Is micropigmentation really permanent?

Yes, but. . . Although the ink never washes off, it fades over time because skin cells are constantly replaced. However, you should think about micropigmentation as being permanent because it can be very difficult to remove. It can be a long, painful, expensive, multiple procedure process and all of the link may not be able to be removed.

What research should I do before undergoing micropigmentation?

Be sure to find a cosmetic specialist or plastic surgeon who has experience in your desired procedure. Set up an initial consultation. During this meeting you’ll discuss your expectations. Be sure to be honest about why you want micropigmentation so your specialist understands all of your concerns.

Some questions to ask this healthcare professional include:

  • Can I see your credentials? Ask how long they’ve been doing your desired cosmetic procedure?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure? Are my expectations realistic?
  • Can I see before and after photos of past work on other clients?
  • Can I contact a current or former client?
  • What anesthesia/type of anesthesia will be used for my procedure?
  • What are the risks and complications of the particular procedure I’m interested in? How are these complications handled?
  • What can I expect during my recovery period?

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

After your initial consultation appointment, expect your healthcare professional to examine your skin for tone, texture and complexion to best match your natural colors with the proper pigment. Your cosmetic specialist or plastic surgeon will ask about your medical conditions, past surgeries, medications you are taking and history of allergies. They will also take photos.

Does insurance cover micropigmentation?

No. This is an elective, cosmetic procedure that you will have to pay for on your own. Costs vary depending on the procedure you request and the experience of the practitioner.

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