August 15, 2008

Permanent makeup

Also known as micro-pigmentation or ‘medical tattooing’, this involves implanting small amounts of colored pigments into the skin for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes – usually endowing permanent colour on the lips, cheekbones and eyebrows or restoring colour to white scars from burns, accidents or surgery.

Initially, the lasting makeup may look incredibly extreme and gaudy. However as you are getting it done from a professional with proper skills, you need not worry much about the look as the person knows what he/she is doing. And even though the ink may appear strong at first, it soon subsides, making the look realistic. Almost always the implanted color is not perfect after the first procedure and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure is highly necessary and this is often scheduled after a minimum of 5-6 weeks. Very soon the lasting makeup will start looking like everyday makeup.

Time commitment: About 45 minutes, but the area becomes a little swollen after the procedure, so do it on an easy day. The recovery from permanent makeup simply consists of waiting for the ink to decrease somewhat so as to get a natural look. As there are no surgical procedures involved, it does not require any downtime or any major need for rest. The ink will start to fade as years pass as with any tattoo, meaning that this too requiring periodic maintenance, color re-enhancement or color re-freshing like your hair-color. So it is important to consider this and all aspects of the procedure when selecting a potential permanent cosmetic makeup technician.

Permanent makeup is not necessarily the best procedure for those who want it for convenience – the procedure is really set in place for those who have issues with makeup. Some may be allergic to cosmetics, while others may not be able to see well. Still others with motor impairments and diseases such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease etc may find it difficult to apply makeup everyday. Permanent makeup is particularly beneficial to people who can’t wear other cosmetics due to allergies and other skin sensitivities. Though permanent makeup is considered safe, experts warn about the potential risk of lasting side effects, including allergic reactions and skin nodules called granulomas. Occasionally, people may even develop an allergic reaction to ink in tattoos they have had for years, they add.

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  1. Thanks for bringing up the reason why people choose to do it. I never thought of it that way, but that is very true.

    I couldn't do the permanent make up thing. I like change.

  2. Hi, this blog is great.I love reading your artcles

  3. Anonymous6:07 PM

    Be sure to exfoliate regularly...when your skin is smoother, your makeup adheres better and lasts longer. If you don't exfoliate, you're just putting makeup on top of dead skin cells that will flake off during the day, and take your makeup off along with it!


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