resource Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent. It’s important to note that pigment colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual but can be expected to be about four weeks. It’s very important to realize that often the new procedure represents something somewhat different and it can take time to become acclimated to your new look. It is important to be patient. After the procedure has healed, and you are able to make an informed decision about the healed version of the procedure, the only reason you should not like your permanent cosmetics is if you chose a technician who did not work with you on design and color.