Permanent makeup, also known as micropigmentation or cosmetic tattooing, can eliminate the daily hassle of applying makeup. Permanent cosmetics never run or smear, and are great for people with allergies to traditional cosmetics as well as for those who have a difficult time applying makeup. Below, learn more about the most popular types of cosmetic tattooing, including permanent lip, eye, and eyebrow makeup.
What Is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup is a form of tattooing in which pigment is implanted into the upper layer of the skin, and can be applied using a variety of tattoo methods, including a traditional tattoo or coil machine, rotary or pen machine, and by hand. Although permanent cosmetics can fade over time and require periodic touch-ups, they are considered permanent because the color cannot be removed.
Risks and Benefits of Permanent Makeup
Permanent makeup can be an option for people with allergies to traditional cosmetics, as well as for people with poor vision or motor function who have difficulty applying makeup. Experienced technicians can create an extremely natural look with the proper application of permanent makeup.
Many risks associated with permanent makeup are the same for tattoos on other parts of the body. Bleeding may occur during the tattooing procedure, and swelling, bruising, and tenderness of the treated area is common. Poorly sterilized tattooing equipment can lead to infections, and although rare, some people may have an allergic reaction to certain shades of cosmetic tattooing ink. Other risks include the formation of irregular scars called keloids around the tattoo, and a possible interference with MRIs.
Overall, dissatisfaction is the largest risk factor associated with permanent makeup. Although there is some flexibility in changing the colors and shapes of permanent lip, eye, and eyebrow makeup, and laser tattoo removal may be an option, those considering permanent cosmetics must remember that the results are meant to last a lifetime.
At our office disposable needles and tubes are used to reduce the risk of infections, also the pigments used are MRI safe. If you have any questions or concerns they will be addressed at the time of the consultation.