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The Q-Switch. A Post In Honor of N.

6 Feb

Making mistakes in life happens.  Luckily, most mistakes don’t result in permanent marks on our bodies.  But what about the ones that do?

Tattoo’s are becoming more and more mainstream.  In my opinion, I think they can be a beautiful artistic expression of who you are.

I have a few tattoos.  Yup, it’s true.  A heart on my back from when I was 18.  A Scarlet Begonia on my foot from my DeadHead days (also true), and “A Beautiful Little Fool” in Russian on my ribs (from The Great Gatsby).  Actually, I think this excerpt might be quite appropriate for this post.

“All right… I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”

My Friend N. – A Beautiful Little Fool

A dear and wonderful model friend of mine, N., has a tattoo that she doesn’t exactly love.  Frankie.  The name of an ex-flame on her thigh.  Fortunately for N., I have access to a q-switch.  (She’s gorgeous huh?)

What’s a Q-Switch?

It’s a laser that uses Alexandrite (the gemstone) to break up pigments in the skin.

Getting Rid of ‘Frankie’ – literally and metaphorically

First, I beg of you.  NEVER NEVER NEVER tattoo a name on your body.  Ever.  Unless it’s your dog or your kid…you willlll regrettttt it.  I promised my dad when I was 17 years 11 months and 30 days old that I would never put a name on myself, and it would never be in a place you couldn’t hide.  I’m all about branding… but in terms of marketing, not in terms of inked ownership.

Getting rid of a tattoo is not as easy and quick as the actual tattoo.  Oh no.  It’s painful, can take 8-20 treatments over several months depending on the colors and the age of your body art (pigment changes and becomes embedded in the skin over time, the older the tattoo the harder to treat) and there’s always a chance you will have a little ink left.

Red, yellow, and orange tones respond the best and quickest with the q-switch.  “Frankie” is done in black ink.

How much will tattoo removal cost?  Depends how big the tattoo is and how many sessions you will need.  But you’re not only looking at pain… but you’re looking at some money.  $300+ per session.

In conclusion:

THINK BEFORE YOU INK!

Pictures of the process will be posted as treatments go on!

You’ll Never Guess What I Tattoo’ed

17 Dec

My Eyeliner!

A Post About Permanent Make-up

My friend Sally (a gorgeous Moroccan woman) was telling me she really wanted her eyeliner tattoo’d.  Waking up looking the same as when I go to bed is my lazy life dream!  And before you respond that we’re nuts… Let’s look at the facts.  Do you agree:

– You spend about $100 a year on eyeliner.

– Perfect eyeliner requires a Masters in Art.

– Waking up next to someone with black raccoon eyes… shameful (on multiple levels!)

– Getting ready takes a really long, annoying time (Have you ever noticed? A Woman’s “I’ll be ready in FIVE minutes” & a man’s “I’ll be home in FIVE minutes” are exactly the same?)

– Tattoo’s are AWESOME.  (I have 3 extremely tasteful works of art. O.k., 2 are extremely tasteful and 1 is a tramp stamp that I got when I was 18, but I still love it!  And it’s over 10 years old… so HA mom and dad!)

The Research:

I research EVERYTHING before I do it.  And I do it from a medical perspective.  As a Registered Nurse, I have a lot more general knowledge about health and the human body than the average beauty writer.  Here is some interesting information I came across on my background search.

Permanent makeup: (noun) aka micropigmentation, is a
cosmetic technique in which an organic pigment is
embedded into the dermis in a fashion to resemble
make-up.  Common areas are lips, eyeliner, and
eyebrows.  It can also be used to disguise scars and
spots in the skin. FUN FACT:  You can use it to restore
or enhance the breast's aureola after breast
augmentation or reduction (I think this is
awesome...ly funny!  Who knew!).

History:

Dates back to the 20th century, with George Burchett describing it as fashionable in the 1930’s.  I was surprised that there was no information on tattoo’ing from any early cultures.  I figured surely the ancient Egyptians used needles and eyeliner!

Regulations:  In most areas it falls under the cognizance of the Department of Health, State Boards of Cosmetology are often the oversight agency.  In some areas, a cosmetology or esthetics license is required, while in others, these people are prohibited and only a nurse or doctor can perform these procedures.  Some states forbid it completely.  Fortunately, if Mass were to ever abolish permanent make-up, NH is only an hours ride away!

My Experience

It’s official.  I realized I’m insane!  I’m glad I didn’t REALLY think about it before I did it… because Permanent make-up is anxiety provoking!  I highly recommend taking a xanex or something before a procedure like this!

I would also like to note that I told my mother I was doing this and she didn’t even bat an eyelash.

Sally and I went to a cosmetic artist that came with stellar recommendations.  As we entered into her basement shop (just kidding!) … I was so excited walking in the door!

I went first, laying on the cosmetic bed.  We talked about tattoos while I lay with Emla Cream on my eyes.  The artist explained the whole procedure to me as I numbed.  We discussed what kind of style I wanted and what color would be best with my eyes.  I decided I just wanted my lash lines done in black ink.  I don’t like trendy things… I like a classic look.  Trends come in and out of style, and I didn’t want anything permanent on my face that might go out of style!

After a half hour with the numbing cream on my eyes, we started the procedure.  Lidocaine with epinephrine was injected into my eyelid to numb the pain and keep the bleeding to a minimum (I don’t think it bled at all actually).  I’m sure you’re all wondering:  Did it hurt?  No… It really didn’t.  It felt weird!  There was a buzzing and a vibrating and the knowledge that there was a needle… really close to my eye.  Anxiety!  Actually I think I was totally fine until we got to the lower lashes… When I needed to open my eye while the tattoo was being applied.  It was nuts!!!  I realized at this point that I am absolutely insane!  And I love it.

It took about two hours total.  By the end it was starting to hurt a little and I had enough.  Many people do tattoos in sessions because of swelling.  I had some ice on my eyes for a few minutes while the ink was cleaned off and the lidocaine wore off so I could open my eyes again.  Vaseline was put on the tattoo (I forget why).

I finally got to look in the mirror.  More anxiety!

It looks amazing and I love it!

I have a lot of friends with tattoos, I’d like to shout out to my friend Angel right here, who has a sleeve from some Gothic Artist.  Surprisingly, my friends with tattoos, ESPECIALLY Angel, were telling me not to do this.  Even Angel loves it though!

Follow-up and Post-care

I will need to go back in 3 weeks and have the line neatened and the rest finished.

For 4 days:

  • No make-up
  • Rinse the eye twice a day with saline
  • Apply Vaseline to the lash line
  • Ice, Ice, Ice!
*Note:  My eyes are really swollen in the pictures.  I didn’t Ice, Ice, Ice enough.
 
**Note 2:  I could not fill my eyelash extensions before the procedure.  That is why they look RIDICULOUS. 
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