Frequently Asked Questions
“What Is Permanent Make-Up?"
This specialised technique is often referred to as:
"Semi permanent make up"
Whilst all of these names refer to the same application of pigment in to the skin, Ivy Monroe Beauty prefers not to refer to these procedures as "semi permanent". Although results fade as the pigment breaks down, there will always be some slight residue present in the skin.
"Is Permanent Make-Up Suitable For Me?”
Yes, of course. Almost everyone can benefit from permanent make up - as long as they are aged 18 and above.
There is a wide variety of reasons why people choose permanent cosmetics. Many want to simply enhance their natural features and save time with their make up routine each morning; whilst others may choose permanent cosmetics to correct symmetry or the loss of natural pigmentation or hair.
Some clients choose Permanent Make-Up to help with their self confidence whilst suffering with medical conditions such as alopecia or those undergoing chemotherapy. PMU can be used to imitate natural hair strokes for eyebrows, or to imitate your make up look. Whatever the reason leading you to choose a permanent cosmetic procedure, you need not worry as each treatment is tailored bespoke to you and your needs.
“How Does It Work?"
Treatments are carried out using a specially designed digital cosmetic tattooing machine. The single use safety cartridge needles, carefully implant the cosmetic grade hypoallergenic pigments into the dermal layer of the skin.
"How Is It Different To Traditional Body Tattooing?"
Specially designed permanent cosmetic tattooing machines work at a much lower frequency than a regular tattoo machine, the penetration depths during tattooing also differ. Whilst cosmetic tattooing is designed to fade over time to cope with the effects of ageing and other factors, traditional tattooing is designed not to fade.
Cosmetic grade hypoallergenic tattoo pigments also differ to that of your regular tattoo ink. Body tattoo ink is designed to be bright and bold, whereas cosmetic ink is designed to be softer and more natural for those delicate areas. Cosmetic pigments contain different "inorganic and "organic" ingredients, meaning they are more stable and less likely to migrate (blurring of the tattoo). Cosmetic pigments tend to subtly fade over time giving the client and the technician the flexibility to reassess and adjust the treatments when, and if necessary.
“How Is It Different To Microblading?"
Microblading is performed using a hand held blade to create tiny incisions creating hyper realistic hair strokes. The same results can also be achieved with the digital machine.
"What Can I Expect On The Day Of My Appointment?”
You will be given a full complementary consultation on the day, where you will have the opportunity to discuss your desires, expectations and how permanent make up will benefit you. Jemma will go over your completed paperwork and patch tests with you to ensure you have a full understanding of what to expect and that you feel confident permanent make-up is the right choice for you.
Once everything is agreed and is in order to proceed, the colour selection process will begin. You will be asked questions regarding your skin tone, how you tan and what colours you typically pick when choosing your make up.. If you have brought along a favourite make up item that you like the colour of, Jemma will work with you to create the perfect colour match.
She will then test selected colours on you. This involves placing a small amount of pigment on to the area to be treated, and softly tapping in it to see how it sits on the skin, and how it looks overall. Many clients are under the impression that it is a "one for all" type treatment, however, each treatment is bespoke and personal to each and every individual client.
The colour selection process is based more on your natural skin tone and natural colouring than that of your current hair colour for example. This is what we refer to as “Future Proofing" your treatment in the permanent cosmetics industry.
We know that trends change as do we over the years; what you like now, does not necessarily mean you will like in a few years to come. This is why we need to ensure that what we select will still be suitable for what ever changes arise in the future..
Once you have selected your chosen colour, Jemma will then begin drawing on a template with conventional make-up. This is designed to give you an understanding of the results you can expect to achieve. This is simply a guide for tattooing, you will be given a mirror throughout the process where Jemma will ask your views. Your opinion as the client is highly valued as the template is extremely important, so it must be a joint effort to ensure you achieve the best results for you. Once you have both agreed on your chosen template, Jemma will set up to begin the treatment.
"Will It Hurt?”
Jemma is highly trained to manage any client discomfort. Most clients often refer to the sensation as an electric toothbrush being held against the skin, or a slight scratch. Many have been known to drift off mid treatment.
Each client is individual and Jemma will always do her best to ensure ultimate client comfort, and a superior experience.
“What Should I Expect After The Treatment?”
After your treatment has finished you will be asked to sit up so the treatment area can be assessed. You will be invited to have a look in the mirror, to see if there are any adjustments you would like to make before agreeing on the finished treatment.
The colour will appear darker or more vibrant immediately after treatment, and will start to become lighter 4-7 days post procedure during the healing process. The true healed colour will show through around 6 weeks post treatment, when the cell regeneration process has been completed. Before you leave the clinic, you will be invited to book in for your review appointment in 6 weeks time. Your review is to assess and discuss the treatment after the healing process and make any adjustments if necessary.
After the retouch appointment you are advised on how is best to care for your new procedure.
“Why is Aftercare Important?"
Aftercare is of huge importance as the incorrect aftercare can have a detrimental effect on the healed results. You are always advised on the best aftercare for your procedure.
"How Long Will It Last?”
This will vary from client to client, with factors such as skin type, lifestyle, medications and so on. As a guide, results can last 12 months before requiring a colour boost to refresh and prolong the treatments. Most clients return between 8-12 months for a colour boost.
It is important to remember that permanent make up is a “Low" not “No" maintenance treatment. Whilst it will provide you with a perfect template, it will not prevent the need of basic maintenance.