Frequently Asked Questions
Are permanent cosmetics a form of tattooing?
Permanent cosmetic enhancement – also known as semi permanent make-up and micro-pigmentation – is an advanced form of tattooing, however we do not infuse the pigment as deeply in the skin and therefore the enhancement will not have the permanency of a conventional tattoo.
The pigments we use replicate the colour choices available with conventional cosmetics enabling us to achieve subtle translucent results.
How are the procedures performed?
Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various devices, including the traditional tattoo coil machines, the pen or rotary machine (includes the digital rotary machines) and the non-machine or hand device. The process includes a consultation, the application of pigment, and at least one or more follow up visits for evaluating the healed design work and colour of the pigment.
Is permanent make up suitable for me?
Most people are able to have permanent makeup treatments. The details of the
procedure will be discussed with you during the consultation at your appointment where all your questions can be answered. The look you wish to achieve will be discussed and you will have a colour consultation and together choose a colour which will suit your skin tone and help achieve your desired look.
Permanent makeup is a very successful way to take years off your appearance and freshen your look. As we get older pigment is lost from our lips and eyebrows and lashes become more sparse, permanent makeup can help refresh these areas, adding definition and volume, giving back the appearance of youth.
Who can benefit from permanent makeup?
People who meet minimum age requirements and have the ability to heal properly from minor wounds can benefit from the liberating benefits of permanent cosmetics.Interest in this service spans the young to the more mature; those who desire a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance. It is especially valuable to people who can’t wear traditional cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities; active people who want to look their best for sports activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, aerobics; and those who don’t want to worry about “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics.
Permanent Cosmetics also benefits the vision challenged who have difficulty applying their cosmetics; and others with dexterity related conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors, and busy people who don’t have time to spend applying and refreshing makeup throughout the day and evening.
Is the procedure safe?
We follow a code of practice that ensures a safe treatment.
We choose to work only with hypoallergenic pigments that meet European medical standards and perform an allergy test before the treatment commences.
We also use the highest quality sterile needles, which are disposed of immediately after the treatment is completed.
Will it hurt?
Your comfort is our priority, so we use effective numbing agents throughout the procedure to minimise discomfort.
How long will my look last?
Permanent cosmetic enhancements can last for many years dependent on many variables. Exposure to sun, environmental factors and your lifestyle may fade your look faster. Softer neutral enhancements tend to fade faster normally and it’s recommended to have a colour boost every 12 months to keep your enhancement looking fresh.
While the concept of permanent, without any change, may seem like a perfectly good idea, think about how your tastes have changed over the years. From time to time it is likely you have made subtle or dramatic changes in your clothing preferences, your hair colour and style, and if you wear topical makeup, those colours have changed as well.
The fact that most people will require periodic colour refreshing of their permanent cosmetics is the opportune time to work with your technician to reevaluate your overall appearance profile and determine if any changes are appropriate.
What will I look like immediately after my procedure?
The colour will appear a darker shade than the desired result for up to 1 week after treatment and mild redness and swelling may be apparent for a few days