Why Do I Need Eyelash Extension Fills?

After you get your first full set of lashes at Permanent Makeup Aesthetics Clinic in Denver, Colorado you’re bound to open your eyes and be so excited to have beautiful lashes every day and that’s what you would expect but then you get the reality check that you need to come back in two to three weeks to get them filled, but why?

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Did you know most people have a total of 65 to 150 lashes per eye and they lose two to five natural lashes each day! That means if you lost just 3 lashes per day after one week there would be 21 lashes lost, after two weeks 42 lashes lost, and after 3 weeks 63 lashes lost! Eyelashes just like hair on your head, grow and shed in cycles.

We all experience growth cycles. They are anagen, catagen and telogen.

Anagen is the active growth phase and is the first stage of the lash cycle. How long anagen lasts is determined by sex, and genetics, but it usually lasts between 30 to 45 days. Around 40% of upper lashes are in the anagen phase at the same time because if all your lashes were in the anagen phase at the same time then they would all fall out at the same time, leaving you without any lashes for days at a time, how sad would that be!?

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The catagen phase follows the anagen phase, it is as know as the transition phase. Once lashes grow to their designated length, they stop growing, the hair follicle shrinks and they move to this transition phase where the follicle stops producing hair. This phase lasts 2 to 3 weeks. If a lash falls out during the catagen phase it wont begin growing back until this phase has run its course.

The final stage also known as the telogen, is the resting and shedding phase. During this time a new hair begins to grow from the hair follicle, as it grows upwards the old hair will naturally shed. Generally lashes have a lifespan of about three months, and because each lash is on its own phase of the growing cycle, it’s completely normal for a few lashes to fall out daily. Typically it takes 4-8 weeks to full replace a lash.

So with that all being said, don’t worry if you wake up with a few lashes on your pillow, that’s normal, and unfortunately lash fills will always be a necessary part of you routine when wearing extensions. Although we do have a few tips for how to keep you lashes in great shape:

  • Wash you eyelids and lashes daily with a oil free lash cleaner, to help maintain their integrity by removing lashes worst enemies : oil, dirt and makeup!

  • Avoid waterproof and oily products, including makeup removers.

  • Comb your lashes morning and night!

  • Try not to sleep on your face.

  • If possible use a good lash serum to keep you natural lashes nice and strong, this also helps you lashes grow back quicker after they shed!

We hope this article helped you understand your eyelashes a little bit more, and look forward to seeing you in at Permanent Makeup Aesthetics Clinic for some fluffy full sets and fills! Permanent Makeup Aesthetics Clinic offers classic eyelash extensions, hybrid eyelash extensions and soon will be offering volume eyelash extensions.

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Permanent Makeup Aesthetics Clinic is located in Denver, Colorado. We are the premiere permanent makeup clinic in Colorado. We combine science and art to provide every client the best permanent makeup design and retention. For all permanent makeup services, we attempt to do the least amount of trauma to the skin to ensure the healing process does not change our work drastically. We also specialize in aesthetics treatments for skin, lashes and will be moving into more medical treatments by 2020.

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Microdermabrasion

What is a microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive diamond head tip that removes the outermost layer of the epidermis. Once that dead skin is removed the layer of healthier looking skin is revealed. It also helps produce thicker, healthier skin layers and encourages the production of collagen and elastin which makes you look more youthful. 

How do I know if microdermabrasion is the best choice for me?
If you have fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, uneven pigmentation, clogged pores, skin texture, or minor scars you're a great candidate for microdermabrasion. If you have deep acne scars or active keloid or active acne microdermabrasion is not for you.

How many treatments will I need?
The amount of treatments will vary between every client but on average 3-9 treatments. We recommend one treatment every 3-4 weeks and once the recommended amount of treatments are completed we recommend you come in quarterly for maintenance. You will see a difference within the first treatment. Your skin will look more smooth and bright!

Does microdermabrasion hurt and what is the down time?
Microdermabrasion does NOT hurt but it can be uncomfortable. Because it is a diamond and and its being dragged across the face with suction it will leave you a little pink/red. (Depends on how sensitive your skin is) There is no down time with microdermabrasion but we do recommend you stay out direct sun light for the first 48 hours and use sunscreen every day.

What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?
Because the outermost layer of dead skin cells are removed it can help clogged pores and the products that you use on a daily basis can penetrate deeper into the skin instead of sitting on top of the dead skin. You'll be getting all the benefits you're spending your money on! Since microdermabrasion stimulates collagen and elastin it helps reduce fine lines/wrinkles. It also sloughs off hyperpigmentation/age spots and evens out the skin. 

After Care Instructions

  • Always use sunscreen, but it is extremely important after a microdermabrasion.
  • Stay out of direct sun for the first 48 hours.
  • Do not exfoliate your skin until 14 days after the treatment.
  • Do not wear makeup for the first 7 days, if possible. A minimum of 24 hours before putting makeup on is a must. 
PHOTO SOURCE: Sunflower dermatology 

PHOTO SOURCE: Sunflower dermatology 

Chemical Peels

What are they and what do they do?
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) that penetrate deep into your pores and pull/push out all the impurities in your skin. Chemical peels can help firm and lift the skin, help diminish wrinkles and fine lines.

Lastly they can reduce

  • age spots
  • acne scars
  • hyper pigmentation and melasma 

How do you know if you're a good candidate or not?
 If you have any of the conditions stated above you are a great candidate for chemical peels, but this service isn't recommended for everyone. For those who have an active skin disease, broken skin, sunburns, or active herpes simplex/sores. Other contraindications are; if you are pregnant or nursing, clients who have been on accutane, have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea. And clients who use/used retina-a, renova or acid based products. (You must discontinue use for at least 14 days before a peel.)

Do they hurt?
 No, but chemical peels can be uncomfortable. They can sting/tingle or feel like a slight warming sensation on the skin. Chemical peels should never be painful.

Photo Credit: the beauty toolbox

Photo Credit: the beauty toolbox

How many peels will I need to receive and how often?
 Depending on your skin concerns you will need about 3-9 consecutive treatments, which will be done once every 3-4 weeks and once those are completed we recommend you coming in quarterly for maintenance. 

Aftercare Instructions
Wearing sunscreen everyday is very important but is especially important after a chemical peel. Stay out of direct sun light for 48 hours. Also do not wear any face make up (i.e foundations, concealer, powder, blush, highlight) for 24 hours minimum. Do not exfoliate your skin for 14 days after a peel and lastly do not pick or peel the skin. Let it sloth off by itself.

Happy Peeling!

Microneedling, AKA Collagen Induction Therapy

What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a process that induces collagen production and strengthens the epidermis. A machine with needles is used to create micro channels in the skin which triggers the body into producing new collagen and elastin. Microneedling has NO DOWN TIME compared to laser treatments which is why it is replacing lasers. 

How many treatments will I need?
Everyone is different and will have different needs but in general; 3-4 treatments for those who have mild to moderate acne scarring, and 6 treatments for deeper scars/stretch marks. The first 3-6 treatments will be done consecutively which will be spaced out every 4-6 weeks and quarterly maintenance is recommended.

Benefits of Microneedling

  • Improves wrinkles and fine lines
  • Smoother, firmer, younger looking skin
  • Improves skin texture and scars. (diminishes the look of acne scars even the deep "craters")
  • Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
  • Lightens hyperpigmentation
  • Anti-aging treatment 

What to Expect After Microneedling  

  • Redness may last 12-48 hours and can be sensitive for a few days.
  • Do not touch your face the first 4 hours after the treatment
  • Eating fresh pineapple helps heighten the healing process as well as any skin discomfort
  • Avoid strenuous exercise/sweating for 24 hours
  • Avoid sun exposure for at least 3 days
  • Always apply sunscreen
  • No makeup for 24 hours. 
Photo Credit: Robertson Cosmetic Center 

Photo Credit: Robertson Cosmetic Center 

What's the difference between cosmetic microneedling and professional?

Many clients use at home microneedling rollers and we believe this is great maintenace for skin. We believe you do need to exercise your skin by making an appointment.   


 Professional microneedling offers

  •   Controlled depth of .25-2.5mm
  •   Professional skin care products to penetrate into the micro channels 
  •   Topical Lidocaine
  •   Professional training
  •   Experience
  •   Sterile needle every time

Cosmetic microneedling

  •  Most people don't know the proper technique
  •  You could do more damage to the skin that cannot be fixed
  •  It can hurt
  •  Needles can bend over time
  •  Reuse the needles - can get an infection if not cleansed properly
  •  Devices have a 4-6 month shelf life



   



 

Maintenance Membership

Great News! We are implementing a Maintenance Membership that is a 6 month offer with no contract!  

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The 6 Month Maintenance Membership includes

Monthly

-Brow Wax & Tint

- Choice of Microdermabrasion Facial or Dermaplane Facial

-Upgrade for $60 to a microneedling treatment (Microneedling service is a $60 upgrade fee at the appointment)

Continous 

-10% off Rhonda Allison products 

-10% off permanent makeup services

There is no roll over. This means if your monthly services are not received, it is forfeited. Your services can not be transferred to another client. 

Permanent Lip Contour

Lips attract the attention of a person during conversation, arouses interest among others and is always considered an expression of woman’s sensuality and tenderness. Our sexuality and attractiveness is often distinguished by sensual lips. 

The main technique of permanent lip contouring at PMAC provides maximum naturalness, evenness, sophistication, and elegance. Lips have a clear outline. The complex technique of pigment application allows me to paint the entire lip area causing minimal injury and as a result achieve perfect permanent contouring. 

Anatomy of Lips 

 

Step 1 during your appointment: Analysis of original lips

Step 2: Establish Goals

  1. Contour sharpness 
  2. Tone evenness
  3. Brightness of a vermillion border 
  4. Proportions of the shape 
  5. Symmetry 
  6. Lips corners layout 
  7. Mimic certain features
  8. Hide the presence of individual features (scars, hyperpigmentation, fordyce spots)
Borrowed image from www.ylift.com

Borrowed image from www.ylift.com

Microblading VS Soft Powder Brows

Soft Powder brows and microblading both are permanent makeup procedures that implant pigment in the dermis layer. Powder brows should be completed with a tattoo machine and make micro-punctures in the skin to implant pigment. The artist should shade from light to dark without using much pressure. Powder brows should look soft and natural and not solid. Powder brows commonly fade after 24 months and the client should be the judge when a touchup is needed. This is my favorite out of the two procedures. It is ideal for clients wanting to fill in, give shape or enhance what they already have. If you have no brow hair, I prefer this treatment. 

 

To complete microblading the artist utilizes a hand tool with a configuration of needles. Hair strokes are drawn in with pigment by making a slice in the skin. It is more traumatic than powder brows on the skin. Microblading fades patchy and commonly fades within 12 to 18 months. Microblading is best for clients wanting the illusion of natural hair strokes. 

 

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Cartridge Needles Type and Size

As a new artist, I had a hard time figuring out the different in needles types and sizes to choose from. I put together this guide to help artists that are also developing there own style and knowledge. 

I prefer to use a size 1R 0.30 mm needle Silky Round Needle for all services.

I have found uses for all permanent makeup services for each of the different type and sizes of cartridges. 

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Microblading 101

What is Microblading?

The microblading procedure is a method of permanent cosmetics. The method creates a more natural appearance. It involves implanting pigment in a hairstroke pattern to imitate real hair. The purpose is to fill gaps and correct eyebrow shapes. 

The Setup

It is vital for the artist to prevent contamination within the brow area and to keep the setup sterile throughout the procedure. The artist should prepare the set-up prior to the appointment. Make sure when you arrive to your appointment that everything is setup and that the blade is in sterile packaging. The procedure should be performed with personal protective equipment: Mask, sterile gloves, gown, hairnet. 

After the Procedure

After the procedure you may think your brows are too dark. An important reminder: eyebrows lighten 20% to 40% after the procedure. You should be aware the thickness of the eyebrow immediately after the procedure will appear 15% higher than before the procedure. The final result after the first procedure can be seen in just three weeks.

Aftercare Rules

  1. Avoid exposure to sunlight or any form of UV radiation for one month. 
  2. Applying foundation, powder and blush in the eyebrow area for the next week 
  3. Avoid the pool for one week. Chlorine can cause irritation to the eyebrows. 
  4. No sauna for one week. 
  5. No sleeping with your head in the pillow. Pillow contact with the healing eyebrows can cause pigment retention issues. 

Healing Process

During the healing process, small skin peels may appear. It reminds me of dandruff. You should not remove or peel your brows or use any abrasive creams or salts. Additionally some hair strokes may superficially disappear and then reappear later in the healing process.

The Perfection Visit

The touchup is the session where you can fix the small imperfections from the first session. You can darken or even make the color lighter. This session is necessary to add strokes in betweenthe healed hair strokes. You can add over healed hair strokes for a more natural effect. If hair strokes faded in the healing process, you must go over them again to try to rebuild the stroke. 

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