If your still on the fence about whether Micropigmentation is for you, these frequently asked questions might reassure you.
What factors will affect semi permanent makeup?
How long you spend in the sun. The sun fades the pigment faster so sun block may be used to prolong your enhancement. The regeneration of skin cells – the longer the regeneration takes the longer the pigment holds.
- The speed at which the skin absorbs the pigment – the slower the absorption the longer the pigment will hold.
- The choice of colour – some colours fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde colour will fade quicker than a dark brown colour.
- The area of treatment – enhancements to the face, for example, fade more quickly due to constant exposure and product use.
- Oily skin tends to lose colour more quickly than other skin types
How long will the treatment last?
Semi Permanent Makeup can last several years. This depends on your skin type, sun exposure and lifestyle. Longevity of pigment also varies depending on how well your skin holds the pigment. We recommend a colour boost to be taken every 12-18 months to keep enhancements looking fresh. Should you choose not to have a yearly colour boost your enhancement will fade over a period of approximately 2-3 years. Lips and Eyeliners tend to last longer.
How many treatments are needed?
Two treatments are usually needed, at least 4-8 weeks apart. Sometimes just one treatment is sufficient. With most procedures, the colour fades dramatically after a week. For the second treatment, the practitioner gauges the colour retention and adds the required amount of pigment.
How are the colours selected?
The choice of colours depends on your skin tone and the colour of your hair and eyes. With the assistance of the practitioner, suitable colours are selected in order to find the best match. You may like to bring along your own makeup pencil or lipstick and a colour match can be made from this.
Is there a risk of infection?
There is a minimal risk of infection as strict hygiene standards are maintained. Sterile needles from sealed packets are used once only. To prevent cross contamination, the technician wears sterile gloves. An antibiotic cream is applied to the skin after treatment. Strict after care rules are given to the client at the end of each treatment.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Immediately after treatment, the colour will appear darker than your chosen shade. This is because the pigment takes around seven days to enter the deeper layers of the skin/. After 7-10 days, exfoliation takes place. The top layer of the skin peels off, leaving a softer, lighter colour below. The result is a natural looking enhancement. As the treated area is settling down, itching may occur. This is a good sign as it means the skin is healing. Apply the recommended cream to the treated area as recommended.