In addition to being used to enhance facial features, semi-permanent make-up may also be used to create an areola after mastectomy or to disguise scars.
Semi-permanent make-up, also known as micropigmentation, is a form of temporary cosmetic tattooing which allows you to have long-lasting eyeliner and lip colour as well as being able to shape and contour your eyebrows.
Tiny particles of pigment are placed beneath the surface of the skin and the pigment stays in the skin for a number of years, gradually breaking down and fading with time.
In addition to being used to enhance facial features, semi-permanent make-up may also be used to create an areola after mastectomy or to disguise scars. People who suffer from vitiligo, a chronic disorder which causes de-pigmentation in patches of skin, can also benefit from semi-permanent makeup.
Micropigmentation techniques have been refined in recent years and a wider selection of colours has been developed to create ultra-natural looks. Only a trained semi-permanent make-up artist can perform this treatment.
Your first appointment with a practitioner should be to discuss your requirements and to ascertain the correct choice of pigment depending on your skin tone.
During treatment, an anaesthetic cream may be first applied to minimise discomfort. A cosmetic pencil will then be used to create a template for the procedure. The selected pigments are blended into the skin with a very fine needle via a small hand held electrical device. The results should mimic natural looking make-up and will last from 6-18 months.
You can return to normal activities immediately after treatment, although the treated area may be a little swollen or bruised for a day or so. Treated areas may fade slightly within a week, so a second visit may be necessary to perfect the shape and deepen the colour.
Semi-permanent make-up can cost between £100 and £1,000 per treatment area.