What does the treatment involve?
We access skin tone, hair, and facial features Then we select a matching pigment or custom blend pigment colours to match your requirements. The actual treatment itself involves gently implanting microscopic particles of pigment into layers of the skin with either a micro or nano blade or shader. A second appointment to review the healed result. To complete the treatment with any little adjustments that might be required.
Who is it suitable for?
Anyone and everyone for different reasons, the most common ones being: Microblading & Permanent Makeup - saves precious time every morning, gives the face a ‘younger’ and healthier looking appearance and in contrast to traditional makeup, it stays on 24/7 without smudging or the need to reapply.
Will it look natural?
Yes, the healed result will look very natural. Results can be tailored to whatever look, colour tone, or strength that best suits you. SMP 5-9 days visual healing and 2 weeks for the lower layers skin. SMP sessions can be repeated after 4-6 weeks.
Will it hurt?
Permanent Cosmetics treatments are far gentler than you might think and topical anaesthetics are applied to the skin before, and during the procedure to assure you of the most comfortable experience possible. The procedures are much less invasive then traditional tattooing therefore the discomfort is not nearly as uncomfortable.
How long will it last?
This often varies from person to person due to different factors which can include skin type, products and cosmetics routine, diet, smoking, metabolism, genetics and environmental factors. Sun bed use and sun exposure also have a bearing on pigment retention, but this can be prevented with proper protection. Generally, darker colours remain in your skin for a little longer, whilst lighter colours are often more vulnerable to the effects of factors such as the sun or swimming pools. Your body’s natural responses also breakdown the pigment particles. As a guide, it could be anything between 1 - 5 years for Permanent Makeup, before a new treatment is required , although refresher colour boosts are recommended for maintenance between 9-12 months from the original treatment, for which I offer a discounted price. Once the colour starts to fade you will know that you are ready for your refresher colour boost. On average eyebrows and lips will start to fade sooner ( 9-12 months); eyeliners ( 1-2 years).
How long will the treatment take?
Treatment times vary depending on how advanced or detailed the required result is. Although some treatments may take as little as one hour, you should set aside about 2 hours 10 minutes for your appointment (including the consultation time on the day of your treatment).
How will I look after the treatment?
Treated areas will look darker in colour immediately after the initial session and for the next 4-10 days, but it will lighten after that. Lips are likely to have some residual swelling ( 5 days - 2 week) and can chap. There may be some slight swelling after eyeliner treatments but this is usually limited, bigger the eyeliner - more swelling to be expected.. Generally 6-14 days after your initial treatment, a follow-up appointment should be made, and any adjustments will be completed.
Can I wear makeup after the treatment?
You need to wait until the treatment area has healed before wearing makeup on the treated areas. If applying traditional cosmetics on other areas of your face, ensure you don’t get any on the treatment area, as this could lead to healing problems.
Why do I need a consultation prior to the treatment?
The consultation gives you an opportunity to discuss your treatment plan to determine the look you want to acheive. Also patch tests take place, to dertermine, any allergies you may have to any products, to be used during treatment.
What if I have medical issues?
A full assessment of your medical background will be made prior to the treatment. A doctors letter to comfirm your suitable may be required. While there are some occasions when people are not suitable for Permanent Cosmetics – due to medical matters – this is fairly uncommon.
Are there any risks involved?
The treatments involve implanting pigment into the skin, so these are invasive procedures; there are risks as well as benefits. As with any invasive procedures risks can include allergic reactions, undesired results, misplaced colour, infection or scarring. Any risks are minimised due to full adherence to all Health & Safety guidelines, highest quality training received as well as many years of experience.
How quickly will the skin heal?
Everyone is different, but as a general rule the surface skin heals between 4-7 days after the treatment, and 10-14 days below the surface. After the initial 4 -7 days, the healing skin will begin to gently flake off and the treated area will lighten. For best possible results for you, it’s advised to attend the re-touch appointment to refine and perfect each treatment area. Many people will return to work the same day after a treatment, however, its advised not to drive after an eyeliner / lash enhancement, in case your eyes are a little swollen or watery immediately after the treatment.
Do I need to do anything special to look after the treatment whilst it’s healing?
Aftercare instructions will be provided together with a special aftercare balm. All you will need to do is follow our simple steps.
Do I need to take time off work after my treatment?
Not unless you choose to do so. You should be able to get straight back to work immediately after your treatment. Your return to work might be affected following the Lash Enhancement or Eyeliner treatment if your work requires you to drive immediately after treatment. Driving immediately after eye procedures is not advised; therefore you should make alternative travel arrangements.
Is there anything I will need to avoid doing after the treatment?
It’s recommended not to apply traditional makeup, expose the skin to extreme heat, cold or moisture, kiss, or apply certain petroleum-based ointments immediately after your treatment. Also it’s advised not to drive immediately following eye procedures. The lip area will be sensitive and to avoid the risk of infection I wouldn’t recommend any food or drink, touching the area immediately post the procedure. I would advise not to “bite” on your food but rather to use a fork. I will also provide you with sterile straws for your drinks to avoid anything touching your lips. These requirements are explained in full in your aftercare advice; you will receive a printed copy post treatment.
Can I drink alcohol prior to my treatment?
No, It is required that you do not drink alcohol the day before, or on the day of your treatment. Tea/coffee (caffeine) also to be avoided on the day of treatment. This can affect pigment retention.
Can I have anti-aging injections or cosmetic surgery after my treatment?
This depends on the treatment you are considering and it’s location. You will need to take advice from your therapist or surgeon. It is important to remember that some of these procedures can alter the shape of your lips and eyebrows.
Can I donate blood after my treatment?
Current guidelines from the National Blood Service require anyone with Permanent Cosmetics to wait for 4 months after their treatment before giving blood.
Can I have an MRI scan after my treatment?
If you have an MRI scan after having Permanent Cosmetics or a medical tattoo, you should inform the practitioner prior to the scan about your treatment, providing the details of when you had it and the location. This should not prevent you from being able to have an MRI scan, but is information the practitioner will need to be aware of to adjust scan settings.
What if I decide to have plastic surgery at some stage?
No problem. The procedures are done conservatively, respecting the natural lines and features of the face.
Can I have laser hair removal after a treatment?
You must inform your laser technician that you are wearing Permanent Cosmetics prior to the treatment and they will act accordingly to accommodate for this. Laser hair removal can fade and change the shade of your lip and brow treatment if conducted around the same area.
Can I go on a sunshine holiday immediately after my treatment?
Strong sun can impact on the success of the result during the immediate healing phase. Its recommended that you leave 4-6 weeks between your final re-touch procedure and your holiday.
Are there different pigment colours?
Yes! There are colours to complement every skin tone, any look can be created completely naturally and the results are truly amazing.