What is micropigmentation?
Micropigmentation, better known as cosmetic tattooing or permanent makeup, is a technique to apply permanent color into your skin. This artistic and specialized process involves embedding organic pigment beneath the skin to create a natural and permanent result. Many choose permanent makeup to save time, because they have makeup allergies or vision problems. It can also provide natural-looking solutions for those with alopecia or those who have undergone breast reconstruction.
Who is a good candidate for micropigmentation?
Almost anyone who wants the convenience of permanent makeup is a good candidate for micropigmentation. There are many potential ways that micropigmentation can be used to enhance, refresh or restore facial features.
It is important to know that micropigmentation does not cover traditional tattoos. A consultation with one our plastic surgeons is suggested for those clients wishing to have a tattoo removed.
Micropigmentation is also commonly used following breast reconstruction. Many patients choose to have the areola rebuilt to match their natural breast. After selecting the proper color, our technician measures and outlines the area creating a beautiful and natural look.
What to Expect With Microdermabrasion
Our micropigmentation specialist implants the pigment by hand or by using a machine, depending on the treatment chosen. Before and during the procedure, the area is numbed. Most people say that the procedure is virtually painless.
Micropigmentation is often used for:
- Eyelids (as eyeliner)
- Areola (nipple) tattooing after breast reconstruction
- Alopecia or Trichotillomania
- Covering small scars
In the week after the first treatment, the pigment can be expected to fade by approximately 50%. A reapplication, about two weeks later, will reveal the final results.
Because the pigment is applied so close to the top of the skin, many patients require a touch-up about once a year.
Your aesthetician will also talk with you about caring for your treated skin. Using products containing aloe vera, Retin A or glyolic acid can cause the tattoo to fade more quickly. Fair skinned patients can also expect the tattoo to fade more rapidly.
Risks of Micropigmentation
As with any cosmetic procedure, micropigmentation carries risks, which can include infection, allergic reactions, granulomas and keloid formations. Precautions also must be taken during future MRIs.
Individuals with certain medical conditions, like lupus or dry eye diabetes, may require written permission from their doctor before having the procedure.