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What is the difference between Dermopigmentation, Microblading, Permanent Makeup and Semi Permanent?

Hello, beautiful people!

Today, answering questions from students and customers, let's demystify labels!

Dermopigmentation is the practice of introducing pigment into the skin.

The term “dermo” has its origin in the word dermis and “pigmentation” comes from pigment.

This term, currently accepted as ideal, was first used a few years ago when health professionals started to enter the market, combining scientific knowledge with the experience of makeup artists.

There are different ways to do dermopigmentation, each one of them has its peculiarities, and, therefore, they are given different names. For example:

  • Microblading is a procedure done using a manual inductor and blades. Similarly to all dermopigmentation procedures though, this technique consists of introducing ink in the skin, particularly in the areas of the eyebrows, eyes, lips, cheekbones (Blush effect) and scalp.

  • Micropigmentation, on the other hand, is a procedure best known for being done using needles attached to the demograph, a rotating machine similar to the tattoo machine.

And how about permanent and semi permanent makeup!?

Well, the difference between Permanent and Semi Permanent Makeup is clarified by its name, but not without controversy.

Permanent makeup is the most popular term in the world. Also called long-lasting makeup, it was the first name given to differentiate conventional tattoos from tattoos with a makeup aspect. That is, at first, permanent makeup was any type of dermopigmentation done in a deeper way, allowing for pigments to be permanently shown on the skin.

Over the past decades, the equipment and products used evolved, allowing us to create less invasive techniques and work on more superficial layers of the skin, leading to a simpler and faster degradation of the pigment. That’s when Semipermanent Makeup was born,, a dermopigmentation that fades until it is unnoticeable.

I must point out that here in the USA, like in some countries in Europe, the term Semi Permanent makeup is not legally accepted. Many organizations and associations in the industry claim, among other things, that although the ink is no longer visible to the naked eye over time, there is no way to ensure that the pigment deposited has been 100% degraded by the body. And once there is a pigment molecule in the skin, even if undetectable, the procedure is considered permanent.

I hope I’ve answered your questions!

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Priscilla Iwama


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