Frequently Asked Questions

How are Permanent Cosmetic Procedures Done?

Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various methods, including the traditional tattoo or coil machines, the pen or rotary machine and the non-machine or hand method. The process includes an initial consultation, then application of pigment, and at least one or possibly more follow up visits for adjusting the shape and colour or density of the pigment.

Is It Safe?

If proper sterilisation and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe.

Are There Any After or Side Effects?

Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows may only show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show more and the oedema may last from 2 to 72 hours. During the procedure there may be some bleeding and or bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days.

The colour is much darker than you may expect for the first six to ten days. Sometimes, people have reactions to antibiotics. You may use any type of antibiotic that you prefer for your individual system. There may be other side effects unforeseen due to individuality.

Is There Any Possibility for Medical Problems?

The possibility that you would have any problems or reactions from these procedures is almost non-existent with today’s health standards. SPCP member professionals are given continued opportunities for education in practicing precise methods of sanitation and sterilization. Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, will completely eliminate any risk.

Can I Still Have an MRI Scan?

Numerous studies have shown that even for people who have large body tattoos there is little to no potential for irritation resulting from an MRI. In the rare instance where discomfort resulted, it was localised and very temporary.

Most people have more metal in their fillings than they would ever have in tattoo work.

Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?

Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the colour is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, colour re-enhancement or colour re-freshing. Just like hair colour, furniture that may be located near a window, or even house paint, pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time.

What If I Don’t Like It?

Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing colour and shape to some extent. Colours will appear darker immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and procedure.

Do The Pigments Pose Allergy Problems?

The application is just deep enough to penetrate the minute capillaries in the dermal layer of skin. There have been so few reactions to the pigments that some doctors are suggesting that the patch test be eliminated. You can develop an allergy to anything, anytime.

Some doctors recommend that people with allergies have permanent cosmetic procedures because they can replace cosmetic products that they are sensitive to. There have been very few reactions to pigments and only rarely in the case of blue-based red pigments.

What’s a Touch-Up and Do I Need One?

A touch-up is a colour re-enhancement. Almost always the implanted colour is not perfect after the first procedure. These procedures are processes and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure should be scheduled.

It is recommended that you do not traumatise the skin again for a minimum of four weeks. Six weeks is better but of course, your individual needs take precedence. Eight weeks is recommended after a lip procedure.

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