Micropigmentation or Permanent Makeup

Micropigmentation or Permanent Makeup

When I hear talk about permanent makeup , the first thing that comes to mind is the black line of the thick upper eyelid type “my beautiful genius” or those mouths outlined. After researching the subject, I realized that my concept about this type of makeup was somewhat limited, as I discovered that it can be more natural than I imagined, as well as having many benefits.

Although I still do not like the idea of ​​makeup 24 hours a day, it is inevitable to think of benefits like wake up list without makeup or leave a pool without running your makeup.

The first thing I discovered is that the micropigmentation is not completely permanent, as I thought, the pigments are absorbed by the skin losing the intensity of the color and last approximately one to two years, after this period must be retouched for an optimal result . The duration of this type of makeup will also depend on your care, factors such as exposure to UV rays, creams or treatments with peeling effect, or have very dry skin, will make your makeup semipermanent last less time.

This technique that was born in France, consists of introducing with a very fine needle , the pigments in the most superficial layer of the skin called epidermis. It is used for artistic, aesthetic and repair purposes . Today we will talk about the permanent makeup used for aesthetic purposes, which is used to:

  • Fill eyebrows
  • Upper or lower eye shaping
  • To draw lips
  • Draw polka dots
  • Make-up for people allergic to traditional cosmetics

The difference of this technique with a tattoo is:

  1. The length of the needle (in a tattoo is not limited the length),
  2. The amount of pigment to deposit (a tattoo uses much more pigment, they are stronger and intense with aggregates of lead)
  3. The depth of the skin to which the pigment comes (the micropigmentation penetrates up to 0.07mm of the epidermis, the tattoo is much deeper) and
  4. The duration (the tattoo lasts forever).

If you are thinking of doing a permanent makeup, you should be sure that the place where you do it complies with the rules of hygiene and cleanliness, with a professional expert in the subject and with the appropriate implements. The needles used should be disposable and sterilized, and the procedure should be performed with surgical gloves. You should also be concerned that before you start, you should have a color test and PH of the skin to avoid allergic reactions. This test also serves to match the applied color with that of the skin.

Types of Pigments:

  • Organic pigments : Their fundamental element is carbon, they have a higher percentage of probability to allergic reactions. They are less stable than the previous ones and they have more risk of migrations, because the size of the particles is more varied.
  • Non-organic pigments : Iron oxide is the fundamental element, the rate of allergic reactions is almost zero, but it is also recommended to do previous tests. It offers a greater fixation and guarantees a loss of color in a more gradual and uniform way, it avoids the migrations as the particles are bigger. The colors of non-organic pigments are less bright and intense.

The procedure should not last more than an hour and topical anesthesia is used. Before beginning to pigment, the expert marks the path to be followed, then introduces the pigments millimeter to millimeter by means of a needle connected to a demographer that generates movements of reciprocation that allows the pigments to be gradually falling off.

At the end of the procedure there is an inflammation caused by the repeated pentración of needles, in the next five days the treated area begins to heal, forming a superficial crust that falls on the fifth day, being able to appreciate the final result and it is recommended to reaffirm the procedure to carry out A control and a possible review after two weeks. Throughout this process, it is essential to take care of UV rays.


  • Diabetes
  • People with coagulation problems.
  • Recent hepatitis.
  • It is not done on freckles, warts, moles or skin lesions.
  • Pregnant
  • AIDS
  • People who are on chemotherapy.
  • People with a tendency to develop blemishes on the skin.
  • People with a lot of flaccidity in the eye area may be asymmetrical.
  • Do not pigment vascularized areas or scars from cancerous lesions.

One thought on “Micropigmentation or Permanent Makeup

  1. Derek Dewitt

    My wife has been thinking about getting micropigmentation for her brows but isn’t sure where to start. I like that you mention how dry skin and UV exposure can make the treatment wear off quicker than the normal 1-2 years. We’ll have to keep this in mind and go in for retouching after a year or so. Thanks for sharing!


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