Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?

by in Permanent Make Up February 27, 2018

The cosmetics implantation technique deposits color pigment into the upper reticular layer of the skin (Dermal Layer) and is considered permanent because it cannot be washed off. Unlike traditional tattoos performed on the body, permanent cosmetics professionals do not use traditional tattoo ink (dye).

Permanent cosmetics pigment is more refined and made from natural Minerals it is designed to work with the skin’s undertones. Every person’s skin is different in regarding pigment retention. Factors which effect longevity of permanent cosmetics are: color selected, age, thickness of skin, scarring of skin, use of skin care products, injectables, laser treatments, medication and sun exposure. You will need periodic refreshing of color, depending on how light the shade of implanted pigment, as well as factors mentioned above.

A General Color Retention Guideline is:

  • Blondes and light taupe shades may need to be refreshed every 6 to 12 months.
  • Mid-tone Browns may need a touch-up every 9 to 12 months.
  • Dark Browns may need a touch-up every 9 to 24 months.

Very Dark Brown and Black colors may need to be refreshed every 6 months, especially if the client has pink to ruddy skin undertones. It is a fact that clients with pink to red undertones will pull gray or even blue-gray. Even if Tammy uses a very warm colored pigment, the color could possibly pull gray-blue over time if you don’t have frequent touch-ups. This is the nature of the skin chemistry that Technicians can only control with frequent touch-ups.

Special note about pigment retention for those individuals with Alopecia or Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia, and those with Trichotillomania:

Over the 6 years of being in practice, Tammy has recognized the special needs of those with Alopecia conditions. Clients may need extra visits to complete the project. Also, clients should get more frequent touch-ups.

I absolutely love my eyebrows! I asked myself why I waited so long to get them done. Waking up for work and not having to do my eyebrows is such a time saver. Tammy is amazing at what she does. I won’t go anywhere else, I do believe she is the best. Her Bio alone says it all! Thanks Tammy! See you for my touch-up.


Alopecia: Once the brows are completed the brow color can look “ashy” due to the thickening of the epidermis.
Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia: The client may have some areas that will not take the pigment due to the scarring nature of their condition.
Trichotillomania: There is usually a lot of scarring around the hair follicle due to pulling. Therefore, the crispness of the look of the hair stroke cannot be guaranteed and some areas may not take at all.