Semi-Permanent Makeup

Who wouldn’t want to save time getting ready in the morning when half the work of enhancing your natural features is already done. Semi-Permanent Make-up offers beautifully natural solutions to those wanting deeper colouring and definition, be it fuller brows, plumper pinker lips or flawless eyeliner 24/7 by delivering a simple method of modern application of pigments into the dermis layer of the skin in a similar way to tattooing.

At Premier Laser & Skin, all cosmetic tattooing is performed by a dedicated team of senior and experienced specialists. Trained to the highest level and equipped with the superior technology of ‘Finishing Touches’ – the market leading brand who supplies the NHS and private sector facilities. Semi-permanent make-up requires a top up treatment 6 weeks after the first treatment but then lasts for several years. The treatment is as close to painless as possible and will only take about two hours to complete your session.

Quick Overview of your treatment
Procedure time

1 hour per treatment, further treatments may be required for full face make-up


No downtime

Duration of results

up to 18 months


Professional make up that can last up to 18 months

Last up to 5 years, with a colour boost every 12 to 18 months.

Semi-permanent make-up is a form of cosmetic tattooing. It is a process where coloured pigment is implanted into the skin, using a sterile needle cartridge, producing make-up which will last for several years.

You will need to allow approximately 1 hour for your first appointment. If you intend to have all three procedures (basic eyes, brows, lips) you will need to allow 2 to 3 hours in total. A second visit is required approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the initial visit to perfect the make-up and boost the colour. A Semi-permanent make-up treatment is not deemed complete until the second treatment has been undertaken.

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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).

Treatment from per appointment per area
Treatments start from £250
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