Micropigmentation—sometimes referred to as "permanent make-up"— is a technique in which minute, metabolically inert pigment granules are implanted below the epidermis for cosmetic and/or corrective enhancement. This ancient Asian beautification practice has gained popularity around the world. Micropigmentation is used to enhance facial features like eyebrows, lashes and lips; to improve conditions like scarring and vitiligo (uneven pigmentation); or to reconstruct the nipple/areola breast area.
Typically, two treatments are needed, four weeks apart. Needles penetrate the skin a few millimeters, in what is basically a tattooing process.
No downtime and resumption of most normal activities within 24 hours for majority of patients.
The pigments used are made from safe, generally non-reactive compounds approved by the FDA.
The process is relatively quick (for example, an upper and lower lash line takes about 30 to 40 minutes).
Skin returns to normal by the next day. Swelling or redness is generally mild.
Mild discomfort during procedure is avoided using topical and/or local anesthesia.
Good alternative for women with make-up allergies (although procedure is designed to enhance features, not replace make-up altogether).
Pigments are individually mixed for customized results, and designed to look natural. Results can be seen immediately (although full end result will be seen in about three weeks).