Does it hurt?
The pain is minimised as much as possible by using a topical anaesthetic. The client can then relax and this allows proper insertion of the pigment. You will feel a slight discomfort, similar to tweezing the brows.
How long does it last?
It depends on the depth of the pigment used and the lifestyle of the client. We take into account that in order to keep the pigment looking fresh, a colour boost is required 12 – 16 months after doing the initial procedure.
How many appointments will i need?
You will need 1 appointment initially. This will include a thorough consultation where we will need to take photographs and check all medical details. The second appointment is a control procedure. Any imperfections that may have occurred during the healing period; due to the skin coming away etc, are rectified for the final time.
How long does it take to heal?
The skin will heal at different rates according to the strength of your immune system, your lifestyle and the care you take with your new enhancement. As a general rule two weeks is the amount of time it will take for the skin to stop flaking and itching. However a minimum of four weeks is required before coming back for a refill, as the dermal layer needs time to recover.
Semi permanent makeup is cosmetic tattooing, with coloured micro pigments being implanted into the upper dermis layer of skin, giving the appearance of makeup or a natural correction of missing hair, shape or pigment.
How long does cosmetic tattooing last ?
After the initial visits to give the result you wish to achieve, you should expect to do annual top ups to keep the colour looking fresh. Without further top ups the colour will fade away, but some will remain for many months or years. How long permanent makeup lasts is very individual, it depends on the colour used, how much colour was used, the persons skin, lifestyle and more. Most people find the effect lasts 9 – 18 months before needing the colour topped up. If the colour is not topped up it will over many months, or years, fade away and in some cases can leave a slight residue of colour permanently.
The colour the pigment fades to during this time cannot be predicted, nor how long it will take to fade completely. For this reason you should always choose to visit with someone who will create a good long term eyebrow shape for you. If Perfect Creations ever creates a fashion style of eyebrow, with colour implanted beyond what will ever be the clients natural shape, the client will have been advised of the long term implications.
Why do eyebrows sometimes fade orange, pink or grey ?
Eyebrows use brown pigments, and brown is made up of many colours. Just the same as when we colour our hair, and it fades over time, everyone holds on to certain elements of brown differently. Some people hold on to the warm tones, others the cool ones. This is not a problem as returning for your annual top up, a corrector colour can be added to your original colour, will help correct future fading. It has to be seen how you fade a colour, to see how to correct it for future years of good colour.
Why does the pigment fade?
Permanent makeup is also called Micropigmentation as it uses micro pigments. Because they lack size, they also lack density of colour, so the colour fades quicker. Were the pigment molecules bigger, the colour would be more dense and more permanent, just like normal tattoo pigment.
Permanent Cosmetics (also known as Semi Permanent Make up, Micro pigmentation and Cosmetic Tattooing) allow women of all ages, and a growing number of men, to enhance and define their natural features creating a beautiful finish which will compliment or even replace the use of conventional make up.
Why not use permanent ink ?
Think of the old saying “Why would you want a tattoo, what’s it going to look like when you’re 80 ?”, and if you’re thinking that’s only because you might regret the design you chose, that’s not the entire story when considering how a permanent tattoo will age
Pigment, whether permanent or not, changes colour over time, especially when exposed to the sun. Black pigment goes grey, green or blue, brown can go pink or orange. You can accept that for a body tattoo, but your eyebrows ? or as eyeliner ? Yes you can top up a permanent tattoo to keep the colour fresh, but you’ll never be able to change the shape without lasering off the unwanted bits. Why would you want to change the shape ? …Does skin stay tight forever ? Do people have or need brow lifts ? If you’ve chosen a fashion style of brow to be tattooed on permanently, how much do styles change, and your style, will you want those eyebrows when you’re 80, grey and wrinkly ?
That’s the colour and shape dealt with, but how well does permanent pigment stay crisp and clear in the skin ? If you’re looking for a tattoo with lots of fine detail, the tattooist will always ask you to go large or cut out having so much detail. Well you’ve seen old tattoos, and tattoos on old people, they blur. Fine detail goes and the edges smudge, I’ll put the thought back in your head about the splodge of green tattoos that used to be crisp black lines. Why does it become smudged ? Skin changes and thins as we age, some colour is absorbed by the body, and some pigment remains, without its crisp edge.
Is cosmetic tattooing safe ?
When it’s carried out by a fully trained and experienced technician, yes very. The pigments Perfect Creations use are from known sources in France and supplied by Natural Enhancement. They are hygienically prepared and packaged, created from natural minerals, specifically selected for their safe, non-toxic, hypoallergenic properties. These cosmetic tattoo pigments are quite different from conventional tattoo inks. With conventional tattoo ink the colour is more opaque and can be implanted in clean dense lines with a single pass. It is not advisable to have cosmetic tattoos using permanent pigment, would you want that same style and colour of eyebrow when you are 80 ?
Permanent make up is the art of using pigments, in the form of natural iron oxide to the dermal layer of the skin in almost any colour the client chooses. The results derived from permanent cosmetic enhancements are a convenient ‘quick fix’ with long lasting results – appropriate for today’s busy life styles.
Do I need an allergy test ?
An allergy/patch test is available, and a test can be carried out a minimal 2 hours prior to a tattoo to see if there is any sign of an immediate allergic reaction. Pigment allergy tests are inconclusive and will not guarantee you to have no future reaction, they are more for your piece of mind rather than any result. Allergic reactions to pigments and numbing creams are exceedingly rare, so tattoos are carried out at the same time as the consultation unless the client asks otherwise
Does having a cosmetic tattoo hurt ?
As the face is such a sensitive area cosmetic tattooing is carried out with your comfort in mind. Numbing creams are used making the process quite bearable, and the highly advanced cosmetic tattoo machine and needles Perfect Creations uses causes minimal skin damage, meaning less pain with easier, quicker healing. I’m very mindful managing your pain expectations, so the areas you want to have cosmetic tattoos won’t be as difficult as you could imagine. Afterwards the area may be a little sore, for eyes and brows this settles quickly, lips a little longer. Aftercare packs and healing advice are given for each treatment area
Can I bring someone with me ?
Yes you can bring one person with you, it’s quite nice to bring along a friend, family member or partner and they can stay in the room with us, or leave for a time. Please let us know if you are bringing someone along. I reserve the right to ask the guest to leave if the session is becoming distracting. No one under 18 years old is allowed during a tattoo appointment
What happens after the treatment ?
Afterwards the area tattooed may be a little swollen and red, this is very individual. The colour will appear darker and more intense, this lasts for several days as the area begins to heal. Aftercare advice and balms will have been given to make this initial healing more comfortable. Complete healing can take 2 to 4 weeks, during this time the pigment will mature into the skin and its true colour will emerge. Top up visits are after 4 weeks. Having had all these procedures myself, I am able to explain the healing process and how soon you’ll be back to normal
Health & Safety
Perfect Creations uses the Natural Enhancement branded Cosmedic digital machine, and like medical equipment this is safe by design against cross contamination. Perfect Creations use fully disposable ‘single use only’ applicator cartridges, and the pen like device used for the procedure is digitally controlled, and without deep vibration. Perfect Creations has both public and professional liability insurance to offer Permanent cosmetic tattoo treatments.
Does using advanced digital equipment really make a difference ?
Yes, to the speed with which the pigment can be implanted, the level of skin trauma, pain during the treatment and the ease of healing. Less advanced and cheaper rotary pen machines tend to scratch the skin surface until the pigment is accepted, this causes the body to swell and produce lymph fluid which forms into scabs. You may have especially heard of this bad scabbing with eyebrows, it really needn’t be like that
Using an advanced digital machine and a single use needle cartridge manufactured to ISO 9001 quality standards, clients experience noticeably less discomfort, minimal lymph fluid, less anxiety, and less swelling than they do with any rotary pen machine
The pigments I use are hypoallergenic emmollient-free and non-reactive to achieve a natural cosmetic enhancement and benefit from:
- Larger looking eyes with thicker, darker lashes – (Eyelash enhancement or Eyeliner)
- Younger looking, fuller lips
- Perfectly shaped eyebrows – (Hair by Hair Simulation)
Permanent make up fades away and so colour boosts are required 12 – 16 months after in order to refresh the original enhancement.
Having perfectly placed, fresh looking make up all the time is not only a boost for your self esteem but Permanent make up for the eyebrows ends the hassle of drawing brows evenly/ correctly everyday, or worrying if you have just wiped one brow off once you have been swimming or been caught out in the rain! You will benefit from having a shape that suits you perfectly and that frames your eyes beautifully! You will never have to worry that your eye brows are uneven or that they are the wrong shape for you
Permanent make up for eyeliner puts an end to irritated eyes from topical eye liner, smears, watery eye streaks, and residue collections in the corners of the eyes. How many times have you
Permanent make up for the lips ends the unwanted transfer of lipstick colour onto objects and people. Clients who suffer with visual impairment, and unsteady or arthritic hands find it difficult to apply topical cosmetics and so can benefit greatly.
What must I do before and After my treatment?
If you are prone to coldsores it is important that you take an ant-viral medication before having a lip enhancement. As a general rule 3 days before and 3 days after should be sufficient. Your doctor can prescribe Acciclover tablets for you. The procedure does not cause cold sores, but if the virus is lying dormant in the skin it can irritate it and can cause an outburst.
If you have had an eye procedure and you are prone to eye infections, it is advisable that you purchase an antibiotic eye cream that contains Chloraphenical such as Optrex Eyes or Golden Eye. You can find these at any Chemist. They will prevent and treat any unwanted infections. Please apply a healing balm to the enhancement 3 times a day to keep it from drying up and flaking off. Vaseline is fine, but it must be a new pot and applied using a clean unused cotton bud to prevent cross contamination. Do not pick, peel or touch your new enhancement and allow it to heal naturally on its own, taking care to follow your after care guidelines.
Pre Procedure Advice
Prior to your permanent cosmetic enhancement think about the look that you wish to achieve. As an expert in the field of colour analysis and makeovers, I will ensure that the correct colours and styles are chosen for you, however you are part of the decision-making process.
Permanent cosmetic enhancements normally require multiple application sessions. To achieve the best results you will be required to return for at least one control procedure, four to six weeks after the initial application.
Be prepared for the colour intensity to be significantly sharper and darker immediately after the procedure. This will subside and become softer as the skin heals. This process can take up to fourteen days.
General Pre Advice
- Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may be swollen or red, you are advised not to make social plans on the day of your enhancement.
- Please wear your normal make-up to your enhancement appointment.
- Do not take aspirin or Ibuprofen 2 days prior to and after your enhancement.
- Do not discontinue any medication before consulting your doctor.
- Keep alcohol intake to a minimum 2 days prior to and after your enhancement.
- A sensitivity test will be performed, unless waived upon request.
- Do not use Retin A skincare products close to the enhancement area 1 month prior to and after your procedure.
- Do not use AHA skincare products close to the enhancement area 2 weeks prior to and after your procedure.
- As with electrolysis the National Blood Service does not accept donations of blood for 1 year after a permanent cosmetic enhancement.
- Waxing treatments should be performed no less than 3 days prior to your enhancement.
- IPL laser hair removal should be performed no less than 2 weeks prior to your enhancement.
- Electrolysis treatments should be performed no less than 5 days prior to your enhancement.
- Eyebrow tinting should not be undertaken for 2 weeks prior to and after your enhancement.
- Eyelash tinting or eyelash perming treatments should be carried out no sooner than 1 week prior to or 2 weeks after your enhancement.
- Do not wear contact lenses during or immediately following your enhancement procedure. Remember to bring your glasses. You may resume wearing your contact lenses 24 hours after the procedure.
- You may have mild swelling after your enhancement procedure. As a safety precaution you may wish to have someone drive you home.
- If you are prone to coldsores it is important that you take an ant-viral medication before having a lip enhancement. As a general rule 3 days before and 3 days after should be sufficient. Your doctor can prescribe Acciclover tablets for you. The procedure does not cause cold sores, but if the virus is lying dormant in the skin it can irritate it and can cause an outburst. You are also advised to use Zovirax for 5 days before and after as an extra precaution.
- IPL laser hair removal should be performed at least 2 weeks prior to your enhancement.
- Lip wax or bleaching treatments should not be undertaken for a 2 week period prior to and after your enhancement.