Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup is an advanced cosmetic technique in which the skin is tattooed in a way that gives the appearance of makeup. The procedure was designed to assist individuals who have trouble applying, or who are allergic to, conventional makeup. Also known as micropigmentation, permanent makeup can also restore the areola after breast surgery, among other applications.

For cosmetic enhancement, micropigmentation can:
  • Create fuller looking eyelashes
  • Add definition to the eyebrows
Even the areola can be recreated with permanent makeup during breast reconstruction. The inks and pigments used in treatment are metabolically inert, and are insoluble in water and most organic solvents.

Permanent Makeup is Possible For...View Procedures & Treatments

Permanent makeup is a possible alternative to individuals who are allergic to conventional makeup, or those with vision or other impairments that make makeup application difficult. Some people are interested in the procedure simply because they desire makeup that is waterproof, timesaving, hassle-free, and always fresh.

How is the Permanent Makeup Treatment Performed?

The procedure is conducted in an office setting; time required varies depending on the complexity of the treatment, but averages between 1-2 hours. Your artist may apply a local anesthetic cream to help reduce the pain.

As with regular tattooing, permanent makeup is achieved by placing pigment on the superficial layer of the dermis using a tattoo pen.

Post-Treatment Care

You should expect to experience some swelling and crusting around the area treated that will persist for a few days. In general, however, you should have little discomfort and few side effects. It is important to keep in mind that you need to protect your skin from the sun in order to maintain your new look.

We at The University of Kansas Physicians Plastic Surgery encourage you to call with questions concerning permanent makeup. Please call us at 913-588-2000 if you would like to receive more information about plastic surgery or the permanent makeup procedure.

Learn More

Read the Cosmetic Tattooing FAQ.