* Permanent Makeup Artist * Skin Care Specialist
* Scalp Micropigmentation Artist
When I first heard about Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP), I thought, hmm, who would get a scalp tattoo and why?
I’ve been a licensed Permanent Makeup Artist and Instructor for over twenty years so I’m very familiar with how the skin handles pigment but still, I was unfamiliar with Scalp Micropigmentation in general.
However, the more I educated myself about SMP, and the more incredible results I viewed, the more it made perfect sense and I thought it was an ingenious solution, which is why I immersed myself in the training and practice and am now a certified Scalp Micropigmentation Artist.
Scalp Micropigmentation is an incredible, life changing, non-surgical solution for balding, thinning hair, receding hairlines, Alopecia and scar camouflaging.
It is very similar to a tattoo, and permanent makeup, in that pigment is implanted into the papillary layer of the dermis (the top layer of skin) to add the appearance of hair follicles.
It can take one treatment, or more, depending on the density of hair follicles you are desirous to achieve.
I prepare the skin with a compounded medical grade numbing cream to reduce any sensitivity during the procedure. Most of my clients say that they don’t feel anything and some even fall asleep during the procedure.
A full head procedure will take approximately six hours of sitting time and will likely necessitate a touch up procedure after healing.
A receding hairline, depending on the amount of work to be done, will usually take approximately two to three hours and may require a touch up.
Alopecia patches and scar camouflaging times vary depending on the size of the affected areas.
I give all my clients complete and detailed post procedure instructions to ensure the best healing results.
The end result is amazing in that the scalp, that was hairless and exposed, is now filled with the authentic appearance of hair follicles providing the look of a fuller head of hair within hours that will last for years.
I’ve had clients tell me that even their hair stylists, who have been doing their hair for years, don’t notice anything other than that the sparseness of hair isn’t as noticeable, but they don’t know why and can’t detect anything.
I perform Scalp Micropigmentation for both men and women. Although not as common as it is in men, it is not unusual for woman experience hair loss. It can be caused by many factors such as genetics, stress, aging, vitamin deficiencies, candida or a number of other undetectable, and untreatable causes which makes scalp micropigmentation a perfect option to purchasing lotions and potions and having to pray for results.
What can Scalp Micropigmentation do?
It will give the look of a full, youthful head of hair.
It will simulate full front, side and/or rear hairline.
It will restore thinning hair with the appearance of a full head of hair follicles.
It will camouflage all levels of alopecia.
It will camouflage scarring resulting from previous hair transplant surgery.
It will hide scars, burns and birthmarks.
It will enhance the visual effect of a hair transplant
It will save you money in the long run from having to buy lotions that require a lifetime of usage.
It will restore your confidence by giving you the appearance of a full head of hair.
PERMANENT MAKEUP (PMU) VS. MICROBLADING FOR EYEBROWS
I have been a Permanent Makeup artist for 20 years, I have been trained on all modalities (coil machine, rotary machine, Nouveau Contour digital machine and last but not least the Softap hand method) for cosmetic tattooing. I’ve taken years of continuing education classes and I am licensed in two states as a tattoo and permanent makeup artist. YES, there are some states, other than Arizona, that make sure there are artists out there who know their craft and must take continuing education courses or you lose that license (this is a topic for another time).I had not heard of Microblading until recently, maybe within the last year.
I have seen my share of poorly done PMU and microblading work and have actually acquired the nick name the “janitor” for cleaning up other peoples disastrous work, because they ordered a DVD from Amazon, purchased the equipment and set up shop.
And guess what? They can get away with it because Arizona is an unregulated state.
So whether you chose permanent makeup or microblading, you should always see actual photos of your artists work and familiarize yourself with the differences outlined below.
Microblading is a semi-permanent treatment and if there is a problem with your procedure, the good news is that you only have to live with it for approximately one to three years, or technically, you could possibly remove it with Retin A.
Generally, inexperienced technicians won’t use enough pressure while applying the pigment into the skin or their stretching of the skin is done incorrectly so the ink will just be in the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin) and the pigment will fall out during the healing process.
Therefore, it is possible that you will have spent a considerable amount of money and be left with nothing to show for it, but likely be too scared to go back because you now recognize that your artist was just too inexperienced to give you this information or perform the procedure properly.
But what if you loved the look of your new brows?
The work is perfection, and your brows have never looked better. Unfortunately the pigment is semi-permanent and at some point in time in the future, you will likely discover that all the work the artist did, is gone. Yes, gone ☹
I’ve seen people charging up to $750 for the microblading technique and then their clients come to me because their pigment didn’t hold up and they have some level of scarring in their brows.
I should say that the same thing can occur with permanent makeup done incorrectly, but in principle, it’s a longer lasting procedure requiring less touch ups.
I also perform a salt removal technique for permanent makeup procedures that have been done improperly, which I am trained and certified to perform.
As a permanent makeup artist and instructor, while I can appreciate a truly experienced microblading technician, I much prefer permanent makeup because, primarily, 1) the pigment is permanent, it lasts and 2) it doesn’t require as many touch ups, resulting in less trauma to the skin, which over time, could cause scarring to the skin and 3) the pigments for microblading contain pure plant material (along with glycerin, distilled water and alcohol) which is intended to wear out of the skin as compared to permanent makeup pigments which contain carbon or iron oxides (along with glycerin, distilled water and alcohol) which can fade over time, and require one or two touch ups, but it always remains in the skin.
I offer individual hair stroke brows and feather stroke permanent makeup.
The pigment isn’t the only difference in microblading, the technique is also completely different. Microblading is basically scratching the pigment into the skin with needles versus permanent makeup which implants the pigment into the skin with needles.
With traditional permanent makeup, the brow is drawn on by the artist/technician, so that the client can see and evaluate the brow.
With microblading, the client’s brow is measured in 10 different directions and the hair strokes are then scratched into the skin with a slant or u shaped needle.
My opinion is that, at this point in time, while I will admit that I’ve seen some very nice microblading work, I prefer less trauma to the brow area and the longevity of the permanent makeup pigments and procedure. For a consultation click here.