If you have just booked a semi permanent make up treatment or or you’ve just had a treatment completed, here is where you will find all the advice you need for before, during and after your procedure.

Of course, Lisa is always happy to speak to clients and you can contact her at any time with any questions for the full life-span of your cosmetic tattoo.

Email Lisa here or call her on 07870 625131.


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Eyebrows

Pre-Treatment Advice

Threading, plucking, waxing
If you like the shape of your eyebrows already then feel free to have them plucked, waxed or threaded to shape them before your semi permanent make up appointment.

Please ensure you have these treatments carried out at least one week before your SPMU appointment.

If you are not sure what brow shape suits you best, Lisa will help you to define the shape of your cosmetically tattooed brow at your appointment.

Feel free to bring pictures with you to help to illustrate the type of brow you would like designed.

Tinting
Please do not tint your brows immediately before your appointment with Lisa. You won’t need a tint applied after your cosmetic tattoo is applied in any case.

On the day

Drawing-on
When you arrive at the clinic and after your forms are completed Lisa will take some time to listen carefully to your requirements and discuss the right brow shape, texture and type to suit your face. She will then measure and draw your brows on using a soft pencil.

Making changes
You will have plenty of time to make changes during this process to ensue you are 100% comfortable with what Lisa is proposing to do BEFORE any tattooing takes place.

The treatment
When we begin to tattoo your brows Lisa may ask you to sit up several times during the process. This is so she can check placement and symmetry and make small adjustments.

Once she is happy with the final look you will have the opportunity to have a look in the mirror and meet your brand new eyebrows for the first time!

If you feel that there should be a few more adjustments made, this is the perfect time to let Lisa know. It is important that you leave the clinic 100% happy with the outcome.

Post-Treatment Advice and Aftercare

Pain or discomfort
Your eyebrows may look a little red straight afterwards and this is not unusual. They may also feel a bit ‘tight’ but they shouldn’t be too painful.

The topical anaesthetic used during your treatment will continue to be active for a short while after you leave the clinic. After this, you can take an over the counter pain-killer if you feel the need to. Any discomfort should disappear after a few hours although the area will still be tender for a day or so.

Colour and fade
It is important that you are prepared for the fact that your brows will look quite dark immediately after the treatment is completed. This is absolutely normal and nothing to be concerned about. The colour fades by up to 50% over the next 7 to 14 days and, if you have had a hairstroke brow, the individual strokes will become more defined.

Healing time scale
Brows generally heal within 14 days, sometimes more quickly but in every case, it depends on your body’s own natural rate of repair. Lisa will give you a Vitamin A&D healing cream to use which helps the natural healing process.

Initially a scab will form and stay in place for a while before flaking away naturally. You MUST NOT pick the scab as this removes colour and also exposes the delicate new skin underneath to germs.

Once the scab has fallen away, your brows are likely to become a bit flaky. The treated area can also appear pale and patchy while the skin repairs itself. Once this exfoliates and falls away, the healed result will be visible.

 

 

 

 

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Lip Liner & Blush

Pre-Treatment Advice

Cold sores
If you are prone to cold sores you are quite likely to experience an outbreak if you are having a procedure on your lips.

To give the best chance of avoiding this, you might like to visit your GP and ask to be prescribed a course of Zorvirax or other appropriate medication to take in the 5 days prior to your appointment.

Facial waxing or laser hair removal treatment
If you are planning on have any facial waxing or laser hair removal treatments carried out, please ensure these are completed at least one week prior to your SPMU appointment.

Chapped lips
It is best that your lips are in tip-top condition before you have them cosmetically tattooed. Therefore please give them a little attention in the days before your appointment.

You can exfoliate them gently with a soft toothbrush and apply copious amounts of lip balm to make sure they’re soft and supple. This will aid healing and can help with colour retention.

Lip pencil and lipstick
It is helpful if you bring your everyday lipstick or lip pencil with you to your appointment so that Lisa can assess the best colour to use.

On the day

Drawing on
As with eyebrows, Lisa will listen to your requirements and together we can decide on the shape of the finished lip line. Lisa will draw the natural border of your lips with a cosmetic pencil before she begins the treatment.

There are constraints on where the semi permanent make up can be placed and in general, we do not tattoo outside the vermillion border which is the natural lip line.

Colour choice
If you have a good idea of the colour you would like, that’s great. If you are not sure, Lisa is happy to give advice on which colour will suit your skin tone.

It is possible to achieve a vibrant lip colour or a more soft and muted shade. Lisa works with a small pallet of pigments and mixes each lip colour to be bespoke to each client.

Making changes
Lisa works on a consultative basis and is happy to work with each client for as long as it takes for them to be happy with the placement and colour choice before any treatment is started.

The treatment
Lips are generally fairly responsive to the topical anaesthetic and so any discomfort is minimal. You will feel a vibrating sensation as the work is carried out but some clients actually quite enjoy this!

Lisa checks for symmetry regularly during the treatment and may ask you to sit up several times to check the placement. Once she is happy you will be given the opportunity to have a look at the treated area and tell Lisa if you would like any adjustments made.

Post-Treatment Advice and Aftercare

Pain or discomfort
You may experience some swelling or bruising immediately after the treatment, the lips are a delicate area and this is not unusual. It should subside in a day or so without any problems.

Often the area around the lips will appear blanched or paler than the surrounding skin, this is an affect of the anaesthetic and will disappear within a couple of hours.

Colour and fade
It is perfectly normal that your lips will appear far darker than you anticipate and it is quite usual for clients to be surprised when they first see the treated area. Many report that they experience some concern when they leave the clinic but within a few days the colour softens and fades by up to 50% leaving the final result in place.

Healing time scale
Lips heal quite quickly and often do not scab in the same way as an eyebrow will. It is usually the case that they feel very dry and a bit chapped for around a week afterwards.

Lisa will give you a sachet of vitamin A&D healing cream to apply which will soften and sooth the area.

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Eyeliner

Pre-Treatment Advice

Eyelash extensions
If you normally wear false lashes, you should have extensions removed at least one week prior and avoid wearing strip or cluster lashes for a couple of days prior to your appointment.

Tinting, curling, perming, mascara
Any tinting or perming of your lashes should be done at least a week before your appointment. It is wise to avoid curling your lashes on the day of the appointment and you should avoid wearing mascara to the clinic.

Contact lenses and glasses
If you wear contact lenses, these must be removed before your treatment and should not be reapplied for at least 24 hours post treatment. Please bring your glasses with you on the day to wear afterwards.

On the day

Colour choices
The most often asked for colour is of course black for eyeliner and Lisa carries a range of different black pigments depending on your requirements.

It is possible to apply a coloured liner and this can look stunning. However, it is a less popular choice and therefore if you have a specific requirement, please check whether Lisa carries the particular colour you would like before you arrive at the clinic. Most colours can be sourced with advance notice.

If you are choosing a colour other than black, Lisa will apply pigment to your skin during the consultation process and explain how it is likely to look once healed so you can make a fully informed choice.

Choosing the (Finest!) line
Lisa will fully discuss the type of liner you are hoping to achieve on the day of your appointment. Whether you require a hard, jet black line to both lids or a soft smokey finish on the top lid alone, you will have the opportunity to explain this to Lisa and she will confirm what is possible.

The treatment
Once your consent forms and treatment plans are completed, Lisa will ask you to make yourself comfortable on the treatment couch and eye-drops will be administered. This is to protect your eyes during treatment.

Topical anesthetic is then applied and you can relax for a few minutes to allow it to take effect. Lisa understands that being unable to keep an eye on what she is doing can be a bit disconcerting and she will never begin a procedure without explaining what is about to happen. If you are worried or nervous at any time, please make Lisa aware ad she will do her best to reassure you.

Once the tattooing begins, it sometimes takes a few moments to get use to the vibration of the needle near our eye. Lisa generally implants ‘two eyelashes’ worth of colour so you can see what it feels like before she starts the procedure fully.

Post-Treatment Advice and aftercare

Pain or discomfort
When having semi permanent eyeliner applied, it is quite normal for the area to swell and look red for a while after the treatment. Your eyes may feel irritated and sore for a short period of time too. You may wish to take an over the counter pain killer if you feel the need although any discomfort disappears quite quickly.

Applying make-up
Please expect not to be able to apply make up around the eye area and avoid using eyeliner all together for 2 to 4 days post-treatment.

Healing time scale
Your body will form a film over the treated area which isn’t quite a scab but performs the same function. You should not pick or peel this film and allow it to come away naturally. Picking or peeling will expose the area to germs and can also remove colour. Eyeliner tends to heal more quickly than other areas.

Colour and fade
The implanted colour will look dark and glossy immediately after the treatment and will remain this way until the area has healed. After this, the colour will soften and fade quite quickly, usually within 7 to 14 days and by up to 50%.

In some cases, one eye will heal to a softer finish than the other. This does happen and can be addressed along with any other small imperfections at your top-up appointment.


Before

General Advice
You should ensure you are in good health on the day of your treatment.

Eat and drink well but avoid coffee, this will help with your blood sugar levels.

Avoid taking Aspirin (unless medically advised), ibuprofen or alcohol the night before.

Fillers and injectables
If you have fillers or injectables, it is sill possible to have a semi permanent make up procedure. However, you should inform Lisa of the areas in which you have received fillers or injectables and wait for at least one month before or after having semi permanent make up to have them topped up.

Fillers and injectables can alter the appearance of a semi permanent make up treatment and it is important to be aware of this.

Medication and medical history
Lisa is not a Doctor and is not medically trained. She is fully trained o recognise the contra-indications which may affect a client’s suitability to have a procedure.

Some medication such as Roaccutane and Antabuse and blood thinners as well as therapies such as radio or chemotherapy can make it inadvisable to have a semi permanent make up treatment and Lisa may ask you to provide a Dr’s certificate if she is unsure.

If you would like to discuss your specific circumstances, please feel free to contact Lisa to check before you book.

Patch testing
Lisa is keen that every client, whether they have had semi permanent make up applied before or not, has a patch test before she carries out a treatment.

Patch tests can be carried out by Lisa at a mutually convenient time or they can be sent in the post.

If you really don’t want a patch test, Lisa will ask you to sign a waiver but this is not recommended.

On the day

Anaesthetics
Lisa uses topical pain-killers to make the process as comfortable as possible for her clients.

When the treatment begins, you may experience a stinging sensation while we implant the first set of strokes with the needle but this is over in moments and more pain-killer is then applied and absorbs quickly.

Many clients describe the sensation as being like facial waxing, others experience no pain and describe the feeling as like being scrubbed with an electric toothbrush!

During the treatment, if you are at all uncomfortable, Lisa prefers that you let her know so she can adjust the level of anaesthetic. If you need a break during the treatment, this is perfectly ok!

Lisa will keep asking you to describe your pain level throughout the treatment and will reassure you throughout.

Forms and consent
You will be required to fill in medical history and consent forms and have photographs taken on the day, these will be stored in strict confidence and act as a visual record of your treatment which you are welcome to view at any time.

Pigments and colour choice
We will choose the colour together according you your skin tone and colouring and you will have the opportunity to try out as many pigments on your skin as necessary until you are happy with the colour choice.

After

Aftercare
In order to ensure your semi permanent make up heals properly and to give it the best possible chance of retaining colour, you should follow the steps below.

Immediately after the treatment – keep the treated area clean and dry for 48 hours. Do not apply creams, make-up or lotions.

If you get the area wet, blot dry gently with a soft, clean cloth. Even better, dry with a hair dryer on the coolest setting. (yes, really!)

After 48 hours you may apply the healing cream Lisa gives you if the area feels sore or tight. Apply with a clean cotton bud and do not touch the area with your hands.

As the scab falls away, do not pick or pull at it. This can damage the delicate new skin and remove colour. In some cases, it could cause scarring.

Gaps or imperfections
You may notice a few imperfections as the healing process happens, these are usual and are dealt with at your top-up appointment.

You may also decide that the implanted colour is too light or dark. This too can be corrected at your top-up appointment.

Healing time scale
Your treatment will follow these phases as it heals:

HEAL – As soon as the treatment is finished your body will begin the healing process. The skin will close and you are likely to notice a scab or film forming over the area.

PEEL – After a few days the scab will begin to fall away and the treated area will start to be revealed. New skin will form underneath and this may appear silver or whitish in colour. It sometimes makes the implanted colour look patchy.

FADE – As the process continues, the colour will fade. This will continue for 4 to 6 weeks which is why we don’t book a top-up procedure for at least one month after the first treatment.

In some cases lip colour will not be seen for 3 months and on occasion eyeliner can fade completely.

Do remember that this is a two stage treatment process. The first stage implants the base coat, the second visit perfects and finishes the colour and shape.

And finally

Remember
The Red Cross advise against giving blood for 4 months following your treatment.

If you have an MRI scan the pigment may show up. Inform your technician that you have has a semi permanent make up procedure. You may also experience a slight tingling sensation during the scan.

Laser can turn some pigments black in the skin. it is then impossible to remove this. Tell your laser specialist that you have had a semi permanent make up treatment so they can take steps to cover and protect the area.

Tips for ensuring Longevity
When sunbathing, consider using a total sun block as sun exposure will fade your treated area more quickly.

Chemical or acid peels may cause pigment to lighten.

Book a colour boost procedure after 12 to 18 months.


If you have any questions or concerns you can contact Lisa by email or by calling 07870 625131