SPMU FAQs

I do the machine version of semi permanent makeup, for a full explanation of the difference between microblading and what I do have a read of my blog post. It’s pretty much the same as microblading but just uses a different tool and the machine version, which I do, lasts a bit longer than microblading

Semi Permanent Makeup vs Microblading – what’s the difference? And which is better for hair stroke eyebrows?

 

Cosmetic tattooing, including semi-permanent make-up (also known as micropigmentation), is a highly skilled process whereby hypoallergenic pigments are implanted into the dermal (second) layer of the skin using a state of the art machine designed specifically for the cosmetic and medical market, which is very different to conventional machines and inks used in regular tattoo studios.  Semi-permanent make-up will enhance your natural beauty and give your features shape and definition.

  • People who don’t have time to apply makeup daily
  • People with very little or no natural hair on their eyebrows or eyelids
  • Alopecia sufferers who have lost some or all their facial hair including eyebrows or eyelashes
  • Chemotherapy patients who may loose facial hair would benefit from semi-permanent make-up before or after treatment
  • Vision impaired people who have difficulty applying make-up
  • People with unsteady hands who cannot apply make-up, possibly through Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease etc.
  • People who suffer with hay fever symptoms, such as watery eyes, and therefore struggle to wear eyeliner without it running
  • Any one of the millions of people who suffer various allergic or sensitive reactions to conventional make-up
  • Professional women and men, entertainers, media figures, models, actresses who want to have no-makeup makeup all day long
  • People who need/want to look their best all the time
  • People who exercise a lot, particularly swimming, so they have beautifully defined features even when they are sweating or getting wet

You cannot have a semi-permanent make-up procedure if any of the following apply to you:

  • Under 18 years of age
  • Pregnant/breastfeeding
  • Haemophiliac
  • Hepatitis C positive
  • 5 weeks pre/post radiotherapy/chemotherapy treatment
  • Severe allergy to nickel or iron oxide
  • Using Antabuse/rooaccutane or warfarin (must be at least 6 months pre/post roaccutane)
  • Under the influence of drugs and alcohol
  • Contagious skin infections
  • Epileptic and have had a seizure within the last 2 years
  • Going on a sunny holiday within 2-4 weeks
  • less than 3 weeks pre/post fillers/injectables in the area to be treated (and it is recommended to have your SPMU first)

Additionally, if you suffer with cold sores and have visible evidence of cold sores/blisters or skin disorders on the area to be treated you will need to rearrange your procedure for another time, when visible symptoms have subsided and you should use an anti-viral drug five days prior to any lip work and five days afterwards as well.

Feel free to bring photos of what you have in mind for your treatment so I can get a really clear idea of what look/shape/colour/hair stroke density you’re hoping to achieve. But if you’re not really sure and are happy to trust my guidance that’s fine too and we’ll work together to create perfectly suited brows for you!

Brows:

  • You don’t have to shape your brows before, but you can. I will shape them for free during your appointment if desired
  • You can come with them draw on if you want me to see the shape you like and colour you use, but I will also guide you with this
  • You can also bring your brow makeup if you’d like me to see what colour you tend to use

Eyeliner:

  • It is ideal to come to come without any eye makeup on. Unnecessary rubbing of the area should be avoided so it’s not ideal to have to try and remove makeup to see where I’m going and to ensure the area is clean. Also, heavy mascara can make it tricky to work through the lashes.
  • Contact lenses must not be worn during the procedure, and ideally not for 24 hours after, so bring some glasses along if needed
  • Lashes must not have any eyelash extensions on for the procedure

Lips:

  • Moisturised lips retain the colour better so use a lip balm for at least a week before
  • Feel free to bring your lipstick/lip liner if you’d like me to see the colour you have in mind
  • If you suffer with cold sores it could cause an outbreak, so use anti-virals for at least 5 days before, and continue to use them for 5 days after. If you have visible cold sores on the day we’ll have to rearrange your appointment

I use topical anaesthetics (which I have trialed over the years) to greatly reduce discomfort and promote relaxation. Most clients only feel a slightly tickly, prickly sensation. Clients have described it as a bit annoying but manageable. The first pass is the most uncomfortable as I’m breaking the skin, but once I apply my secondary anaesthetic gel (which works at a much deeper level than the primary anaesthetic) people feel much less. When I ask people at the end on a scale of 1-5 (5 being extremely painful)what they think it was I find people say an average of 2 or 3 (usually saying that the first pass is a 3, but after that it is a 1 or 2).

 

 

Absolutely. With a philosophy of “less is more” I believe enhancements to the face should be subtle and natural. Your features will look more defined but it won’t be obvious to people that you’ve got semi permanent makeup, unless you want it to!

I will guide you through every step of your treatment explaining each process; I am always cautious in carrying out treatments and prefer to give a natural appearance as I can add colour, length and thickness during your second procedure appointment which is 4-6 weeks later

The following describes the order of events at an appointment and what’s involved:

Anaesthetic – I will apply a topical anaesthetic to the area you’re having a procedure done. This is in the form of a cream or gel (if having eyeliner done I won’t apply this until you’re led on the couch and can keep your eyes closed).

Paperwork – you will complete consent forms and medical history forms at the beginning of your first appointment.

Consultation – we will discuss in detail what you want done and I will complete an individual treatment plan for each procedure. This is to ensure we are both on the same page and I fully understand what you want so that you leave fully satisfied. I will advise you on what will suit you best, but also take into consideration what you would like to achieve.

Photographs – I will take some ‘before’ photographs for my records. Please let me know if you are not happy for me to use the photographs in my portfolio, website or social media pages.

Drawn template – if you’re having your eyebrows or lips done then I will draw a template on so that you can get an idea of what I will be doing, this is further to the treatment plan and the final chance to make sure I’ve really understood what you want. I will use specific measurements for the eyebrows as well as working towards your desired look.

Colour selection – We will discuss your desired look and I will advise you on which colours will suit you best, taking into account your skin tone, hair colour, eye colour and the makeup colours you like to use. You can bring your eyebrow pencil or lip liner/lip stick along with you for us to use for guidance when choosing colours too. Virtually any colour can be mixed using a variety of basic pigment colours to complement your natural skin tones.

Eyeliner – if having eyeliner done I will put some eye drops in to protect your eyes and then apply the anaesthetic.

Procedure – the procedure will be done. This consists of a first pass (initial application of pigment), anaesthetic, second pass, anaesthetic, third pass and touch-ups.

Final clean up and you check – I will clean up all excess pigment, get you to sit up slowly and then I will give you a mirror to have a look at the final results.

Photographs – I will take some ‘after’ photographs for my records. Please let me know if you are not happy for me to use the photographs in my portfolio, website or social media pages.

Aftercare – I will advise you of the relevant aftercare and give you an aftercare information leaflet to take away with you so that you fully understand how to look after your semi permanent makeup so that it heals effectively whilst encouraging the longevity of the procedure. For eyebrow and lip procedures I will give you a sachet of aftercare balm to apply while your procedure is healing. I am available by telephone/email/text after your procedure should you have any questions or concerns.

When having a new procedure, you need to allow 1 1/2-2 hours for the first session, which includes an in-depth consultation where we will discuss your desired look, colour and shape to ensure you are completely satisfied before beginning the tattooing process. Top up sessions take around 60-90 minutes.

The pigment will look darker than what you want for your final look, but once the crust flakes off the colour will look 40-70% lighter (lip procedures tend to fade more than eyebrows or eyeliner). There may be some swelling, particularly for lip and eyeliner procedures, but this will go down within a day or so. The hair strokes on hair stroke or powder eyebrows may look quite sharp but these will soften during the healing process to leave more natural-looking hair strokes. Lip colours can look a little brown immediately afterwards as it is oxidising with the blood that comes to the surface of your lips.

For all procedures

  • Showering and washing your hair is fine, just avoid rubbing or soaking the area until the crust has fallen off and pat dry when they do get wet
  • Resist the urge to pick the scabs off prematurely
  • Avoid makeup on the area for ideally a week, until the crust has fallen off, to reduce chances of infection
  • Avoid swimming until the crust has fallen off, this includes saunas and the like
  • Avoid waxing near the area treated for at least a week

Eyebrows & Lips

  • Apply aftercare ointment to the area as much as you like for 4-7 days, but most people just do this at night because it’s similar to Vaseline so is greasy
  • When washing you can apply some (clean) Vaseline or aftercare ointment to the area to help resist water

Eyeliner

  • If you absolutely have to wear mascara you can apply a little mascara after 3 days, but you should buy a new mascara as old mascaras can contain a lot of germs which could cause infection
  • You do not need to apply anything to them, they will heal naturally

Lips

  • Apply the aftercare ointment as often as possible, keeping the lips moisturised will help the colour retention
  • Do not touch your lips with dirty fingers or you will be at risk of getting them infected

Usually between 4 and 7 days, depending on the procedure you have had done and the individual. The healing process tends to go through 3 phases:

Scab/crust – this is only a light crust so is not very noticeable, which forms 2 or 3 days after your procedure and falls off in after a few days. During this phase, the pigment looks darker than what you want for your final look, but once the crust flakes off the colour will look 40-70% lighter (lip procedures tend to fade more than eyebrows or eyeliner).

Fade – once the crust has fallen off the colour can look very faded (this phase is usually 7 days after your procedure), but this is normal and the colour does return.

Heal – this is when the procedure has fully healed, about 2 weeks after your procedure.

The answer to this is a bit like answering the question ‘how long is a piece of string?’

The length of time it lasts depends on the person and their skin type, sun exposure, immune system, their skincare regime and some other factors. Therefore, some people will need more top ups than others.

Colour will be present in the skin for 3-7 years, but on average people come back for top-ups every:

Brows – 1-2 years

Eyeliner – 1 year

Lips – 3-4 years

Please note: if you leave it longer than this your SPMU is likely to be so faded it may need the 2 initial procedures done again. If you’re unsure of whether they need a top-up you can pop in to see me any time. Generally I say if people find themselves filling in their brows each day again then it’s time for a top-up.

All treatments require 2 procedures within 4-8 weeks of each other to gain the perfected results you deserve and desire, as well as to increase the longevity of the procedure. If you do not have the second procedure your healed results are likely to fade quickly and could heal patchy, this is why it needs to be a 2-part procedure initially.

I will also advise every client about aftercare to allow the healing process to happen as naturally as possible so that healed results will be the best that they can be.

Absolutely. The highest standards of hygiene and sterilisation are met. I have full beauty insurance and health and safety certificates.

The use of a state of the art digital technology system excludes any risks of cross contamination, for your complete safety and peace of mind using a Precision Plus device.

Fully disposable, sterile, single-use needle cartridges are used for each client.

All pigments used are made of natural minerals that are specifically selected for their safe, non-toxic and hypo allergenic properties and they meet strict European medical standards. They are trusted by technicians and cosmetic surgeons throughout the world. Ophthalmologists actually recommend eye procedures for women sensitive to conventional cosmetics.

Clients are offered an allergy test prior to treatment, though this can be waivered in the majority of cases. Clients with some acute or chronic medical conditions or those known to be highly allergic would need a test 24hours prior to treatment.

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