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Paramedical Procedures

Also known as Medical Micropigmentation is the camouflaging of skin disorders, discolorations and injuries caused from medical surgeries or accidental injuries as well as aging. This service is well received and supported by Medical doctor's, plastic surgeons, many eye doctor's and dermatologists. The people that benefit from paramedical procedures are endless such as the following:

Many people are scarred from surgeries as well as accidents.

Women who have reconstructive breast surgery and desire to have their areolas repigmented or reconstructed.

Many women lose their brows and eyelashes from chemotherapy treatments and choose to permanently simulate brow hair and eyelashes either before or after treatment. This has a huge physiological and emotional benefit for women.

Both Male and Female clients who have suffered burns can also benefit from paramedical procedures. The skin in most cases can be permanently colored with skin tones to blend with natural skin tones around the areas. A technique called ''dry needling'' used to breakdown thick scars to appear more flat and smooth, giving some, more range of movement with the skin.

Permanent Cosmetics is also a tremendous help to who have struggled with a variety of health issue such as:

Vision problems - Impaired or Blurred vision

Changes in vision, blurriness, blind spots, halos around lights, or dimness of vision should always be evaluated by a medical professional. Such changes may represent an eye disease, aging, eye injury, or a condition like diabetes that affects many organs in your body.

Whatever the cause, vision changes should never be ignored. They can get worse and significantly impact the quality of your life.

Cataracts -- cloudiness over the eye's lens, causing poor nighttime vision, halos around lights, and sensitivity to glare. Daytime vision is eventually affected. Common in the elderly.

Glaucoma -- increased pressure in the eye, causing poor night vision, blind spots, and loss of vision to either side. A major cause of blindness. Glaucoma can happen gradually or suddenly -- if sudden, it's a medical emergency.

Diabetic retinopathy -- this complication of diabetes can lead to bleeding into the retina. Another common cause of blindness.

Macular degeneration -- loss of central vision, blurred vision (especially while reading), distorted vision (like seeing wavy lines), and colors appearing faded. The most common cause of blindness in people over age 60.

Migraine headaches -- spots of light, halos, or zigzag patterns are common symptoms prior to the start of the headache. An ophthalmic migraine is when you have only visual symptoms without a headache

Because of these struggles with vision many people have had permanent eyeliner, eyebrows and full lip color applied to help address these issues.

Arthritis - many people with Arthritis find applying conventional makeup a major challenge

Osteoarthritis Arthritis is a condition in which low-grade inflammation results in pain in the joints, caused by wearing of the cartilage that covers and acts as a cushion inside joints. As the bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, the patient experiences pain upon weight bearing, including walking and standing.

Rheumatoid arthritis is traditionally considered a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the joints. It is a disabling and painful inflammatory condition, which can lead to substantial loss of mobility due to pain and joint destruction.

Areola Repigmentation

This procedure is a great confidence builder both physically and emotionally and completes the reconstructive process. For breast cancer patients, this procedure can drastically reduce the appearance of surgery scars. The repigmentaion of the areola's and nipples can be without their actually being a graphed areola and nipple. This procedure is also a great option for those who are not happy with the size and color of their natural nipple and areola area. Women who have breast feed may have discoloration that an be repigmented very easily. No matter what the reason may be for Areola repigmentaion, the client almost always feels a sense of emotional well being after having the procedure performed. Learn more about Areola Repigmentation.

 
Alopecia areata - A patchy baldness which typically begins with patchy hair loss on the scalp and sometimes progresses to complete baldness and even loss of body hair. The hair loss tends to be rather rapid and asymmetrical and is different than male pattern baldness.

Alopecia areata affects both males and females. It tends to occur most often in children and young adults but older individuals can also be affected.

The most common pattern of alopecia areata is one or more spots of hair loss on the scalp. There is also a form of more generalized thinning. When all of the scalp hair is lost, it is referred to as alopecia totalis. Loss of all of the hairs on the body is called alopecia universalis.

The cause appears to involve an autoimmune mechanism. The body's own immune system attacks the hair follicles and disrupts normal hair formation. Biopsies of affected skin show lymphocytes (one of the body's immune system cells) inside of hair follicles where lymphocytes normally are not present. What causes this is unknown.

Alopecia areata is sometimes associated with other conditions (allergic disorders, thyroid disease, vitiligo, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis). Some cases occur within family members and indicate a genetic basis.

The characteristic diagnostic finding of alopecia areata is the exclamation point hair. These can be found in areas of hair loss and are short broken off hairs that are narrower closer to the scalp and therefore mimic an exclamation point. In some cases a biopsy is necessary for diagnosis.

 
Vitiligo is a condition in which a loss of cells that give color to the skin (melanocytes) results in smooth, white patches in the midst of normally pigmented skin.

Description of Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a common, often inherited disorder characterized by areas of well-defined, milky white skin. People with vitiligo may have eye abnormalities and also have a higher incidence of thyroid disease, diabetes mellitus, and pernicious anemia. Vitiligo affects about 1-2% of the world's population. It is more easily observed in sun-exposed areas of the body and in darker skin types, but it affects any area of the body and all races. Vitiligo seems to affect men and women equally, although women more frequently seek treatment for the disorder.

Vitiligo may appear as one or two well-defined white patches or it may appear over large portions of the body. Typical sites for generalized vitiligo are areas surrounding body openings, bony areas, fingers, and toes. It can begin at any age but about 50% of the time it starts before the age of 20.

Causes & symptoms of Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a disorder with complex causes. People with vitiligo seem to inherit a genetic predisposition for the disorder, and the appearance of disorder can be brought on by a variety of precipitating causes. Many people report that their vitiligo first appeared following a traumatic or stressful event, such as an accident, job loss, death of a family member, severe sunburn, or serious illness. There are at least three theories about the underlying mechanism of vitiligo. One theory says nerve endings in the skin release a chemical that is toxic to the melanocytes. A second theory states that the melanocytes simply self-destruct. The third explanation is that vitiligo is a type of autoimmune disease in which the immune system targets the body's own cells and tissues.

The primary symptom of vitiligo is the loss of skin color. Hair growing from the affected skin areas also lacks color. In addition, people with vitiligo may have pigment abnormalities of the retina or iris of the eyes. A minority of patients also may have inflammation of the retina or iris, but vision is not usually impaired.

How to Diagnose Vitiligo

The diagnosis of vitiligo is usually made by observation. Progressive, white areas found at typical sites point to a diagnosis of vitiligo. If the diagnosis is not certain, the doctor will test for other conditions which can mimic vitiligo, such as chemical leukoderma or systemic lupus erythematosus. If the tests rule out other conditions, vitiligo is confirmed.

 
Trichotillomania

Definition - Individuals with trichotillomania repetitively pull out their own hair. Trichotillomania as an impulse-control disorder. Some researchers view it as a type of affective or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Nail-biting, skin-picking, and thumb-sucking are considered to be related conditions.

Description - Trichotillomania involves hair-pulling episodes that result in noticeable hair loss. Although any area of the body can be a target, the most common areas are the scalp, followed by the eyelashes, eyebrows, and pubic region. Hair-pulling can occur without the individual's awareness, but is frequently preceded by a sense of increasing tension and followed by a sense of relief or gratification. The resulting hair loss can be a source of embarrassment or shame. Because of a tendency to hide symptoms, and because professionals are relatively unfamiliar with the disorder, individuals either may not seek, or are offered treatment. Untreated trichotillomania can result in impaired social functioning and medical complications.

Causes - Scientific research regarding trichotillomania has been conducted primarily in the past 10 years and causes are only theoretical. Psychoanalytic theories suggest that the behavior is a way of dealing with unconscious conflicts or childhood trauma (such as sexual abuse). Biological theories look for a genetic basis. For instance, people with trichotillomania often have a first-degree relative with an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder. Researchers are also evaluating similarities between trichotillomania and Tourette's disorder. Behavioral theories assume that symptoms are learned, that a child may imitate a parent who engages in hair-pulling. The behavior may also be learned independently if it serves a purpose. For example, hair-pulling may begin as a response to stress and then develop into a habit.

Symptoms - According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM-IV-TR), produced by the American Psychiatric Association and used by most mental health professionals in North America and Europe to diagnose mental disorders, the following conditions must be present for a diagnosis of trichotillomania:

  • Noticeable hair loss (alopecia) due to recurrent hair-pulling
  • Tension immediately before hair-pulling, or when attempting to resist hair-pulling
  • Reduction of tension, or a feeling of pleasure or gratification, immediately following hair-pulling
  • Significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning

In addition, the DSM-IV-TRrequires that hair-pulling not be due to another medical or mental disorder. The tension-release requirement is controversial because 17% of people who otherwise qualify for this diagnosis do not experience this.

Symptoms usually emerge in early adolescence. Episodes may last a few minutes or a few hours during periods of stress or relaxation. Hairs with unique textures or qualities may be preferred. The pulling may include rituals, such as twirling hair off or examining the root. Half of those individuals with trichotillomania engage in oral behaviors—running hair across the lips or through the teeth, biting off the root (trichophagy), or eating hair (trichophagia). The usually try to control their behavior in the presence of others and may hide the affected areas. Symptoms may come and go for weeks, months, or years at a time.

Men who have undergone hair transplant procedures, may benefit from Scar Camouflage.

Aging is also a reason many women have paramedical and permanent cosmetic procedures, as women age they loose dexterity in the use of their hands as well vision problems with applying their makeup properly.

Paramedical and Permanent cosmetics services are also a very positive option for anyone who has any kind of asymmetrical facial imbalance and would like to achieve a more asymmetrical balanced and pleasing look.

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