It may be alright to shop for a pair of shoes or clothes on the Internet, but if you do not like the results of your permanent make up procedure, well then you may be stuck with it. Since permanent cosmetic tattooing is largely unregulated in the State of Arizona, many individuals who are practicing lack the proper training, experience or technical ability. Arizona State statutes deem that tattooing procedures are not allowed in a residence, yet there are many individuals who unlawfully perform these procedures out of a home. All sharps, needles and other contaminated materials utilized in these procedures are considered biohazardous waste and must be picked up by a licensed waste facility. These precautions are designed to protect the public from the transmission of Blood Borne Pathogens and these practices should adhere to a strict code of standards as outlined in the OSHA Standard. All surfaces in the treatment area should be cleaned and disinfected in between clients and covered with appropriate paper or plastic barriers. Technicians should wear the appropriate protective equipment including gloves which are disposed of after the tattooing procedure for everyone's protection.
In addition to some of these basic requirements, a technician should have Certificates of Training, Licensing and Insurance, before and after photos of their work and references from clients and physicians. You should have the opportunity for good communication with a technician who is interested in discussing your procedures and answering your questions provided in a private consultation before considering any tattooing procedure. This should include a review of your history, medications or surgeries in order to qualify you for a safe procedure.
Experienced and skilled technicians generally charge a higher price. In consideration of price, most consumers are not aware that all permanent make up procedures are considered multi-session processes. When considering price, you should always ask if your procedure includes a follow up session. A new procedure should always include a follow up session in order to address any discrepancies and color modifications due to the healing process of skin and surface pigment that will exfoliate during the healing process. You might inquire about the length of time your procedure will take, as these are clear indications of the quality of workmanship and anesthetic comfort you will receive. A good permanent cosmetic practitioner who depends on referrals and who is focused on business for the long term, is going to be concerned about your experience and results.
Artistry must be balanced with sensibility and the ability to understand limitations of the procedure with respect to the age of the person desiring the permanent make up. Results should enhance your face without being too dramatic and take into consideration what looks best for your facial shape, skin quality and personal preference. It should never replace conventional or fashion make up trends as these change and age will change the appearance of your permanent makeup. A good technician will advise you on what may or may not be suitable for your age, skin and health.
There are many techniques in order to produce soft, feathery results or in some cases hair strokes. There are manual (hand) tool and mechanical tools to produce many different results. This is where experience and skill are important. Permanent Cosmetics are considered permanent as they are implanted into the dermal layer of the skin and are not washed off with water. Cosmetic tattoos do fade over time and require periodic maintenance. With the proper care, these cosmetic tattoos may last a number of years.
Many persons benefit from having these tattoos. Young and old alike benefit by simplifying the task of daily beautification. Accidents and other causes of hair loss are another popular reason for having permanent eyeliner or eyebrows. If you are visually impaired or have limited mobility, these are other reasons. After surgery, cosmetic tattoos may replicate breast areola and serve to camouflage scars. Allergies and sensitive skin make it almost impossible to use conventional cosmetics. People who are physically active in sports, exercise or in their workplace also benefit.
Finally, take the time to do your research. In this new era of technology, we are often in a hurry to obtain information from the internet, but not everything we see on the internet is necessarily fact. You should also see if the advertisement or web site includes an actual business address. We are compelled to buy goods and even some services on line. Coupon offers tend to create a sense of urgency or lend impulse to purchase. Nothing replaces a formal consultation in person. Remember, permanent cosmetic procedures are permanent and we should be respected as such. Have a safe and pleasant holiday season ahead and focus on having great times with your family and friends.
Thank you and I hope I have helped answer some of your questions about permanent cosmetics.
Pamela Netz, CPCP
Author Pamela Netz, CPCP
is a credentialed Permanent Cosmetic Professional working in Oro Valley, Arizona. Lifetime member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. Pam works in an upscale private licensed business office located in the beautiful Northwest area of Tucson in Oro Valley.