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Permanent Makeup

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Permanent Makeup at Wilmington Laser Hair Removal & Skin Clinic

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.

How Does Permanent Makeup Work?

Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various devices, including the traditional tattoo coil machines, the pen or rotary machine (includes the digital rotary machines) and the non-machine or hand device. The process includes a consultation, the application of pigment, and at least one or more follow up visits for evaluating the healed design work and color of the pigment.

Permanent Eyeliner

It will only take a few minutes to assess your eye shape and discuss your width and color preference. Whether you want liner on just the top or both the top and bottom is up to you.

Permanent Eyeliner is perfect for those who:

  • Have difficulty applying eye liner because of poor sight or unsteady hands.
  • Those allergic to regular eye makeup causing eyes to water or itch.
  • Those with thin or non existent lashes.
  • Have trouble finding eyeliner that won’t smudge throughout the day or stay in place till the end of the night.
  • Want to look years younger!

Permanent Eyebrows

Eyebrows are the most defining feature of the face — framing your face, emphasizing your eyes, and accentuating expression — they are pivotal in giving symmetry to the face. If your brows are too light, if you have a gap in your brows due to a scar or even if your brows are non existent, with the help of micropigmentation you won’t have to worry about smudging brows or reapplying.

Brow treatments are perfect for:

  • Hair loss and lack of definition
  • Thin brows caused by years of over tweezing
  • Chemotherapy or Alopecia Scars
  • Lengthening your shorter existing eyebrows
  • Thickening thin brows
  • Correcting asymmetry
  • Active lifestyles
  • Trouble applying conventional makeup
  • Trouble applying conventional makeup

Frequently Asked Questions

Who benefits from permanent makeup?

People who meet minimum age requirements and have the ability to heal properly from minor wounds can benefit from the liberating benefits of permanent cosmetics. Interest in this service spans the young to the more mature;     

  • Those who desire a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance.
  • Those who can’t wear traditional cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities.
  • Active people who want to look their best for sports activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics; and those who don’t want to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics.
  • Those who are vision challenged who have difficulty applying their cosmetics
  • Others with dexterity related conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors
  • busy people who don’t have time to spend applying and refreshing makeup throughout the day and evening.

Is permanent makeup really permanent?

Permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because pigment is tattooed into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo or colorant (pigment) in general, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance referred to as color re-enhancement or color refreshing.

The scientific structure of pigments and the requirement for periodic refreshing is identical to that of tinted hair color; faded material on furniture that may be located near a window and subject to sun exposure; house paint that is exposed to the sun and other environmental elements; pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time.

The fact that most people will require periodic color refreshing of their permanent cosmetics is the opportune time to work with your technician to reevaluate your overall appearance profile and determine if any changes are appropriate. 

Longevity varies from person to person depending on their life style (sun exposure), the color(s) used for the permanent cosmetic procedure, and are also thought to be affected by topical products applied to the skin.

How do I prepare for my permanent make up treatment?

Make sure you have no major events at least 3-4 days after your procedure. It is also wise to wait a week before going on any exotic vacations. 

  • Stop wearing contacts a day before Eyeliner procedures.
  • Bring eyeglasses to procedures.
  • Avoid alcohol, Vitamin E, Multi-Vitamins, Niacin, St Johns Wart, Evening Primrose Oil, Ginko-Biloba, Aspirin (any non-vital blood thinners) for 24 hours before all procedures.
  • Understand that Fever Blisters are a very common side effect of lip tattooing. I strongly suggest getting your doctor or dentist to prescribe an oral medication prior to any Lip procedures.
  • Do not wear any makeup to the procedure, unless specified.
  • Gently exfoliate and moisturize the procedure area.
  • Be off of RetinA and Renova 30 days prior to any procedures.
  • Be off Accutane one year prior.
  • Not have a sunburn prior.
  • Not be pregnant.
  • Be over 18 yrs old.

Relax. This is easy and will make your life much more convenient!!

How long does each treatment take?

The initial procedure will generally take approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours;

  • Records to establish
  • Photographs to take
  • Desired design and color to discuss
  • procedure to perform;
  • aftercare requirements to discuss.

*Follow up or color refresher procedures usually do not require the same amount of time.

Does permanent makeup hurt?

Most people experience some discomfort. This will vary according to each individual’s pain threshold. There are different methods available, however, to help with discomfort management, including various topical anesthetics that are specifically developed for our industry. Your permanent cosmetic professional will discuss these methods with you to determine which one is appropriate.

To put this in perspective, thousands of body art tattoos are performed annually, possibly millions. As a rule, traditional tattoo professionals do not use any anesthetics for their tattoo procedures. Anesthetics for permanent cosmetics are more of a tattoo service luxury because of the nature of the tattoo location and the fact that permanent cosmetics falls into the beauty treatment category.

What If I don’t like It?

Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent. 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 and procedure. It’s very important to realize that often the new procedure represents something somewhat different; at times color where there was no color at all or very little. It takes time to become acclimated to a new look (very often this applies to eyebrows which were sparse and unnoticeable before the permanent cosmetic brow procedure.) Eyeliner color is more evident due to the contrast to the skin color.

Be patient. After the procedure has healed, and you are able to make an informed decision about the healed version of the procedure.

Are there any side effects during or after the procedure?

While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show slight to moderate swelling. This is very dependent upon the amount of work performed. As examples; an eyelash enhancement will show very little response to the tattooing procedure compared to a more moderate response when wide eyeliner is performed. The same philosophy applies to lip color procedures. A lip liner or blended lip liner will show less effects of the procedure than that of a full lip color. Also, some people swell more from minor skin infractions than others.

During the procedure there may be some minor bleeding. This again, is client specific. Many people take blood thinners on a daily basis so some slight bleeding would be expected. Others show little or no signs of bleeding. Bruising is rare but again, if a person is on blood thinners, bruising could occur. What is seen more often is that eyebrows rarely if ever produce any bruising; minor bruising during eyeliner procedures is possible if the skin being tattooed is very thin and close to the vascular system. 

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.

Other less often reported side effects are difficult to determine due to the individuality of each person’s biological system. This is why professional permanent cosmetic technicians require a client history profile be filled out to assess different factors that may contribute to your experience after the tattooing procedure has been completed.

What’s a touch-up and do I need one?

Often the tattooed color is not perfect after the initial procedure heals. Permanent cosmetic procedures are a process and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure should be scheduled. It is recommended that any required detail work to the original procedure be performed no sooner than four weeks after the original procedure.

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