permanent makeup being applied to lips

What Is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup is a relatively recent cosmetic technique that involves using a “pen” device containing iron oxide to create near-permanent pigmentation in the skin. The results can look like eyeliner, lipstick or can augment and even perfectly mimic eyebrows. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Permanent Makeup is usually used as a cosmetic enhancement or replacement but can also cover stretch marks, birthmarks, age and liver spots, and uneven skin coloration. The procedure can also help those who suffer from alopecia (an immune disease that causes hair loss to the face and head) and vitiligo (a condition that causes skin cells to lose their pigmentation) by minimizing the visible effects of those conditions.
permanent makeup being applied to lips

How Is Permanent Makeup Done?

Your attending technician will use an anesthetic to numb the area being worked on. The procedure is then performed using an extremely fine needle that makes hundreds of tiny perforations per minute, creating intricate designs that look exactly like makeup commonly used on the lips, eyelids, and eyebrows.

How Long Does the Permanent Makeup Procedure Take?

The time necessary will vary depending on what you are getting done and your desired outcome, but you can expect the procedure to take half an hour to two hours.

Is The Procedure Painful?

Permanent Makeup is usually a painless procedure if the area is numbed correctly. Some people even fall asleep during the procedure.

The area will swell up for 2-5 days before a crust forms and heals over, just like a tattoo. At first, the area will appear lighter or darker than it had previously, but the effect fades over time.

How Long Does Permanent Makeup Last?

Most Permanent Makeup work lasts 3-5 years, although some colors will not fade for up to 10 years. Periodic touch-ups are recommended to maintain your desired look. You can also opt to alter or adjust the colors of your Permanent Makeup if you want a different look.

What Are The Risks Involved?

You want to research Permanent Makeup and select your practitioner carefully before committing to the procedure. The risks are low, and mishaps are rare, but it would be good to keep the following in mind:

  • The procedure can be relatively expensive, depending on your goals
  • Parts of the procedure might be painful
  • Infection is always a possibility when needles are involved
  • Once performed, removing Permanent Makeup can be a complicated process
  • Although it is called Permanent Makeup, the results do fade over time
  • It’s possible you might not get the exact results you desire

Can Permanent Makeup Be Removed?

It is possible to remove Permanent Makeup, but the process can take months – two or more sessions spaced at least 4-6 weeks apart. The most effective Permanent Makeup removal methods are:

  • Laser Tattoo Removal
  • Saline
  • Glycolic acid removal

These methods must sometimes be combined to achieve maximum effect. Consult with your technician before undergoing the procedure if the possible necessity for removal is a big concern for you.

Am I A Candidate For Permanent Makeup?

In general, anyone can get Permanent Makeup. But these categories are ineligible without exception:

  • Individuals under 18 years of age
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing
  • Individuals with viral infections or diseases
  • Individuals with a pacemaker or serious heart problems
  • Individuals who have undergone an organ transplant

Consult with a qualified practitioner to find out if you are ineligible.

What Are the Benefits Of Getting Permanent Makeup?

  • It will save you time and energy
  • You wake up ready to go out immediately
  • It can correct blemishes and scars
  • Permanent Makeup is completely smudge-proof
  • Complete control over your look
  • The results will last a long time

Get The Perfect Look For You!

Amenity Day Spa is qualified and prepared to work with you to get the long-lasting, perfect look you desire through Permanent Makeup – schedule a consultation today!