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Frequently Asked Questions About Permanent Make-Up

Written by Livia Abrudan

What is Permanent Make-Up?

Permanent make-up is cosmetic tattooing. It is the deposit of color on the upper layer of the dermis. Permanent make-up can also be referred to as"micro-pigmentation" or "permanent cosmetics". The pigments used haves been specially formulated for cosmetic application.

Who Benefits from Permanent Makeup?

Anyone who desires to look their best from the young to the elderly! Those who:

  • Want to look naturally beautiful, day and night and the convenience of make-up that won't smudge, smear or wear off
  • Want to save time each day
  • Are allergic to cosmetics
  • Have ultra-sensitive eyes or wear contact lenses
  • Have visual and/or physical limitations
  • Have sparse or uneven eyebrows (great for Trichotillimania or Alopecia hair loss)
  • Would like to conceal scars
  • Permanent make-up that needs to be corrected or touched up.

What type of Permanent Make-up Procedures Can Be Done?

Permanent make-up procedures can be very subtle or dramatic depending on what you are looking for. Options include:

  • Eyebrowns
  • Scar Camouflage
  • Hair imitation
  • Removal of Permanent Make-up
  • Eyeliner, top and bottom
  • Areola Pigmentation
  • Beauty Marks
  • Corrective work
  • Full Lip Color
  • Lash Enhancement
  • Lip liner & Blend

Is It Painful?

People experience some discomfort, which may vary according to each individual's pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service. Topical anesthetics are used to minimize the discomfort. Most people describe a mild vibration sensation.

Is It Safe?

If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent make-up is completely safe. The FDA has approved the insertion of the proper pigments into the skin.

How Long Does Each Procedure Take?

The procedure will generally take approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Is Permanent Make-Up Really Permanent?

Permanent make-up procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the uper layer of the dermis and cannot be washed off. However; as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, depending on the color shade, pigment brand, and the technician's skills. Other factors, such as sun exposure, exfoliating creams, facials, laser treatments, and skin type can also cause fading. Although fading can occur, it varies for each individual. Color re-enhancement or color touch-up procedures are recommended as needed.

If and individual is unsatisfied with their procedure, permanent make-up can be removed through the following procedures: corrective work, camouflaging with skin tone colors and lase removal.

What is the After Care?

Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows show little swelling, the eyeliner area will swell for 24 hours, and lips for 72 hours, which can be minimized with cold compresses. There is usually some tenderness of the area for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days. The area must be moistened with either antibiotic cream or Vaseline.

Can I Still Have an MRI Scan?

Numerous studies have shown that for people that have any 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.

What Does Permanent Make-up Cost?

The average cost per procedure varies depending on the location of the particular salon or clinic, and on the skills and experience of the technician. The cost ranges from $300-$1000 and varies by the type of procedure. Since the procedure is a permanent application, the most important factors to consider are the training, skill, expertise and artistic ability of the technician! Always insist on seeing before and after pictures of actual clients.

Article Reviewed: August 1, 2012
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