Enjoying Permanent Makeup
Permanent makeup, or "micropigmentation," is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the appearance of facial features, such as lips, eyelashes and eyebrows by providing lasting color that won't wash off and requires no reapplication. Patients may choose micropigmentation for several reasons; however, most opt for the procedure because they have physical limitations that make application difficult or merely wish to simplify their lives by avoiding time-consuming reapplication. In other instances, patients choose the procedure to compensate for scarring or uneven pigmentation caused by genetic traits or skin disorders.
The Micropigmentation Procedure
Prior to treatment, patients receive a topical anesthetic to reduce discomfort. Afterwards, the doctor implants very small, metabolically inert granules below the epidermis that adds pigment to the skin. Since the surface of the epidermis naturally undergoes a continuous exfoliation process, color is tattooed on the surface layer of skin and on the dermis layer below. Following the procedure, patients receive an ice pack to relieve any minor discomfort.
The Benefits of Micropigmentation
Permanent makeup is a popular option for those looking to improve their physical appearance and add convenience to their busy lives. Patients may choose micropigmentation for a variety of reasons, including:
• Convenience - In most cases, patients are able to save as many as 100 hours a year normally spent on makeup application.
• Non-Allergic - Some people have skin which is easily irritated by ordinary makeup.
• Application Ease - Those affected by arthritis often have difficulty applying traditional makeup.
• No Smearing - Permanent makeup stays in place at all times without smearing.
• Aging - Micropigmentation can reduce the signs of aging by masking the negatives and enhancing the positives.
• Irritated or tearing eyes - Contact lenses, LASIK surgery, and inordinate time spent working on computers can create the need for micropigmentation.
• Outdoor activity – Athletes and those who enjoy an active lifestyle often have difficulty managing makeup application.
• A more natural look - Micropigmentation offers women the "natural look" many patients want.
• Hair loss - People affected by hair loss often use micropigmentation to improve the appearance of their eyebrows and hairline.
• Skin discoloration - Skin disorders, deformities and genetic traits can affect skin color. Many patients utilize micropigmentation to improve the appearance of cleft lips, uneven nipples or scars.
Things to Consider
As with most any cosmetic procedure, micropigmentation comes along with some unlikely risk, including possible infection, allergic reactions, removal problems and MRI complication. Although micropigmentation is commonly referred to as permanent, aging can eventually cause discoloration and sunlight exposure can lead to eventual fading.