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Permanent make-up

What is Permanent make-up?

Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique which employs tattoos (permanent pigmentation of the dermis) as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup, such as eyelining and other permanent enhancing colors to the skin of the face, lips, and eyelids. It is also used to produce artificial eyebrows, particularly in people who have lost them as a consequence of old age, disease, such as alopecia totalis, chemotherapy, or a genetic disturbance, and to disguise scars and white spots in the skin such as in vitiligo. It is also used to restore or enhance the breast’s areola, such as after breast surgery.

Most commonly called permanent cosmetics, other names include dermapigmentation, micropigmentation, and cosmetic tattooing, the latter being most appropriate since permanent makeup is, in fact, tattooing. In the United States and under similar arrangements in some other countries, the colourant additives used in permanent makeup pigments are subject to pre market approval as cosmetics and or color additives under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. However because of other competing public health priorities and a previous lack of evidence of safety problems specifically associated with these pigments, FDA traditionally has not exercised regulatory authority for color additives on the pigments used in tattoo inks.

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Benefits of Permanent Make-Up

The artistic technology of Permanent Make-up offers a wide array of benefits. It is the perfect choice for individuals who:

  • Suffer from allergies related to cosmetics
  • Wear contact lenses
  • Have vision problems that affect makeup application. (For instance, LASIK patients with their improved distance vision sometimes experience difficulty with their close-up vision when applying make-up.)
  • Have dexterity problems or arthritis making application of cosmetics difficult
  • Have sustained burns, scars or vitiligo
  • Dissatisfied with the shape of their lip line or eyebrows
  • Lead an active or athletic lifestyle
  • Need to save time in daily routines
  • Are tired of applying and reapplying make-up throughout the day
  • Have a complete or partial loss of eyebrows caused from alopecia, hypothyroidism or chemotherapy treatments or other condition
  • Have a cleft lip or desire fuller-looking lips
  • Want the look they’ve always dreamed about

Permanent Make-up gives you the look you’d like around-the-clock whether it be an enhancement of your eyes, lips or eyebrows and unlike other cosmetic procedures that require surgery, Permanent Make-up offers you natural-looking radiance with fast recovery so you can put your fresh face forward fast. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Is permanent make-up similar to tattooing? 
It has some of the same qualities, yet it is very different. Only specialists in micro-pigmentation can perform this procedure on the face; tattoo artists cannot. Permanent-Line uses only the techniques, tools and pigments that are specifically designed for micro-pigmentation procedures making it safe, sterile, and painless. Permanent make-up clinicians also use effective topical anesthetics that are not allowed for use by tattoo artists. Permanent-Line uses instruments that are much more delicate in design and provide natural-looking results.
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What are the coloring agents used in permanent makeup?
Permanent-Line uses safe coloring pigments approved by the European Regulatory Agencies. These have been gamma irradiated which eliminates the possibility of germ contamination. They are inert in nature and don’t interfere with the body’s chemistry. Some permanent makeup artists use other pigments containing iron oxide, which fade quickly and can cause skin irritation when undergoing a MRI exam. Permanent-Line pigments stay true to color, fading gradually to a lighter shade over time.
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Is permanent make-up a safe procedure?
At Permanent-Line the procedures are only performed under sterile conditions. Only disposable needles are used. There are no long-term side effects; short-term effects may include some redness, swelling, and tenderness. There are no known allergic reactions to pigments, however, allergy tests can be performed on clients before treatment by injecting a small amount of pigment into the hairline.
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Is there any discomfort associated with the procedure?
Topical anesthetics are applied to the area being worked upon which significantly reduces pain. Typically, patients will report little or no discomfort during or after a procedure has been performed.
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How long does the procedure take to complete?
The average time required for a procedure is between 1 to 2 hours, but here are the times you need to set aside for certain areas:
Eyebrows (1½ hours)
Eyes (1-2½ hours, top/bottom/together)
Lip Liner (2 hours)
Full Lip (2 hours)
Touch-ups ½ price
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What kind of healing time is involved? Is any care required after the procedure?
Some swelling and redness can be expected for 24 hours following the procedure. A cold compress helps to reduce any swelling around the eye area. The treated area must be kept clean. No makeup should be applied for several days. Some skin peeling and lightening of the applied color is normal. If any additional adjustments are desired, these will be made during your follow- up appointment. Regular routines usually can be resumed immediately after the procedure. However, tanning, swimming or vigorous exercise should be avoided for a few days. Normal healing times is between 4 to 7 days.
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How long does permanent make-up last?
Gradual fading can be expected for all micro-pigmentation procedures. This varies among individuals and is dependent on the specific shade used in the procedure. Most colors last 3 to 5 years, although some may not fade for as long as 10 years. Periodic touch-ups are recommended to maintain the desired look. You can also choose to change colors of your permanent makeup. For instance, a nude lip color can be modified to a peachy pink or a brown eyeliner to a black or navy hue.
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Can I have Botox after my eyebrows are permanently feathered and enhanced?
We recommend to wait a few days to let the eyebrows heal completely before Botox is injected. A brow lift should not significantly alter the shape of a permanent eyebrow.
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Should I have my eyes lifted before I get permanent eyeliner? And what happens to my permanent eyeliner when I have a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift)?
The permanent eyeliner is applied directly in between the eyelashes and therefore does not move or change when the eyelid is surgically lifted. Therefore, it does not make any difference whether you have your eyes lifted before or after the permanent eyeliner is applied.
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Can I have Restylane or Juvederm injected around my mouth after a permanent lip liner procedure? Will it change the look of my lips?
Restylane or Juverderm can be used to further enhance the fullness of your lips and to diminish the appearance of lines around the mouth. The lip liner will not “run” or feather into the vertical lines around the lips.
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Many patients benefit from visiting DermaCare to have a customised treatment plan worked out for them. If you are interested in Permanent make-up, please book an appointment and let the team of experts customise a treatment protocol tailored to you.