Print Your Own Eye Makeup? It’s Coming

Refilling your makeup supply courtesy of your home printer? Thanks to advances in technology, this unbelievable new beauty trend is coming.

How does it work?
Mink, a desktop printer with the ability to print eyeshadow and other cosmetics, will give consumers the ability to create and print their own makeup. With an inkjet’s ability to mix colors, Mink will allow users to take any image from a camera, phone, or laptop, and instantly transform it into a real, wearable cosmetic. The inkjet handles the pigment, infusing it into a substrate, and uses the same materials to create a variety of makeup, from powders to cream to lipstick. Once the makeup is printed, it is immediately ready to apply. The technology may offer a better solution for users with hard-to-match skin tones.

Is it safe?
According to Mink inventor and brainchild Grace Choi, a Harvard Business School student, Mink’s print materials are FDA-compliant substrate and ink, originating from the same sources as those utilized by store-bought cosmetics.

What do I need to get started?
All Mink user’s need is the Mink printer, color picker software to copy the hexcode of a color, and the print software. Mink is expected to hit the market later this year, with the hardware retailing for around $300. The cost of materials needed to create the makeup are still under research.

Revolutionizing the makeup industry.
According to Choi, Mink is simply the next natural step in makeup, as mobile and internet technology is so commonly used in daily life. This new technology is sure to effect the $55 billion dollar makeup industry, in which massed produced products do not allow for the array of color choices more expensive cosmetic manufacturers can provide. Mink will offer the selection of more expensive providers at a lower cost and greater convenience (right from your own home) than mass marketed products. It essentially turns the world into a makeup store. Sure to become a top makeup trend, Mink will allow users – not corporations – to define beauty and control their products using available technology.

Looking to simplify your morning makeup routine? For the latest on today’s top makeup trends, contact The Whitney Center for Permanent Cosmetics.

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Surgeons Are Not Tattoo Artists, But They May Think The Are

Would you go to your butcher for a birthday cake? They may both be in the same industry, but one professional’s food service skills are vastly different from the other. Just as you wouldn’t want your permanent makeup specialist removing your gall bladder, you shouldn’t expect your surgeon to understand the intricacies involved in a successful cosmetic tattoo procedure for camoflauging your scars and skin imperfections. Specialty is key, just as it is with paramedical tattooing.

Medical tattooing is not surgery.
It is however, and invasive procedure, which nationally certified permanent cosmetic professionals and licensed tattoo artists understand, becoming knowledgeable in and adhering to the strict guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

Not all artists are equally skilled.
Paramedical tattoing such as scar camoflauge and areola restoration combine both medical skills and artistic talent. A keen eye is necessary for optimal results. Practice is essential in order to prevent mistakes, and tattoo artists must obtain a high level of experience for successful results. Unfortunately, most states do not require licensure for cosmetic tattooing, allowing for the practice of these procedures without proper experience in the field. This is why it is essential for patients to seek certified professionals from the American Academy of Micropigmentation or Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. The Whitney Center team are nationally recognized experts.

What qualities should you look for in your paramedical tattoo professional?

  • Relevant certification.
    Seeking professionals certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation or Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals is essential.
  • Professional training and experience.
    Skin that has previously been exposed to burns, surgery or laser or radiation treatment has special needs compared to normal skin.
  • An impressive portfolio.
    Including before-and-after photos demonstrating the technician’s skills and abilities.
  • Exceptional experience.
    Seek out artists with extraordinary results performing the procedure you are requesting.
  • Honesty and compassion.
    A true paramedical tattoo professional will not leave you with unrealistic expectations regarding the outcome of your procedure, and will fully disclose both the procedure and its expected results.

Contact The Whitney Center for Permanent Cosmetics for a consultation today. The Whitney Center for Permanent Cosmetics provides nationally recognized, professional paramedical tattooing results to Florida, New Jersey, New York, and New York City residents.

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Scar Camoflauge: What You Need to Know

Paramedical tattooing used in scar camoflauge offers amazing appearance and confidence building results, helping to minimize skin imperfections resulting from surgeries, burns, injuries, and more. However, since every scar is unique, what expectations are realistic when it comes to scar camoflauge?

  • Understanding the process.
    With the help of special techniques aimed at creating the most natural skin tone possible, scar camoflauge utilizes pigments specially blended to help your scar blend in with the surrounding skin. In a relatively pain-free procedure, this latest in tattoo technology implants microinsertions of pigments into the top layer of the skin. The result? Fifty percent less trauma, 50 percent faster healing, and a significantly improved appearance of scars.
  • Time frame.
    Depending on size, shape, color, depth, and more, scar treatment could take anywhere from a single treatment to multiple treatments spanning up to six weeks.
  • End result.
    Scars should be less visible as the result of camoflauging procedures, however it is important to realize that no scar will ever be completely invisible due to the changes of your underlying tissue into scar tissue. In addition, please be aware that skin tone micropigments used in the therapy may fade and require maintenance over time.
  • Common locations for scar camoflauge.
    Facial scar camoflauging is the most commonly requested, followed by scars on the breast following breast augmentation, breast reduction, and areola restoration following mastectomy. Scar camoflauge is also commonly requested to improve the appearance of skin following improper traditional tattoo removal, as well as to address scars resulting from various burns, surgeries, and injuries.
  • Special situations.
    While we can address hair loss and thinning hair, large areas without hair, such as on your scalp, may not be the best option for scar camoflauge. Hair color changes with time, and with large areas it may be challenging to continually readjust pigments.

Looking for a little more information on your unique scar camoflauging needs? Contact The Whitney Center for Permanent Cosmetics for a consultation today. The Whitney Center for Permanent Cosmetics provides worry-free cosmetic solutions, with a number of convenient locations for Florida, New Jersey, New York, and New York City residents.

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Surgeons Turn to the Experts for Medical Tattooing for Best Results

Undergoing a mastectomy is a necessary and life-saving decision, but losing a breast to cancer can also be life-changing. Our breasts and our sense of ourselves as women are so intimately entwined that many breast cancer survivors say they feel less feminine after mastectomy. To restore their feminine shape many women choose to undergo breast reconstruction surgery; but the results can be disappointing.

The Problem With Mastectomies

The problem is not in shaping the breasts, but in creating the areola and nipple that give breasts their uniquely feminine definition. Plastic surgeons are adept at creating the form of the female breast, but their attempts to create a natural-looking areola and nipple usually fall flat. Many women find the resulting mound decorated with a double circle of color unflatteringly unfeminine. Instead of enhancing emotional recovery, a poorly executed breast reconstruction can increase a survivor’s feelings of loss.

Creating a Better Breast

To improve patient satisfaction, prominent reconstructive surgeons are turning to talented medical tattoo artists for help. The combination of technique and artistry creates superior results that women who have undergone the procedure to complete their breast reconstruction surgery call “amazing.”

“Traditionally, most nipple-areola tattoos have been created using lighter ink for the areola and a central circle of darker ink for the nipple,” Dr. Eric Halvorson, a plastic surgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, recently explained on Fox News. “We recently used a new, three-dimensional technique inspired by a tattoo artist with improved results.”

“The Illusion of Protrusion”

A pioneer in the field of medical tattooing, The Whitney Center has been working with prominent reconstructive surgeons and their patients for years to perfect nipple-areola breast tattoos. Our experienced medical tattoo technicians use an artist’s knowledge of light and shadow to produce the subtle color gradations of a natural areola and the three-dimensional appearance of a natural nipple. We were the first to use the term “illusion of protrusion” to describe our groundbreaking three-dimensional nipple tattoo.

Surviving cancer is something to celebrate. When you are ready for breast reconstruction surgery, call us to schedule a consultation. You deserve to have breasts that celebrate your femininity and restore your confidence in yourself as a woman. You deserve “the Whitney touch.”

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