Micropigmentation, commonly known as medical tattooing, is a revolutionary way to place or replace color and definition in your skin. This permanent make up procedure can be performed to enhance your eyes, eyebrows, and lips. It can also be used to camouflage your scars, burns, and vitiligo as well as give your nipple-areola complex a more natural appearance following breast reconstruction surgery.
The area to be pigmented will be measured, outlined, and marked. Generally, a local or topical anesthetic is applied to the site to ensure comfort. Sometimes, a sedative is also recommended to promote relaxation. The needles will reciprocate rapidly in and out of the skin. With anesthesia, you should feel little more than a slight vibration.
At least 24-hours prior to the procedure, patients should come in for a consultation at which time a patch test is required.
Preparation and Post Procedure Information
An initial consultation with your specialist is very important. During this consultation, the specialist will take a medical history survey, evaluate your health, review the choice of pigment shades available, and help you choose the shade that suits you best.
For any procedure involving the eye, contact lenses and make-up should not be worn the day of the procedure and transportation should be arranged. Your specialist may also recommend that a skin patch test be performed.
After the procedure, you may experience swelling or tenderness at the pigmented site. The pigmented site should be kept moist for a period of five to seven days.
You may be advised to apply a greasy ointment or dressing to the site. You should also avoid sun, and may be advised to wear sunscreen on the pigmented site. With eye procedures, you should avoid placing cosmetics on the pigmented site and you may be asked to forgo wearing contact lenses for a few days. Possible side effects may include infection, swelling, bruising, rash, tenderness, and a reaction to the pigment or anesthesia.