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Freqeuntly Asked Questions

Everything you need to know

Please take a look at our most frequently asked questions. If you need further information please contact us.

Will I need to wear my normal make up? Shall I bring the Make- up Colour I normally wear?

If you like the colour you use, whether its lipstick, brow pencil or eyeliner then please bring it with you to the treatment. This will help me too blend your desired colour.

Do I have to have my eyebrows shaved off?

You will not need to shave your eyebrows, we will work with your own natural hair growth wherever possible. You may need to tweeze or wax a few hairs that may not be within your chosen desired shape as regular maintenance following your treatment.

Will having the lip blush treatment cause cold sores?

The treatment itself does not cause cold sores, however if you have had the virus (herpes simplex) before, it does lay dormant in the body and can be brought out by the treatment.

I already have cold sores can I have the treatment?

You will need to visit your G.P for a course of medication to prevent an outbreak. You will then be advised how to use the medication before and after your treatment.

Can I have a lip wax or electrolysis before my treatment?

A lip wax or electrolysis must be carried out at least two weeks prior to your treatment

Will it hurt?

Lips can be more sensitive than the brows or eyes due to the area and greater blood supply. I will help you to manage this and minimise discomfort by using numbing cream throughout the treatment.

What if I have medical issues?

A full assessment of your medical background will be made prior to the treatment. While there are some occasions when people are not suitable for permanent cosmetics –due to medical matters –this is fairly uncommon.

How long will it last?

This varies from person to person because skin type, diet, genetics and environmental factors can all contribute to how long the pigments will be retained.  For instance, sun bed use and sun exposure have a bearing on the pigment retention, but this can be prevented with proper protection.

As a guide, it could be anything between one to five years before a new treatment is required, although refresher colour boosts are recommended for maintenance during this time. Once the colour starts to change you will know that you are ready for your refresher colour boost.

We offer colour boost prices from 12 – 18 months after the initial treatment. It is important to remember that permanent make-up is a “low” not a “no” maintenance treatment.

Can I drink alcohol prior to my treatment?

It is advised that you do not drink alcohol the night before, or on the day of, your treatment. This can affect pigment retention.

What will I look like straight after the treatment?

Brows and eye treatments tend to look darker in colour immediately after the initial appointment, while lip colours can look more intense. This softens in a few days. Lips are likely to have some residual swelling and can chap. There may be some slight swelling after eyeliner treatments but this is usually limited.

Can I wear make-up after the treatment?

You can wear mineral cosmetics immediately after the treatment, however, you need to wait until the treatment area has healed before wearing traditional cosmetics. 

Do I need to do anything special to look after the treatment whilst it’s healing?

We will provide you with aftercare instructions and a special aftercare balm for after your treatment. Looking after your permanent cosmetics or medical tattoo treatment as it heals is not difficult or time consuming –all you will need to do is follow our simple steps.

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.

Will I need to take time off work after my treatment?

Some people think that they may have to take time off work after the treatment, in fact, this is not the case unless you choose to do so. You should be able to get straight back to work immediately after your treatment. 

Can I donate blood after my treatment?

Current guidelines from the National Blood Service require anyone with permanent cosmetics to wait for 4 months after their treatment before giving blood. 

Can I have anti-aging injections or cosmetic surgery after my treatment?

This depends on the treatment you are considering and it’s location. You will need to take advice from your therapist or surgeon. It is important to remember that some of these procedures can alter the shape of your lips and eyebrows.

Can I have an MRI scan after my treatment?

If you have an MRI scan after having permanent cosmetics or a medical tattoo, you should inform the practitioner prior to the scan about your treatment, when you had it and the location. This should not prevent you from being able to have an MRI scan, but is information the practitioner will need to be aware of.

Can I have laser hair removal after a treatment?

Laser hair removal can fade and change the shade of your lip and brow treatment if you are having the hair removal in that area. Simply inform your laser technician that you are wearing permanent cosmetics prior to the treatment and they will act accordingly to accommodate for this. 

Is there anything I will need to avoid doing after the treatment?

We recommend that you do not apply make-up, expose the skin to extreme heat, cold or moisture, kiss, apply certain petroleum-based ointments etc immediately after your treatment. We will explain these requirements in full and provide you a printed copy of these aftercare requirements.

Can I go on a sunshine holiday immediately after my treatment?

Strong sun can impact on the success of the result during the immediate healing phase. We recommend that you leave 4-6 weeks between your final re-touch procedure and your holiday.

For more information or to book contact Vanessa Kenshole on 01884 35554 or complete a booking request