What is micro-pigmentation?

Micro-pigmentation is an innovative method of skilfully depositing colour pigment into the dermal layer of the skin to simulate makeup, or improve and correct skin conditions. The term micro-pigmentation is largely interchangeable with cosmetic tattooing, permanent makeup, semi-permanent makeup, micro art, and derma-pigmentation.

What is the difference between a permanent and semi-permanent procedure?

The terms  permanent and semi-permanent are often used interchangeably and are the exact same thing, in that they implant pigment into the dermal layer of the skin and both fade slightly after an extended period of time.

However, if a technician is claiming that the procedure is semi-permanent and is different from permanent, in theory they would have to implant pigment into the epidermis, the top layer of skin. The problem with this method is that pigment will slough off in a short period of time and the procedure will need to be redone continually. It is important to note, every time the skin is reopened it can create scar tissue whereby the pigment will become more and more difficult to implant. Therefore a permanent, or dermal deposit is favoured.

What type of ink do you use and how do I know if I am allergic?

We use the highest quality mineral pigments. Our suppliers are from reputable companies with manufacturing in Canada, and the United States. The pigments we purchase are sterilized through various procedures such as gamma irradiation and are very safe.  Although allergies are very rare, they can still happen. Therefore, we perform complementary allergy tests prior to the start of any procedure.

Is there such thing as permanent or semi-permanent ink?

No, and do not let anyone tell you there is! Ink, or pigment is undoubtedly very important to any micro-pigmentation procedure, however pigments do not determine whether the procedure is temporary, or permanent.  The level of skin in which the pigment is implanted into is the only determinant.

How are colours selected for each procedure?

The Meláni technicians have studied colour theory and strongly believe in customized colours based on individual hair and skin tones. With respect to the eyebrow and eyeliner procedures, if colours are used directly from the bottle and are not mixed properly there could be complications when the treatment starts to fade naturally years later. For example, eyebrows could fade into a reddish colour or black will start to look blue! That is why it is important to select a technician that has a solid foundation in colour theory and knows how to mix colours/pigments to avoid unsightly fading.

Is Micro-pigmentation safe?

Yes, it is extremely  safe! We are a fully licensed and insured clinic, taking every precaution to ensure the highest standards of health and safety. Are technicians are thoroughly trained and have completed blood born pathogen and safety certifications as well as adhere to OHS regulations. Additionally, all our supplies are disposable and are discarded properly after every single use to eliminate the chance of cross contamination.  Please note, we are meticulous when it come to cleanliness and always use medical grade equipment and disinfectant.

Will I feel pain during the procedure?

Each client responds to pain differently, however for the makeup procedures we use topical anaesthetics to numb the area as well as decrease and eliminate bleeding. With our paramedical procedures we do not use a numbing gel, rather work on the area as is. There may be some discomfort, but it should not hurt. Surgical scars and burns are typically less discomforting as the skin is thick and nerves have been damaged.

How long will the permanent makeup and paramedical procedures last?

Permanent makeup lasts years! If proper aftercare is adhered to then it will typically last between

5-7 years and beyond. Generally speaking, the darker the colour the longer it will last. Please note, micro-pigmentation, or permanent makeup is a semi-permanent application in that will not last forever. Although the pigment is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin and will not come off, in time you will notice small changes to the colour, or fading and you will need a touch up. Paramedical procedures last anywhere from 1-5 years depending on the skins condition.

How many treatments, or touch-ups will I need?

That largely depend on the treatment that the client will undergo. For makeup procedures there will typically be one initial treatment and an additional complimentary touch-up. In most cases this is sufficient to achieve a desired result.  Paramedical procedures, with the exception of areola and nipples reconstruction, largely depend on the skin condition and need to be addressed on a case by case basis. Where some procedures respond to 3 treatments others can take upwards of 12.

What is a touch-up?

A touch-up is needed to achieve “Permanent Perfection” and is included in the cost of the makeup procedures. Please note, it is common for a client to lose between 30% – 50% of pigment after the initial treatment. therefore  following up with a touch-up appointment is very important. A touch-up should be scheduled 4-6 weeks after the initial treatment to allow for the dermis to heal entirely. As for paramedical procedures, touch-up’s are determined on a case by case basis.

How quickly will the skin heal?

The epidermis, or outer layer of skin will form a hard outer layer and healing will take place within a week, however it will take upwards of 30 days for the dermal layer to heal completely. This is why we wait for 30 days to schedule a touch-up appointment.

Who is micro-pigmentation suitable for?

Anyone that would like to enhance and restore their natural futures. In particular, individuals with: active lifestyles, who want to save time, want to look their best, have sparse eyebrows/lashes, allergic to cosmetics, have visual impairments, lack fine motor skills, have unattractive skin conditions and women that would like the final touches post-mastectomy.