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Considering permanent makeup? Do your research!

Anyone who has researched permanent makeup is most likely more confused afterward. Not only do certain techniques have many different names so do the products the artist uses and even the title of the person doing the procedure may call themselves something different! 

Many of the differences are due to the origin or usually for a marketing ploy. My favorite is when the term "semi-permanent" is used. If these artists took courses from reputable companies or even knew any anatomy they would realize how ignorant this statement is. Let's not "trick" people into getting services to gain a quick buck. Even those who do excellent work use this ploy stating that Microblading is "semi-permanent". If they are doing the procedure correctly the color will be in the dermal layer and fade as the years go by. Yes, years later the color will be very faded but will still be there with correct technique. I also love seeing when Microblading deposits color into the epidermis. Seriously!?? If that was the case all the color would flake off completely as the epidermis layer desquamates (sheds).  I have even seen those with esthetician licenses make these statements. Who really should know the layers of skin and what they do but them?! Bottom line, microblading makes finer strokes vs the tattoo machine so the color fades quicker when compared to tattooed brows. 

The next controversy is using a handheld array of sodered needles vs using a tattoo (or permanent makeup) machine loaded with an array of sodered needles. Let's not be fooled folks, it's both putting colors into the dermis which surprise, is permanent! One of the most popular uses of a hand tool currently is Microblading. Note that there are more than several names for this that I don't even feel like mentioning. Just know that this is due to the company that originated the training, the part of the world you're in or to sound extra cool for marketing. Bottom line, there pros and cons to using each. Factors that affect the choice of one vs the other are dependent on client, preference, health conditions, skin types and procedure desired. My favorite part of using a handheld device is the thin crisp strokes. Using the machine can result in color fading slower as you are packing the color into the skin with more concentration. This is something to talk about prior to your procedure. 

What the heck is the difference between a permanent makeup artist, dermalogist (not dermatologist!) Micropigmentation specialist, and permanent cosmetics technician?

NOTHING! These are just fancy titles for people who do permanent make up. Bottom line, be an educated consumer. Don't get tricked by marketing schemes. Assure the person doing your procedure was properly trained. So many people are popping up offering services that took a weekend course. A newer artist may be a better choice than one that was poorly trained but in the business several years. There is so much more than just looking at the pictures which were probably PhotoShopped on websites. Does your artist reuse a microblading handle, do they understand how to correctly do a procedure and not contaminate objects with potential pathogens which may infect the next client? As great as the health department is at making the facility safe if the person doesn't have a medical background or in-depth extra training you may be putting yourself at risk. I will include that in the next blog. As infection control is a very serious issue for me as an RN. 

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