Skin art has been discovered on the skin of Egyptian mummies
dating back to 2000 B. C. Tools of the trade were soot,
gunpowder, sharpened stones, and other primitive implements.
Dermal pigmentation, commonly known as tattooing, has been
present for centuries in our cultures for the purpose of body
adornment. The implanting of pigments, colors, and/or dyes intradermally results in permanent alteration of tissue to
gain a cosmetic effect.
One of the newest additions to the cosmetics world is
"permanent makeup," also referred to as dermapigmentation, or
micropigmentation. This technique benefits women with poor
vision, arthritis, problems with dexterity, allergies to
makeup, watery eyes, or problems with contact lenses or oily
skin that causes makeup to smear. Also, convenience might be a
consideration for an athletic woman who wants to look good
during sports or exercise. Some women simply don't like to be
seen without makeup.
One of the most beneficial uses for permanent eye makeup is to
recreate the illusion of lost lashes and brows due to hair
loss induced by chemotherapy, or a condition that causes total
hair loss known as alopecia areata. More and more men and
women are becoming aware of how the advantages of "natural
looking" permanent cosmetic makeup can enhance and accent
features of their appearance. It won't wash off, smudge or
smear and will always look professionally applied.
Permanent makeup is also used to line and fill in the lips. It
can correct irregularly shaped lips, as well as make the lips
look fuller. Because of its permanence, many women find it
convenient to only apply a lip gloss instead of lip color all
the time. It can transform mornings and evenings, of time
consuming effort, into minutes; and your look is always great.
Now you can have eyeliner, eyebrows, lip liner, or a full
color mouth twenty-four hours a day.
There is an expanding field of permanent cosmetics called
corrective camouflage. Loss of pigmentation in the skin,
either through accidents, birthmarks, vitiligo or a multitude
of other skin irregularities and disorders, are problems which
may be corrected through pigmentation. Postsurgical scars, if
noticeable, can be camouflaged by pigmenting the lighter
colored areas of the scar to match the surrounding skin. Many
burn survivors can have scar tissue pigmented to create
asymmetry to the contour of the lips and eyebrows. The main
objective when using corrective cosmetics is to play down the
abnormality and draw attention to other areas.
Permanent cosmetic makeup procedures (compared to expenses
like hair, nails and cosmetics) are a relatively inexpensive
way to improve one's appearance on a permanent basis. Most
people absolutely love the end result. It can be a very
freeing experience, and change or highlight features. There's
beauty in everyone and there's always the possibility that
there is something that can be improved.
NOTE: You cannot donate blood for up to one year after having
any tattooing procedure.
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