Cosmetic Transformations specializes in cosmetic and medical micropigmentation procedures which are waterproof, smear proof and can liberate you from the daily hassle of applying conventional makeup.
Most importantly, these procedures will give you renewed confidence to face and enjoy the world.
Our highly trained and experienced micropigmentation specialist, Kyla Gutsche, is committed to giving you a fabulous artistic result as well as ensuring that the highest safety standards are met and that the equipment and pigments used are the safest available.
We implant the pigments into the skin itself, producing natural-looking results
Micropigmentation is a sophisticated form of tattooing that can accentuate and define the eyes, brows and lips, and can also dramatically improve the appearance of scars, vitiligo, and features lost due to illness, trauma or surgery.
Micropigmentation procedures implant the pigment into the reticular layer of the dermis (approximately 0.05 mm to 2.0 mm), whereas traditional tattooing goes significantly deeper.
In our society, which places increasing importance on one’s appearance, more and more women and men are opting for cosmetic and medical micropigmentation procedures. Whereas conventional cosmetics sit on top of the skin and can look waxy or shiny, micropigmentation procedures implant the pigments into the skin itself, producing more natural looking and more permanent results.
Micropigmentation lasts between three to five years after application—or even longer with periodic maintenance or ‘touch up’ appointments.
Procedures range from 250 to 2,500 dollars, according to their complexity. This may seem costly, but is in fact economical when considered in relation to the money and time that would be spent be on conventional cosmetics over a three to five year time period. And for individuals who are disfigured due to trauma, surgery or the effects of illness, the ability of these procedures to dramatically improve the skin’s appearance are nothing less than a miracle.
Kyla Corinne Gutsche
Kyla is extremely knowledgeable about pigments and their safety
Kyla C. Gutsche is the founder of Cosmetic Transformations. In addition to exceptional empathy and discretion, Kyla has amazing artistic talent that sets her apart from other specialists. Kyla actually began her career as an Oxford-trained university professor in the fields of chemistry and the visual arts, but was motivated to change her path by her own experiences with micropigmentation procedures following cancer treatments.
Kyla wanted to combine her artistic talents with the best techniques and materials possible in order to help other people look and feel their best.
In order to do this, Kyla has undertaken advanced micropigmentation training in both Canada and Europe, studying with the most respected and experienced specialists. Kyla has additionally trained with plastic surgeons in Vancouver and London and is highly skilled in medical micropigmentation and tattooing, including the minimization of scarring and vitiligo, as well as areola re-pigmentation and naturalistic nipple restoration tattooing following surgical nipple reconstruction.
With her exceptional knowledge of chemistry, Kyla is also extremely knowledgable about pigments and their safety, and co-developed an award winning pigment dispersant that enables the technician to layer pigments in the skin, creating luminous, 3d effects.
She works alongside respected reconstructive surgeons and is considered the global leader in the field of restorative tattooing and scar camouflage.
“I am committed to giving you the best artistic result as well as ensuring that the highest hygienic standards are met and that the pigments used are the best and safest available.”
Carl Johann Christensen
He is extremely adaptable in style
Carl Johann started his tattoo career in Vancouver, Canada, apprenticing under Conway Mason, before moving back to Peterborough to study under Lannie Glover at Fantality Tattoo.
Originally studying Musical Theatre in post secondary Carl has always had a flair for the arts growing up in the studio of his father Peer Christensen. In his 15+ years in the industry Carl has developed a signature style for fine line-work, smooth graduations of colour, and saturated colour detail. He is extremely adaptable in style and specializes in custom designs that help clients reframe their experiences and reclaim their bodies after trauma and illness, particularly breast cancer.
“As a proud member of the LGBTQ community I am honoured to be part of Cosmetic Transformations and hope to use my gifts for the arts to help change lives. Every tattoo is a personal journey and a souvenir of transformation.“
Eva helps you feel welcome
Eva ensures that you receive compassionate customer service. She helps you feel welcome from the moment that you contact Cosmetic Transformations to following up and checking that your experiences were everything that you hoped for, and more.
“Our job is to treat you like a relative–if you were our sister or brother we’d want what is best for you, and want you to be treated with the utmost respect and discretion.”
A strong focus in breast reconstruction
Cosmetic Transformations is proud to share the Top Floor of the Medical Arts Clinic with Dr. Jennifer Klok BSc, MD, MSc, FRCSC.
Dr. Jennifer Klok is a board certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. She runs a general reconstructive and cosmetic surgery practice with a strong focus in breast reconstruction.
Dr. Klok attended medical school at the University of British Columbia and graduated with her MD in 2009. She completed her five years of Plastic Surgery training at the University of Ottawa and obtained her board certification in plastic surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2015. Dr. Klok then went on to pursue a fellowship in Breast Cancer Reconstruction at the University of Toronto. During her fellowship she had the opportunity to learn various techniques in breast reconstruction from leaders in the field and also acquired extensive training in aesthetic surgery and microsurgery. In addition to this, Dr. Klok has a Masters in Science from McMaster University in Health Research Methodology and has pursued various research endeavors including authoring surgical publications and presenting at national and international conferences.
- Breast Reconstruction Surgery
- Breast Reduction Surgery
- Cosmetic Breast Surgery
- Cosmetic Body Surgery
- Skin Cancer Surgery
- Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgery
- Burn and Complex Wound Surgery
- Excision of Benign Skin Lesions
- Botox and Fillers
Our Dedication to Safety
The team observes all of the precautions necessary to ensure your safety
Because micropigmentation is a form of tattooing and is semi-invasive, proper sterilization procedures and personal protection equipment and clothing are necessary. Rest assured that Kyla is thoroughly knowledgeable about bloodborne pathogen and cross-contamination prevention, having been highly trained by the most esteemed micropigmentation specialists and plastic surgeons, and she observes all of the precautions necessary to ensure your safety.
Our Use of Cutting-Edge Technology
You should demand the best available equipment
When you are contemplating a micropigmentation procedure, you should demand the best available equipment – equipment that meets the highest safety standards and that will cause the least amount of pain and trauma to your skin.
Kyla uses the Nouveau Contour Intelligent machine (Medical Edition), internationally recognized as the most sophisticated micropigmentation device available. The Intelligent’s central processing unit consistently calculates the optimal needle frequency (speed) and depth needed to achieve maximum pigment implantation and retention, whatever the skin type or structure. Additionally, The Intelligent has more power than any other rotary device.
The result is cleaner, more predictable results than those obtained from traditional rotary machines – and significantly less pain during the procedure.
Tests have shown that the structure of traditional tattoo machines causes a small but real risk of fluid cross-contamination due to the possible backflow of liquids and circulation of contaminated air within the hand piece. The Nouveau Contour patented Safety needle system (US-Pat . #6,505,630 and #6,345,553) eliminates this risk by completely isolating the handpiece and needle unit from each other by means of internal diaphragms. The needle and its casing tube form a single use disposable cartridge, and each cartridge is packed separately in a class 100.000 clean room and sterilized using EO gas.
Our Pigments Are The Safest Available
Kyla knows what it means to feel self-conscious and disfigured
Cosmetic Transformations is committed to client safety and uses the safest pigments available which have undergone significant human trials confirmed by histologies and have a 20-year history of zero allergic response.
Not using toxic pigments should be important to anyone in the tattoo industry but it holds special meaning for Kyla.
This is because her decision to specialize in micropigmentation was a result of her having lost her eyebrows after chemotherapy and then having the further misfortune of having pigments implanted into her skin which were later found to be hazardous by the FDA.
Parts of her eyebrows and upper lip had to be surgically removed due to the severe granuloma tissue that had reacted to the unsafe pigments implanted in her skin.
Kyla knows what it means to feel self-conscious and disfigured and has created a safe and inclusive place for people to come following trauma, illness or surgery to be restored with pigments that will not set you back in your journey.
This traumatic experience galvanized Kyla to utilize her chemistry and arts backgrounds to extensively research the tattoo industry as well as the pigments used in tattoo and micropigmentation procedures.
“Being committed to the management of client safety and not wanting anyone to go through the type of experience I went through, I have avoided using pigment ingredients that are known for inducing skin intolerance and photo sensitivity. My chosen manufacturer of pigments has acquired over two decades of experience in the field of safe pigments for the tattoo industry.”
Unlike most pigments on the market, our pigments have undergone controlled clinical development by a leading plastic surgeon and been certified to the international reference standard for medical device manufacturers, EN [ISO] 13485/2003.
In addition, each of the pigments is allocated a lot number which is carried through the complete manufacturing process, ensuring complete traceability and consistent quality.
She chose the butterfly because of its associations with transformation
When choosing a logo for Cosmetic Transformations, Kyla wanted something that not only helped you remember the company name but which also embodied the ethos of the company.
She chose the butterfly because of its associations with transformation, particularly the idea of becoming a more beautiful version of oneself.
The particular butterfly that was chosen― the Morpho Menelaus ― reflects Kyla’s commitment to safe, natural pigments. This is because the structural colouration of these butterflies is inspiring nanotechnology research to produce paints that do not use toxic pigments.
The wings of a Morpho butterfly are some of the most brilliant structures in nature, and yet they contain no blue pigment—they harness the physics of light at the nanoscale. Learn more about these butterflies and structural colour vs pigment colour:
Kyla’s Titian Wash™ Technique
Allowing the light to refract and reflect back to the viewer
Following Kyla’s cancer treatments and experiencing restorative tattooing herself, she saw a need for innovation in the industry.
Conventional pigments are rather limited–their large particle size and shape created a lot of ‘scatter,’ resulting in very bold, opaque effects in the skin.
Kyla helped co develop a dispersant for tattoo pigments and a corresponding tattooing technique called Titian Wash after the famed Venetian Renaissance painter Tiziano Vecellio (commonly known as Titian)
The dispersant enables the formation of glazes and the technique enables the technician to layer the glazes in the skin.
The resulting effects cause minimal scatter, allowing light to refract and reflect through the separated out particles and back to the viewer—in the way that Titian was able to capture on canvas.
If we look at Titian’s Venus holding a Mirror from 1555, we can actually see the lower layers of greenish glazes shining through the top rosy and beige layers.
“What light manages to pass through or between the particles is ultimately absorbed or reflected by those underlying layers; and then the light gains a second opportunity to interact with the pigment particles before making its way towards the viewer. This complex interplay of light within the pigment/dispersant–suspension creates the particular sense of glow that is one of the prized attributes of glazes. And it is what makes Titian’s work so evocative. This luminous quality is what I strive to emulate in my work” – Kyla C Gutsche
The National Gallery in Washington—where this painting now resides—did a fantastic short video on this painting and Titian’s glazing techniques. The video in particular succinctly illustrates why glazing is superior to other artistic approaches and how this particular painting can be linked to areolar and breast tattooing, and to empowerment over one’s body:
Here is a short excerpt on the science of how glazes defect and diffract light, creating a more luminous effect: