Permanent Makeup

Also known as micropigmentation and permanent cosmetics

Permanent makeup uses tattoo techniques to enhance or reproduce features that are not pronounced or have been lost due to aging, a medical condition, or scarring. “Cosmetic tattooing” is most often used for the face, on the eyebrows, lashes and lips, but also can improve scars or uneven coloring of the skin (vitiligo) and restore the areola around a woman’s nipple after breast surgery.

When to Consider Permanent Makeup

  • If your eyebrows, lashes and lips are pale or lacking definition
  • If you are active, swim or do not wish to apply makeup daily
  • If you have a skin or makeup allergy
  • If surgery or scarring has left you with uneven coloring or loss of pigment (color) in some areas

Pros

  • Quick procedure with very little downtime
  • Customized results for your skin tone and coloring
  • Good alternative for those with allergies and makeup issues

Cons

  • Permanent makeup is a permanent procedure that is difficult to remove
  • You may be susceptible to infection or allergic reaction to pigment
  • Pigments may interfere with cranial MRI scans

Am I a good candidate for permanent makeup?

The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider permanent makeup:

  • You have sparse hair on your eyebrows or have poorly defined eyelashes
  • Your lips are pale and you do not like wearing lipstick or gloss
  • You are undergoing breast reconstruction and would like to recreate the areola area of your breast (around your nipple)
  • You have scarring that could be improved by tattooing pigment
  • You want to eliminate daily makeup application