Permanent Cosmetics, also referred to as micro-pigmentation, cosmetic tattooing or dermal-pigmentation, is a process whereby completely natural pigments are Permanent Makeup implanted beneath the epidermis (top layer of skin), into the dermal layer (second layer of skin), by micro insertion. This technique has been medically developed and specifically designed for a safe permanent application. The pigments used have been specially formulated for cosmetic application. Not to be compared with traditional tattooing, in which permanent skin dyes and inks are placed into the skin.
Everyone from the young to the elderly, who desire a natural enhancement to their appearance.
- Are fashion conscious.
- Want to save time each day.
- Have to look their best in the professional world.
- Have sparse, or very light eyebrows.
- Are allergic to cosmetics.
- Have ultra-sensitive eyes.
- Wear contact lenses.
- Have visual limitations.
- Have unsteady or arthritic hands.
- Entertainers, actresses and models.
- Want to look naturally beautiful, always.
- Want the convenience of make-up that won’t smudge, smear or wear off.
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How long does each procedure take?
Times vary according to the individual’s sensitivity, hydration, density, elasticity, and overall condition of the skin. Allowing time for anesthetics to take effect, implanting of the pigment, and some final fine tuning of the procedure, average time for the initial visit is 1-2 hours.
What procedures are offered?
- Eyeliner (top and / or bottom)
- Full lip color
- Beauty marks
- Feature reconstruction
- Areola restoration or repigmentation
- Scar camouflage
NOTE: The above procedures are more advanced techniques and require an experienced technician. It is critically important to make sure your technician is properly trained.
Does the procedure hurt?
This may vary according to each individual’s pain threshold, however, topical anesthetics are used to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Most people describe a mild pricking sensation.
What if I don’t like it?
Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent, depending on the expertise of your technician. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and procedure.
Are there any after or side effects?
Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows my show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show more and the edema may last may last from two to seventy two hours During the procedure there may be some bleeding and or bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days.
Is it safe?
Allergic reactions to permanent cosmetic procedures are extremely rare. The cosmetic pigments are made from completely natural ingredients, and disposable sterile needles and surgical gloves are used for each procedure.
Do the pigments pose allergy problems?
The application is just deep enough to penetrate the minute capillaries in the dermal layer of skin. There have been so few reactions to the pigments that some doctors are suggesting that the patch test be eliminated. You can develop an allergy to anything, anytime. Some doctors recommend that people with allergies have permanent cosmetic procedures because they can replace cosmetic products that they are sensitive to. There have been very few reactions to pigments and only rarely in the case of blue-based red pigments.
What’s a Touch-Up and do I need one?
A touch-up is a color re-enhancement. Almost always the implanted color is not perfect after the first procedure. These procedures are processes and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure should be scheduled…It is recommended that you do not traumatize the skin again for a minimum of four weeks. Six weeks is better but of course, your individual needs take precedence. Eight weeks is recommended after a lip procedure.
Can I still have an MRI scan?
Numerous studies have shown that even for people who have large body tattoos there is little to no potential for irritation resulting from an MRI. In the rare instance where discomfort resulted, it was localized and very temporary. Most people have more metal in their fillings than they would ever have in tattoo work.