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.