There are TONS of factors that require you to need a touchup: oily skin, dry skin, medication, products used, use of sunblock or lack of, lifestyle and the list goes on! BUT the main nitty gritty is skin depth...so lets talk depth and why permanent makeup nowadays requires more touch ups versus the old school brows that are on peoples faces forever (like mine 😕) and why potentially needing more touchup's down the road is actually a good thing!
Normal body tattoos and old school style permanent makeup enters 7-8 layers of the skin, basically the skin is blasted with ink/pigment. Permanent makeup, if done correctly, enters 3-4 layers of the skin meaning the pigment is in a much more shallow area.
Permanent Makeup 7-8 layers deep:
👉Pros: the tattoo is never going away...not necessarily good...keep reading
👉Cons: with time, we lose our collagen and fatty tissue resulting in our skin becoming thinner. If the skin is blasted with ink/pigment and the skin is thinning, the ink/pigment can start to spread.
I ask my clients if they have ever seen an older person, maybe an older veteran, with tattoos on their arms, if so, what is the first thing you notice? Typically the tattoo is greenish/bluish and it is blurred and/or migrated under the skin. It is unfortunately what happens as we get older and our skin thins. It's literally inevitable and the reason you do not want your permanent makeup done this way! Who wants blown out eyebrows when they are 80?!
Permanent Makeup 3-4 layers deep:
👉Pros: you won't have blown out eyebrows when your skin starts to thin!
👉Cons: you do have to maintain your new brows when they start to fade.
Is it annoying to think that you might have to repeat the same process annually or every couple of years? Maybe, but I think you will ultimately be thankful when you're a little older and you don't have eyebrows that are half an inch thick blown out under your skin!