Micropigmentation – otherwise known as permanent make-up or cosmetic tattooing – is becoming an increasingly popular beauty treatment. Here’s why:

  • Cosmetic tattoos are particularly helpful for fair people with faint or partial eyebrows (or no eyebrows)
  • A lip tattoo can give definition to the lip line, reducing “lipstick bleed”
  • With a coloured lip tattoo, you’ll find that lip scars will disappear and you will never need to use lipstick again
  • Eye pencils will no longer be necessary with an eyeliner tattoo

Micropigmentation is not restricted to the face; for example, it can be used on the nipple after a breast reconstruction to improve the appearance.

How does it work?

Tattooing is a process that has been used for many years for designs on the skin, and involves a needle penetrating the skin before pigment is released into the hole. In recent times, however, there has been a much greater emphasis on proper sterilisation methods.

What should I expect?

Firstly, a patch test is carried out to determine whether you could have an allergic reaction to the pigment. After you have picked your chosen colour, the technician will sketch the area with a sterile surgical pen. The area will then be covered with a topical anaesthetic gel.

With the use of a vibrating needle, the technician will apply the pigment into the top layer of skin. You may feel a slight stinging feeling as the droplets of pigment are released into the hole the needle has made.

Who can have micropigmentation?

Mircopigmentation can be the perfect solution for both men and women.

Whether you have thin lips or eyebrows, an uneven hairline or you’re allergic to make-up, micropigmentation could be the answer to your problems.

What’s the recovery time?

Generally, it can take up to 21 days for the colour to fade to its permanent shade.

Are there any side effects or complications?

The colour of your cosmetic tattoo may look dark and shiny following the procedure, and the tissue surrounding it will be red and swollen. Use a cold compress in order to reduce this swelling, and apply and antibiotic ointment – this will reduce the chances of infection. Complications are very unlikely, but can include an allergic reaction to the pigment or infection.

Following the procedure, always seek medical assistance immediately if:

  • The area feels extremely hot or is burning
  • You have a rash or high temperature
  • You experience excessive swelling.

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