Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Permanent Make-Up

Permanent cosmetic makeup is a state of the art form of cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as "micropigmentation", "micropigment implantation" or "dermagraphics". The cosmetic implantation technique deposits tiny individual implants of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin.

Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various machines and methods, including the traditional (or specialized) tattoo or coil machines, the pen or rotary machine and the non-machine or hand method. These procedures are a process which includes the initial consultation, initial application of pigment, and usually one or two follow up visits for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment.

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PHYSICALLY ACTIVE people who want to look their best throughout activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and don't want to worry about "sweating off" or reapplying cosmetics.
ALLERGIES and SENSITIVE SKIN-these people often can't wear other cosmetics.
VISION IMPAIRED people who have difficulty applying their cosmetics.
WOMEN who want to look their best all the time, even when they wake up.
MOTHERS and other busy professionals who DON'T HAVE TIME for makeup.

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Eyeliner, top and bottom
Eyelash enhancement
Full lip color

Permanent cosmetics procedures are of a skin invasive nature (as they are a form of cosmetic tatoo) and therefore you may experience some discomfort. This may vary according to each individual's pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service. HOWEVER, keep in mind that there are different methods available to help with 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 these methods with you to determine which one is right for you.

Micropigmentation is a skin invasive procedure. It is important to observe the physical location where the procedure will be performed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set standards for a clean and sanitary working environment and sterile equipment. Things to look for:
MOST IMPORTANT: Needles used should be new and sterile for each patient and disposed of properly after each patient. (Other machine parts should also be sterilized, ie. barrel tube, if required, or disposed of in a sanitary manner). Other equipment and supplies should be kept in a sanitary manner.
Gloves should be used for each client and changed during the procedure when needed.
Your technician should be clean and neat and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements.
Clean sheets should be used for each patient.
The room or treatment arena should be in an area free from other contaminants as well.
Documented allergic reactions to permanent cosmetic procedures are extremely rare. Skin testing may be done by technicians, either routinely or upon request. Regardless, it should be understood that an allergic reaction could occur at any point in time.

REMEMBER: Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent, depending on the expertise of your technician. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten* during the healing process, which takes approximately a week or longer; the healing time is different for each individual and for different procedures. *Color on the skin may change somewhat during the healing process as well, as it combines with the individual's skin tone.

To experience this treatment, please visit Skin Garden located at 62 Arnold Avenue, West Babylon, NY.To see our location on google map, please click here.To find out about our service on yahoo local, please click here.

Friday, May 16, 2008

How Microdermabrasion Works

How Microdermabrasion Works

Microdermabrasion is one of the more recent skin-care techniques to have crossed over from Hollywood to the mainstream. It's being advanced as an "instant facelift" -- an effective alternative to costlier and more invasive procedures like plastic surgery, chemical peels and Botox injections. Recently, more and more men are trying it, instead of pursuing cosmetic surgery.

So what exactly is microdermabrasion, what does it promise and what effect does it actually have on your face? Do you need a doctor, or is it something you can do yourself? In this article, we'll look at the science behind microdermabrasion, see what a treatment is like and find out what it does to your skin.

The Basics
Microdermabrasion is a general term for the application of tiny rough grains to buff away the surface layer of skin. Many different products and treatments use this method, including medical procedures, salon treatments and creams and scrubs that you apply yourself at home. It's usually done to the face, chest, neck, arms or hands. Before we can understand how microdermabrasion does what it does, it's important to understand how skin works.

Your skin is made up of two main layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the layer closest to the outside world. It's a set of dead skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through.

When you put lotions or creams on your skin, some of the moisture passes through the stratum corneum, but not all of it. This layer is home to many minor skin imperfections like fine wrinkle lines and blemishes.

All of the action in microdermabrasion takes place at the level of the stratum corneum. Since it only really targets the epidermis (and not the dermis), it is more accurate to call it micro-epi-dermabrasion. Affecting deeper layers of skin would be painful and harmful, and it would risk permanently embedding the tiny grains into the skin.

Microdermabrasion Effects
Whether done with a product at home or in a professional setting with a specialized tool, the principle of microdermabrasion is the same. The idea is that if you remove or break up the stratum corneum, the body interprets that as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new and healthy ones. In the first hour after treatment, this causes mild edema (swelling) and erythema (redness). Depending on the individual, these side effects can last anywhere from an hour to two days.

This process has a few beneficial effects. With the stratum corneum gone, the skin's surface is improved. The healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother. Some of the skin's visible imperfections, like sun damage, blemishes and fine lines, are removed. Also, without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, medicinal creams and lotions are more effective because more of their active ingredients and moisture can find their way down to the lower layers of skin. As microdermabrasion temporarily removes some moisture from the skin, it is always followed by the application of moisturizing creams.

Early studies suggest that repeated microdermabrasion treatment at regular intervals may influence the way the lower layers of skin grow, as well, removing deeper blemishes over time. Some evidence seems to indicate that the rapid loss of skin moisture may be what triggers the lower skin layers to work overtime in speeding healthy cells up to the surface.

To experience this treatment, please visit Skin Garden located at 62 Arnold Avenue, West Babylon, NY.
To see our location on google map, please click here.
To find out about our service on yahoo local, please click here.