Do you dream about throwing away your eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, and lip liner forever? Would you like to wake up every morning with perfect, non-smudged makeup? Well, then permanent makeup (also known as cosmetic tattooing) might be ideal for you.
History of Cosmetic Tattooing
Many ancient Mediterranean cultures practiced the art of cosmetic tattooing. Nowadays a growing number of skilled aesthetic medical professionals are offering the tailored service with even greater advanced and pleasing results.
Benefits of Permanent Makeup
You might be wondering if permanent makeup is right for you. Well, who does not want to look fantastic 24 hours a day? Imagine going for a swim at the beach and not having to worry about if your makeup is waterproof or not. Or think about how fantastic it would be to not have to seek shelter in a rainstorm for fear that your makeup is going to run down your face. However, there are other reasons why many women seek out cosmetic tattooing.
Here are a few other reasons why women might find permanent makeup beneficial:
- Chronic health conditions: The popularity of permanent makeup is increasing in women who suffer from arthritis, vision problems, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke because the daily act of putting on makeup is difficult, painful, or impossible. With permanent makeup, your makeup always looks perfect. You no longer must feel frustrated over applying fine lines, brow fillers, and lashes.
- Allergies and hypersensitivity: Tattooing is also beneficial for women who are hypersensitive to makeup or have allergies.
- Athletes: Working out is sweaty business and your standard department store makeup can run. However, with tattooing, you never have to worry about wiping the sweat from your brow or looking like a raccoon after a hard workout.
- Hair Loss: Women who undergo chemotherapy often lose their eyebrows and eyelashes. Permanent makeup can help restore their confidence.
- Vitiligo: Vitiligo is a condition that causes the skin to lose pigment. With tattooing, the lightened skin tones can be blended into the surrounding normal skin to reduce the appearance of the disorder.
- Restoration: Women who have undergone a mastectomy and have had their nipple and areola removed often seek out cosmetic tattooing to restore the color of the areola and nipple area after reconstructive surgery.
How is Cosmetic Tattooing Done?
A skilled aesthetic professional will inject iron oxide or titanium dioxide pigments just beneath the skin’s surface. Depending on the desired effects, either manual or electrical instruments will be used. Topical anesthetics and desensitizing solutions are usually applied to the skin’s surface to lessen discomfort. After the procedure, there may be some pain or bruising.
Precautions Concerning Permanent Makeup
Unlike standard body tattoos, cosmetic tattoos are not as deep beneath the skin’s surface so the pigment can lighten over time if exposed to sunlight. Many women who avoid the sun experience non-fading for 5 years or more after undergoing permanent makeup. In most cases, permanent makeup will last 1 – 3 years.
Side Effects of Cosmetic Tattooing
Cosmetic tattooing is considered a safe procedure when done by a skilled aesthetic professional. Side effects are rare but may include allergic reactions, infection, nodule, or Keloid formation.
If you are interested in learning more about permanent makeup, then please schedule a consultation with one of our aesthetic medical professionals at the Laser Skin & Vein Clinic.