Micropigmentation – advantages and benefits
What is Micropigmentation?
Micropigmention is a form of cosmetic tattooing that fades and disappears after 2 -3 years. This is achieved by non-permanent pigments with a specific micron count being implanted at a specific depth into the skin. This is the main and crucial difference between permanent tattooing usually associated with body art and micropigmention.
The most common form of Micropigmentation is Semi Permanent Makeup, followed by Medical Micropigmentation and Hair & Scalp Micropigmentation.
Semi Permanent Makeup
Semi permanent makeup, also known as cosmetic tattooing, uses micropigmentation to implant pigments to mimic makeup in the popular areas of the face. Treatments include eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner, lip colour and lip blush. Eyebrows are enhanced and reshaped or repaired. Eyeliner is applied as either a very subtle lash line or varying thicknesses depending on the individual’s request. Lips can be redefined and given the illusion of a fuller look.
Eyebrow procedures range from individual hair strokes for a very natural look to a dusting shadow powder effect. Whichever look is chosen the eyebrow can be transformed into a work of art, framing the face and giving you either a dramatic or natural and soft eyebrow. Eyeliner can be applied as just a very subtle eyelash enhancement or a dramatic smokey sultry eye! Lips can be defined with a simple natural outline or coloured to cover dark lips or give a lipstick effect. The more recent techniques such as Latino eyes and a glitter eyeshadow effect along with 3D lips or eyebrows are for the more advanced technician and can give you an amazing look that lasts!
In all cases, the look and shape are drawn on using an eyebrow pencil before any pigments are applied. Pigment tone and colour are mixed and applied to the client’s requirements.
Medical micropigmentation uses the same non-permanent pigments to conceal damage to or imperfections of the skin. The most popular treatments are Scar Removal & Concealment, Tattoo Removal, Vitiligo, Alopecia and Areola Reconstruction.
For scar removal, a micropigmentation process called MCA and Dry Needling is performed on the scar to activate the body’s natural collagen beneath the skin. This flattens the scar and in most cases re pigments the scar to look like the surrounding undamaged skin.
If repigmentation does not occur through MCA and Dry Needling then a procedure called Skin Camouflage is required. Skin Camouflage uses non-permanent pigments to match the skin tone to camouflage the area and look like the surrounding skin.
The same Skin Camouflage technique can also be used for wherever there is pigment loss to the skin so is very beneficial to Vitiligo sufferers.
Micropigmentation is used for Areola Tattooing post-surgery. People who have had a breast reduction and the nipple is removed or breast cancer sufferers and the nipple is required to be removed. Areola tattooing uses micropigmentation to implant pigments to create a fake areola. A very natural 3D look can be achieved by applying light and shadow tones.
Tattoo removal uses the same micropigmentation machine and needles however the pigment is replaced with a specially formulated removals cream. This cream attaches itself to the pigment and is naturally expelled from the skin over a few weeks. As the cream is expelled the pigment is expelled with it.
Hair & Scalp Micropigmentation
Hair & scalp micropigmentation is becoming a very popular procedure to conceal baldness or redefine hairlines. The pigment is applied to the area of baldness to mimic short stubs of hair at skin level resulting in a look of more dense hair at the root level. This procedure is very effective for people with short hair.
Who can benefit
With so many procedures available a wide number of people could benefit. Semi permanent makeup is very well suited to anyone who wishes to save time with their morning makeup routine or for people with sporty and active lifestyles. Medical micropigmentation provides exceptional results for scar removal, Alopecia and Vitiligo sufferers or who have had chemotherapy for cancer and lost their eyebrows and lashes. Whichever procedure you choose you should always do your own research and find the best specialists available. Knowledge and experience is an important factor so please choose wisely to avoid costly corrections or removals.
Article provided by Candice Watson of Exclusive Aesthetic. Candice has 30 years experience in the beauty industry, 25 of which specialising in Semi Permanent Makeup, Medical Micropigmentation and Scalp Micropigmentation. Exclusive Aesthetic is the micropigmentation specialists to the Middle East offering micropigmentation procedures to the highest level. Exclusive Aesthetic also offer KHDA approved micropigmentation training to industry-leading standards.
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