Can medical grade tattoos hold the key to recovery and beauty?

  • Contributing Journalists: Scott Jamal (Medical Contributions), Anne Kay (Cosmetics Expert), James Cooper (Tattoo Expert)
  • Editor: S.Q.Hafiz (Editor in Chief)

Maria Cudur, founder of Lolica Permanent Cosmetics speaks to The International, about this booming industry and the life changing possibilities that many suffering people are unaware are available.

What are medical grade tattoos?

Medical grade tattooing goes by many names; “cosmetic or medical tattoos”, “micropigmentation” or “semi-permanent makeup“. The process is the implanting of pigment particles into the reticular layer of the skin and is the same procedure regardless of the terminology used.  They are all terms used to describe the process of tattooing, in which particles of colour are placed in the upper layer of the skin in order to enhance or replace features lost by deterioration,  trauma, illness, scarring or surgical scarring.

Cudur explains that the quality of the pigment used for the tattoo is medical grade, the same as that used in hospitals and operating theatres therefore able to much more closely match the natural pigmentation of the patient’s skin tone. For example to re-construct an areola following breast cancer.

“The tattoo is done at a superficial depth, not as deep as a conventional tattoo and a finer needle is used. This allows the pigment to be matched to the skin and is a less invasive procedure than a conventional tattoo.”

Unlike traditional tattoos medical tattooing is clinic based only. These procedures are classed as clinical medical treatments as such they must only be performed in a controlled clinical environment. The treatments require a specialised licence from the council to be able to conduct these treatments at an approved clinic. House calls, pop-up facilities and home based work is not possible. If you are offered this treatment in a non clinical environment you should be aware of what implications this may have.

What can medical grade tattoos be used for?

Medical grade tattooing can essentially be broken down into two main groups; cosmetic and medical.

Cosmetic treatments

  • Lip Blush – Costing on average £350. The treatment starts with the lip liner for definition followed by shading the colour into the lip to give it a soft appearance, because the pigment is translucent your own lip colour mixes in with it for a truly natural and bespoke result.
  • Lip Definer – Costing on average £300. This treatment defines the shape and outline the lips.


  • 60’s style eyeliner – Costing on average £400. This treatment looks just like freshly applied liquid liner and is typically available in various colours.
  • Colour mist eyebrows – Costing on average £300. Eyebrows in this treatment are enhanced to look like they’ve been freshly powdered, for ladies who prefer that made up look.
  • Hair stroke eyebrows – Costing on average £250. This treatment is a delecate and detailed hair by hair stroke process creating a very natural look.
  • Eyelash enhancement – Costing on average £300. Very fine tattooing. This procedure involves placing dots of colour between the eyelash roots along the eyelash line to give the appearance of fuller, thicker eyelashes.  It is ideal for people who do not desire an eyeliner look but who want eyelash definition.



Eye Kohl has also proven to be a popular treatment with male patients used to define and strengthen natural features.

Whilst the treatments are more typically used to create subtle natural enhancements, it is possible to create a more flamboyant look.


Eye brow treatment, lower kohl procedure, eyelash enhancement, upper eye liner and eye shadow shading has been coupled with glitter and foundation to create this intricate look with minimal maintenance and effort.

Medical treatments

There is some overlap between the two categories of procedures. Hair by hair eyebrow treatment for instance can be used for the treatment of facial alopecia.

Dot procedures such as those used in eyelash treatments coupled with hair by hair techniques can be used for the disguise of bald patches (head or facial), receding hair lines, scalpel scaring and hair line definition.


  • Scar disguising – Typically costing between £250 and £295/ hour covers up the scar with your natural skin colour pigment. This is a highly skilled procedure and takes several layers of pigment to achieve the desired effect. Whilst there is no skin tone or type that is unsuitable per say for this treatment it is always more simple to darken a skin tone that try to lighten it. Raised scars will also have less successful results due to the natural contouring of the raised scar showing through the ink’s pigmentation. Reversed 3D effect can be used around the edges in a similar way to make up contouring, however the scar will still be physically raised and the appearance of the scar whilst reduced will still be visible.
  • Areola pigmentation – Typically costing between £250 and £295/ hour the pigment is matched to the original skin tone and layered in such a way that it creates a 3D effect. This procedure can be used for pigmentation correction, scar camouflage and even the creation of an entire 3D effect nipple following a trauma, cancer or surgery.

Meet the clinicians 

Maria Cudur, founder of Lolica Permanent Cosmetics joins the international to expand more on this fascinating practice bringing hope to millions of people around the world.

Cudur, understandably is from a medical background previously working in theatres. Cudur explained how using her knowledge and experience from the medical profession and experience dealing with scar patients she took an interest in micropigmentation. Lolica Permanent Cosmetics was born in 2015 out of a life time of experience with medical treatments and a passion for helping and caring for those in need.

Cudur tells The International how the rapidly expanding industry is giving both men and women from all walks of life a breath of new confidence. Not only injured service men but also more and more people are having cosmetic surgery such as face lifts, which leave a scar around the hairline. Patients are looking for an answer as to how to cover up or reduce the appearance of the scar.

Cosmetically, more people are becoming aware of and it is becoming more common for women to have semi-permanent make up such as eyebrows, lip liner or eye liner. It is a convenient and fashionable treatment and becoming more popular.

From a medical side, again as people become aware they can get a treatment to cover up a scar from their medical procedure or to treat alopecia these treatments are becoming more popular.

Hair and facial hair treatments to correct or improve hairlines and bald patches or cover scars are also a vastly growing area for male patients.

Initially there is a  consultation with the patient to discuss needs and design a colour match for the procedure to match the surrounding skin. Two or three treatment sessions are normally required to complete most of the procedures.

A great benefit for this type of treatment on scars is that no anaesthetic is needed as the scars that are being worked on are cut off from the nerves and no pain can be felt. The full cover up will be completed in each session and the client returns after 4 weeks. During that time the tattoo will have faded slightly. The following sessions top up the colour until the desired colour is reached. The aim of the procedure is to see improvement and perhaps reduce the appearance of a scar. It is important to remember that a cover up will never make the scar vanish completely, but it will dramatically improve the appearance offering a new lease of life and confidence to the patient.

With an increasingly image conscious global culture demanding flawless looks, the cosmetic side of these procedures is only set to boom in terms of industry growth.

How long the treatments lasts is very much dependent on the individual patient. Factors such as UV exposure and swimming in chlorinated water can affect how long it lasts. Some patients have treatments which last for years. Some patients require amendments after 12 months.

Some alterations and amendments can be made at any time. The treatments will evolve and change over time much as our natural skin does.

Lolica Permanent Cosmetics


To find out more about any of the treatments mentioned in this story or to book a consultation please contact Lolica Permanent Cosmetics:

Consultant Direct Line: (M-F 9-5) [+44] 07903992872

Consultant Direct Email:

Main treatment clinic: Warwick CV34 4SJ, England

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