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Reasons to Choose Permanent Makeup

Permanent makeup is a somewhat older type of technology that has continued to stick around. Permanent makeup classes teach those who tattoo to put ink on the face that looks as if it is makeup. While some people may seem permanent makeup as a technology for those who are lazy, those who take permanent makeup classes are not thinking of that; they are thinking of those who are unable to apply makeup on their own. Those who have trouble can be helped by permanent makeup.

Eyesight Problems

When it comes to makeup, eyesight is key. When people see bad makeup on someone, they will often ask themselves if the person can even see themselves. Some people have trouble seeing, and therefore have trouble applying makeup. Permanent makeup classes teach people to apply makeup so that people who have trouble seeing can consistently have the look of well-applied makeup.

Steadying Problems

When some people go through permanent makeup classes, they may not realize who they are helping. There are people, both young and old, that have trouble staying steady. Some people have conditions or problems that cause them to shake. Anyone who has tried putting on makeup while shaking will realize how hard this can be. Permanent makeup helps those who have steadying problems have a complete look, with makeup and all.

Allergy Problems

Those who have had allergy problems with jewelry will begin to understand the problem of those who are allergic to makeup. Some people are allergic to makeup, generally because of the materials in the makeup. The way that their bodies react to the makeup means that they cannot wear it. Permanent make up classes and permanent makeup can help these people to have the look of makeup without the actual makeup. Because they are not allergic to the ink that is used to tattoo on the face, they can handle the ink, and their bodies will not have the same issues as with makeup.

When it comes to simple, everyday tasks such as makeup, people tend to forget those who cannot do them. Because it is such a normal activity, those who cannot do it are often frustrated. Permanent makeup classes allow people to do more than tattoo makeup onto the face; permanent makeup classes allow those to help out people that have issues applying makeup.

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Botox Injection Treatments for Dystonia

For years I always had muscle spasms in my right arm. It was very difficult for me to have comfort even with proper physical therapy. The reason for this was because I have a condition called “dystonia”. There were so many times my muscles used to seize up on me. Dystonia by definition is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. It is a condition in which muscles are rigid, posture may be abnormal, and control of muscles may be impaired.

For me, it is never-ending discomfort with my muscle spasms. There are days where it can be better than others but sometimes it seems to have a mind of its own. For the longest time several years ago, there were so many times that my arm was so tight. It came to the point that sometimes even physical therapy was rebelling against me. With that being said, I thought there must be some sort of treatment out there to help me ease the pain. With all of the latest treatments today that can help anyone who has strain muscle disorders, there is one great drug available. It is called “Botox Injections” and it has come a long way. For anyone whom may have muscle spastic disorders regardless of dystonia, or certain muscle disorders, botox injections can help you.

Since my dystonia has affected most of my right arm and shoulder, it was getting increasingly worse. I made several appointments seeing various doctors. One doctor told me to see a neurologist. After I went to see a good Neurologist, he suggested to me several options to treat my dystonia. After discussing several options, it was then that Botox Injections were first discussed with me. Amazingly, they told me that it was the same botox that many people use for treating wrinkles. I’ve heard endless stories about wrinkle reductions from botox before. However, it was great to hear that botox has many other uses besides trying to make people look younger.

Botox is the name for a drug made from botulinum toxin type A. Botox for short is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent that reduces spastic muscle tightness or unwanted muscle spasms in a specific areas. Botox provides relief for muscle stiffness at the place of the injection. The use of botox has come a long way from wrinkle reduction by successfully treating dystonia for people who have it severely making the use of botox a new great success. When most people hear the term botox, they automatically assume that the use is only for fixing wrinkles and nothing more. Wrong! However, few are aware that there are a lot more important uses for botox. I felt that this is just what I needed.

This is how Botox Type A is used:

Botox is first applied when they give you several injections inserted into your affected muscles for the purpose to release tension caused by dystonia that you may have. The first step is knowing where the Botox is going to be placed. The muscle is then marked, by your doctor, with a pen. After its marked, they cover that area with a special cream which makes your skin numb. You are then hooked up connected with wires. Your neurologist finally injects Botox through the skin into the spastic muscles using a very special needle.

Botox is a special substance which helps block the infected muscle from getting spastic. Botox does not cure dystonia however. The botox which makes it block into the muscles goes into effect between the first 1 – 2 weeks after you are injected. The effects last between three to six months. So after that time, your muscle tightness will usually comes back. You may need to get additional treatments for more botox injections after the last ones wear off after the three to six months are over.

I never recalled any hardships with botox injections. There are a few mild side effects of botox. It can either be chills or mild weakness to the areas where the place of the injection would be performed. The side effects would never last more than a few days. It is so ideal for many individuals. For the first time in my recent memory, my arm felt great. They told me that different muscles were to be injected each time I went back.

The time frame like myself could vary with anyone when the effects of the Botox goes through but not usually more than two weeks. For anyone who would have similar muscle spasms like myself, I still encourage anybody whose body muscles can be very spastic, to try Botox to help relieve muscle discomfort. It is a good idea to ask your doctor about the pros and cons of botox injections before you decide to try it or not. I have to admit that with Botox treatment alone, it is one of the most beneficial treatments out there today and it will eventually grow and improve in the continuing future.

Waxing Defined: From Eyebrow to Full Brazilian Waxing

For many thousands of years, starting as far back as 4000 BC, women have been practicing body hair removal. European and American women started this practice more often in the 1940’s when bathing suits began shrinking. As the bikini became more popular, there began to be more of a demand for effective body hair-removal. There are a variety of hair removal options of course: shaving, plucking, hair-removal creams, waxing, and laser hair-removal.

This article focuses on waxing options and trends, especially for the San Diego area (where bikini season is most of the year, for better or worse). The goal is to share options, trends, do’s and don’ts – to help you make the best choice for you, in this growing popular practice that is currently found at most day spas.

What is Waxing?

Waxing involves preparing the area – whether the eyebrows or the bikini area – by trimming the hair to less than 1 inch in length (if needed), and then applying talcum powder. The hair needs to be at least 1/4 to 1/2 inches in length, so the wax can effectively attach to the hair. The purpose of the talcum powder is to prevent the wax from sticking to the skin.

Next warm, melted wax is spread on the area, and strips of cloth are pressed into the wax. The goal here is for the cloth and hair to stick to the wax.

Once the wax hardens (usually within just a few minutes, depending on the type of wax used), the cloth strips are removed with a swift pull, in the opposite direction of hair growth. This will help in removing the full hair follicle with its root.

Any remaining hairs can be tweezed by the esthetician. Waxing keeps hair away from the treated area for 3-6 weeks, but keep in mind: hair must grow back to the 1/4 to 1/2 inch length before it can be waxed again. Many women report seeing hair growing back thinner and finer each time.

Waxing is not pain free. Taking an ibuprofen a half hour prior to waxing, or using No Scream Cream (cost: around $20), can help minimize discomfort or pain. Red bumps or ingrown hairs may result from waxing. These can be prevented with exfoliation, or treated with an acid-based solution or hydrocortisone.

Types of Waxing:

Eyebrow Waxing:

Also known as eyebrow shaping, this is just what is sounds like. Less painful than waxing in the bikini area, this is often most women’s first foray into the world of waxing. Many women choose to have their eyebrows sculpted in their day spa of choice, rather than at a traditional hair salon. For a larger section of eyebrow removal, waxing can be a preferred option over individual hair-plucking.

Leg Waxing:

This is often chosen as a substitute for shaving the legs. Some women purchase a leg waxing kit and use it at home, while others opt to get their legs waxed in a day spa or waxing salon. There is often a choice of getting a half leg wax or full leg wax. Which is chosen may depend on if you are looking to have smooth legs for wearing a dress, or for wearing a short skirt or bikini.

Bikini Waxing:

This is meant to make the skin around the ever-shrinking bikini coverage area free of body hair. As most women’s bikini area skin is much more sensitive than other areas, asking your esthetician to use smaller strips of clothes (at least for the first time) is recommended. There are different options for a bikini wax: the American bikini wax (leaving a triangle of pubic hair); Playboy waxing (leaving a “landing strip” of pubic hair); or full Brazilian waxing (removing all pubic hair – front and back).

Brazilian Waxing:

This means waxing to remove all body hair from around and above the vagina, and also from within and around the butt crack (to use a commonly-understood term). Many believe this trend was popularized as women started to wear thong bikinis (popular in Brazil), and did not want to show body hair in the front or back. The actual origin of this term and style is more likely to be a group of 7 Brazilian sisters, who helped grow the trend in their New York City waxing salon in the 1980’s.

Other areas that are commonly waxed include: toes, back, arms, lip, chin, and underarm.

A Good Waxing Salon:

Don’t just choose the cheapest waxing salon in your closest strip mall. You will most likely regret it if you do. Ask around, read online reviews, and ask for their staff’s qualifications. A truly professional waxing esthetician wants to give you the look you want, with minimal discomfort. Tell them if you have any requests or apprehensions prior to the waxing procedure. If you like your esthetician, make sure to ask for them again next time. Check out Proper Puss in NYC.

You are the paying client; it’s your body. Research, and then get the treatment and service you deserve.

The Health Advantages of Permanent Makeup

The art and science of permanent makeup goes by many different names:
micropigmentation, permanent cosmetics, derma pigmentation, intradermal
cosmetics, dermagraphics and cosmetic tattoos. As the procedures associated with
permanent makeup become more main stream the public becomes more aware of
the benefits, especially for individuals that suffer from illness, disease, injury or
scarring. In my recent article “Building a Bridge: Cosmetic Surgery and
Micropigmentation” I explored the relationship between cosmetic surgery and
permanent makeup. I would now like to discuss how permanent makeup can work
as part of the solution for a variety of medical conditions.

Physicians as Partners

According to the Third Edition of “Medical Issues for Permanent Cosmetic
Technicians” published by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals
“permanent cosmetic professionals are part of a new and exciting trend in the
aesthetic medical arena”. It goes on to say that plastic surgery and dermatology
centers are now offering permanent makeup procedures in order to attract new
patients. At times physicians recommend permanent makeup to compliment other
cosmetic procedures, such as Botox or a face lift, but it also helps the patient feel
better about themselves and the way they look during or after a difficult illness or
injury. The artistic eye of a trained permanent makeup practitioner can analyze
color and form to achieve the best look when the doctor has exhausted medical and
surgical options.

Know Your Medical History

It is important that the permanent cosmetic professional inquire into a client’s
medical history. For specific medical related issues the physician should approve
the procedure. Healing time and the strength of the immune system are incredibly
important. Some of the most common medical conditions that warrant permanent
makeup are cancer patients experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy and areola
repigmentation after breast reconstruction. It is preferable to have permanent
makeup applied before chemotherapy or in the early stages of treatment to reduce
stress and promote healing. A Doctor’s release should be provided. Permanent
makeup can also be used to assist patients that suffer from Vitiligo-the absence of
pigmentation in the skin, Trichotillomania-a condition that causes compulsive
plucking of hair or Alopecia-a condition that leads to complete or partial hair loss.
Permanent makeup can also help Hypothyroid patients who have thinning eyebrows.
Individuals who have recently had a facelift or plastic surgery should wait until their
physician has determined they are healed, this can take six months or more, but
patience will guard against infection. Anyone with medical issues that create a
higher risk for infection, such as an artificial hip, mitral vale prolapse or
autoimmune disorders should be on an antibiotic. If you are on medication consult
your doctor, it is essential that you do your homework.

Toxicity Issues and Camouflaging Scars

Permanent makeup is also a viable alternative for individuals that suffer from
allergies or toxicity issues. Patients should talk with their doctors about potential
side effects related to pigments then consult a trained permanent makeup
practitioner. In many situations the pigments are less toxic than applying
conventional cosmetics every day. Individuals that suffer from arthritis, loss of
vision or neurological problems that cause painful or unsteady movement of the
hands can also enjoy the freedom achieved through permanent makeup. In her
book “The Essence of Beauty” Dr. Adrianna Scheibner, M.D. says in Chapter 9 “the
applications of the procedure [derma pigmentation] within the realm of medicine are
numerous”. “In the past few years,” Scheibner continues, “corrective camouflaging
has emerged as a useful service to dermatologists and plastic surgeons when they
can no longer medically improve a patient’s appearance”. Camouflage, applied by
an experienced permanent makeup professional, is a tricky procedure. In the
“Procedures of Macro-Theory Dermagraphics” printed by the American Institute of
Permanent Color Technology it states that “the application of camouflage is unlike
any other procedure…when applying camouflage you actually are taking something
away, or diminishing something that already exists, from the skin. Because of this,
camouflaging is an imperfect procedure”. Camouflaging is difficult and the results
never exact. Camouflaging strives to recreate the skin’s natural appearance;
realistic expectations are essential with this type of procedure. Also, when seeking
assistance with scar camouflage the procedure should be done when scars are a
pale white color, not red or pink.

There are many potential issues when a candidate for permanent makeup
suffers from illness or injury. The permanent makeup professional you choose
should have experience and provide you with referrals from previous clients and a
portfolio. An experienced permanent makeup professional will know the right
questions to ask during your initial consultation and will guide you through the
safest and healthiest way to looking your best. To learn more about permanent makeup visit External Affairs Medical Spa.

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