What is micropigmentation?
What is Micropigmentation is a sentence that is heard a lot within both the aesthetic and medical world. Yet not a lot people know what micropigmentation actually is or the results a micropigmentation procedure can achieve. This article aims to answer a lot of common questions surrounding micropigmentation; from how it is performed to how to what areas of the body can receive a treatment. Read on to find out more!
Firstly, we are going to answer the question on everybody’s lips: what is micropigmentation and how is it performed? Put simply, micropigmentation is a cosmetic (or sometimes medical) procedure that uses coloured pigment to enhance features such as eyebrows, hairlines, lips, eyes and more. Micropigmentation is suitable for both men and women. The procedure itself involves inserting a small, thin needle into the skin which injects a coloured pigment below the skin’s epidermis layer (top layer) into the dermal layer (second layer). Each micropigmentation procedure uses a different technique when inserting the pigment into the skin, but is result is usually the same: a long lasting and natural-looking enhancement of a particular feature which allows clients to feel more confident from the minute they wake up.
What areas of the body can undergo micropigmentation?
Micropigmentation can be performed on many areas of the body but is most commonly executed around the face and head. Below are some examples of how and where micropigmentation can be performed on the body.
Throughout the ages, eyebrows have always been one of the main focuses of our beauty regimes. In today’s world, micropigmentation has become one of the most popular techniques to achieve the most beautiful eyebrows without having to spend hours in front of the mirror. Instead of using fine lines or mimicking the hair strokes of the natural brow (which is the technique used in microblading), the micropigmentation progress utilizes dots of pigments instead, more in line with traditional tattooing. These small dots allow colour to gradually be built up resulting in a more desirable ombre (and natural) effect. The result: full, beautifully diffused brows that most MUA’s dream of being able to achieve. The healing time is similar to microbladed brows, but the results last 2-3 times as long! Micropigmentation is also great as it suits all skin types.
Many aesthetic practitioners also offer micropigmentation eyeliner. The process involves injecting a dark coloured pigment onto the eyelid that mimics the look of your everyday pencil or liquid liner. Micropigmentation eyeliner is usually chosen by those who want to wear eyeliner every day without the hassle of applying it. Micropigmentation eyeliner can usually be applied in a number of different ways that suit each individual client’s needs. For example, a client can ask for a subtle liner that is only applied at the lash line or they can request a thicker line of ink to be injected onto the lid which creates a more obvious and striking effect.
Now more than ever, women dream of having plump, luscious and beautifully-coloured lips every day. Whilst dermal filler is one of the most popular techniques to achieve these results, many clinics also offer micropigmentation lips which is a technique that has been designed to make the lips looks constantly full and colourful (essentially mimicking the effect of a lipstick or lipliner). The process involves using a small needle that gently inserts the clients chosen colour (which can normally be custom-blended by the technician) into the lip in order to create a natural pink effect. Lip micropigmentation ensures that colours don’t fade or smudge but can also add definition and, with some techniques, make the lips look larger.
Whilst micropigmentation has traditionally been associated with mimicking the look of certain make-up techniques, it has also been adapted to help with those suffering with unwanted hair loss. According to the American Hair Loss Association, by the age of 35 two-thirds of men will have experienced some form of hair loss. The association goes on to claim that by the age of 50, approximately 85% of men will have significantly thinner hair than in previous years. Scalp micropigmentation has been designed to help those who have lost a lot of self-confidence because of hair loss. It is a non-invasive treatment, using a specialised pigment and needle to penetrate the skin and create tiny follicles throughout the scalp. Essentially, scalp micropigmentation produces little dots to mimic the look of stubble, creating a natural-looking and stylish hairstyle.
Scars can often look different to normal skin in terms of how they feel, their shape and colour. Cosmetic makeup (such as foundation or concealer) can be used to improve or hide these differences between the scar and the skin that surrounds it. However, cosmetic makeup often wears off throughout the day and can leave the scar exposed. Micropigmentation offers an alternative to makeup as a way of camouflaging a scar. Whilst it conceals the burn in the same way as makeup, medical micropigmentation can last for up to three years. Scar victims, therefore, do not have to worry about constantly re-applying makeup and can be more confident in their day to day activities.
This procedure is often performed after breast reconstruction or a mastectomy. Areola repigmentation can either drastically reduce the appearance of surgery scars or create a new nipple altogether. Areola colours can be custom made by the technician performing the procedure and shadowing micropigmentation techniques are used to create a natural-looking effect.
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Aftercare for Micropigmentation
In order for a micropigmentation procedure to last as long as possible, it is very important that you look after the area properly! The aftercare instructions you will receive will vary from technician to technician, but the healing process usually involves just sitting back and waiting for the area to heal naturally. For best results, clients should avoid sweating, extreme sun exposure, skin treatments and using excessive makeup around the area for at least a fortnight. It is also essential to keep the area nice and clean to avoid interrupting the healing process.
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