Q & A Permanent Cosmetics,
How Will The Shape Be Decided?
Decisions are based on the shape of your face, on your personality and your preference. If Karen disagrees with your choice, she will suggest other options. A make-up pencil is used to outline alternatives until the ideal shape is found. The template is then measured and checked for perfect symmetry and balance.
How Are The Colours Selected?
The choice of colours depends on the tone of your skin and the colour of your hair and eyes. With the assistance of Karen, suitable colours are selected and dabs of pigment are placed around the area to be treated in order to find the best match. You may like to bring along your own make-up and a match can be made from it.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
Two treatments are usually needed, at least four weeks apart. Sometimes just one treatment is sufficient. With most procedures, the colour fades dramatically after one week. For the second treatment, Karen gauges the colour retention and adds the required amount of pigment
What Should I Expect After The Treatment?
Immediately after treatment, the colour appears darker than your chosen shade. This is because the pigment takes around seven days to enter the deeper layers of the skin. After seven to ten days, exfoliation takes place. The top layer of the skin peels off, leaving a softer, lighter colour below. The result is natural. As the treated area is settling down, itching may occur. This is a good sign as it means the skin is healing. Do not touch the treated area for seven days.
How Long Will The Treatment Last?
This varies depending on how well your skin holds the pigment. Karen recommends a colour boost to be taken once a year to keep enhancements looking fresh. Should you choose not to have a yearly colour boost your enhancement will fade over a period of approximately 3 years.
When Will I Need A Colour Boost?
Top-up time is different for everyone. Usually the colour should be touched-up after one year.
What Factors Will Affect Permanent Cosmetic Micro-Enhancement?
How long you spend in the sun. The sun fades the pigment faster so sun block may be used to prolong your enhancement.
Will the Treatment Look Natural?
Karen always advises her clients to select natural-looking enhancements. The enhancements should not be conspicuous - they should be in harmony with your features, skin type and eye colour.
Will The Treatment Hurt?
Anaesthetics are used to numb the treatment area. Some clients may experience slight discomfort and a stinging sensation, more so on sensitive areas such as lips.
Will I Be Able To Return To Work The Next Day?
Yes. Most clients show little sign of swelling or redness after treatment. The colour will be quite dark at first but not too conspicuous - it will soften and lighten within 10 days. Lip treatment clients may incur swelling and the colour will look strong for 3-7 days.
Is There A Risk Of Infection?
There is a minimal risk of infection as strict hygiene standards are maintained. Sterile needles from sealed packets are used once only. To prevent cross-contamination, the practitioner wears sterile gloves. The treatment area and machinery are disinfected after each client. An antibiotic cream is applied to the skin after treatment. Strict after-care rules are given to the client at the end of each treatment.
Will I be allergic to the Treatment?
Allergic reactions are unlikely. However a patch test must be given 24 hours before. This involves placing a tiny amount of pigment on the skin to check for sensitivity.
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