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Why should someone have permanent cosmetics?

The answer is: "Why not?" Permanent cosmetics is perfect for the busy person who has little time to apply conventional make-up, those who like to wake-up with a fresh natural look, the athlete who wants to look natural and for those with oily skin whose make-up or anyone with limited hand movement, poor eyesight, or contact lenses.

What is permanent cosmetics?

Permanent cosmetics is a process in which sterile cosmetic pigment is placed under the dermal layer of the skin.

Is this like tattooing?

Because we are putting pigment in the second layer of this skin it is similar; but it is very different. Our pigments are sterile cosmetic color that has been FDA approved and specially created for enhancement. Tattoo artist use indelible inks and dyes that contain large quantities of metals and acids that will "turn" or change color over time. The needles and the machine we use are also quite different. The sterile disposable needles are of a fine gauge that is designed for delicate facial tissue. Our machines are very sophisticated and made for a soft and detailed artistic procedure.

Is it really permanent?

No. We use the finest cosmetic colored pigments and they will soften in color over a 3-5 year period. The colors are very blendable and changeable should you wish to change the look. We suggest you let us "freshen" the color occasionally.

Is it safe?

Yes. All pigments are sterile with FDA approved ingredients of sterile water, glycerin, alcohol, and the coloring agent. Some colors do contain trace amounts of iron oxide. All pigments used are disposed of and are never reused. The needles are sterile and disposable. The machine that applies the pigment has a "closed loop" system with no chance of cross contamination. All products are manufactured in the United States.

Who applies the permanent cosmetics?

All procedures are preformed in a sterile medical environment by a Registered Nurse that has advanced training and years of experience in this field.

Is there any discomfort?

Facial skin is very delicate and therefore some discomfort may be experienced. A highly effective topical anesthetic is used with excellent results. Many clients prefer to have a physician "block" or numb the area of the lips and brows so there is no chance of discomfort-it is similar to what is experienced at the dentist. This block lasts for several hours. We are careful not to start any procedure until we are sure that you are comfortable.

Is there any risk of infection?

We have not had one case of infection in our 10 years of practice. You can be assured that all procedures will be preformed by a Registered Nurse in a sterile environment using medical procedures.

Is it true that I could not have an MRI if I have permanent cosmetics?

No, the cosmetic pigments we use do not contain metal. Tattoo dyes do contain metals and can "heat" in MRI causing some discomfort.

What cosmetic procedures are available?

Eyebrows - We create eyebrows for those with sparse or undefined brows. With fine brush strokes, individual hairs are "created". Several colors are blended to complement your hair and skin tone for a natural brow. Eyelash Enhancement - Color is precisely placed in between each lash at the base of the lash line. This defines the shape of the eye and creates the illusion of thick full lashes. Lip Tinting - The aging process causes the lips to loose definition and color. We redefine and shape the lip line. The lip is then filled in with custom mixed color, the color you probably had in your youth. This gives the benefit of lip liner and a full healthy lip color in one procedure. Correction and Camouflage - Re pigmentation of the skin has been a wonderful solution for many. This process has been used to correct:

1. Nipple-areloa color after breast reconstruction following mastectomy.
2. Scars from surgery, accidents or burns.
3. Facelift scars in the hairline can be covered with fine "hair" strokes.
4. Skin discolorations such as hypo-pigmentation (white unpigmented areas) and vitiligo.

How long does it take?

Each procedure takes about one hour. This includes custom mixing of color and the use of the topical anesthetics.

How can I be assured I will like the end result?

You have approval of EVERYTHING. As colors are mixed and brows designed, you are consulted for approval. You are given a hand mirror and during each procedure you have total control. All procedures include two "touch-ups" within 90 days for fine tuning. We are artists and take pride in giving you the natural youthful look you desire.

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