About & FAQ's
We enhance and restore ones natural features through the art of micropigmentation. Specializing in both medical and cosmemtic procedures, we ensure the highest industry standars and training as well as provide an extensive consultation with each client to achieve their own definition of "permanent perfection".
What is Micro-pigmentation?
Micro-pigmentation is an innovative method of skillfully depositing color pigment into the dermal layer of the skin to stimulate makeup, or improve and correct skin conditions. The term micro-pigmentation is largely interchangeable with cosmetic tattooing, permanent makeup, semi-permanent makeup, micro art and derma-pigmentation.
What is the difference between a permanent and semi-permanent procedure?
The terms permanent and semi-permanent are often used interchangeably and are the exact same thing, in that they implant pigment into the dermal layer of the skin and both fade slightly after an extended period of time.
If a technician is claiming that the procedure is semi-permanent and is different from permanent, in theory they would have to implant pigment into the epidermis, the top layer of skin. The problem with this method is that pigment will slough off in a short period of time and the procedure will need to be redone continually. It is important to note, every time the skin is reopened it can create a scar tissue whereby the pigment will become more and more difficult to implant. Therefore,a permanent, or dermal deposit is favored.
What type of ink do you use and how do I know if I am allergic?
We use the highest quality mineral pigments. Our suppliers are from reputable companies with manufacturing in Canada, and the United States. The pigments we purchase are sterilized through various procedures such as gamma irradiation and are very safe. Although allergies are very rare, they can still happen. Therefore, we perform complimentary allergy tests prior to the start of any procedure.
Is there such thing as permanent or semi-permanent ink?
No, and do not let anyone tell you there is! Ink, or pigment is undoubtedly very important to any micro-pigmentation procedure, however pigments do not determine whether the procedure is temporary, or permanent. The level of skin in which the pigment is implanted into is the only determinant.
How are colors selected for each procedure?
Our technicians have studied color theory and strongly believe in customized colors based on individual hair and skin tones. With respect to the eyebrow and eyeliner procedures, if colors are used directly from the bottle and are not mixed properlythere could be complications when the treatment starts to fade naturally years later. For example, eyebrows could fade into a reddish color or black will start to look blue. That is why it is important to select a technician that has a solid foundation in color theory and knows how to mix colors/pigments to avoid unsightly fading.
Is Micro-pigmentation safe?
Yes. We are a fully licensed and insured clinic, taking every precaution to ensure the highest standards of health and safety. Our technicians are thoroughly trained and have completed blood born pathogen and safety certifications as well as adhere to OHS regulations. Additionally, all of our supplies are disposable and are discarded properly after every use to eliminate the chance of cross contamination. We are meticulous when it comes to cleanliness and always use medical grade equipment and disinfectant.
Will I feel pain during the procedure?
Each client responds to pain differently, however for the makeup procedures we use topical anaesthetics to numb the area as well as decrease and eliminate bleeding. With our paramedical procedures we do not use a numbing gel, rather work on the area as is. There may be some discomfort, but it should not hurt. Surgical scars and burns are typically less discomforting as the skin is thick and nerves have been damaged.
How long will the permanent makeup and paramedical procedures last?
Permanent makeup can last for years. If proper aftercare is adhered it will typically last between 5-7 years and beyond. Generally speaking, thedarker the color the longer it will last. Please note, micro-pigmentation, or permanent makeup is a semi-permanent application in that will not last forever. Although the pigment is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin and will not come off, in time you will notice small changes to the color, or fading and you will need a touch up. Paramedical procedures last anywhere from 1-5 years depending on the skins condition.
How many treatments, or touch-ups will I need?
That largely depends on the treatment that the client receives. For makeup proceduresthere will typically be one initial treatment and an additional complimentary touch-up. In most cases this is sufficient to achieve a desired result. Paramedical procedures, with the exception ofareola and nipple reconstruction, largely depend on the skin condition and need to be addressed on a case by case basis. Some procedures respond to 3 treatments others can take upwards of 12.
What is a touch-up?
A touch-up, is needed to achieve optimal results and is included in the cost of the makeup procedures. Please note, it is common for a client to lose between 30-50% of pigment after the intialtreatment. Following up with a touch-up appointment is very important. A touch-up should be scheduled 4-6 weeks after the initial treatment to allow for the dermis to heal entirely. As for paramedical procedures, touch-up’sare determined on a case by case basis.
How quickly will the skin heal?
The epidermis, or outer laterof skin will form a hard outerlayer and healing will take place within a week, however it will take an upwards of 30 days for the dermal layer to heal completely. This is whywe wait for 30 days