Micropigmentation, also known as permanent makeup, can be used for a number of cosmetic purposes: it can enhance facial features such as eyebrows, lashes, and lips; it can improve certain types of scars and uneven skin pigmentation, and it is sometimes used to reconstruct the nipple and areola area of the breast. People typically choose this procedure either because they have difficulty applying their makeup, or they view it as a way to save time. People with certain medical conditions may also choose micropigmentation as a way of creating the appearance of eyebrows where the hair has been lost.
How Permanent Makeup is Applied
A topical anesthetic is applied before treatment to reduce discomfort. Tiny, metabolically inert pigment granules are implanted below the epidermis with a special micropigmentation device. You can discuss the lightness and darkness options with our licensed micropigmentation provider. Typically, patients use a lighter color and return for additional treatment to darken the color, if needed.
After Permanent Makeup: What to Expect
After the procedure, cool ice packs can be applied to reduce discomfort. Protecting your skin from the sun is important after treatment. If you have a history of cold sores, you will be prescribed an oral medication to take to prevent them from occurring immediately after treatment.
Is it really permanent?
Micropigmentation has been referred to as permanent makeup. However, it is not actually permanent, for two reasons: aging can create discoloration, and sunlight can reduce the strength of the color.
As with any cosmetic procedure, micropigmentation carries risks, which can include infection, removal problems, allergic reactions, granulomas, and keloid formation. Contact Tulsa Surgical Arts to learn more about permanent eyeliner and permanent makeup procedures.