Permanent Makeup (Cosmetic Tattooing) - Reno, NV

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About Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup, also known as cosmetic tattooing, is a procedure that implants pigment onto areas of the face (eyebrows, upper and lower eyelashes, and lips) to imitate the presence of makeup. At Charles P. Virden Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Reno, NV, we are proud to offer permanent makeup for patients who want to save time in their daily makeup application. Other reasons that you may want permanent makeup include sensitivity or allergies to traditional cosmetic ingredients, difficulty seeing, or trouble applying makeup due to a medical condition, like Parkinson’s disease. Permanent makeup may be helpful to anyone who does not have facial hair, like eyebrows, due to aging or genetics. Cosmetic tattooing keeps your appearance consistent and you don’t have to worry about water or sweat melting your makeup.

Our Reno, NV office is excited to have Pamela Tambourine on staff as our permanent makeup artist! She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in applying permanent makeup and offers gorgeous, natural results. We invite you to take a look at her before-and-after photos and learn about her services on her Instagram and Facebook pages. You can find her at @tadabrowsbeauty on Instagram or Ta Da Brows & Beauty on Facebook. Call our office to learn more.

Best Candidates

We offer several different types of cosmetic tattooing for the face:

  • Eyebrow liner can be a time-saver if you have little to no eyebrow hair and use an eyebrow pencil to draw in your brows. Permanent eyebrow makeup can give you a consistent, symmetrical look and the appearance of fuller brows. Using a "feathering" technique, the results look natural and beautiful.
  • Upper and lower eyeliner is great if you struggle to get your eyeliner perfect or if you want to avoid smudges that make you look older and unpolished.
  • Lip liner and fuller-appearing lips can help if you have undefined lip lines or you hate reapplying your lipstick throughout the day.

What to Expect

We will discuss your needs and aesthetic concerns at your first appointment, and we will explain the different tools that may be used. For example, we may use a traditional tattoo coil machine, a pen machine, or a hand device. The tool will be chosen by our seasoned artist based on the position of the tattoo, the location, and the design. In addition, the appropriate color choice will be selected so that it results in a natural look. Just like a normal tattoo, we give aftercare instructions on how to care for the skin once it has been treated. Please keep in mind that cosmetic tattoos will fade over time. As the skin ages from sun exposure and other elements, so does the pigmentation applied. The makeup may need to be retouched or refreshed after several years.

Other Considerations

Permanent makeup, when applied during treatment, may cause slight discomfort for some of our patients. We offer a topical anesthetic to patients to minimize discomfort. Permanent makeup, when performed correctly by a trained technician, is very safe. All needles used by the technician will be new, sterile, and opened in front of the patient. The technician will wear a new apron and gloves and will wrap the chair and select machine parts with a disposable covering. The face is cleansed thoroughly and treated with distinct care so that bacteria and dirt can be removed.

FAQS To know

Is it really permanent?

Like any tattoo, cosmetic tattoos fade over time from sun exposure and other elements. Most patients appreciate the fading because it gives them an opportunity to choose different styles and colors that suit their current lifestyle. The makeup look a person chooses at 30 may not be the look they want when they are 60.

Is it painful?

Patients will usually experience some degree of pain during the permanent makeup procedure. Topical anesthetics can be used to increase the patient’s comfort, but cosmetic tattoos are no more painful than a tattoo on any other part of the body. Patients should talk to the technician during the consultation about what they can expect to feel and any pain relief they may want.

Will there be more than one appointment?

Some treatments may require a touch-up appointment after the initial application. We invite patients back within 2 - 3 weeks so we can get a good look at the outcome and determine if additional pigment is needed. In many cases, after the touch-up has been completed, most of our patients are good to go and enjoy their results for months to come.

Who can I trust?

Getting permanent makeup can make some people apprehensive because of the fear that the result may be something undesired. To avoid this, the patient should look through the technician’s before-and-after photos to determine if they like the technician’s general style. Patients should also talk openly during the consultation to help us understand what they want. We will work together to determine the right color choices and treatment plan to make sure your outcome is natural and beautiful!

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Permanent makeup can make your life easier by saving you time and hassle when getting ready for your day. We invite you to call our Reno, NV plastic surgery center to learn more about the permanent makeup and cosmetic tattooing services we offer. Whether you want to define your smile or have dramatically enhanced brows, we have a solution for you so that you can look and feel your best.

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