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Below are the answers to many questions about each of our procedures, about how we practice our craft at DERMAgraphics, as well as information about the art & science of micro-pigmentation & microchanneling​

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your specific inquiries, we would love to hear from you!

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GENERAL

WHY IS IT REFERRED TO AS MICRO-PIGMENTATION INSTEAD OF TATTOOING?


Choice, mostly. Micro-pigmentation technicians tend to use much smaller needles because we are making much finer impressions in the relatively thin skin of the face, breast and scalp. Precision and specialized knowledge is necessary for a successful result.




WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERMANENT AND SEMI-PERMANENT PROCEDURES?


Nothing. The micro-pigmentation techniques used by certified technicians implant pigment in the very same layer of the skin as a tattoo artist would. The difference lays in the nature and composition of the pigments and inks used on the face and scalp, which are specifically designed to fade with time. Facial features - and hair color - evolve over time, so a life-long result would not be appropriate. Small adjustments can be made during regular touch-ups to keep pace with anatomical change.
The exception is when we are working on body scars and areolas. In these cases we are using tattoo ink so the work won’t fade, but are still doing the work with super-fine needles in order to achieve 3D realism.
The term semi-permanent makeup arrived with the introduction of micro-blading. To learn more, please check out the Micro-blading Fact Sheet produced by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals: The Truth About Microblading




WHY IS A CONSULT NECESSARY?


Each person seeking micro-pigmentation deserves to meet their technician in advance! Every procedure done at DERMAgraphics is customized to the client. Successful results are dependent on many factors, and a planning meeting prior to the procedure allows us to prepare for the very best outcome.
Consults for most permanent makeup procedures and microneedling facials can be done on the phone or at the beginning of the procedure and does not need to be booked separately, unless the client wishes, or suspects their might be health issues.
All other treatments require a consult appointment to determine the optimum results possible and design a customized procedure plan.




DOES IT HURT?


Typically, yes, a bit. Each person has a different tolerance level for pain, and those with extremely low pain thresholds may wish to avoid tattooing altogether. Everyone else will do fine. Pain is a natural process, and most people have developed pain management skills, especially for the low-level pain associated with micro-pigmentation and microneedling.
Even so, we do use various anesthetics before, during, and after the treatment to reduce your level of discomfort. Furthermore, we have designed a very tranquil environment in our studio to facilitate relaxation. We work hard to ensure your maximum comfort and relaxation because micro-pigmentation is extremely precise work - we do our best work on a still canvas!




IS IT SAFE?


Under the correct circumstances, yes, quite. Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professionals are required to meet and exceed OSHA safety and health standards.
Your health safety is the number one reason to choose a CPCP. Our industry has health department oversight in only a handful of states and counties, so unless your technician is a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, there is no guarantee that OSHA standards are being met.
It is also extremely important to your health safety to be candid on all pre-procedure forms. Some health conditions are contraindicated for micro-pigmentation. Allergic reactions can also happen. Forewarned is forearmed!
DERMAgraphics uses only top-of-the-line pigments with published Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Finally, medical studies have determined that the number of people with tattoos who experience problems with MRIs is statistically negligible, and were minor and temporary in nature.




IS LONG TERM CARE ANY DIFFERENT THAN A TATTOO?


Not so different, but much more necessary. All the things that will dull a brightly colored body tattoo will also dull & fade micro-pigmentation, only much, much faster. Sun, wind, pool & hot tubs will degrade any tattoo. Certain lifestyle factors, illnesses & medications as well. Location of tattoo is a factor too, as is one's skin type & skin-care regimen. Most micro-pigmentation will require occasional touch-ups, with the possible exception of areola restorations. To maintain your work for as long as possible, always use sunblock, avoid cholinated water, and avoid your tattoo area when receiving agressive facials or using regenerative products (like Retinol) to prevent premature fading.





PERMANENT COSMETICS

IS CORRECTION AN OPTION FOR ME?


Hopefully, yes. A consultation is necessary to determine the extent of the damage and what remedies are available. Often we cannot know what kind of pigment was used, so there is a certain level of guess-work involved. That is why we say that correction work is a process, because multiple treatments are often needed to undo previous work and damage, and patience is key!




WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGULAR PROCEDURE AND CORRECTION?


A regular procedure is working on new skin, or refreshing properly done work. In most cases, a maximum of 2 visits is necessary.
A correction is often done on overworked skin with sub-standard ink deposits in the wrong places. Over the course of multiple appointments we may need to address scar tissue elasticity with microneedling, neutralize bad pigment fades with color correction, remove misplaced pigment with salinated tattoo removal, and ultimately apply a fresh design.




WHAT IS A TYPICAL CORRECTION APPOINTMENT LIKE?


Mmmm......, unique. Every case is unique, and until we've met for a consultation we are not able to know the nature of the work required. Sometimes it is as simple as correcting a color, while others we may need to treat scar tissue and remove some or all of the tattoo. At the complementary consultation where we will work together to determine the optimum results possible and design a customized procedure plan. Often it will require two or more appointments to achieve the best results. This can be discussed further at your consult. Your customized procedure plan will fully prepare you for all stages of your treatment.




WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY REMOVAL?


If you have received permanent makeup in the past 24 hours and are unhappy, we can do a emergency tattoo removal of the fresh work. Results are best if done within 48 hours of original work. Results will depend entirely on the circumstances of the previous work, but an emergency removal is typically quite efficient, and will drastically reduce the difficulty and extent of any follow-up corrections procedure.




WHAT IS LI-FT TATTOO REMOVAL?


Salinated tattoo removal is considered an advanced technique. At DERMAgraphics, we use Li-FT - the safest, most effective saline lightening solution available, formulated in a licensed, inspected and highly credentialed lab for the exclusive use of trained and certified technicians.
Salinated tattoo removal is an alternative to laser tattoo removal, and in the case of permanent makeup corrections is usually the better option, for two reasons: precision and cost.
Unwanted pigment is lifted by essentially tattooing the Li-FT solution into the treatment area, precisely targeting the unwanted pigment, and nothing else. The active molecules in the Li-FT solution bind the pigment molecules through a process known as osmosis, after which the solution and the attached pigment are expelled up through the skin during the natural healing process.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO LOOK LIKE IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARD?


Again, because we are discussing corrections, there is no 'normal'. If all we have done is a simple color correction, then your immediate results will simply be those of a fresh micro-pigmentation procedure. If tattoo removal is necessary, then you will have the 'working' scab. Please see Tattoo Removal Aftercare for details.





 

BROWS

WHY IS IT REFERRED TO AS MICRO-PIGMENTATION INSTEAD OF TATTOOING?


Choice, mostly. Micro-pigmentation technicians tend to use much smaller needles because we are making much finer impressions in the relatively thin skin of the face, breast and scalp. Precision and specialized knowledge is necessary for a successful result.




WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERMANENT AND SEMI-PERMANENT PROCEDURES?


Nothing. The micro-pigmentation techniques used by certified technicians implant pigment in the very same layer of the skin as a tattoo artist would. The difference lays in the nature and composition of the pigments and inks used on the face and scalp, which are specifically designed to fade with time. Facial features - and hair color - evolve over time, so a life-long result would not be appropriate. Small adjustments can be made during regular touch-ups to keep pace with anatomical change.
The exception is when we are working on body scars and areolas. In these cases we are using tattoo ink so the work won’t fade, but are still doing the work with super-fine needles in order to achieve 3D realism.
The term semi-permanent makeup arrived with the introduction of micro-blading. To learn more, please check out the Micro-blading Fact Sheet produced by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals: The Truth About Microblading




WHY IS A CONSULT NECESSARY?


Each person seeking micro-pigmentation deserves to meet their technician in advance! Every procedure done at DERMAgraphics is customized to the client. Successful results are dependent on many factors, and a planning meeting prior to the procedure allows us to prepare for the very best outcome.
Consults for most permanent makeup procedures and microneedling facials can be done on the phone or at the beginning of the procedure and does not need to be booked separately, unless the client wishes, or suspects their might be health issues.
All other treatments require a consult appointment to determine the optimum results possible and design a customized procedure plan.




DOES IT HURT?


Typically, yes, a bit. Each person has a different tolerance level for pain, and those with extremely low pain thresholds may wish to avoid tattooing altogether. Everyone else will do fine. Pain is a natural process, and most people have developed pain management skills, especially for the low-level pain associated with micro-pigmentation and microneedling.
Even so, we do use various anesthetics before, during, and after the treatment to reduce your level of discomfort. Furthermore, we have designed a very tranquil environment in our studio to facilitate relaxation. We work hard to ensure your maximum comfort and relaxation because micro-pigmentation is extremely precise work - we do our best work on a still canvas!




IS IT SAFE?


Under the correct circumstances, yes, quite. Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professionals are required to meet and exceed OSHA safety and health standards.
Your health safety is the number one reason to choose a CPCP. Our industry has health department oversight in only a handful of states and counties, so unless your technician is a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, there is no guarantee that OSHA standards are being met.
It is also extremely important to your health safety to be candid on all pre-procedure forms. Some health conditions are contraindicated for micro-pigmentation. Allergic reactions can also happen. Forewarned is forearmed!
DERMAgraphics uses only top-of-the-line pigments with published Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Finally, medical studies have determined that the number of people with tattoos who experience problems with MRIs is statistically negligible, and were minor and temporary in nature.




IS LONG TERM CARE ANY DIFFERENT THAN A TATTOO?


Not so different, but much more necessary. All the things that will dull a brightly colored body tattoo will also dull & fade micro-pigmentation, only much, much faster. Sun, wind, pool & hot tubs will degrade any tattoo. Certain lifestyle factors, illnesses & medications as well. Location of tattoo is a factor too, as is one's skin type & skin-care regimen. Most micro-pigmentation will require occasional touch-ups, with the possible exception of areola restorations. To maintain your work for as long as possible, always use sunblock, avoid cholinated water, and avoid your tattoo area when receiving agressive facials or using regenerative products (like Retinol) to prevent premature fading.





EYES

IS CORRECTION AN OPTION FOR ME?


Hopefully, yes. A consultation is necessary to determine the extent of the damage and what remedies are available. Often we cannot know what kind of pigment was used, so there is a certain level of guess-work involved. That is why we say that correction work is a process, because multiple treatments are often needed to undo previous work and damage, and patience is key!




WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGULAR PROCEDURE AND CORRECTION?


A regular procedure is working on new skin, or refreshing properly done work. In most cases, a maximum of 2 visits is necessary.
A correction is often done on overworked skin with sub-standard ink deposits in the wrong places. Over the course of multiple appointments we may need to address scar tissue elasticity with microneedling, neutralize bad pigment fades with color correction, remove misplaced pigment with salinated tattoo removal, and ultimately apply a fresh design.




WHAT IS A TYPICAL CORRECTION APPOINTMENT LIKE?


Mmmm......, unique. Every case is unique, and until we've met for a consultation we are not able to know the nature of the work required. Sometimes it is as simple as correcting a color, while others we may need to treat scar tissue and remove some or all of the tattoo. At the complementary consultation where we will work together to determine the optimum results possible and design a customized procedure plan. Often it will require two or more appointments to achieve the best results. This can be discussed further at your consult. Your customized procedure plan will fully prepare you for all stages of your treatment.




WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY REMOVAL?


If you have received permanent makeup in the past 24 hours and are unhappy, we can do a emergency tattoo removal of the fresh work. Results are best if done within 48 hours of original work. Results will depend entirely on the circumstances of the previous work, but an emergency removal is typically quite efficient, and will drastically reduce the difficulty and extent of any follow-up corrections procedure.




WHAT IS LI-FT TATTOO REMOVAL?


Salinated tattoo removal is considered an advanced technique. At DERMAgraphics, we use Li-FT - the safest, most effective saline lightening solution available, formulated in a licensed, inspected and highly credentialed lab for the exclusive use of trained and certified technicians.
Salinated tattoo removal is an alternative to laser tattoo removal, and in the case of permanent makeup corrections is usually the better option, for two reasons: precision and cost.
Unwanted pigment is lifted by essentially tattooing the Li-FT solution into the treatment area, precisely targeting the unwanted pigment, and nothing else. The active molecules in the Li-FT solution bind the pigment molecules through a process known as osmosis, after which the solution and the attached pigment are expelled up through the skin during the natural healing process.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO LOOK LIKE IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARD?


Again, because we are discussing corrections, there is no 'normal'. If all we have done is a simple color correction, then your immediate results will simply be those of a fresh micro-pigmentation procedure. If tattoo removal is necessary, then you will have the 'working' scab. Please see Tattoo Removal Aftercare for details.





LIPS

IS CORRECTION AN OPTION FOR ME?


Hopefully, yes. A consultation is necessary to determine the extent of the damage and what remedies are available. Often we cannot know what kind of pigment was used, so there is a certain level of guess-work involved. That is why we say that correction work is a process, because multiple treatments are often needed to undo previous work and damage, and patience is key!




WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGULAR PROCEDURE AND CORRECTION?


A regular procedure is working on new skin, or refreshing properly done work. In most cases, a maximum of 2 visits is necessary.
A correction is often done on overworked skin with sub-standard ink deposits in the wrong places. Over the course of multiple appointments we may need to address scar tissue elasticity with microneedling, neutralize bad pigment fades with color correction, remove misplaced pigment with salinated tattoo removal, and ultimately apply a fresh design.




WHAT IS A TYPICAL CORRECTION APPOINTMENT LIKE?


Mmmm......, unique. Every case is unique, and until we've met for a consultation we are not able to know the nature of the work required. Sometimes it is as simple as correcting a color, while others we may need to treat scar tissue and remove some or all of the tattoo. At the complementary consultation where we will work together to determine the optimum results possible and design a customized procedure plan. Often it will require two or more appointments to achieve the best results. This can be discussed further at your consult. Your customized procedure plan will fully prepare you for all stages of your treatment.




WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY REMOVAL?


If you have received permanent makeup in the past 24 hours and are unhappy, we can do a emergency tattoo removal of the fresh work. Results are best if done within 48 hours of original work. Results will depend entirely on the circumstances of the previous work, but an emergency removal is typically quite efficient, and will drastically reduce the difficulty and extent of any follow-up corrections procedure.




WHAT IS LI-FT TATTOO REMOVAL?


Salinated tattoo removal is considered an advanced technique. At DERMAgraphics, we use Li-FT - the safest, most effective saline lightening solution available, formulated in a licensed, inspected and highly credentialed lab for the exclusive use of trained and certified technicians.
Salinated tattoo removal is an alternative to laser tattoo removal, and in the case of permanent makeup corrections is usually the better option, for two reasons: precision and cost.
Unwanted pigment is lifted by essentially tattooing the Li-FT solution into the treatment area, precisely targeting the unwanted pigment, and nothing else. The active molecules in the Li-FT solution bind the pigment molecules through a process known as osmosis, after which the solution and the attached pigment are expelled up through the skin during the natural healing process.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO LOOK LIKE IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARD?


Again, because we are discussing corrections, there is no 'normal'. If all we have done is a simple color correction, then your immediate results will simply be those of a fresh micro-pigmentation procedure. If tattoo removal is necessary, then you will have the 'working' scab. Please see Tattoo Removal Aftercare for details.





PARA-MEDICAL MICRO-PIGMENTATION & CIT THERAPY

WHAT IS CAMOUFLAGE MICRO-PIGMENTATION?


Camouflage micro-pigmentation is hyper-realistic tattooing using flesh tones to diminish the appearance of skin imperfections. A wide variety of scars & skin imperfections can benefit from carefully curated camouflage micro-pigmentation. At DERMAgraphics, we use a pointillism technique, applying a mixture of skin hues & tones in a very fine, pixelated way. This creates the most hyper-realistic result. Camouflage is most effective for the flat type of scars such as plastic surgery scars. It can also be the next step after Collagen Induction Therapy (Microchanneling) when working with more robust scar tissue. Small areas of vitiligo or other types of skin hypo-pigmentations can be camouflaged, once you are confident that the condition is no longer advancing. Camouflage is not recommended for large treatment areas.




WHAT IS 3D AREOLA RESTORATION?


3D Areola Restoration is the hyper-realistic tattooing of a areola onto post-surgical skin. Utilizing specialized permanent tattoo ink developed specifically for this application, an areola specialist artfully creates the illusion of a natural, three-dimensional areola and nipple. Many survivors feel that an areola restoration is the final catharsis to their journey. In fact, it has become the standard ‘finishing touch’ of the breast cancer recovery process, and is (typically) covered by insurance. At DERMAgraphics, we are honored to be a part of your recovery journey, and commit to providing permanent, hyper-realistic results in a comfortable, compassionately professional environment. 3D areola restoration is also effective after other breast procedures, such as breast reduction; any time when the areola pigmentation has been lost; or to achieve areola symmetry.




AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR PARA-MEDICAL MICRO-PIGMENTATION?


Hopefully, yes! Confer with your oncologist about when areola restoration is appropriate. Women are usually cleared for receiving para-medical micro-pigmentation around 6 months after their final surgery. Camouflage work is only advisable if the treatment area is smaller than a silver dollar, and is located on a part of the body not regularly exposed to the sun. Scars should be at least 6 months old before pursuing camouflage work. Some hyper-pigmentation conditions cannot be treated with camouflage, like melasma. Camouflage is not a treatment for birthmarks, spider veins, or other vascular discolorations. Please note: Camouflage work ( and sometimes areola restoration work) is done on atypical skin or scar tissue, which do not always respond in predictable ways to micro-pigmentation. Treatment will require multiple sessions to ensure color retention. Camouflage work will not be a ‘perfect match’: skin is constantly changing color as a result of fluctuations in temperature, blood flow, sun exposure, etc., while a tattoo does not. What a camouflage tattoo will do is diminish the appearance of an unwanted skin imperfection.




HOW MUCH DOES PARA-MEDICAL MICRO-PIGMENTATION COST?


DERMAgraphics works on a simple hourly rate for para-medical micro-pigmentation, $ 200.00 per 90 minute session. A maximum of 2 sessions can be booked back-to-back. At your consultation we will assess your needs and you will receive an realistic estimate of your time, financial investment & payment options. Please note: DERMAgraphics is a proud service provider for Cancer Survivor and Veteran|First Responder support organizations.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE CONSULTATION?


Your complimentary consultation will be an opportunity to fully explore your circumstances and your expectations, and provide you with a honest and ethical recommendation. We will provide you with an estimate of costs, and payment options. Together we will design a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your schedule. We look forward to meeting you!




WHAT WILL MY TREATMENT APPOINTMENTS BE LIKE?


First, the DERMAgraphics treatment studio has been studiously curated to provide an environment that is both calming and supportive, while also meeting our strident health & safety standards. Once you are settled and relaxed, we begin with cleaning the treatment area and applying topical anesthetic. Once the procedure starts, you technician will move over the treatment area, implanting pigment. Throughout the treatment, your technician will check your comfort level, and you are free to get up and stretch, use the restroom, have something to drink, etc. at any time. At the end of the session we will go over Aftercare, make sure your follow up session is booked, and send you on your way! Any swelling or redness resulting from the treatment will be short-lived, so you can return to your regular activities immediately, with a few exceptions. (See Aftercare.)




WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE AFTERCARE?


You will be provided with detailed written instructions for your skin type at the conclusion of your procedure, as they do vary. Your instructions will include immediate aftercare, to aid in proper healing, as well as what to expect and how to protect your work long-term. The first 10 days following a treatment session is a very crucial stage - please follow all Aftercare directions to ensure the quality of your tattoo. Things to avoid during your healing process are: pools or other large bodies of water, saunas or other hot places, strenuous exercise or other excessive sweat-producing activities, direct sunlight or tanning, all cleansing & moisturizing products except those recommended for healing, and above all do not pick or scratch the treatment area. You may experience slight itching, the healing balm provided will help alleviate it.




WHAT IS COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY & HOW DOES IT TREAT SCARS ?


Collagen Induction Therapy (Microchanneling) is a American Academy of Dermatology recommended non - invasive skin treatment for inducing natural collagen production. Microchanneling involves superficially puncturing the skin with thin needles to create tiny micro-wounds, triggering the skin’s repair mechanisms and stimulating collagen production. It also brings blood flow and nutrients to the treatment area. Scar tissue is fibrous & lacks elasticity, and is a result of an imperfect healing process after an injury. By triggering the body’s skin repair systems in a controlled manner with microchanneling, the scar tissue is ‘broken up’ bit by bit and replaced with healthy skin. Microchanneling will only be partially successful for deep scars, resulting in more of a ‘relaxation’ or minimization of the scar. Microchanneling is a technique-sensitive treatment and should only be performed by someone who is technique-trained and has a deep understanding of the skin and needles.





 
 

CORRECTIONS

IS CORRECTION AN OPTION FOR ME?


Hopefully, yes. A consultation is necessary to determine the extent of the damage and what remedies are available. Often we cannot know what kind of pigment was used, so there is a certain level of guess-work involved. That is why we say that correction work is a process, because multiple treatments are often needed to undo previous work and damage, and patience is key!




WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGULAR PROCEDURE AND CORRECTION?


A regular procedure is working on new skin, or refreshing properly done work. In most cases, a maximum of 2 visits is necessary.
A correction is often done on overworked skin with sub-standard ink deposits in the wrong places. Over the course of multiple appointments we may need to address scar tissue elasticity with microneedling, neutralize bad pigment fades with color correction, remove misplaced pigment with salinated tattoo removal, and ultimately apply a fresh design.




WHAT IS A TYPICAL CORRECTION APPOINTMENT LIKE?


Mmmm......, unique. Every case is unique, and until we've met for a consultation we are not able to know the nature of the work required. Sometimes it is as simple as correcting a color, while others we may need to treat scar tissue and remove some or all of the tattoo. At the complementary consultation where we will work together to determine the optimum results possible and design a customized procedure plan. Often it will require two or more appointments to achieve the best results. This can be discussed further at your consult. Your customized procedure plan will fully prepare you for all stages of your treatment.




WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY REMOVAL?


If you have received permanent makeup in the past 24 hours and are unhappy, we can do a emergency tattoo removal of the fresh work. Results are best if done within 48 hours of original work. Results will depend entirely on the circumstances of the previous work, but an emergency removal is typically quite efficient, and will drastically reduce the difficulty and extent of any follow-up corrections procedure.




WHAT IS LI-FT TATTOO REMOVAL?


Salinated tattoo removal is considered an advanced technique. At DERMAgraphics, we use Li-FT - the safest, most effective saline lightening solution available, formulated in a licensed, inspected and highly credentialed lab for the exclusive use of trained and certified technicians.
Salinated tattoo removal is an alternative to laser tattoo removal, and in the case of permanent makeup corrections is usually the better option, for two reasons: precision and cost.
Unwanted pigment is lifted by essentially tattooing the Li-FT solution into the treatment area, precisely targeting the unwanted pigment, and nothing else. The active molecules in the Li-FT solution bind the pigment molecules through a process known as osmosis, after which the solution and the attached pigment are expelled up through the skin during the natural healing process.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO LOOK LIKE IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARD?


Again, because we are discussing corrections, there is no 'normal'. If all we have done is a simple color correction, then your immediate results will simply be those of a fresh micro-pigmentation procedure. If tattoo removal is necessary, then you will have the 'working' scab. Please see Tattoo Removal Aftercare for details.





SCALP MICRO-PIGMENTATION & CIT THERAPY

WHAT IS SCALP MICRO-PIGMENTATION (SMP)?


A 21st century answer to an age old problem - hair loss. Scalp micro-pigmentation (SMP) is a tattoo procedure that provides an immediate solution to hair loss: one with no invasive surgery process, no scarring, no maintenance and no down time. Using top-of-the-line specialized inks, together with advanced technical skills and color theory, we create a fully customized & hyper-realistic appearance of full hair. SMP is used for hairline restructuring, cranial scar camouflage, and alopecia mitigation. SMP can create the appearance of density in longer hair, and replicate shaved hair follicles. At DERMAgraphics, we have the knowledge base and ability to offer both short term (2 year) trico-pigmentation or longer lasting SMP. Your options can be explored in the complimentary consult. Side effects of SMP include a welcome boost of self-confidence!




FOLLICLE SIMULATION vs DENSITY SHADING?


One method of scalp micro-pigmentation adds density to thinning or receding hair through a intricate pixelated variegation of shading using a pointillism approach. The DENSITY treatment is good for both men and women who are dealing with thinning hair. The effect is hyper-realistic, unlike spray-on color, because we do not use one color but rather a family of hues and tones in order to achieve a hyper-realistic 3D density effect. The second scalp micro-pigmentation method also uses pointillism, but in a much different way. FOLLICLES are artistically and hyper-realistically replicated on the scalp to camouflage hair transplant scars or alopecia by implanting micro dots of tattoo pigment into the skin, simulating hair follicles. Again we utilize multiple hues and tones to achieve a 3D effect. These hyper-realistically replicated hair follicles give the appearance of a short “shaved look” hairstyle. Whether you come to us for DENSITY or FOLLICLES, you can be confident we have the knowledge and experience, together with the best pigments and machines, to deliver a first class experience.




AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SMP?


Most people are, regardless of age, skin color or gender. With prior knowledge of a client's circumstances, a technician can make adjustments to accommodate certain challenges. It is crucial that you are 100% factual on the confidential health form we give you prior to a procedure. Some very common medications can inhibit pigment absorption rate; advance knowledge of circumstances allows us to make the adjustments necessary to insure the best possible outcome. Conditions that require doctors approval for tattooing include Diabetes, Epilepsy, Immunodeficiencies, & Heart Disease. Even if you are symptom-free, please discuss scalp micro-pigmentation with your doctor first, as there are secondary considerations only a medical professional can assess. Circumstances requiring resolution before proceeding with scalp micro-pigmentation include Psoriasis or any type of skin irritation near the treatment area - including sun burns. It is recommended to avoid any and all types of tattoo services if you are prone to developing keloid or hypertrophic scarring. Hyper-pigmentation is not necessarily a contra-indication for scalp micro-pigmentation, but should be taken into consideration.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE CONSULTATION?


Please bring photos of yourself pre-loss to your consultation. This will provide your technician with useful information to factor into your treatment plan. Your complimentary consultation will be an opportunity for us to provide you with everything you need to know about the SMP treatment protocol in order to make the decision that is best for you. We can discuss hairline and density design options if necessary, how hue/tone variegation provides the 3D effect, trico-pigmentation vs. permanent SMP, and anything else relevant to your treatment. We will fully explore your circumstances and your expectations, and provide you with a honest and ethical recommendation. We will provide you with an estimate of costs, and payment options. Together we will design a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your schedule. We look forward to meeting you!




WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF SMP?


DERMAgraphics works on a simple hourly rate for scalp micro-pigmentation, $ 200.00 per 90 minute session. A maximum of 2 sessions can be booked back-to-back. (Scalp micro-pigmentation is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Or at least a 5K.) At the one end of the spectrum, an individual dealing with onset thinning at the temples may only require two separate 90 minute DENSITY sessions, 4 weeks apart. The other end of the spectrum is a complete crown FOLLICLE treatment for an individual that wants a thick hair pattern that may require four to six separate back-to-back sessions over the course of 2-3 months. At your consultation we will assess your needs and you will receive an realistic estimate of your time and financial investment.




WHAT WILL MY TREATMENT APPOINTMENTS BE LIKE?


SMP is not terribly painful, and we will use topical anesthetics for your comfort. Any swelling or redness will be short-lived, so you can return to your regular activities immediately, with a few exceptions. (See Aftercare.) We begin with cleaning the treatment area and applying topical anesthetic. Once the procedure starts, you technician will move over the treatment area, implanting pigment using pointillism. Throughout the treatment, your technician will check your comfort level, and you are free to get up and stretch, use the restroom, have something to drink, etc. at any time. At the end of the session we will go over Aftercare, make sure your follow up session is booked, and send you on your way!




WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE AFTERCARE FOR SMP?


You will be provided with detailed written instructions for your skin type at the conclusion of your procedure, as they do vary. Your instructions will include immediate aftercare, to aid in proper healing, as well as what to expect and how to protect your work long-term. The first 10 days following a treatment session is a very crucial stage - please follow all Aftercare directions to ensure the quality of your SMP. Things to avoid during your healing process are: pools or other large bodies of water, saunas or other hot places, strenuous exercise or other excessive sweat-producing activities, direct sunlight or tanning, all cleansing & moisturizing products except those recommended for healing, and above all do not pick or scratch the treatment area. You may experience slight itching, the healing balm provided will help alleviate it.




WHAT IS COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY & HOW DOES IT TREAT THE SCALP ?


As with the skin on the face, the scalp also loses collagen as we age, resulting in slow hair growth and dormant hair follicles. While collagen is most well-known as the protein that helps keep the face firm and young-looking, it's also essential for hair health. Collagen and hair follicles exist within the same layer of the skin - the dermis - and when collagen production slows down this can affect the strength of hair follicles. Microchanneling is a American Academy of Dermatology recommended non- invasive skin treatment for inducing natural collagen production. Microchanneling involves superficially puncturing the skin with thin needles to create tiny micro-wounds, triggering the skin’s repair mechanisms and stimulating collagen production. It also brings blood flow and nutrients to the scalp and induces new stem cells that support hair growth. Microchanneling is a technique-sensitive treatment and should only be performed by someone who is technique-trained and has a deep understanding of the skin and needles.





 

MICROCHANNELING & COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY

WHY IS IT REFERRED TO AS MICRO-PIGMENTATION INSTEAD OF TATTOOING?


Choice, mostly. Micro-pigmentation technicians tend to use much smaller needles because we are making much finer impressions in the relatively thin skin of the face, breast and scalp. Precision and specialized knowledge is necessary for a successful result.




WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERMANENT AND SEMI-PERMANENT PROCEDURES?


Nothing. The micro-pigmentation techniques used by certified technicians implant pigment in the very same layer of the skin as a tattoo artist would. The difference lays in the nature and composition of the pigments and inks used on the face and scalp, which are specifically designed to fade with time. Facial features - and hair color - evolve over time, so a life-long result would not be appropriate. Small adjustments can be made during regular touch-ups to keep pace with anatomical change.
The exception is when we are working on body scars and areolas. In these cases we are using tattoo ink so the work won’t fade, but are still doing the work with super-fine needles in order to achieve 3D realism.
The term semi-permanent makeup arrived with the introduction of micro-blading. To learn more, please check out the Micro-blading Fact Sheet produced by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals: The Truth About Microblading




WHY IS A CONSULT NECESSARY?


Each person seeking micro-pigmentation deserves to meet their technician in advance! Every procedure done at DERMAgraphics is customized to the client. Successful results are dependent on many factors, and a planning meeting prior to the procedure allows us to prepare for the very best outcome.
Consults for most permanent makeup procedures and microneedling facials can be done on the phone or at the beginning of the procedure and does not need to be booked separately, unless the client wishes, or suspects their might be health issues.
All other treatments require a consult appointment to determine the optimum results possible and design a customized procedure plan.




DOES IT HURT?


Typically, yes, a bit. Each person has a different tolerance level for pain, and those with extremely low pain thresholds may wish to avoid tattooing altogether. Everyone else will do fine. Pain is a natural process, and most people have developed pain management skills, especially for the low-level pain associated with micro-pigmentation and microneedling.
Even so, we do use various anesthetics before, during, and after the treatment to reduce your level of discomfort. Furthermore, we have designed a very tranquil environment in our studio to facilitate relaxation. We work hard to ensure your maximum comfort and relaxation because micro-pigmentation is extremely precise work - we do our best work on a still canvas!




IS IT SAFE?


Under the correct circumstances, yes, quite. Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professionals are required to meet and exceed OSHA safety and health standards.
Your health safety is the number one reason to choose a CPCP. Our industry has health department oversight in only a handful of states and counties, so unless your technician is a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, there is no guarantee that OSHA standards are being met.
It is also extremely important to your health safety to be candid on all pre-procedure forms. Some health conditions are contraindicated for micro-pigmentation. Allergic reactions can also happen. Forewarned is forearmed!
DERMAgraphics uses only top-of-the-line pigments with published Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Finally, medical studies have determined that the number of people with tattoos who experience problems with MRIs is statistically negligible, and were minor and temporary in nature.




IS LONG TERM CARE ANY DIFFERENT THAN A TATTOO?


Not so different, but much more necessary. All the things that will dull a brightly colored body tattoo will also dull & fade micro-pigmentation, only much, much faster. Sun, wind, pool & hot tubs will degrade any tattoo. Certain lifestyle factors, illnesses & medications as well. Location of tattoo is a factor too, as is one's skin type & skin-care regimen. Most micro-pigmentation will require occasional touch-ups, with the possible exception of areola restorations. To maintain your work for as long as possible, always use sunblock, avoid cholinated water, and avoid your tattoo area when receiving agressive facials or using regenerative products (like Retinol) to prevent premature fading.