Medical Permanent Makeup


Medical permanent makeup, AKA micropigmentation, implants pigments into the skin (by a cosmetic tattoo specialist) using a hand tool or digital machine. The colors appear vivid after a treatment but patients often need a touch-up procedure to achieve the desired results. Patients that have difficulty applying makeup thanks to arthritis or age, as well those with allergies to cosmetics, find the help they need with this treatment. Patients trying to cover hair loss on their eyebrows have microblading to apply ink and create hair-like strokes to fill-in eyebrows that are thinning. The pigment is implanted using a hand tool that mimics the appearance of natural brow hair in the eyebrows.

Ideal candidates for medical permanent makeup include women with thin lips that desire permanent lip liner and someone who wants to camouflage scars. In addition, patients that have lost their eyelashes or eyebrows due to trauma or medical issues are good candidates for medical permanent makeup or microblading. It is also an ideal treatment for someone that wants to save time in the morning by eliminating the need to apply makeup.

Medical permanent makeup costs depend on the type of makeup used, the amount of tattooing performed and the experience of the cosmetic tattoo specialist. A single procedure costs anywhere from $350-$1200. The cost of microblading runs from $500-$1400.

Patients can expect some mild swelling in the areas that are treated by the specialist. The treated area might appear red or pink and even bleed a little bit before it heals. Microblading results can be seen immediately. The brows might appear to be darker but they will fade by about 30% as time passes. The final results will be seen at around 2 months and last for about a year. The results from medical permanent makeup are visible after the swelling goes down. It can take about a month for the colors to fade a bit. The pigment can fade over time but it normally lasts between 2-3 years.

Medical Permanent Makeup and Microblading

Medical Permanent Makeup and Microblading

submitted on   Tue Oct, 20, 2015 by Laura Reed, OD, CPCP, FAAM     
Medical permanent makeup is a cosmetic procedure that implants pigments into a patient’s skin. Medical permanent makeup, also known as micropigmentation or cosmetic tattooing, mimics the look of eyeliner, eyeshadow, eyebrow pencil, lip liner and/or lipstick. Patients who have difficulty with1