Permanent Makeup is the micro-implantation of coloring pigments into the skin for aesthetic purposes–to enhance, contour and outline facial features. It is also a valuable procedure for camouflaging scars, burns, skin pigmentation variances caused by vitiligo, correcting some facial irregularities or to further enhance facial rejuvenation and post-operative treatments. let’s answers some of the questions you might have.
Is Permanent Aesthetics similar to tattooing?
These are the newest techniques and are different than those of the old “tattoo” type services in permanent aesthetics.
These procedures are a 2-step Process. It has some of the same qualities, yet it is very different. Only specialists in micro-pigmentation can perform this procedure on the face; tattoo artists cannot.
Tattoos are very specific for skin art and there is a need to use that equipment and product.
We use only the techniques, tools and pigments that are specially designed for micro-pigmentation procedures making it safe, sterile and painless.
Permanent Aesthetic clinicians also use effective topical anesthetics that are not allowed for use by tattoo artists. They also use instruments that are much more delicate in design that provides natural-looking results.
The machines used in Permanent Aesthetics are digital and cause minimal damage to the tissue, tattooing requires a deeper penetration using a rotary machine and the tissue needs to be more damaged.
The needles are single-use needles in a cartridge designed for one use, once the machine is turned off, the needle retracts minimizing accidental finger sticks. Tattoos needles are used again and are autoclaved.
Permanent Aesthetic pigments are made from iron oxide minerals and do not go deep into the skin and are designed to look soft and natural. Tattoo inks are made with colored inks and need to go deeper into the skin and are made to look more vibrant and defined.
What are the coloring agents used in Permanent Aesthetics and is it what if I need to receive an MRI?
The pigments used in Permanent Aesthetics are Inorganic Pigments Iron oxides (Fe2O3 and Fe3O4) lack a carbon molecule and are therefore “inorganic”. Iron oxides in nature (dirt) are often combined with toxic metals like lead, arsenic, mercury, antimony and selenium. The FDA has regulated cosmetic colorants so the level of toxic metal present are below certain percentages in order to be used safely. If you have any allergies or concerns about reaction from use of these products, please do not proceed with any services. Please inform the technician and your physician that you have had Permanent Aesthetic Procedures prior to receiving an MRI for their knowledge and your safety.
Is Permanent Aesthetics a safe procedure?
All procedures are only performed under sterile conditions. Only single-use disposable needles are used.
There are no long-term side effects. Short-term effects may include some redness, swelling and tenderness.
There are no known allergic reactions to pigments. Allergy tests are always performed on our clients before treatment by injecting a tiny bit of pigment into the hairline.
Is there any discomfort associated with the procedure?
For pain management during some of the procedures, a topical anesthetic may be used such as Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Benzocaine, Tetracaine and Epinephrine in a cream, gel, or liquid form. If you have any allergies or concerns about reaction from use of these products, please do not proceed with any services.
How long does the procedure take to complete?
The average time required for a procedure is between 1 to 2 hours.
What kind of healing time is involved? Is any care required after the procedure?
Some swelling and redness can be expected for 24 hours following the procedure. The following days there may be peeling and flaking. An ointment must be kept on at all times during this time so that the pigment will heal into the skin. Post care is crucial to the results from the procedure. Regular routines usually can be resumed immediately after the procedure. However, swimming or vigorous exercise should be avoided for a few days. The most crucial time for healing is within the first 10 days.
How long does Permanent Aesthetics last?
Gradual fading can be expected for all micro-pigmentation procedures. This varies among individuals and is dependent on the specific shade used in the procedure, the post procedure aftercare, and also the clients exposure to the outdoor elements.
Most colors last 2 to 5 years, although some may not fade for as long as 10 years. Periodic touch-ups are recommended to maintain the desired look.
You can also choose to change colors of your permanent makeup. A fade or remover procedure may be needed to make any corrections. For instance, a nude lipcolor can be modified to a peachy pink; or a brown eyeliner to a black or navy hue.
Are any the procedures covered by insurance for restorative procedures?
Depending on your health plan, some procedures are reimbursable. i.e. if a scar is the result of an accident or cancer treatment.
If you have more questions
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