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Uses for micropigmentation


Learn more about specific conditions where micropigmentation can be used


What is micropigmentation?

Micropigmentation, also known as permanent cosmetics, is the process of inserting colored pigments just beneath the skin’s surface. The process is similar to tattooing.

What should first be done before considering micropigmentation?

It’s important to remember that micropigmentation skill levels vary widely. It’s important to find a qualified professional affiliated with a reputable doctor. Patients should ask for references, look at before and after photos and ensure that the professional has at least two years of experience doing the procedure.

When is micropigmentation appropriate?

Micropigmentation is appropriate for the following conditions:

Who is not a candidate for micropigmentation?

Those who are not candidates for the procedure include:

  • Patients with active skin disorders, such as pink eye, warts or herpes simplex.
  • Patients with AIDS, diabetes, dry eye syndrome, blood disorders, hepatitis B or C or lupus.
  • Patients allergic to red dyes D and C.
  • Patients with soft-tissue fillers.
  • Patients who have taken Accutane in the last six months.

Is micropigmentation painful?

Topical anesthetics are applied to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure. In some cases, injectable anesthesia is used.

What are the potential complications of micropigmentation?

  • Infection
  • Change of color over time
  • Difficulty of removal with some pigments
  • Allergic reactions
  • Inflammation
  • Keloid formation

What can I expect after having had micropigmentation?

  • Swelling in the treated area, which can be treated with ice packs and ointments.
  • Pigments will look darker for the first week until the skin heals.
  • Improved appearance in treated area within a few days.
  • Full healing of treated area in two to four weeks.
  • Follow up treatment may be necessary in some cases.

For more information and referrals

For more information on skin conditions and treatments, along with a list of ASDS members in your state, please visit the find a dermatologic surgeon section of our website.

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