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How permanent is permanent cosmetics?

During the procedure droplets of pigment are placed into the dermal layer of your skin. Anything deposited in the epidermis, which is your upper exfoliating layer will eventually exfoliate. This happens during the healing process. The initial exfoliation starts about three days after the tattooing. Tiny particles of normally shedding skin flake off carrying with it the color that was staining these surface layers. This is why your tattoo can lighten up to 30% during the healing process. It may take three to six weeks for the finished result to be “settled in”. Permanent cosmetics may

How to find good technicians?

The candidate for board certification wishes to demonstrate competency among his peers in the industry. By continuing one’s education, the safety of the patient will be enhanced. From the stand point of the Academy, board certification will represent proof of competency and demonstration of micro pigmentation skills. There are other associations that have or will have similar written examinations; however the American Academy of Micro pigmentation is the only non-profit association that tests candidate’s written, practical, and oral knowledge. These professionals can answer any questions you may have. Mary is not only board certified with the AAM; she is an accredited member in good standing with the SPCP, 1(847)635-1330 www.SPCP.ORG. She has completed all course requirements for sterilization and sanitation training and has exhibited the essential level of excellence as deemed necessary by the AIIC, (which included blood borne pathogen certification.)She is certified in advanced Para-Medical and advanced cosmetic training with the Beau & Guastella Institute. Mary is a licensed Esthetician and has hours of advanced training in permanent cosmetics and skin care. Her artistic perfectionism has made her shine in the art of permanent cosmetics.  

take several sessions of layering in color to achieve your desired result. As long-term technicians and tattoo artists know, the degree of color permanency varies with each individual. Color can fade do to many factors¸ including prolonged exposure to the sun, or other forms UV rays , a person’s own body chemistry, and the degree of care taken to maintain the work. Any process involving the dermal layer of the skin, such as peels, medical procedures or certain medications such as Acutane, can also adversely affect color integrity. However, the lifetime integrity of color has nothing to do with the permanent nature of any form of tattooing. The dermis is the layer of skin that holds your color; this layer does not easily exfoliate. The color is injected in molecules and those molecules remain in the dermal layer of your skin forever. See this skin chart to the right. Even after removal of color via laser, the pigment molecules remain in the skin. The color has merely been bleached from them. This is the same thing that happens, to a much lesser degree, from exposure to any form of UV rays. If permanent cosmetics could be totally protected from UV, it would remain in its pristine shape for years and years. But unlike a body tattoo that is protected by clothing, tattoos on the face are constantly exposed. In general, the lighter the color implanted, the more it has the potential to be affected by ultra violet rays and fade. Colors like to fade to their base color, but can easily be corrected by a color boost. So the answer is yes, micro pigmentation or permanent cosmetics is permanent so choose your technician wisely.

Can permanent cosmetics be removed?

There are three known ways to remove poor work, laser or certain products like white lightning which bleach and fragment pigment particles smaller so the body can naturally metabolize them over a period of time. You can have it surgically cut out by a physician or you can have an experienced technician with proper training use her needles to exfoliate down to the dermis to the trapped color with salt water solutions or glycolic. This will liquefy the pigment purging it up and out to the surface, the salt water or glycolic also helps to exfoliate the skin allowing the trapped pigment to come with it.

This process may take several rounds for complete removal and the skin must be completely healed before each removal session. Again it is stressed to choose your technician wisely. Ask to see your technician’s portfolio. If you do not like what you see, you will be unhappy with the end result of the permanent cosmetic procedure. Also make sure you are looking at her work and not a picture of someone else’s beautiful artistry. Mary is successful in removals and repairs more incorrect work than she’d like to say. Seek out an artistic, qualified professional like Mary to do the virgin work and your enhancement will be the best decision you’ve ever made for yourself.

Does permanent cosmetics hurt?

Topical anesthetics have been developed especially for permanent cosmetic procedures. These crèmes 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 “vibration” feeling. However most people still experience some discomfort. On a scale of 1-10, you will usually be somewhere between a 0-3. Rarely is anything stronger than an Advil necessary for the discomfort and you won’t have to miss work or take time off to recover.

Is this a smart investment?

Your investment in permanent makeup saves you time and money in the long run. This cosmetic tattoo helps give you back what time has taken away and saves you precious time you normally spend “putting on your face”. You can save countless hours in a single year that were formally spent struggling to draw eyebrows evenly or eyeliner half-way straight… that’s a lot of extra free time. Plus imagine the money you’ll save not buying expensive cosmetics that rub off, smear, and disappear during the day. Yes, color boosts may be required every few years to freshen up your makeup tattoo. This is generally due to UV exposure, since your face is not protected by clothing like a body tattoo. This investment in cosmetic tattooing will reduce the amount of daily makeup needed and save the embarrassment of imperfect eyeliner or brows that have been accidently wiped off. The confidence alone is worth the investment.

What are the benefits of permanent cosmetics?

More and more, women are discovering the benefits of this exciting procedure. Older women with poor eye sight and unsteady hands finds permanent cosmetics most beneficial. Women who travel, swim or camp, like the freedom of looking their best even under the most active conditions. Handicapped people, those with allergies and just the everyday, busy women who want to look their best. What could be better than to wake up looking as good in the morning as you did in the evening? After surgical procedures, women can use permanent color techniques to camouflage scars or to create the illusion of protrusion areolas after breast cancer and reconstructive surgery. Men may want permanent color to give the look of fuller eyebrows, to mask the effects of slight balding or to camouflage scars. This procedure is great for alopecia sufferers. Whatever procedures are desired, permanent color can create a polished look or something subtle and natural. Because it is permanent, many women elect to have a natural look and dress it up with traditional makeup for a more dramatic look in the evening.

What is permanent cosmetics?

Permanent cosmetics, also known as micro pigmentation, is a form of cosmetic tattooing used to enhance facial features and as a finishing touch to surgical procedures. The procedure involves a sterile needle, which inserts pigment under the skin. Modern permanent cosmetics is fairly recent, but the concept dates back to ancient Egypt. Over the last 10 years the industry has grown very rapidly in popularity. However, because this is such a new field, you must do your research before choosing a technician. Be sure to look at their credentials. Do they keep up on continuing education? Do they belong to associations that make sure they adhere to high standards and ethics? Make an appointment for an interview at their office. Is their office clean and professional? Ask about their background. *Ask to see photographs of their work, snapshots with a Polaroid camera is the safest way to ensure you’re not looking at something that has been touched up. Make sure the technician is confident enough to show you lots of their before and after pictures, even if you are sitting in a doctor’s office. Tell the technician what you want done and listen to their ideas. Did they listen to what you want? Can you communicate well with them? Prices range from $100 to $1000 for a single procedure. But don’t choose a technician based on price alone. Base your decision on their competence.

What if I need an MRI?

By all means get an MRI if you need one. Be sure to let your Doctor know about your tattoo so he‘s aware of its placement. Rarely is anything even felt, but some people have experienced a slight tingling or warming sensation. Go to for lots of information.

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