Permanent Cosmetics

From perfectly lined lips to eyeliner that never smudges, permanent cosmetics offer a low-risk alternative to daily makeup application.

“Wake up with Make Up!” is the alluring promise of one sector of the cosmetics industry. In a culture obsessed with beauty, some people are throwing out their lipstick in favor of a longer lasting alternative.

Definition of permanent cosmetics

According to the Permanent Cosmetics Network, permanent cosmetics are a type of tattoos that inserts minute implants of pigmentation into the skin’s dermal layer. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are also known as “micropigmentation”, “micropigment implantation” or “dermagraphics”.

Types of procedures

There are a number of both aesthetic and medical uses for permanent cosmetics. Eyebrows, lash enhancement, eyeliners and lip liner/lip colour are among the most popular cosmetic requests. Medical procedures include scar camouflage, areola reconstruction after breast surgery and imitation hair for those suffering from diseases such as alopecia or recovering from chemotherapy.

Benefits of permanent cosmetics

From those who like sports and don’t want sweat to ruin their makeup, to the visually or motor impaired who have trouble with makeup application, a diverse group of people can use permanent cosmetic procedures. The Permanent Cosmetic Networks lists entertainers, actresses and models, men who want a natural looking face enhancement and busy mothers and professionals among the people who could benefit from this procedure.

Side effects of permanent cosmetics

Permanent cosmetics are generally safe, but there are a few side effects associated with the procedure. For example, bleeding and/or bruising may take place during the application and clients can expect some swelling for up to 72 hours after the application. There may also be some tenderness of the treated area.

Methods of applying permanent cosmetics

The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals lists three different application techniques:

Traditional tattoo or coil machine

Digital micropigmentation machine, which boasts many benefits such as exact placement of pigment in the skin and better control of speed and force than the coil method.

Hand or non-method which can be done painlessly with tools like acupuncture needles.

Prior to the procedure the skin is numbed by a topical anesthetic to prevent the patient from experiencing pain. The

Permanent Cosmetics Networks says the initial application process can take up to two hours depending on the type of procedure.

The cost of permanent cosmetics

The American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics lists suggested prices for permanent cosmetic procedures on their website. Here are a few examples:

Eyebrows: £350-£1250


Lip liner/lip colour:£400-£1500

Scar Camouflage:£350-£250 per hour

Although the procedure is permanent, colour can fade over time and touch ups may be required. Clients who spend a lot of time in the sun will experience quicker fading.

Finding a permanent cosmetics technician
It is crucial to find a permanent cosmetics technician who is properly trained and knowledgeable. Those interested in the procedure should do in depth research before having any work done.

Visit the site where work is being done: The work area should be sterile and sanitary.
Make sure the technician is neat and clean: They should always wear gloves and use new needles and machine parts for each client.

Ask about the technician’s background: Find out how long they have been in the industry and how many procedures they have completed. Ask to see a portfolio of their work and all certification of training.

Get referrals: Talk to other people whave successfully completed the procedure and choose from their recommended technicians.

Undertaken with proper research and a qualified technician, this permanent approach to makeup can save time and reduce frustration.