Permanent Makeup General FAQ
What does the treatment involve?
During the Consultation which is a part of your treatment day visit, we will discuss your requirements, what you want to achieve and the result that will best suit you. We will take into consideration your lifestyle, image, skin tone, hair, and facial features. Then we will select or custom blend pigment colors to match your requirements during this design stage. The actual treatment itself involves gently implanting microscopic particles of pigment into layers of the skin with either a micro or nano blade ( eyebrows) or micro or nano needles ( eyebrows, eyeliners, lips, scalp, nipple & areolas, scars, beauty spots. A second appointment to review the healed result is included in the price and needed in order to complete the treatment with any little adjustments that might be required. This usually takes place after 6 weeks - 3 months after the initial treatment. Beauty spots treatments are 1 visit only and don't require a follow up visit.
Will it look natural?
Yes, the healed result will look very natural. The healing process takes up to 12 days ( visible healing with cabbing) and 6 weeks of the actual under skin healing, therefore it’s important to remember that your Permanent Makeup will look stronger and more dramatic for the first 6-12 days.
How long will it last?
This often varies from person to person due to different factors which can include skin type, diet, smoking, metabolism, genetics and environmental factors. Sun bed use and sun exposure also have a bearing on pigment retention, but this can be prevented with proper protection. Generally, darker colors remain in your skin for a little longer, whilst lighter colors are often more vulnerable to the effects of factors such as the sun or swimming pools. Your body’s natural responses also breakdown the pigment particles. As a guide, it could be anything between 1 - 1.5 years for Permanent Makeup. Although refresher color boosts are recommended for maintenance between 9-12 months from the original treatment, for which I offer a discounted price. Once the color starts to fade you will know that you are ready for your refresher color boost. On average eyebrows and lips will fade sooner ( 9-12 months) than eyeliners ( 1-3 years).
How long will the treatment take?
Treatment times vary depending on how advanced or detailed the required result is. Although some treatments may take as little as one hour, you should set aside about 2 hours 20 minutes for your appointment (including the consultation time on the day of your treatment).
Will it hurt?
Permanent Cosmetics treatments are far gentler than you might think and topical anaesthetics are applied to the skin before, and during the procedure to assure you of the most comfortable experience possible. The specialist equipment I use is refined, quiet and gentle. Many clients have commented that the treatment is no more painful than having their eyebrows tweezed or plucked, and some have said that a “tingling” feeling was the most they felt. The procedures are much less invasive then traditional tattooing therefore the discomfort is not nearly as uncomfortable.
How will I look after the treatment?
Treated areas will look darker in color immediately after the initial session and for the next 6-12 days, but it will lighten after that. Lips are likely to have some residual swelling ( 2 days - 1 week) and can chap. There may be some slight swelling after eyeliner treatments but this is usually limited, bigger the eyeliner - more swelling to be expected.. Generally 6 weeks - 3 months after your initial treatment, a follow-up appointment should be made, and any adjustments will be completed.
Can I wear makeup after the treatment?
You can wear ‘mineral’ cosmetics immediately after your treatment near the treated areas and normal makeup about an inch away from the treated areas; however, you need to wait until the treatment area has healed before wearing makeup on the treated areas. If applying traditional cosmetics on other areas of your face, ensure you don’t get any on the treatment area, as this could lead to healing problems. Permanent Cosmetics are typically used to enhance your natural features, therefore after your treatment has healed, you can wear makeup to complement and enhance your Permanent Cosmetics.
Why do I need a consultation on the day of the treatment?
The consultation gives you an opportunity to discuss your treatment plan to determine how much of a change you are looking to make and the end result you are looking for.
What if I have medical issues?
A full assessment of your medical background will be made prior to the treatment over email pre - screening. While there are some occasions when people are not suitable for Permanent Cosmetics –due to medical matters –this is fairly uncommon.
Are there any risks involved?
The treatments involve implanting pigment into the skin, so these are invasive procedures; there are risks as well as benefits. As with any invasive procedures risks can include allergic reactions, undesired results, misplaced color, infection or scarring. Any risks are minimised due to full adherence to all Health & Safety guidelines as well as the highest quality training received at Nouveau Contour, and Hair Loss Central.
How quickly will the skin heal?
Everyone is different, but as a general rule the surface skin heals between 3-7 days after the treatment, and 10-14 days below the surface. After the initial three days, the healing skin will begin to gently flake off and the treated area will lighten. In some cases it may be too light therefore to achieve the best possible results for you, it’s advised to attend the re-touch appointment (free of charge) to refine and perfect. Many people will return to work the same day after a treatment, however, its advised not to drive after an eyeliner / lash enhancement, in case your eyes are a little swollen or watery immediately after the treatment.
Do I need to do anything special to look after the treatment whilst it’s healing?
Aftercare instructions will be provided together with a special aftercare balm. All you will need to do is follow our simple steps; there are no difficult follow up procedures.
Do I need to take time off work after my treatment?
Not unless you choose to do so. You should be able to get straight back to work immediately after your treatment. Your return to work might be affected following the Lash Enhancement or Eyeliner treatment if your work requires you to drive immediately after treatment. Driving immediately after eye procedures is not advised; therefore you should make alternative travel arrangements.
Is there anything I will need to avoid doing after the treatment?
It’s recommended not to apply traditional makeup, expose the skin to extreme heat, cold or moisture, kiss, or apply certain petroleum-based ointments immediately after your treatment. Also it’s advised not to drive immediately following eye procedures. The lip area will be sensitive and to avoid the risk of infection I wouldn’t recommend any food or drink, touching the area immediately post the procedure. I would advise not to “bite” on your food but rather to use a fork. I will also provide you with sterile straws for your drinks to avoid anything touching your lips. These requirements are explained in full in your aftercare advice; you will receive a printed copy post treatment.
Can I drink alcohol prior to my treatment?
It is advised that you do not drink alcohol the day before, or on the day of your treatment. This can affect pigment retention.
Can I have anti-aging injections or cosmetic surgery after my treatment?
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.
Can I donate blood after my treatment?
Current guidelines from Red Cross do not establish any waiting period for anyone with Permanent Cosmetics before giving blood
Can I have an MRI scan after my treatment?
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, providing the details of 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.
What if I decide to have plastic surgery at some stage?
No problem. The procedures are done conservatively, respecting the natural lines and features of the face.
Can I have laser hair removal after a treatment?
You must inform your laser technician that you are wearing Permanent Cosmetics prior to the treatment and they will act accordingly to accommodate for this. Laser hair removal can fade and change the shade of your lip and brow treatment if conducted around the same area.
Can I go on a sunshine holiday immediately after my treatment?
Strong sun can impact on the success of the result during the immediate healing phase. Its recommended that you leave 4-6 weeks between your final re-touch procedure and your holiday.
Are there different pigment colors?
Yes! There are colors to complement every skin tone, any look can be created completely naturally and the results are truly amazing
Why do I need touchups?
There are several reasons why permanent cosmetics require multiple sessions and touchups.
Often, it's just too much time spent in the sun, leaving you with tanned skin and a faded tattoo. Basically, anything that draws ink particles away from the dermis layer of your skin can prompt the need for a touch up.
The depth at which the pigment is implanted. Permanent cosmetic pigments are implanted into the upper layers of the dermis versus typical tattooing is implanted into the mid to lower layers of the dermis. This means more of the pigment may be lost during the healing process, and any pigment on the upper layer of your skin in the epidermis is shed during the flaking.
Due to the shallow depth, over time it is pushed out of the skin more easily through natural cellular turnover, as well as bleeding during the procedure. However, they do stay more crisp and look more natural than those placed at more depth.