I have been qualified in micro -pigmentation since 1997 and have taken many advance courses since but last month I studied to qualify as a CPCP. This International certificate insists on Blood Bourne Virus education with current certification. Stage 1 was to update that training. Revising for the full exam was tough because it covered a vast amount of material and there were topics that I had not focused on before either as a skin care therapist or tattooist. I left the exam quite uncertain about the outcome because the pass mark was 81%. Thankfully my mark was 93% but the best aspect of the exercise was I did gain new knowledge. The thing is if you don’t know something you think you know nothing!
Permanent make up is known by several titles, semi-permanent cosmetic, micro-pigmentation but it is basically a cosmetic tattoo. It is a safe procedure when carried out by a trained technician, with equipment designed to prevent cross contamination, safely formulated pigments and proper aftercare is observed.
Those that seek this service might be sports or professional people as a convenience, those with poor eyesight or dexterity or when through maturity or accident features have altered and alopecia sufferers. The most usual procedures are on the brows, eyeliner and lip.
Lip and eyeliner procedures do not require the level of artistry that designing eyebrows does. Traditionally a powder brow was popular but now there is a trend to a hair stroke brow. The process of permanent cosmetics has changed dramatically in the past two decades with new techniques still emerging.
Is it painful? The degree of discomfort is client specific but I have had many a client drop off to sleep! The location of the procedure and technician skill are relevant.
How permanent is permanent? The level of permanency can vary with lifestyle, medical conditions, facial care but a good procedure places the particles of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin. Natural fading will occur but colour refreshing is advised at a reduced cost.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate so consultation is essential. This presents an opportunity to discuss medical background, design and colour.
Sara Esler: Certified Practitioner of Permanent Cosmetics
. Daydreams Bury St. Edmunds