What happens then?! The oxidized lead was then mixed with grape seed oil in order to produce the white pigment for their masterpieces. Indeed they would mix most of the colors with white, which was a great contributor to the fact that a lot of artists died prematurely from what is today believed to be lead poisoning. Today the white pigment is also derived from metal; however, since manufacturers now know about the toxic qualities of lead, they use Titanium instead. A photocatalyst process is used to turn it into Titanium Dioxide, otherwise known as WHITE. Why is it used in Pigments? Pigments need a base in order to show their brightness which is appreciated by many. The white color serves as a base for the pigment in the same way as the white paper behind the pink bottle. The lighter the color, the more of a white base it requires; therefore, a soft baby pink color will have a greater percentage of Titanium than a dark brow pigment. W hy should W hite and Beige Camouf lage Pigments not be used? White or Titanium Dioxide in its purest form should not be used because the molecules are so large that they will never break down and therefore remain indefinitely in the skin. When you make corrections with a f lesh color pigment, you are sentencing your clients to live with the result for the rest of their life. The only way to get the pigments out of the skin is to use very aggressive non-laser techniques.
At this point, you are in the land of no return territor y. Within the first couple of years, your client will have ghastly white lips like the ones in the photo above. From there, the molecules will swell under the skin becoming even larger and giving the skin a bumpy texture. The molecules will then turn yellowish. It will remain this way forever, unfortunately; laser treatments will not help the situation, non-laser ones will be very painful. The layers of pigments become so thick at this point that you can almost cut it out.
What will happen is that the rest of the colors will fade in time and only this white/camouflage pigment will remain in the skin. What is even worse is that over time, these already large titanium molecules will become even larger under the skin and turn yellowish, besides giving the texture of cottage cheese under the skin. I was trained to do lips on darker skin tones by implanting white before a soft pink pigment. Are you saying that this is wrong? YES! That’s exactly what I’m saying. I’m sure when you were trained you were told that the client simply needed to return for touch ups every year and that this would be good for your business…well, that’s a lie. There is only so much pigment that you’re able to implant in one area of skin. Titanium molecules are HUGE and therefore it will only take a couple of touch ups before the skin is totally saturated and no more pigment can be implanted.
But I was told that in the consultation I should lay out the risk and go ahead if the client still wants me to perform the procedure. This is exactly where INTEGRITY comes in — or lack of it. You should NEVER go ahead with a procedure that is not in the best interest of the client. If your motivation for being in this industry is money — I suggest you put your hand piece down and retire. Harsh? No. Actually, it is not harsh enough. When people had undesired results, they come to me. I’m their last hope.