+ How safe is Permanent make-up?
Very safe, according to the Center for Disease Control in the USA. There has not been any incidence of HIV attributable to tattooing or Permanent make-up nor has there been any increase of Hepatitis B in the last 10 years. When the tattoo or permanent make-up work is done under proper conditions, there is no opportunity for disease transmission. If the technician is using approved sterilisation procedures on their instruments, not reusing needles and has a clean, sanitary environment, the chances of developing any type of communicable disease are remote if not impossible.
The media opened up the chances of allergic reactions. The chances of developing an allergic reaction to pigments are extremely remote. Less than 0.l% in over 100,000 estimated permanent cosmetic procedures performed nationwide over the last 10 years resulted in an allergic reaction, according to "Micropigmentation, State of the Art", by Charles S. Zwerling. M.D.
As is true on many issues in this industry, the question of MRI safety has also been incorrectly reported. According to Dr. Frank Shellock of Tower Imaging in Los Angeles, CA, a top expert in MRI safety, only a handful of people have reported minor problems around the eye area and no problems around the lip or brow area. In those rare instances when redness and edema in the eye area occurred, it did not cause any permanent damage. Test studies have confirmed that the "iron" particles in pigment are too microscopic to react as true metal pieces but rather are more accurately compared with "metals" which already exist microscopically in the body. Today, hundreds of thousands of women have chosen to have permanent make up procedures done.
+ WHO BENEFITS FROM PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP?
EVERYONE, from the young to the elderly, who desires a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance. It is especially beneficial to people who can't wear other cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities; Active people who want to look their best for activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and those who don't want to worry about "sweating off" or reapplying cosmetics. Also the vision impaired who have difficulty applying their cosmetics, and others with motor impairments such as arthritis, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and those with unsteady hands who cannot apply their own makeup, and busy people who don't have time to spend on their makeup. As well as a variety of reconstructive applications
+ IS IT PAINFUL?
Most people experience some discomfort. It is mostly possible to completely numb the eyebrow and lip area for procedure using various topical anaesthetic ointments. The eyeliner area can be a little uncomfortable; this may vary according to each individual's pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service. The technician should discuss these methods with you to determine which one suit you best.
+ WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE IT?
REMEMBER: Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing colour and shape to some extent, depending on the expertise of your technician. Colours will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and procedure.
+ ARE THERE ANY AFTER OR SIDE EFFECTS?
Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows my show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show more and the swelling may last may last from 2 to 72 hours. People suffering from fever blisters may have a sever breakout following lips procedures. This can be avoided by visiting your GP for medication prior to the treatment. During the procedure there may be some bleeding and or bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The colour is much darker than you may expect for the first 3-5 days. There may be other side effects unforeseen due to individuality of the client. A full client history is completed prior to the procedure to identify any concerns.
+ WHAT'S A TOUCH-UP AND WHEN DO I NEED ONE?
A touch-up is a colour re-enhancement or perfection. Almost always the implanted colour is not perfect after the first procedure. There may be some unevenness of colour or shape adjustment to be made. 4 - 6 weeks is a perfect time for you to re-visit your professional for the follow up procedure.
+ IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY OF MEDICAL PROBLEMS / COMPLICATIONS
The possibility that you would have any problems or reactions from these procedures is almost non-existent with today's health standards. SPCP member professionals are given continued opportunities for education in practicing precise methods of sanitation and sterilization. Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, will completely eliminate any risk.
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