Micropigmentation FAQs

What is micropigmentation?

Micropigmentation is a technique for replacing some forms of daily makeup with semi-permanent versions.

What does the treatment involve?

Micropigmentation is a form of cosmetic tattooing. Pigment granules are implanted in the dermis layer of your skin, where they should remain for a considerable period of time, giving you the colour effect you want.

Who should have it?

Anyone who wants the convenience of not having to apply eyebrow make-up every morning or after exercising; also anyone who has physical problems with applying make-up.

How permanent is it?

It should fade over time, but it may not do sufficiently to disappear. So it’s best not to go for a style which may date or which you may get tired of. It may be best to go for a natural or classic look.

Will it hurt?

You may suffer discomfort, rather than pain. You can have anaesthetic cream applied first.

Is it safe?

Have a look at the NHS.uk website which lists the possible risks arising from micro-pigmentation.

How should I prepare?

For the initial consultation, it’s probably best to come with your eyebrows made up the way you like them, so the technician knows what to do for you. For the treatment date, don’t wear make up. You should avoid other procedures to the eye area in the period leading up to the treatment – consult your technician about any you have had.

Once my eyebrows have healed, is there anything I can’t do?

You need to avoid water as much as possible in the immediate aftermath of the treatment. But after about two weeks, you can return to your normal active lifestyle.

Will the colour of my eyebrows look correct immediately?

No, it won’t. You have to wait for a few weeks for the final colour effect to be clear. The reason is that, immediately after the treatment, there is pigment in the upper surface of the skin, which will disappear as the upper surface of skin is naturally shed. The final colour will depend on the tone of your skin through which the colour will be seen.

What if I don't like the results?

You can attempt to deal with it at the follow-up session, where the colour and shape can be corrected. However, it’s important not to overdo the colour at the first treatment. It is relatively easy to build colour up in a follow-up treatment – much more difficult to lighten the colour if you’ve gone for something too strong to start with.

Do I need follow-up sessions for touch-ups?

Yes, you do. As explained above, the final effect is not clear until the skin has settled down, so you will probably need at least one follow-up session to check and, if necessary, correct the shape and colour.

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