suite, or in an outpatient surgical facility.
can I return home and resume normal activities?
same day and normal activities may be resumed immediately.
do I prepare for a permanent makeup procedure?
the initial consultation, you and your doctor will discuss the
changes that you would like to make in your appearance. He/she
will explain the different options available to you, the procedure
itself, as well as its risks and limitations. He/she may review
your medical history. He/she will also explain the kind of anesthesia
used, the facility where the procedure will be performed, and
sure to ask all the questions that you have about the procedure.
Ask to see photos of the doctor's recent patients, before and
after the procedure.
precautions are necessary during recovery?
four to six weeks after the initial procedure, a follow-up visit
is scheduled to make any needed changes to the pigmentation.
The color of the makeup may fade and need to be touched up on
an as needed basis.
What are the possible complications after
a permanent makeup procedure?
extremely rare complication is an allergic reaction to the permanent
makeup. No procedure is without risks; however, the majority
of complications known to be associated with permanent make up
are minor when the procedure is performed by an experienced board
certified plastic surgeon. It is always important to be informed
about the possible complications before any procedure. Be sure
to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
results can I expect after a permanent makeup procedure?
treated area is usually sensitive and swollen for the first couple
of days following the procedure. A scab will form and naturally
fall away as the skin heals over the next 7-10 days. During this
time, the skin must be kept clean to avoid infection, and the
doctor may recommend that an antibiotic cream be applied to the
area. During the healing process, it is important to avoid sunlight
because the sun may have a lightening effect on pigment in the
you are unhappy with the results, it may be difficult but possible
to remove the makeup with dermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing.