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Permanent Makeup Frequently Asked Questions
Not Just for Vanity
 
For women who have arthritis, stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, or other conditions that cause tremors, putting on makeup can be an impossible task. Permanent makeup eliminates their frustration. Women with vision problems, who are blind, or who have cataracts may also be good candidates.
 
Cosmetic tattooing also helps women who have allergies or hypersensitivity to makeup. Female athletes and other physically active women are turning to permanent cosmetics, as are business women, entertainers, models, and housewives.
 
For women who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy, permanent eyebrows and eyeliner can restore self-esteem and eliminate the need to reapply eyebrows every day. Cosmetic tattooing can also help with vitiligo—a condition in which the skin loses pigment. Permanent makeup can blend lightened skin tones with the surrounding normal-colored skin.
 
What are the most common Permanent Cosmetic Procedures?
 
Some of the most common procedures are eyeliner, eyebrows, and lip liner. Another popular procedure is a "para-medical" one—nipple areola restoration. During the procedure, the skin can be re-toned to match the surrounding area more closely. 
Blush application is not recommended for anyone who gets much sun exposure. Women with vitiligo who choose permanent makeup must also limit their time in the sun. The tattoo does not protect people from the sun’s UV rays. Both procedures usually require several sessions to complete.
 
How Is It Done?
 
Regardless of the body area or the technique, the concept is always the same: placing iron oxide or titanium dioxide pigments below the skin. The amount of pigment, the color, and whether manual or electrical instruments are used can vary. 
Before having your procedure, you should have a consultation with the technician and review your medical history.
 
Is permanent Makeup application painful?
 
The amount of discomfort from this type of tattooing depends on your pain threshold, the skill of the technician, and the procedure. Several topical anesthetic and desensitizing products are used to make the procedure as pain-free as possible. 
 
What can I expect after the procedure?
 
Expect some bruising and swelling. These can last 2-3 days for eye procedures and up to one week for lips. Ice can relieve symptoms, and you should avoid using alpha-hydroxy acid products or topical tretinoin on tattooed areas because they can lighten the pigments.
 
Both sunlight and regular light can lighten the color. One reason is that pigments are not placed as deep or as heavy as they would be on, say, the arm, because facial skin is delicate. For some women, the color lasts for more than a decade without fading significantly.
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