If you’re considering having a treatment with me, here’s what usually happens…
The first part of the process is your free consultation.
We can either do this as part of your initial treatment, or in advance if you haven’t yet made your mind up.
If you have a specific idea in mind, it’s a good idea to bring along some photos to your initial consultation.
During our chat I listen carefully to you so we can work out the look you’re trying to achieve. I’ll analyse your facial shape and features and together we’ll determine the most complementary look for you.
We’ll decide on pigment colour, taking into account your skin tone, and your hair and eye colour. I’ll mix a pigment to blend most naturally with your individual colouring and preferences.
When I have an idea of the look you’re aiming for, I’ll draw the brows on with a makeup pencil so you can see the shape.
During your consultation a medical and consent form will need to be filled out where I ask you a few questions to make sure you’re suitable for the procedure. You’ll need a patch test before your treatment.
I will never begin the process without confirming you’re completely happy with what the end result is going to look like.
Is it safe?
Tattoo pigments have been used for thousands of years and reactions are very rare. The Nouveau Contour pigments I use are of the highest grade and are hypo-allergenic.
The procedure puts pharmaceutical grade pigments into the dermal layer of the skin, using state of the art micro-pigmentation equipment which meets British and European health and safety standards.
Immediately following the procedure you’ll possibly experience some redness and swelling which normally lasts no longer than 24 hours. The enhancement will also appear a darker shade than the end result for around one week… so don’t worry!
Naturally I work within the strictest sterilisation procedures. A new single use disposable sterile needle is used for your complete safety. All procedures conform to the British and European Health and Safety standards.
Lip treatments clients who are prone to cold sores should use a topical treatment for a few days beforehand to avoid an outbreak.
When we’ve established how your cosmetic makeup is going to look, and you’re 100% happy to go ahead, we’ll be ready to start.
Before the permanent makeup treatment begins, I’ll put some topical anaesthetic on your skin, to minimise any discomfort.
I’ll use more topical anaesthetic during the procedure if necessary, to ensure your comfort at all times.
How long does it take?
Please allow 1-2 hours for your appointment. Some services may take longer to perform, but we can discuss that when you book.
How does it work?
I use a specialist facial tattooing machine, which works at a much lower frequency than a standard tattoo machine.
I gently apply pigment to your skin using very fine needles. The sensation is that of an electric toothbrush being held against your skin – you feel the vibrations but you shouldn’t feel pain.
You may find that your eye twitches when you’re having eyeliner done. I’ll make sure you’re relaxed as much as possible.
At this stage I work with you, giving you breaks if you need them.
Immediately after a brow treatment you should expect the area to look 40-50% darker than the colour you have chosen in consultation. This will start to fade after 3-4 days. The surrounding area may be red but should not cause pain.
The colour will be approximately 50% darker and a lot stronger for up to a week after treatment. The area will become dry and flaky around 3–7 days after the treatment.
You may get some swelling and redness, which normally subsides within 48 hours. After around one week your colour will appear to have disappeared, but the pigment will start to develop between 2 to 6 weeks.
After your first application you may find your colour hasn’t healed completely evenly, but this is dependent on your skin and personal healing process.
This is normally balanced out in your second ‘top up’.
A second appointment is needed around 4-6 weeks after your first treatment. This is usually a 30-60 minute appointment to add more pigment to the brow area to make the results perfect for you.
This is because as the area is healing, some parts may not ‘hold’ as well as others and you may have a few patches that need more colour.
This is completely normal and everyone heals differently. Whatever the case, we advise you always come back to clinic for your retouch.
How long does it last?
Some pigment will remain in the skin permanently but will gradually fade over time. It varies from client to client but generally lasts approximately three years. Eyebrows tend to fade faster than eyes and lips.
The colour will start to fade as the skin exfoliates, and we recommend a colour boost at around 18 months to maintain freshness. Please read our maintenance advice to make sure you do everything you can to prolong your cosmetics.
Please note that medical conditions and medicines can cause pigment to fade faster.
Is it suitable for me?
Permanent make-up results can be unsuccessful on some skin types, so if you have very oily skin or large open pores we’ll need to discuss this during our free consultation.
Some alopecia and chemotherapy patients tend to have more uneven healing and poor colour retention, but that doesn’t mean I can’t help.
Additional top-up treatments may be required at a small cost, but it’s strongly advised against tattooing an area more than three times within one year.
During your consultation if I feel you’re not suitable for this treatment I will let you know.
If you’re pregnant or nursing you’re not able to have permanent cosmetics treatments.
Of course, I can’t guarantee results, but I’ll always use my best judgment to get the best result possible for you.