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Cosmetic Tattooing

Permanent Makeup (Cosmetic Tattooing) -Sarasota, FL

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Overview

The experts at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center provide permanent makeup, which is a cosmetic procedure that tattoos pigment onto areas of the face that match the appearance of makeup. Cosmetic tattooing is used by people who want to save time in their daily makeup routine, people who have sensitivity or allergies to traditional cosmetics, people with difficulty seeing, and patients who are unable to apply makeup due to conditions like arthritis or Parkinson’s disease. After the areas of the face receive cosmetic tattoos, the makeup becomes permanent and will not wash off from water, cleansers, or sweat. Permanent makeup is usually applied to the eyebrows, upper and lower eyelashes or eyelids.

Eyebrows

Also known as brow tattooing, cosmetic tattooing on the eyebrows fills in sparse eyebrows or creates the appearance of eyebrows on patients who do not have eyebrow hair. Using an eyebrow pencil on a daily basis can take a lot of time and it can be difficult to get an even, natural look, so cosmetic eyebrow tattoos allow the patient to have a consistent appearance.

Eye Liner

Permanent eyeliner or eyelash enhancement helps women and men enhance the appearance of their eyes. It eliminates the need to outline eyelids with liquid liners or pencils and improves the appearance of missing, thin, or light colored lashes. Permanent eyeliner allows people to swim, shower, or exercise without having makeup smudges. It provides safety and convenience to people with oily skin, vision problems, or unsteady hands. Eye doctors (Ophthalmologists and Optometrists) also recommend permanent eyeliner to patients who wear contact lenses, have watery eyes, or are allergic to regular makeup.

Eyeliner “frames” the eyes and can make eyelashes appear darker, fuller, or thicker. It can enhance the shape or balance (symmetry) of a person’s eyes, create the illusion of larger eyes, or affect how the spacing of the eyes is perceived. Eyeliner can also enhance or intensify eye color and make eyes appear more alluring.

Procedure Details

Before cosmetic tattooing is performed, the patient will have a detailed consultation with the technician to ensure that the patient's needs and goals are clearly defined.

You will fill out forms including a medical history that JoAnne will review. She will evaluate your eyelid anatomy and discuss techniques and colors with you. After optimal design and color are determined, topical anesthetics will be applied to numb your eyelids. Before and after photos will also be taken for your confidential file with your colors recorded for future reference.

Once JoAnne has completed the cosmetic tattooing, the patient will be given instructions on how to care for their new tattoos at home to ensure optimal healing and longer-lasting results. 

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Average Procedure Time  
30 Min - 1 Hr
Post-op Follow-up  
4-6 Weeks
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Cosmetic Tattooing FAQs

Really Permanent?

Just like tattoos on the body, cosmetic tattooing on the face will eventually fade from exposure to the sun and other factors. The fading allows patients to come in and re-create their original look or choose new styles and colors based on changes in their appearance. Many patients find that the permanent makeup look and colors they choose when they were younger need an update in 2 years.

Is It Painful?

The pain during cosmetic tattooing is similar to a tattoo on the body, which varies based on the person's pain tolerance. For patient comfort, topical anesthetics may be used, but patients will talk to their technician during their consultation about what degree of pain should be expected and what pain relief can be offered. From there, the technician will decide what can be used to help the patient before, during, or after the procedure.

Is It Safe?

Cosmetic tattooing is very safe when performed by a trained technician in an appropriate facility. Before the procedure, our treatment room will be sterilized and free from contaminants for the patient's safety. Tattoo needles will all be new and opened in front of the patient during their procedure. While certain parts of the tattooing equipment will be cleaned and sterilized before every patient, disposable aprons, gloves, and chair covering will be changed for each patient.

Getting What You Want?

To avoid ending up with permanent makeup that isn't what the patient wanted, our technicians perform thorough consultations with the patient before performing the tattooing procedure. Patients may look through the technician's portfolio to help them determine if the technician's style matches what they want. To help the technician create the best results, patients should be open and honest about their concerns, goals, and expectations.

The board-certified plastic surgeons of Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Braun Graham*, Dr. David Mobley*, Dr. Scott Engel*, and Dr. Brian Derby, offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results may vary. Individual results are not guaranteed.