What is Permanent Make-up?
Permanent Make-up, also known as micropigmentation or cosmetic tattooing, is a revolutionary method of inserting small amounts of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin using a tiny sterile needle in order to enhance your features, or subtly and naturally change your overall appearance. (pigment is used instead of ink so it will fade over time)
This procedure is very common now and everyone, including celebrities, are using permanent cosmetics. It is the perfect solution for women of all ages who don’t have time to apply make up in the morning but still want to look their best.
Consultations can be done in person or over the phone with the patch test posted to your address. If you are a natural Redhead or have had work carried out previously by another technician then a face to face consultation is essential.
Will it hurt?
This can vary from person to person depending on individual pain thresholds and procedures carried out however, 9 out of 10 people gladly described their treatment as painless with mild discomfort towards the end.
I like a certain shape of brow, can I draw them on myself for you to tattoo?
Quite simply my answer is NO! Whatever you feel suits you just now could be completely out of fashion in the next few years. My eyes are trained in creating the perfect shape to suit your face. I work very naturally and will not tattoo anything that doesn’t compliment your face shape, hair and eye colour and stand the test of time.
What happens on the day?
On arrival you will be brought through to the treatment room where we will go through all the necessary paperwork and I can answer any last minute questions you may have. The area receiving treatment will be numbed to minimise discomfort and we will have a thorough discussion about shapes, styles and what you would like. Following this discussion I will draw on the shape we have agreed and use the Fitzpatrick Scale (Numerical scale used to classify human skin colour) to determine the colour which best suits your skin tone. The procedure will not go ahead until both you and I are happy with the sketch.
A code of practice is followed before, during and after the procedure that ensures a very safe treatment with the highest hygiene and sterilisation standards.
What is the healing process?
Everyone is different however, most people will develop a crust across the treated area causing it to look much darker. As the scabbing flakes off the colour will fade. It can then take up to 28 days for the pigment to resurface revealing the true result so don’t panic if your colour isn’t as strong as you would have liked straight away. You will also be due to return to the clinic for a top up appointment 4-6 weeks after treatment.
How long will it last?
Generally pigment can last from 12 months to 5 years in the skin however, this varies from person to person depending on lifestyle, medical conditions, skin type and sun exposure. As it is pigment and not an ink, your skin will gradually, over time, break down the colour. It is recommended to have a yearly top up to keep your permanent cosmetics looking fresh. Some clients may be able to go longer periods between top ups and others come back after 6 months.
Do you have to remove my brow hairs?
A few hairs may be removed in order to create a more groomed brow but I will try to keep as much hair as possible.
I’m not sure about going ahead with it!
If you are not 100% certain that you want to go ahead with the procedure then you should hold off. Remember this is not a medical necessity, if you are feeling unsure I would advise you to go away, think it over and come back when you are ready.
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