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American Academy of Micropigmentation

Common Questions Regarding Permanent Cosmetics
Q: What exactly is "Permanent Makeup"?

A: Also known as Micropigmentation, Micropigment Implantation or Dermagraphics, Permanent Cosmetics is the process of applying small deposits of pigment color under the the upper reticular layer of the dermis. It is used to give color and enhance lips, eyes, eyebrows as well as for scar camouflage and 3-D Areola Nipple tattooing. Permanent cosmetic makeup is the art and science of implanting color into your skin. It is putting the right color in the right place so you can look better naturally. Specialized instruments allow your practitioner to place color into the layer of skin known as the dermis. Because the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, is always shedding and renewing itself, you are looking at the color through a thin veil of skin. When your procedure is completed, the color will appear darker than the final result. This is because the color is in BOTH the epidermis and the dermis. The color in the top layer will flake off during the healing process.


Q: Will I really look like myself... only better?

A: Permanent cosmetic makeup helps replenish what time has taken away and gives back precious time you normally spend "putting on your face". You can save up to 100 hours in a single year that were formerly spent struggling to draw eyebrows evenly or eyeliner half-way straight. That's two and one-half weeks of free time plus the money you'll save buying new and expensive cosmetics that rub off, smear, smudge and disappear during the day. Permanent makeup is not intended to replace cosmetics completely. Because the color is placed "in" your skin and not "on" your skin a more natural, softer look results. When you're ready to kick up your heels and go out for a night-on-the-town, you can apply as much additional makeup as you wish.


Q: I'm afraid of / don't like pain... does Permanent Makeup hurt a lot?

A: New topical anesthetics have been developed especially for permanent makeup for eyeliner, eyebrows and lip-color procedures. These creams and gels are applied to the desired area before and during the procedure to assure you of the most comfortable experience possible. Some people describe the sensation as a "tingling" feeling. Most people experience some discomfort, especially for lip color procedures. It is common to hear that there was not as much pain as was expected. As the anesthetic wears off after the procedure, cool packs are very soothing to the area.


Q: How long does it take to recover?

A: You'll look like you've had a good cry for several hours following eyeliner. It is advised to apply ice for 10 minutes at a time during these first few hours. Also, it is important to wear sunglasses as your eyes may be temporarily sensitive to light. Eyebrow procedures have the least swelling. Lip-color often involves temporary swelling. You must let your technician know if you have a history of fever blisters so your doctor can prescribe medication.


Q: How long will my permanent makeup last

A: Permanent makeup is long-lasting. However, as you become accustomed to your new makeup it's not uncommon to want more. You will want to freshen up your new makeup every couple of years. The darker the color, such as black, the longer it will stay unchanged in your skin. Natural, delicate colors are oftentimes more vulnerable to the effects of sun, swimming and breakdown by the body. Both organic and inorganic pigments may be used to achieve the desired color.


Q: Can I remove my Permanent Makeup, should I change my mind?

A: Because it's easy to add color and difficult to take away, your technician will be conservative in the initial application of your new color. Take advantage of the consultation to discuss your wants and needs. It's also a time where you and your technician choose the right colors and discuss any special requests you may have. Your cooperation will largely determine the end result of your procedures. Remember it is a team effort.


Q: Can I get Permanent Makeup cheaper?

A: Remember the saying "You get what you pay for". It saves you money and embarrassment to do it right the first time! If you already have permanent makeup and wish to have changes in the shape or color, please call for a consult.


Q: What if I have plastic or laser surgery?

A: Cosmetic surgery is desirable for many reasons as we age. It's best to complete your surgery before having your makeup applied. Laser surgery or resurfacing may result in color loss or darkening of your makeup depending on the laser and the colors in your skin. Advise your laser surgeon that you have permanent cosmetics so that he or she can perform a "spot test" before they proceed. If either cosmetic surgery or laser causes color loss, then it is a simple matter to have the color replaced. Your technician can explain more about complications of cosmetic tattoos.


Q: Is there anything I need to know if I have special medical condition or hea

A: You may have special needs for permanent makeup such as scars, vitiligo, alopecia or health problems. You may need your physician's release in order to undergo testing and/or procedures which you desire. This is an extra measure of protection for your benefit.


Q: What if I need a MRI?

A: By all means get the needed MRI. Temporary tingling, redness and swelling and a transient burning sensation have been reported for some with eyeliner tattoos. Advise your physician that you have a cosmetic tattoo. He or she may wish to place a wet cotton round over your eyes during the MRI.