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Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as “micropigmentation”, “micropigment implantation” or “dermagraphics”. The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis.
Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various devices, including the traditional tattoo coil machines, the pen or rotary machine (includes the digital rotary machines) and the non-machine or hand device. The process includes a consultation, the application of pigment, and at least one or more follow up visits for evaluating the healed design work and color of the pigment.
People who meet minimum age requirements and have the ability to heal properly from minor wounds can benefit from the liberating benefits of permanent cosmetics.Interest in this service spans the young to the more mature; those who desire a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance. It is especially valuable to people who can’t wear traditional cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities; active people who want to look their best for sports activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics; and those who don’t want to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics.

Permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because pigment is tattooed into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo or colorant (pigment) in general, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance referred to as color re-enhancement or color refreshing. The scientific structure of pigments and the requirement for periodic refreshing is identical to that of tinted hair color; faded material on furniture that may be located near a window and subject to sun exposure; house paint that is exposed to the sun and other environmental elements; pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time.This colorant periodic maintenance requirement is a good opportunity to reevaluate one’s color and design preferences. While the concept of permanent, without any change, may seem like a perfectly good idea, think about how your tastes have changed over the years. From time to time likely you have made subtle or dramatic changes in your clothing preferences, your hair color and style, and if you wear topical makeup, those colors have changed as well.

The fact that most people will require periodic color refreshing of their permanent cosmetics is the opportune time to work with your technician to reevaluate your overall appearance profile and determine if any changes are appropriate.

The average permanent makeup procedure takes an hour to two hours. Touchups can take anywhere from half the time to the full amount depending onwhat is left to accomplish.
The swelling should disappear in about 3-5 days. You will be able to wear brand new makeup on your brows and eyeliner after 4 days and brand new makeup on your lips after 10 days. The time you will wait before receiving your touchup will be, 4 weeks for eyebrows and eyeliner, and 6 weeks for lips.
Absolutely! This will just enhance any other cosmetics you use!
Most people with tattoos, are fine, and have no symptoms when getting an MRI. However, there has been some reported cases of skin burns due to permanent makeup. In general, most experts believe that permanent make-up is safe with MRIs and you should only be concerned if you anticipate getting multiple MRIs.

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Permanent Makeup Design
AC Salon
333 Peterson Road, Suite 270
Libertyville, IL 60048
P: (224) 358-1368 (texts only please)

Business Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 9am to 9pm
  • Saturday: 8am to 3pm
  • Sunday: Closed