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Inks for Permanent Makeup x Tattoo Ink: Know the difference

Anyone who wants to become a dermopigmenter needs to know the topic immediately!

Before talking about the main topic of the article, I think it is essential to explain what, in fact, tattooing is.

From the earliest times, human groups have used tattoos. They were made in distinct shapes, with specific colors and methods, and held multiple meanings. Certain cultures, for example, use the skin drawings to identify individuals as well as their virtues or history.

Contrary to what many people may think, permanent makeup is also not a "new" trend. Since the eighteenth century, Asian women have used tattooing techniques and inks to pigment their eyes and eyebrows. We can say that this was the beginning of this great movement.

Today, we have several procedures that aim to offer aesthetic beauty, comfort, and repair to our patients. Fortunately, techniques evolve every day - and it is our duty, as professionals passionate about what we do, to always be aware of what is being produced and discovered.

Understanding the technique

Long-lasting makeup is based on the insertion of pigment into the surface layers of the skin. This process is done by punctures or microcuts.

This differs dermopigmentation from tattooing! In the second case, the pigment is deposited in the deepest layer of the dermis known as the reticular dermis. Over time, the colors in the tattoo may fade due to skin regeneration, but the pigment itself never completely disappears.

In dermopigmentation, the needle or blade used to do the procedure pierces the epidermis and reaches the papillary dermis, which is the superficial layer of the dermis.

This makes the procedure long lasting, but does not make the procedure permanent like tattooing, since there is regeneration, over the years, of the layer of skin that has been affected.

What are the inks used in dermopigmentation?

Mostly inks for the procedure of permanent or semi-permanent makeup are composed of water, glycerin, additives (sometimes), alcohol and color elements (which we also call pigments).

The pigments present in dermopigmentation paints can be either organic - in this case, they come from carbon - or inorganic, coming from oxides and minerals.

And what is the difference between tattoo ink and dermopigmentation ink?

The inks used in dermopigmentation, as well as permanent or semi-permanent makeup, typically contain pigments with smaller molecules than the inks used in traditional tattoos.

As a result, the body can break down the pigments used in permanent makeup more easily than traditional tattoo ink, which is not easily degraded by the body.

What you cannot miss

In addition, there is something that should never be left out when we talk about dermopigmentation and other procedures that activate the patient's immune system and make use of microcuts.

Any service that may unintentionally expose an individual to biological agents (viruses, protozoa, bacteria, and so on.), must follow strict biosafety rules and guidelines.

Today, we have regulatory bodies such as the FDA and Anvisa to oversee the procedures in question. This is a topic for another article, but I have already warned you that it is essential to be aware of these standards!

The rules can differ between states and can be even more discrepant when we talk about different countries. Search about it! Care always comes first.

Do you have any questions about this? Send me a message! I am always ready to talk and listen to what you have to say.

Best regards,

Priscila Iwama

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