Permanent Make-Up information
Semi-permanent makeup, permanent makeup, micropigmentation, dermagraphics, and cosmetic tattooing are all terms used to describe the process of replicating makeup for the eyebrows, lips and eyeliner.
This process is carried out by implanting specially designed, hypoallergenic pigment just below the surface of the skin into the dermal layer.
This pigment is implanted using a very fine needle, and topical anaesthetics are used in order to minimise any discomfort.
This pigment will, after a healing process, stay in the skin for a number of years – breaking down and fading with time, dependent on sun exposure, implatation process, age and skin type. You would expect to come back anywhere between 6-18 months in order to top-up and maintain your work.
- It is not possible to determine the length of time the pigment will remain visible in the skin as each person varies, however it is recommended that treatments are re-applied when necessary to freshen the appearance; this may be anything from 6 – 18 months depending on individual preference and the initial colour chosen.
SPMU is used as a cosmetic enhancement for your skin, as it provides a convenient alternative to cosmetic pencils applied to the eyebrows, eyelids and lips.
There are many reasons for considering SPMU ranging from those who want to look their best at all times, to those who require some form of corrective enhancement for medical reasons.
Some people who might choose to have cosmetic micropigmentation are listed below:
- those with allergies to conventional make-up
- those with no time to apply make-up daily
- those with thin, pale or poorly defined lips
- those who seek correction of asymmetrical (“lop-sided”) facial features
- those with physical difficulties which make the application of conventional make-up difficult
- those who participate in sports like swimming, running etc. who are unable to keep their conventional makeup looking fresh during these times
- those who have over-tweezed their eyebrows, resulting in gaps
- those who have lost part, or all of their eyebrows due to a medical condition
What happens during a Semi Permanent Make-Up treatment?
Your first appointment with me will be a consultation to discuss your requirements and expectations from micropigmentation I will explain the treatment process, and take notes on your medical history to make sure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t undergo micropigmentation.
If necessary, cosmetic pencils can be applied to simulate the results of the treatment, and you should be shown a portfolio of my work.
I will also discuss with you, your skin tone/type in order to ascertain the correct choice of pigment/application process.
I will also patch test you with the pigment and anaesthetic gel to be used, and also take some photographs of the area(s) to be treated.
The initial procedure
On the day of treatment you will be asked to fill out at medical history questionnaire, and to sign a consent form which means that you have understood the future benefits and possible risks associated with the procedure.
Photographs of the area to be treated may also be taken for a “before and after” comparison later.
An initial anaesthetic will be applied for a minimum of 30 minutes. Once this has worked, cosmetic pencil is applied to create a template for the procedure, you should make sure you are satisfied with the final shape before proceeding with treatment.
The selected pigments are blended and applied into the skin with a very fine needle via a small hand held electrical pigmentation device.
The initial appointment should take from 1½ – 2 hours depending on the areas being treated. There should always be one (or in some cases two) follow-up appointments, which is included in the overall cost of the treatment. The follow-up appointment(s) will take less time.
The most up-to-date form of treatment should mimic softly applied natural looking make-up, and will therefore not last as long as the old style heavily applied permanent make-up.
It is not possible to determine the length of time the pigment will remain visible in the skin as each person varies, however it is recommended that treatments are re-applied when necessary to freshen the appearance; this may be anything from 6 – 18 months depending on individual preference and the initial colour chosen.
How long will it take to recover from Micropigmentation?
No recovery time is necessary, however treated areas will appear a little dark for a few days, and subsequently exfoliate and lighten to a more natural looking shade, the second visit will be necessary to perfect the shape and deepen the colour.
In some instances, on delicate skin there may be swelling and or slight bruising, however you can return to work and normal activities immediately after a treatment.
What are the risks and potential complications from Micropigmentation treatment?
Permanent cosmetic procedures are of a skin invasive nature (as they are a form of cosmetic tattoo) and therefore you may experience some discomfort. This may vary according to each individual’s pain threshold. However, keep in mind that there are different methods available to help with pain management, including various topical anaesthetics.
Your skin should return to normal relatively quickly as any side effects such as swelling or redness are generally mild.
Allergic reactions to permanent cosmetics are quite rare. You may request a skin sensitivity test in an invisible area beforehand to see how your skin responds. I routinely recommend a sensitivity test as part of the consultation appointment.
Needles inserted too deeply in the skin can cause bleeding, spreading of pigments, and damage to hair follicles.
Scarring is very rare, and usually because of an error by the practitioner performing the treatment.
If proper hygiene and sterilisation guidelines are followed, micropigmentation should be very safe, with few risks.
It is advisable not to pick or rub the treated areas to minimise the risk of infection.
What should you do after a Micropigmentation treatment?
It is very important that you follow the advice of your practitioner carefully after micropigmentation to reduce the risk of complications.
Post-treatment advice includes:
- Avoid direct sunlight on the treated area
- Avoid wearing contact lenses for a few days if treated around the eyes
- Avoid swimming for several weeks
- Do not pick peeling or any flaking skin
- Avoid wearing conventional make-up on the treated area(s) for 3 – 5 days
- Apply the provided aftercare from 72 hours (or as otherwise directed)
Full aftercare instructions (and aftercare ointment) will be given after each procedure.
Who should not have a Micropigmentation treatment?
As long as you are generally healthy, and don’t have any skin diseases or infections in the area treated, there are few medical reasons why patients should not undergo this treatment.
Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised to delay treatment. Insulin dependent diabetics, and people with some heart conditions will also not be suitable for treatment. Please inform you practitioner of any medication you are taking, if in doubt seek medical advice. In some cases, written consent from your GP will be required before proceeding. zhut
If you are prone to keloid or hypertrophic scarring (red, angry, raised) you may develop scar tissue at the treatment site.
Also, previous hyperpigmentation or vitiligo should also be a consideration as to the probable outcome of the procedure.