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Micropigmentation FAQ

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This page focuses on the most frequently asked questions about Micropigmentation.

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The procedure

On the day of treatment you would normally be asked to sign a consent form which means that you have understood the future benefits and possible risks associated with the procedure.

Photographs of the area to be treated may also be taken by the practitioner for a “before and after” comparison later.

Depending on the area being treated, and your tolerance of pain, an anaesthetic cream may be first applied to help minimise discomfort.

Once this has worked cosmetic pencil is applied to create a template for the procedure, you should make sure you are satisfied with the final shape before proceeding with treatment.

The selected pigments are blended and applied into the skin with a very fine needle via a small hand held electrical device.

The initial appointment should take from ½ – 2 hours depending on the areas being treated and the skill/speed of the technician. There should always be one or in some cases two follow-up appointments, which should be included in the overall cost of the treatment. The follow-up appointments will take less time.

Repeat procedures

The most up-to-date form of treatment should mimic softly applied natural looking make-up and will therefore not last as long as the old style heavily applied permanent make-up.

It is not possible to determine the length of time the pigment will remain visible in the skin as each person varies, however it is recommended that treatments are re-applied when necessary to freshen the appearance; this may be anything from 6 – 18 months depending on individual preference and the initial colour chosen.

How long will it take to recover from Micropigmentation?

No recovery time is necessary, however treated areas will appear a little dark for a few days and subsequently exfoliate and lighten to a more natural looking shade, the second visit will be necessary to perfect the shape and deepen the colour.

In some instances, on delicate skin there may be swelling and or slight bruising, however you can return to work and normal activities immediately after a treatment.

What are the risks and potential complications from Micropigmentation treatment?

Permanent cosmetic procedures are of a skin invasive nature (as they are a form of cosmetic tattoo) and therefore you may experience some discomfort. This may vary according to each individual’s pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service. However, keep in mind that there are different methods available to help with pain management, including various topical anaesthetics.

Your skin should return to normal relatively quickly as any side effects such as swelling or redness is generally mild.

Allergic reactions to permanent cosmetics are quite rare. You may request a skin sensitivity test in an invisible area beforehand to see how your skin responds. Some technicians routinely recommend a sensitivity test as part of the treatment.

Needles inserted too deeply in the skin can cause bleeding, spreading of pigments, and damage to hair follicles.

Scarring is very rare, and usually because of an error by the practitioner performing the treatment.

If proper hygiene and sterilisation guidelines are followed, micropigmentation should be very safe with few risks.

It is advisable not to pick or rub the treated areas to minimise the risk of infection.

What should you do after a Micropigmentation treatment?

It is very important that you follow the advice of your practitioner carefully after micropigmentation to reduce the risk of complications.

Post-treatment advice includes:

o Avoid direct sunlight on the treated area.

o Avoid wearing contact lenses for a few days if treated around the eyes.

o Avoid swimming for several weeks.

o Do not pick peeling or any flaking skin.

o Avoid wearing conventional make-up on the treated area(s) for 3 – 5 days.

o Apply Vaseline (petroleum jelly) to form a barrier for 3 – 5 days post procedure.

What is the average cost of Micropigmentation (Semi Permanent Make-Up)?

The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential technician.

Most important is the training and skill of the technician and the confidence of the client in that skill; as well as their reasons for wanting the treatment.

An indication of prices are as follows, but can vary considerably:

Eyebrows – £300 – £350
Top eyeliner – £200
Bottom eyeliner – £200

Top and Bottom -£350
Lip liner – £200
Full lips – £300