Micropigmentation is the clinical/industry name for permanent makeup or cosmetic tattooing. It’s often used on the face to restore the look of eyebrows, eyelashes, some makeup such as lipstick or eyeliner and can also be used to make hairlines look fuller. A newer technique has actually been used to help reduce the look of scarring or dark pigmentation by using skin coloured ink. It can also reduce the look of dark circles under the eyes.
Who can get it done?
If you can get a tattoo, you can get micropigmentation. The treatment draws in both men and women who want to improve the overall look of their face with minimum upkeep. It’s also great for people with conditions that cause stiff or unsteady hands making makeup hard to use such as parkinsons or arthritis.
It’s also favoured by people with alopecia as, by tattooing eyebrows and the look of lashes or liner on their faces, it can help create a sense of normality for them.
We would really advise getting anything done that is a trend though. As much as you might love soap brows, they’re probably going to fall out of trend soon (like insta brows fell out of fashion around 2020). Micropigmentation is a permanent tattoo, we advise to get something close to your original look.
How is it done?
The tattoos are applied with tattoo guns and you can either see a trained tattoo artist in their studio, or some dermatologists/estheticians may offer the service in their office. Because the skin on the face is extremely sensitive and will be painful to tattoo on, a topical anesthetic may be applied to the area.
Remember, tattoos are permanent. The tattoo gun has a needle on the end which will penetrate a few millimeters into the middle layer of your skin (dermis) and deposit ink there. The only way tattoos can be removed is through laser treatments which break up the ink and allow your body to dispose of it. Laser treatments are also relatively painful so make sure you’ve researched the tattooist who will be doing the procedure.
Getting a tattoo creates an open wound on your skin and needs to be treated as such. Make sure that whoever is doing the procedure is set up in a sterile environment, their equipment is sterile and wrapped properly, and make sure that they are wearing gloves!
Depending on what procedure you’re having, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, so make sure to eat a carb/protein heavy meal beforehand and bring sugary snacks and drinks to prevent your body going into shock. Most tattoo artists will have advice on what to bring/be aware of your body’s limits, but set yourself up for success. My favourite meal before a tattoo is the boneless banquet from KFC and a krushem. Carbs, protein and sugar.
How long does it take to heal?
Like any wound on your body, it can take a few weeks to heal. Your practitioner will give you their advice for how to treat it, but you’ll need to keep the are moisturised with an unscented moisturiser and avoid using any makeup or skincare on the area until it is completely healed. Tattoos leak and bleed a lot so be prepared to carry baby wipes.
Depending on the type of procedure, you may also require more than one session. For example, if you’re trying to cover pigmentation, this may take a few sessions which will be spread out over a few months to allow the tattoos to heal and settle.
Even though this is a permanent procedure, if it’s in an area which is used a lot, i,e., lips, eyes, then the ink can wear away which may require you getting it ‘topped up’.
What are the risks of Micropigmentation?
As with any medical procedure there are risks. As said above, you need to make sure that whoever you go to, to get the tattoo done, they need to be working in a sterile environment and have been properly trained. This will help to prevent any complications from occurring such as infection, eye complications, scarring etc. Make sure to do your research and see their portfolio. Word of mouth recommendations can be great, but make sure to do your own individual research as well.
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