FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
QUESTIONS we often get about Permanent Makeup
Will it hurt?
Most people experience no or very little pain. This is because we use a very effective topical anaesthetic prior to the treatment but we can also apply additional anaesthetic throughout the procedure.
Pain can be affected however, by various factors such as the individuals own pain threshold and also with females, hormonal cycles. It would be fair to say though you should expect that there is very little discomfort, but at the end of the day we are impregnating colour into your skin so towards the end of the procedure you may liken it to having your eyebrows plucked.
How long will it last?
This is a great question. This varies so greatly between individuals we cannot be specific. Many factors can affect the longevity of your new look. If for example you do not follow the aftercare instructions we give you, you run a very real risk of complete or partial loss in the first month. So be sure to take good care of your new look.
If you peruse the internet you will see advice on this topic will vary greatly.
However we will give you a very honest but general guide. The variation is mainly dependent on the colour you choose.
The newer 3D hair stroke technique can last as little as 6 months right through to 2 years. The average seems to be about 12 to 18 months, whereas powdered eyebrows also known as Block eyebrows can last anything from 2 to 6 years.
2 to 6 years although smudging may only last 6 months.
Lip line, full lip and lip blend, beauty spot, Areole; 2 to 6 years.
Scars, pigmentation, correction work; Variable
It may seem we have given a lot of scope to lasting times however, at your consultation we will take all factors into consideration relevant to your situation and give you a more accurate indication of lasting times for the procedure you are interested in.
Other factors that can affect the length of time your new look lasts are constant sun exposure, or abrasive sports such as surfing or kayaking, use of glycolic acids or microdermabrasion over the area. Laser therapies must always be avoided on the area. If you require numerous General Anaesthetics, that may also affect longevity. By ensuring you follow a few simple steps though you will be assured of a successful long lasting look.
How long before my new look is healed and will I need time off work?
It’s important to know your new look will appear dark and bold in colour for the first 3 to 5 days but you will be fine to go to work and will be completely healed within 7 to 14 days but during this healing time it is hardly noticeable.
You may experience a little swelling, itchiness or tenderness. The area may feel a little rough or bumpy (resembling slight scabbing) in the first few days following a treatment but this is part of the healing process and subsides with little effect. Work and most other activities can continue as normal. We do recommend you avoid chlorinated or salt water for one month post treatment. With the full lip treatment swelling can last for 48 hours or even a little longer in some cases and the lips will be dry and rough for approximately 7 days and we recommend you drink through a straw during that healing time.
Can I have treatment if I suffer from coldsores?
Yes you can but if you have a current outbreak we recommend you wait until it subsides, we also recommend you see your Doctor regarding any preoperative medication for those requiring lip treatments.
Can I have an MRI?
As a general rule yes although always mention it to the operator. There have been very few reported incidents of a sensation of tingling or a little heat transferred to the area but no lasting effects or problems resulting.
If I am pregnant or breastfeeding can I have the treatment?
As a general rule we advise you wait until after the birth or cease feeding. This is due to the anaesthetics not being able to be used on pregnant ladies.
Could I be allergic to the pigments?
As discussed in our website, I personally have not seen a reaction to the mineral based pigments and so allergy would be a rare occurrence indeed. However, one can never say never. Titanium Dioxide is a stabilizer and is also found in many sunscreens so if you have a sunscreen allergy, or suffer from allergies, we recommend a test patch. To this date even those clients of ours with a sunscreen allergy have never had an allergy to the pigment.
What if I don’t like it?
As a whole, there is no reason why you will not like it as you have been an active participant in the entire process, including, shape and colour choice, but we ALWAYS err on the side of caution. In that we will advise you to go thinner than thicker, lighter than darker and shorter than longer. It is always easier to add in the follow up visit than to take away from your new look.
What else should I know before I have a treatment?
Ask to see the work of your technician, it is important to feel comfortable and confident that the person you have chosen to perform this procedure is competent and able to provide any information you may need in regards to the treatment. Having performed a great deal of correction work over the years, unfortunately this is not always the case.
Whilst we endeavour to match the pigment colour to your request, an individual’s skin type can sometimes make this difficult. Every client is different and although we take into account the individual persons lifestyle, skin type and hair colour, it cannot always be determined how the pigment will appear once the procedure has been completed and has fully healed.
For mature clients, those who bruise easily, those on blood thinners or those with other complex or chronic medical conditions, it is recommended that you ask your doctor as well as your technician for advice on your suitability for the treatment. Once we have been advised on your particular issues, we can make an informed decision on how to proceed. In some cases, and bearing in mind we always have our clients best interest at heart, we may advise that you bring a medical certificate stating you are able to have the treatment, or even suggest you re-consider or defer having the treatment. This is because excessive bleeding can mean that the skin will not accept the pigment very well and those on blood thinners or on other medications may need to abstain from taking them for a period of time, which may not be a good option for your overall health.
In the days following eyeliner or lip treatments in particular, it is rare but possible for pigment hues to spread a little under the skin when implanted, giving a smudged or even bruised effect in the localised area. We do, however, take every precaution, to ensure this does not happen. Whilst this is a very rare occurrence, it is important to be aware that it can happen and is beyond the control of even the best technician. On extremely rare occasions this bleeding of colour can be long lasting.
Permanent make up is performed as a procedure which will last for a period of years but is not permanent. However, in rare instances colour has still been visible on some people for many years following their initial procedure, particularly in eyebrow and eyeliner procedures. Others may fade but leave a lighter residue of pigment in the skin. Due to procedures changing with the times as well as an improvement in technique, tools and pigment qualities this is now much less likely but is still a possibility.
Why should we come to you?
We are not new to the industry and take our work very seriously. 90% of our work is referrals. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t shop around but shop on experience and qualifications not on $$$. We are always available on the other end of the phone if you have any concerns or questions after your treatment.