Micropigmentation/Permanent Makeup – What is it?
Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized technique used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as micropigmentation. The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis.
Who Performs the Micropigmentation Procedure?
Lina Villani, our clinical specialist, is a state certified, licensed micropigmentation technician. She has been performing permanent makeup tattooing for over 10 years, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the practice on this procedure. As a member of the American Academy of Micropigmentation, she remains committed to continual training and education on the newest advances in the field of permanent makeup. Lina recently completed additional training in microblading, another technique gaining popularity for thinning brows. Dr. Nagy is proud to offer his patients one of the most highly-trained micropigmentation technicians in the jersey shore area.
How Are Permanent Makeup Procedures Performed?
The technique involves the insertion of minute, metabolically inert pigment granules below the skin for cosmetic and/or corrective enhancement. The process includes a consultation, the application of pigment, and at least one or more follow up visits for evaluating the healed design work and color of the pigment.
Who Benefits from Permanent Makeup?
Interest in this service spans the young to the more mature; or those who desire a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance. It is especially valuable to people who can’t wear traditional cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities; active people who want to look their best for sports activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics; and those who don’t want to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics. It is also beneficial for cancer patients who have suffered the effects of chemotherapy resulting in thinning brows and eyelashes.
What Types of Permanent Makeup Procedures are Available?
Permanent makeup procedures can be very subtle or dramatic depending on what you are looking for. Options include:
- Eyeliner, Top and Bottom
- Lip liner or lip color
- Lash Enhancement
- Areola pigmentation
- Microblading eyebrow enhancement
Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?
Permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because pigment is tattooed into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo or colorant (pigment) in general, fading can and often does occur, usually within 3-5 years, requiring periodic maintenance referred to as color re-enhancement or color refreshing. The scientific structure of pigments and the requirement for periodic refreshing is identical to that of tinted hair color, or faded material on furniture that may be located near a window and subject to sun exposure.
What is Microblading?
As the name suggests, microblading uses a very small blade to deposit pigment under the skin, giving the appearance of hair. It can be used by those who want to toss their eyebrow pencil, or it can be used in more extreme cases such as for patients with hair loss. Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing, and is called “semi-permanent” as the pigments are very close to the top of the skin. Microblading leaves brows looking natural, as the technique allows the technician to manually reconstruct, fill-in and define over-plucked or thinning brows.
Call us today for a consultation to see if permanent makeup is for you. Please visit our Before and After photo gallery to see some examples of cosmetic tattooing/micropigmentation.