Permanent cosmetics offer a wonderful alternative to the daily ritual of applying make-up. Also known as permanent makeup, micro pigmentation, and semi-permanent makeup or cosmetic tattooing, the results can be as natural and understated or as dramatic as you wish, creating a long lasting look to enhance your appearance.
The benefits of permanent cosmetics are being discovered by all manner of people. Whether you are a busy professional on the go, a sporty outdoor type, whether you suffer from makeup allergies, weather you have poor eyesight or unsteady hands, or simply want to look good 24/7, you could be the perfect candidate for permanent cosmetic enhancements.
Permanent Cosmetic Enhancement Procedures
Using eyeliner enhancement can achieve both a subtle to dramatic look to the eyes. The liner is applied to the upper and lower eyelash margins to provide you with a fuller look.
Some people desire a subtle natural lash enhancement to give a fresh awake look that puts the sparkle back into the eyes. Others desire a more dramatic makeup look which can then and beautifully define the eyes. Both can easily be created and the choice is yours.
The eyeliner enhancement procedure is also terrific for people with allergies to makeup, who are athletic, work late hours or who have poor vision.[Click on images to enlarge]
Many ladies find it inconvenient to constantly have to reapply lipstick to their lips to add definition or fullness. Permanent cosmetic enhancement of the lips can be wonderful on many levels. The application of this procedure covers both lip-fill and lip liner.
Precise design techniques can have a stunning anti-aging effect. Over time, sun damage, medical conditions, hormonal changes, and tissue trauma all contribute to loss of definition and natural colour. The lips then begin to appear thinner, irregular, and faded. The lips take a lot of wear and tear and permanent cosmetic enhancement can recreate lips that will contribute to a more youthful appearance.
Lip Liner enhancement can give the appearance of a more defined lip or even-out an asymmetrical lip border. The vermilion border, or lip line, can also be tattooed slightly outside the border to give the appearance of larger, poutier lips. Generally this procedure is done in the cases where there is a thinning, irregular or scarred lip line. This procedure is also excellent for bleeding lips.
Other procedures like full lip colour / blushing or a simple outline to define them can easily be created. The advantages, of this, are that there’s no smudging or smearing, and that you’re always fresh and ready to go. All you need is a clear gloss to accentuate the lip enhancement.
An unwanted shape or colour (grey / blue brows, orange brows or purple brows) can be corrected or minimized. Brows that have faded to an unnatural shade can be refreshed and made to look more flattering.
Thanks to the development of the metro-sexual man, men are no longer shy or embarrassed of the fact that they are just as vain as women, Permanent Cosmetics procedures can be of great benefit to them too. With so much pressure around us in the media every day, be it television, advertising campaigns and glossy magazines to look our best, we are turning to all avenues to receive the best possible services and treatments.
Flawless receives many enquiries about treatments for men, the man’s approach to a male enhancement would be far more ‘natural looking’ due to the fact that men don’t ordinarily wear make-up. The results of our work are subtle and still remain very masculine. Male treatments range from Eyebrow recreation (a surgery-free route to an improved brow appearance) Lash Enhancement, right through to the more confidence boosting procedures such as Scar Correction (resulting from a contact sport or an accident), Alopecia, Vitiligo and so on.
Male alopecia eyebrow before treatment Male alopecia eyebrow after enhancement
speciality needs – medical micro-pigmentation
Some clients have speciality needs and interests beyond the standard eyebrows, eyeliner and lip colouration. Medical micro-pigmentation is best suited for scar camouflage and regimentation of vitiligo.
If you have a scar of any type (surgery, accident, etc) the lighter coloured scars can be camouflaged long term using advanced medical tattooing treatments – during which skin coloured pigments are infused into the scar tissue to minimise its appearance.
For optimum results scars should be at least one year old and should be paler in colour than the surrounding skin.
Medical tattooing is not a suitable solution for all scarring. Notably if scars are hyper-pigmented (dark in colour); are noticeably raised or sunken; or have an uneven texture the treatment may be ineffective as these scar types have poor pigment retention capabilities. Therefore not all scar tissue, is suitable for treatment
The most suitable scars to treat with medical tattooing are those that are the result of a clean cut, especially if the scars are the result of surgery – for example a facelift or breast remodelling.
RESTORATION OF THE AREOLA AFTER MASTECTOMY
Many women opt for breast reconstruction after mastectomy and as part of this process choose to have the nipple and areola (the pigmented area surrounding the nipple) created to complete the breast reconstruction.
The thought of further surgery to reconstruct the nipple and areola, for some, is too much to contemplate and they opt for cosmetic tattooing as an alternative method of creating a realistic looking result.
Scar Camouflage After Breast Surgery
To improve the appearance of post-surgical scarring around the circumference of the areola due to breast reduction or breast uplift surgery, custom matched pigments are infused through the areola outward into the scar tissue to camouflage the scar.
Aesthetic Appearance For men and women who have areolas that are too small, asymmetrical and too pale or without definition cosmetic tattooing can achieve a balanced shape, even colouring and clarity.
RE-PIGMENTATION OF VITILIGO
What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a chronic skin disease that causes loss of pigment, due to a deficiency in the melanocytes (pigment producing cells) resulting in irregular pale patches of skin. The precise cause of vitiligo is complex and not fully understood. There is some evidence suggesting it is caused by a combination of auto-immune, genetic, and environmental factors.
Vitiligo is successfully camouflaged using medical tattooing treatment. The results are accomplished by tattooing skin colour pigments into the hypo-pigmented skin (skin lacking colour) – diminishing the appearance of the Vitiligo.
Only Vitiligo that has been in remission for 1 year can be treated with medical tattoo techniques. The disturbance of an unstable Vitiligo site can stimulate the site to spread or new sites to establish in other areas.
Extremely large areas of Vitiligo are not possible to camouflage since the discomfort, commitment and expense would make the programme too difficult for the client.
During the consultation, custom blends of pigment are created and then 2-3 microscopic tests are carried out on areas of the Vitiligo site using the medical tattoo technique.
Prior to the medical tattooing process topical anaesthetics are applied to the skin to reduce the prickling sensation generated during the procedure.
Each pigment infusion session normally takes 60 minutes and will require multiple treatment sessions for larger areas.
Cosmetic tattoo is the perfect answer for hair loss irregularities due to:
- Scars from injury or surgery
- Scars formed from donor sites in hair transplant surgery
- Hair loss or thinning hair in females especially in the hairline or the crown of the scalp
- Hair loss due to Trichotillomania
Permanent Cosmetic tattoo hair replacement achieves the look of natural hair growth. It is achieved by placing micro points of pigment into the skin to create a shadow of colour that mimics the density of natural hair growth. The technique can be used to replace hair on the scalp, the beard, the moustache and the pubic region.
Note: Cosmetic tattoo hair replacement is not suitable for male pattern hair loss as the commitment and expense would make the programme too difficult.
Trichotillomania is a medical condition in which people compulsively pull out their hair, usually from their scalp, their eyebrows and their eyelashes.
The ‘pulling out’ of hair associated with Trichotillomania in many cases is a coping response to stress. If the repeated removal of the hair stops early enough then the hair loss that results will reverse. Most people with Trichotillomania however, continue to pull out their hair and eventually its absence becomes permanent.
Cosmetic tattoo – a versatile solution
The results of Trichotillomania can leave the sufferer feeling self-conscious and with low self esteem. Cosmetic tattoo can provide long term camouflage for those suffering with Trichotillomania by creating the optical illusion of hair growth where there is none.
Manuela’s choice of pigment’s are LI PIGMENTS from USA and a top seller in Europe . She has had amazing results with a great retention rate, LI are of the highest quality and they remain stable and beautiful in the skin over time . .
Li Pigments combines our knowledge of Pigment color and application process with the specification demands of our global customer base, to formulate and distribute the most innovative and scientifically advanced custom designed pigmentation products.
Our goal is to provide unparalleled customer service and technical support with an emphasis on safety, quality and cost efficiency. Our focus on research and development, coupled with our application laboratory testing has resulted in outstanding lines of safe and effective cosmetic pigments.
Li Pigments is committed to ensuring the safety of our clients and employees by always adhering to current good manufacturing practices, consistently testing our products, using only the highest quality raw materials, and constantly researching innovative ways to make our products the safest possible. Li pigments are proud to say that we have provided safe and effective products to clients all over the globe for 25 years, always ensuring that each product sold is rigorously tested, and meets our most stringent standards of quality.
Li Pigments continues to evolve, and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of the permanent cosmetics industry while staying true to our decades old mission of providing quality pigments and superior customer service!
The following text is from www.lipigments.com
Aqua™ & Velvet™
Micropigmentation (permanent cosmetic) Pigment Colors are specially formulated to minimize touch-ups leaving clients with beautiful and vibrant long-lasting color. Our Aqua™ brand pigments consist of a quick drying water based formulation, great for use with hand tools, and beneficial for those with sensitive skin. Our more concentrated Velvet ™ brand pigments are formulated with glycerin, and are more suited for use with rotary tools, and on clients with dry skin.
• Simplified colour palettes which make choosing the correct pigment trouble-free
• Excellent durability and colour stability
• Shades designed to compliment all racial skin tones
• Results which are as subtle as desired and suitable for male enhancements
• A formulation which provides increased viscosity and improved pigment infusion
• A high concentration of pigment which maximizes colour retention
- Not tested on animals
The importance of aftercare should not be overlooked.
Most healing takes place within 7 – 10 days. Immediately after the treatment there may be a very small amount of blood and lymphatic fluid so that the area treated resembles a graze. Specialize imported healing balms are used as a moisturiser and barrier. It is important to keep the area clean and, after 2 weeks , application of healing balm can cease. As the area dries out, tiny scabs will form. These scabs must be protected at all times until they fall off naturally during the healing process. If the scabs are picked or knocked off prematurely, they will take pigment with them which may give rise to a slightly patchy result.
A colour top-up procedure or booster is given as a matter of course after 3 months to ensure 100% healing has taken place .
Micro-pigmentation is a two-step process and charged separately.