ABG WELLNESS

Our Services

Why ABG Wellness? It’s simple. There is no better investment of energy, time or money than in yourself. At ABG Wellness in Chandler, AZ,  we believe ‘beauty’ applies to anyone and everyone because it is no longer defined in the ways our parents and grandparents viewed it. Beauty is in the decision to care for yourself and how you care for others.

Paramedical Permanent Makeup - Eyebrows, Eyeliner, and Lips

What are Medical or Paramedical Permanent Cosmetics?
This is a highly specialized and advanced area of permanent cosmetics that focuses on people with medically related conditions. Examples include surgical scars (e.g., breast reconstruction, hair transplant), trauma scars (e.g., accidents or burns), or unnatural skin conditions (e.g., Vitiligo, Alopecia). The techniques restore color and symmetry to an affected area(s). The results can help a person look better and improve his or her self-esteem. This process is also called Medical Tattooing, Paramedical Tattooing, Corrective Tattooing, Reconstructive Tattooing, or Restorative Tattooing.

Are Permanent Cosmetics safe?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), permanent cosmetics are safe when the technician is educated in the control of Blood Borne Pathogens and follows all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines. However, permanent cosmetics are not licensed or regulated in most states including California. In those states, the best assurance of safety is a permit issued by the county health department. A permit is issued only when the tattooist, business, and equipment are examined and approved by a health department inspector. In California, about half of the cities in Orange and Los Angeles Counties are “regulated cities” where inspections occur. In “non-regulated” cities, there are no inspections of anyone doing permanent cosmetics, so the public is “on their own.”

What are some of the CDC and OSHA Guidelines for Permanent Cosmetics?
The tattooing equipment used should have parts that are completely disposable or can be autoclaved. If an autoclave is used, it must be functioning properly at the correct temperature with periodic testing. All needles should be individually wrapped, sterile, disposable, and for single use. All pigments and anesthetics should be dispensed from the manufacturers’ original containers. The procedure area should be sanitary with hand washing capabilities (running hot and cold water, soap, paper towels). Any products used during the procedure should be discarded afterward every time. Unfortunately, unless the technician and facility are inspected by the health department, there is no guarantee that the CDC and OSHA guidelines are followed.

 How are the procedures performed?
Cosmetic tattooing is performed in different ways using different types of equipment. The name of the device that holds the needle describes the application method. The categories of equipment and methods are as follows: Manual Hand Tool method (also called Hand Tap or Non-Machine method); Coil Machine method (a smaller version of the traditional tattoo machine); Analog Pen or Rotary Machine method (most commonly used); and Computerized Digital Machine method (most sophisticated technology).

Is a Cosmetic Tattooing procedure painful?
Due to the invasiveness of the process, some people may feel minor discomfort that varies according to their pain threshold and response to anesthetics. People describe what they feel in different ways such as “irritation”, “scratching”, “vibration”, or “a slight burning sensation. ABG Wellness uses medical grade topical anesthetic creams and gels before and during all procedures to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Numbing injection can be scheduled with our doctor we work with and are an additional cost.

Are the pigments that are used safe?
Permanent cosmetics utilize sterile pigments with cosmetic grade colorants that are approved by the FDA as safe for human use. Technically, the colored pigments used are suspensions containing insoluble inert compounds, usually iron or titanium oxides. The microscopic particles that appear to be dissolved are actually suspended in a clear liquid base of alcohol, distilled water, and glycerin. The traditional body tattooing process is different because it uses colored “inks” or “dyes” that are completely dissolved liquids with transparent color.

Are people allergic to the colored pigments?
Most of the pigments used for cosmetic tattooing are made to be hypo allergenic. Studies have shown that acute (“immediate”) allergic reactions to these products are extremely rare. Delayed-hypersensitivity reactions (“delayed onset”) allergic reactions are also uncommon. Medical professionals believe that most “allergic reactions” are not reactions to the pigments. They believe a reaction is caused by a bacterial infection or an allergic reaction to a topical after care product. In 2004, the FDA recalled one pigment line by one manufacturer when allergic reactions occurred. The cause was determined to be a new preservative added to the formula. No other product recalls have occurred before or after that one.

What will the final color look like?
Permanent makeup colors should be selected to compliment a person’s skin tone, hair, and eye color. A conservative approach is best because it is easier to make an existing color darker versus lighter. Colors will always look darker and more intense immediately following a procedure, and then gradually lighten and soften upon healing. For medical tattooing (e.g., scar camouflage or areola re-pigmentation), color spot testing is advised to determine the best custom combination of colors for the tattooed area. All reputable permanent cosmetic professionals will record the pigment(s) used for a client in her or his file for future reference.

Why is the color so dark right after the procedure?
When wet clothing is removed from a clothes washer, it looks darker than when it was dry. The same principle applies to permanent cosmetics. The pigments contain dry microscopic powder particles that are suspended in a clear liquid. As the body absorbs the liquid, the colored particles remain where they were implanted and gradually return to (“dry to”) their original powder color. In addition, the skin underneath the tattoo turns red and “flushed” from blood flow to the area during the process. The background redness contributes to the darker appearance and once the redness subsides, the color appears lighter.

How long do Permanent Cosmetics last?
The results are considered permanent because the tattooed color cannot be washed off. However, the color should be considered “semi-permanent” because some fading will occur over time. Color retention is affected by different factors including the shade of the original color, the person’s age and metabolism, skin type and condition, exposure to UV radiation (sun, tanning booths), smoking, certain drugs and medications, and skin peeling treatments such as Retin-A or microdermabrasion. In general, the color lasts from one to five years and can be enhanced and refreshed by a maintenance visit when needed (usually at a lower fee than the initial procedure when performed by the original artist).

What is a Touch-up appointment?
During the initial procedure (first application), the tattooed area(s) will be saturated with as much color as possible. Due to swelling, there may be some areas where the tissue will no longer allow pigment to be implanted. Those areas will show less color after healing and may need another visit to be filled-in (a touch-up). Because everyone’s tissue reaction is different, some clients will need a second visit while others will not. First, the tattooed area must heal before a refinement procedure can be performed. It is best to wait 4 to 8 weeks for complete tissue healing and color stabilization. Once the desired results are achieved, the client can keep the color looking fresh with a maintenance visit every few years.

Can I remove or change my Permanent Makeup?
The removal of permanent makeup is not an easy process, if at all possible. That is why it is important to select a qualified and experienced professional who has a conservative approach. During the initial application, a “less is more” philosophy works best. A lighter, more natural color can always be changed or supplemented later with conventional makeup. It can also be adjusted or darkened if necessary, with another application at a second (touch-up) appointment. Shape can also be refined at a follow-up visit, but not drastically, so a good original design is a must.

What is the recovery period like?
Immediately following a procedure, there will be mild swelling, redness, or tenderness that lasts a few hours to a few days (eyebrows swell less than eyes and lips). There may also be slight bruising with lip procedures. The color looks much darker immediately afterward for any procedure. It will lighten a lot within 3 to 7 days and will continue to lighten over several weeks. During the first week ointments must be applied to the tattooed area for protection and to minimize scabbing. Most people are amazed at how “normal” they look immediately after and do not feel it is necessary to take time off of work.

Are Consultation Appointments Required?
Yes, many important steps are followed when a procedure is done correctly. It will take a minimum of 2 hours or more for an initial appointment. It should include a consultation (if not done before) and a review of the person’s medical history. Time is then used for determining the best design, color selection, numbing, the actual procedure, photos, after care instructions, and answering all questions. Follow-up visits usually require less time. For scar camouflage work, spot testing for color accuracy must be completed first at least 6 weeks before the actual tattooing procedure.

Will Permanent Makeup continue to look good as I age?
It is true that as we age, our skin and its elasticity changes. However, there are many older women who look good wearing conventional makeup as long as it is correctly applied. Those women would look just as good with correctly applied permanent makeup. The best-looking permanent makeup can be altered, however, if any facial surgery is performed that changes the position of the tattooed area. For example, if a brow lift is performed after a permanent eyebrow procedure, the eyebrows could be raised and look different. Therefore, anyone planning to have facial plastic surgery should discuss this with her surgeon and permanent cosmetics specialist.

Can I have an MRI procedure after Cosmetic Tattooing?
Please always check with your physician and MRI technician. However, in the instances where MRI discomfort has resulted, it usually is reported as localized and temporary.

Is a Cosmetic Tattooing procedure expensive?
Permanent cosmetics are affordable for most people, and the long-term benefits make procedures fairly inexpensive. Other non-surgical procedures like Botox or fillers cost the same or more. But they may last for only three to twelve months while cosmetic tattooing lasts for years. The savings from not having to buy regular makeup products that are applied every day adds up quickly. Also, the convenience and time saved from not applying makeup every day are worth a lot, and the self-esteem that is restored by medical tattooing is priceless. Permanent makeup performed by legitimately certified and experienced artists generally ranges from $350-$650 including the follow-up appointment.

Scalp Micropigmentation

What Is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a non-surgical procedure that remedies hair loss by distributing pigment into the scalp, replicating thousands of hair follicles. Pigment is applied with a patented 3-round needle.  This innovative procedure can be used to create a shaved head look, add density to thinning hair, or camouflage skin diseases or scarring. This affordable solution provides immediate results suitable for almost everyone.

Is Scalp Micropigmentation For Women?

Yes! Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is the ideal solution to conceal female pattern baldness. Women typically experience diffuse thinning that spreads throughout the top of the head. This can be especially noticeable anywhere the hair is parted. The primary goal is to reduce the contrast between the hair and the scalp. We approach this similarly to men receiving a density treatment. Scalp Micropigmentation can conceal this contrast, which creates a permanent illusion of fullness.

How Long Is The Procedure?

The Scalp Micropigmentation treatment can take roughly 2-4 hours per session depending on your degree of hair loss.  Most clients can expect between 2-4 sessions to complete their treatment depending on the extent of hair loss or scarring.  These treatments are usually spaced about 10-20 days apart.  A touch-up after 30 days may be necessary and is included in the initial cost.

What Is The Recovery Process Like?

Recovery is very simple, and aftercare instructions will be provided. The scalp will heal itself in 5-7 days. During the healing period, swimming, heavy sweating and sun exposure must be avoided. Keeping the scalp clean is very important. Pigments can take up to 4 full weeks to settle.

Is The Procedure Painful?

We apply a high concentrate numbing solution to make your experience as easy and pain free as possible.  Every client experience different levels of pain some clients have discomfort, some clients fall asleep in the chair.

Is Scalp Micropigmentation Permanent?

After completion of your treatment (2-4 sessions) the treatment should last 4-6 years. Depending on each clients body chemistry and how well they take care of their scalp. For people that spend a lot of time outside in the sun, will need a touch-up in about 2-3 years some slight fading, to which they can come back in for a quick touch up.   Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a form of permanent cosmetic or permanent makeup. This cosmetic solution will not wash off but can be tweaked as years on by.

Why Is Our Pigment The Best?

We do not use tattoo ink. We use a specially formulated scalp-specific pigment, held to the highest standards of the European Union (American tattoo ink is not strictly regulated like our pigment). Our pigments are carbon based and contain all organic vegan ingredients, ensuring realistic and lifelong hair restoration.

Will Scalp Micropigmentation Work For My Hair Color/Skin Tone?

Absolutely. We can custom blend pigments precisely to match your individual hair color, whether blonde, brown, red or black. We’ve worked on clients of all ages, skin color, and hair color with excellent results.

What Happens When My Hair Turns Grey?

Despite many concerns, grey hair has very little effect on your overall appearance with Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP). Grey hair naturally occurs sporadically throughout the scalp and Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is proven to blend well and add texture and realism.

Do I Need To Take Time Off Work?

No, Micropigmentation (SMP) is non-invasive and requires no down time.  In most cases, you will not need to take any extended time away from work, school  or other functions.  After treatment it is common to notice slight redness on the scalp for 2-3 days post session.  This redness subsides quickly, and most clients return to right away.  Clients are also allowed to wear hats or headwear should they feel they need it.

What Is The Cost?

Procedures are available starting at $1,500 and average $3,000. The cost of your procedure depends on your level of hair loss and on any special requirements you may have. Because every situation is unique, we will either need photos or an in-person consultation to give you an accurate quote.

Aftercare

We will provide you with an aftercare kit before you leave. Some areas of the scalp may be red from irritation for approximately 24-72 hours, and the entire healing process only take about a week.  Swimming, heavy sweating, and sun exposure must be avoided during the healing process.

Day of Procedure

When you arrive, we will ask you to fill out any necessary forms and answer any pre-procedure questions.

Follow Up

We will check in with frequently after your procedure to ensure your healing is going well and answer any new questions you may have.  After one month, the applied pigment will cure to its final shade and be approximately 20-30% lighter than the shade initially applied.

Areola Reconstruction - 3D Areola Tattooing

Why have 3D Areola Reconstruction?

Treatment for breast cancer can bring many unexpected changes into women’s lives – and their bodies. It’s completely natural to want to return to a sense of normalcy and feel like yourself again as soon as possible. For many women, that means following up a mastectomy with breast reconstruction surgery to restore the shape of your removed breast.

However, not every mastectomy is able to retain the nipple in the surgical process. What do you do when you’re not able to receive a nipple-sparing mastectomy?

One promising solution that has emerged over the last few years is AREOLA Reconstruction tattooing. By using 3D areola reconstruction technology, specialists are able to recreate the areola, putting the last finishing touch on breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.

What is 3D Areola Reconstruction?
3D areola reconstruction refers to tattoos created in the traditional sense with tattoo ink using the colors of nipple pigment. They are designed using realistic markings to give the illusion of a realistic nipple.

Are 3D Areola Reconstruction Safe?
3D areola reconstruction are as safe as traditional tattoos, as any reputable tattoo artist will be applying the tattoo using sterile equipment.

When can I get a 3D Areola Reconstruction?
3D areola reconstruction, will require you to wait 3-6 months after the date of your final surgery and/or areola reconstruction.  Consult with your physician prior to scheduling.

How long does the process take?
3D areola reconstruction will take about 1.5 to 2 hours. The 3D areola reconstruction healing process mirrors a traditional tattoo healing process.

How long does it take for the Areola Reconstruction to heal?
Typically it takes about 7-10 days to heal. Tegaderm bandages will be used for the first 5 days.  There may be some slight scabbing or skin flaking may occur, but this is normal.

How long will the Areola Reconstruction Tattoo last?
Due to the nature of areola and nipple scaring, the longevity of the tattoo will vary, 3 years to a lifetime.  Some slight fading will occur over the following years.

Does Areola Reconstruction Hurt?
Every client is different depending on your particular surgery.  ABG Wellness uses medical grade topical anesthetic creams and gels before and during all procedures to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Numbing injection can be scheduled with our doctor we work with and are an additional cost.

How do I care for my Areola Reconstruction?
Aftercare is primarily a matter of keeping the area clean (showers only until healed), no immersing the tattoo in water, avoiding direct and artificial sunlight. You may want to keep that in mind when scheduling your appointment. Do not let the tattoo dry out. There may be some itching and peeling of the skin for the first week or two. Once healed, your tattoo will be soft and natural looking. Keeping the skin hydrated and using broad spectrum sun protection are key to keeping your tattoo vibrant for years to come.

Because tattooing causes trauma to the skin, it may take longer to heal in post radiation treated skin, those with autoimmune disorders or taking immunosuppressive medication, or in diabetics. See the aftercare instructions you are provided at your consultation appointment.

Do you use sterile needles and equipment?
Yes, all of our needles are disposable, single use and sterile.

Are Consultation Appointments Required?
Yes, many important steps are followed when a procedure is done correctly. It will take a minimum of 2 hours or more for an initial appointment. It will include a consultation (if not done before) and a review of the person’s medical history. Time is then used for determining the best design, color selection, numbing, the actual procedure, photos, after care instructions, and answering all questions. Follow-up visits usually require less time. For scar camouflage work, spot testing for color accuracy must be completed first at least 6 weeks before the actual tattooing procedure.

How much does a 3D Areola Reconstruction cost?
Expect to spend between $400-600 on a 3D nipple tattoo. 6-8 week Follow up procedures is $150.

Can I have an MRI procedure after Cosmetic Tattooing?
Please always check with your physician and MRI technician. However, in the instances where MRI discomfort has resulted, it usually is reported as localized and temporary.

Can I bring a support person to my appointment?
Yes.

What do I need to do before my appointment?
Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing top that opens in the front.  It’s OK to wear a bra. Also, make sure you eat on the day of the procedure. Try to avoid alcohol as it also tends to thin the blood.

Is 3D Areola Reconstruction covered by insurance?
Clients will pay ABG Wellness directly.  We’re an out of network provider, and able to provide the necessary documentation to our clients so that they can apply for insurance reimbursement. 

Lymphatic Balancing MD Therapy

What is Lymphatic Balancing MD Therapy?

Lymphatic Balancing MD Therapy (LBMDT) is a hands-on therapy that uses gentle manual pumping and drainage techniques to simulate a specific wave-like movement to stimulate fluid motion and aid in the recirculation of blood and lymph.  These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and fluid circulation and stimulate the function of the immune system.  Therapy includes infrared and ultrasound for less fluid retention, reduction of inflammation, and improves bladder control.

 

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Tissue Fibrosis 
  • Body Detoxing
  • Gynecomastia Surgery
  • Vaser 360 Lipo
  • Male BBL
  • Pectoral Fat Transfer

Who Can Benefit From Lymphatic Balancing MD Therapy?

  • Pre & Post-surgery Clients
  • BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift)
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Infants to Elderly
  • Sedentary to Athletic
  • Preventative Care to Acute Traumas
  • Clients with Chronic Conditions

Lymphatic Balancing MD Therapy has been shown to help:

  • Super boost your immunity
  • Release toxic fluid build-up
  • Faster Recovery
  • Decrease acute and chronic pain
  • Reduce edema and lymphedema (primary, secondary, and post-surgical)
  • Release muscle spasm and decrease joint pain
  • Reduction symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia
  • Decrease headaches
  • Induce deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, and loss of vitality
  • Increase circulation for amputees
  • Increase function after sports injuries