What is Permanent Make-Up?
Permanent Make-Up, or ‘Micropigmentation’ is the process of implanting a hypo-allergenic pigment into the upper dermal layer of the skin to achieve perfectly defined Eyebrows without the need for traditional make-up to be applied.
Over time the mineral pigment will break-down in the body and fade, to prevent brows that can’t be adjusted or changed according to taste. This does mean that a ‘Colour Refresh’ will be required somewhere around 12-24 months after treatment. This is not to be confused with your ‘top-up’ appointment which is part of the intial treatment and included in the Treatment Price. Colour Refresh appointments are charged accordingly (see Price List).
The length of time between your top-up appointment and colour refresh will be determined by the degree to which the pigment will fade over time which is dependent on a wide range of factors e.g. skin type, lifestyle choice, age, medication and general health.
What is the difference between Microblading and Hairstroke Brows/Micropigmentation?
They are both forms of Permanent Make-Up, creating a similar style (strokes in the brow to mimic brow hair).
Microblading is done using a single, fine blade to create shallow cuts to the skin and pigment is then implanted in to these cuts.
Hairstroke Brows are created using a digital needle machine which implants the pigment just under the top layer of skin to create fine hairstrokes. It causes less trauma to the skin and creates better long-term results (meaning the individual Hairstrokes can be maintained for longer).
How long does Permanent Make-Up last?
Most clients will require 2 initial treatments after which the results will last around 12-24 months when a colour refresh will be required to keep the brows looking defined and in shape.
Why is it called Permanent Make-Up if it doesn’t remain forever?
Good question! We call it Permanent Make-Up because a very small amount of pigment will possibly remain in the skin indefinitely, although it will fade down to almost nothing over time, sometimes completely disappearing (with the use of correct pigments that are designed to break down in the body).
A traditional tattoo will implant different pigments much lower down in the skin creating a much more permanent effect. Micropigmentation is implanted just under the Epidermis (top layer of skin), therefore not as permanent as a traditional tattoo.
The word ‘semi-permanent’ could be misleading as it suggests that the pigment will disappear entirely and the skin will revert to the pre-tattoed state and that is not exactly accurate.
So really it is somewhere between the two!
Can I have a Consultation before I decide?
Yes, absolutely! I prefer to conduct a Consultation face-to-face (or where this is not possible we can arrange a FaceTime or Zoom call). Face-to-face is preferable though. It also enables us to complete forms to save time at the actual treatment appointment.
At consultation we will cover:
Questions regarding the treatment and how it is conducted
Discuss the various styles and options suitable for you
Conduct a patch test to check for any potential reactions
Discuss any medical reasons why you might not be suitable
Provide medical questionnaire and consent form to be read, completed and sent back prior to treatment
Provide and discuss pre and aftercare requirements
The consultation is FREE
Am I eligible to have Permanent Make-Up / Micropigmentation
You are required to be:
Over 18 years old
NOT pregnant or breastfeeding
NOT on blood thinners eg. Warfarin/Heparin/Apixaban etc.
You must have obtained Doctor’s consent if you are undergoing Chemotherapy or have an auto-immune condition.
If you are taking Roaccutane you must allow 6 months after completing the course before you have treatment.
Other conditions that prevent treatment:
We will advise further once your medical questionnaire has been completed as the conditions above are not exhaustive, but give a good general overview of limitations.
How long does the appointment take?
A Permanent Make-Up appointment will take, on average, 2-3 hours. Please leave plenty of time and not book any urgent commitments directly after, in case we do need extra time. Every skin and set of brows is different and some MAY require longer. If you have any mobility problems, with laying on the treatment bed for long periods, please let me know in advance.
What do I need to do before/after the procedure?
Please read carefully the Pre and Aftercare advice here.
Please ensure you familiarise yourself with what is required pre and after treatment and arrange your appointments accordingly (eg. around hot weather holidays, swimming etc.)
Your results will depend on how careful you are with following this advice!