Permanent makeup application is a process involving the deposit of pigmented dyes in the second layer of the skin. The most common permanent makeup procedures take place on the lip, brow, and lash line areas of the face. Because these areas are very delicate, and permanent makeup procedures involve a color-depositing needle in the skin, the process can be quite painful without any anesthetic. Usually, a topical anesthetic is applied by the aesthetician prior to the procedure, but the efficacy of this treatment varies between people.
The most painful procedures tend to be eyeliner and lip color. It often helps to take an over-the-counter pain medication prior to permanent makeup application, as this can help ease any general pain.
Pain during the healing period is more of an issue, because there isn’t any topical numbing gel involved. Often times, the area where the procedure took place scabs over after the initial procedure, and is very sensitive. Swelling is also normal during the healing process. It is important for clients to be aware of the pain that can occur while the affected area heals, and to be wary of letting those areas come into contact with direct sunlight.
Age is a big contributing factor to how long the healing process can take. Around four to six weeks is the standard healing time for people forty years old or younger, but this can be extended for clients older than forty. While the general healing time refers to the outer visible layer of the skin being healed, it can take up to two months for the wound to be completely healed on the inside.
During the healing process, it is important to take great care in making sure that your permanent makeup remains undamaged. While many clients believe that frozen cold packs will help with reducing swelling, refrigerator-temperature packs actually are less likely to harm the affected area. A healing ointment or salve can also help ease discomfort and soothe the pain of scabbing near the permanent makeup. The use of an antibiotic ointment is also highly recommended, to ward off any infection.
Each permanent makeup procedure can last for around a couple hours, including discussion of color, placement, shape, etc. Touch-up applications of permanent makeup do not take nearly as long of a time. Immediately after a procedure, a client should expect a very dark color where the makeup was applied. This will fade to the expected color during the healing period. Swelling is also normal immediately after the procedure.
Abnormal reactions include lumps or keloid bumps in the skin, which can be signs of infection or allergy. If an adverse reaction is suspected, the client should immediately see a doctor and notify the aesthetician who applied the permanent makeup.