FAQs

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What is Semi permanent makeup?
Semi permanent makeup or micropigmentation is a type of tattooing.
The technique involves injecting pigment through the skin to the border line of epidermis and dermis. All micropigmentations called semi because they are not completely permanent because of the nature of the procedure and pigments used. They last for a few years only, regardless of the method used to apply, digital machine or a handheld device.

Is Semi permanent makeup procedure safe?
It is a completely safe procedure as long as you are suitable for it, and the equipment and technique is done and used properly and as hygienically as possible. I only use disposable, single use accessories. The needle that pierces your skin is obtained from a sterile package, not have been used before and not be touched with bare hands.
The pigment that is used is also be sterile. The pigment is placed in a small sterilised ink cup and only be used for your treatment. Any remaining pigment will be discarded. Tissues or cotton swabs used during application are also single use, disposable, clean and will be discarded immediately after use. I will wear PPE -disposable apron, disposable gloves, medical mask and full face visor - when applying your tattoo and will replace these PPE equipments after touching anything other than the device used for the treatment, a tissue or your skin.

Does the procedure hurt?
As we are all different, everyone has different pain threshold. The most important for me is your comfort level during the procedure, although there is some discomfort associated with it. To minimise discomfort, topical anaesthetic is applied on the treatment area before and throughout procedure if needed.

How long does Semi permanent makeup last? Does is fade completely?
It depends on several factors, including the technique used, your skin type, age, metabolism, sun exposure and lifestyle. It is recommended a colour refresher treatment 6 month to 2 years to maintain perfect results.

Am I suitable for Semi permanent makeup?
Before having a Semi permanent makeup applied, you will be asked to complete an Informed Consent Form (statement). This form includes a number of questions on your health. After this form be completed I will be able to advise as to weather or not Semi permanent makeup is suitable or safe for you to have done.

How do I chose the right colour and shape?
It is a team effort. We will do everything together from choosing colour through planning the shape and placement to carry out treatment.
Never agree with the procedure until you are 100% happy with the placement, shape and colour.

How long will it take to have it done?
New procedures take about 1,5 to 2,5 hours. We will discuss the length of procedure during the initial consultation after we discussed which technique will be applied.

How is Semi permanent makeup procedure carried out?
Before the procedure we need to be ensure that you are suitable for the treatment. You will be sent an Informed Consent Form to fill out and send back. If you are suitable, there will be an initial consultation, when we will discuss your requirements and talk through the procedure, and any further questions you may have will be answered. I will administer a simple skin patch test to check you are not allergic to the pigments or anaesthetic. It is possible to do the consultation via call and I can send you a patch test kit and instructions via post, if required. This can save you a trip and contact to other people during COVID pandemic.
When you are happy to go ahead to secure your appointment I ask for 20% of service charge for booking fee.
During your first visit we will discuss in details your desired colour and shape. I will design the guide lines for the work to give you an indication of the final result. After we make sure that no medical conditions has changed since you filled the Informed consent form out, we can start. When the initial procedure is finished, you will be given a free Aftercare cream with comprehensive instructions to help you look after your new tattoo. You will also be sent the instructions via email with a healing schedule, so you can be confident about how to care about it and what to expect in the days and weeks ahead. Finally you will be booked in for your free Follow up appointment approximately 6-12 weeks after the initial appointment. During the Follow up session we can correct colour and top up any missing areas, if necessary. Sometimes, the second session can take the same length of time as the first one but there is no additional charge for this.

Is there any side effects of Semi permanent makeup?
There can be side effects localised to the treatment area.
Moderate swelling and redness can be expected on treatment area for a couple of hours (sometimes up to a day or two) after procedure. Ice pack can be applied but maximum 10 minutes at a time!
Scabbing and/or flaking of the skin on the area is normal for about a week. Any unusual side effects such as heat, blistering and extreme itching are extremely rare and although a patch test is carried out minimum of 48 hours prior to any treatment, but any allergic response/reaction could still occur at anytime post treatment, even years after.

How long is the recovery time of Semi permanent makeup?
There is no real downtime of the procedure, immediately after having it done you can go back to your normal day-to-day activities.

What can I expect after my procedure?
Straight after the procedure you can expect moderate swelling and redness on treatment area for a couple of hours (rarely up to a day or two). Ice pack can be applied but, maximum 10 minutes at a time!
Scabbing and/or flaking of the skin can occur on the area for a couple of days. DO NOT PICK the skin, skin has to be held up by itself under scabs and come off by itself to be able to keep pigments in for long time. If you pick the skin during scabbing or flaking, can cause scarring and make the result less longer lasting or completely disappear.
Colours will get darker after procedure by scabbing. Lines can be blurry and sometimes faded during healing procedure. It is completely normal. The fully healing time of the skin is 4 weeks, during this period, final result of micropigmentation, also shape and colour will reveal after 4 weeks. You will also be sent the instructions via email with a healing schedule, so you can be confident about how to care about it and what to expect in the days and weeks ahead.
Different skin types heal and take pigment in different way as we are all unique and our skin is unique too. Some skin types heal quicker and take pigments better than others.
Results are vary and there is no guarantee that one procedure with one Follow up is sufficient. One Follow up is necessary in almost all cases. During healing procedure skin can lose 30-50% of pigments, lines can fade or disappear. Please be aware that sometimes there is more than one Follow up/Top up is required.

What is Follow up and do I need one?
Some Semi-permanent makeup procedures are multi session processes. An initial application is incomplete until after a Follow-up appointment, which must be scheduled in 4-12 weeks after your initial appointment. After healing time some of the colour may not have stayed in because the skin tries to reject the pigment. This can be corrected at your Follow up session.

Is there extra charge of Follow up session?
There is no additional charge for the follow up appointment as long as it is performed within 12 weeks from the initial application, the same way and with the same colour.

How do I pay for my procedure?
To secure your booking I ask for a 20% of booking fee per treatment. Booking fee deposits will be deducted from your total appointment bill when paying on the day of your appointment. All booking fee deposits are non-refundable if you cancel with less than 48 hours notice or fail to attend your appointment. Booking fee deposits may be refunded if re-scheduling your appointment before the 48 hour cancellation period.

How to schedule an appointment. What to do before and after procedure.

Before Lip colouring it is recommended to start taking anti-viral tablets to avoid having blisters and herpes after the procedure. Tablets can be prescribed by GP and taken according to recommendation (Valtrex, Valacyclovir, Acyclovir, Famvir, Famciclovir).
NO swimming, sauna, sunbed, sunbathing or exercising for about a week after procedure. Sun protection must be worn to protect the colour.
NO Botox and fillers for 6 weeks before and after procedure on treatment area.
NO Chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, Dermaplanning or any resurfacing facial treatments for 2 weeks before and 4 weeks after procedure.
NO alcohol, caffein, taurine, energy drinks for at least 1 day before procedure.
NO aspirin, ibuprofen for 2 days before procedure.
NO vitamin A for 4 weeks after procedure.
NO Accutane for 1 year before procedure.
NO waxing for 3 days before and 2 weeks after procedure on treatment area.
NO tinting 1 week before and 2 weeks after procedure on treatment area.

Please contact me if you have any other questions or would like me to clarify anything else: info@heartingbeauty.com

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