Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Semi-Permanent Make Up?
Also known as Micropigmentation, Permanent Cosmetics or Cosmetic Tattooing it is a process that uses advanced techniques to implant ‘hypoallergenic’ pigments into the ‘shallow’ dermal layer of the skin (0.50mm) using state of the art equipment. When your procedure is completed, the colour will appear darker than the final result. This is because the colour is in BOTH the epidermis and the dermis. The outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, is always shedding and renewing itself, the colour in the top layer will flake during the healing process. The implanted pigment will gradually fade with time, depending upon a person's age, colour implanted, etc. Permanent make up is used for a variety of permanent cosmetic enhancements such as permanent eyebrows, eye liner and lip liner/colour.
2. Who Benefits from Semi-Permanent Make Up?
Anyone who desires the freedom from daily makeup application but who wishes to look their best at all times. Men as well as women Busy people who have little time to apply and reapply makeup Allergy sufferers who are sensitive to conventional make up, hay-fever sufferers who find it difficult to keep make up on with sneezing and runny eyes Physically active people, athletic, sporty people, swimmers, those who frequently go to the gym and cannot continuously reapply cosmetics Men and women who have concerns about facial asymmetries Partially sighted or blind people Physically disabled people who find it difficult to apply makeup People who have lost eyebrows and eyelashes due to alopecia or chemotherapy
3. How long does the procedure take?
You will need to allow 1.5 hours for your first procedure. If you intend to have a "full face" (3 procedures together) then you should allow 3 hours in total. I recommend a second visit to add the fine touches or darken the colour. “Less is sometimes more” and a second visit ( free of charge ) lets you have even more control over the desired result.
4. How long does it last?
Semi-Permanent Make Up should last for several years. Over time the colour will fade and start to break down. Usually, clients who wish to maintain the colour intensity of their enhancement will return every 12 – 18 months for a ‘refresher treatment’ . ‘Refresher’ treatments take a lot less time to complete therefore I offer them at ½ the price of the original treatment.
5. Does It Hurt?
Some clients feel no discomfort at all - others feel minimal discomfort. Topical anaesthetics (e.g. creams) are used to minimise discomfort before the treatment begins. Most people will feel nothing at all, while a few feel a slight, prickly sensation, which some of my clients have compared to having their eyebrows plucked or legs waxed. Also the needles I use are so fine that trauma is at an absolute minimum and there is no bleeding. The minimal discomfort that a client may experience is definitely outweighed by the stunning results that will be achieved.
6. How is the procedure carried out?
A minimum of 24 hours prior to the treatment commencing, a pigment ‘patch test’ is performed by placing a tiny amount of pigment into the skin usually in the hairline behind the ear, this is to ensure there is no allergy to the pigment. 99.9% of people do not have any reaction at all. On the day of treatment a thorough consultation will be conducted which will include an assessment of your skin colour and face shape. Suggestions may be offered regarding the enhancement of your natural beauty, and once you are happy with the colour effect chosen, a design is created to ensure you are completely happy with the shape before the procedure commences. Discussing in detail your desired outcomes will ensure the unique look created will be exactly as you desire. Essential to the procedure is the follow up or ‘top-up’ treatment carried out 4-6 weeks later enabling the fine tuning of colour density and making sure the pigments are retained uniformly.
7. Will I be able to go out without everyone noticing?
After a procedure the area treated will look a little darker and more intense. This will last for a few days until the area exfoliates and the true colour emerges. Generally it is only you who notices the darker colour. If anaesthetic is used you may swell slightly – this will go down usually by the end of the day. I suggest that if you are having an eyeliner procedure that you bring a pair of dark glasses with you ( as you may look as if you’ve been crying ). A little inconvenient but the long term results are well worth it.
8. What about aftercare?
You will be given a comprehensive aftercare guide after the treatment, along with verbal instructions. I am only a phone call away too if you need anything clarified post treatment.
9. Do I have a choice of colours?
Definitely. The choice of colours depends on the tone of your skin and the colour of your hair and eyes. With my assistance, suitable colours are selected and dabs of pigment are placed around the area to be treated in order to find the best match. You may like to bring along your own make-up and a match can be made from it.
10. How is shape decided?
Decisions are based on the shape of your face, on your personality and your preference. If I disagree with your choice, I will suggest other options. A make-up pencil is used to outline alternatives until the ideal shape is found. The template is then measured and checked for perfect symmetry and balance.
11. What if styles change?
As a Permanent make-up professional i avoid anything that is too trendy or a fashion fad. I use colours that are custom-blended to complement your skin tone, eye and hair colour to give a soft and natural appearance. However, the colour can be changed at any time by blending another colour over the original if you wish.
12. Does it look natural?
Semi-permanent make up is all about enhancing what nature has given you, making them look more defined and giving you over all, a more youthful appearance.