How Permanent is Permanent Makeup?
When people say "permanent" makeup, do they really mean 100% permanent, as in "it will never go away"? It can be hard to tell. After all, “perms” aren’t actually permanent – those curls fall out eventually! So how permanent is a cosmetic tattoo? “Permanent” is technically the right term, since the color will never leave your skin, but in terms of appearance, cosmetic tattoos aren’t permanent in the way you think they are – they fade and can also be removed with laser tattoo removal. Read on for more about the permanency of cosmetic tattoos.
At first, the permanent makeup will look extra dark, but it won’t stay that way. During the first several days, your cosmetic tattoo will appear darker than you expected because your skin is still healing. As the skin heals, you’ll notice that the permanent makeup lightens and softens. As your skin goes through the healing process, small scabs will form, giving the makeup a deeper appearance. Eventually, these scabs will slough off. However, don’t pick at them – if you do, you may permanently scar your skin or remove the implanted pigment, which could affect the tattoo.
Like other tattoos, cosmetic tattoos will eventually fade. The good news is that permanent makeup fades gradually, so there won’t be any huge, noticeable difference all of a sudden. The more elements your face is exposed to (like if you spend your afternoons hanging on the beach and swimming in the ocean), the faster the permanent makeup will fade. The reason permanent cosmetics are called “permanent” is because the pigment is tattooed into the skin and can’t be removed by washing. Ultimately, when you get permanent makeup, color is injected into your body’s molecules and those molecules are permanently in your body, which means the color is as well.
The actual permanency of cosmetic tattoos will vary from person to person – an individual’s body chemistry can cause a tattoo to fade quicker than the same tattoo on somebody else. Your age, how thick your skin is, how your skin scars, and other personal factors affect how dark your makeup will appear and how much it will fade over time, as well as how quickly it will fade.
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5/21/2019 03:53:51 pm
It is good to know before hand that cosmetic tattoos will fade with time. Finding a service that will be able to do checkups. This is a great tip for my sister that is looking for a cosmetic tattoo service.
5/31/2019 07:28:59 am
I thought it was interesting when you said that permanent makeup will fade after a while. My sister went through a permanent makeup procedure a few years ago, but she no longer wants it. She may want to find a business that can help her remove it.
1/29/2020 01:16:20 pm
This was a very interesting article to read through as I actually didn't know that permanent makeup could fade over time. Although, that does make me wonder if it can be removed completely as well if someone has changed their mind. I guess, at the very least, you could let it fade, but I wonder how much fading it could do before you hire someone to remove it completely.
7/23/2022 05:08:16 am
Keep sharing these types of articles.
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