What is micropigmentation?

Micropigmentation, also known as permanent makeup, permanent cosmetics or cosmetic tattooing, is a cosmetic procedure used to improve or replace lost coloring on your skin. Micropigmentation is most often used on your face – to enhance eyebrows, eyelashes, eyelids (as eyeliner) and lips. It’s also used to camouflage or improve scars, even out skin coloring and restore color to areas of skin that have lost color.

Who are good candidates for micropigmentation?

Anyone – male or female – can get micropigmentation. If you are a person who wants to look their best while avoiding the physical challenges of applying makeup, micropigmentation may be especially appropriate for you.

Some medical conditions that make applying or using makeup challenging include:

  • Conditions that result in unsteady hands, such as severe arthritis, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.
  • Conditions that result in poor eyesight, such as cataracts or macular degeneration.

Micropigmentation may also be a treatment or solution to some medical conditions including:

  • As a follow up to reconstructive surgery to the face.
  • To replace eyebrows that are thinning due to age or underlying medical conditions.
  • To camouflage lack of color to the skin due to vitiligo.
  • To recreate an areola (area around the nipple) after breast surgery.
  • As a permanent solution if you have allergies to traditional, temporary makeup.

Micropigmentation procedures are also considered for purely personal reasons, such as:

  • You don’t like applying makeup on a daily basis.
  • You’d like to have fuller looking or better defined eyebrows or eyelashes.
  • You’d like better defined or richer colored lips.
  • You have scars you’d like to improve with tattoo pigment.

Special note to young people: If you are a young person, you really need to think carefully if you want a micropigmentation procedure. What’s “hot” in beauty fashion today, may not be tomorrow’s trend and you don’t want to be stuck with an undesirable look. Also, facial features change as you age.

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