Plump Up Your Wrinkles

Collagen Rejuvenation Therapy (CRT)

                                                                                                                                      By: Susan Church CPCP, CPDA, CRT


 Do wrinkles imply ‘Wisdom’, the evidence of the aging process, or just OLD AGE?

 We hear that lines on men make them look distinguished and on women… well, they just make us look old. Plain and simple!

 Wrinkles are known by many names, such as; crow’s feet, laugh lines, crinkles, character lines, troughs, ruts, valleys, gullies, old age lines, creases and furrows. So many names, yet they still make us look tired and old.

 Aging is genetic. Remember the old adage ‘look at your girlfriend’s mother and you will know what your girlfriend will look like when she is older’?  Scary, isn’t it?

 Twenty years ago we could usually tell where a person lived by the sun damage they had. Now, with all of the skin care treatments we have available to us, we can all look like a million bucks!

 Our Skin

Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies. A unique characteristic of the epidermis is its ability to continuously regenerate tissue. The epidermis is constantly shedding and regenerating new cells. This process occurs approximately every 19-34 days when we are younger and up to 45, or more, days as we age. The use of certain skin care products enhances the sloughing process.

 The average person’s skin weighs approximately 9 pounds and covers 2 ½ square yards of tissue, about 3,000 square inches.

 The dermis is approximately 25 times thicker than the epidermis, with the outer epidermis cells being flatter and drier, and the deeper cells of the epidermis are plump and moist.

 Men have a thicker dermis than women, attributed to their abundance of androgen (the sex hormone) and their skin tends to have less wrinkling and sagging.

 The dermis is composed of 95 % collagen. As we age, we lose collagen, as well as elastin. One of the easiest ways to reproduce and regenerate natural collagen is by Collagen Rejuvenation Therapy™.




Skin Needling Is It Here To Stay?

What is the future of these applications?

Collagen Rejuvenation Therapy ™(CRT), Neocollageneses, Skin Needling

and what ever else you would like to call it. Rumors have it that’ a board’ is talking about taking our power away from us  to preform ‘Skin Needling’™, Melanocyte Restoration and Scar Relaxation on our clients.Don't let anyone take SN away from us

Rumblings have been going on for quite a while. But now, more and more technicians and clients have been asking people in our clinic if the ‘board’ is seriously considering making it illegal for anyone but a physician to preform these procedures. We have been told that these procedures have been discussed at the latest Medical Board Meetings. None of  us know what is behind all the talk?

As of today I do not know of anyone, nor has it ever been brought to my  attention that anyone has started performing these procedures before I did. I ‘discovered’ these procedures in 1988,1989 while working on burn patients, cleft lip patients and cancer survivors. I have the OLD internet site pages that states that several physicians worked with the rollers in the early 90’s.

The services that we provide as permanent makeup artists  is different from what physicians do. We target wrinkles and can accomplish fantastic results with our rotary and digital permanent makeup devices. The rollers target the entire face.

One of the very first people I worked on had acne scars. I performed Corrective Pigment Camouflage (CPC) on her and the indented scared areas on her face were plumped up. After performing CPC on many other patients, my assistant and the staff in the physicians office were surprised by the results of my work, (but not as much as I was).

I started these procedures 26+ years ago and have been performing them, educating others and lecturing to medical and dental professionals, beauty professionals and other professionals since 1988. This application is not NEW as the uniformed say on their social  media sites.

I was asked a question on our chat board called  Collagen Rejuvenation Therapy™ (CRT). A technician asked why I changed the name from Skin Needling™ to ‘Collagen Rejuvenation Therapy™.  I answered her in a post and I believe the post was up for 1 day and it mysteriously was taken down. So I am posting my answer here on my personal blog site.

The reason we changed the name from Skin Needling™  to Collagen Rejuvenation Therapy™ was to give the procedure application a fresh new start. This along with the use of the new products should be enough to keep us legal and above board!

I am not saying anything that is untrue, defamatory towards anyone or any group. We are just trying to figure out what is in store for all of us. I have been performing Skin Needling – now- CRT since 1988 and NOW a board is trying to take this application /service away from me and thousands of other technicians.

Who knows more about skin care then aestitician’ s? OK, maybe Dermatologist’s do, however, when I worked in the burn surgeons office I had to educate the surgeon on the services I was performing and how these applications help benefit  his patients!

We have been performing our research for a while and In the next few months, we will be introducing new products for these 3 procedures.

Technicians will not work under any current beauty state license that they may hold (unless it is for tattooing or permanent makeup). Technicians will be licensed by the health department or other governing body of your particular state, county and city.

The LPCP has hired an attorney and we are working with many professionals to see that this  legislation does not prohibit technicians from performing these procedures in the future!

Funds from  the memberships will help fund our attorney (who by the way is also a permanent makeup technician) to stay abreast of the upcoming proposed laws.

If you would like to help us, we are gladly accepting donations for the legal fees we will encounter. Go to  for more information. More information will be posted in the next few days.


by: Susan Church CCPC, CPDA, CCRT

Worldwide Director of Education

Director of Clinical Research and Development

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Matching Celeb Tattoos – Gwyneth, Chris, Denise Regrets?


Age Old Dilemma…

Got Rid of Your Mate, Next is

Your Tattoo!

What do Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, Denise Richards, Pam Anderson, Tommy Lee and other celebrity’s have in common? Matching tattoos. Don’t ink, have no regrets!

Celeb Breakup Conundrum: What to Do With the Matching Tattoos?

Is getting your significant others name tattooed on you a bad idea?

In the tattoo world this is considered the ‘Kiss of Death’!

Nothing says love like matching tattoos — but when the love fades, the ink remains. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin may have announced their decision to uncouple this week, but the two have lasting proof of their once love imprinted on their bodies. The “Glee” star had a letter “C” tattooed on her hip in 2008. Her tattoo artist dished to the Daily Mail about the body art, saying, “She decided on the top of her right thigh, and joked that Chris would have fun finding it … I asked her if the C stood for Coldplay, but she said it was definitely a C for Chris.” The Coldplay front man got matching initial ink with the letter “G” on his inner arm. It remains to be seen if the two will keep the tats or if they will follow the lead of other famous exes, and have their ink changed. Check out the video to see which stars have had to get creative with their love tattoos post-split, and be sure to tune in to “The Insider” on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news.

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Disney Dramatic / Sexy Makeup Tips

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Wicked Beautiful: Makeup Tips Inspired By Disney’s Sexiest Villains

Vampy red lips, razor-sharp cheekbones, super-arched eyebrows — say what you will about the evil villains of Disney films, but they totally nailed their makeup routines. And the beauty world has taken note, from rose-stained lips on the red carpet, fantastical Limited Edition Disney Villains Nail Art Kits (available on eBay) and of course, MAC’s hotly anticipated limited edition “Maleficent” makeup collection, hitting shelves in May, in conjunction with the film’s release. Cull these villainous beauty tips and be the fairest of them all. —By Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff

Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” (Photo: Disney)
Rule #5: Razor-sharp cheekbones:279ffdf0-a93e-11e3-a4a4-911e7e71c3e6_maleficent_a

Lay off the bronzer and blush in favor of a paler palette. Start by sucking in your cheeks and with a sculpting powder one or two shades darker than your natural tone (M.A.C Cosmetics Pro Sculpting Powder in Shadester, $16.50), trace a diagonal line from the hollowed part toward your ear. Finish by dusting a non-shimmery highlighter along the tops of the cheekbones.


Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s stepmother (Photo: Disney)                                                                            

Rule #1: Blood-red lips
Using a lip pencil in a deep red, trace the perimeter of your mouth, then fill in the rest of the lips. Next, take a flesh-toned highlighter pencil (try Benefit Cosmetics High Brow, $20) and line the edges of your mouth to make the color pop. “The effect is very cold and glamorous,” makeup artist Susan Posnick tells Yahoo Shine.




Cruella De Ville from “101 Dalmatians” (Photo: Disney)

Rule #2: 702753f0-a945-11e3-8bad-0f71b106f688_Cruella-1A shock of hair color:

Cruella De Ville’s half-white, half-black hair matched the adorable dalmatians she coveted.

Try the two-toned look temporarily with White Hairchalk Edge Blendable Hair Color, $7.95, which, thankfully, washes out after a few shampoos. No dalmatians included.




Queen Grimhilde from “Snow White” (Photo: Disney)

Rule #3: Matte eyelids
Using a nude, matte eye shadow (our pick: NYX Cosmetics Nude Matte Eyeshadow, $4.99) position the brush at the end of the outer corner of the eye and swipe inward.

Then, line your eyes with a coal black pencil, as close as possible to the lash line. The effect: Sunken, mysterious


Queen Narissa from “Enchanted” (Photo: Disney)
Rule #4: Super-arched Eyebrows78a47c10-a945-11e3-8fac-15a1072a589f_enchanted-livex-large1

Eyebrow designer Eliza Petrescu suggests filling in your brows with short, wispy strokes using a pencil that best matches your natural shade. You can extend the outer ends of brows as far as you like — the farther they go, the more dramatic they look.

Then, clean the edges with a highlighter pencil for a sharper shape. “It’s very va-va-voom,” Petrescu tells Yahoo Shine.

What Is the Difference Between a Certificate, Diploma and Degree?

There seems to be some confusion about this wording and what paperwork your educational facility gives you at the end of your permanent makeup educational class.

We have answers from 2 expert sources on this question.

“It’s easy to get confused when trying to differentiate between certificate and diploma programs, thanks to ambiguous use of the terms by many colleges and universities. In fact, some schools call all short-term study programs either certificate or diploma programs, without demonstrating any distinguishable difference between the two.

By definition, a diploma is a document awarded upon completion of an academic course of study. Most recognizably, diplomas are given out to high school graduates.
However, many colleges, universities and other institutions offer diploma programs as educational opportunities for students who aren’t pursuing degrees. These usually consist of several courses in a specific subject area. After completing the program, students are awarded a diploma. Credits from many diploma programs can be transferred to degree programs.

Some schools use ‘certificate’ to describe programs that focus on very specialized knowledge, such as a particular computer programming skill (i.e. HTML coding), while diploma programs are considered more comprehensive of an entire subject area (i.e. computer programming)”.1

We educate people that are already licensed in the beauty, dental and medical fields. Our permanent makeup continuing educational classes will be used as an adjunct to these professionals’ already existing services making them more marketable to the general public and the beauty industry.

Whether you are performing services at your own clinic, in a medical spa, dentist’s office, physician’s office or in a salon your credentials are extremely important.

Display your Certificates, Diploma and Degrees that you have worked hard to earn proudly in professional frames for everyone to see.

The next time you go into your physicians, dentists, CPA”S, lawyers or other professional office, glance around to see what is hanging on their walls. Doesn’t seeing all of their credentials make them look important and you trust them further by seeing that they went to school and have attended continuing educational classes?

If you want to appear more professional, model your office after the offices of the people you respect.

As far as whether you receive a Certificate, Diploma or Degree, they are all different yet all have similarities.

Each one of these will require a certain time frame and standards to achieve.

Certificate Overview

“A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses relating to a subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest and certificates may be offered in similar programs as degrees. For instance, there are certificates in business, literature and technical programs. In some technical programs, a certificate may be required.

There are also graduate certificates, often taken either alone or alongside a graduate degree program. In some programs, the student may use his or her electives to fulfill a certificate in order to make him or herself more desirable to a potential employer.

Certificate programs taken alone are similar to associate’s degree programs. However, they take less time because core academic programs are not required.

Diploma Overview

Diplomas are similar to certificates but often earned at clinical schools. For instance, a diploma of nursing is offered as an option besides an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. This diploma program is only offered at hospitals with specialty programs that provide training. A diploma often takes two years and involves as much clinical work as classroom.

Degree Overview

An academic degree can be earned at many levels, including associate’s, which takes two years, bachelor’s, which takes four years, master’s, which is two years beyond a bachelor’s degree, and doctoral, which is several years beyond a master’s degree.

A degree program differs from certificates and diploma programs in that it often requires the student to take core courses to support a more rounded education. For instance, at many universities, those earning their bachelor’s degree are required to take English, math, science, philosophy and history. Earning a degree also opens up many more potential doors to the student than would a certificate or diploma. Many careers require that the student has earned at least a bachelor’s degree; several career options” .2




Permanent Makeup Tips for Clients

Permanent Makeup Tips for Clients

For successful procedures follow these Permanent Makeup Tips:

General After Care Instructions for Permanent Cosmetic Make-up Applications

For 7 –10 days following application of permanent cosmetics adhere to these Permanent Makeup Tips

GENTLY use a warm cloth to pat away the excess lymph and blood from the procedure area before you go to bed and upon rising in the morning.

Do not touch the healing pigmented area with your fingers as they may have bacteria on them and create an infection.

Since 1988 we personally have suggested the application of petroleum 2-4 times daily until the procedure area has healed. Always use a clean cotton swab and not your fingertips. We suggest petroleum jelly as it is non-reactive in most clients. Dab off excess product with a new clean tissue.

Overuse of your healing product will not let the area heal properly.  Always check for allergies to all products.

No make-up, tinting of lashes or brows, sun, soap, sauna, steam, exercise, Hot Yoga, Jacuzzi, swimming in chlorine pools or in the ocean, gardening, animals by the procedure area until area is completely healed post procedure and after all colour refreshers.

Before bathing, gently apply a light coating of petroleum on the procedure area using a clean cotton swab. Continue this regime until the procedure area has completely healed. The steam may express the pigment colour.

Do not rub or traumatize the procedure area while it is healing, pigment may be removed along with crusting tissue.

Use a waterproof ‘sun block’ after the procedure area has healed to prevent future fading of pigment colour.

Sleep on a CLEAN satin pillowcase  and clean sheets while the procedure area is healing.

Aloe Vera  and Carmex can pull the colour out of some clients  procedure area, so we suggest that clients do not use these products while they are healing. Sometimes ‘Natural’  or ‘Organic’ products compromise the integrity of the pigment colour.

Remember all procedures must HEAL, PEEL, and FADE! This process may take up to 10 days.

Do not use ANY products that contain AHA’s, Vitamin A, Retinol A or similar lightening and peeling products on the procedure area. (Example Glycolic, Lactic Acids. Check your product labeling) It will fade your  pigment colour. Read the ingredients on the back of any bottle of product that you will using. Tell your technician what you are using.

Read our other Permanent Makeup Tips for specific procedures.


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Our mission is to treat each student with dignity, fairly and educate them morally, ethically and technically with the highest standards in the permanent makeup industry.

Got a Question for Susan

I am confused about who and when skin needling started.

On You Tube it says different Dr’s started it and then I saw an article you wrote a long time ago saying you have been skin needling since 1988. Who’s right?

Thanks for clearing this up.

Sandy Taylor





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If you know of anyone that could benefit from this service please let us know.

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