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Questions you might be wondering when considering having PMU

What is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent Makeup, also known as PMU, Semi-Permanent Makeup or Micropigmentation is a form of cosmetic tattooing which enhances a persons features and allows you to have long lasting eyebrows, lip colour and eyeliner.

The procedure involves using a cosmetic machine and inserting pigment into the dermal layer of the skin using a fine needle.

This pigment will stay in the skin for a number of years, gradually breaking down and fading with time, although the longevity of the results will depend on your age, skin type and lifestyle.

We recommend having a touch up session to enhance the colour, and most people will usually need this around 9-18 months.

Does it hurt?

Permanent Makeup treatments are usually pain free however treatments can feel more uncomfortable for some than others, as we all experience different levels of sensitivity. 
Most of us find we have no pain at all during procedures.
Topical and secondary anaesthetics are used throughout the treatment to keep any discomfort at bay.

How long is the treatment and what is the process?

The whole treatment can take around 2-2.5 hours depending on each client.

We will begin by discussing your wants and needs and your desired result from the treatment. Any questions you have I can answer and I will explain exactly what we will be doing throughout the process of the treatment.

Once we are both happy I will take some photos of the area and then apply the topical anaesthetic. Whilst this is working and numbing the skin, we will decide on your preferred pigment colour. 

I will then wipe off the numbing cream and begin mapping and measuring the shape and outline for your brows or lips (usually for Lip Blush the mapping is done before applying the numbing cream).

Once we are both happy with the outline and shape we will begin the procedure. 

After the first pass I will then apply the secondary anaesthetic which will ensure you are not feeling any discomfort.

I will then move onto the second pass , adding more numbing cream if needed.

Usually around 3 passes is enough but this can depend on each client and their skin. 

Once I am happy there is enough pigment saturation I will sit you up and check everything. I will then show you the area and if there are any adjustments you would like me to make we can do this.

Once we are both happy I will take some more photos of the area and apply the aftercare cream, whilst explaining the aftercare instructions and advice.

I will also give you an aftercare packet with aftercare cream and instructions so you can get the best results from your treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Permanent Makeup is a 2 part process and we always recommend a touch up session 6-12 weeks after your initial treatment.
This enables us to make any adjustments to the shape and colour, and to perfect the area to make sure you are happy with the results.

How can I prepare for my PMU treatment?

There is some pre treatment advice we will need you to follow to ensure you get the best results from your treatment.

These include:

-Avoid any alcohol and caffeine 24-48 hours before your treatment

- Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen or any type of pain relief 24-48 hours before your treatment

- Any facial treatments and injectables should be done a minimum of 4 weeks before your treatment

- Do not expose yourself to direct sunlight, tanning booth, saunas or steam rooms for 48 hours prior to the treatment

- Avoid exercise of the day of your procedure

 - Any waxing, threading or tinting should be done a minimum of 7 days before your treatment

What can I expect after my treatment?

After you treatment it is normal for the area to be a little red and tender, and for the lips to be a little swollen.

The colour will appear more intense and will continue to get darker over the next few days.

The area can then start to dry and crust, but do not pick the scabs as this can cause loss of pigment and uneven healing.

After around 10-14 days the area will then start to lighten as the new skin grows over, the colour can lighten by up to 80% which is completely normal so please do not worry.

The colour will then begin to come back an the skin will begin to heal, and will be nearly completely healed around 5 weeks after the treatment.

What is the aftercare advice?

After your treatment I will explain the aftercare advice, this will also be in your aftercare packet should you need reminding.
This aftercare advice is essential in ensuring your new permanent makeup will heal nicely and that you get the best results possible.
Aftercare advice:
- Avoid water directly on the lips for 7-10 days
- Avoid any heavy exercise which will cause you to sweat, including hot showers, saunas and steam rooms for the next 7-10 days
- Avoid wearing makeup or creams on or around the area for 7 days
- Avoid retinol/retin A for 30 days
- Do not expose yourself to direct sunlight or tanning booths for 4-6 weeks, until the area is fully healed
- Avoid any facial treatments or injectables for 4-6 weeks

Can everyone have Permanent Makeup?

Permanent Makeup is usually suitable for most people, however there are some medical conditions which could mean we are unable to go ahead with the treatment. 

Some of these contraindications are:

- You are pregnant or breastfeeding

- You have diabetes (consult with doctor)

- You are taking blood thinning medicines e.g aspirin or warfarin 

- You are on any skin medication such as Acutane or steroids

- You have any blood transmitted conditions such as HIV or Hepatitis

- You have epilepsy

- You have haemophilia

- You have healing disorders or uncontrolled high blood pressure

- You have active skin cancer

- You are undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy (consult with doctor)

- You have a pacemaker or major heart problems

- You had botox in the last month

- You have any viral infections or diseases

- You have skin irritations near the treatment area (sunburn, rash, eczema, psoriasis, shingles)

- You have an old or deep residue of pigment from a previous treatment (we would be unable to cover this)

FAQ's: Team
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