Five Tips for Making Your Permanent Makeup Last Beautifully

Permanent makeup may not be quite so permanent unless you exercise proper care.

Permanent makeup may not be quite so permanent unless you exercise proper care.

Summer time means lots of swimming and sweating. And even the best of water-resistant cosmetics won’t stand a chance after a few hours of splashing in the water, lingering in the sun and dominating that game of beachfront volleyball. That’s why many women opt for permanent makeup.

Formally known as micropigmentation, permanent makeup involves using tattoo technology and techniques to enhance the face with coloring that resembles eyeliner, brow makeup, mascara or lipstick. Because it’s permanent, it run, fade or wash off even on your most active days. But making sure your beautiful new look lasts, it’s important to know just how to take care of your permanent makeup, both just after application and over the long term.

Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery offers five tips for making your permanent makeup last:

  1. Stay dry: Resist the temptation to take a dip until your permanent makeup procedure area has fully healed. Bacteria can breed in all kinds of water, including lake, river, ocean pool and hot tub water. If it enters an open skin wound, it could cause a severe infection.
  2. Shun the sun: Vigilantly protect your treatment area from the sun’s rays for at least seven to 10 days. A wide-brimmed hat is a fashionable protective option. Also, your doctor may recommend you protect recently treated eyebrows with a substance like petroleum jelly until they’re fully healed.
  3. Hold the bleach: A bright, white smile is a beautiful asset. But if you’ve recently enhanced your lips with permanent makeup, wait until they’ve fully healed before bleaching your teeth. A substance called Carbamide peroxide common in bleaching gels can pull the new color from your lips, leaving them blotchy and faded.
  4. Don’t touch: Resist the urge to touch your new permanent makeup, particularly permanent eyeliner. If you must touch it, for instance to clear away dust or an errant eyelash, use a new, clean cotton swab. Otherwise, you’re courting an infection that will need to be medically treated.
  5. Kick the habit: Smoking can ruin a new permanent lipstick where your lips touch the cigarette filter. Plus, it does a real number on your skin anyway. Just nix it.

If you’re considering permanent makeup, contact Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery at 904-396-1186 and schedule a consultation today.

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