The field of micropigmentation has expanded greatly in the last few years. This is due to a number of factors. There has been a gradual reduction in price in many cosmetic procedures, and also numerous advances in the technology required to apply permanent makeup. As a result, there has been a proliferation of the practice and many different practices have managed to establish themselves as high standard permanent and semi-permanent make up clinics. Training programmes have increased in number and availability too, providing a good option for young people searching for a career in the beauty industry.
There may be large numbers of micropigmentation clinics these days, but I'm sure a lot of people aren't entirely certain of what the practice entails so I will briefly explain. Micropigmentation involves placing pigment into the dermal layer of the skin so as to resemble makeup. It is essentially a form of medical tattooing, with the emphasis on enhancement and not on decoration. This can be useful in a number of applications. The cosmetic side of things involves permanent and semi-permanent makeup. Procedures vary, but can include lip, brow and eye treatments. Patients include breast cancer patients, with the intent being to reconstruct nipple and areola areas that may have been altered by mastectomies and other treatments of breast cancer. It can also be used for the treatment of scars, this is because scar tissue can react positively and heal in a less unsightly way when micropigmented. Tattoo removal is another common procedure.
The equipment involved is rather extensive. A micropigmentation machine is perhaps the most essential piece of kit. This includes a control panel, handpiece where the needle sits and a footpedal to control the needle. The needles themselves come in a wide variety of sizes and grades; this is because different areas of the body where a procedure takes place require varying thickness and fineness to effectively insert pigment into the skin. The pigment itself is perhaps the second most integral supply needed for micropigmentation. This comes in a wide variety of tones and shades, and these will be matched to the skintone of the patient - so variety is essential for an effective course treatment and ultimately and effective result. Other equipment includes various pieces of medical equipment such as wound care, hygiene and infection control in addition to creams or emollients for after care.
As the trade expands, and the technology improves then there is all the more reason to know of the benefits and uses of micropigmentation in addition to the supplies needed for such procedures.