Permanent make-up, micropigmentation or cosmetic tattooing is the art of implanting color into your skin. It is putting the right color in the right place so you can look better naturally.
It is done with a digital machine specially produced for working sensitive areas like eyes, lips or eyebrows.Specialized cartridges allow your permanent make up professional to place color into the layer of skin known as the dermis.Because the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, is always shedding and renewing itself, you are looking at the colour through a thin veil of skin.
When a procedure is completed, the colour will appear darker than the final result. This is because the colour is in BOTH the epidermis and the dermis. The colour in the top layer will flake off during the healing process lightening the overall effect.
How is the Permanent Make-up performed?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours.
Each procedure requires filling in a Medical Health Questionnaire and a Skin Assessment before a 20 minutes consultation.
Consultation starts with a conversation about your needs and expectations (form, colour, thickness for eyeliner). If they aren’t reasonable and acceptable, we will suggest the best solution for you. Pictures will be taken to assess symmetry and discuss corrections if needed. The next step is to sterilize the area that will be treated and drawing the shape with a mineral pencil so you can immediately see how the final result will look like. When you say ”yes, that is the way I like”, the procedure starts.
During the procedure we use 100% sterile needles, opened in your presence.
Disposable sterilized one-time use machine parts are disposed of off in a sharps container immediately after the procedure has been completed.
Personal protection equipment such as sterile gloves are new for each client and changed during the procedure if needed.
Each pigment has been developed with the highest quality ingredients, along with F, D&C (food, drug &cosmetic) FDA approved colourants.
Who benefits from permanent Make-up?
Permanent make-up is ideal for people that:
- Have poor eyesight, wear contact lenses or have had Lasik surgery, and unsteady hands
- Are physically challenged, have arthritis or painful hands
- Have difficulty applying make-up or don’t like the way it smears and disappears
- Have aging changes in brows, lips, eyes
- Have thin or sparse eyebrows
- Have traditional make-up allergies
- Have permanent hair loss from Alopecia, chemotherapy, accidents, burns or cosmetic surgery
- Have oily skin
- Have asymmetrical facial features
- Are the everyday, busy person who wants to look their best
- Travel, swim or camp
- Colour correction
Can a person on medication have a permanent make-up procedure?
The following medical conditions require special consideration before permanent makeup procedures. Clients with any of these conditions should contact their physician to determine if it will be safe to have a permanent cosmetic procedure. In some cases, the cosmetic tattoo artist will ask for a physician’s release.
* Diabetes. Healing could be compromised, higher risk of infection.
* Glaucoma. Increased intraocular pressure combined with pressure placed on the eye to apply eyeliner could be damaging.
* Bleeding disorders. Blood disorders that affect clotting such as hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, platelet disorders.
* Mitral Valve Prolapse, Artificial Heart Valves, Artificial Joints. Any condition that requires prophylactic antibiotics before dental or other procedures will need to take them before micro-pigmentation also.
* Herpes Simplex. People who get fever blisters / cold sores may experience an outbreak after lip procedures. An antiviral prescription should be taken.
* Pregnancy. The procedure should be postponed. Some medications are not to be used while pregnant. If you were to have a problem, this is not a good time to have it. Skin tones are also a little different while pregnant.
* Keloid or Hypertrophic Scarring. Persons with tendencies for this type of scarring have that risk with tattooing also.
* Use of certain Medications. Accutane / Retin-A, topical steroids can make skin fragile. Physician strength meds/treatments that affect the dermal layer of the skin can affect the permanent make-up. OTC meds/treatments that only affect the epidermis and are not much concern. Anticoagulants (blood thinners), long-term use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and some herbs reduce clotting time resulting in increased bleeding and bruising.
* Heart conditions, Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure, Poor general health.
* Any treatment, medication, or illness that compromises the immune system/healing would make you NOT a good candidate for micro-pigmentation procedures.
* Lips that have been injected with fillers may not hold color well. Restylane injected superficially near the lip edge has caused migration or feathering to occur along the lipline if the Restylane was placed within months before lip permanent makeup application. There has not been a problem if the lips permanent makeup is healed first, then the lip filler injected second.
How Long Does Each Procedure Take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours; there are consent forms to fill up and discuss health conditions, photographs to take; desired design and colour to discuss; the procedure to perform; and the aftercare requirements to discuss. Follow-up or colour refresher procedures usually do not require the same amount of time.
How long will my make-up last?
Permanent cosmetic makeup last a long time, but not forever. Pigment retention depends on skin type, age, aftercare, sun exposure, use of certain skin products, pigments used, immune system, medications and other factors. As you become accustomed to your new make-up it’s not uncommon to want more. You will want to freshen up your new make-up every couple of years. The darker the colour the longer it will stay unchanged in your skin. Natural, delicate colours are oftentimes more vulnerable to the effects of sun, swimming and breakdown by the body’s natural response.
What will I look like immediately following my procedure?
While your procedure area is healing, it must go through three phases before you will experience your final result. The procedure area must first heal, peel and fade. Final results may take 4-8 weeks to completely heal.
Colours will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and procedure. It’s very important to realize that often the new procedure represents something somewhat different; at times colour where there was no colour at all or very little. It takes time to become acclimated to a new look.
Eyebrow procedures have the least swelling and the colour appears very intense. Eyebrow procedures have the least swelling and the colour appears very intense. Eyebrow procedures have the least swelling and the colour appears very intense.
Eyeliner colour is more evident due to the contrast to the skin colour. You’ll look like you have had a good cry for several hours following the procedure.
Lip colour often involves temporary swelling and can take up to six weeks to reflect the final colour.
While your procedure area is healing, it must go through three phases before you will experience your final result. The procedure area must first heal, peel and fade. Final results may take 4-8 weeks to completely heal. Be patient.
I am afraid of pain...does the procedure hurt?
Topical anesthetics have been developed especially for permanent make-up procedures.These creams and gels are applied to the desired area before and during the procedure to assure you of the most comfortable experience possible. Some people describe the sensation as a “tingling” feeling. However, most people still experience some discomfort, especially with lip colour procedures. How much pain? On a scale of 1-10, you will usually be somewhere between 0-3.
Can I have permanent make-up if I am allergic to regular make-up?
The client who is allergic to traditional make-up is usually allergic to the fillers, binders, preservatives and fragrances in that make-up. In permanent make-up, we use organic and inorganic pigments(iron oxide) that are pure and are combined with re-wetting agents. We do not use inks, popular with body tattoos. Mineral make-up is made up of the same ingredients that we use and has been used, for decades.
Is this procedure safe?
Permanent cosmetic procedures are safe if the technician has had proper education and follows all of the sterilization and hygienic guidelines. Single-use, sterile needles and machine parts are used for each client and then properly disposed of to prevent cross-contamination.
How do I care for my ''NEW'' permanent make-up procedure?
After completion, you will receive a post-treatment care instructional sheet. The overall success of your procedure is contingent upon you following these instructions. A follow-up visit will be scheduled approximately 4-6 weeks from your initial application. This is to ‘fine tune’ and touch up any area of the skin that may have expelled the pigment.
Do I have to take any precautions prior to a lip procedure?
If you have ever had a cold sore or fever blisters, you must take an antiviral pre-procedure such as Valtrex. Herpetic outbreaks usually occur on the 3rd-day post-procedure, and taking antivirals will lessen your chance of an outbreak. If you do experience a herpetic outbreak, you may lose the implanted pigment colour in the area of the outbreak.
What’s a Touch-Up and Do I Need One?
Often the tattooed color is not perfect after the initial procedure heals. A permanent cosmetic procedure is a process and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure should be scheduled. It is recommended that any required detail work to the original procedure be performed no sooner than four weeks after the original procedure. The minimum standard for follow-up detail work for lip procedures is six weeks. Lips have a different healing agenda than procedures performed on other parts of the face due to their delicate nature. The cited time frames will vary depending on the health profile and age of the client, but these are good minimum standards for consideration.
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