19 December 2008

Micropigmentation is the procedure that allows the appearance of permanent makeup. The process of applying metabolically inert pigment just under the skin is similar to traditional tattooing and is typically performed on men and women wishing. An Asian beautification practice, micropigmentation allows for a permanent enhancement option, used on eyebrows, lashes or lips, as well as to cover small scars even on nipple/areola breast are now has gained popularity around the world. The micropigmentation candidate should be completely confident with the decision to move forward.

Depending on the area receiving micropigmentation will determine how much it may affect that individual. Micropigmentation around the eye area is more sensitive than eyebrows and an individual may experience swelling and excessive eye watering temporarily. This will normally occur for just a couple days before the patient begins to feel better. Some patients will need a couple treatments of micropigmentation before it appears the way they desire and may even choose to have it touched up over the years as it fades with time.

Who’s The Candidate for Micropigmentation?
People (male or female) typically choose micropigmentation either because they have physical limitations that make applying makeup difficult on a regular basis, or simply as a way to save time. People with Areata universalis, Vitiligo, persons with cosmetics allergies or chemotherapy, alopecia (a form of hair loss) may choose micropigmentation to create an appearance of eyebrows where the hair has been lost.

Do you have an uneven hairline or allergies to make-up that create a problem? Micropigmentation may be a viable solution. It's not going to provide a perfect world, but it can help enhance certain features.

A micropigmentation candidate will visit a cosmetic surgery doctor in order to be evaluated for the procedure. It is important to have a qualified doctor perform the micropigmentation, especially since the procedure is often given in sensitive eye areas. The doctor is able to customize the color that the micropigmentation will appear as depending on individual features and characteristics.
See Top 10 Reasons for Micropigmentation for more information.

It is not convenient to perform micropigmentation in patients with the following characteristics :
  • Active herpes near the area to be treated
  • Infections, dental abscesses, conjunctivitis or acne
  • Tendency to have cheloid scars
  • Warts, moles and angiomas
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnant women
  • People with psychiatric disorders
  • With blood dyscrasias
How Long Does The procedure Takes?
The procedure itself will take a short amount of time, perhaps 20 minutes to a half hour at most.
See The Procedure of Micropigmentation for more information.
See What Micropigmentation Procedures Are Available? For more information.

Does Micropigmentation Hurt?
Regular tattoos are NOT usually gotten with anesthetic but micropigmentation most certainly can be. Different areas are more sensitive and I am sure that the eyes, being the most sensitive area, and the lip area, will definitely feel somewhat uncomfortable.

Many technicians offer some type of anesthetic. Be it topical or for those technicians in a medical profession as well, like a certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, you will have access to injectable anesthetic strengths. Like Lidocaine which some of you receive at the dentist. Although there is a lower version of anesthetic called Marcaine available and just as effective, only for a shorter period, which is fine for this type of thing. Normally, just a topical gel or cream is sufficient to numb the implantation site.

There are some Topical Anesthetics used during micropigmentation procedure. See Topical Anesthetics Used for Micropigmentation for more information.

After The Procedure
You will be sent home the same day. You should expect swelling in the treated region. Cool ice packs can be applied to reduce discomfort. Sun protection is important after treatment. If you have a history of cold sores, your doctor can prescribe medication to prevent a reaction. Your doctor or specialist will instruct you on how often you should ice the area and what type of ointment you can apply to the area.

If you are having the procedure performed in your eye region, you should plan to have someone drive you to the office and home again. You may experience tearing, which is normal.
After the procedure, always remember to advise any doctor throughout your lifetime that you have had the micropigmentation procedure. There are precautions and possible restrictions if you are considering cosmetic surgery or laser skin resurfacing. Precautions also must be taken when you have an MRI.

Contact Your Doctor Immediately If :
  • You experience excessive swelling
  • You develop a fever or rash
  • The area feels excessively hot or burns
The end results of micropigmentation will be evident in just three weeks, however patients will be able to resume regular activities within a day of the procedure. The micropigmentation uses pigments that have been FDA approved and can greatly benefit individuals that have allergic reactions to cosmetics or that wish to enhance features. Most desire micropigmentation for convenience reasons so that the amount of time and effort to achieve the appearance they would like is reduced or who have physical conditions that make applying makeup difficult.

Other Considerations
  • Permanent procedure. Laser surgery is required to remove pigment.
  • Patients must avoid direct sunlight, refrain from applying make-up, and wearing contact lenses for a few days, and avoid swimming for several weeks.
  • A small number of patients may experience allergic reaction or infection.
  • Scarring is possible due to practitioner error. ASAPS recommends this procedure be performed under medical supervision.
  • Pigments may cause interference with cranial MRI scans.
  • Needles inserted too deeply in the skin can cause bleeding, spreading of pigments, and damage to hair follicles.
Benefits of Micropigmentation
  • No downtime and resumption of most normal activities within 24 hours for majority of patients.
  • The pigments used are made from safe, non-reactive compounds approved by the FDA.
  • The process is relatively quick (It takes 30 to 40 minutes for an upper and lower lash line takes about).
  • Skin returns to normal by the next day. Swelling or redness is generally mild.
  • Mild discomfort during procedure is avoided using topical and/or local anesthesia.
  • Good alternative for women with make-up allergies.
  • Pigments are individually mixed for customized results, and designed to look natural. Results can be seen immediately (three weeks for full micropigmentation).
Risk of Micropigmentation
Risks of micropigmentation include :
  • Infection
  • Removal problems
  • Allergic reactions
  • Granulomas
  • Keloid formation
  • MRI complication
However, it is not permanent, for two reasons :
  • Aging can create discoloration.
  • Sunlight can reduce the strength of the color.
You should also be aware that inks and pigments used in micropigmentation are subject to FDA regulation as cosmetic and color additives, but the FDA has not attempted to regulate the use of the micropigmentation inks and pigments and does not control the actual practice of it.
All micropigmentation candidates should weigh the risks versus the benefits before deciding to undergo micropigmentation, as with any cosmetic procedure.

Can Permanent Cosmetics Be Removed?
How about with a laser or chemicals? Unfortunately in some cases, permanent cosmetics can not be removed with a laser. The laser removal procedure isn't cheap. Believe it or not, glycolic acid is showing some removal properties. You'd think if a laser wouldn't do it, glycolic acid surely won't. But these days and with the newer pigments it is getting pretty easy. Just be careful. Older pigments can just turn a different and very odd color.


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