Micropigmentation, a cosmetic surgery procedure which adds color to the skin, is used to etch a particular shape of eyeliner to a patient’s face. An outpatient procedure usually done in a doctor’s office, it is performed with thin needles that draw the color onto the skin, similar to a tattoo.



Be certain you want permanent eyeliner. The procedure is permanent and removing it is difficult and expensive.

Check the doctor’s qualifications. Having an unqualified person perform the procedure can be dangerous, so choose your cosmetic surgeon carefully. Permanent eyeliner is often applied by a nurse or assistant. Talk to other patients before agreeing to the procedure.

Consider application and recovery time. Depending on the size and shape of the tattoo, it may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to apply. The permanent color may “cake over” and swell for 2 to 5 days.

Choose a shade or style that complements your facial features. Consult with your plastic surgeon and look at photos in beauty magazines for ideas.

Verify if you will have anesthesia. Qualified practitioners will use local anesthesia. Applying the eyeliner tattoo without anesthesia is painful, so be wary if it is not offered.

Pinpoint the exact placement of permanent eyeliner judiciously. A botched placement may result in the loss of eyelashes.

References and Resources

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