Semi-permanent make-up, also known as micropigmentation, is a form of temporary cosmetic tattooing which allows you to have long-lasting eyeliner and lip colour as well as being able to shape and contour your eyebrows.The procedure involves tiny particles of pigment being placed beneath the surface of the skin, much like a tattoo.This pigment will stay in the skin for a number of years, gradually breaking down and fading with time, although the longevity of the results will depend on your age and skin type.
Permanent cosmetics can also help cover up unsightly scars, and do not wash away, smudge, or fade in a few hours. Permanent cosmetics can help enhance appearance, and can also correct certain conditions. For those with little or no eyebrow hair, this procedure can provide more natural-looking results.
The results can last for years.
People who should not have treatment are those with an active skin disease or infection, women who are pregnant or breast feeding, insulin dependant diabetics, people with heart conditions and those who are prone to keloid scarring.
Who would best Represent an Ideal Candidate for Permanent Cosmetics?
There are various reasons why women, (even some men) would choose to receive permanent cosmetics. The more common include:
- Improving the appearance of thin or no eyebrows.
- Improving the appearance of thin lips.
- Correcting an uneven hairline.
- Gaining a boost in self-esteem.
- Feeling more confident.
- Providing a solution for those allergic to makeup.
- Saving time and money on makeup.
This is an important step to the procedure. This visit gives them a chance to evaluate the patient’s skin tone, texture and complexion. A medical history should be taken and you should be asked to fill in a consent form to say you fully understand the procedure and its associated risks and complications. These visits also allow the specialists to inform the patient of the benefits, precautions, risks, methods used and other important information.
Consultation visits also give patients the opportunity to talk about their goals and expectations for permanent cosmetics and to ask any other questions. It is important that patients are well-informed about the procedure before making a decision.
Types of Permanent Cosmetics
Here are some of the more common types of permanent cosmetics:
Eyebrow – this can benefit those with little, or no eyebrows. Permanent eyebrows can also help open up the eyes and change the frame of one’s face.
- Eyelashes/Eyeliner – this treatment is suitable for anyone who wants to enhance their eye shape, size and colour. It is perfect for sporty types and contact lens wearers. A lash enhancement with soft shading between the lashes give the appearance of thicker looking lashes and giving definition to the eye. For a more make-up look you could go for either a soft shaded or a more dramatic looking eyeliner.
- Lip color – adding permanent cosmetics can create more definition to the lip line. It can also help camouflage any lip scarring.
How are Permanent Cosmetics applied?
Getting permanent cosmetics is similar to getting a tattoo. In some cases a topical anaesthetic may be used to minimise discomfort during treatment.The procedure usually takes two hours.
The permanent makeup specialist uses a hollow, vibrating needle to introduce the pigment into the middle layer of skin (dermis). A droplet of the pigment is then released into the skin. The color used will look dark and shiny, while the surrounding areas will appear swollen and red. Patients can go home shortly after treatment.
A follow-up treatment may be needed to adjust the shape, color, and density of the permanent cosmetic.
Hair Stroke Technique
Hair Stoke technique is when the permanent makeup specialist implants the pigment into the skin to create a natural looking brows This technique is an ideal treatment for people who have experience hair loss and don't want a really obvious bright made up eyebrows.
eyebrows - $250
eyeliner - $200
touch up- $50-$150