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FAQ

What is Semi-Permanent Make-Up?

Semi-permanent make-up (hereafter called SPMU) is a form of cosmetic tattooing. It is a process where coloured pigment is implanted into the skin, using a sterile needle cartridge, producing make-up which will last for several years.

How long does it take?

You will need to allow approximately 1.5 hours for your first appointment. If you intend to have all three procedures (basic eyes, brows, lips) you will need to allow 2-3 hours in total. A second visit is required approximately 6-8 weeks after the initial visit to perfect the make-up and boost the colour. A SPMU treatment is not deemed complete until the second treatment has been undertaken.

Is Semi-Permanent Make-Up really semi-permanent?

SPMU procedures are considered both permanent and semi-permanent. Permanent, because the pigment components will always be in the skin, although not visible to the eye. Semi-permanent, as the colour will fade, and therefore periodical visits are needed to refresh the colour. Factors that contribute to colour fading are: age, exposure to the sun, health, certain medications and the use of facial products containing exfoliation properties.

How long does it last?

SPMU will last (after a "Perfecting" visit) for several years. Over time the colour will fade and break down. It is suggested that you return for a colour boost every twelve to eighteen months. This keeps the look complete and fresh.

Does it hurt?

Some clients feel no sensation at all, others feel mild discomfort. Topical numbing is used to control discomfort. Clients say that having a SPMU procedure is comparable to having their eyebrows tweezered or their legs waxed.

Do I need an allergy test?

An allergy test is offered. You can elect to waiver the test and have the procedure immediately. A test can be carried out 24 hours prior to a treatment to see if there is any sign of an immediate allergic reaction. 99.9% of people do not have any reaction at all. A test is no guarantee you will not have a reaction at any time in the future. Allergic reactions to pigments and topicals are exceedingly rare. If you have any apprehension and wish to discuss any medical contra-indications please feel free to telephone and discuss these, or discuss them during a consultation.

Why do I need a second visit?

Medicos works on the basis that "Less is Best". To achieve a perfect result a second visit is required. Medicos prefer to under-do an application on the first appointment, rather than over-do, as once the pigment is in the skin it is hard to change. It is very simple to go thicker or darker on a subsequent visit.

Only after the second, "Perfecting" visit is a basic procedure deemed complete. Lip blush, full lip and thick eyeliner will require additional work. These procedures are all chargeable.

Will I be able to go out without everyone noticing?

After a procedure, the treated area will be darker, and the colour more intense. This will last approximately 3-5 days, until the area naturally exfoliates and the true colour emerges. Swelling is common but usually disappears within 24 hours. If an eyeliner procedure is being performed, the eyes will look red and puffy (as if you have had a good cry). An after-care product (if applicable) and written instructions are given after the procedure as well as verbal instructions on how best to care for your procedure. A mineral based make up can be worn to help reduce redness (a technician will advise you on this).

Can I have an MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)?

Numerous studies have shown that even for people who have large body tattoos there is little to or no irritation. It is recommended that you inform the MRI specialist prior to a treatment that you have had a micropigmentation procedure.

Can I still have Facial Laser Treatments (Laser Hair Removal)?

Yes but NOT on the micropigmented area. A laser passing over a micropigmentated procedure may alter the colour. It is important to advise the LHR specialist.

Can I have injectables?

You can have injectables e.g. Botox, Restylane etc but SPMU must either be done 6 weeks prior or 6 weeks post.

Can I give blood?

The Red Cross states that blood cannot be given for 6 months after a micropigmentation procedure.

What about after care?

You will be given a comprehensive "aftercare information sheet" to take away with you as well as any product (if deemed necessary). If you had any other questions you can telephone Medicos immediately on: 07879 413889.