Permanent Cosmetics & FAQs

Permanent Cosmetics by Nora Radmard

For appointments, call 405-271-5714 or email us at oudfrontdesk@ouhsc.edu

Why are so many women choosing permanent cosmetics? Whether you suffer from skin allergies, have difficulty applying make-up, or just want to simplify your daily life, everyone can benefit from permanent make-up.

Nora Radmard is a certified medical micropigmentologist. She became a registered dental hygienist in 1978 and graduated from the Oklahoma School of Permanent Cosmetics (a state-approved school) in 2006. Nora is licensed through the Oklahoma State Department of Health and performs all procedures at OU Dentistry, offering a safe, medical environment.

  


Permanent Cosmetics FAQs 

Please click the links below to find answers to your questions.    

What is Permanent Cosmetic Make-up?

How are Permanent Cosmetic Procedures Performed?

Who Benefits from Permanent Cosmetic Make-up?

Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?

How Long Does Each Procedure Take?

Is it Painful?

Is it Safe?

What if I Don't Like It?

What is the Average Healing Time?

 

What is Permanent Cosmetic Make-up?
Permanent make-up is a specialized technique used for cosmetics, often referred to as “micropigmentation.” This cosmetic tattooing technique deposits tiny individual implants of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin.

How are Permanent Cosmetic Procedures Performed?
Permanent cosmetic procedures are performed using a traditional tattoo coil machine. These procedures are a process which includes the initial consultation, initial application of pigment, and usually one follow up visit for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment.

Who Benefits from Permanent Cosmetic Make-up?
Everyone, from young to elderly, who desires a soft and natural enhancement to their appearance. More specifically...

  • Alopecia areata or universalis sufferers who have lost some or all of their facial hair, including brows or eyelashes.
  • Individuals with full or partial hair loss.
  • Physically active people who want to look their best throughout activities and avoid "sweating off" or reapplying cosmetics.
  • Allergies and sensitive skin sufferers who often can't wear cosmetics.
  • Vision impaired people who have difficulty applying their cosmetics.
  • Motor impaired individuals, including those with arthritis, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors and those with unsteady hands.
  • Entertainers, actresses and models.
  • Men who want feature enhancements that look natural.
  • Busy people who want to save the time of applying make-up.

Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?

Permanent cosmetic procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattooing, fading can and often will occur, requiring periodic maintenance.

How Long Does Each Procedure Take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 3 hours. Follow up care usually does not require as much time as the initial procedure.

Is it Painful?
Permanent cosmetic procedures are of a skin invasive nature (as they are a form of cosmetic tattoo) and therefore you may experience some discomfort. This may vary according to each individual's pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service. However, keep in mind that there are different methods available to help with pain management including various topical anesthetic ointments and anesthetic blocks, as well as topical desensitizing products. Your micropigmentologist can help you determine which method is right for you.

Is it Safe?
Micropigmentation is a skin invasive procedure. It is important to observe the physical location where the procedure will be performed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oklahoma State Health Association (OSHA) have set standards for a clean and sanitary working environment and sterile equipment, which are rigorously followed at OU Dentistry.

What if I Don't Like It?
Remember: Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process, which takes approximately a week or longer.

What is the Average Healing Time?
The healing time is different for each individual and procedure, including:

  • Full lip or lip liner - 5 - 10 days. Lips may feel dry and tight for an additional week.
  • Eyeliner -  5 - 7 days.
  • Eyebrows - 5 - 10 days. 

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