On Tuesday, I had an interesting chat with a new client…
…She was interested to know about the affects of fillers and Botox on semi permanent make up.
I thought it made a great blog topic so here it is Kim, just for you and your friend who was asking… The low down on Botox, fillers and how these treatments can work alongside semi permanent make up.
You might be surprised by the amount of people you know who secretly have this type of anti aging treatment, even in good old Hemel Hempstead where I run my clinic from.
But let me tell you, there are a huge amount of people now having a sneaky injection of Botox or a tiny touch of lip filler and you’d never know unless they told you.
It is possible to use both Botox and/or fillers alongside semi permanent make up treatments to achieve a very effective finished look but it is worth bearing a few things in mind.
Botox and Semi Permanent Make Up
It is generally a good idea to have your semi permanent make up applied before you have Botox for the first time. Or at the very least, wait until it requires topping up to have your SPMU treatment carried out.
The reason for this is that semi permanent make up pigments remain in the skin for far longer than any injectable anti-aging treatment.
If a technician carries out a SPMU treatment without being told that the client has had Botox, it can seriously affect the placement of the pigment. This could mean that as the Botox wears off, you are left with brows that are incorrectly placed or eyeliner that droops.
This is manageable if you keep having Botox top-ups, but if you become immune (which does occasionally happen) or simply choose to stop topping your Botox up, it can be a big problem.
The clinic in which I work also has a visiting aesthetic Doctor who is qualified to carry out various non surgical aesthetic procedures.
If you think you might want both semi permanent make up and Botox, we can work together to define a treatment plan for you to ensure you are able to have both, and achieve great results.
At the very least, you should always wait for 21 days either before or after having injectable anti-aging treatments to have a semi permanent makeup treatment carried out.
If you do choose to have both cosmetically enhanced eyebrows and Botox, ask your aesthetic Doctor or Botox nurse (props to the lovely Lucy – my own Botox angel!) about a non-surgical eyebrow lift.
Here, Botox is used to freeze the muscles in the forehead in a very precise way which lifts the brow.
The result is sometimes called ‘The Diablo Effect’ or, as I prefer to call my very own non surgical eyebrow treatment on my tattooed brows ‘The Jack Nicholson Eyebrow’!
I speak from experience when I say it is a highly effective way of expressing your dissatisfaction in a non-verbal way when your child spills their breakfast on the floor and you are due in the clinic in 20 minutes…!
Fillers and Semi Permanent Make Up
Fillers, such as Restylane are a fantastic anti-aging product. They generally contain hyaluronic acid, a substance which naturally occurs in our bodies.
Often it is used in the lip to create fullness and tackle asymmetry. Most of us have slightly uneven lips and this can become more prominent as we age.
While semi permanent lip liner and blush can deal with small imperfections, sometimes a little extra help is required to really smooth things out.
It is important to carry out semi permanent lip treatments on ‘virgin’ skin (or just before your top-up is due if you already have fillers) and then have the filler implanted afterwards to deal with any areas where it is not possible to improve with pigment.
Carried out together as part of a careful treatment plan, the results can be absolutely stunning.
So again, if you have lip filler and want a semi permanent make up treatment, its best to have the SPMU done first and the filler no less than 21 days afterwards.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that having SPMU on recently filled lips can make the treatment more painful which of course is something I like to avoid where possible!
One key thing to remember when it comes to fillers is that it is possible to correct misplacement with an enzyme injection which dissolves the hyaluronic acid over a day or two. So, if a mistake does occur, it can be reasonably simple, although still costly, to rectify.
This is less possible if SPMU is incorrectly applied over filled lips. Generally, as the filler dissolves and it becomes apparent that the lip liner or blush has been incorrectly placed, laser or Rejuvi removal will be required for correction.
So there you have it. The low down on Botox and fillers and how they can work alongside semi permanent make up to give you that youthful look desired by so many people.
And if you decide (like some of my clients do) that Botox isn’t for you, then you can always opt for a Meso Vytal treatment which plumps and smooths the skin beautifully.
It’s not as invasive as fillers or Botox if you don’t like the finished look, but still gives stunning results. Have a look at my special offer page for money off your next facial!