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Medical Tattoo/Permanent Make-up

Enhance Your Natural Beauty Permanently with Permanent Make-up by Laura J. Albano

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Laura has been applying and teaching the art of permanent cosmetics since 1993. Her goal has always been to provide her clients with the highest quality permanent make-up possible. Laura has mastered the art of enhancing her clients features in a in a very natural way. In addition to being known as an exceptional Permanent Make-Up Artist, Laura is also highly regarded in the field of Medical Tattoing.

Laura is on staff at UCLA’s Reconstruction Surgery Department where she uses her expertise to camouflage scars for accident and burn victims, as well as provides areola pigmentation for breast cancer patients following breast reconstruction.

The Hand Technique

Many permanent make-up artists use a machine or tattoo gun to apply permanent make-up. This machine technique often involves discomfort, is less precise, and provides less flexibility in customizing make-up. Laura utilizes the “hand” or manual technique for applying permanent make-up.

The hand technique is far more exact, very gentle and less invasive than the machine technique. Permanent make-up applied by machine also tends to be much heavier and obvious in appearance, whereas the hand technique is much more natural and subtle in appearance.

Areola Pigmentation

Areola pigmentation is the process by which a medical tattoo artist implants pigment into the skin surrounding the nipple of a breast following breast and nipple reconstruction due to breast cancer. The medical tattoo artist first draws on the areola using a custom blended pigment color that best matches the patients coloring, then, after the patient and the medical tattoo artist are satisfied with the size, shape and color of the new areola, the medical tattoo artist implants the pigment into the skin. The procedure takes about 30 minutes per side and is usually painless. If the patient feels any discomfort topical anesthetic is applied as needed. There are very few restrictions following the procedure and they are as follows:

  • No running or aerobics for one week.
  • Walking or bicycle riding is fine.
  • No swimming or sitting in a jacuzzi for one week.
  • The patient will need to keep the treated area occluded with Vaseline or A and D ointment for one week following the procedure.

Occasionally a second application of pigment is needed in order to achieve the desired result.

Scar Camouflage

Hypopigmentation is a “whitening” of the skin due to a loss or decrease in the production of melanin in the skin. This pigmentation loss can be the result of trauma to the skin such as blisters,burns, dog bites, plastic and reconstructive surgery,removal of moles and skin cancers, etc. It is also very common for facelift scars to hypopigment, or turn white .A skilled medical tattoo artist can camouflage a hypopigmented scar by implanting a flesh colored pigment directly into the white scar so that the scar is no longer noticeable or obvious. Micropigmentation for hypopigmented scars is not a 100% cure, however, an excellent result is usually obtained. For more information about this service please email Laura or call her at her office.

Hyperpigmentation is the “darkening” of the skin due to an increase of the production of melanin in the skin. Hyperpigmentation is the exact opposite of hypopigmentation and an individual with hyperpigmented skin would NOT benefit from scar camouflage tattooing services.

For information on nipple tattoo after breast reconstruction you may contact Laura at:

1711 Via El Prado, Suite 304
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310.540.7575 Phone
877.394.7440 Toll Free

Email: info@laurajalbano.com
Website: http://www.laurajalbano.com

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