Jun 10

Permanent Cosmetic Eyeliner Safety For The Client

Your technician must use products that will destroy bacteria and lash mites on your lashes prior to your eyeliner or lash enhancement procedure, to protect from infection!
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Nov 27

Permanent Makeup Safety Advice


The following information is beneficial to share with your clients.

Passing it along to your patrons will not only show you are a knowledgeable and credible technician, but it will establish that you care for the well-being of your patients; thus setting the foundation for a comfortable, trusting relationship between you and your clientele.

To Permanent Cosmetics clients:

  • Schedule a consultation with the technician prior to the actual appointment day. This consultation would most likely be the ideal time to go over all of these safety precautions with your technician.
  • Ask if the technician uses ‘disposable only’ machine parts. If they do not, make sure she/he has a functioning autoclave and uses a biological indicator test every month. (Autoclaving pressurizes steam heat to kill germ spores. At 121°C, the pressurized steam will kill all spores within 15 minutes; increased pressure and a temperature of 132°C can accomplish sterilization in 4 minutes.) Ask to see spore strip tests from an authorized lab to make sure the autoclave’s results are effective.
  • Most technicians use totally disposable machine parts. Make sure these ‘Single Use’ and ‘Sterile’ parts are safely disposed of immediately after your procedure.
  • Manual hand tools must be autoclaved prior to use for optimum sanitation. Used manual needles and/or the complete tool should be disposed of in a biohazard container. There are various hand tools that can be re-autoclaved using a new needle grouping. Technicians should check with their supply company regarding these tools.
  • Ask the technician if they follow all of OSHA and CDC guidelines. Ask to see their Sharps container and inquire what the proper protocol is concerning the disposal of used needles. All ‘Sharps’ or ‘Biohazard’ containers must be puncture-resistant, leak proof and color-coded or labeled “BIOHAZARD.
  • Make sure your technician washes their hands vigorously with soap and water and uses a clean pair of disposable gloves before setting up your sterile needle set.
  • IIPC is a latex-free clinic. If you have any allergies to latex or any other products, be sure to tell your technician at your consultation.
  • Insist on observing your technician as she or he removes a new needle and machine setup from a sealed pouch immediately before starting your procedure. You should also watch the technician set up a clean cap of pigment, poured directly from the bottle for each of your procedures. Be sure to ask the technician about their use of sterile procedures and isolation techniques. It is the responsibility of the client to observe the technician at work, inquiring about their experience and qualifications.
  • Be wary of the technician’s office during your consultation visit. If their areas are disorderly and cluttered, you may consider using another technician.
  • Question the technician on their use of barrier film. This is a clear or blue heavy-duty sheet of plastic that is sticky on one side and will adhere to light fixtures, the tattoo machine, telephone, door handles, or any other article the technician may come in contact with. If the technician does not practice using this product, there could be a transfer of contaminated blood-borne pathogens. All cords and machines should be covered as well.
  • The technician should never touch their hair, glasses, or other items with a gloved hand. If you observe this happening, you should ask the technician to replace their gloves to prevent any chance of contamination.
  • Used needles and pigment should NEVER be kept for a client’s future appointment. Pigment contains bodily fluids and bacteria, and it should be disposed of immediately after the procedure is completed.
  • Clients must sign all of the proper consent forms, as well as forms to confirm that any needles have been properly disposed of in a bio-hazard container immediately following each procedure.
  • Technicians working in open area beauty salons run the risk of airborne pathogens from acrylic nails, hair products and so on… Remember: permanent cosmetic makeup creates an open wound. Contaminants from the air should be kept to a minimum to ensure a healthy, clean procedure.
  • All surfaces should be wiped down with a hospital grade disinfectant (ex.Discide) prior to, and immediately following, any procedure application.
  • Ask the technician to see their current Health Department and Business License.
  • Ask to see a current certificate from a certified Blood Borne Pathogen and Exposure Control Class or from OHSA.
  • Ask your technician to see their current portfolio with photos of other clients who underwent the same procedure that you are requesting.
  • If you are having your permanent eyebrows applied, ask for an ‘Eyebrow Design’ appointment. This appointment should be separate from your consultation. The technician will go over various shapes and colors and what the best eyebrow design for your face will be. At this time, the technician may also wax your brows. If you are not in total agreement with how the permanent makeup procedure looks while drawn on, keep working with the technician until you are satisfied with the design.
  • On your procedure day, if you are not happy with the drawn on shape of your eyes, lips or brows, do not have the procedure completed. Your technician is there to work with you and give you a great looking procedure. If you do not like how something looks, tell them prior to starting, do not wait until they have started your application and change your mind.
  • If the technician is a qualified professional, they will have no problems complying with standards above and beyond these simple guidelines. If the technician, or their place of business, does not appear up to these standards, or if they become evasive when questioned, seek out a qualified professional technician.
  • Permanent Makeup is just that…….. PERMANENT!
  • Remember the old adage: “You get what you pay for.” If your procedure is less than desirable, you cannot cover your face. Choose your technician wisely, based on their training, professionalism and your judgment of their character.

Oct 30

Does Skin Needling™ Help Wrinkles?

Skin Needling Plumps up Wrinkles

before_and_after-003-001-200x225This client has deep wrinkles around the eyes and skin discoloration due to sun damage. She hoped that her Skin Needling™ treatment would even out her skin tone and smooth her facial lines, giving her an overall younger, fresher look.






before_and_after-003-002-200x225 2Our client, looks 10 years younger after a photofacial and 2 Skin Needling™ treatments. Her skin is brighter and there is an extreme reduction of the wrinkles around her eyes.

After the Skin Needling™ treatment, the Proper use of ‘At Home Products’ is essential for glowing and hydrated skin!

Skin Needling™ and Facial Needling treats light scarring and fine to deep wrinkles. Using a machine for the Skin Needling™ procedure, the needle cluster is gently inserted into the epidermis and top layer of the dermis.

Skin Needling™ promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter. We treat only the area that needs attention. We do not work on any tissue outside the boundaries of the wrinkles or scar tissue, as this will make the wrinkle appear even deeper.

Skin Needling™ stimulates the body’s natural wound-healing reaction to produce natural collagen.

With microscopic punctures in the epidermis/dermis, Skin Needling™ is minimally invasive with little damage to the epidermis/dermis.

Clients who choose Skin Needling™ procedures have minimal ‘down time’ and swelling, and most people return to work the following day.

What Is The Needle Depth of Penetration For Skin Needling™?

The insertion depth of the needle is approximately .07mm, but this measurement depends on the severity of the wrinkles and the client’s desired results. For fine wrinkles, we barely insert the needle into the skin, for heavy wrinkles the needle penetration is deeper.

What Contributes To Wrinkles And The Loss Of Collagen?

  • Sun, and tanning beds
  • Anyone who works outdoors
  • Anyone who likes to ‘play’ outdoors: volleyball, golf, water sports, baseball etc.
  • Genetics
  • Smoking/ Excessive drinking
  • Unhealthy lifestyles
  • Dehydration
  • People that are Type I and II on the Fitzpatrick scale
  • Sleeping with your face buried in a pillow
  • Resting your chin in your hands
  • Pulling on your skin
  • Rubbing your eyes excessively
  • Diseases and / or Disorders
  • Improper diet
  • Weight gain and weight loss

Who Will Benefit from Skin Needling™?

  • In view of the fact that Skin Needling™ is a nominally invasive procedure, anyone with fine, medium or heavy wrinkling will experience positive results. Acne scars, chicken pox scars, stretch marks, surgical scars will show an improvement after each Skin Needling Application.
  • People with acne scars, chicken pox scars, and scars from surgery
  • People who have picked at pimples and scabs, creating scars and pits
  • People with naso-labial wrinkles, as well as smoker’s and laugh lines
  • People with chest, neck, knee, arm and hand wrinkles

Contraindications for Skin Needling™

  • Anyone who is darker skinned and hyper-pigmented will need to use a lightening skin treatment for 2 weeks prior to their treatment appointments
  • If you have the propensity to keloid you would not be a candidate for Skin Needling™
  • Anyone that has a raised moles or warts, or any other raised lesions

Who Is Not A Candidate For Skin Needling™?

  • Anyone that is under medical care that may be on a high blood pressure medication, heart medication, is diabetic, not in general good health, is a poor healer, takes a daily aspirin, has an active herpetic breakout, or has just had an invasive laser / deep peel / facial  treatment.
  • Anyone that has any type of facial skin disease or disorder that would be a contraindication
  • Anyone who is taking homeopathic substances, vitamins or herbs that thin the blood
  • Anyone with scars that are less than 6 months old
  • Anyone that has had facial fillers, or Botox, in the past 4 months in their lips or face
  • Anyone who has had facial surgery in the past 6 months
  • Anyone who has had ‘PERMANENT’ fillers, such as Dermagen or Shark Cartilage injected in the past 6 months would not be a candidate for Skin Needling
  • Anyone that has been using corto-steroids on the treatment area, as this thins the skin’s tissue
  • If you are under a health care providers care, we must have a physicians / health care providers release prior to any procedure application.
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • Anyone that we consider a ‘High Risk’

What Tools Are Used for Skin Needling™?

Skin Needling™ can be accomplished by using a coil, digital, rotary machine or a manual tool. Although this procedure does not require the power of a heavy duty machine, if you are accustomed to using a coil or digital machine you can turn the power down and achieve successful results.

A permanent makeup machine is the ‘Primary’ modality that will target the individual wrinkle. The ‘Secondary’ tool can be the permanent makeup machine with a 6 flat needle spread. You can also use a roller at this point. Do not use a roller to start with as it plumps up the entire region of skin.

Sterile, single-use needle clusters will depend on the method of procedure, depth of area to be worked on, and condition of the tissue.

Skin Needling™ Pre-Treatment Care

The clients skin, general health, medications they may be on, homeopathics and supplements should be assessed prior to the client’s first treatment. The use of skin treatments and/or products both pre- and post-treatment will enhance the client’s results dramatically.

Sun worshippers and men / women that have not been on a regular skin care regimen would receive greater benefits if they have any of the treatments listed below prior to their Skin Needling™ procedure.

Several options are available to the clients Pre-Treatment:  Microdermabrasion, Peels – AHA’s, Glycolic, Salicylic, Malic, Enzyme Peels or Jesners, Laser, Retin A, Retinol, Renova or your favorite peel.

Anyone that is prone to herpetic outbreaks needs to be on an antiviral medication prior to their Skin Needling™ procedure. This applies to each additional procedure as well. Physicians suggest 3-5 days pre application and 3-5 days post treatment.

For clients that bruise easily, it is advised to consider taking Arnica Montana, Bromaline, or any other anti-inflammatory and anti-bruising product 1-2 days prior to each Skin Needling™ session and 2-3 days post procedure.

Always check for allergies to all products being used in your procedure.

Skin Needling™ Post Treatment Care

Cleanse the procedure area with warm water to remove all exudate.

Apply DMAE, MSM with antioxidants or other healing serum.

Mineral makeup can be used 12-24 hours post procedure.

If you use makeup on broken skin, the risk of bacteria entering the procedure area, as well as the makeup filtering its way into the open tissue, can be detrimental by causing darker pigmentation and infection.

After the skin has healed, the use of AHA’s will help to keep the top layer of skin softened and sloughed off, resulting in younger looking skin.

For the first few days our clients apply a very light coat of Petroleum directly on the treatment area. This will not only keep the area from scabbing, but will keep the skin soft and supple. The client may also us DMAE, MSM serum.

Using topical Vitamin C, A or E and Collagen producing products are also fantastic for the skin. Use these products when the skin is healed over and not broken.

I personally been using Pro Medical Skin Care Wrinkle Reducer, DMAE,MSM with antioxidants Serum.  The Wrinkle Reducer is great for sloughing off and regenerating tissue while the DMAE seals moisture into the skin making your skin moist and dewy all day long.

What Can A Client Expect From Skin Needling™?

Our clients report smoother, softer feeling and looking skin after each treatment; noticing creams and lotions penetrate their skin more easily, and their fine lines and wrinkles have softened considerably and they look years younger.

Clients with other concerns, such as acne scaring, scars from surgery or injury, do not notice the depressed area as readily post each treatment application. The body’s natural collagen is masking the imperfection of the scarring process after each treatment, while it regenerates the natural collagen.

We have clients that have seen immediate, long-lasting results, and other clients noticed an improvement gradually over an 8 week period. One of our acne clients said he noticed results 3 months post procedure and his skin kept looking better and better.

Each person’s results will vary as their body’s NATURAL collagen and elastin regenerate.

We Never Guarantee what percentage of improvement the client will have. The results will depend upon how they take care of their skin between procedures.

What Does Skin Needling™ Look Like Post Procedure ?

Day 1 and 2 – Depending on how deeply the technician inserts the needle into the epidermis / dermis, the tissue may be slightly to moderately swollen, tender, red and bruised, with a slight lymph discharge (exudate) from the treated areas. Minor itching may occur and the ‘needled’ tissue may exhibit the appearance of ‘cat scratches’.

Day 3 – The treated areas slightly crust and remain faint pink to red.

Day 4-–The redness and crusting have diminished.

Day 5 – There is barely any evidence of a procedure.

How Soon Do I Schedule a Follow Up Skin Needling™ Treatment?

Procedure applications are usually repeated at a 6-8 week intervals, depending on the condition of the tissue and desired results. The older the person is, the longer you wait between procedure applications.

How Much Does Skin Needling™ Cost Per Treatment?

The national average for technician fees range from $200.00 to $395.00 per 30 minute sessions.

We charge $250.00 per 30 minute treatment with a 30 minute minimum.

Comparison of Wrinkle Treatments

Procedure || Treatments Needed || Fees Per Treatment || Total

Skin Needling™ 1-4 every 6-8 weeks $250.00 per average session 4 treatments $1,000.00
Acupuncture 10-20 weekly sessions $140.00- $200.00 per session followed by monthly maintenance sessions First year $2,800.00+$4,400 for 2 years
Heavy Skin Peels 4-6 peels $300.00+ per average session 5 treatments $1,500.00
Microdermabrasion Monthly treatments – 12 treatments $150.00+ per average session 12 treatments $1,800.00
Laser 8-10 sessions $800.00+ per average session 9 treatments $7,200.00


Facial Fillers

After the Skin Needling™ procedure fills in wrinkles and lines with the body’s own natural collagen, the client may still want to have facial fillers in their lips, as well as Botox, to paralyze their glabella, upper forehead and crow’s feet.

The Skin Needling clients that have Botox will have longer lasting results, as the Botox paralyzes the muscles which in return allows very little movement of the treated area.

What The Client Needs to Know About Skin Needling™ Treatments?

To look their best, we still recommend that all clients should consider having Botox to paralyze their muscles to enhance their Skin Needling™ results.

Lip fillers are also highly recommended to plump the lips if the client is requesting fuller, luscious lips as Skin Needling will not accomplish this.

Skin Needling™ can be dangerous in untrained hands. Skin could be macerated by overworking of the procedural area and potentially creating scarring, infection, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin.

Always consult a trained professional for these treatments. People trying to do these treatments at home will not experience pleasing, lasting results often making their skin appear worse looking.

I have learned extensively about the body’s natural collagen; our intricacies, along with how vitally important collagen is for our entire body. I suggest that you go to these websites for detailed information on collagen.

* 1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collagen

* 2 http://sanctumhealth.com/pure-col-collagen/technical-info/the-tie-that-binds.php