What Is Semi-Permanent Make-Up?
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, producing make-up which will last for several years.* It is suitable for anyone who would like a more permanent definition for areas such as the eyebrows or lips; or for those who require correction following a medical problem.*
Semi-permanent make-up delivers excellent results, specialist techniques can disguise and redefine many areas:
- Reconstruction of the areola/nipple
- Scar/stretch mark camouflage
- Alopecia and more.*
Popular treatment areas for semi-permanent make-up include:
Eye brows – this can involve adding colour and definition to the eyebrows as well as adding hair stroke effects for natural-looking results.*
Eyeliner – basic eyeliner can be applied to form thin line to a thicker more defined look. However, we would not tattoo flicks or tails to eyeliner. As fashions are ever-changing, it is important to ensure that the client will be happy with the result over a few years.*
Lip liner – this can be used to help define the natural contours of the lips and help reduce the appearance of fine lines around the lips.*
What Can I Expect?
Prior to your treatment, you will have a full consultation to explore your medical history and to discuss your desired outcome from the treatment.* It is important for us to consider any previous treatments or surgeries and what you want to achieve – whether that is to change your looks, replace what has been lost or to feel more confident.* Other factors will also be taken into consideration, such as your personal style, skin tone and facial features.*
You will need to allow approximately one hour for your first appointment.* If you intend to have more than one area you will need to allow two to three hours. A second visit is required approximately four to six weeks after the initial treatment to perfect the make-up and boost the colour.* The treatment is not deemed complete until you have had your second appointment.
Your semi-permanent make-up technician will literally draw a design onto the area to be treated, enabling you to get a feel for how it will look.* This is only a guide and can be adjusted depending on your preference. Treatment will only proceed once you are fully happy with the design.*
After your procedure, the treated area will be darker, and the colour will be more intense. This will last approximately three to five days*, until the area naturally exfoliates and the true colour emerges. Swelling can occur but usually disappears within 24 hours. Mineral based make-up can be worn to help reduce any redness.* A topical numbing cream is used to control any potential discomfort.
Especially during the initial healing phase (approximately one week), you are advised to wear a waterproof broad spectrum sunblock when going out in the sun to prevent colour fade.*