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Q. In what layer of skin should the pigment be placed in order for the make-up procedure to be 'permanent'?
A. For all 'permanent' cosmetic make-up applications, the pigment should be placed into the uppermost dermis layer for maximum colour retention. This is usually .5mm to 2mm. thick. (About the width of a dime.)
Q. How long will my 'permanent' cosmetic make-up last?
A. Many people say that 'permanent' cosmetic make-up is not permanent. That is true to an extent. Your permanency depends on many mitigating circumstances. The technician, the iron oxides used for application, how deep the tattoo was placed into the skin,how the client takes care of the tattoo while it is healing and if the client uses a total sun-block after the procedure area has completely healed.
Q. My eyeliner has been tattooed on for almost 10 years along with my eyebrows. They still look good, but just softer in colour.
A. Consequently, the better your skin care regime is, the longer your permanent cosmetic procedures will last.
Q. How often is the epidermis replaced?
A. In younger skin the epidermis is generally replaced every 28-30 days. As we age, this process slows down and the epidermis may be replaced every 45 days or longer.
Q. How long does each procedure application take?
A. Each application may differ with the technician and client. Your application should take more than 45-60 minutes once the actual guidelines have been drawn on. The exception to this would be full lip colour, 'Corrective Pigment Camouflage' (CPC) and 'Areola Repigmentation'.
Q. When should I return for my touch-up appointment?
A. Technicians should schedule the client's touch up appointment between 4-8 weeks post procedure. If your technician works on your prior to this, the skin may not be healed in the dermal plane causing you unnecessary discomfort and potential scarring.
Q. Will the sun fade my permanent cosmetic make-up?
A. Yes, over a period of time the sun will oxidize / fade any traditional tattoo or permanent cosmetic make-up procedure if it is not properly taken care of. All clients should use a waterproof sun block daily for maximum colour retention. Colour oxidation also applies to cars, carpets, furniture and anything else that is subject to harsh sunlight.
Q. What is the difference between the manual method of application and the technician who uses a machine?
A. Each technician is familiar with certain tools and may feel more comfortable using the manual method over a machine. I personally know all three modalities (hand method, rotary and coil machine) as well as teach with all three. But, I prefer using a machine for all applications. I find that using a machine will penetrate the skin much more quickly which in turn, will deposit the pigment into the dermal layer of skin causing less trauma and
discomfort to the client.
Q. Can I have permanent make-up if I am allergic to regular facial make-up?
A. I have applied permanent cosmetic make-up to many clients that have been allergic to traditional facial make-up. A patch and sensitivity test should be administered 30-45 days prior to the actual application to check for any allergic reaction.
Q. What can I expect to look like immediately following my procedure?
A. Your procedure area may be slightly swollen and irritated. This is called a 'wheal and flare' reaction. The area may also be darker for a few days while it is healing because of the lymph and blood that may have been brought to the surface during your application. While your procedure area is healing it must go through three phases before you will experience your final results. The procedure area must first heal, peel and fade.
Q. Can I cover my Vitiligo with 'Corrective Pigment Camouflage' (CPC)?
A. I have worked on Vilitigo clients with varying results. The face and body seem to take the pigment the best; the hands and feet are more difficult to repigment. The technician must have the proper education in skin tones and pigment colour application. The client should also be made aware that they could potentially have an outbreak of Vitiligo somewhere else on the body.
Q. Can I have a MRI after I have been tattooed?
A. Yes, you may still receive an MRI if you have permanent cosmetic make-up. The procedure area appears as an artifact on the scan. In 1996 Dr. Whitney Tope, Medical Director for the 'Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals' (SPCP) conducted a survey of 1032 people. The results indicated that four people experienced fading, one experienced a 'slight tingling' before the scanning began, and one experienced a 'burning' sensation, which began before entering the magnet and resolved by the end of the scan. Dr. Tope states, "As was always suspected, MRI procedures are not contra-indicated for permanent make-up clients and pose no
serious risk to either the imaging equipment or persons receiving MR imaging."
I personally have had 3 MRI's with no difficulty. Be sure to notify your radiologist about your permanent cosmetic make-up.
Q. What is the best 'After Care' product for my skin?
A. A research paper I read many years ago stated that Vaseline healed wounds as well as Bacitracin, Polysporin and Neosporin. It is basically up to the technician to decide what product you should use for your after care. I personally use Derma-Heal (which is a homeopathic remedy), Vaseline, Bacitracin and Vitamins A & D Ointment.
Q. How much colour will I lose after my initial application of colour?
A. Clients may lose up to 40% of lip colour on the first application.
Q. Can I use Vitamin A & D or Carmex for my lip aftercare?
A. You can use any product that the technician advises you to use. If you like a certain product, be sure to ask your technician prior to application about the use of the product. We prefer certain products because of their healing properties.
Q. Will my lips bleed during my lipliner application?
A. The lip vermilion is very vascular. The lip epithelium is thicker than the epidermis on other parts of the body. During lipliner application the bleeding is very minimal. When applying full lip colour however, the lip vermilion tends to bleed more.
Q. I have Glaucoma and high blood pressure, Can I have permanent eyeliner applied?
A. If you have any concerns, or, if you are currently taking any medication, you should always consult with your physician before any permanent cosmetic make-up procedure application. This will keep your physician informed in case of any contraindications.
Q. How soon can I wear mascara after my initial eyeliner application and my touch-up?
A. In your best interest you should not wear mascara until the procedure area has completely healed. When you resume the use of mascara be sure to use a new tube. Flakes of mascara could possibly infect the eye if there is any bacteria in your old tube.
Q. Are there any FDA approved pigment colours for tattooing?
A. The FDA does not approve any pigment colours for insertion into the skin. The iron oxides that we use for tattooing are approved for topical use only. Iron oxide pigments may be used in cosmetic make-up that Channel, Lancome, Clinique, Bobby Brown, Mac and others may use.
Q. What is cosmetic Dry Needling (MCA)?
A. Cosmetic Dry Needling or MCA facelift is non-surgical procedure that will help rejuvenate and revitalize your whole face. It will improve blood and energy circulation, nourish your skin and increase collagen produntion to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging and dull skin. Through the use of fine disposable Permanent Make-Up needles can
help balance the energy within these pathways to restore and maintain health. Cosmetic Dry Needling (MCA) can make you look 5-10 years younger. Cosmetic Dry Needling (MCA) has no
chemical side effects and can last 2-3 years or more. Cosmetic Dry Needling(MCA) is an effective non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Permanent Make-Up, which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles into the
face&body where needed. Very fine needles are inserted into the skin on the face to stimulate energy and blood flow, increase local collagen production to nourish the skin and tonify. The signs of ageing are reduced and your skin is revitalized and rejuvenated!!!
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