Semi-permanent make-up is a method of adding long-lasting colour to the skin to enhance facial features. The effects can last from 2 to 10 years, depending on the type of product employed. It can be used for accentuating and shaping eyebrows, or mimicking natural hair growth if so desired. It can better define lip contours and the overall colour of the lips. It can produce lasting eyeliner or an effect of thicker eyelashes, and it can enhance or create beauty spots. It can also be used as a camouflaging technique to minimize the visibility of scars, to reconstruct the areola and nipple of the breast, or to cover up blemishes or old unwanted tattoos.
How is it done?
Patients are advised to bring their favourite make up and colours. However, the therapist will advise on the most appropriate colours and shapes for each individual. Eyebrows should be allowed to grow for a few days before the procedure. After a consultation, the treated area is cleansed and a topical anaesthetic cream is applied before commencing with the procedure. Normally, the entire process requires less than 30 minutes.
Is it painful?
Normally the procedure is painless. However, for sensitive areas a topical anaesthetic cream can be used.
Is it safe?
Yes, pigments are hypoallergenic, sterile and non-toxic.
How many sessions this procedure requires?
A minimum of 2 treatments are required about 1 month apart, after the first treatment most of the pigment will peel off with the healing skin. The second session makes the pigment more stable in the skin. To get deeper colour it might be required to repeat sessions.
What are the contraindications?
Skin infection or malignancy; connective tissue disease; tendency to scar or pigment badly; allergy to pigments; pregnancy; recent laser, chemical peel and tanning treatments, using retinol cream at the same time and place where tattoo is done, certain drugs increasing photosensitivity, porphyries, psoriasis.
What is aftercare?
It is important to avoid picking or lifting the formed crust. Vitamin E oil, Vaseline or special recovery cream is applied at least 2 times a day to prevent the crust peeling off too early. Avoid wetting the crust; during bathing it is necessary to cover it with a thick layer of Vaseline. If there is a history of previous Herpes infection a course of Acyclovir tablets is required for 10 days. No makeup is applied till the crust is gone. An SPF cream is used to protect the pigment after the crust has fallen away. Until the colour has stabilized, it is inadvisable to perform chemical peels, laser / IPL, or UV tanning on the pigmented areas. In addition it is interdicted to use retinol containing creams.
Showing the effect of Semi-Permanent Makeup before and after for lips, eyebrows, and eye-liner.