Looking Your Best with Permanent Makeup

Permanent Makeup is the perfect solution for those with eyesight impairment or unsteady hands due to medical conditions such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, paralysis, or a host of other problems causing physical restriction.

The uses for permanent makeup expand beyond eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. For those who are convinced that permanent makeup serves only the daily face makeup user, this column will bring new light. There are many medically related reasons for having permanent makeup applied.

Areola Repigmentation is an option. Patients who have had mastectomy surgery and breast reconstruction have two choices when it comes to reconstructing the areola. One option would be a skin graft which requires further plastic surgery. The other option is to simulate the areola through permanent makeup. In this procedure color and shape are matched to the intact side, or a new color and shape are chosen for both breasts, blending with the shape of the new breast and the client’s skin tone. Permanent makeup thus offers a less costly option with a shorter healing time and fewer traumas to the body.

Alopecia is a medical condition, which causes hair loss either in patches or it can affect the entire body. Head hair, brows, lashes and body hair can be lost, causing a great deal of psychological trauma for the patient. Permanent makeup can help bring back self-esteem and confidence to the Alopecia patient. In the hands of a skilled technician, brows can be applied in a natural manner and eyelash enhancement or full eyeliner can be used, either alone or as an adjunct to false eyelashes, creating restored facial features. Patients who are undergoing chemotherapy can benefit in the same was as the alopecia patient when hair loss of brows and lashes occurs from cancer treatment.

Scar Camouflage is an option in several cases. Plastic surgery, even by the best of surgeons can leave some scarring along the perimeter of the surgery site. Accidents or burns may cause scarring. The most successful type of scar to work with is flat, not raised and a lighter color than the intact skin surrounding it. Scars which are located within the hairline, from facelifts or sparse areas after hair transplantation can be camouflaged. The same is true for stabilized male pattern baldness. The technician uses a subtle technique to fill in the sparse area, matching the color to the clients’ existing hair.

Cleft Lip Correction is done surgically but the patient will normally be left with a lip, which appears incomplete. Permanent makeup is ideal for reconstructing the lip line, normally by applying full lip color either in a natural tone or cosmetic color, whichever is preferred by the client.

Vitiligo involves the progressive loss of pigmentation in the skin, sometimes affecting the entire body over many years. Loss of pigment can occur in patches, as well, with the disease eventually ceasing to progress. Since vitiligo is a progressive condition, careful consideration should be taken before undergoing repigmentation with permanent makeup. If the affected area has not changed in a long time, permanent makeup can be an option to blend the affected area with the original skin tone. However, if pigment loss continues after the permanent makeup has been done, further blending would be difficult.

When choosing permanent makeup for any of these procedures, it is important to find a technician experienced in these procedures and prepare to spend a good deal of time on follow up treatments. Scar tissue is more difficult to penetrate than intact skin. Blending color to match surrounding tissue also requires several treatments. Progressive revisions are necessary to create the best result. The skin must heal completely in order to reveal the outcome of the color as it blends with the skin’s natural undertones. This healing time usually ranges between six to eight weeks.

By Rebecca Bryant