How long does it last?
It can last anywhere from 18-24 months depending on a few factors such as skin type, sun exposure and chemical exposure such as those in skin products and chlorine in pools and medication. You can prolong pigment retention in your brows by using sunscreen and by avoiding harsh chemicals. Once the colour starts to fade you can return for a colour top up. A colour top up must be done within 24 months after the treatment. Any treatments after 24 months will be considered a new treatment.
Does it hurt?
The area is numbed beforehand. However each individual reacts differently to the numbing cream so it can be more or less effective on different people. Some clients will not feel anything and some will experience slight discomfort. The numbing cream is regularly topped up during the procedure.
Does it hurt after?
The area can be sore for the first 24 hrs and then tender if touched over the first few days. Once the healing process starts some itching may be experienced.
How long does the treatment take?
The first procedure generally takes 2.5 hours, however this can vary depending on each individuals needs. The second procedure normally takes less than the first, on average 1.5 hours.
Why do I need two procedures?
Due to our bodies natural defensive system sometimes all the pigment doesn't retain so a second procedure is necessary to ensure the pigment retains in the skin. Adding too many strokes in one session can overwork the skin and cause scarring so two sessions are needed to preserve the skins quality. The first procedure is essentially laying the foundations and the second is procedure is the finishing off session.
Do I need a scratch test and why?
Yes! A scratch test will be performed, it is very important that a scratch test is done at least 24 hrs prior to the treatment. You will be tested for reactions to the pigment and anaesthetic cream. I provide postal scratch test if it's more convenient.
How long does it take to heal?
It varies with each person but can take 4-6 weeks.
Is there any reason I wouldn't be able to have it done?
There are a few reasons why you may not be able to have the treatment which include but are not limited to pregnancy, breastfeeding, skin cancer or if you suffer from keloid scarring. A doctors note would be required if you have cancer, hemophilia, hepatitis or any auto immune disease, diabetes. It is advised to consider your suitability if you have sensitive skin.
Will my brows be identical?
Perfect facial symmetry is rare so it's best to be realistic with your expectations. I use a tried and tested measuring technique to ensure they are as symmetrical as your facial features will allow. Think of your brows as sisters, not twins. We work together to choose a shape that you are happy with by drawing it on the skin beforehand.
Where will the treatment take place?
You can visit our south London salon in Streatham Hill, or mobile home appointments are available by request.
Are there any side effects?
Minor bleeding can occur during the treatment. Bruising can occur if the client is on certain medication such as blood thinners. Keloid scarring can occur if you are prone to it.
Is it the same as a regular tattoo?
No. Semi permanent makeup is done using a cosmetic tattoo procedure, using a hand held tool as opposed to a machine. The pigment is implanted under the top layer of skin creating very fine strokes unlike a regular tattoo which goes deeper causing thicker lines.
What can I expect during the healing process?
It is advised to be aware of any social plans you may have when booking your appointment. Your brows tend to be very dark for 1-2 weeks after treatment as they scab over. As the scabs fall they will look patchy and flaky. It is very important not to pick or pencil in the patches as this can affect the healing and the pigment retention.