Pre-Treatment


  • Q. What is semi-permanent cosmetics?
  • Q. What does the treatment involve?
  • Q. Will it look natural?
  • Q. How long will it last?
  • Q. What if I have medical issues?
  • Q. Are there any risks involved?
  • Q. Can I drink alcohol prior to my treatment?
  • Q. Will it hurt?
  • Q. How long will the treatment take?
A. Semi-Permanent cosmetics are a type of cosmetic tattooing (also known as micropigmentation). The most common treatments are available for eyes, brows, lips. The effects available can range from a natural enhancement to subtly improve the facial features to the imitation of make-up.
A. An initial consultation will be used to discuss your requirements and help you decide on the result that will best suit you. We will then custom blend colours to perfectly match your requirements. The treatment itself involves gently implanting microscopic particles of pigment into the reticular layer of skin.
A. Yes, the healed result will look very natural indeed.
A. This varies from person to person because skin type, diet, genetics and environmental factors can all contribute to how long the pigments will be retained. For instance, sun bed use and sun exposure have a bearing on the pigment retention, but this can be prevented with proper protection.

As a guide, it could be anything between one to five years before a new treatment is required, although refresher colour boosts are recommended for maintenance during this time. Once the colour starts to change you will know that you are ready for your refresher colour boost.
A. A full assessment of your medical background will be made prior to the treatment. While there are some occasions when people are not suitable for semi-permanent cosmetics, due to medical matters, this is fairly uncommon.
A. You can be assured that all risks are minimised, however, because the treatment involves implanting pigment into the skin, that means it is invasive. While this is what provides permanent cosmetics with its long-lasting benefits, there are also some risks. As with any form of tattooing, these can include allergic reaction, undesired result or colour, misplaced colour, infection or scarring.
A. It is advised that you do not drink alcohol the night before, or on the day of, your treatment. This can affect pigment retention.
A. Semi-Permanent cosmetics is far gentler than you might imagine. The specialist equipment that we use is refined, quiet and gentle. Many clients comment that the treatment is no more painful than having their eyebrows tweezed.
A. Treatment times vary depending on how advanced or detailed the required result is. You should set aside 2-3 hours for your appointment. A second appointment to review the final healed colour is included in the price. This usually takes place around 4 -6 weeks after the initial treatment and takes around 30 minutes.

Brow Treatments


  • Q. Do you do hairstrokes or block brows?
  • Q. Can I have my brows waxed, then have a brow treatment?
  • Q. Can I have electrolysis on my brows, then have a brow treatment?
  • Q. Do I have to have all my eyebrows shaved off?
  • Q. Will you need to remove any of my natural brow hairs?
A. We specialise in ultra-realistic semi-permanent cosmetics. For brows, this means we can imitate natural brow hairs - whether you have any left, or none.
A. Any waxing should be performed at least 48 hours before the treatment.
A. You should wait a minimum of five days between having electrolysis and semi-permanent cosmetics for brows.
A. No. We prefer you to keep your own brows – don’t even tweeze them before you come in as we like to work within your natural shape if possible.
A. We will work with whatever brow hairs you have. It’s a common myth that brow hairs need to be shaved off for permanent cosmetics treatments. This is not the case at all. The only time brow hairs may need to be removed is if there is any errant growth which needs tidying up, either through tweezing or plucking.

Lip Treatments


  • Q. Should I bring my favourite lipstick?
  • Q. Can permanent cosmetics cause cold sores?
  • Q. I already have cold sores, can I have a lip treatment?
  • Q. I have a cold sore on my lip at the moment, can I have a lip treatment?
  • Q. Can I have a lip wax or bleaching treatment before a lip treatment?
A. If your aim is to have your favourite lipstick recreated, please bring it with you to the treatment. This will enable us to custom blend an appropriate permanent cosmetics pigment.
A. Permanent cosmetics do not cause cold sores, however, if you carry the virus, it lays dormant in the body and can be aroused by the treatment.
A. If you have a history of cold sores (herpes simplex) we advise you to contact your General Practitioner to obtain the proper prescription medication to prevent such outbreaks, or obtain and use your regular medication from your local chemist. You should use for one week before and one week after your treatment. This can help to minimise an outbreak.
A. No. The outbreak must be fully healed in order for a permanent cosmetics lip treatment to be performed.
A. You should not undertake a lip wax or bleaching treatment for at least two weeks prior to your permanent cosmetics lip treatment

Eye Treatments


  • Q. Will I need to remove my eye makeup for the treatment?
  • Q. Should I bring my favourite eyeliner pencil?
  • Q. I've had my lashes tinted / permed, can I still have an eye treatment?
A. It is required that eye make-up is removed for any eye treatment. However, please wear your usual make-up for the appointment so we can see your style.
A. If you have a particular colour tone of eyeliner pencil that you would like to be replicated, please bring it with you to the treatment. This will enable us to custom blend an appropriate permanent cosmetics pigment.
A. Any eyelash tinting or perming should be carried out no sooner than one week before, or two weeks after, the treatment.

Post-Treatment


  • Q. What will I look like straight after the treatment?
  • Q. Can I wear make-up after the treatment?
  • Q. Do I need to do anything special to look after the treatment whilst it's healing?
  • Q. How quickly will it heal?
  • Q. Will I need to take time off work after my treatment?
  • Q. Can I donate blood after my treatment?
  • Q. Can I have anti-aging injections or cosmetic surgery after my treatment?
  • Q. Can I have an MRI scan after my treatment?
  • Q. Can I have laser hair removal after a treatment?
  • Q. Is there anything I will need to avoid doing after the treatment?
  • Q. Can I go on a sunshine holiday immediately after my treatment?
A. Brows and eye treatments tend to look darker in colour immediately after the initial appointment, while lip colours can look more intense. This softens in a few days. Lips are likely to have some residual swelling and can chap. There may be some slight swelling after eyeliner treatments but this is usually limited.
A. You can wear mineral cosmetics immediately after the treatment, however, you need to wait until the treatment area has healed before wearing traditional cosmetics.
A. We will provide you with aftercare instructions and a special aftercare balm for after your treatment. Looking after your permanent cosmetics or medical tattoo treatment as it heals is not difficult or time consuming –all you will need to do is follow our simple steps.
A. Everyone is different, but as a general rule the surface skin generally heals between 3-7 days after the treatment, and 10-14 days below the surface.
A. Some people think that they may have to take time off work after the treatment, in fact, this is not the case unless you choose to do so. You should be able to get straight back to work immediately after your treatment.
A. Current guidelines from the National Blood Service require anyone with permanent cosmetics to wait for 4 months after their treatment before giving blood.
A. 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.
A. 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, 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.
A. Laser hair removal can fade and change the shade of your lip and brow treatment if you are having the hair removal in that area. Simply inform your laser technician that you are wearing permanent cosmetics prior to the treatment and they will act accordingly to accommodate for this.
A. We recommend that you do not apply make-up, expose the skin to extreme heat, cold or moisture, kiss, apply certain petroleum-based ointments etc immediately after your treatment. We will explain these requirements in full and provide you a printed copy of these aftercare requirements.
A. Strong sun can impact on the success of the result during the immediate healing phase. We recommend that you leave 4-6 weeks between your final re-touch procedure and your holiday.
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