About Permanent Makeup
Permanent makeup is a popular aesthetic treatment option that allows patients to enjoy the cosmetic benefits of makeup without its regular use.
Simply put, permanent makeup is a cosmetic procedure that is akin to tattooing — applying permanent pigmentation to the skin's dermis layer. Permanent makeup takes the same principles behind tattooing and applies it to the creation of designs that mimic common makeup techniques. The effect of permanent makeup can be as minimal or as noticeable as a patient desires.
What is Permanent Makeup?
Permanent Makeup is essentially a form of tattooing. Also known as micropigmentation, the process involves implanting tiny amounts of coloured hypoallergenic pigment into the skin at the dermal layer. Performed by Taiyaba, our expert Permanent Cosmetics Artist, this creates the appearance of makeup that is better defined and more natural looking.
It may be performed for:
- Upper Eyeliner
- Lower Eyeliner
- Lip Liner or Full Lip Colour
- Beauty Marks
Toronto Cosmetic Clinic also offers Paramedical permanent makeup (continue reading below), which provides a finishing touch to surgical procedures, camouflaging scars and burns, and breast reconstruction.
Benefits of Permanent Cosmetics
Since you no longer have to purchase cosmetics on a regular basis you save time and money!
Other Benefits include:
- No streaks, runs or smudges- which makes it ideal for individuals who are active, swim, sweat a lot, have oily skin, suffer from allergies or have watery eyes
- Corrects minor ptosis of the brows- ideal for those who cannot apply makeup due to physical or visual impairment
- Fills in sparse brows- expertly applied makeup, all the time
- No need to reapply makeup throughout the day
- Subtly defines lash lines to restore youthfulness and enhance eye colour
- Natural looking results that don't look cakey and flakey
- Hypopigmentation (lighter skin tone than the surrounding area) may also be targeted to create the appearance of a more uniform skin tone
Depending on the technique of the Permanent Cosmetics Artist and the patient's skin, lifestyle and health, results can last from one to three years, after which a touch-up may be required. Although some Artists can achieve results that last for a few decades, Permanent Makeup at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic is specially designed to be gentle and features the ability to accommodate changes in personal preferences that result from age and shifting fashion trends. The procedure is performed by the hand method, using a clean non-mechanical device that is disposed of after every single treatment for sanitary reasons. All pigments are hypoallergenic, custom blended and contain no irritants.
The most natural-looking form of eyebrow permanent makeup available!
A relatively new technique for permanent makeup to the eyebrows is called Microblading, in which 3-D natural looking hair strokes are made to re-create the shape of actual eyebrow hairs. It is performed manually by Taiyaba, in which a very fine blade deposits pigment into the skin (more specifically the epidermis). Microblading is considered semi-permanent, and the results are flawless and natural, no matter how much or little eyebrow hair one currently has.
Patients will need a touch-up application 4-6 weeks after the initial application as some of the pigment will fade.
Pricing for both eyebrows is $550 plus tax, which includes the second application.
Before & After Photos
Para-Medical Permanent Makeup
Permanent makeup can also be used to correct many skin ailments. The pigments are customized to match the surrounding skin tone are implanted over several sessions into the white areas to re-colour and blend making the areas less obvious. The colour from micropigmentation gives an ability to camouflage, correct and enhance by allowing it to match your natural skin tone and improve your appearance.
Para-Medical make-up can help camouflage the following conditions:
- Alopecia - Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder which causes hair loss. Permanent make-up is a good solution for individuals who have lost their eyebrows and eyelashes to this condition. It can recreate the eyebrows completely, fill in bald patches and line the eyes to give the illusion of eyelashes. This saves the everyday hassle of having to pencil them in and it will significantly improve your appearance.
- Pre and Post Chemotherapy - By imitating a patient's brow shape before hair loss occurs can ensure that its natural shape will be sustained through and after chemotherapy treatments. Microbladding technique at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic will allow for a hair simulated 3D effect of the brows.
- Areola / Nipple Simulation - A mastectomy can leave the nipple-areola complex damaged, so the final step to breast reconstruction is having your nipple/areola re-pigmented or tattooed 12-18 months after a mastectomy. It can create the illusion of a natural-looking areola and nipple.
Medical tattooing is also used to correct the shape and colour of irregular or faded areolas. The pigmentation procedure is simple and usually pain-free, however a topical anaesthetic is usually all that is needed to ensure comfort.
- Areola Scar Camouflage - If there is a scar post breast reduction, breast augmentation or any breast lift, a colour can be chosen to better match either your natural areola pigment or skin tone to minimize the appearance of scars.
- Hair Camouflage - Hair camouflage or Hair Follicle Replication (HFR) is the technique of implanting single dots of pigment into the scalp to camouflage scars from hair transplant or an injury to the scalp. It is also extremely effective at camouflaging scars and balding areas on those who suffer from male-patterned baldness, as well as men and women who have thinning hair. Hair camouflage at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic can simulate real hair blending in the area with the rest of the hair making the scar less obvious.
- Scar Camouflage - A trade-off for some plastic and cosmetic surgeries unfortunately are scars. A tummy tuck, facelift and/or breast lift often leave scars, but by using camouflaging colours, scars can be concealed through flesh tone pigments and making them less noticeable to match your natural skin tone.
- Vitiligo - This is a skin condition where pigment is lost in the body leaving white patches of skin. This may vary from one or two white spots on the skin to large areas of depigmentation. Clients with vitiligo can diminish the appearance of pigment loss to an area of skin if they have been in remission for 1 year or longer. However, there are some limitations. It is not advisable to recolour large areas of the skin, or if the condition is unstable, still changing or not in remission. It is recommended only for areas that are small and prominent such as the face or chest that cause self-consciousness and after all other methods for covering or re-colouring have been explored. Customized pigments designed to match the surrounding skin tone are implanted over several sessions into the white areas to re-color and blend making the areas less obvious.
Every Permanent Cosmetics treatment begins with a comprehensive consultation that ensures it is suitable for you.Taiyaba will examine your medical history and discuss the results you'd like to achieve. When Permanent Makeup is deemed appropriate for you (the procedure may not be appropriate for individuals with certain medical conditions), a topical anaesthetic is applied to the area targeted to minimize the discomfort associated with the procedure, which has been described as the sensation of plucking hairs. The procedure may be modified for those with a lower tolerance for discomfort, including longer pauses for reprieve - we schedule enough time so you can take as long as you wish. There's absolutely no rush!
As soon as you the procedure is done, the pigment may seem a bit darker then what you expect. This is normal and done on purpose, as the colour will fade over the next couple weeks. In about 4-6 weeks you will be asked to come back for a touch-up to even the colour so it will blend and match perfectly!
After the Permanent Cosmetics procedure, you may experience a minor degree of swelling and discomfort. Ice packs and/or Tylenol can help. The true results appear after the uppermost layer of skin exfoliates. This can take about a week or longer. You'll be asked to keep the treated area hydrated and protected with the application of a topical gel.
Permanent Makeup Q & A
Does it hurt?
Depending on the body part that is treated along with your pain tolerance will determine the amount of discomfort you feel, if any. A topical numbing cream is applied prior to the treatment and during the treatment to ensure that you are most comfortable. The sensation will be different for everyone. You can take a painkiller one hour before (as long as does not contain aspirin) to alleviate discomfort.
How long will the results last?
Results are different per patient, but typically last 1-3 years. UV light exposure, topical skin care products, skin type and also the density of the implanted pigment will affect the longevity of the results. To maintain the saturation of the pigment and the shape of the make-up, it recommended to have a touch-up once a year.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare before my permanent makeup session?
We advise you to refrain from taking blood thinners (aspirin, or aspirin-containing products) and alcohol one week before the treatment.
48 hours before the treatment, no waxing, tweezing or eyebrow tinting (if you are treating your eyebrows) should be done.