1. 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 skin. Tattooing is a permanent process, hence the term permanent cosmetics.
2. 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.
3. Are the procedures safe?
Permanent cosmetics have been safely applied through out 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.
4. Can permanent cosmetics be removed?
No, not easily if at all. Laser and other removal or lightning 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.
5. Is it really permanent?
Permanent cosmetics are 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 effects as well. Periodic color touch-up appointments can keep the color looking fresh and timeless.
6. Is it painful?
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.
7. Other considerations for permanent cosmetics?
Eyebrows, eyeliner, and lip color are the most requested permanent cosmetic procedures. However, there are other areas for which permanent cosmetics can be beneficial such as: Camouflage or scars from injuries or surgery Areola restoration for enhancement or following breast reconstruction Skin regimentation for areas that have los natural skin color
8. Who does permanent makeup benefit?
People who have:
- An active lifestyle
- Contact lenses
- Visual impairment
- Hay fever and watery eyes
- Little or no brow hair
- Alopecia (absence of hair)
- Sparse or light lashes
- Difficulty in makeup application
- Unsteady or arthritic hands
- Scars resulting from accidents, trauma, or surgery
- Allergies to conventional cosmetics
- A desire to always look their best!