MICROBLADING OR TRADITIONAL COSMETIC TATTOOING: WHICH IS FOR YOU?

Microblading is a rising cosmetic trend that has many people feeling confused. What exactly is this new technique, and where are blades involved? We’ll answer the basics in this post.

So what is microblading exactly?

Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing that uses a number of small needles on a handle to draw in permanent lines that appear like eyebrow hairs, but are actually just pigment. No blades are involved — anything capable of creating deep cuts in the skin, such as a scalpel, should absolutely not be involved. The small tool used should be entirely sterile and disposable, just like with standard tattoo materials.

How permanent is it?

Microblading tattoos last roughly one year, since less pigment is injected into the skin than with traditional cosmetic tattooing approaches. The more established approaches use a coil/rotary machine, a tool that offers results lasting several years. Microblading is a valid short-term solution to problems that established cosmetic tattooing techniques address for longer periods of time, which is why microblading is cheaper.

Is it a more easily applied technique?

Not necessarily. Even though microblading occurs on a smaller scale, its precision and craft require just as much skill and training as any notable permanent cosmetic technique. Adequacy in this field comes with experience that can’t just be taught.

The Whitney Center is proud to announce our expansion into microblading! Our permanent cosmetics expert Mandy Sauler, who has over 20 years of experience and is board certified by both The American Academy of Micropigmentation and the Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals, will begin offering the procedure in our New York office soon. Contact us today to make the first steps in booking an appointment.

YOUR BEST FACE: TIPS AND TRICKS

Many of us are pretty happy with our makeup routine, but feel like more needs to be done. To make matters worse, we’re often not sure how to achieve what we desire. Not to fret: it turns out many common makeup supplies can be used in ways you didn’t realize, achieving your best face more easily than you knew was possible.

Lips

Take that foundation you’re putting on your skin and use it on your lips too. A thin layer of lip foundation rounds out the lips, fills in lines and wrinkles, and gives them a rejuvenating pop. Standard lip tools are of course great too: use lip liner on all of your lips rather than just the lining to give them an even, gorgeous coloring.

Eyes

Concealer can hide the redness that pops up at the corner of your eyes — apply it there to make sure that look you’re going for truly looks natural. Combine this with a classic smoky eye look — just line the upper lashes and smooth it out over your eyelids with a smudge brush — and all eyes (no pun intended) will be on you. Avoid the liner look by using taupe eye shadow and a small shadow brush below the eyes, dot black eyeliner at the base of your upper lash line, and now you’re really set.

Skin

A steaming routine can go a long way to keeping your skin looking replenished for a while. Simply boil a pot of hot water and hold a towel over both your head and the pot to trap the steam on your skin. Doing this occasionally — not everyday can really make your skin glow.

Although these tips are bound to make your makeup routine easier, what if you could avoid a daily routine entirely and save valuable time? The Whitney Center leads the field of permanent cosmetics. Contact us today to find out how we can change your life for the better.

PERMANENT MAKEUP RESTORES FEMININITY FOR DISEASE AND TRAUMA VICTIMS

“For many women, healing putting on their makeup is more than just a part of their morning routine; it is a symbol of their femininity, and ” Whitney Center founder Melany Whitney wrote in the September 2012 issue of Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa.

Most of us take the role makeup plays in expressing our femininity for granted. We move through our morning makeup routine without thought, sovaldi carefully applying eyeliner and lipstick before walking out the door. “Putting on our face” makes us feel more attractive. It’s empowering, giving us a psychological boost that heightens our self-confidence. There’s something about knowing you look good that makes you feel more capable.

When cancer or alopecia cause hair loss or an accident or surgery scar the skin, the change in appearance can make a woman feel less beautiful, less confident, less feminine, increasing her feelings of victimization. When this occurs, permanent makeup can be a vital part of the healing process. By enhancing a woman’s appearance, permanent makeup can help restore her sense of femininity and her confidence in herself.

Permanent makeup offers solutions for women fighting disease or trauma, including those with Parkinson’s disease or severe arthritis who are no longer able to apply makeup. Scar camouflage can change the lives of burn or accident victims. Breast restoration can aid the recovery of breast cancer survivors. Paramedical applications of permanent makeup go to the core of a woman’s sense of self; restoring the body to restore the mind and in the process  empowering women.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PERMANENT EYEBROWS AND HAIR LOSS

At the Whitney Center we frequently create permanent eyebrows for people who have lost their eyebrow hair to a medical condition or disease. While a number of diseases and medications can trigger hair loss, and our medical tattoo experts most frequently help clients who have cancer, medical alopecia areata or trichotillomania:

• Hair loss, including eyebrows and eyelashes, is a common side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that attacks the hair follicles that generate hair growth.

Trichotillomania, also called trich or TTM, is an impulse control disorder that compels people to pull out their own hair.

Without eyebrows to frame and define your face, hair loss can drastically change your appearance. Many hair loss sufferers who come to the Whitney Center for permanent eyebrows say they feel unattractive and less self-confident without their brows. However, because hair may eventually grow back, our clients also want to know how their permanent eyebrows will look if their hair does return.

The answer can be summed up in a single word: beautiful. If hair grows back after chemo or disease, it may be thinner or have a different texture or color than your original hair. Because Whitney Center experts use a repigmentation technique that mimics the appearance of individual hairs, your permanent brows will blend beautifully with returning hair and provide your returning brows with the beautiful shape, depth, fullness and color you desire.

HOW CAN I REGAIN THE LOOK OF EYEBROWS WHEN I HAVE ALOPECIA?

If you have been diagnosed with alopecia, unhealthy you’re suffering from hair loss but the condition really doesn’t have anything to do with the hair itself. Alopecia is actually a disease of the immune system which causes it to attack parts of its own body. In this case it attacks the hair follicles on your scalp and other areas.

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While alopecia is most common in people under the age of 20, cialis individuals in any age group can be affected, male or female. The hair usually grows back, but for about 10 percent of alopecia sufferers the loss is permanent. This is more likely if you have a family history of the condition or you’ve had it for more than one year.

Has alopecia resulted in the loss of your eyebrows, leaving you feeling self-conscious? Our skilled staff at the Whitney Center can restore your eyebrows to a naturally beautiful appearance with the use of medical tattooing.

On your first visit, your permanent eyebrows will take shape with hair stroke simulation as opposed to other treatments where the brow is simply colored in. Instead of creating a generic arc, our technician will study the shape of your face to determine the most flattering shape. During the second visit, another layer of color is added to increase the natural appearance.

Our Whitney Center technicians are more than simply make-up artists. They’re experienced in the use of medical tattooing to create natural, long-lasting solutions for hair loss and other cosmetic applications. Contact us for information about scheduling an appointment at one of our offices in New York, New Jersey or Florida.

CELEBRITY SURGERY: NOT AT THE OSCARS

This past Sunday, ed we were treated to this year’s Oscars ceremony, featuring all manner of beautiful women strolling down the red carpet. At major events like this, women are often asked about what they’re wearing, but the question that many refrain from asking is, what cosmetic procedures have you undergone to look so stunning? While many people assume plastic surgery is common among Hollywood’s stars, it turns out that today, injectables and lasers are more and more frequently replacing surgery.

An injection of beatuy

Botox has been around for quite a while, but the newer approach to injectables has aptly been described as “mini-Botox.” Several times a year, the face is injected with a substance that results in an appearance far less harsh and unrealistic looking than Botox gives. This makes the results more easily adjustable for anyone unhappy with them.

Laser therapy

Lasers are special since they create beauty by destroying its opposite. These precise lasers can easily target and destroy wrinkles, age spots, and so forth. What’s especially effective about it is that it doesn’t interfere with skin pigment.

Surgery may still be inevitable

Even if you’re on a regimen of injectable and laser touch-ups, surgery may become inevitable down the line. It’s very possible that, eventually, your true age will overtake cosmetics effects in a way that only surgery – a permanent alteration – can counter. But there are other permanent ways to keep your face looking young forever.

Specifically, making permanent changes to your makeup rather than directly to your skin can keep you looking beautiful forever. The Whitney Center has led the permanent cosmetics field for over a decade and can help you achieve the beautiful look you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to find out how we can perfect your look.

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