Things to remember before your treatment:
- Avoid sunbathing, waxing, skin peels around the area, laser treatments or eyebrow/lash tinting at least 2 weeks before your treatment.
- No alcohol, caffeine or blood thinning (for example aspirin) medicines 24 hours before your treatment.
- Inflamed skin may prevent treatment
- Area will be red and swollen after treatment, so take this in consideration when you make your booking.
- Do not discontinue any medication without your doctor’s consent.
- You cannot donate blood up to 6 months after your treatment.
- Fillers and botox treatments should be carried out after your semi-permanent makeup treatment and not before.
Consultation, treatment and aftercare:
Before any cosmetic treatment is carried out, an in depth consultation is offered to make sure your expectations are understood and met. You will be guided through the semi permanent makeup treatment process and any questions you might have will be answered. You will have the option for a patch test if you have any concerns of an allergic reaction. If not, the procedure can be done on the same day.
During the pre-drawing, measurements of the area to be treated are taken and the precise make-up design is “mapped” according to the facial structure. A cosmetic pencil is used to create the perfect shape that compliments the facial features. Once the mapping and pre-drawing are finished, the colour pigment is then selected to compliment your skin colour. Only high quality pigments that are hypo allergenic will be used, alongside sterile needles for single use only. Treatments usually take around 1 and a half to 2 hours. During the treatment a topical local anaesthetic will be used to ease the sensation.
You can expect the area around your treatment area to be slightly red immediately after the procedure and this will disappear after a few hours. Your cosmetic tattoo will appear slightly darker immediately after the treatment and will lose up to 40% of the intensity of the colour after 1 week once the scabs/dry skin have cleared up. During this time (1st week) it is recommended to avoid touching the area, using cosmetic creams, sunbathing or wetting the treated area. Do not pick the scabs as this will result in pigment loss. We will provide you with an aftercare balm that needs to be applied with a clean cotton bud once or twice a day. It takes up to 4 – 6 weeks for the colour to settle and completely heal. We will book in your top up appointment 4-6 weeks after your initial treatment as you may have areas that need more pigment added. This is also the perfect time to make minor adjustments to the shape and colour if need be. (Pigment retention can be influenced by after care, skin type, medication and immune system.) If skin retention is poor, in some cases a 3rd session is required. (This rarely happens).
Semi-permament make-up typically lasts 12 – 18 months. Oily skin, skin texture, exposure to sun (use SPF while sunbathing), exfoliation products and skin lightening products like Vitamin A and retinol can affect the longevity of your semi-permanent make-up. Avoid applying these creams on the cosmetic tattoo. We recommend a yearly colour boost to keep your cosmetic tattoo at its best.
Candidates not suitable for semi-permanent make-up:
- Persons under the age of 18 years
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
- Viral infections
- Roaccutane in the last 12 months
- Prone to keloid/hypotrophic scarring
- Auto -immune disorders
- Chemotherapy treatment in the last 6 months (unless with doctor’s consent)
- Any medication that have blood thinning properties
- Any person with a pacemaker, ICD or heart conditions
- Skin inflammation around the treatment area