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Permanent make-up? Aspects to think about 

Permanent make-up, also known as micropigmentation, is a cosmetic procedure to create long-lasting eyeliner, lipliner or eyebrow definition.

The technique can also be used medically (“medical micropigmentation”) to recreate areas affected by a health condition or skin problem. For example, it can be used to create an image of a nipple for women who have had a mastectomy, give the illusion of hair for people with hair loss and camou-flage scars or areas of skin affected by vitiligo.

It’s important to be absolutely certain before you go ahead with permanent make-up or medical micro-pigmentation. Here are some things to weigh up:

Cost: In the UK, the cost of cosmetic micropigmentation varies from £75 for a beauty spot to £500 for lip liner. You could pay a few hundred pounds for nipple recons-truction and a few thousand pounds for scalp coverage.


It may fade a little every year (some people decide to pay extra to maintain the look).

There’s no guarantee you’ll achieve the desired effect.

Mistakes are hard to fix (you’ll need to undergo laser or chemical tattoo removal).

Styles change – thick, well-defined eyebrows, for example, may not be so fashionable in five years time.

Safety: Providers of micropigmentation don’t have to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which is the independent regulator for health services in England. You should find a reputable practi-tioner who practises in a clean, safe and appropriate environment, with the processes in place to deal with any complications. Check their qualifications and training.

Medical micropigmentation requires specific training, so make sure the practitioner is properly qualified if you choose this, and check with your doctor that it won’t interfere with any planned treatment. You shouldn’t consider micropigmentation if you’re prone to keloid scarring.