Permanent makeup, also called “micropigmentation,” involves the micro-implantation of mineral extract into the skin similar to tattooing. This ancient practice, which has beautified women in Asia for centuries, is available in our office through our safe and modern technology. All of the dyes used are allergy-tested and cleared by the FDA.
About Permanent Makeup
Permanent makeup is designed to accentuate your natural beauty. Our Beverly Hills and Los Angeles clients visit us for these minimally invasive treatments for a variety of personal reasons, which commonly include:
- Looking your best with the least amount of time and effort, even during exercise or first thing in the morning.
- Enhancing eyebrows that have too little or uneven hair growth.
- Accentuating the eyes, when you don’t have the time or the ability to apply eye makeup effectively.
- Enhancing or defining lips.
- Disguising a facial or body scar.
- Simulating a natural nipple-areola complex after breast reconstruction.
- Placing pigmentation in vitiligo patches.
The pigments used for permanent makeup are available in a variety of earth and flesh tones, and can be mixed to closely match or highlight your skin tone or hair color. Keep in mind that it is intended to enhance your lash line, lip line, or brow, not to replace your makeup.
What to Expect
We apply special dyes through a delicate hand-piece specifically designed for applying permanent makeup. A topical or local anesthesia is used to prevent any pain or discomfort during the procedure. A complete upper and lower lash line takes about 30 to 40 minutes. Eyebrows and lip lines are also brief procedures, with little discomfort.
In an eyelid procedure the pigment is placed subtly between the lashes, into the dermis, or second layer of your skin. This creates the appearance of a soft lash liner. Using a variety of micro-needle styles, our technician can also create the appearance of tiny eyebrow cilia.
Following breast reconstruction, many patients choose to have their nipple-areola complex reconstructed to match their natural breast. After selecting the proper pigment, the technician measures and outlines the area to be reconstructed. When the pigmentation is first applied it will seem darker than the natural areola. This will fade slightly over time, resulting in a natural look.
Patients with pigmentation loss from vitiligo, scars or burns may also benefit from micro-pigmentation. One session is usually sufficient to pigment an area of up to three square inches and can be performed using local anesthesia. When touch-ups are required, they may be done at a later date.
Most patients enjoy an almost immediate recovery and resume all normal activities within 24 hours of their micropigmentation treatment. Topical antibiotic ointment is used for a few days. You will need to refrain from applying makeup, avoid direct sunlight, and avoid wearing contact lenses for a few days. Some patients may experience a slight swelling in the treated areas. This will subside with the use of a cool compress.