What is Permanent Makeup and is it Right for Me?

Permanent Makeup

In most regards, permanent makeup is exactly what it sounds like. Although it does not really last forever, it does last for years and is a great option for busy professional or athlete who needs to look her best all the time. Also known as permanent cosmetics, dermal cosmetics, 3D permanent brows, microblading and microstroking; permanent makeup is a technique where pigments are added to the skin. Most commonly done on the eyebrows, it is a form of cosmetic tattooing. Tiny needles are used to embed the pigments in the skin. While considered “permanent” the pigment will fade over time (as is the case with all tattoos). You will want to have it touched up every 2 to 3 years. The time will depend on the health of your skin and your lifestyle.

Permanent cosmetics can be used to better define or darken the eyebrows. Whether you are looking to lessen the amount of time you need to get ready after leaving the gym or you are looking to replace lost hair due to alopecia, over-tweezing or thinning eyebrows, microblading might be a good option for you.  

Permanent makeup is intended to enhance, not completely replace traditional makeup. If you are planning a night on the town or a special occasion, you can still personalize your look by applying as much additional makeup as you wish.

If you decide that microblading is right for you, be savvy when choosing a provider. You should consider the individual’s level of training. Ask if he or she has photographs of past work and/or testimonials from past patients. When looking at the photos, you should be able to get a sense of the artist’s style and the quality of his or her work.

What About Shape and Color?

As with any tattoo, there is a fair amount of options available to you when choosing the color and style. Looking at your artist’s work can help give you some ideas about your preferences. This is a good time to start a conversation with your cosmetic tattoo artist. Some factors that you should consider are:

  • age, 
  • current use of makeup, 
  • daily activities,
  • hair color,
  • personality and 
  • skin color.

The structure of your face will also need to be considered. This will include the shape of your lips, the curvature of your eyelid and the structure of your brow bone. Once a design is settled on by you and your artist, he or she will draw the outline on your eyebrow and let you see it before proceeding. 

Will My Natural Eyebrow Hair Keep Growing?

Yes, your hair will continue to grow after the procedure. It may be necessary to take steps to prevent any hair from growing outside the outline of the tattoo. We suggest tweezing, threading, or getting electrolysis to remove any unwanted hairs. We do not recommend waxing.

Does DermaPace have any side effects or contraindications that patients should be aware of?

DermaPace is a medical device that uses extracorporeal shock wave technology to promote wound healing. While it is generally considered safe and effective, there are specific precautions and contraindications that patients should be aware of.

Potential side effects and contraindications of DermaPace treatment may include:

  1. Pain or Discomfort: During or after the treatment, some patients may experience mild discomfort or pain at the treatment site. This is usually temporary.
  2. Skin Redness: Temporary redness or irritation at the treatment area might occur, but it typically resolves on its own.
  3. Bruising: In some cases, patients might experience bruising at the site where the shock waves are applied.
  4. Allergic Reactions: While rare, some individuals might have an allergic reaction to the gel or coupling medium used during the procedure.
  5. Infection: Although stringent protocols are followed to prevent infection, there is a minimal risk of infection at the treatment site.
  6. Contraindications: DermaPace treatment may be contraindicated for individuals with certain conditions. These can include:

Pregnancy: DermaPace treatment is generally avoided during pregnancy due to the lack of extensive studies on its effects on pregnant individuals.

Are there any potential risks or complications associated with OrthoPace treatments?

Potential risks and complications associated with orthopedic treatments, including those using advanced technologies like OrthoPace, can include:

  1. Infection: Any surgical procedure carries a risk of infection, which can occur at the surgical site or within the joint.
  2. Bleeding: Excessive bleeding during or after surgery is a risk, which may require additional interventions.
  3. Blood Clots: Blood clots can form in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism), especially after prolonged immobility.
  4. Nerve or Blood Vessel Damage: Surgery can sometimes lead to damage to nearby nerves or blood vessels, causing numbness, tingling, or other complications.