Permanent Makeup – What is it?

Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing. This specialised technique used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as “micropigmentation” or “micropigment implantation”. The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment  between the dermis and epidermis.

How are Permanent Cosmetic Procedures Done?

Permanent Makeup procedures are performed using an Amiea rotary machine. The process includes an initial consultation, then application of pigment, and at least one or more follow up visits for adjusting the shape and color or density of the pigment.

Who Benefits from Permanent Makeup?

Everyone, from the young to the elderly, who desires a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance. It is especially beneficial to people who can’t wear other cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities; active people who want to look their best for activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics, and those who don’t want to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics. Additionally busy people who don’t have time to spend on their makeup.

Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?

Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the colour is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, colour re-enhancement or color re-freshing.

How Much does Permanent Makeup Cost?

The ranges cost per procedure varies but usually averages between £150-400. Advanced work may be charged  at £250 per hour.  Our price doesn’t include following touch up sessions, which may will be needed (as the absorption of the pigment varies individually.) The cost of the procedure should not be the most important consideration when consulting your technician. Most important aspect to access is the training and skill of the technician and the confidence of the client in that skill.

How Long Does Each Procedure Take?

Depending on the procedure, the entire process from consultation to finishing treatment takes between one to three hours.

Is It Painful?

Most people experience some discomfort. This may vary according to each individuals pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service. However, there are different methods available to help with pain management, including various topical anesthetic ointments, anesthetic locals and nerve blocks (administered by a doctor or dentist).  If our clients don’t suffer from lidocaine sensitivity  then we will we use ELMA anesthetic cream.

Is It Safe?

Yes, as an Amiea-certified permanent makeup we adhere to the strikcest hygiene and safety standards, which means

  1. All Needles should be new and sterile for each client.
  2. Pre-sterilized and disposed of in a sanitary manner. Other equipment and supplies should be kept in a sanitary manner.
  3. Gloves should be new for each client and changed during the procedure when needed.
  4. Clean sheets should be used for each patient.
  5. The room or treatment area should be in an area free from other contaminants.

What If I Don’t Like It?

Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and procedure.

Are There Any After or Side Effects?

Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show more and the edema  may last from 2 to 72hours. During the procedure there may be some bleeding and or bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The color is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days. Sometimes, people have reactions to antibiotics. You may use any type of antibiotic that you prefer for your individual system. There may be other side effects unforeseen due to individuality.

Do The Pigments Pose Allergy Problems?

The application is just deep enough to penetrate the minute capillaries in the dermal layer of skin. There have been so few reactions to the pigments that some doctors are suggesting that the patch test be eliminated. You can develop an allergy to anything, anytime. Some doctors recommend that people with allergies have permanent cosmetic procedures because they can replace cosmetic products that they are sensitive to. There have been very few reactions to pigments and only rarely in the case of blue-based red pigments.  If you have a concern you are always welcome for a test patch.

Is There Any Possibility for Medical Problems?

The possibility that you would have any problems or reactions from these procedures is almost non-existent with today’s health standards. Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, will completely eliminate any risk.

What’s a Touch-Up and Do I Need One?

A touch-up is a color re-enhancement. Almost always the implanted color is not perfect after the first procedure. These procedures  include the initial application and one follow up procedure. It is recommended that you do not have your follow up procedure for a minimum of four to six weeks. Eight weeks is recommended after a lip procedure.

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