Sep
2010

Are You a Good Candidate for Permanent Makeup?

If you’re tired of using eyeliner, mascara and lipstick every day and want to enhance your appearance, you may be a good candidate for permanent makeup. Permanent makeup was originally used to hide burns and scars after, but is also used for cosmetic enhancement. It is very similar to tattooing color, and may be a viable alternative to makeup if you have skin allergies. Permanent makeup is now available at many medical spas, aesthetic surgery centers and some day spas around the country.

Get in touch with a medical spa in your area to find out what the pros and cons of permanent makeup are. Your skincare specialist can perform a complete skin consultation and recommend the best permanent makeup solutions based on your needs.

Key Benefits of Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup is a great match for people who are allergic to traditional cosmetics, and for those who have a very busy lifestyle and are tired of applying eye liner, lipstick, eyebrow fillers and other cosmetics on a daily basis.

Some of the key benefits of permanent makeup include:

  • Enhances sparse lashes
  • Doesn’t smear when sweating or swimming
  • Can address certain medical conditions, including alopecia and vitiligo
  • Can camouflage scars and skin imperfections
  • Helps people who are visually impaired or have unsteady hands enjoy the look of makeup
  • Can define or reshape poorly-shaped lips
  • Can reshape and define the brows
  • Enhances natural features

What to Expect with Permanent Makeup Treatments

The permanent makeup procedure can be painful, and the level of pain varies depending on how much pain you can tolerate. The professional administering the tattoo may use numbing agents and topical anesthetics to reduce discomfort and pain, but you can expect to feel a significant amount of discomfort throughout the procedure, and while your skin heals.

Permanent makeup can be used to:

  • Enhance your eyebrows
  • Darken the lash line
  • Add color to our lids
  • Enhance your lips and make them appear fuller

You are able to use regular makeup over your permanent makeup application after the skin has fully healed, and may prefer to do so if you want to change your look with a different color or shade. It can take several weeks for the skin to heal completely from the tattoo application, and you may be given special moisturizers and skin-soothing products to help with the healing process.

The inks, dyes and additives used to apply permanent makeup have not yet been approved by the FDA. It’s very important that you work with a professional permanent makeup specialist that uses sterile tattooing equipment and needles, or you risk contracting an infectious disease.

Learn more about permanent makeup in our information guide, or consult with a medical spa in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for permanent cosmetics.

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