What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent makeup is cosmetic tattooing that results in beautiful, natural looking results. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as “micro pigmentation.” It is implanting pigment into the dermis layer of the skin with a special machine designed for medical tattoo work. The process includes a consultation, an initial session and a perfecting session.
Who Gets Permanent Makeup?
The benefits of permanent cosmetics can be very liberating. Permanent Makeup can be especially valuable to people who have allergies and skin sensitivities to makeup; athletic people who want their makeup to stand up to a workout and busy people who don’t have time to fuss with their makeup. It is very convenient to wake up with makeup already perfectly applied. People who experience thinning of the brows or alopecia enjoy the results of permanent makeup. When a person’s vision is challenged they often will have difficulty applying their cosmetics. Other people may decide to use micro pigmentation who experience limitations due to health related reasons like arthritis, multiple sclerosis and stroke. Breast cancer survivors can have 3 dimensional areola re-pigmentation that is beautiful and natural.
Types of Permanent Makeup
Permanent Cosmetic procedures can be very subtle or dramatic depending on what you are looking for.
- Eyeliner- Top & Bottom
- Lash Enhancement
- Lip Liner and Lip Color
- Scar Camouflage
- Beauty Mark
- Hair Imitation
- 3-D Areola Re-pigmentation
Is It Painful?
Most people experience very little discomfort but this can vary depending on each individual’s pain threshold. Topical anesthetics that are specifically developed for our industry are highly effective. Your permanent cosmetic professional should discuss these methods with you to determine which one is appropriate. Traditional tattoo professionals do not use anesthetics for their tattoo procedures. Anesthetics for permanent cosmetics however, are used because of the sensitive location of the tattoo and as an extra luxury of the beauty treatment.
Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?
Permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because pigment is tattooed into the skin. It will not wash off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance. Pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time but the longevity varies from person to person depending on sun exposure, genetic, and topical products applied to the skin. The duration of permanent makeup can be lengthened by avoiding use of glycolic acids, exfoliates and antioxidants found in many beauty products.
What You Should Expect After the Procedure
Some people swell more than others but the swelling should disappear after about 3-5 days. Bruising is rare but again, especially if a person is on blood thinners, bruising could occur. If bruising does occur, typically it is minor and subsides in a few days. There is usually some tenderness for a few days.
Immediately following the procedure, the color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days. It is recommended to plan your sessions around any special events or vacations. The perfecting session can be scheduled 4-6 weeks after your initial visit.
3D Areola Renewal
What is Areola Micro Pigmentation?
Areola Micro Pigmentation is a simple noninvasive technique that uses tattoo pigments to restore the areola after breast reconstruction. Re-pigmentation of the areola can create a more natural looking color and shape giving the breast a customized appearance according to whatever the client desires. Areola restoration is a precise technique in detailing a 3-dimensional replica of an areola and nipple. Micro pigmentation is form of tattooing using state of the art medical tattoo equipment, delicate artistry and astonishing color matching to achieve a natural looking areola. This noninvasive procedure is often chosen as a post-op cosmetic option or for anyone who is self conscious about their areloa- color, size , shape or scar. In fact, areola micro pigmentation is a permanent cosmetic procedure that not only is great for cancer survivors but for anyone desiring to enhance the natural size, definition or symmetry of the areolas.
Sometimes surgical procedures can leave a scar. A scar’s appearance can be softened, blended, or reduced by tattooing with corrective pigment camouflage techniques. It is important to remember that an areola or a scar will probably require more than one session for the best results. Each time the pigments are tattooed into the skin, they look more like the natural skin. Camouflaging any scars can be done as a part of the areola procedure during the same session. Areola micro pigmentation coupled with scar camouflage is the best way to achieve the most beautiful results. You should ask your physician first to get approval before areola work or scar camouflage can be preformed. Once you are cleared, usually 6 months after surgery, you can call in for a consultation.
What Is the Procedure for Areola Renewal?
After we assess what needs to be done in the initial consultation, we will custom match the colors to your skin. Colors can be matched and blended so that both areolas match if only one areola needs to be done. Next, topical anesthetic is applied to minimize any discomfort that can occur. After the size, position and placement is determined, the pigments are tattooed into the skin creating a 3 dimensional natural looking areola/nipple. This is a way to restore the natural beauty of your breast by simulating the color and definition of your nipple and areola. The scars can also be camouflaged during this session. A follow-up appointment is recommended to achieve the most natural results. Usually we allow 4-6 weeks in between sessions for optimal healing.
How do I care for my tattoo after the Areola Procedure?
Due to the sensitive nature of the area being tattooed care instructions should be followed so that the skin can heal. When you schedule your appointment, you should make sure that you plan for your recovery period by scheduling around work, leisure and travel plans. Keep in mind that swimming, hard core exercise and romantic holidays should be planned around. To care for the skin that was tattooed, you will be provided with a sterile ointment that should be applied. You will be given specific written instructions at the time of your appointment. During recovery, it is recommended that you allow your skin to get plenty of air. Some women avoid wearing bras or shirts while they are at home allowing the skin to breathe for the first few days. The tattoo may ooze for about a day following the session and this is a normal part of the healing process. The true color of the areola will begin to show after a few days. Remember, the color is going to be darker at first and will fade to your natural color.
Healing with Scar Camouflage
What Is Scar Camouflage?
Skin imperfections from surgeries or other bodily injuries (including burns) can be easily camouflaged by micro pigmentation. Medical tattoo machines have the ability affect improvement in scars in two ways. First, the needles actually break up the scar tissue allowing new collagen to repair the replace old tissue. Second, camouflage color can be implanted directly into the scar tissue and surrounding skin to better match your natural skin tone. Surgical scars, injury scars and hair transplant scars can all be treated in this manner
How Is Scar Camouflage Done?
The appropriate color match is very important in scar camouflage. When choosing the appropriate colors to match there are many things to consider. It is important to know that scar tissue is very different from normal tissue because scar tissue accepts and retains color differently. Special considerations about the skin’s texture, thickness and color in the area can be observed. All this information is helpful to take into account for best results.
Often, the color needs to be applied gradually, resulting in a build up to the desired color. A small test patch may be done to match the best possible color. If the color is a match, the procedure can be completed upon the next visit. Sometimes camouflaging a scar can be a process that can require several visits. Scar tissue often will accept and retain color differently than normal skin. Often, color is applied lightly over several sessions to gradually build the color. The colors can be blended with the surrounding skin so that it looks beautifully natural. Also, hair stubble can be simulated with a blend of colors so that the area is camouflaged entirely. In fact, even the hair density and pattern is taken into consideration so that it matches the rest of the area when necessary.
Does It Work On All Scars?
The process of scar camouflage is best approached as a process where there is a consultation to determine the best approach. Some scars are not candidates for scar camouflage. Scars that are less than 9 months old should not be treated. Scars that are dark purple, keloid, or heavily raised should not be treated.
To Schedule An Appointment
Haylo Healing Arts Lounge
Beautiful You Permanent Makeup
1111 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204