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WHAT IS MICROPIGMENTATION?
Whatever name you call it--"cosmetic or medical tattoo”, “micropigmentation” or “semi-permanent makeup"-- the process of implanting pigment particles into the reticular layer of the skin is the same. They are all terms used to describe the process of tattooing, in which particles of color are placed in the upper layer of the skin in order to enhance or replace features lost by trauma, illness or surgery.
HOW ARE THESE PROCEDURES DONE?
Cosmetic and Medical tattooing can be performed using various methods, including the traditional tattoo or coil machines, the pen or rotary machine and the non-machine or hand method. The process includes an initial consultation, then application of pigment, and usually one or more follow up visits for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment.
WHO BENEFITS FROM COSMETIC AND MEDICAL TATTOOING?
EVERYONE who desires a boost to confidence in their appearance—from trauma or cancer survivors to the elderly. It is especially beneficial to people who can’t wear other cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities as well as sporty individuals who want to look their best for activities and who don’t want to worry about their cosmetics sweating or washing off.
In addition, those who suffer from vision impairment or who have difficulty applying their cosmetics because of physical impairments or unsteady hands, can all benefit from cosmetic and medical tattooing.
WHAT TYPE OF COSMETIC AND MEDICAL TATTOOING PROCEDURES CAN BE DONE?
Cosmetic Tattooing (semi-permanent) can enhance your natural features, correct asymmetry or add color and depth which was previously missing. Treatments can be made very subtle or dramatic, depending on what you are looking for.
Medical Tattooing can correct features lost or damaged due to cancer, illness, or trauma.
WHY CHOOSE COSMETIC TATTOOING (SEMI-PERMANENT)?
Cosmetic tattoos (semi-permanent) give your skin and features unsurpassed color and definition, as pigment is placed in the top portion of the skin, avoiding the waxy or shiny appearance seen with conventional makeup or concealer. Because pigment is retained by your skin, you don’t have to worry about it smugging or washing off.
Testimonial: “I’m overjoyed with how natural it looks. I also have more time in the mornings to be spending with my family rather than in front of the mirror!”
ARE THERE ANY RISKS TO COSMETIC OR MEDICAL TATTOOING?
More rare side effects include migration of the pigment dye away from the tattoo site, infection, or an allergic reaction.
Cosmetic Transformations uses only single-use pigments and needles to avoid infections, and exclusively implants Biotic Phocea BIOCHROMADERM® pigments – the only pigments that have been regulated to be implanted into the body. To date, Biotic Phocea has had no reported cases of allergic reactions and their safety is backed up by independent histological and safety studies.
IS IT SAFE?
1. All Needles should be new and sterile for each client.
CAN I HAVE AN MRI PROCEDURE AFTER A PROCEDURE?
Yes. Biotic Phocea BIOCHROMADERM® pigments were designed to be safe for MRI imaging. Compared to traditional dyes and pigments, the iron particles in the Biotic Phocea pigments are microscopic and do not react as true metal pieces.
It is still recommended however that any person with cosmetic or medical tattooing inform MRI staff as treated area(s) may show up as a very slight residue.
CAN I DONATE BLOOD AFTER A PROCEDURE?
Due to the possible risk of infection, the Canadian Red Cross requires a one-year wait between getting a cosmetic or medical tattooing procedure and donating blood.
IS IT PAINFUL?
Although people report some discomfort, the procedure is less painful than traditional tattoos and is well tolerated by most patients. Many patients compare cosmetic or medical tattooing to a light sun burn.
Cosmetic Transformations uses topical anesthetics to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible, and can also offer nerve blocks and local anesthetics when required. Your specific anesthetic needs will be discussed during your consultation.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
After micropigmentation, the skin takes between 7 and 10 days to heal, however most people can resume their normal activities the same day of the procedure.
During the healing process, you may experience slight swelling, tenderness or redness at the pigmented site for the first 3 days. Cool compresses can be applied to diminish the swelling and make you feel more comfortable. You will also notice that the site is darker then expected and may scab. THIS IS NORMAL and will go away within the week.
For eye-liner procedures, you should avoid contacts for 3-4 days.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost of cosmetic or medical tattooing depends on the procedure and particular needs of the client. Some procedures can be done in as little as one treatment, while others may require multiple staged sessions to perfect the work. Most procedures range between $350 and $900, according to their complexity.
This may seem costly, but is in fact economical when considered in relation to the money and time that would be spent on conventional cosmetics over a five year time period. And for individuals who are disfigured due to trauma, surgery or the effects of illness, the ability of these procedures to dramatically improve the skin’s appearance are nothing less than a miracle that can help them once again face and enjoy the world.
IS IT PERMANENT?
Perhaps the most common misconception about micropigmentation is that it is truly permanent. Because the color is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin it cannot be washed off. However, the colour will soften over time, because the body’s skin changes over time, and so will any coloration. Color retention is affected by different factors including the darkness of the original color, an individual’s age and metabolism, skin type and condition, exposure to UV radiation (sun, tanning booths), smoking, certain drugs and medications, and skin peeling treatments such as Retin-A, glycolic peels and microdermabrasion.
In general, the color lasts from 3 to 5 years and can be enhanced and refreshed by a maintenance, or ‘touch-up’ visit when needed. A ‘touch-up’ is usually a minor adjustment that either thickens a line or adds a dot to make just the right shape, modifies a color to achieve the desired saturation, or fills in areas that may have faded more than others.
CAN I CHANGE MY APPEARANCE AFTER HAVING A PROCEDURE DONE?
DEFINITELY! You can still apply makeup over your enhanced lips, eyeliner or brows for added variety. You can also have Kyla modify your micropigmented colours at a later date, although it is always easier to modify lighter colors than darker colors.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE IT?
Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent. Colors 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.
CAN I REMOVE A MICROPIGMENTATION PROCEDURE?
As with any form of tattoo, the removal of micropigmentation is not an easy process. That is why choosing a qualified professional like Kyla who has tremendous artistic skill as well as a conservative approach is important. During the initial application, a “less is more” philosophy works best. A more natural look or lighter color can always be changed later with conventional makeup, or adjusted or darkened if necessary at a ‘touch-up’ appointment. Shape can also be adjusted at a ‘touch-up’ visit, but not drastically, so a good original design is a must.
HOW LONG DOES EACH PROCEDURE TAKE?
The initial procedure will generally take between 1 and 2 hours. Touch up procedures usually do not require as much time.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A PROCEDURE?
Several important steps need to be followed to ensure your procedure is done correctly. During your initial consultation you can see what other work has been performed by Cosmetic Transformations, your medical history is collected and your different options are discussed. During this time, any other questions that you have would be answered.
If you decide to go ahead with a cosmetic or medical tattooing procedure, time is then allotted for the design and color selection, and a local or topical anesthetic will be applied to the site to ensure your comfort.
The area to be pigmented will then be measured, outlined and marked, then sterilized before the micropigmentation procedure. Kyla will then implant the pigment into the upper layer of your skin to cover the specified area. Before you leave, Kyla will go over after care instructions.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A PROCEDURE?
Immediately following a procedure, there may be a small amount of swelling, redness, or tenderness that lasts a few hours to a few days. Generally, the eyebrow area swells less than the eyes, lips or scars.
THE COLOR LOOKS MUCH DARKER immediately after the procedure but will be softer and lighten by 10-50% within a week. During this time a light crust will form and the epidermal (outer) layer of skin will gradually peel or flake off revealing the softened color underneath.
After the procedure, if any touch ups or color modifications are required, a “perfection visit” will be scheduled in about 6 weeks. This is of no additional charge when scheduled within 3 months of the initial visit.
WHAT IS THE ‘DOWN TIME’?
In most cases you can return to work or regular daily activities with minimal redness or swelling a day or two following the procedure. The site will have healed completely within a week.
WHAT IS A ‘TOUCH-UP’ APPOINTMENT AND DO I NEED ONE?
During the initial procedure, the treated area will be saturated as much as possible with color. Due to swelling, there may be some areas where the tissue will no longer allow pigment to be implanted. Those areas will show less color upon healing and may require another visit to be filled-in.
Because everyone’s tissue reaction is different, some clients will need a ‘touch-up’ while others will not. The treatment area must heal before a refinement procedure can be performed. You should wait 6 weeks to allow for complete tissue healing and color stabilization. Once the desired results are achieved, you can keep the color looking fresh with a maintenance visit or let the micropigmentation slowly fade over time.
WHAT DOES THE COLOUR LOOK LIKE?
Pigment colors are selected to compliment your skin tone, hair, and eye color, and can be custom-blended to ensure optimal effect. When blending in with your natural skin color, for example with scar camouflage or skin re-pigmentation, patch testing is advised to obtain the best combination of colors for the treated area. This is particularly important, as the color selected may appear slightly different once it is injected under the skin.
Should you later decide on a different color, it can be lightened, darkened, or even changed.
WHAT IF I HAVE COLD SORES / HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS?
If you have ever had fever blisters or cold sores, an anti-viral prescription is required from your physician prior to any lip procedure. With an anti-viral, fever blisters and cold sores can usually be avoided during the healing of your lip procedure.
WHAT IF I SUNTAN?
If you spend a lot of time in the sun or in tanning beds or booths WITHOUT PROTECTION, you should NOT opt for micropigmentation since the UVA rays will change and fade the pigment tones.
WHAT’S THE FIRST STEP?
Free consultations are available to discuss your options. You can call or e-mail to set up your appointment today!
WHY CHOSE COSMETIC TRANSFORMATIONS?
Through the use of its award wining innovations (Titian Washtm), artistry and techniques, Cosmetic Transformations can create or enhance features never before achievable with traditional tattoos or makeup.