Permanent Cosmetics FAQs

by Dermaspa

Answers to our most frequently asked questions. If there’s anything else you need to know please contact us.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TREATMENT?

After an initial consultation, the shape and colour of your treatment is agreed upon between the client and Technician and the pigment is placed into the skin accordingly. The whole process for one area takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. The treatment is painless as a topical numbing agent is used throughout the treatment.

HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECTS LAST?

Some pigment will remain in the skin permanently but will gradually fade over time. It varies from client to client but generally lasts approximately 3 years. Eyebrows tend to fade faster than eyes and lips. The colour will start to fade as the skin exfoliates and we recommend a colour boost between 12-24 months to maintain freshness. Medical conditions and medicines can cause pigment to fade faster.

WILL I GET MY RESULT STRAIGHT AWAY?

The colour will be approximately 50% darker and a lot stronger for up to a week after treatment. The area will become dry and flakey 3–7 days after the treatment.

You can usually go about your daily routine immediately, but some clients experience some swelling and redness which normally subsides within 48 hours. After 1 week your colour will appear to have disappeared, but the pigment will start to develop between 2 to 6 weeks. After your first application you may find your colour has not healed evenly.

This is dependent on your skin and personal healing process. This is normally balanced in your second ‘top up’ procedure; 1-3 months if required.

WHAT IF FASHIONS CHANGE?

We would never perform a treatment that is too dramatic or trendy. The idea is to enhance rather than change your features. Colours are chosen to compliment your skin tone, hair and eye colour. Colours can be intensified or changed at any time if you wish.

WHAT ABOUT ALLERGIC REACTION?

Tattoo pigments have been used for thousands of years and reactions are very rare. Nouveau Contour pigments are of the highest grade and are hypo-allergenic. However we do always advices a patch test.

DOES PERMANENT MAKEUP WORK ON EVERYBODY’S SKIN?

We have found that permanent makeup results can be unsuccessful on some skin types. These include clients with very oily skin and large open pores in the treatment area. We have also found Alopecia and Chemotherapy patients tend to have uneven healing and poor colour retention.

Additional top up treatments may be required at a small cost, however it is strongly inadvisable to tattoo an area more than 3 times within the period of a year.

We never guarantee results but we will always use our best judgement to obtain the best result possible. You will be professionally advised during your consultation if we feel you are not suitable for this treatment.

Pregnant or nursing mothers are not able to have permanent cosmetics.

IS THERE ANY CHANCE OF INFECTION?

The strictest sterilisation procedures are adhered to at all times. A new, single use disposable, sterile needle is used for your complete safety. All procedures conform to the British and European Health and Safety standards. Lip treatments may occasionally cause a cold sore. Clients who are prone to an outbreak should use a topical treatment for a few days beforehand.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICROBLADING & MACHINE TATTOOING?

Both are a form of tattooing and achieve similar results. Microblading involves implanting pigment into the skin using a hand held tool whereas the machine method uses digital vibrations to implant the colour. Your Technician will advise on which method will suit your skin type and requirements best. Sometimes we find it necessary to combine the two techniques.

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