Three Ways to Rock Back-to-School Beauty

A beauty boost can be a confidence boost if you're among the increasing number of older adults headed back to college.

A beauty boost can be a confidence boost if you’re among the increasing number of older adults headed back to college.

August is here. If you’re a college student, that means you’re likely headed back to campus for the fall term. Everyone knows that when you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you’re better at just about everything from calculus to creative writing. To that end, Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery offer three ways to rock your back-to-school beauty.

  1. Chemical peel: All those summer days spent in the sunshine no doubt has taken a toll on your skin. A customized chemical peel can help reverse the look of sun-damaged skin, fade freckles and remove acne and acne scars. You’ll go back to school with a smooth, bright and even complexion.
  2. Permanent cosmetics: College life can be hectic. Early morning lectures, late night study sessions and dozens of classes and campus activities packed in between make time a precious commodity. Save time by simplifying your beauty routine with professionally applied permanent cosmetics including lash liner, eyeliner, eye brow or lip color.
  3. Botox: Older adults are headed back to school in increasing numbers as a way to boost their competitiveness in the workforce or to finally make good on that lifelong dream of earning a college degree. If you’re among them, consider Botox – a quick and effective way to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a plumper, more youthful look. It’s a confidence booster you’ll appreciate when interacting with your younger fellow students.

Ready a beautiful new back-to-school look? Call Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery at 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation today.

Five Tips for Making Your Permanent Makeup Last Beautifully

Permanent makeup may not be quite so permanent unless you exercise proper care.

Permanent makeup may not be quite so permanent unless you exercise proper care.

Summer time means lots of swimming and sweating. And even the best of water-resistant cosmetics won’t stand a chance after a few hours of splashing in the water, lingering in the sun and dominating that game of beachfront volleyball. That’s why many women opt for permanent makeup.

Formally known as micropigmentation, permanent makeup involves using tattoo technology and techniques to enhance the face with coloring that resembles eyeliner, brow makeup, mascara or lipstick. Because it’s permanent, it run, fade or wash off even on your most active days. But making sure your beautiful new look lasts, it’s important to know just how to take care of your permanent makeup, both just after application and over the long term.

Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery offers five tips for making your permanent makeup last:

  1. Stay dry: Resist the temptation to take a dip until your permanent makeup procedure area has fully healed. Bacteria can breed in all kinds of water, including lake, river, ocean pool and hot tub water. If it enters an open skin wound, it could cause a severe infection.
  2. Shun the sun: Vigilantly protect your treatment area from the sun’s rays for at least seven to 10 days. A wide-brimmed hat is a fashionable protective option. Also, your doctor may recommend you protect recently treated eyebrows with a substance like petroleum jelly until they’re fully healed.
  3. Hold the bleach: A bright, white smile is a beautiful asset. But if you’ve recently enhanced your lips with permanent makeup, wait until they’ve fully healed before bleaching your teeth. A substance called Carbamide peroxide common in bleaching gels can pull the new color from your lips, leaving them blotchy and faded.
  4. Don’t touch: Resist the urge to touch your new permanent makeup, particularly permanent eyeliner. If you must touch it, for instance to clear away dust or an errant eyelash, use a new, clean cotton swab. Otherwise, you’re courting an infection that will need to be medically treated.
  5. Kick the habit: Smoking can ruin a new permanent lipstick where your lips touch the cigarette filter. Plus, it does a real number on your skin anyway. Just nix it.

If you’re considering permanent makeup, contact Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery at 904-396-1186 and schedule a consultation today.

Look your Summer Best with Permanent Cosmetics

Permanent makeup by Parkway Plastic Surgery is a great way to look your best during  summertime activities like swimming and sports.

Permanent makeup by Parkway Plastic Surgery is a great way to look your best during summertime activities like swimming and sports.

Summer time means days and nights of fun in the sun and surf. And that can make looking your best a little difficult. Even the most high-end cosmetics are no match for the excessive sweating and pool or ocean water. Fortunately, Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery offers a solution.

Formally known as micropigmentation, permanent makeup offers a way to look your beautiful best event on the hottest, wettest days. It employs tattoo technology and techniques to enhance the face with coloring resembling lipstick, eyeliner, brow makeup or mascara. Because it’s permanent, and with proper care following application, your look won’t run or fade. No more multiple trips to the ladies room to reapply your makeup. And, you can feel confident in your look even while playing sports or swimming.

You may have heard – and yes, it’s true – that permanent makeup has a rather dubious early history. Tattooist George Burchette, a major developer of the technique back in the 1930s, revealed in his memoirs that beauty salons of the day often tattooed women by injecting vegetable dyes just beneath the top layer of the skin without their knowledge, passing it off as an amazing new “complexion treatment.” Today, permanent makeup is a safe, effective and widely accepted aesthetic practice for creating a beautiful and enduring look.

Permanent makeup is an effective choice not only for those with active or athletic lifestyles, but also for those who:

  • Suffer from makeup allergies;
  • Wear contact lenses;
  • Have visual or motor impairments that make applying makeup difficult;
  • Have thin, uneven, poorly shaped eyebrows or sparse eyelashes;
  • Have excessively oily skin that causes makeup to smear;
  • Have surgical scars, vitiligo or hypo-pigmentation disorder;
  • Or have hair loss, often as a result of alopecia, certain genetic disorders or having undergone chemotherapy treatment.

If you’re considering permanent makeup to prepare your look for the summer season, there are a few preparatory and protective measures you’ll need to take. Avoid blood thinners, such as aspirin, in the weeks prior to your appointment. Afterward, avoid submersion in water, including in the ocean, or a lake, swimming pool or hot tub, until you’ve completely healed to avoid a bacterial infection; And always protect your procedure area from the sun’s rays by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and, after healing, a high-SPF sun block.

Also, make sure your permanent makeup procedure is performed by a highly trained professional. Call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation with one of the top-notch physicians or aesthetic specialists at Parkway Plastic Surgery.