What is a clinical or cosmetic tattoo?
Sometimes called permanent makeup or semi-permanent make-up, paramedic cosmetics or micro pigmentation, is basically a semi-permanent tattoo placed in the very topmost layers of the skin and unlike conventional tattoos, use synthetic pharmaceutical grade pigments designed to fade over time. With state of the art digital computerised machines, disposable single use tools and a combination of clinical and artistic approach we can simulate every facial feature from hair follicle stubble on the human scalp to a single human eyebrow hair.
Micropigmentation is a form of medical grade tattooing, in which hypoallergenic pigments are introduced into the upper layers of the skin in order to create a shadow of colour that mirrors the most perfectly applied make-up in soft natural tones of colour, or conversely, nature itself. Because the pigment sits in the upper layer of the skin, the effect remains with the client 24 hours a day only fading gradually over a number of years.
People who benefit include those:
- With sparse thin or no eyelashes or eyebrows
- With scars through eyebrow or lash line or lip.
- With poor vision or an unsteady hand
- With allergy to conventional cosmetics
- With hayfever or sensitive or watery eyes
- With a busy schedule and little time to worry about make-up
- With adverse conditions affecting skin pigment
What To Expect
You may attend the clinic for a design consultation before you commit to the procedure, or you might want to have the design consultation and procedure all on the same day. Either way is fine with us. You will want to allow two to two and half hours of your time. We advise no aspirin or alcohol for 48 hours before treatment and no excessive drinking of water on the day.
With the lip procedure we ask every client if they have any history of cold sore/ sun blisters – if so we advise using Zovirax for a few days before treatment and for a few days after.
With eyeliner procedures you will need to come to the clinic an hour before your appointment and have us apply the topical anaesthetic/ numbing agent.
With brow and lip procedures you can do the same, or you may want to come and collect a small amount from us at no charge and apply yourself at home saving yourself an hour waiting time in the clinic. You may also want to attend the clinic for a patch test if you are concerned about sensitivity. Or you may sign a patch test waiver on the day and simply proceed without.
The consultation involves you and your specialist discussing in detail your requirements, wants and needs and expectations. Colour, shape, form and contour options are thoroughly explored and the desired results agreed upon. Before and after photographs are always included for reference purposes. With brows there is a set and recognised proportional graph I like to draw on the face using reference points, angles and measurements individual to us all. After drawing the basics, we work together to perfect the right brows for you. Similarly with lips and eyes everything is drawn and designed before we start, making sure we both agree on the visual reference, shape, design, contour and colour.
Our philosophy is to inform educate and reassure, giving you all the information you need to make a fully informed well balanced decision.
The procedure itself is very straight forward taking only about forty five minutes. Additional topical anaesthetics are constantly used throughout making sure your comfort levels are well maintained. Clinical environment is well observed with sterile field and disposable individual treatment packs, including disposable single use procedure tools.
We advise no strenuous activity for the remainder of the day, and by strenuous activity that means anything that makes you sweat. You leave the clinic with after care advise information and we supply you with an aftercare ointment.
With Brows most client like to top up every year to eighteen months. With lips and eyeliner a little longer, two to three years. The ball is really in your court here, it’s up to you to decide how often you want to maintain them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will it hurt?
Topical anaesthetics are applied both before, during and after the procedure, in short, no.
Will I be red sore and puffy?
There is usually some localised swelling which will be gone in a few hours. There may be some swelling the following morning again this will subside in a few hours.
Can I drive home afterwards?
There is no reason why you should not be able to drive afterwards.
How long does it take?
Allow two to two and half hours.
What’s the waiting time?
About 2/3 weeks.
How long do they last?
Brows last up to 18 months. Some people like to get them refreshed every year. Lipliner lasts up to three years and eyeliner even longer. When to refresh and top up is entirely up to you. And, each person is very different. Some clients retain pigment really well. Other do not and may require extra visits. Exposure to sun/ sun-beds/ the elements and lifestyle make a difference.