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WHAT PROCEDURES DO YOU OFFER?
Eyeliner and Lash Enhancement
is one of the most popular and frequently requested procedures in the Permanent Cosmetics Industry. This procedure is perfect for people who want to enhance their eyes but don't have the time or ability to apply eye makeup every time it is needed. In a Lash Enhancement procedure the technician places dots of pigment between sparse lashes to create a fuller look. In an Eyeliner procedure, the thickness of the liner is decided upon during a consultation prior to the procedure. In the application, a line of pigment is placed on the lashline to create the appearance of regular everyday eyeliner. Both of these procedures can be performed on the upper and lower lashlines.
Is it painful? There is some discomfort, most clients compare it to tweezing. We use a topical anesthetic which deadens the top layer of skin (the epidermis). Then we make a first pass over the skin to break it so that the 2nd anesthesia can be used that helps deaden the layer under the epidermis. Our needles only go the depth of a dime's thickness. We also add a drop of anesthesia into the pigment color so you are getting 3 types of anesthesia. We ask you to keep your eyes closed for the procedure, and let me open the lid as needed to see the lower lid as I work there. You may also take Benadryl when you arrive at the studio if your doctor says it is ok; it will help dry the tearing that accompanies working on the eyes. Benadryl will also help with the histamine reaction by reducing swelling. Ice for the first few hours off & on is very helpful with any discomfort on the first day. I encourage you to consider bringing a driver with you. Sunglasses are also helpful.
is another popular Permanent Makeup procedure that is actually hair strokes. This process will create permanent 3-dimensional, real-looking eyebrows for any person - from those who just need to fill in some spaces to those who have lost their brows all together. This procedure has served as a solution to people who have experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy and cancer treatments, Alopecia, burns or aging. When you come in, I will have you use my pen to do your eyebrows and then I can follow your line drawing; so they will be exactly as you have drawn them! You should bring your eyebrow pencil so we can match the color as closely as possible. I can also do a solid 'powder' brow if you prefer that look.
Is the eyebrow procedure painful? Actually, it is the least painful of the makeup procedures. I did the 2nd procedure on my own eyebrows without any anesthesia.
Scalp Hair Simulation
is a perfect solution for those who are missing scalp hair. In this procedure, the spot lacking hair is targeted, pigments are matched to the surrounding hair and the color is tattooed into the space resulting in real-looking, simulated scalp hair where the patient previously had none. Please see the photos under 'PROCEDURES/PRICES".
3-D Areola Repigmentation
is a wonderful procedure that has done much for the confidence and self-esteem of countless men and women. This is a process of creating the perfect areola for patients whether they have had breast cancer surgery and need a totally new areola or are unhappy with the color and shape of the areolas they do have. With IIPC's advanced application techniques, artists are able to create the appearance of a 3-dimensional nipple, and with my training in trompe l'oeil (fool the eye), we can count on having the 'illusion of protrusion'. You will tell me the size of the areola, and approve my drawing on your chest. We will choose the color together, if you want a soft light color, or more intense color. You may even opt to do a pretty design. Please see 'Procedures/Prices' for pictures and a link to free designs. After all, this is all about BEAUTIFUL YOU.
Is it painful? Most clients say it is either numb due to loss of sensation, or it is tender. I will use 2 anesthesias to help alieviate any discomfort.
uses repeated needle penetration in order to loosen contractured scar tissue, allowing the patient to experience a much larger range of movement. This procedure has been exceptionally successful when performed on patients with scarring from burns. No pigments are involved in this process.
like Scar Relaxation, involves no pigment. This procedure is ideal for patients with deep wrinkles or acne scarring, as the repeated pricking of the machine's needle draws a light bloodline. The brain recognizes the needle's pricking as a sign of trauma, responds by generating more collagen and directs it to the target area plumping up wrinkles or inverted scars. Most people see results immediately, and continue to witness the plumping as healing takes place. I will use topical anesthesia to control discomfort, but most people say it isn't necessary. Susan Church discovered this benefit when woking with burn patients in the late 1980's.
What Does Skin Needling Do For Wrinkles?
This client has deep wrinkles around the eyes and skin discoloration due to sun damage. She hoped that her Skin Needling treatment would even out her skin tone and smooth her facial lines, giving her an overall younger, fresher look.
Our client, looks 10 years younger after a photofacial and 2 Skin Needling treatments. Her skin is brighter and there is an extreme reduction of the wrinkles around her eyes.
After the Skin Needling treatment, the Proper use of ‘At Home Products’ is essential for glowing and hydrated skin!
Remember if you spend your money having skin needling done, and you don't maintain with good skin products & dermal rolling, it's like going to the dentist, getting your teeth cleaned and then not brushing for 6 months!
Skin Needling and Facial Needling treat light scarring and fine to deep wrinkles. Using a machine or a hand tool for the Skin Needling procedure, the needle cluster is gently inserted into the epidermis and top layer of the dermis. Skin Needling promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
Skin Needling stimulates the body’s natural wound-healing reaction to produce natural collagen.
With microscopic punctures in the epidermis, Skin Needling is minimally invasive.
Clients who choose skin needling procedures have minimal ‘down time’ and swelling, and most people return to work the following day.
It is strongly recommended to schedule dermal rolling every 1-6 months to maintain results and improve sagging, bagging & wrinkling. Your needling work will last 10 years; however if you maintain the stimulation of collagen with derma rolling, you will also reduce future wrinkles from forming. Dermal rolling can be done at home with a dermal roller, which has small needles on it; when you roll it over your skin, it makes micro injuries to the skin, causing the same effect as needling does in the creases & pits. Your skin care products are absorbed 400-1000% more than putting skin products on unbroken skin. After 15 months of derma rolling, a whole new network of collagen has regenerated underneath the face, pulling together & tightening the dermis. The derma roller has such small needles on it, it is not painful to roll, it is 'prickly' and makes your skin red for a few hours. The benefits are well worth the monthly rolling. Please message me or call for more info.
What Is The Depth of Penetration For Skin Needling?
The insertion of the needle for Skin Needling is approximately .07mm, but this measurement depends on the severity of the wrinkles and the client’s desired results.
What Contributes To Wrinkles And The Loss Of Collagen?
Sun, and tanning beds
Anyone who works outdoors
Anyone who likes to ‘play’ outdoors: volleyball, golf, water sports, baseball etc.
People that are Type I and II on the Fitzpatrick scale
Sleeping with your face buried in a pillow
Who Will Benefit from Skin Needling?
In view of the fact that Skin Needling is a minimally invasive procedure, anyone with fine, medium or heavy wrinkling will experience positive results.
People with acne scars, chicken pox scars, and scars from surgery
People who have picked at pimples and scabs, creating scars and pits
People with naso-labial wrinkles, as well as smoker’s and laugh lines
People with chest, neck, knee, arm and hand wrinkles
Contraindications for Skin Needling
If you have the propensity to keloid scar you would not be a candidate for Skin Needling
We never work on raised moles or warts, or any raised lesions, or active acne
Who Is Not An Acceptable Candidate For Skin Needling?
Anyone that is under medical care that may be on a high blood pressure medication, heart medication, is diabetic, not in general good health, is a poor healer, has an active herpetic breakout, or has just had an invasive laser treatment
Anyone that has any type of facial skin disease or disorder that would be a contraindication
Anyone who is taking homeopathic substances, vitamins or herbs that thin the blood
Anyone with scars that are less than 6 months old
Anyone that has had facial fillers, or Botox, in the past 4 months in their lips or face
Anyone who has had facial surgery in the past 6 months
Anyone who has had ‘PERMANENT’ fillers, such as Dermagen or Shark Cartilage injected in the past 6 months would not be a candidate for Skin Needling
Anyone that has been using cortico-steroids on the treatment area, as this thins the skin’s tissue
ASK YOUR PHYSICIAN WHAT THEIR PROTOCOL IS FOR TIME FRAMES OF THE PROCEDURES LISTED ABOVE!
What Tools Are Used for Skin Needling?
Skin Needling can be accomplished by using a hand held roller, a coil, digital, rotary tattoo machine.
Skin Needling Pre-Treatment Management
The skin should be assessed prior to the first treatment. The use of skin treatments and/or products both pre- and post-treatment will enhance the client’s results dramatically.
Sun worshippers and men that have not been on a regular skin care regimen would receive greater benefits if they have any of the treatments listed below prior to their Skin Needling procedure.
Several options are available to the clients Pre-Treatment are: Microdermabrasion Peels – AHA’s, Enzyme Peels, Laser, Retin A, Retinol, Renova. We have an excellent Environ peel, but if you and I decide you need a deeper peel, microdermabrasion, or laser treatment for better results, you can see a dermatologist. He can also prescribe the Retin A, Retinol, or Renova. Be sure to ask him/her how long to wait after his procedures before you can have the skin needling done for the wrinkles.
Anyone that is prone to herpetic outbreaks needs to be on an antiviral medication prior to their Skin Needling procedure. This applies to each additional procedure as well.
Skin Needling Post Treatment Management
Mineral makeup can be used after the skin has healed. If you use makeup on broken skin, the risk of bacteria entering the procedure area, as well as the makeup filtering its way into the open tissue, can be detrimental by causing darker pigmentation. 2-7 days is the usual time for the skin to heal depending on the client's age and health factors.
After the skin has healed, the use of AHA’s will help to keep the top layer of skin softened and sloughed off, resulting in younger looking skin.
For the first few days our clients apply Environ Apres Cit which is peptides, and then resume Environ A and C products.
What Can A Client Expect From Skin Needling?
Our clients report smoother, softer feeling and looking skin after each treatment; noticing creams and lotions penetrate their skin more easily, and their fine lines and wrinkles have softened considerably.
Clients with other concerns, such as acne scaring, scars from surgery or injury, notice improvement in the depressed areas. The body’s natural collagen is masking the imperfection of the scarring process after each treatment, while it regenerates the natural collagen.
In general, it is recommended to have 6-24 medical needling treatments (can be done weekly or monthly). Clients usually say they don't see much after 1 treatment, rolling or needling; after 3 and 4th they are beginning to see results. At 6 months photos are taken & compared to the originals to see the difference in the skin.
Each person’s results will vary as their body’s NATURAL collagen and elastin regenerate.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE PRONE TO HYPER-PIGMENTING SCARRING, Keloid scarring AS NEEDLING COULD POSSIBLY CAUSE HYPERPIGMENTATION (excessive color after an injury).
What Does Skin Needling Look Like Post Procedure ?
Day 1 and 2 – Depending on how deeply the technician inserts the needle into the epidermis, the tissue may be slightly to moderately swollen, tender, red and bruised, with a slight lymph discharge from the treated areas. Minor itching may occur and the ‘needled’ skin looks sunburned.
Day 3 – The treated areas remain faintly pink to red.
Day 4-–The redness has diminished. You may notice peeling at this stage.
Day 5 – There is barely any evidence of a procedure.
How Soon Do I Schedule a Follow Up Skin Needling Treatment?
Procedure applications are usually repeated at 1-8 week intervals, depending on the condition of the tissue and desired results. You may be happy with one procedure, or you may choose more. The nice thing is that it's your collagen. Collagen will continue to build for 9 months and lasts several years.
How Much Does Skin Needling Cost Per Treatment?
See the Procedure/Prices tab for current prices
Aftercare For Skin Needling
Environ products are used after the skin is healed.
The use of a ‘Broad spectrum Sun Block’ is strongly suggested on a daily basis, spf 30 or above.
After the Skin Needling procedure fills in wrinkles and lines with the body’s own natural collagen, the client may still want to have facial fillers in their lips, as well as Botox, to paralyze their glabella, upper forehead and crow’s feet.
is a process that uses a technique similar to that used in Skin Needling™. With no pigment involved, the technician repeatedly pricks areas with hypo-pigmentation to stimulate the melanocyte cells in the epidermis, which in turn produce melanin. This process helps the treated areas to blend in with the rest of the patient's skin.
Corrective Pigment Camouflage and Burn Scar Camouflage
are processes that use pigment to change the color of an area of skin, allowing it to blend together with the surrounding skin. Corrective Pigment Camouflage has been exceptionally successful when performed on patients with burn scars; the addition of pigment evens out skin tone while the needle's penetration works to loosen scar tissue and provide a larger range of movement. Cleft lip clients have great results doing the scar repigmentation first, and if necessary, corrective pigment camouflage. The same is true for stablized vitiligo clients; first up to 3 needling sessions for repigmentation, and then corrective pigment camouflage if necessary.
LIPS, LINER, AND/OR FEATHERED- IN
Lip liner is a popular choice for those who need to save time in the mornings. Just lip gloss and your lips are kissable all day! Bring your fav color of lipstick for me to match as closely as possible. Some clients opt for a deeper shade than their natural lip color. As we age, we can lose color and our lip line. If you have wrinkles in your lip line, I recommend having at least 1 treatment of skin needling to plump those creases before we outline your lips. Color can also be feathered inward for a more natural look. All of us have blue undertones in our lips, because of the vascular network so close to the skin's surface. Your color immediately after will look brighter than you want, but after the initial sloughing of the epidermal layer (the top skin, dead layer constantly flaking off) and healing of the dermis (just under the epidermis, the living layer), your color will soften considerably, 30- 60%. Remember, final color = pigment + skin tone. Some people have irregular lip lines which can be corrected. You can draw on your own lip liner where you want it, and I will follow your lines to implant the pigment.
After your procedure, your lips will be swollen. Ice wrapped in a washcloth will help the swelling and the minor discomfort. You may take whatever your doctor approves for discomfort in general, e.g. Tylenol. The swelling usually goes down in 2-5 days. I slept with my head on 2 pillows and used ice the first day. It truly helps!
Is it painful? To be honest, the lips are the most uncomfortable of all the procedures. I will also use topical anesthetics to reduce discomfort as prescribed by your doctor. BEFORE A LIP PROCEDURE YOU MUST BE ON AN ANTIVIRAL FOR COLD SORES/FEVER BLISTERS IF YOU HAVE EVER HAD ONE, OR HAD THE CHICKENPOX. I will need to see your prescription bottle before I will do your lips, so please bring it with you. If you pay all that money, and lose pigment due to leakage of fluid from the cold sore, you have wasted your time & money. Most doctors will approve a week of Valtrex before the procedure, and a week of it afterwards. A cold sore outbreak is aggravated by irritation, so believe me, tattooing will bring it out! Don't take a chance, please!
A client had a blue-based red pigment applied to her lips a few years ago. Eventually it faded to the base color, which was blue. It was then corrected with an orange red, which cancelled out much of the blue undertone. You can still see some of the blue, and she will have to have touch-ups with the orange red each time she needs a refresher color. The only way to get rid of that blue altogether would be with laser treatments.
After care for lips includes NO KISSING for 2 weeks please~ let those beauties heal up! DON'T TOUCH. Use a qtip and the ointment I give you 2-4 times SPARINGLY a day. Don't use a straw for a few days.
Why is it called Permanent if it fades?
'Permanent' refers to the fact that it won't wash off. Swimming in chlorine or salt water will fade color somewhat. The sun is probably the biggest culprit of faded pigment. Using sun block and avoiding skin treatments on or close to the pigmented area are the best things you can do to prolong color retention. If you love to swim, enjoy it and just have a color refresher more often.
Am I at risk for an infection or HIV if I get permanent makeup or a body tattoo?
Anytime the skin (our 1st line of defense against infection) is broken, there is a risk of infection. What I do in my studio to protect you and me from blood-borne pathogens such as HIV, hepatitis & flesh-eating staph: OSHA and Tx Health Dept compliant. 100% disposable (including single-use needles). What cannot be thrown away (chair, stool, table, etc) is wiped down with a miticide disinfectant after every procedure. The founder of my school Susan Church, has written procedures for the Orange County Health Dept, Ca. and has instructed their employees on safety when working with blood: http://www.permanentmakeupschool.org/why_choose_iipc.php . My machine is a top-of-the-line Cheyenne Hawk pen, designed so there is NO backflow of body fluids into the pen. No chance of cross-contamination. I wear gown, mask, non-latex gloves. We start with your clean skin using a gentle cleanser wipe or for the body, I use green soap (used by tattoo artists) and antibacterial soap. I give you written instructions to take home. When you leave me, the other half of the successful procedure is your part. The antibiotic ointment we apply protects the skin, acts as a barrier until healing takes place. Follow your instructions I will give you, and you will have a more than satisfactory experience with us. Your safety is my 1st concern and priority!
Tattooing Persons of Color
Darker skin has more melanin in the dermis, which can compete with pigment implanted there. Dark skin is usually thicker, has more oil glands (means less wrinkling), and usually hyperpigments (has an increase of color) after a wound. If you scar initially with a purplish color, you hyperpigment. I also hyperpigment. What is recommended for us is lightening the area a few weeks before your desired procedure. Lips may be spotted, which will need lightening. We have a color chart for darker skin that has been used successfully for many years. Don't forget to bring your favorite colors with you so I can match them as closely as possible. Dark skin also seems to have more problems with keloid scar tissue forming, which would be an absolute contraindication to any kind of tattooing. If you keloid, please inform me!
Do I need to be concerned about allergic reactions?
The pigments I use for the face are hypoallergenic, and contain the same type of colors used in cosmetics, so they are not as permanent as tattoo ink. I use top of the line colors for long lasting results, but there is always a risk of an allergic reaction.
I do offer a patch test if you request it, or you can waive it. If you have a lot of allergies especially to makeup, please request a patch test. I myself have very sensitive skin and allergies. I have permanent makeup eyebrows, eyeliner and lip procedures without any problems with the pigments. I seem to be more allergic to the fragrance in a skin product or cosmetic.
Body art tattoos are done with inks. There is not much regulation of tattoo ink in the U.S. as far as the type of metals etc that can be used. All tattooing is done at your own risk, and to be honest, there is a risk, even years later that you could develop a reaction to the ink. I do stay with major brands of tattoo ink, like Eternal and Intenze, and there are some inks in their lines that have been discontinued from time to time due to frequent reactions reported. It is usually the cadmium colors, like red and yellow.
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