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questions and answers 

What is Demographic Pigmentation? 
Demographic Pigmentation describe non-surgical procedures that uses the tattoo method. There are variation of tattoo methods and equipment; however, the all have the same premise that the pigment is implanted into the Dermis of the skin. 

How does Demographic Pigmentation differ from Permanent Make Up or Semi Permanent Make Up

Demographic goes goes by varies of description such as Micro-pigmentation, Micro-dermal Pigmentation, Dermagraphics, Permanent Make Up, Permanent Make Up Cosmetics, Dermal Implantation, or Micro-pigment Implantation. Permanent Makeup is the term used to describe the cosmetic tattooing of facial features (eyebrows, eyelids, or lips) to improve color and shape. Clinical Ink forces on all area of pigmentation to all clienteles and decided to associate itself with more of the demographic word. 

What is Medical Tattooing or Paramedical Permanent Cosmetics? 
This is a highly specialized and advanced area of permanent pigment that focuses on people with medically-related conditions. Some examples are Areola in breast reconsturction, replacement of hair lines, flatten of surgical scars pigment placement in Vitiligo and Alopeica. This method may also be known Medical Tattooing, Paramedical Tattooing, Corrective Tattooing, Reconstructive Tattooing, and Restorative Tattooing.

Are the procedure safe? 

Clinical Ink has the highest of standards when it comes to safety. All Clinical Ink Technicians have been educated in the control Blood Borne Pathogens and will continue its education yearly. It's Infection Protection Plan has been approved by the Ventura Body Art Program and is opened for reading within its location. It has gone through a process of business license within the Ventura County where the county has approved of its operation and valid permit to operate from the Ventura County Environmental Health Division. All body art facilities are required to comply with the structural and operation requirements set forth in the Safe Body Art Act. All tools and material that touches either the technician or client during a procedure are disposable.

How are the procedures performed? 
Cosmetic tattooing is performed in different ways using different types of equipment. The name of the device that holds the needle describes the application method. The categories of equipment and methods are as follows: Manual Hand Tool method, Coil Machine method, Rotary Machine method. During the consultation, the client and technician will tailor a method that will best implant the pigment into the skin. 

What is the pain level of the procedure? 
The level of pain will vary from patient to patient. A 5% Lidocaine will be provided prior and during the service, some clients may feel a slight discomfort while most feel a tiny stretch. Clinical Ink offers a variety of brands so that if there is any discomfort, technician will switch to another product.   

Are the pigments that are used safe? 
Permanent cosmetics utilize sterile pigments with cosmetic grade colorants that are approved by the FDA as safe for human use. Technically, the colored pigments used are suspensions containing insoluble inert compounds, usually iron or titanium oxides. The microscopic particles that appear to be dissolved are actually suspended in a clear liquid base of alcohol, distilled water, and glycerin. The traditional body tattooing process is different because it uses colored “inks” or “dyes” that are completely dissolved liquids with transparent color.

Are people allergic to the colored pigments? 
A concerns of allergies may be answered through a patch test. Patch testing is when a technician places a spot test behind the client's ear to answer allergic questions. 

What will the final color look like? 
Pigments will have a slight variation in each client. Thus is why a second appointment is required in all procedure to ensure the integrity of the color. The first appointment will be a more a conservative approach is best because it is easier to make an existing color darker versus lighter. Colors will always look darker and more intense immediately following a procedure, and then gradually lighten and soften upon healing. If a more bold look is desired, it can be accomplish during the second procedure. For medical tattooing (e.g. scar camouflage or Areola re-pigmentation), color spot testing is advised to determine the best custom combination of colors for the tattooed area. All reputable permanent cosmetic professionals will record the pigment(s) used for a client  for future reference.

Why is the color so dark right after the procedure? 
Pigments contain dry microscopic powder particles that are suspended in a clear liquid. As the body absorbs the liquid, the colored particles remain where they were implanted and gradually return to  their original powder color. In addition, the skin underneath the tattoo turns red and “flushed” from blood flow to the area during the process. The background redness contributes to the darker appearance and once the redness subsides, the color appears lighter.

How long do Permanent Cosmetics last? 
As with all tattoo, fading of color will occur over time and will vary from cilentele. Color retention is affected by different factors including the shade of the original color, age, metabolism, skin type and condition, exposure to UV radiation (sun, tanning booths), smoking, certain drugs and medications, and skin peeling treatments such as Retin-A. Procedure done with a machine equipment will the lasts from one to five years. Manual tool such as microblading will last up to twenty-four months. All procedure can be enhanced and refreshed by a maintenance visit when needed.

What is a Touch-up appointment? 
During the initial procedure, the desired area will be saturated with as much color as possible. Due to swelling, there may be some areas where the tissue will no longer allow pigment to be implanted. Those areas will show less color after healing and may need another layer of pigment in which will be done in the second procedure.The second appointment is schedule four to eight weeks as it takes that time for the tissue to heal and color to stabilize. Once the desired results are achieved, the client can keep the color looking fresh with a maintenance visit every few years.

What is the recovery period like? 
Immediately following a procedure, there will be mild swelling, redness, or tenderness that lasts a few hours to a few days. Certain areas are more prone to swell such as the lips. There may also be slight bruising with lip procedures. The color looks much darker immediately afterward for any procedure. Within three to seven days, the pigment will begin lightening until its final blossom color in eight weeks. During the first week ointments must be applied to the tattooed area for protection and to minimize scabbing. 

How long does each procedure take? 
Clinical Ink does  Many important steps are followed when a procedure is done correctly. A well-trained and experienced permanent cosmetics specialist will take a minimum of 2 hours or more for an initial appointment. It should include a consultation (if not done before) and a review of the person’s medical history. Time is then used for determining the best design, color selection, numbing, the actual procedure, photos, after care instructions, and answering all questions. Follow-up visits usually require less time. For scar camouflage work, spot testing for color accuracy must be completed first at least 6 weeks before the actual tattooing procedure.

Will Permanent Makeup continue to look good as I age? 
It is true that as we age, our skin and its elasticity changes. However, there are many older women who look good wearing conventional makeup as long as it is correctly applied. Those women would look just as good with correctly applied permanent makeup. The best looking permanent makeup can be altered, however, if any facial surgery is performed that changes the position of the tattooed area. For example, if a brow lift is performed after a permanent eyebrow procedure, the eyebrows could be raised and look different. Therefore, anyone planning to have facial plastic surgery should discuss this with her surgeon and permanent cosmetics specialist.

Can I have an MRI procedure after Cosmetic Tattooing? 
Yes. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and electromagnetic fields to create pictures of internal human organs. The magnetism and temperature changes during these procedures may cause mild temporary discomfort in tattoos containing large amounts of iron oxide metals. Studies showed that only a few patients with an iron oxide tattoo reported a mild pulling or burning sensation during an MRI test. Most people with tattoos have had no problems. The size of a tattoo and the total number of tattoos seems to affect the amount of magnetic pull. According to MRI safety experts, the iron particles in most cosmetic tattooing pigments are too microscopic to react as metal pieces. However, they recommend that a patient with a tattoo informs the radiologist and technician where it is located because it may create a small artificial image (artifact).

Can someone donate blood after a procedure? 
The Red Cross blood donation eligibility guidelines specify that each potential donor’s health history is discussed before any blood is collected. They consider any tattoo to be “acceptable if the tattoo was applied by a state-regulated entity using sterile needles and ink that is not reused.” Although California does not regulate permanent cosmetics facilities, they are regulated by city ordinance. Dr. Reed’s office is in Garden Grove which is a “regulated city.” Her office and equipment is inspected annually by the Orange County Department of Health and awarded a permit. This should be sufficient to donate blood but you should discuss this with the health historian at the time of donation.

Is a Cosmetic Tattooing procedure expensive? 
Permanent cosmetics are affordable for most people, and the long term benefits make procedures fairly inexpensive. Other non-surgical procedures like Botox or fillers cost the same or more. But they may last for only three to twelve months while cosmetic tattooing lasts for years. The savings from not having to buy regular makeup products that are applied every day adds up quickly. Also, the convenience and time saved from not applying makeup every day are worth a lot, and the self-esteem that is restored by medical tattooing is priceless. Nationwide, permanent makeup fees can vary greatly for the initial procedure and one follow up. Prices can start as low as $75 for “discount” or “coupon” offers (usually by new or inexperienced artists) to as high as $2,000 (usually by “celebrity” artists profiled on television). Permanent makeup performed by legitimately certified and experienced artists generally ranges from $350-$650 for two applications. Pricing also varies by makeup procedure type and region of the country (city and state). So it is important to ask questions to see what you will get for your money. You can only make an informed decision on price when comparing “apples to apples.” (Refer to our Consumer Guidelines page for helpful questions to ask.)