A SE­CRET WORLD OF COS­METIC RE­JU­VE­NA­TION

NICHE Magazne - - Romantic Fantasy - by Rose Davis

Your friends are talk­ing about it and it was once one of the world's best kept beauty se­crets. Cue the in­ter­net; the se­cret is out! Cos­metic tat­toos have gone main­stream and the re­sults can be as­tound­ing.

In the world of beauty en­hance­ments, we al­ready know that a nee­dle can be our friend (hello Botox!), but cos­metic tat­too­ing and its lessor known coun­ter­part, mi­cro-needling, are quickly be­com­ing mod­ern sta­ples of self-care. Yes, nee­dles are scary to some, but not to worry, top­i­cal anaes­thetic is used dur­ing the pro­ce­dures to sig­nif­i­cantly min­i­mize dis­com­fort. Even so, you may be won­der­ing, why would some­one elect to do such a thing? We are go­ing to delve right into it!

Cos­metic tat­too­ing is the prac­tice of im­plant­ing semi-per­ma­nent pig­ment into the skin to en­hance phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance. Un­like tra­di­tional tat­too ink, the pig­ment used for cos­metic tat­too­ing is semiper­ma­nent. Over time, the body will nat­u­rally break down the pig­ment; the tat­too will fade and even­tu­ally dis­ap­pear. The length of time the semi-per­ma­nent pig­ment will last varies by in­di­vid­ual, but typ­i­cally ranges from 1-5 years. The ad­van­tage of the pig­ment be­ing semi-per­ma­nent is that as your fea­tures change with time, the style of the cos­metic tat­too can be ad­justed ac­cord­ingly.

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The ex­pres­sion, “pay less, pay twice” should come to mind when shop­ping for your provider. There are cer­tain things in life you should bar­gain hunt for; this is not one of them. Cos­metic tat­too and mi­croneedling ser­vices must be ren­dered in a pro­fes­sional set­ting with proper san­i­ti­za­tion and ster­il­iza­tion pro­ce­dures. Con­tact your lo­cal health au­thor­ity to find out if the es­tab­lish­ment you are con­sid­er­ing has been for­mally in­spected and au­tho­rized. Ask the artist about their clean­ing pro­ce­dures; find out where the artist re­ceived their cer­ti­fi­ca­tion; en­sure that the artist car­ries pro­fes­sional in­sur­ance; and ask to see pic­tures of the artist's own work. Reg­u­la­tions have not yet caught up with the in­dus­try boom. Do­ing re­search will al­low you to se­lect a provider who up­holds health and safety stan­dards to keep you pro­tected while en­joy­ing the many ben­e­fits of cos­metic tat­too.

Treat­ment: MI­CRO-NEEDLING

Pur­pose: To dras­ti­cally im­prove the ap­pear­ance of scars caused by acne, trauma, surgery or burns, hy­popig­men­ta­tion, wrin­kles, fine lines, large pores, loose skin and old pierc­ings. Mi­cro-needling is the prac­tice of cre­at­ing hun­dreds of tiny punc­tures in the epi­der­mis and der­mis lay­ers of the skin to in­duce col­la­gen pro­duc­tion. It's an in­cred­i­ble treat­ment that har­nesses the body's nat­u­ral in­jury re­sponse to im­prove skin in­tegrity and/or re­lease scar tis­sue ten­sion. Af­ter a ses­sion, your body de­liv­ers col­la­gen and elastin to re­gen­er­ate the treated area for up to 9 months.

Treat­ment: MI­CRO-BLAD­ING

Pur­pose: To en­hance eye­brow shape, sym­me­try, and colour. It's not a trend; it's a rev­o­lu­tion! This method of tat­too sim­u­lates the ap­pear­ance of in­di­vid­ual hairs, al­low­ing the artist to cre­ate an ideal brow shape with al­most un­de­tectable nat­u­ral re­sults. This pro­ce­dure is es­pe­cially help­ful for peo­ple with asym­me­try, vi­sion loss, alope­cia, over-tweezed eye­brows, hor­monal hair­loss, tri­chotil­lo­ma­nia, scars, and hy­pothy­roidism. Ev­ery­one looks bet­ter with beau­ti­ful brows.

Treat­ment: LIP BLUSH

Pur­pose: To en­hance lip shape, sym­me­try, and colour. Choose a vi­brant colour or neu­tral shade to add def­i­ni­tion to your lips and con­ceal im­per­fec­tions.

Treat­ment: EYE­LINER/LASH EN­HANCE­MENT

Pur­pose: To cre­ate def­i­ni­tion along the lash line. Whether you pre­fer thin and crisp or soft and smoky eye­liner, say good­bye to smudg­ing and rac­coon eyes. For a nat­u­ral look, con­sider a lash en­hance­ment; pig­ment is de­posited be­tween the nat­u­ral eye­lashes to sim­u­late den­sity.

Treat­ment: ARE­OLA RESTORA­TION

Pur­pose: To en­hance or re­store sym­me­try and colour of the are­ola (s) and/or nip­ple (s). Af­ter breast re­con­struc­tion surgery for can­cer, pa­tients are of­ten left with­out a nip­ple or are­ola. 3D Are­ola restora­tion tat­toos use shad­ing to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of nip­ple pro­jec­tion on a flat tis­sue sur­face. Are­ola tat­too­ing is also used for con­ceal­ing breast lift, re­duc­tion, or aug­men­ta­tion scar­ring.

Treat­ment: CAM­OU­FLAGE

Pur­pose: To min­i­mize the ap­pear­ance of scars or hy­popig­men­ta­tion. Flesh toned pig­ments are blended to min­i­mize the ap­pear­ance of vi­tiligo, skin grafts, burns, and scars from mole re­moval, surgery, or trauma.

Cos­metic tat­too clients pro­claim: “It’s the best thing ever! I wish I did it sooner.”

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