What is Semi-Permanent Make-Up?
Semi-permanent make-up (hereafter called SPMU) 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.
How long does it take?
You will need to allow approximately 1 hours for your first appointment. If you intend to have all three procedures (basic eyes, brows, lips) you will need to allow 2/3 hours in total. A second visit is required approximately 6/8 weeks after the initial visit to perfect the make-up and boost the colour. A SPMU treatment is not deemed complete until the second treatment has been undertaken.
Is Semi-Permanent Make-Up really semi-permanent?
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, exposure to the sun, health, certain medications and the use of facial products containing exfoliation properties.
How long does it last?
SPMU will last (after a Perfecting visit) for several years. 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 is offered. You can elect to waiver the test and have the procedure immediately. A test can 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 no guarantee you will not have a reaction at any time in the future. Allergic reactions to pigments and topicals are exceedingly rare. If you have any apprehension and wish to discuss any medical contra-indications please feel free to telephone and discuss these, or discuss them during a consultation.
Why do I need a second visit?
Medicos works on the basis that "Less is Best". To achieve a perfect result a second visit is required. Medicos 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 a basic procedure deemed complete. Lip blush, full lip and thick eyeliner will require additional work. These procedures are all chargeable.
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 good cry). An after-care product (if applicable) and written instructions are given after the procedure as well as verbal instructions on how best to care for your procedure. A mineral based make up can be worn to help reduce redness (a 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 micropigmentated procedure may alter the colour. It is important to advise the LHR specialist.
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 Red Cross states that blood cannot be given for 12 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). If you had any other questions you can telephone Michelle's Everlasting Beauty at 4168298486
If you have any queries or feel your procedure is not healing as explained please telephone your specialist immediately. Do not panic that the area treated may show redness and swelling and that the colour looks dark and intense - this is quite normal.
Additional treatments cannot be undertaken until the area has completely healed. A 4/6 week healing time is required before anymore work can be undertaken.
If showering within 24 hours please try to avoid the water jets hitting the treated area.
Try to avoid the gym, sauna or pool for 24 hours.
Once the area has healed completely, approximately ONE WEEK, consider using a waterproof total sunblock when going out in the sun to stop colour fade.
Strong chemicals of Glycolic Acid/Peels of any kind may cause the pigment to lighten - always telephone and check with your specialist if in any doubt.
NO NOT pick or pull at the treated area as it will result in pigment loss.
You will go through three healing phases: (1) Heal (2) Peel and (3) Fade
You may notice a whiteness or blanching around the are, this is quite normal and will subside within 12 hours. If you find any lymphatic fluid or blood weeping you can gently clean the area with saliune/cool boiled water and gauze, blotting gently dry to remove all moisture. With clean hands and a cotton bud apply a FINE layer of after-care ointment to the treated area. Repeat this procedure up to 3 times a day if the area feels tight. Too much ointment can inhibit healing. Stop after 3 days. If you wish to apply make-up we suggest you purchase new products to avoid cross-contamination.
If you have a dressing covering the area please remove it as soon as you get home. If you find any lymphatic fluid or blood weeping you can gently clean the area with Saline/cool boiuled water and gauze, blotting gently dry to remove all moisture. If possible leave the area to dry for as long as possible so try and wear loose fitting clothing. Only add a FINE layer of ointment if the area feels tight.
After the fine scabbing has sloughed away you will see a different hue to the colour implanted.
After 4-6 weeks the colour will appear to take on a new strength.
The Red Cross have suggested that you do not give blood for 6 months.
This procedure shows up as an artefact on the scan. Some clients may experience a tingling sensation. Please notify your radiologist.
Dermal filters can alter the shape of the eyebrows or the lips.
Laser Hair Removal, particularly around the lip area (cleft patients) can cause colour change - it is important to advise LHR technician that you have had a micropigmentation procedure as this cannot be rectified with another micropigmentation procedure.
To keep your micropigmentation looking its best it is recommended that you have a colour boost procedure every 12/18 months for facial procedures and every 2/3 years for areas covered by clothing.
It is very important to remember that if you have had a skin camouflage procedure or scalp camouflage then this work is multi-treatment and it can take many months to see the true result. This is because colour is required to be implanted slowly and carefully - in a layered effect to try and create the most realistic skin tones possible.
It is important that you contact your specialist immediately if you feel your procedure is not healing as listed and explained.