The Answers You Need About Permanent Cosmetics and Advanced MicroPigmentation Procedures...
WHAT ARE PERMANENT COSMETIC AND ADVANCED MICROPIGMENTATION PROCEDURES?
Permanent Cosmetics and advanced micropigmentation are a permanent tattoo. There are many names for Permanent Cosmetics and Micropigmentation: pigmentation: medical micropigmentation, micropigmentation implantation, derma-graphics, permanent make-up (PMU), cosmetic tattoo and medical tattoo. The procedures deposit pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. The epidermis is the outer layer of the skin, the dermal layer is the next layer of skin. This is considered a permanent procedure.
Micropigmentation is a procedure that improves the appearance of the skin by implanting pigment or by using a "dry needle" technique to improve the surface of the skin.
IS IT SAFE, ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
You can feel confident with a trained and certified practitioner in a professional/private clinic. I am OSHA certified, I follow strict sterilization techniques and I use disposable products, including needles. My clinic is licensed by the Mecklenburg County Department of Health. I use sterile pigment made by a major manufacturer in the USA. Each pigment has a batch number, lot number and expiration date, and can be traced back to the manufacturer. Allergic reactions are rare. A patch test can be done at your consultation upon request. I do not use latex products in my practice.
Eyebrows may be slightly tender, for a day or two. Eyeliner may slightly swell and feel as if you were crying for 24 hours. Lips may show slight to moderate swelling. During the procedures there may be some minor bleeding. Bruising is rare.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
There are many variables that affect how long the results will last: Skin type, skin damage, lifestyle, past and future cosmetic procedures, sun exposure, genetic factors, adherence to aftercare instructions, etc. A tattoo procedure is considered permanent, but there are no guarantees because of all the variables involved in retention. We will do everything possible to give you the best results. If someone is promising you how long the results will last, be cautious.
ARE THE PROCEDURES PAINFUL?
Our profession has made great advances in the use of effective topical anesthetics in the last couple of years.The best topical anesthetics available will be applied to keep you comfortable. While most clients describe feeling vibration from the machine, there have actually been clients that have fallen asleep during their procedure. Each procedure and individual is unique.
WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR PROCEDURES?
Every client is important to me. I am empathic and want to help anyone with a cosmetic or medical situation you are unhappy with. Unfortunately, there are situations where Permanent Cosmetics or Derma-pigmentation may not be a good solution for you. However, there are situations where we can proceed with permission from your physician.
AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES: Please bring written permission from your doctor to your consultation.
GLAUCOMA PATIENTS: Please have your eye pressures under control prior to eyeliner and please bring written permission from your doctor to your consultation.
EYE SURGERY: You must be six months post-op and please bring written permission from your doctor to your consultation.
MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE, ARTIFICIAL HEART VALVES OR JOINTS: If you routinely need an antibiotic before dental procedures, please bring written permission from your doctor to your consultation.
INFLAMED SKIN: Permanent cosmetics cannot be applied to inflamed skin, this includes inflammation from peels, sunburn, moles, cysts, severe acne or any other trauma to the skin.
DIABETICS: Please bring written permission from your doctor to your consultation. You can have a difficult time healing.
PREGNANT/NURSING WOMAN: Please wait until you have recovered from delivery and are no longer breastfeeding.
CANCER/CHEMOTHERAPY/RADIATION: It is best to do the permanent brows and eyeliner before your treatment begins. It is optimal for breast cancer clients to come in for a consult and documentation before any type of surgery. The reference materials will assist in recreating the 3-D areola re-pigmentation. Once chemotherapy has started, you will have to wait until you have completed your treatment. Your natural immunity is compromised and your resistance to infection is lower. Please bring written permission from your doctor to your consultation.
BLEEDING/COAGULATION PROBLEMS: If you have been diagnosed with Hemophilia or other clotting disorder, please bring written permission from you doctor to your consultation. Excessive bleeding during procedures can make implanting pigments very difficult. Please discontinue medications, herbal supplements and over the counter products that can interfere with clotting 10 days prior to your procedure.
ORGAN TRANSPLANT OR JAUNDICE: Micropigmentation is contraindicated for all organ transplant patients.
COLD SORE/HERPES SIMPLEX: If you experience cold sores, please get a prescription for an anti-viral medication such as Zovirax or Valtrex from your doctor before having LIP color. Please begin taking this 5-7 days before your appointment and continue until your lips are healed. Lip procedures cause trauma to your lips and it is likely that you will most likely have a breakout which will affect your healing and color retention.
HOW MANY APPOINTMENTS DOES EACH PROCEDURE REQUIRE?
For Brows, Eyeliner, Eyelash Enhancement or Lips:
Consultation (If needed) - 30 minutes
Procedure Appointment 2 1/2 -3 hours
Perfecting Appointment 4 - 8 weeks after your initial appointment. This appointment is scheduled during your initial procedure appointment. This appointment is not always needed. However, depending on how you healed, we may need to fill in, blend, or color correct.
If you do not come in for your perfecting appointment within 8 weeks of the initial procedure, you will be charged an additional fee of $125, it will be considered a color boost appointment.
Advanced Micropigmentation (Medical Tattoo) Procedures:
Start with a consultation. Appointment visits will then be determined.
An appointment is required for all procedures. Office hours are Tuesday & Thursday from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.
We kindly ask that you do not bring children with you to ensure their safety and your privacy. Only the client and practitioner will be allowed in the clinic.
Please give at least 48 hours notice for a cancellation. A missed appointment will be charged $150.
If you are over 20 minutes late and I have another client scheduled after you, we will have to reschedule.