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Change your life with Permanent Make-up

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There is nothing more time-consuming than constantly applying, removing and then reapplying your make-up every day. It is constantly smudging or fading throughout the day and this causes untold inconvenience as you are forced to touch it up. However, with permanent make-up, all of your troubles are bound to disappear. Gone are the days where you were always careful about ruining your make-up and cluttering up your bag and kitchen with applicators and tubes.

Permanent make-up is a relatively new solution. It is a version of tattooing wherein a make-up tattoo artist will treat any problem areas such as the eyebrows and the lips. This is why permanent make-up is also called cosmetic tattooing. If you have messy or thin eyebrows, cosmetic tattooing is the solution. It is also the answer for other problems: for example, a lip tattoo will get rid of any lipstick staining as well as defining the shape of your lips. If you choose to get a coloured tattoo of the lips, this will also cover any unwanted scars and means that lipstick is unnecessary. This works the same way for eyeliner tattoos: you will never have to use eye make-up again. Gone are the days where you constantly smudge it.

Cosmetic tattooing is not just applied to permanent make-up. These days it is becoming increasingly more popular to tattoo over old nipple/breast scars that can occur after breast implants or reconstruction.

How is it done?

Cosmetic tattooing, or permanent make-up is done in much the same way as other tattooing is done. Needles are inserted into the skin with colour applied to the tip that will then dye the skin pigmentations permanently. The tattoo artist will then proceed to etch your desired design or modification into your skin. Because the ink is in the pigmentations, it is permanently dyed.

What should I expect?

Several things are done in order to prepare your body for a process such as this. First, the artist will check that you are not allergic to the pigmentation ink used – this is usually done with something called a patch test. A sterile pen is then used to draw the pattern or design onto the selected body part and a numbing anaesthetic gel is rubbed on the area to reduce pain and spasms. Then it is time for the needle. The needle will vibrate quickly and release the ink into the hole it creates in the skin, which in turn will reach the pigmentation of your skin. Do be warned that this is a painful sensation. After this it takes about a month or so to recover from the treatment properly and for the colour to stop looking so raw and to fade into its permanent shade.

What are the side-effects?

There are not actually many side-effects involved with this, despite what you may have been told. The skin will be tight and slightly swollen after the treatment but this will go down over time. Complications are virtually non-existent. However, if there is excessive swelling, rashes or the area burns, it is recommended to go and seek medical advice.

Carol Gilmore

The author Carol Gilmore