Myths and truths
of permanent makeup
I began my training in permanent makeup with the purpose of adding this service to my medical education in ophthalmology and offering a more complete approach to my clients.
Soon, I discovered a new and fascinating world that has changed my life. Like most people, my knowledge of permanent makeup was basic and limited. Personally, most of the people who used it, seemed strange and false, if not disfigured.
As a certified permanent cosmetic professional, member of the two most prestigious companies of permanent makeup technicians and as the owner of Permanent Makeup International, I would like to demystify beliefs about this incredible art that can improve the feeling of well-being of any person.
Myth: Permanent makeup is not a tattoo.
Reality: By definition, permanent makeup (a.k.a micropigmentation) is a tattoo. Tattooing techniques and manual or mechanical devices are used to deposit or implant pigments under the skin for aesthetic, medical or identification purposes. As it disturbs the protective barrier of the skin, the skin is susceptible to infection and to bloodborne pathogens, as well as cross contamination if the appropriate measures are not taken.
Myth: Tattoo ink colors are the same as permanent makeup pigments.
Reality: They are different. Tattoo inks are mostly inorganic carbon molecules. They can be pure or mixed with other colored additives. Tattoo inks have smaller molecular sizes (0.3 micras) and also have an extreme ability to dye any medium. Think of the dark color of Coke or Sunkist soda: their colors remain without separation, even at room temperature.
The pigments used in the permanent makeup industry are mainly a mixture of organic dye molecules and inorganic iron or other minerals that are easily found in the ground or artificially manufactured in laboratories. These more stable compounds have a size of 6 microns or more. At rest, they fall to the bottom of the bottle, which creates a line of demarcation visible from the pigment and the liquid medium where it is suspended.
Because of their smaller size and high stain capacity, tattoo inks, if used or mixed with pigments, tend to "migrate or bleed" under the skin and become bluish / grayish or the predominant base color. For that reason, they are used mainly in the body than in the face.
Myth: Permanent makeup is expensive, it looks weird and changes to unpleasant colors.
Reality: Once a trademark of the rich and famous, now permanent cosmetics are an affordable option that improves or even replaces the need for a surgical cosmetic approach. A well-trained professional has been educated in the decision-making process of skin sub-tone, the selection of the right pigment and the techniques to use and achieve the desired effect of appearance and natural.
Myth: Permanent makeup should last forever or it can become a strange color.
Reality: Nothing in life lasts forever. Anything under the sun fades with time. Cosmetics for permanent makeup last a long period of time, but fade to a softer, more expected version of the original color. To maintain the appearance of a permanent procedure, maintenance touches will be needed over time. The longevity of your procedure will depend on the technician's experience, pigment quality, proper care and lifestyle.
Myth: People who want any cosmetic improvement procedure are superficial and vain.
Reality: It's not true. Many women and men, who work long hours or are involved in outdoor activities, prefer to look their best when exposed to others. It is human nature. Others have medical conditions that prevent them from applying or using regular makeup. Some have post-traumatic or congenital deformities, such as cleft palate or have undergone breast cancer surgeries with loss of areola and / or nipple that can be redesigned and improved with permanent cosmetics. I have met the most wonderful people during these years and I have learned a lot of lessons from them. They have my highest consideration and respect. And, let's face it, none of us is getting younger. A well-lifted eyebrow tail will produce an instant illusion without even undergoing Botox treatment or cosmetic surgery. As we get older, we lose the definition / color of eyes and lips that a skilled technician can improve wonderfully.