Permanent Make-Up

Permanent Make Up

There are many reasons you might be interested in exploring the possibilities of permanent make-up. Many patients who have lost the eyebrows due to chemotherapy or alopecia find that having permanent make-up applied to replace their eyebrows helps them feel more confident and “normal” again. Permanent make-up can also be used to cover scars or skin conditions or, in the case of breast surgery, permanent make-up can be used to create a new areola. Pigmentation can be mixed to match any skin tone or desired color.

What is permanent make-up?

Permanent make-up, also known as permanent cosmetics, dermapigmentation, micropigmentation, or cosmetic tattooing, uses colored mineral extracts and implants them under the skin to create a permanent coloring or shading of skin. It is essentially a tattoo.


What will permanent make-up look like immediately after my procedure?


Permanent make-up often appears darker at first but the color will soften over the first week or so as the skin heals.


How long will permanent make-up last?


For some people, permanent make-up will be just that – permanent. For others, color can fade over time, but that usually takes years. It is important to remember that permanent make-up is designed to be permanent and therefore should be undertaken after serious thought and should be performed only by a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in permanent make-up techniques.


Can permanent make-up be removed?


You should not expect that it will be possible to remove your permanent make-up. While new laser techniques have developed that help decrease the visibility of tattoo work, it is often hard to erase tattoos or permanent make-up entirely. The process of removing permanent make-up with a laser can be painful and require multiple treatments over time and may lead to some scarring or permanent discoloration.

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