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What Are Eyelash Extensions?
Eyelash Extensions are individual strands of synthetic fibers made to replicate a natural eyelash. When applied, eyelash extensions lengthen and thicken your own natural eyelashes. The single strands are applied to each individual eyelash, one by one. With proper application, lash extensions look and feel completely natural.
The eyelashes can take up to two hours to apply.
No, it doesn’t hurt at all.
They don’t damage your natural lashes.
You have to avoid touching the lashes for 24 hours to allow the glue to fully dry. Also, don’t get them wet during that 24 hours either.
If looked after properly, they can last between four and six weeks.
The extensions fall out naturally over time (because that’s what your natural eyelashes do). But if you want them removed, do NOT do it yourself – get them removed by a lash professional.
You won’t feel the need to wear mascara, but you can if you’re feeling extra. Just be careful when removing your makeup – use an oil-free makeup remover, and rub very gently. Stick to oil-free products because oil will break-down the glue.
You don’t have to have a break in between applications. And you can have little top ups if you’re in the market for that sort of thing.
Tinting eyebrow and eyelashes
Who would benefit from a Brow/Lash tint?
Both men and women can benefit from lash and brow tinting.
Busy women-on-the-go with no time to apply makeup.
If you spend a lot of time swimming, playing sports or chasing your kids around.
Women/Men with very light, blond, or gray brows and lashes. Tinting can darken to brown or black, or another darker color.
Before vacation-especially if you are planning to be by the poolside or beach where your makeup is going to be non-existent.
Before a special occasion, like a wedding where you might shed a tear.
Following lash tinting, how long should I wait to apply lashes? Will lash tinting cause any problems with the extensions
A: Tinting before extensions are applied is not a problem. The extensions can be applied the same day as long as the lashes are clean and dry after the tinting process
What tint colors can I choose from?
You want your brows and lashes to be emphasized, but you also want them to look natural. We have a variety of shades to enhance your natural features. You can choose from light to medium brown, auburn to deep black, blue black and dark gray.
How long does the tint last?
You will need a touch-up every 4-6 weeks (depending on how long the color stays) to keep your lashes the shade you want.
If I had an allergic reaction, what should I do?
Signs of an allergic reaction are redness, swelling, itching, burning and pain in the eye. If you think you are experiencing a reaction to a COMBINAL treatment, we recommend notifying your salon immediately. If the reaction is significant, please get medical assistance – do not wait. It is mandatory that prior to any treatment you follow the pre-treatment procedure and patch test provided by your COMBINAL specialist to prevent the risk of an allergic reaction.
What is Microblading?
Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each 'hair' is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrow and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.
How long does it take?
For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 2.5-3 hours. During this session, the brow technician will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval. We then follow with pigment color selection. Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure.
The client is to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second Microblading session takes place after 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete.
How long does it take to heal?
The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.
Is the touch up session necessary?
Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!
Is it painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. During the initial pass no numbing cream will be applied. If topical cream is necessary it will be applied before the second pass. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.
How long does it last?
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.
What are the pre and post care procedures?
In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions.
Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:
Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.
Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.
No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.
Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so our technician can see your every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows!
After your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:
Within 2 hours after the procedure, clean brows using a q-tip and lightly moisten with distilled or cooled downed boiling water. Gently wipe away the old healing balm and any lymphatic liquid (clear yellowish liquid) that may have built up. Lightly pat dry with tissue and using a new q-tip, re-apply healing balm to the brows.
Make sure to apply a light layer of healing balm morning and night to brows for at least 5-7 days.
Do not over apply healing balm.
Do not immerse brow area in water for 14 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around it.
Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections.
Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours.
Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab over. Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation.
Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days.
No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after.
Who is not suitable for the procedure?
Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:
Have heart conditions or using heart medications
Have diabetes (will require a physician's note)
Have skin disease or irritations
Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician's note.
Pregnant or nursing clients who want to microblade can be done at your own discretion. We suggest discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.
What is Microneedling
The device is lightly pressed and passed over the treatment area to create microscopic channels through the surface of the skin, causing your natural growth factors to be released. This process stimulates your natural skin renewal process, which generates new collagen and elastin fibers that can thicken the skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne scarring, sun damage, and stretch marks.
What conditions can be treated or improved with Microneedling?
Some of the conditions that Medical Microneedling is known to improve include: mild to moderate acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, skin texture and pore size, and stretch marks
What will I look like after the treatment?
Most people will notice redness and mild swelling similar to slight sunburn for 24-48 hours and there may be slight pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Skin will be noticeably smoother and more radiant within a week or two. Full results will take a few months to appear.
What does the procedure involve?
It begins with cleaning and numbing the skin. A collagen-stimulating product, Vitamin C serum, and/or skin lightener is also used. A small pen with 12 tiny needles is used to create tiny wounds in the skin. The speed and adjustability of the needles allows for more effective piercing and absorption of skin products. Vitamin-C serum or Hyaluronic acid are used after the procedure to hydrate, heal and protect the skin.
What is the down time after Microneedling treatment?
Inflammation of the skin is very temporary and reduces greatly within a few hours. It may remain slightly pink for up to 48 hours after treatment. Using hyaluronic acid after the procedure can help reduce inflammation, and sunscreen can be used to protect the skin. Makeup use should be limited to mineral makeup.
What are the benefits of Microneedling?
Some of the known benefits of Medical Microneedling include: greatly improves topical cream effectiveness and penetration, stimulates blood circulation and collagen production, needles are non-allergenic, cost effective compared to other resurfacing procedures, works on all skin types, and can treat the scalp, face, and body, including skin around the eyes, mouth and neck.
What effects does the Microneedling have on the skin?
Medical Micrneedling is known to improve many aspects of the skin including, but not limited to: improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, regenerates tissue, improves the appearance of scars, reduces the size of pores, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks
Can Microneedling be performed on any skin color?
Medical Micro-needling is safe to use on all skin types and colors without risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
Is Microneedling painful?
Prior to the treatment, numbing cream can be applied to minimize pain that is felt during the procedure.
How many treatments do I need and how often can Medical Micro Micro-Needling procedures be repeated?
Micro-needling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks as needed. Collagen induction requires at least 3 treatments, while scar reduction requires between 3 and 6. 4 to 6 weeks should pass between one treatment and the next, and the number of treatments needed depends on individual cases. Micro-needling can be used on all parts of the body (neck, decollotage, arms, legs, etc). Usually results begin to appear after the first treatment.
What are chemical peels for?
Chemical Peels are great facial treatments that will significantly improve and smooth the texture of your face by removing the damaged outer layers of your skin. Chemical peels have been proven to help treat acne, wrinkles, skin spots or uneven coloring on your skin.
What Conditions Do Chemical Peels Treat?
Chemical peels have been proven to:
Improve the texture and appearance of skin
Reduce lines and wrinkles under the eyes and mouth area
Pose as anti aging and sun damage treatment of wrinkles
treat acne scars
Proven acne treatment
Reduce age spots, freckles and dark spots from pregnancy also known as a condition called melasma.
Is a Chemical Peel Right for Me?
If you are looking to improve the texture and appearance of your skin due to damage from aging, the sun, acne, acne scarring, or dark spots from pregnancy, you are a good candidate for a face peel. If it is your first time using a chemical peel, A Platinum Skin Care Specialist is available to assist you with any questions you may have about chemical peels and whether gylcolic, jessners, lactic, salicylic, Mandelic & Azelaic or TCA peels and formulas are right for your skin type.
Who is NOT a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
You are NOT a good candidate for a chemical peel if any of the following apply at the peel site:
Infection or disease
Cut or broken skin
Currently have an active Herpes simplex 1 sore
If you are nursing or pregnant
If you have taken Accutane in last 6 months
If you currently have Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis or Rosacea.
You are not a suitable candidate if you have used any of the following drugs in the last 48 hours: Retin-A, Renova, Prescription skin care products, Products that contain ascorbic acid, bleaching or skin-lightening agents, Other acid products.
What is a Gylcolic Acid Chemical Peel?
A Glycolic acid chemical peel is probably the most widely recognized chemical peeling acids there are. It is a great general type of acid. It is water soluble, and works nicely on most skin types to accelerate the turnover of skin cells, remove lesions, restore steadiness, elasticity and can help to improve the true moisturizing characteristics of the skin. But, just because it is the most popular, it does not mean it is the best acid for your skin. Please see our intuitive chart below to see which acid will work best with your issues or feel free to contact a chemical peel specialist at Platinum Skin Care for further assistance.
30% Glycolic peel: Normal skin/sensitive skin, fine lines, previous glycolic usage without any irritation. (2.1pH)
50% Glycolic peel: Normal/acne/aging skin, used 40% glycolic peels previously SEVERAL TIMES! (2.1pH)
70% Glycolic Peel : Normal/aging skin, used 50% glycolic peels previously SEVERAL TIMES! (0.6pH)
What is a Jessners Chemical Peel?
A Jessners chemical peel is best used for treatment of cystic acne and acne scarring. This chemical peel will cause frosting almost immediately upon application and will provide you with much peeling.
What is a Latic Acid Chemical Peel?
A Lactic Acid chemical peel is best for people who have dry skin, are treating age related imperfections like wrinkles under the eyes and around the mouth area, as well as pigmented skin types. This chemical peel can be used on a weekly basis for moisturization. (2.5pH)
What is a Mandelic & Azelaic Acid Chemical Peel?
A Mandelic & Azelaic chemical peel is great for all skin types. It has a LOW irritation factor with great action! Excellent for Fine lines, Acne-Rosacea, Pigmentation (especially post-inflammatory) and ACNE! Antibacterial and antiseptic.
What is a Salicylic Chemical Peel?
A Salicylic chemical peel is ideal for use on heavily clogged pores and people with oily skin and acne. A Salicylic chemical peel is available in 3%/15%/25%. It is recommended that you begin with 15% salicylic before you advance to 25%.
What is a TCA Chemical Peel?
A TCA chemical peel is recommended for use on damaged skin including:
TCA is applied in multiple layers. Begin with 1 layer and work up to 3-5 layers before moving up to a higher percentage.
12.5%: Beginners and Sensitive Skin (1 layer)
20%: Advanced (3-5 layers eq. to Obaji)
30%: Professional (1 layer)
Diluted percentages eq. to scale above.
How Do I Prepare for a Chemical Peel?
Always prepare your skin for at least 2 weeks prior to utilizing a chemical peel for best results. Retinol and glycolic acid based serums are all preparation products. *A two-week preparation does not guarantee you will not have any pigmentation issues arise during your peel, but it decreases your chances considerably.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a 10 gauge scalpel to gently remove the layer of dull, dead skin cells and vellus hair in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.
Who can have dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types except those with active breakout and men with heavy facial hair. If you have active acne there are other treatments available that would be more beneficial, and it is necessary to wait until breakouts are healed before trying this treatment. As always, also discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities before starting a treatment. This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or nursing and want exfoliation without the use of chemicals.
How is a Dermaplaning different from a Peel?
Dermaplaning is a manual exfoliation process that does not use acids or enzymes to remove dead skin cells. All of the exfoliation is achieved during your treatment and you will not peel or visibly shed skin after your service, while Peels can result in dramatic peeling in the days following a service. Dermaplaning provides a good alternative to peels for those who desire professional grade exfoliation without the potential social downtime.
What should I expect during my service?
Dermaplaning is a painless treatment that includes deep cleansing, professional exfoliation in the form of dermaplaning followed by restorative treatment and finished with skin care suited to your unique skin. Dermaplaning has a similar sensation to close a shave which removes vellus hair and dead skin cells simultaneously.
How long is the treatment?
30 - 45 minutes.
What should I expect after my service?
You’ll immediately look more radiant with a more even skin tone and texture. While the main objective of this treatment is exfoliation, the immediate removal of peach fuzz is an added benefit which renders the skin exceptionally smooth and soft. Skin care products are better able to penetrate the skin following a dermaplaning service which allows them to work more efficiently. Your cosmetics will also go on smoother. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may look pink, so be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.
How should I care for my skin after a dermaplaning service?
After a Dermaplaning treatment your skin needs time to heal and restore. Treat the skin gently, using only hands to cleanse for at least 2 days and wearing sunscreen every day.
Will my hair grow back thicker and darker?
No, dermaplaning will not alter your natural hair growth. As we remove the vellus hair we are cutting it at the thickest part of the hair follicle so it may appear thicker or darker for a brief period of time. However, this perceived difference is cosmetic and most clients do not notice
RECOMMENDED COURSE FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS?
Dermaplaning removes 21 days worth of dead skin cells, so it’s best to allow the skin to complete its rejuvenation cycle before your next treatment.