Semi permanent make up…

…is a reasonably new beauty treatment which is becoming more and more popular. However, you may have some questions to ask.

Below, you’ll find the answers to some of the most common queries we receive but please feel free to call for a chat if you’d like to know more.

We offer semi permanent make up in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire and Lisa is always more than happy to speak to clients face to face if they would like to visit before booking a treatment.

Q. How long does a semi permanent make up treatment take?
A. You should allow around 1.5 to 3 hours for the full initial treatment which includes the consultation, procedure and aftercare advice. The second appointment is generally shorter and you should allow 1 to 2 hours.

Q. How long will the semi permanent make up last?
A. Depending on the area treated, your skin type and care of the area treated, the results will last between 9 months and 2 years before requiring a top-up. Lisa will contact you around 12 months after the cosmetic tattoo is first applied to discuss when your top-up session should be booked for.

Q. Does cosmetic tattooing hurt?
A. Topical anaesthetic is used to minimise discomfort. Some people report a slight stinging sensation, not unlike having facial hair removed with tweezers. Most people cope perfectly well during the procedure, some report that the vibration caused by the needle is ‘unusual’ and takes a few moments to get use to.

Q. Is semi permanent make up safe?
A. Yes, the pigments used are made of natural minerals that are specifically selected for their safe, non-toxic and hypo allergenic properties. During the first consultation, all contra-indications are discussed and explored with you and the treatment will not be carried out until you are 100% happy.

Q. What about after care?
A. The cosmetically tattooed area should be kept clean, dry and out of direct sunlight for 2 to 4 days while the skin heals. After this period the scab will start to fall away and the treated area will be revealed. During this time, it is important not to pick at the scab as this can remove the implanted pigmentation. The general rule of thumb is to touch the area as little as possible during healing. Cosmetically tattooed areas should be treated with care to prolong the life of the colour. It is recommended that, when sunbathing, sun block should be used on eyebrows and lips to keep them protected.

Q. Can I still have other beauty treatments such as laser hair removal, waxing or plucking?
A. Yes, absolutely. If you have facial laser hair removal carried out close to the treated area, you should mention you have had micropigmentation as the laser technician may wish to protect the pigmented areas. If you usually have your eyebrows threaded, waxed or plucked, you can continue to have these treatments with no problem.

Q. What are the main differences between semi permanent and normal tattoos?
There are three main differences between micropigmentation and traditional tattoos:
1. The colours – tattoos use ink which has larger microns which the body is unable to break down. Cosmetic tattoos use pigments which have smaller microns which the body can eventually flush away.
2. The depth of implantation – traditional tattoos implant ink at a depth of around 4mm, the ink remains ‘trapped’ at this depth. Cosmetic tattoos implant the pigment at a depth of around 2mm, the pigment can be flushed from the body at this depth.
3. The permanence – Traditional tattoos are permanent, they are applied with the understanding that they are present for life. Cosmetic tattoos are semi permanent, they are applied with the understanding that eventually they will fade away almost completely.

Q. I’m thinking about having my eyebrows cosmetically tattooed, should I have them shaped before my appointment?
A. If you generally like the shape your current eyebrow technician gives you and you want to simply enhance them with pigment, then yes. It is best to have your brows shaped a couple of weeks prior to your micropigmentation appointment.

However, if you are looking for a complete change or you’re not sure what you want, then it is better to leave as much hair as possible in place so that your semi permanent make up technician can see the natural shape of your brows.

Q. I don’t have much natural hair on my brows, can I still have semi permanent make up?
A. Absolutely! In fact, a cosmetic tattoo in the brow area can make a huge difference to those without much natural eyebrow hair. Lisa will use callipers to measure your face and place your brows in the perfect position. They will then be drawn on and you can choose to make changes before the semi permanent make up treatment begins.

Q. I have eyelash extensions, can I wear these when I have semi permanent eyeliner applied?
A. Unfortunately not. You will need to have the extensions removed prior to your micropigmentation treatment. It is recommended that you don’t have them reapplied until at least 4 weeks after the final cosmetic tattoo treatment.

Q. Do I have to have a patch test?
A. Yes. Since we will be working with your face, it makes no sense to take risks. A patch test needs to be carried out at least 24 hours prior to a semi permanent make up treatment. You can either come and see Lisa in Hemel Hempstead who will apply a patch test for you, or you can ask for a kit to be sent in the post. Please speak to Lisa to discuss options.

Q. I have some medical concerns and I am not sure I’m suitable for a semi permanent make up treatment, what should I do?
A. Lisa is not a medical practitioner and will never offer advice that she is not qualified to give. However, she has a strong understanding of the conditions which may make a semi permanent make up treatment inadvisable. You should speak to Lisa in the first instance; she may ask you to seek the consent of your GP or specialist before proceeding.

Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. The Finest Line requires a deposit of £70 to be paid on booking. The deposit is then redeemed against the full cost of your treatment when you arrive for your appointment.

48 hours notice is required for cancellation and for your deposit to be returned. If you need to cancel within the 48 hour time frame, your deposit will be retained.

In some cases it is possible to use your deposit against a further booking. We are always keen to work with our clients to ensure they are able to either have their treatment or receive their deposit back. Please speak to us to discuss your individual circumstances.

Q. Who did your semi permanent make up technician train with and are you insured?
A. Lisa, our semi permanent make up technician, trained with Finishing Touches. Finishing Touches are a well known and highly respected name in the semi permanent make up industry.

We hold comprehensive insurance, supplied by Holistic Insurance which means you can be assured of peace of mind when booking a semi permanent make up treatment with Lisa.

Q. Where are you located?
A. The clinic we usually work at is located in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire and is called My Body Centre. It is a clean and hygienic skin clinic which offers many different types of treatments. However, many of the clients we see are located in the surrounding area and travel from Berkhamsted, Tring and Watford in Hertfordshire, Amersham and Chesham in Buckinghamshire, Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire and areas of North London such as Wembley, and Mill Hill to visit Lisa.

We are use to directing people who are travelling to visit us, please ask for details when you call.

We look forward to hearing from you!