What are permanent cosmetics?
Why consider permanent cosmetics?
How is micropigmentation different from having a tattoo?
People curious about having permanent makeup at The Skin Elite assume it is the same as getting a tattoo. Not exactly. While the application process is the same, using a tattoo pen or rotary pen, the ink is placed into the lower part of the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer. Tattoos place the pigment into the dermis, the skin’s second layer. In the dermis, the cells are more stable and less prone to shedding than in the epidermis. That’s why tattoos are permanent and micropigmentation fades over the course of a few years.
Another difference is the ink. Body tattoo inks are meant to be permanent, while permanent makeup is semi-permanent (meaning it will need touching up down the road as the pigment fades). Body inks have a metal base in them, which makes them permanently adhere.
What Areas of the Body Can Micropigmentation Be Used On?
At The Skin Elite, we offer various applications of permanent makeup/micropigmentation:
Eyebrows are important because they tend to frame the face. Micropigmentation can be used to provide an outline, making the eyebrows more defined. The eyebrow shape can be changed, and asymmetries corrected. Areas with sparse hair can be filled with a stroke method that is very difficult to distinguish from natural hair.
Eyelid micropigmentation gives the patient more expressive eyes. It also creates the effect of having fuller eyelashes.
Micropigmentation of the lips not only adds permanent color, but it can also give the impression of fuller lips for lips that have lost volume with age. The vermillion border, which loses definition with age, can also be re-established. The shape of the lips can even be redefined.
Scar masking micropigmentation
Scars often have a different color than the surrounding skin; this makes them more noticeable. By adding color to the scar to match the surrounding skin, scars blend into the skin and are far less noticeable.
Who is a good candidate for permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup applied by Laura Galvan or Krystal Vega at The Skin Elite is a great answer for people who are allergic to traditional cosmetics. Eyeliner is especially problematic for some, leaving the eyes itchy and watery. Microblading of eyebrows is great for those of us who aren’t blessed with full eyebrows (or maybe did a little too much plucking at some point in our earlier lives!). Plus, for older people whose hands may not be quite as steady as they once were, permanent makeup eliminates this irritating chore. Permanent makeup never runs or smears, and it makes your morning routine that much easier.
How is permanent makeup applied? How long does it take?
We first clean and apply antiseptic to the area, along with a topical numbing solution. Next, we work with you to map out the area to receive pigment in careful detail. We show you the drawn design in a mirror and together we decide if this is the look you want or if we need to modify it. When you’re satisfied, we apply more topical anesthetic as needed and begin pigmentation.
The inks are inserted with a pen-like instrument, and it doesn’t take long, 20 to 30 minutes.
The overall procedure, start to finish, runs from two to three hours depending on what you’re having done.
Are Permanent Makeup Procedures Really Permanent?
Permanent cosmetics is cosmetic tattooing. Like all tattoos, it is permanent and cannot be removed easily, if at all. However, like all tattoos, results will soften and fade with time. As a result, laser and other removal or lightening techniques have aided in removal in many cases, just not consistently.
In most cases, your color will last at least two years or more without any noticeable fading. After that, the color will fade but it will never completely go away. To maintain the color intensity another micropigmentation session will be needed. Therefore, investing your time and money in choosing a properly trained permanent cosmetic professional is essential.
Information courtesy of Society of Permanent Makeup Cosmetic Professionals.
What is the Recovery from a Permanent Makeup Procedure?
There will be swelling on the treated areas. Our staff will instruct you on how often you’ll need to ice the area and what ointment (usually Vaseline) will need to be applied. If you’re having micropigmentation done on your eye area, you’ll need a ride to and from our office. Also, there will likely be some tearing in this area afterwards; this is normal. Because integrating the pigment requires puncturing the skin, you will have some scabbing, particularly on the eyelashes. This isn’t extensive, and you must try not to pick these. You will apply ointment to the tattooed area for protection and to minimize scabbing/crusting.
You can’t apply makeup to the treated areas, especially mascara. This is because mascara, after the first use, is full of bacteria. You also need to avoid hot tubs, pools, and saunas for a couple weeks to avoid possible bacteria.
Your pigmentation may appear overly dark in the first weeks following your procedure. The color will stay dark for 4-7 days during the healing process as the upper layers of the epidermis are shed and replaced with new epidermal cells. After healing is complete, the shade will become lighter and softer. The final color will be apparent about one month after your treatment and will be 50 to 60% lighter than when you return home immediately after the procedure. This lightening is normal.
Are Permanent Cosmetic Procedures Safe?
What are the risks involved with micropigmentation?
When will I need to return for touch-ups?
We apply topical numbing cream prior to any micropigmentation treatment. For most patients this makes the procedure quite tolerable. But this depends on your pain tolerance, as some patients can find areas such as eyeliner moderately painful. When it’s all said and done, however, most people are thrilled with the prospect of never needing to deal with an eyeliner pencil again.
At The Skin Elite, we take great care to provide a sterile environment for these treatments. We will discuss the risks involved with permanent makeup during your consultation, but this is a safe procedure when performed by our experienced technicians. Many of the risks associated with permanent makeup are the same as with tattoos on other parts of the body. Bleeding may occur, and swelling, bruising, and tenderness are common. Allergic reactions to the pigment used are rare, but possible. Hyperpigmentation is possible in patients with darker skin tones. Rarer still is the formation of keloid scars around the tattooing areas.
Is permanent makeup application painful?
As discussed above, your permanent makeup will fade with time. Some things that affect the longevity are the color selected, your age, your use of skin care products, injectables, medications used, and sun exposure. Everyone’s skin is different, so it’s hard to know how fast your permanent makeup will fade.
We include one initial touch-up after your eyelids or lips have fully recovered, just to make sure the color is even, and you are satisfied. From there, you can expect to want to touch up the color every year or two.