Permanent make-up and microblading, two thing you hear more and more about. But, what is actually what? If you are at a loss, let’s inform you step by step about this.
What is permanent Make-up?
Permanent make-up, abbreviated PMU, is the incorporation of pigments into your skin, the leather skin, to be precise. The purpose of permanent make-up is to replace or support the make-up you normally apply to look your best. PMU has been in the Netherlands since 1988. PMU is applied by beauty professionals, specially trained PMU specialists and sometimes also by nail stylists.
Is permanent make-up the same as tattooing?
The technique of PMU looks a lot like tattooing, but there is a difference. The tattoo pigments are not applied to the skin, but in the subcutaneous connective tissue. A tattoo is therefore permanent. The permanent make-up pigments are applied to the leather skin. External influences, such as natural skin renewal and ultraviolet light, fade the PMU after a period of 1 to 4 years.
Reasons for permanent make-up
The reasons for choosing permanent makeup are very diverse, we have a small summary for you:
- No time for make-up due to sport or work
- Often you don’t feel like putting on make-up
- No eyebrows
- Light blonde eyebrows and eyelashes
- Hazel lip
What can be done with permanent make-up?
- Treat eyebrows; Applying a shadow or microblading
- Lip contours
- Full lips colors
- Decorate a hazel lip
- Camouflage scars
- Vitiligo camouflage (pigment disorder)
- Treatment in case of Alopecia (no hair growth in certain areas)
- Simulation of hair on the head (after hair transplant)
- Simulate Nipple and teat court (for example after breast cancer).
Is it a painful treatment?
That varies per person. There is no doubt that you can feel it when the pen applies the pigment in your skin. We always use an anesthetic cream in the area that will be treated. That anesthetizes the skin, but you always feel something. Some are ok with that, but others may have some discomfort during the treatment. Because the treatment does not take long, it’s really doable for everyone. After the treatment, you may want to take some paracetamol.
Microblading for eyebrows
In addition to making shadow with PMU for eyebrows that are too light, or sometimes even absent, there is now microblading. Microblading falls under the PMU. It’s a completely new trend in permanent makeup. By means of this technique, instead of a shadow, very natural-eyed eyebrows are imitated. Because of the microblading technique, they are almost impossible to distinguish. The technique used for this is called ‘hairstroke technique’. This technique makes very fine lines between the eyebrow hairs, or instead of eyebrows. The ‘hairs’ made with microblading are almost impossible to distinguish.
Is microblading painful?
As with the application of PMU, we use a narcotic cream with microblading. As a result, the treatment is not really painful. Most of our customers feel that there is very little discomfort.
How long does the effect of microblading last?
Depending on the type of skin you have, the activities you undertake and the condition of your skin before the treatment, the effect of microblading remains between 1 and 2 years. For example, if you are used to sit in the sun every day, the pigments may go pale a little earlier.
What about hygiene?
Logical question. After all, the pigment is put under your skin. There has been a new legislation introduced in the Netherlands as of 2007. This legislation is about requirements on safety and hygiene. Nowadays there is a certificate in the treatment room which states that the salon meets all the requirements of hygiene. The Were Inspectorate oversees this. As far as the pigments used are concerned, since 2004, the pigments that can cause damage or allergic reactions in any way are prohibited. The control is done by the Municipal Health Services.
A PMU specialist in the Netherlands is required by law to work with equipment in which a hygiene module can be placed. It is a needle cap that surrounds the needle in which the pigments are swallowed up. By means of a simple rubber it is ensured that the pigment cannot run back into the pen. This prevents one customer from contaminating another.