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?

Before the procedure, your ASDS physician will review your medical history and perform a physical examination. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks, and outcomes of the procedure.

In addition, the patient should:

  • be in healthy condition.
  • have realistic expectations.
  • report any history of allergic reaction to anesthesia.
  • tell the doctor about any prescription and over-the-counter medication, as well as supplements that they are currently taking.
  • avoid shaving the treatment area prior to surgery.
  • not take blood-thinning drugs for at least two weeks prior to surgery.
  • avoid smoking for at least two months prior to surgery.

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.

When is micropigmentation appropriate?

Micropigmentation is appropriate for the following conditions:

Is micropigmentation painful?

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

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.

What are the potential complications of micropigmentation?

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