Permanent and Corrective Cosmetics

Artistic Solutions
7800 SW 57th Avenue
Suite 105
South Miami, Florida 33143




Copyright © 2007 Lanette Marie Scherr

Considerations, Benefits and Questions

The creation of a natural looking brow, eyelash or eyeliner enhancement, or improvement of a person’s lip vermillion can be easily achieved through the process of cosmetic tattooing or micro-pigmentation. The process permanent cosmetic technicians use is a more subtle and gradual approach, versus the conventional tattoo technique. Color, Shade, and Definition are built up over two application visits to achieve the most desirable and flattering results. In this approach, color can be accurately blended to work with and enhance a person’s undertones. By doing so, this not only assures the client, that he or she does have a voice as to the final results, but also enables the technician to be able to artistically blend, shade and apply various pigments as it corresponds to the different stages in the healing process. By proceeding, cautiously and slowly, the technician can make minor adjustments in color, tone, shading or actual technique used to perform the procedure.

In general a procedure is applied over 2 saturation visits, one month to six weeks apart, dependent upon procedure and the age of the client. Health indications, prescription medications, etc., can and do play a part in pigment retention, as well as how meticulous the aftercare instructions are adhered to, during the healing process. The Health and general disposition of the client are very important as to commencement of a procedure. These issues are very important and taken very seriously at “Artistic Solutions”, and all precautions are taken to achieve a positive result.

A common question that is often asked is, "What happens if I want to change the color?" The answer simply is the same as without permanent cosmetics. You apply other color over the top of the permanent cosmetics. For example, when you want to change your lipstick color you apply a different lipstick, or you can add additional eyeliner over the tattooed eyeliner. I prefer to use natural colors that complement a person's undertone and coloring so when they have no other makeup on, it looks natural and becoming. Some people prefer and request a more "makeup" type of look and that can also be achieved. I also believe in a “less is more” approach when proceeding with the applications. It is always easier to add more at a later date than be too aggressive in the beginning. My clients are very happy with that methodology. The beauty of these procedures is that over time the color implanted does become softer, therefore a look that is appropriate to one's age now, will soften and lighten over time as they get older. The client then can choose to come in periodically for a color refresher touchup to bring the color back to its original intensity or the color can be altered differently at that time. One is not stuck forever, with something dated, if the technician involved is conservative with the implantation process. “Artistic Solutions” prefers to not use obvious trendy colors or exaggerated wings or lines in its permanent makeup applications. Those types of procedures may look good on someone in their twenties or thirties, but down the road, that pigmented area may not be as becoming due to the facial skin structure sagging and shifting.

The majority of potential, new clients schedule a consultation visit prior to committing to the permanent cosmetics applications. During the consultation visit, I evaluate what the client has in mind, what can realistically be achieved as well as discuss everything the potential client would need to be thoroughly educated about what they are going to be getting into with the procedure. In that way they feel they are not only a part of the decision making process but also have a feel for how I conduct my procedures.

Another common concern among potential clients is pain. With today's wonderful anesthetics available to the Permanent Cosmetics technician, discomfort is very minimal if used appropriately. Everyone’s level of tolerance is different and therefore, if a client opts to take an oral analgesic, that is up to them. These concerns are thoroughly discussed prior to procedure time as well as any other other pertinent medical issues. A potential client should be vigilant in ascertaining the training and expertise of the potential practitioner and view photos of the practitioners finished work. The client should also make sure that the photos shown are actually the practioner’s own work and not generic photos that were purchased at a trade show. The SPCP and the AAM organizations strive to assist potential clients in finding a qualified professional, experienced to perform their procedures.

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