Cosmetic tattooing or permanent makeup (also known as semi-permanent makeup or micropigmentation) is a technique similar to tattooing, in which a needle is used to place pigmented granules beneath the upper dermis or first layers of skin. Cosmetic tattooing is soft and subtle, and is meant to be a natural-looking beauty enhancement.
how long does it last?!
Cosmetic tattooing is considered semi-permanent and will not wash off. However, it will fade over time and may need a touch-up every 1-2 years, likely to completely dissipate after 3 years.
Touch-ups are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring 2 visits. The initial procedure followed by a touch-up procedure 6-8 weeks later. Both visits are included in the initial cost and it is recommend to schedule your touch up during your first session. With most procedures, the color looks dramatically lighter after the first week. Some clients prefer this, while others opt for a bolder look. At the second treatment, we will assess the color retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly the first time, do not worry! We can always go darker and add more density at your next appointment.
Permanent makeup is designed to fade over time. All of this can make it sound a little not worth it. But honestly, fading is desired as it allows alterations to color and shape over the years while your natural coloration, facial structure, and fashion trends change.
The average appointment takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. Numbing and mapping the area takes a majority of this time, while actual tattooing takes about 45 minutes.
what are these pigments
I use the highest grade, pharmaceutical iron-oxide based pigments. While the FDA does not regulate colors, permanent cosmetics are considered generally very safe and adverse reactions are rare.
what about my "old skool" brow tats?!
In some cases, we can revive traditionally tattooed eyebrows. Cover-ups depend on the current color, age of the previous tattoo, and scar tissue. Scar tissue does tend to reject pigment. In a lot of cases, there is a great chance microblading will not hold.
Previously pink or orange tattooed eyebrows have a better chance for coverage, but still can look pretty solid depending on each individuals skin. Darker, previously tattooed eyebrows are harder to cover because the hair strokes applied disappear into the previous tattoo. Think of this like drawing on black paper with a black pen. You wont see much. If the issue is to adjust the color from blue back to brown, we CAN color correct. We can also make them thicker but they will always be solid where the old tattoo exists.
If you need cover up work, please email me for a consultation. If you are unable to schedule an in-person consultation, please send photos so I can do my best to assess to your eyebrow.
To ensure the most comfortable experience possible, topical anesthetics developed for permanent makeup procedures are applied to the area before and during the procedure. Some people describe a ‘tingling’ feeling, while others describe some discomfort. It all depends on the procedure and your particular tolerance level. We do hear often that there was not as much discomfort as expected.
If you are planning a chemical peel, MRI, or other medical procedure, please inform the technician that you have had an iron-oxide cosmetic tattoo. Careful application must be taken to avoid affecting the tattooed area. If you are planning to have laser treatments, tell your laser specialist to avoid the pigmented area. Laser may cause pigment to turn black.