FAQ for Semi Permanent Makeup

Treatments 13 Jul 2016
Photograph taken by Daniel Regan for Finishing Touches.

What is micropigmentation (semi-permanent make-up)?

Micropigmentation is a type of cosmetic tattooing. It is a cosmetic or paramedical procedure which aims to correct, modify, beautify and balance the natural features of the treatment area. The cosmetic implantation technique deposits coloured pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis.

What different treatments are available?

Eyebrows, eyeliner, lips, areola, scars, scalp can all benefit from permanent cosmetics or medical tattooing. The most common treatments available are eyebrows, eyeliner and lips.

Who benefits from semi-permanent make up?

Interest in this service spans from the young to the more mature and is suited to those who desire a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance. It is especially valuable to people who can’t wear makeup due to allergies and skin sensitivities. It also helps active people who want to look their best for sports activities such as swimming. Permanent-makeup also helps if you have difficulty applying your everyday makeup or do not have time to spend applying and refreshing makeup throughout the day and evening.

Is it painful?

Most people experience some elements of discomfort, redness, swelling or bruising. This will vary according to each individual’s pain threshold. To help with discomfort management we use anaesthesia.

Are there any side effects during or after the procedure?

While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show slight to moderate swelling. This is dependent upon the amount of work performed and the individual person.

A lip liner or blended lip liner will show fewer side-effects than that of a full lip colour. During the procedure there may be some minor bleeding; this is again client specific. Others show little or no signs of bleeding. Bruising is rare but if a person is on blood thinners or has sensitive skin, bruising could occur. Eyebrows rarely if ever produce any bruising; minor bruising during the eyeliner procedure is possible if the skin being tattooed is very thin and close to the vascular system. This also applies to lip procedures in the event the client is more mature and the skin is thinner. If bruising does occur, typically it is minor and subsides in a few days. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The colour is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days; this will reduce by up to 60% four weeks post treatment.

More unlikely side effects are difficult to determine due to the individuality of each person’s biological system. This is why professional permanent cosmetic technicians require a client history profile be filled out to assess different factors that may contribute to your experience after the tattooing procedure has been completed.

What is the treatment process?

  1. Initial consultation. Here you can discuss your requirements with the technician and talk about your desired results.
  2. Main treatment. This usually occurs on a separate date. During the main treatment we implant colour into the dermal layer of your skin.
  3. Follow-up appointment. After 4 – 6 weeks, you will need to come in for a follow-up appointment.

 

How long does semi-permanent makeup last?

This varies from person to person. Skin type, diet, genetics and environmental factors can all contribute to how long the pigments will be retained. Sun beds and sun exposure tend to fade the pigment faster. The pigment typically lasts from 6 – 24 months, and can last longer. However, during this period it will begin to fade. Colour boosts are required in order to maintain a desirable look. We offer retouches at discounted prices 6, 9, 12 and 24 months after the initial treatment.

Can I wear make up after the treatment?

You can wear mineral makeup immediately after the treatment. However, you need to wait until the treatment area has healed before wearing heavier makeup. You can use your normal makeup around (not on) the treatment area, but you must ensure that when removing it you work around the treatment areas to avoid irritation and infections. We would advise that you sharpen and disinfect your eyeliner and lip pencils before using them after your procedure, and also if possible to purchase a new mascara.

How do I look after the treatment?

We recommend that you apply a small amount of our aftercare balm for 4 days, 2 times a day after your treatment. We need the area to be lightly moisturised only. Please do not apply the balm for longer than 4 days.

How quickly will it heal?

Everyone has a different healing process and healing time. Although it typically takes approximately 4-7 days for the surface skin to heal, it usually takes 30 days for the complete healing of the skin and for the true colour to show.