What research should I do before undergoing micropigmentation?

Be sure to find a doctor or specialist who has experience in this procedure. Before having the procedure, visit the doctor you have selected. What should you look for? Examine the office area for cleanliness and professionalism. Are there appropriate waste containers for proper disposal of medical products used during the procedure? Are supplies properly stored? If your initial visit is not in the actual room where the procedure will be performed, do not be afraid to ask to see the room and request a general tour of facilities. Be aggressive - this is your appearance.

Some other questions to ask:

  • May I see your credentials?
  • May I see photos of your past work?
  • If possible, may I contact a current or former patient?
  • How long have you been practicing?
  • What is your follow-up care policy?

A dedicated, involved specialist should be able to answer any and all of your questions. Make sure you feel comfortable communicating with your doctor or specialist and that you feel open to ask anything that's on your mind.

You should have a consultation before the procedure, during which time you discuss your expectations with the doctor or specialist. At this time, he or she also will determine if you should receive anesthesia (usually local).

During the consultation, he or she may take a medical history. It's important that you are completely honest. Additionally, you should be honest for why you want micropigmentation so your doctor or specialist understands all of your concerns. He or she will evaluate your skin for tone, texture, and complexion in order to best match your natural colors with the proper pigment. He or she also may take photos.

Does insurance cover micropigmentation?

No. This is an elective, cosmetic procedure that you will have to pay for on your own.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/15/2016.


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