Treatments | Permanent Make-up

What is Permanent Make-up

Also known as micropigmentation, permanent make-up is a cosmetic technique which employs tattoos (permanent pigmentation of the dermis) as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup, such as eyelining and other permanent enhancing colors to theskin of the face, lips, and eyelids. It is also used to produce artificial eyebrows, particularly in people who have lost them as a consequence of old age, disease, such as alopecia totalis, or agenetic disturbance, and to disguisescars and white spots in the ski. It is also used to restore or enhance the breast's areola, such as after breast surgery.

Immediate Results

Permanent makeup results in enhanced features of the face—definition is rendered to eyebrows, eyes and lips by the use of colors. Results can imitate topically applied cosmetics or can be quite unnoticeable, depending upon thedesign, color value and amount of pigment used.

At first, permanent makeup results may look darker. This is due to colour remaining in the outermost epidermal layers of skin at the start. Colour softens within a few days during the healing process as the upper layers of epidermis slough and are replaced by new epidermal cells.

Long Term Results

The best possible colour results can perform for many years or may begin to fade over time. The amount of time required for this, depends per person. While permanent makeup pigment remains in the dermis its beauty-span may be influenced by several possible factors. These can be environmental, procedural and/or individual factors. Sun exposure fades colour. The amount and colour of pigment deposit at the dermal level can affect the length of time that permanent makeup looks its best. Very natural-looking applications are likely to require a touch-up before more dramatic ones for this reason. Individual influences include lifestyles that find an individual in the sun regularly such as with gardening or swimming. Skin tones are a factor in colour value changes over time.

What can be expected during the procedure?

The area to be treated is thoroughly anaesthetized before starting with the treatment, different methods are used depending on the area to be treated. Although mildly uncomfortable to the client, the permanent make-up technician will work with the client to enhance client comfortability. Treatment time is usually between 30-90 minutes depending on the procedure performed.

What can be expected immediately after the procedure?

The treated area will be mildly swollen and sensitive for approximately two to three days. Thereafter the skin will heal with the fully healed result seen after approximately one week, keeping in mind that full lip procedures take longer to heal. Aftercare will be provided to the client to enhance the healing process.