Permanent makeup is also known as “cosmetic tattooing.” It can be done to conceal scars, add definition to lips, emphasize faint eyebrows or otherwise improve one’s appearance.
The most popular procedures involve eyeliner, eyebrows or lip color. The effects are permanent and people who want cosmetic tattoos should, therefore, seek out a licensed aesthetician who uses gloves and sterilized equipment.
What does getting permanent makeup involve?
The process is similar to getting a tattoo. The aesthetician uses needles that inject pigment into the top layer of the skin.
The aesthetician will perform a patch test on the client’s skin to test for any type of allergic reaction. Some people react badly to the pigments used.
If there is no reaction, the client will then have a consultation with the makeup artist during which they will discuss possible colors for the tattoo.
The technician will then sketch the area to be tattooed with a sterile surgical pen and apply an anesthetic gel to the client’s skin.
The aesthetician will use a vibrating hollow needle to inject pigment into the top layer of the skin. The needle releases a droplet of pigment each time it penetrates the skin. The client will feel a slight stinging.
The makeup’s color will seem dark and shiny at first, and the surrounding skin will have some swelling. The color will fade to its permanent shade within several weeks.
The client will need to stay out of the sun and use strong screens for several weeks after the procedure to prevent color changes caused by inflammation.
What are the risks?
Allergic reactions are uncommon, but they do happen. Since permanent makeup involves injecting substances into the skin, removing the allergen is difficult.
Pigments made from iron oxide may be the safest to use for they are the least likely to cause an allergic reaction. By contrast, pigments made from vegetables or herbs could cause allergic reactions.
Black India ink, on the other hand, is prone to spreading elsewhere and, therefore, should not be used in permanent makeup.
It is imperative that a person getting permanent makeup go to a practitioner who sterilizes their equipment. Unsterilized needles can lead to serious infections.
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If you are interested in permanent makeup, contact MD Beauty Labs today. We will be able to work with you to develop a treatment plan suitable for your cosmetic needs.