Q. What is Micro-Pigmentation and what can it do for me?
Sandee Kimmons: Micro-Pigmentation is sometimes referred to as Permanent Makeup, or Cosmetic Tattooing. The process of applying pigment just under the skin is similar to traditional tattooing and is typically performed on people wishing to enhance certain facial features, such as the eyebrows, eyes and the lips. There are many reasons why individuals choose to have Permanent Make-Up procedures. Many women with conventional makeup allergies seek out Permanent Make-up. Those who wear contact lenses or have poor eyesight, find Micro-Pigmentation an excellent option to regular cosmetics. Some may have physical limitations that make applying makeup to the eyes difficult, which results in a messy or undefined look. Others may chose it as a way to save time and look good all the time (coming out of the shower, waking up in the morning, working out etc) Many clients are discouraged with having to re-apply regular eye and lip make-up during the day, due to it smudging and/or rubbing off. People suffering from Alopecia, which is a form of hair loss, may choose this art form to create an appearance of eyebrows and eyelashes where the hair has been lost. Frequently women choose permanent make-up in order to set a strong, basic foundation for the brow, eyes and lips, and then further enhance their look with eye shadow, lip shine, face make-up etc
Q. What does applying pigment under the skin mean?
Sandee Kimmons: Micropigmentation techniques utilize the process of pigment insertion under the dermal layer of the skin (from 0.05 mm to 2.0 mm -- approximately the depth of a dime) for maximum pigment retention. At BINDINGBEAUTY, the pigment is inserted under the skin with a state-of-the-art German made digital machine: Nouveau Contour Intelligent.
Q. What is the advantage of using the Nouveau Contour Intelligent for customers?
Sandee Kimmons: The benefit to my customers of using the Nouveau Contour Intelligent is that there is less pain and discomfort during the procedure. Most importantly, because the time to complete a procedure is reduced by using this effective equipment, there is less trauma and irritation to the tissue and surrounding skin, which results in faster recovery and healing, and a better outcome.
Q: Is Micro-Pigmentation safe?
Sandee Kimmons: At BindingBeauty, cross contamination prevention is taken seriously, and we comply with all Health Canada standards. All of the procedures are performed with one time use sterile needles and disposable barrier film on all equipment and surfaces, to ensure there is no cross contamination with blood borne pathogens (EEG. HIV, Hepatitis and others) or harmful bacteria. Hospital grade solutions are used for all cleaning purposes.
In my practice, the ingredients that make up the pigments used are regulated by Health Canada's F.D.A. and manufactured by the Micro-Pigmentation Center in Toronto, Ontario.
Q. Are Permanent Makeup procedures painful?
Sandee Kimmons: Specific topical anesthetics are used with every procedure, to ensure the comfort of my customers. Some individuals need very little anesthetic while others need more. Rest assured, no procedure is started until you are comfortable and relaxed.
Q. Are the procedures costly?
Sandee Kimmons: All the procedures are costly, but no more so than Botox or Filler. What’s so great about Permanent Make-up is that it lasts for up to 3-5 years (with touch ups), so in the long run, it’s terrific value for your money. For the first 3 months that BindingBeauty is open (March 1st – May 31, 2010) a 50% discount applies on all procedures done within the 3 month window. This is a great opportunity to do something for yourself at an affordable cost.
Q. Can you do the procedure at my house or do I have to come to the clinic?
Sandee Kimmons: It’s your choice. BindingBeauty has a clinic location and is also set up to provide a mobile service.
Q. Is there any extra charge if you perform the procedure at my house?
Sandee Kimmons: There is no additional charge if your location is within City Limits. If your place of residence is outside of City Limits, an additional travel charge will apply.
Q. What if I don't like the result after the procedure?
Sandee Kimmons: The final outcome of how the procedure will look takes between 6-8 weeks. Immediately following the procedure, the colour will appear very dark and healing/scabbing will begin almost immediately, resulting in sharper angles. As the colour fades and the scabbing falls off naturally, the intensity of the colour lifts, and you will return for a free touch up appointment. At that appointment, anything you are concerned about will be addressed, the result of which will be an attractive and and beautiful outcome.
Q. Can the micro-pigmenation be reversed?
Sandee Kimmons: Micro-pigmentation should be considered a permanent procedure. It can be reversed, (with the exception of eyeliner). Like tattoo removal, it is an expensive and the final result is achieved after multiple visits.
Q. What percentage of people have medical complications such as infection after a procedure?
Sandee Kimmons: If Permanent Makeup is done by qualified professionals dedicated to cleanliness and the elimination of cross contamination, the risk of medical complications is very small. The customer, however, has complete responsibility to ensure that after-care instructions are precisely followed.
Q. How many people in Canada have had permanent makup procedures?
Permanent make-up, commonly referred to as Cosmetic Tattooing, goes back as far as the ancient Egyptians, who perfected the art of inserting dyes into the skin with very simple manual tools. It has long been popular in Europe and on the east and west coasts of the US. Now it is rapidly gaining popularity in Canada. Permanent make-up can give you the polished glamour of professionally applied makeup that will never flake, smudge or run, stay with you day and night and last for years. At a fraction of the cost of plastic surgery, permanent makeup can highlight and enhance your best natural features and correct minor and not so minor flaws and skin imperfections.
Q. Can you remove a tattoo so that it looks like normal skin?
Sandee Kimmons: Yes, a traditional tattoo can be removed to the point where the skin looks and feels like “virgin skin”. This happens over a series of treatments and healing periods, which differ from person to person based on the tattoo itself and their bodies ability to heal.
Q. Is tattoo removal painful?
Sandee Kimmons: : A specific topical anesthetic used in conjunction with Eliminink Tm, to ensure the comfort of my customers. Some individuals need very little anesthetic while others need more. Rest assured, no procedure is started until you are comfortable and relaxed.
Q. How long is the procedure to remove a tattoo?
Sandee Kimmons: Usually between 3-5 sessions are required before a tattoo is completely eliminated. The size and age of the tattoo and the body’s ability to heal are all factors that will determine how many appointments are required.
Q. How long is the procedure for enhancing eyebrows with micro pigmenation?
Sandee Kimmons: The initial appointment for eyebrows is typically 2 hours. The free touch appointment is much shorter. Note that healing time is required between appointments as the procedure cannot be done on skin that is not fully healed.
Q. Are the pigments and products used in the procedures regulated?
Sandee Kimmons: The ingredients that make up the pigments used in Micro-Pigmentation are regulated by Health Canada's F.D.A.