Is Semi-Permanent Make-Up really semi-permanent?
Semi-permanent make-up (SPMU) procedures are considered both permanent and semi-permanent. Permanent, because the pigment components will always be in the skin, although not visible to the eye. Semi-permanent, as the colour will fade, and therefore periodical visits are needed to refresh the colour. Factors that contribute to colour fading are; age of tattoo, exposure to the sun, health, certain medications and the use of facial products containing exfoliation properties.
How long does it last?
Over time the colour will fade and break down. It is suggested that you return for a colour boost every twelve to eighteen months. This keeps the look complete and fresh.
Does it hurt?
Some clients feel no sensation at all, others feel mild discomfort. Topical numbing is used to control discomfort. Clients say that having a SPMU procedure is comparable to having their eyebrows tweezered or their legs waxed.
Do I need an allergy test?
An allergy test will be carried out 24 hours prior to a treatment to see if there is any sign of an immediate allergic reaction. 99.9% of people do not have any reaction at all. A test is not a guarantee that you will not have a reaction at any time in the future however allergies to pigments and topicals are exceedingly rare. If you have any apprehension and wish to discuss any medical contra-indications please feel free to call us or pop in for a consultation.
Why do I need a second visit?
We prefer to under-do an application on the first appointment, rather than over-do, as once the pigment is in the skin it is hard to change. It is very simple to go thicker or darker on a subsequent visit. Only after the second, ‘perfecting’ visit is the procedure deemed complete. Lip blush, full lip and thick eyeliner will require additional work.
Will I be able to go out without everyone noticing?
After a procedure, the treated area will be darker, and the colour more intense. This will last approximately 3-5 days, until the area naturally exfoliates and the true colour emerges. Swelling is common but usually disappears within 24 hours. If an eyeliner procedure is being preformed, the eyes will look red and puffy (as if you have had a cry). An after-care product (if applicable) and clear instructions will be provided after your procedure to ensure optimum results. A mineral based make up can be worn to help reduce redness. (your technician will advise you on this).
Can I have an MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)?
Numerous studies have shown that even for people who have large body tattoos there is little to or no irritation. It is recommended that you inform the MRI specialist prior to a treatment that you have had a micropigmentation procedure.
Can I still have Facial Laser Treatments (Laser Hair Removal)?
Yes but NOT on the micropigmented area. A laser passing over a micropigmented procedure may alter the colour. It is important to advise you laser specialist in advance.
Can I have injectables?
You can have injectables (eg Botox, Restylene etc…) but SPMU must either be done 6 weeks prior or 6 weeks post.
Can I give blood?
The National Blood Service states that blood cannot be given for 6 months after a micropigmentation procedure.
What about after care?
You will be given a comprehensive “aftercare information sheet” to take away with you as well as any product (if deemed necessary).