What are Permanent Cosmetics?
Permanent cosmetics, also called permanent makeup, cosmetic tattooing, micro-pigmentation, and dermal pigmentation, refer to the process of tattooing pigment into the second (dermal) layer of the skin. Tattooing is a permanent process, hence the term permanent cosmetics.
Why Consider Permanent Cosmetics?
There are many reasons to consider permanent cosmetic services, but most importantly, it restores color and definition to absent or sparse eyebrows, softly defines or dramatically accents eyes, and enhances the color and shape of lips. Permanent cosmetics help achieve a finished appearance for timeless, effortless beauty.
Are the Procedures Safe?
Permanent cosmetics have been safely applied throughout the ages in the quest for beauty. These procedures offer a safe and smudge-proof alternative to topically applied makeup products. Single-use and sterile products are used for each procedure and then appropriately discarded. In addition, professionals belonging to the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals must adhere to strict practices in the prevention of cross-contamination. Members are also encouraged to routinely attend OSHA classes.
Is it Really Permanent?
Permanent cosmetics is cosmetic tattooing. Like all tattoos, it is permanent; however, also like all tattoos, it will soften and fade with time. Longevity of the appearance of permanent cosmetic makeup can be affected by sun exposure, skin products, and the natural aging process. It is also possible that a person’s health profile may have some affect as well. Periodic color touchup appointments can keep the color looking fresh and timeless.
How Many Appointments will be Necessary?
A follow up appointment six weeks after your first visit will be needed to enhance or perfect the initial lines. Over time the color will fade and you may need to have it refreshed or completely redone. This varies from person to person.
Can Permanent Cosmetics be Removed?
No, not easily, if at all. Laser and other removal or lightening techniques have aided in removal in many cases; however, the results of these methods have not proven to be consistent. Therefore, investing your time and money in choosing a properly trained permanent cosmetic professional is essential.
Is It Painful?
Most people experience some discomfort. Sensation may vary by individual and by procedure. Clients can be confident knowing that permanent cosmetic professionals are well versed in the use of topically applied products to minimize discomfort for even the most sensitive client.
Are There any After or Side Effects?
Generally, there will be some swelling of the treated area. During the procedure there may be some bleeding and or bruising. While eyebrows may have few after effects, eyeliner and lips may present more and the swelling may last two to three days. There is usually tenderness for the first few days and it is important to note, the color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days.