Q & A's
Does It Hurt??Most people contemplating permanent cosmetics are concerned about the pain associated with the procedure. The first question most people ask is “Is it painful?”
Firstly there is no need to worry, a numbing agent is applied to the skin to minimise discomfort before micro insertions of the natural pigment are applied into the dermal layer of the skin. Along with stretching techniques and a state of the art “ digital intelligent” machine will also eliminate any distress to your skin.
What happens during the procedure?Together we evaluate the most suitable colours and shape to be created. A topical anaesthetic is applied to the area and left to numb for approx 15mins. This is then removed and the desired shape is drawn with a conventional make-up pencil. Once the shape, design and colour have all been agreed the pigment is then carefully implanted into the skin. Most procedures take approx 1.5 hours; A retouch procedure is usually required 4-6wks from the initial treatment and included in the initial cost.
What is the recovery time?There may be some swelling and redness that usually subsides over 24 to 48 hours. For the first few days your treatment may appear a little darker than your desired results. This is temporary as the colour has an initial fading period as it heals. The treated area will become dry and flaky over the forthcoming days and will slowly exfoliate naturally and a much softer colour and look will appear. The healing time is usually between 4 to 7 days. Normal activities can be resumed immediately.
Does it look natural?
The effects are so subtle that only your closest friends would know and that is usually because you have told them. The aim is to define, even up and emphasize your features.
Is there a chance of infection?
Only sterile needles are used for each procedure and are disposed of immediately on termination of treatment. Rest assured the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at all times.
What about allergic reactions?
As with any treatment an allergic reaction is always a possibility, however this is extremely rare. A consultation will be carried out prior to any procedure this comprises of a comprehensive medical questionaire and a patch test. Aftercare advice will be given and should be followed for successful results.
Please note that with a lip procedure, if you carry the Herpes virus, then it is advisable to use an anti-herpes cream (zovirak) prior to the treatment and for 5 days after to reduce the risk of a breakout. It is also advisable prior to treatment to use a lip balm so that your lips are in good condition to achieve the best results prior to the treatment.
Can I wear conventional makeup over my permanent make-up?
Yes, permanent cosmetics are designed to be an enhancement of your natural features. Wearing conventional make-up is a personal choice and can still be worn over your treated area to create a more dramatic or heavier look on an evening. You can then revert back to a more natural appearance through the day. Perfect!
How long will it last?
You should consider it permanent, as the pigment will always remain in the upper section of the dermis, however over time the colour will eventually fade as the skin rejuvenates. Its recommended that you have regular colour boosts every 12-18mts to keep the area looking fresh and complete.