Permanent Makeup Specialist

Phoenix Family Medical Care and Advanced Medical Aesthetics

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Phoenix, AZ

Permanent Makeup Q & A


What is Permanent Make-up?

Permanent makeup, or cosmetic tattooing, is a fast-growing part of the health and beauty industry.

If you have faint eyebrows, no eyebrows, or partial eyebrows, a cosmetic tattoo can help. A lip tattoo can reduce "lipstick bleeding," and give definition to the lip line. With a colored lip tattoo, or what we call “lip blushing” lip scars seem to disappear, plus you can kiss lipstick good-bye, A little lip gloss for shine and you’re out the door. After an eyeliner tattoo, you can put away your eyeliner pencil for several years.

How is the process done?

The process is just like getting a tattoo. The artist applying permanent makeup uses a needle that penetrates your skin and releases pigment.

Before getting permanent makeup, you will go over a series of health questions with your artist.

After that, you will choose the color, based on advice and suggestions from the makeup artist. The technician will then use a sterile surgical pen to line and sketch the area to be tattooed and then put an anesthetic numbing gel on your skin.

Using a hollow, vibrating needle, the technician will apply the pigment into the top layer of the skin. Each time the needle penetrates the skin, a droplet of pigment is released into the hole the needle makes. You will feel a mild stinging and vibration.

After getting permanent makeup, it takes about three – six weeks for the color to fade to its permanent shade.

At first, the color will likely look dark and shiny. The surrounding tissue will be swollen and red.

You can use a cold compress to reduce swelling and antibiotic healing ointment to help prevent infection. Strict sun avoidance and use of sunscreens that block the entire ultraviolet light A and B spectrum for several weeks is important to prevent post-inflammatory color changes. Complications are rare but can include infection or allergic reactions to the tattoo dye.

Does Insurance Cover Permanent Makeup? No.