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What Kinds of Procedures can Be Done?
Traditional make-up procedures can be taken care of permanently through micropigmentation, such as eyebrow enhancement and definition, eyeliner application (top and bottom), eyelash enhancement, lipliner, and even full lip color.
The process is also used in many cases to help camouflage scars, reconstruct features, reconstruct or repigment areolas, imitate hair in patches of loss, blend pigment colorations in skin grafts. Micropigmentation has also been used to create or even out the appearance of beauty marks.
You should also remember that while the permanent cosmetic procedures are considered “permanent” in that the pigments will not wash away, they do behave like any other tattoo application. The color can fade over time, and clean, sharp lines can gradually appear blurred. Fading can be touched up as needed, but you should seriously consider all aspects of the procedure you are having performed before you submit to the procedure.
While the cost of a procedure is certainly not the most important issue to focus on when consulting a potential technician, it is something most people want to know about within the first few questions asked. The average cost per procedure for services performed (in the U.S.) averages between $400 and $600 (U.S. funds). This covers most of the basic permanent cosmetic applications of the micropigmentation technique.
Advanced procedures may be charged at rates of up to $150 to $250 per hour (U.S. funds), and the procedures classed as para-medical procedures, performed in physician’s offices or specialized clinics may be charged at higher rates.
Of course, time is also an expense to be considered, and most of the procedures will take approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours for the initial stage of the procedures. Follow-up visits usually don’t take as much time. These procedures are skin invasive and there will be a period of “healing” during which the area which was treated will appear irritated and inflamed. This should be factored into the consideration of time since recuperative time may be necessary depending on the procedure.
“Will it hurt?” is probably the number one question asked when someone is ready to have micropigmentation. The short answer is “yes”. These procedures are skin invasive, and the pigments are deposited using needles which pierce the skin repeatedly. How much discomfort you experience is usually dependent on your personal pain threshold and the skill of the technician (to a lesser extent).
Do keep in mind that there are different methods available for pain management, including various topical anesthetic ointments and anesthetic blocks (administered by a doctor or dentist) as well as topical desensitizing products. Your technician can discuss which methods are available and help to determine which is right for your needs
Choosing a Technician
Before you undergo a procedure, do your research. In order to choose a technician, you should consider the training and experience levels of the individual. Furthermore insist on seeing photographic samples of his or her previous work. It’s important to be critical of the samples provided. Shape and proper placement of a procedure are just as important as the color. Make sure you can get a sense of the skill and ability of the technician from his or her portfolio, and ask any and all questions that come to mind, even if you think they may sound silly.
The desired look for any procedure is one that is decided upon through consultations, the initial procedure and follow-up procedures, and you should feel free at ALL times to express your thoughts and opinions to your technician. Interaction between technician and client is the only way to make sure you get the results that you want.
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