Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Permanent Makeup tips

I often get asked to recommend a permanent makeup artist, and I have even recommended some of my patients consider permanent makeup.

The popular SofTap brand and method of permanent makeup tattoo is actually semi-permanent and tends to fade in 2-4 years requiring touch-up or new treatments periodically.  So the commitment is not truly permanent, which I like.  What I like about the SofTap method is it can be done with a natural feathered hair look for filling in eyebrows.

Having a tastefully done thin upper and lateral lower eyelid liner can be a time saver for a busy woman. 

As women age, our lateral brows tend to thin and some of us seem to be left with no eyebrow hair by the time were over 50.  I recommend for this either NeoGraft hair transplant to the thinned eyebrows and/or permanent makeup.  If there is very little hair, and permanent makeup is done alone, sometimes it may look less natural, than if a combination (which I prefer) of hair replacement (transplant) and permanent makeup is done.

Some of my older patients, have trouble putting on makeup themselves because of poor vision or unsteady hands, but still want to look their best.  That's when I recommend they consider permanent makeup.  In addition, regular makeup can smear and fade easily which can be frustrating, whereas permanent makeup can be relied on to always look perfect.

I caution to avoid very dark lip liner colors, which tend to look unnatural and even odd.

Is it truly permanent?
No, not exactly.  I like to call it "semi-permanent".  The darker the color you choose the longer it will last it seems, but many people need touch-ups in 2-4 years.

Can I remove the makeup?
Yes, you can remove it with laser, but it will take multiple treatment session 4-15 depending on the color.

Does it hurt?
Yes, a little, unless you have really good numbing cream on, which I recommend.  It is common to have mild swelling, redness and pain for a few days after at your treatment sites.

If you are looking for a great permanent makeup artist, ask your local cosmetic dermatologist for a referral.


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