Truth and Myths of Permanent Cosmetics

I started my training in permanent makeup with the purpose to add this service to my ophthalmology medical education and to offer a more comprehensive approach to my clientele. Soon, I discovered a new, fascinating world that has changed my life. As most people, my knowledge of permanent makeup was basic and limited. Personally, most people wearing it, seemed to me, odd and fake, if not disfigured.

As a nationally Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional, a member of the two most prestigious societies of permanent makeup technicians, and as the owner of the Permanent Makeup Institute, I would like to demystify beliefs about this amazing art that can improve anyone's sense of well being and therefore, life.

Myth: Permanent makeup is not a tattoo process.

Fact: By definition, Permanent Makeup (a.k.a Micropigmentation) is a tattoo art. Tattoo techniques and either manual or mechanical devises are used to deposit or implant pigments under the skin for aesthetic, medical, or identifying purposes. As it disturbs the skin protective barrier, the skin is susceptible of infection and of blood borne pathogens, as well as cross contamination if the proper measures are not taken.

Myth:Tattoo ink colors are same as the permanent makeup pigments.

Fact: They are different. Tattoo inks are mostly black organic or inorganic carbon molecules. They can be pure or mixed with other colors additives. Tattoo inks have smaller molecular sizes (0.3 microns) and also have an extreme capacity to stain any media. Think about the dark color of Coca Cola or Sunkist sodas- their colors remain without separation, even at room temperature.
Pigments used in the permanent makeup industry are mostly a blend of organic colorant molecules and inorganic iron or others minerals that are readily found in the earth or made artificially in laboratories. these more stable compounds are 6 microns or bigger, in size. At rest, they precipitate to the bottom of the bottle, which creates a visible demarcation line from the pigment and the liquid media where they are suspended..
Due 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 dominant based color. For that reason they are mainly used on the body that in the face.

Myth: Permanent Cosmetics is expensive, looks odd, and shifts to unpleasant colors.

Fact:Once a trademark of the rich and famous, permanent cosmetics is now an affordable option that enhances or even substitutes the need of a surgical cosmetic approach. A well trained professional has been educated in the decision making process of the skin sub-tone, proper pigment selection, and techniques to use and achieve a desired and natural looking effect.

Myth: Permanent makeup should last forever or it might turn to an odd color.

Fact: Nothing in life lasts forever. Anything under the sun fades over time. Permanent makeup cosmetics is intended to last for a long period of time, but it will fade to a, as expected, softer version of the original color. To keep a permanent procedure looking fresh, maintenance touch ups will be needed over time. The longevity of your procedure will depend of the technician's expertise, pigment quality, proper care and lifestyle.

Myth: People that want any cosmetic enhancing procedure are superfcial and vain.

Fact: 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's human nature. Others have medical conditions that impede them from applying or using regular makeup. Some have posttraumatic or congenital deformities, such as Cleft Palate or have undergone Breast Cancer surgeries with the loss of the 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 good amount of lessons from them. They have my outmost consideration and respect. And, let's face it- not one of us is getting any younger. A well raised eyebrow tail will produce an instant face lift illusion without even undergoing Botox treatment or cosmetic surgery. As we grow older, we lose eye and lip defnition/color that can be beautifully enhanced by an expert technician.

We cannot stop the hands of time, but we can make the ride more enjoyable. We are located at 2103 Coral Way, Suite 705, Miami, FL 33145 and 1840 West 49 St. Suite 601, Miami, FL 33012 . You may contact us to schedule your appointment at 305.778.2076 or visit us online today

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2103 Coral Way,
Suite 705,
Miami, FL 33145

(305) 778-2076