A few points to note:
Giving Blood – The Red Cross advise against giving blood for 4 months following your treatment.
MRI Scans – Please inform your radiologist that you have a Micropigmentation procedure. It has been known for pigment to show up on a scan. You may also experience a slight tingling.
Laser – Do not allow a laser to hit the skin near a pigmented area. You must inform the laser technician who should cover the area as a precaution. Lack of care could cause the pigment to turn black.
Is it safe?
The machine I use is the only Micropigmentation machine in Europe to carry a Class 2A medical certification. This European standard allows my equipment to be used in all areas of a hospital or clinic since it has status as a medical device and not a beauty device.
I use a particular safety cartridge system within my hand piece that has been tested under the most rigorous health and safety guidelines. There is absolutely no risk of cross contamination from inside the hand-piece.
The needles used have an integrated needle and needle cap all in a one-time usage disposable cartridge, which has a securely sealed membrane at the end forming protection against contamination for the hand-piece. The risk of contaminated liquids or air flow is eliminated.
This treatment is breaking the skin and implanting so there will always be a chance of infection, which is why the aftercare is important to adhere to. This will be discussed in the consultation, post treatment and in the aftercare leaflet.
How long does it last?
This is dependent upon skin type, genetics, diet, medication, environmental and lifestyle factors to how you retain the pigment. Generally, it will last anytime from 1-5 years.
Certain factors such as sunbed use and sun exposure have a bearing on pigment retention so sunblock should be used to prolong the longevity of the pigmentation. (Leave 4-6 wks after your final re-touch before have a ‘sunshine’ holiday)
A refresher every 6-18 months is suggested for maintaining the colour intensity and definition, and discounted prices are offered for retouches within the first year, and 18 months.
Semi-Permanent Make-Up requires maintenance, so for ease I will send a reminder when your retouch is due.
How quickly will it heal?
Everyone is different, but as a general rule, the surface skin generally heals between 3 – 7 days after the treatment, and 10 – 14 days below the surface.
How will I look after my treatment?
Semi-Permanent Make-up: Brows and eyes tend to look darker in colour for the first few days and then will soften. Lips are likely to have residual swelling and can chap. You may experience swelling with eyeliner treatments. Generally, swelling will be gone in 24 – 48hrs.
Medical micropigmentation is a process of creating mini traumas within areas of damaged skin. It can be either with or without the use of pigment, and can appear red and sore straight after treatment.
Can I wear make-up afterwards?
It’s best to leave the area treated uncovered, a little mineral make-up will be fine, but leave traditional cosmetics until the area has healed.
Will there be a lot of bleeding?
Generally, there will be some bleeding, but I tend to work gently and repetitively, in order to achieve the desired result. Grafts, radiated tissue and burns need a light but firm touch. Different areas will bleed more than others, such as lips; being vascular, they tend to bleed more than other areas.
Factors that may increase bleeding:
- Retin-A or glycolic acid
Will it be painful?
This will depend upon the area, type of skin and your level of sensitivity. It can be painful, but I will work with anaesthetics before and during the procedure, and breathing techniques, to control and manage the pain. Burns patients tend to feel more pain, whereas breast patients sometimes feel no pain, just a tingling in the donor site. Some patients have commented that is a relaxing process for them.
Factors that may influence pain:
- Retin-A, glycolic acid and Accutane
- Procedures performed during menstrual cycle
- Tobacco, caffeine and other stimulants
- Age (elderly clients usually experience very little pain
- Needle size (single needles are more painful)
How often will I have to come for medical treatments?
It is a multi-treatment process and results cannot be obtained overnight. This will be discussed with you at the consultation and will be entirely dependent on your individual circumstances and requirements.
Treatments can only take place once the area has fully healed, which is approximately 4-8 weeks between Micropigmentation sessions.
Are there reasons why I can’t have medical tattooing done?
Yes, there are a few definite reasons which I have listed below:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You are under 18yrs of age
- The area to be tattooed is not fully healed
- Vitiligo – The area needs to have been in remission for at least 7 years and there is a small chance that Micropigmentation could stimulate a recurrence
- You are taking Roaccutane or Antabuse – Please leave a 6 month gap before Micropigmentation
- You have keloid scars
- You are looking to cover a birthmark or port wine stain– you can however use camouflage cream, so please ask about this.