Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as “micropigmentation”, “micropigment implantation”, or “dermagraphics.” The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis.
Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various methods, including the traditional tattoo or coil machines, the pen or rotary machine and the non-machine or hand method. The process includes an initial consultation, the application of pigment, and at least one follow-up visit for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment
EVERYONE from the young to the elderly who desires a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance. It is especially beneficial to people who can’t wear other cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities; Active people who want to look their best for activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and those who don’t want to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics. Also, the vision impaired who have difficulty applying their own cosmetics, and others with motor impairments such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and those with unsteady hands who cannot apply their own makeup, and busy people who don’t have time to spend on their makeup.
Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, color re-enhancement or color refreshing. Just like hair color, furniture that is located near a window, or even house paint, pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time, and with extreme exposure to the sun.
The average cost per procedure varies, but usually averages from $400-800. Advanced work may be charged at $150 to $250 per hour. Many of these procedures are commonly referred to as para-medical procedures. Work performed from physician’s offices or specialized clinics may be charged at higher rates. The price being charged should include at least one follow up visit, if not two. If not, the technician is below the standard of care in the industry. The price should also include some use of topical, over the counter anesthetics to minimize discomfort of the procedure and post procedural care ointment. The reality is you should be paying hundreds of dollars for any singular procedure. If the technician is not charging a few hundred dollars or more, they are most likely not doing what they should to keep up with this rapidly changing industry. In that case, be wary, you get what you pay for!
Most people experience some discomfort. This may vary according to each individual’s pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service. However, there are different methods available to help with the pain management, including various topical aesthetic ointments, anesthetic locals and nerve blocks (administered by a doctor or dentist). Your technician should discuss these methods with you to determine which one suits you best.
If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe. Guidelines include the following: All needles should be new and sterile for each client; pre-sterilized and disposed of in a sanitary manner (OHSA and CDC regulations); gloves should be new for each client and changed during procedure when needed; technician should be neat and clean and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements; room or treatment area should be fee from other contaminants. Beware or procedures being done in homes. It is unsafe due to bacteria, dust, etc. and should never be done in an unsanitized environment.
REMEMBER: Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent, depending on the expertise of your technician. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual client and procedure.
Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows may show very little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show more and the edema may last from two to seventy-two hours. During the procedure, there may be some bleeding and or bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days. Sometimes, people have reactions to antibiotics. You may use any type of antibiotic that you prefer for your individual system. There may be other side effects unforeseen due to individuality.
The possibility that you would have any problems or reactions from these procedures is almost non-existent with today’s health standards. SPCP member professionals are given continued opportunities for education in practicing precise methods of sanitation and sterilization. Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, will completely eliminate any risk.