19 December 2008

A board-certified doctor is the best person to help you decide if micropigmentation is right for your condition and whether it fits into your overall treatment plan. You should make sure to find a doctor or specialist who has experience in this procedure.

Be warned. There are a lot of people out there performing these services who do not have your best interests in mind. Licensing requirements for micropigmentation treatment providers varies among states. In California, no licensing is required to perform micropigmentation. Other states require that the treatment provider be a professional of some sort who has undergone some training, ranging from the small amount of training required of a licensed tattoo professional to the vast amount of education required of a licensed medical practitioner. Some providers may receive a certificate after a weekend course in micropigmentation. Others may purchase equipment that offers a home video training course.

When you visit the office, you should examine the area for cleanliness and professionalism.
In certain cases, micropigmentation treatment providers require that candidates under medical care secure permission from a physician before undergoing a permanent makeup procedure.
A dedicated, involved specialist should be able to answer any and all of your questions. Make sure you feel comfortable communicating with your doctor or specialist and that you feel open to ask anything that's on your mind.

You should have a consultation with your chosen doctor before the procedure, during which time you discuss your expectations with the doctor or specialist. At this time, he or she also will determine if you should receive anesthesia (usually local). See Topical Anesthetics Used for Micropigmentation for more information.

During the consultation, he or she may take a medical history. It's important that you are completely honest. Additionally, you should be honest for why you want micropigmentation so your doctor or specialist understands all of your concerns. He or she will evaluate your skin for tone, texture and complexion in order to best match your natural colors with the proper pigment. He or she also may take photos.

Here are some tips for when you consult a micropigmentation treatment provider :
  • Check references, which may be obtained through friends, your doctor, the treatment provider, the American Academy of Micropigmentation, and the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. Online chat rooms may be another source of references.
  • Review the treatment provider's credentials and make certain that they are current. Ask about the type and length of training. Also, ask how many times the provider has performed the micropigmentation treatment you are considering.
  • View the provider's portfolio of before-and-after photos of micropigmentation patients, in order to help set reasonable expectations. Bring a photo of the result you would like to have.
  • Inquire about the type of equipment used, where the procedure will be performed, and the extent of the procedure.
  • Ask about possible side effects.
Cleanliness Standards for Micropigmentation
Once you are referred a few technicians' names, visit their place of business to inspect its cleanliness. There are standards for which physical cleanliness and a sanitary working environment must adhere to. These standards were set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Check for outward cleanliness as well as not so visible.
  1. There should be hot and cold running water on the premises where your application would take place, in addition to a public or private restroom.
  2. Contaminants such as acrylic dust (from nail application) and fumes or other such products, including hairspray and even tiny bits of someone else's hair, should not be circulating in the air around you.
  3. This is an invasive procedure and there will be blood and bodily fluids that are exposed to the open air.
  4. Contaminants can increase your chances of infection.
  5. A technician should use a new pair of gloves for every client and yet another if they leave the room for any reason. the technician should change the sheet(s) on the procedure bed or chair after each client and use clean paper towels, or clean, bleached and sterile (if possible) cloth towels.
  6. Notice the technician's hands and nails; are they clean?
  7. An Autoclave is a device that looks like a microwave or a pressure cooker that is used to sterilize instruments and towels. Salons normally do not have these, but every tattoo shop should.
  8. Make sue that they use new sterile needles with every client. Or sealed, non-disposable needles that have been autoclaved.
  9. They should be disposed of in the proper biological waste containers. These are normally red plastic bin with swinging doors or a small hole in the top with "caution biological waste" sign.


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