PMU in Skin Rejuvenation: Under Eye Bags

Time spares no one. One day you look in the mirror and see the face of a strange person staring back at you, with all these fine lines, dark circles around their eyes and eye bags. Sure enough you don’t want to have anything in common with this elderly person. So you check your bank account for some liquidity and set off for a permanent makeup artist wondering if he or she will give you your beauty back.

For now, first things first. This article casts light upon some of the skin conditions associated with aging and the possible impact micropigmentation can have on them.


Bags under eyes are a lighter form of the medical condition called periorbital puffiness and are technically the appearance of swelling around your eyes. Some degree of it may be inherited and inborn, while other is a signal of some undesired changes in the body functioning. The reasons for bags under eyes include:

  • Early stages of infection
  • Lack of sleep or its poor quality
  • Crying
  • Allergies
  • Improper diet
  • Alcohol and tobacco consumption
  • Fluid retention (which happens due to various reasons, for example, hormonal swings, menstruation, etc)
  • Normal aging

Most often bags under eyes are accompanied by dark circles and require a complex approach. Micropigmentation can provide a reliable solution to both problems but should be performed with high precautions since the under-eye skin is much thinner than that of the face.  Actually, the opinions on micropigmentation for dark circles and eye bags are polar opposite. Some artists are convinced that patients with this condition do not qualify for micropigmentation, while others talk of its advantages.

For those artists who dare perform this treatment, it is important to choose the right anesthetic as the under-eye area is extremely sensitive. The artist should also make sure that the numbing cream to be used does not provoke irritation or cause allergy in the patient since the area is situated in direct proximity of eye mucosa.

Cosmetic concealers used for camouflaging unwanted skin conditions are applied according to their hues. Thus, yellowish areas are camouflaged with violet hues, blue ones – with peach color, violet – with beige tones and dark brown-greenish areas with pink hues. Now, this isn’t the case for permanent makeup under eyes. The artists tend to use ivory color and sometimes, in case the patient has bluish or violet circles, mixing it with yellow hues is also a good idea. The pigments should be thoroughly blended in the skin also covering the areas of the normal natural color to create a fresh and realistic look. The application in case of camouflaging dark circles with permanent makeup has to be thin, almost transparent and thus several appointments are required in the majority of cases to tackle the problem. As mentioned above, the thickness of the under-eye skin is about 0,3-0,4 mm. Consequently, the depth of application should be minimal to allow for good pigment retention.

The healing process after the procedure is slow due to high skin sensitivity and usually takes around a week. Patients should avoid direct sun exposure and protect their skin with UV-filter creams designed specifically for this need.

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