How long does "Permanent" Makeup Last?

Permanent makeup is considered permanent in the sense that it does not wash off. There are many factors that determine how long your permanent cosmetics will last. Genetics, sun exposure, and skincare are all major factors. Typically Manual Micro-blading it is recommended to have touch-ups every twelve to eighteen months to keep your permanent cosmetics looking their best. As where machine work will typically last 2 - 3 years

How long does the healing process take?

Immediately after your procedure, you will have some swelling and redness, should subside withing 1-2 days. The pigments will appear darker than the final color. Every person heals differently but typically flaking starts around 5-7 days and lasts about 2-3 days. It takes a full 30 days for the pigment to settle and see a final results.  It is normal to have patches of color missing or lighter. The touch-up session is performed within 6-12 weeks of the original appointment. (No more than 3 months.)

Why do I need touch-ups?

There are several reasons why permanent cosmetics requires multiple sessions and touch-ups. 

1. The depth at which the pigment is implanted. Permanent cosmetic pigments are implanted into the upper layers of the dermis versus typical tattooing is implanted into the mid to lower layers of the dermis. This means more of the pigment may be lost during the healing process, and any pigment  on the upper layer of your skin in the epidermis is shed during the flaking.  

Due to the shallow depth, over time it is pushed out of the skin more easily through natural cellular turnover, as well as bleeding during the procedure. However, they do stay more crisp and look more natural than those placed at more depth.

I like this video to help understand traditional tattooing.

2. The size and composition of the pigments used. Permanent makeup pigments are made with a smaller molecular size as well as a proper balance of organic and inorganic colors to achieve a natural result when healed. I use an iron oxide pigment. It fades beautiful and gives a very natural result. 

Tattoo ink has a large molecular size making them more visible in the skin, lasts longer and is typically carbon based. The down side of tattoo pigments, have a tendency to migrate and blur as well as have a blue/gray undertone.