Permanent Cosmetics - Looking Your Best All the Time


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Permanent cosmetics, also known as cosmetic tattooing, is becoming increasingly popular over the use of conventional make up. The techniques used are often referred to as “micropigmentation", “micropigment implantation" or “dermagraphics". The implantation is a deposit of tiny individual implants of pigment or vegetable-based dye into the top layer of the skin. The benefits to those wanting a feature definition or scar camouflage are huge!

These cosmetic procedures are performed using different kinds of machinery such as the traditional tattoo or coil, the pen or rotary and the non-machine or hand method.

The process includes the initial consultation and application, and then one or two follow up visits for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment.

Those Who Benefit

• anyone who wants to enhance their appearance
• following surgery or an injury
• loss of hair including eyebrows and/or eyelashes
• vitiligo those who may have lost their pigment to areas of skin
• physically active people who don't want to worry about “sweating off" or reapplying cosmetics
• those who can’t wear cosmetics because of allergies or sensitivities
• the vision impaired
• the motor impaired with unsteady hands
• entertainers, actresses, and models
• mothers and other busy professionals who can’t find the time

What Can Be Done?

• eyebrows, proper placement will open up the eyes
• eyeliner, top and bottom - can be used to help reshape the eye
• eyelash - making them thicker and fuller
• lipliner and full lip color - redefinition of an irregular line; restoration if fading has occurred
• beauty marks

Is it Really Permanent?
These actions are considered permanent because the coloring is set and cannot be washed off. However, fading can occur, so periodic maintenance is required. Consider this and all other aspects when choosing a technician.

Some factors that can negatively influence the longevity of these cosmetics are the sun’s UV rays and tanning booths, some drugs, excessively dry skin, and smoking. Stay away from Alpha- hydroxy, Retin-A, and glycolic acids because these kinds of substances slough away top layers of skin and eventually the implants will be affected.

How Much Does it Cost?
These cosmetic procedures are commonly known as para-medical. If work is performed in a physician's office or in specialized clinics the rates may be higher. However, the cost should not be the most important issue but rather the training and skill of the technician and the client’s confidence.

How Long Does it Take?
It will generally take 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours with much less time for the follow-up.

Is it Painful?
This is invasive so there may be some discomfort but will vary according to the individual and to the skills of the technician. A topical anaesthetic can be used if needed. There may be a small amount of bleeding but the area is washed at the end of the process and antiseptic cream applied.

Is It Safe?
Visit the location where this is to be done. Look for all materials including needles, machine parts and supplies to be kept in a sanitary manner. Gloves should be worn, workers clean and neat, fresh drapery used for the patient and the room tidy and free from any contaminants.

Regardless of all precautions understand that an allergic reaction could occur at any time so testing may be done by request.

What If I Don't Like It?
Although this type of cosmetics is permanent, there is a flexibility to change color and shape somewhat, depending on the expertise of the technician. There are some methods for removing tattoos including laser treatments, abrasion, and surgery. But there are side issues such as many visits, cost and possibly a change of color to a less desirable shade.

Take note that colors initially will appear darker but will lighten during the healing which takes about a week or longer depending on the individual and the procedure.

Choosing a Technician
Consider the training, experience, and do look at photographic testimonials. Remember that the shape and proper placement is as important as the correct coloring. The desired result is discussed at the first visit. It is important that at all times there be interaction between both parties. You do not want to live with someone else’s mistake.

Caution - if it is necessary at some time that you undergo a diagnostic procedure known as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a burning sensation may occur and there may be some swelling in the areas that have been colored. It is not harmful but can be uncomfortable for a short time. The pigments can interfere with the image acquired by the scan. Do inform the radiologist so that this can be taken care of.

The New You
This new look can enhance your life! Wake up to perfectly applied makeup every day. Join actress Joanna Kerns, Donald Trump, former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley and soul-rocker James Brown, to name a few.

Not for You? Consider Semi Permanent
Now that you have reflected on this type of cosmetics maybe there are second thoughts. So here are some other things to think about. The Magic Stylo pen is a perfect alternative or it can be used in addition to the permanent cosmetics for a ‘touch up’. It is a long lasting (8 – 24 hours) semi-permanent pigment and smudge-proof.

• be sure to apply to dry, clean skin
• always cap the pen after each use
• apply to extend lips and use before lipstick
• apply to eyebrows to create a natural look
• will clog around eye shadow, lotions, and lipsticks if not used correctly

If the pen clogs, gently clean the tip with a small alcohol pad. Then, give a little shake for the liquid to flow to the tip again.

How it Works
It soaks into the skin rather than “cake” on top thus creating a more natural look. Doesn’t rub off and is “kiss-proof”. It can be removed easily with any makeup remover.

Check out brand names such as Revlon, Max Factor and Clinique who advertise lasting performance cosmetics.

Finish the Day Free Of Cosmetics
At the end of the day do remove all traces of makeup, leaving your face clean and fresh for the night.


There is so much to learn about our skin, its care, all the products that are out there and how best to look and feel good. This goes a long ways to helping our self-esteem and building confidence in ourselves. We can do a minimum skincare regime of cleaning our skin, to using daily rituals of moisurizing and toning; using makeup or going for permanent cosmetics. We trust that we have some good information available on our sites. Look for us at or


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