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APPOINTMENT ETIQUETTE

APPOINTMENT ETIQUETTE
  • Unfortunately we cannot accommodate late arrivals. We will do our best to accommodate our clients, where possible, or offer the next available appointment time. If you are driving, please allow more than adequate time for traffic and parking.
  • It is our salon policy that children cannot attend appointments with you. This is for their own safety and the comfort of our clients.
  • Cosmetic Tattoo appointments are performed in private rooms in which only yourself and the Artist are permissible to be present.
  • We kindly ask that you limit the use of your phone and other electronic devices during your service.

GENERAL FAQ

GENERAL FAQ

WHAT IS PERMANENT COSMETIC TATTOOING?

Permanent Makeup can enhance your brows, eyes and lips with results that last, saving time on your daily beauty routine.

Permanent cosmetics and medical tattooing involve the application of pigment into the skin. A professional artist should use specialist equipment and techniques to ensure that the experience is quieter, gentler and less invasive. Although the treatments use needles, these needles are smaller and do not penetrate the skin as deep as traditional tattooing.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEMI-PERMANENT AND PERMANENT TATTOO?

When it comes to differentiating permanent makeup versus semi-permanent makeup, Sep believes it’s important to know that many artists use different names for the same procedures due to cultural differences, artistic expression, and marketing.

This can get confusing. “Cosmetic tattoo” regulations vary from country to country, technically all treatments are considered permanent from a health department standpoint.

Either way, whether it’s a permanent or semi-permanent procedure the treatments can’t be washed off, this can be confusing for the client. Some may think they want something semi-permanent for a fear of commitment and some may think they want something to last forever so they never need to worry about it again. All of these treatments require opening the skin, correct sterilisation and sanitation.

Since the skin is a living breathing organ it’s desirable to have pigments that fade over time. Our skin and appearance can change over time, so the fading process allows us to make tweaks as the years go on to adapt to a look that’s current and flattering.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANCEMENTS IN PERMANENT MAKEUP?

In years past, traditional carbon-based tattoo ink was used for permanent makeup. It lasted much longer and usually aged to a very unflattering colour. Pigments have advanced a great deal in recent years. Now pigments are made specially for the permanent makeup industry and specifically for the face.

The skin on the face is very different than the rest of the body. The combination of advancements in pigments and the fading process allows for a beautiful cosmetic solution that won’t simply be washed off but can be tweaked as years go on.

WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICROBLADING & MACHINE METHOD PERMANENT COSMETIC EYBROWS?

Microblading involves using a hand held tool with a row or configuration of tiny needles which look like a blade. This is used to implant pigment into the skin in tiny hair like strokes. I use the machine method.  It has a tiny single needle which is attached to a hand piece (pen like device) driven by a digital permanent make-up machine to implant pigment into the skin in tiny hair like strokes.

 

Generally micro-blading treatments will require more frequent re-touches as a smaller amount of pigment is implanted (tattooed) into the skin as compared with the machine method.

Until recently micro-blading could produce much finer strokes than the machine method but with advances in technology and new ‘nano’ needles it is now possible to create super fine natural stokes with a digital machine. I perform all procedures using the most advanced device in the world.

IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?

Although permanent cosmetics and medical tattooing are a form of tattooing, the pain factor is considered to be less pronounced as these treatments are gentler and less invasive.

A numbing cream is applied at the beginning of your treatment which is absorbed into the skin within a 10-20 minutes. Once the cream is absorbed very little feeling remains. You will only feel a scratching feeling while I am doing my first pass and marking the shape and design of the brow/lips/eyes with the fine needles.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL? WILL I BE ABLE TO GO TO WORK?

Healing period is one week. As long as you’re good at following aftercare instructions, there shouldn’t be a problem going to work or being out in public.

DO YOU DO COLOURS FOR BLONDES?

Yes, I have a range of colours from blondes to brunette. I will choose a tone to suit your natural hair & skin.

ARE PERMANENT COSMETIC TATTOOS SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE?

Please inform us if you are taking any medication, or have suffered from any illness or virus within the last 6 months. You cannot receive permanent cosmetics if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

Please let us know if you have or are on any medication/ creams to treat acne in the last 6 months.

HOW LONG IS THE APPOINTMENT?

Roughly about 2 hours (including consultation) with most of the time spent going over colours and drawing in shapes.

Please note drawing in the shape is imperative. I won’t start on you until you agree with the colour selected and shape.

CAN I GET THE TREATMENT DONE ON THE SAME DAY AS THE CONSULTATION?

Yes, the consultation is normally done as part of your initial treatment.

CAN I GET THEM WET?

No, not for at least 5-7 days keep the treated area dry to reduce the risk of complications or infection and to retain the maximum amount of pigment implanted.

After 5-7 days no direct running water on the tattooed area (this means do not have the shower running onto your face). Use a soft face washer to wash your face and only dab at the tattooed area gently, no rubbing for at least two weeks.

IS THE SECOND APPOINTMENT NECESSARY?

A second appointment is very important 4-16 weeks after your first treatment. This is because as the area is healing, some parts may not ‘hold’ as well as others and you may have a few patches that need more colour. This is completely normal and everyone heals differently. Whatever the case, we advise you to always come back for your retouch.

Occasionally a third visit is necessary for certain clients with resistance skin.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

This varies from person to person because skin type, diet, genetics and environmental factors can all contribute to how long the pigments will be retained.

As a guide, it could be anything between one to five years before a new treatment is required, although refresher colour boosts are recommended (every year) for maintenance during this time. Once the colour starts to fade you will know that you are ready for your refresher colour boost. It is important to remember that permanent make-up is a “low”, not a “no” maintenance treatment.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?

All permanent makeup treatments require two sessions to sufficiently provide enough pigment into the skin to last.  This is NOT body art tattoo ink but a pharmaceutical, medical grade pigment made from glycerine and water with a powder compound designed to work its way out of your system over a period of time.

Please note just like a regular tattoo, every skin takes to the pigment differently, this is rare but some people at times have a resistance skin type, where the ink doesn’t like to take and may need more than two treatments to achieve the desired result.

The First session/treatment looks great; you will be overwhelmed with renewed confidence as you get used to your newly enhanced shape which forms the foundation for your amazing new look.  The Second treatment, called the top up, reinforces the colour and creates depth, thus providing a longer lasting result.  Ideally the top up appointment is scheduled at a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 3-4 months after your first visit.

WHY WOULD YOU HAVE EYEBROW TATTOO DONE?

  • This treatment is a great time saver and a confidence booster if you want to look polished at all times.
  • It is a godsend when you wake up late and have to rush your make-up or have no time at all to apply it. Or perhaps your vision is not as good as it was, or you simply feel that you’re not great at make-up application.
  • After suffering brow hair loss or thinning, re-define your brows and regain your pre loss look
  • Clients who have lost their brows due to age or illness
  • Poor eyesight or shaky hands can mean make up application is far from easy or straightforward

“There are two things my clients tell me this treatment has given them, one is it’s given them their confidence back and the other it has saved them time in the morning! Those two things are worth a lot”.

WHAT I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROTECTING MY COSMETIC TATTOO?

  • Avoid exposure to Sun, Salt Chlorine & Chemicals if you’ve just had your cosmetic tattoo done
  • Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and colour change
  • Wear a sun block, or products containing UVA/UVB blocks, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyeliner
  • Salt or chlorinated water can cause a bleaching effect
  • Chemicals of any kind could interfere with the healing and the colour
  • Glycolic Acid and face peel products must be kept completely away from the Tattoo as continued use could lighten colours
  • If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your Cosmetic Tattoo, please inform that laser operator of your Cosmetic Tattoo procedure
  • Hitting the tattoo with the laser beam could darken it, or it may turn grey or black

PRE-PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PERMANENT MAKEUP

PRE-PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PERMANENT MAKEUP

Location: 132 High St, Newmarket CB8 8JP, UK

FOR EYELINER

  • Do not wear contact lens during the procedure or for 24 hrs after
  • Bring sunglasses to wear home. Eyes may be light sensitive
  • Do not dye or perm lashes for 2 days prior
  • Do not wear any eye makeup or have eyelash extensions on if getting top eyeliner tattooed
  • If you have had any type of eye surgery, consult with the physician about how long you should wait before having a permanent eyeliner procedure. Most physicians are giving a 2 month ok after cataract, lasik, and blepharoplasty.

FOR EYEBROWS

  • Do not tweeze, wax, or dye brows for 2 days prior
  • Electrolysis should not be done for a week prior
  • No Botox around the eyebrow area 2weeks prior

FOR LIPS

  • If you are prone to getting cold sores, you will need an antiviral prescription. Physician usually instructs to begin taking it 3 days before procedure, for a 7-10 day course.
  • If you have had any type of lip surgery, consult with the physician about how long you should wait before having a permanent makeup procedure on the lips. If the lip surgery involves an incision (like a lip implant), the incision needs to mature about 6 months before tattooing on top of it.
  • Fillers: most physicians are giving a 2 week ok after lip filler injections like collagen or Restylane.
  • Oral prosthesis dentures/ partials/ braces and tongue piercing bars may increase risk of getting bacterial and/or fungal infection from the mouth to the lips. Denture wearers generally carry a higher candida/ yeast count.
  • Frequent or recent sinus infection puts lips at risk of infection. Recent antibiotic therapy can be responsible for a high candida count. Steroid medications and antacid drugs can allow candida to overpopulate. Smokers tend to have a high count also.

AFTER CARE FOR PERMANENT COSMETICS

AFTER CARE FOR PERMANENT COSMETICS

EYEBROW AFTER CARE

Your permanent cosmetic procedure was performed using sterile, single-use needle and high quality pigments.  The end result of your procedure depends greatly on following this aftercare protocol.  Please follow the instructions below to achieve the best healed result.

Immediately after the procedure your eyebrows will appear to be dark, thick and will have an unnatural appearance. Relax! And don’t worry, within one to two weeks the colour will fade and they will become more natural looking. It is only after healing is complete that you will be able to fully appreciate your new eyebrows. At that time you may even think they are too light; if that is the case we can correct it during the “second treatment”. On average you will lose 20% to 40% of the initial colour.

Brows may oxidise and actually get slightly darker before the colour softens in the healing process. Don’t worry, this is normal, they will lighten!

You may wax or tweeze brow area before a brow tattoo to help clean up and design your brow placement, but do not resume any method of hair removal for at least 2 weeks after your new brows have been tattooed.

If you donate blood, it is a Red Cross policy that you must wait one year after any tattooing procedure.

The day of your procedure:

Every night, use baby wipes (alcohol free) to softly wipe/clean the surface of your eyebrows. Use a fresh Q-tip to apply Bepanthene ointment, flip it and wipe off excess. You only need a light coat of ointment as a barrier so the skin can also breathe. (This will help accelerates the healing process and prevent the risk of infection). Dry healing is also recommended for oily skin.

For the next 7 to 10 days:

DO NOT get water on your eyebrows – it is absolutely imperative that you do not let the brow area get wet, as this will stop your skin from retaining the colour, resulting in the loss of colour and shading. It is best to apply the ointment approximately 1-2 times a day for 7 to 10 days. Always use a fresh Q-tip with each application of ointment; this will reduce the risk of a secondary infection. Be sure to put ointment on right before you go to bed at night, first thing when you wake up and in the morning. Itching is also common but do not rub your eyebrow area or pick at it if it starts to peel and flake, if you notice a little lifting of colour, apply ointment again and let it fall off naturally.

Some swelling, redness, tenderness and itching is normal and is to be expected.

Do not wear any makeup for at least 5 days on or around your brow area.

Do not take hot showers or baths and avoid heavy exercise, saunas, and hot tubs, as this can cause the colour to sweat out of the skin.

Avoid tanning beds, sun, pools, any bodies of water, direct water pressure and all creams around the brow.

Do not pick or rub the area.

Don’t touch with fingers. Stay away from dirt (gardening or sport activities) to prevent possible infections.

Do not use Retin A, Retinol A, Renova or products that contain AHA’s, or similar lightening products on the procedure area (Glycolic, Lactic Acids etc). These products will fade your pigment colour prematurely.

Always wear a powerful sunscreen when in the sun, use a SPF30 or higher, on your brows. Hair strokes and lighter colours will fade faster than a solid brow fill. Fading is also dependent on your aftercare, your skin’s age and its ability to retain colour. Although it is permanent, your colour will fade over time. You must do your part to ensure long lasting results by proper follow up and care.

VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER – the most important thing to remember is to avoid water 5-7 days.

Colour Corrections of another artist’s work usually take more visits.

EYELINER AFTER CARE

Your permanent cosmetic procedure was performed using a sterile single-use needle and high-quality pigments. The end result of your procedure depends greatly on following this aftercare protocol. If you allow your eyeliner to dry out during the first few days you stand the chance of losing all or much of your eyeliner colour. Please follow the instructions below unless otherwise instructed by a physician.

Don’t be alarmed at how dark the colour looks right after the application. The final result will be lighter than it first appears. During the first two weeks some pigment may drop out or appear like it is flaking off, you will lose about 20% of your colour. This is normal and can be filled in on the second visit in about 4-13weeks. Some people may lose more colour then others. This is normal and means that the colour will need to be adjusted to a darker colour.

Do not wear contact lenses for at least 48 hours following the procedure.

If you donate blood, it is a Red Cross policy that you must wait one year after any tattooing procedure.

The day of the procedure:

Every night, use baby wipes (alcohol free) to softly wipe/clean your eyes. Use a fresh Q-tip to apply Bepanthene ointment. You only need a light coat of ointment as a barrier so the skin can also breathe. (This will help accelerates the healing process and prevent the risk of infection).

No make-up today!

Eyes may be swollen and tender, this can last for a few days. Don’t worry about the swelling, your eyes will become much less swollen within a couple of hours with normal activity. You can do two, 10-minute ice packs today to help with swelling.

** In the morning, after cleaning, apply a 10-minute ice pack. They will be the most swollen and crusty the morning after the procedure.

For the next 5-7 days:

It’s very important to keep your eyes moist at all times with Bepanthene ointment. It is absolutely imperative that you do not let the eyeliner area get wet, as this can result in the loss of colour and shading. It is best to apply the ointment approximately 1-2 times a day. Always use a fresh Q-tip with each application of ointment; this will reduce the risk of a secondary infection. (Remember to wipe off excess.) Be sure to put ointment on right before you go to bed at night, and first thing when you wake up in the morning. Itching is also common but do not rub your eyes or pick at the eyeliner, if you notice a little lifting of colour, let it fall off naturally.

Please do not wear eye makeup for 3-5 days.

**if you must wear make for an occasion All makeup used AROUND NOT ON the eyeliner must be NEW and bacteria free!! Old makeup can cause an infection. Make sure you have a thin coat of Bepanthene/ Vaseline on before you apply ANY makeup to create a barrier.

Do wear sunglasses when in the sun in order to protect the fresh colour for the first two weeks.

Avoid tanning beds, the sun, pools, hot tubs, and any bodies of water, direct water pressure and all creams around the eye for two weeks.

Do not dye, perm, or use an eyelash curler for 2 weeks.

Do not take hot showers or baths and avoid heavy exercise, saunas, and hot tubs, as this will cause the colour to sweat out of the skin.

Don’t touch with fingers. Stay away from dirt (gardening or sport activities) to prevent possible infections.

LIPS AFTER CARE

Your permanent cosmetic procedure was performed using a sterile single-use needle and high-quality pigments. The end result of your procedure depends greatly on following this aftercare protocol. Please follow the instructions below unless otherwise instructed by a physician.

Pigment will look very dark and bright right after the procedure. Colour will fade and soften 50%-75% in about 2 weeks.

If you donate blood, it is a Red Cross policy that you must wait one year after any tattooing procedure.

There may be some swelling in the area and it will subside within 48 to 72 hours or less. Ice the area if necessary.

You will experience redness, tenderness, itchiness and/or burning, which will subside over time.

Some pigment may drop out all together or look like it is flaking off; this can be filled in on the second visit in about 4 to 13weeks. Touch up done before 4 to 13 weeks will cause the skin to be overworked and scarring may develop. Everyone’s skin is different. Some people may lose more colour than others. This is normal and means that the colour will need to be adjusted to a darker colour.

Do keep lips clean and moist, use a clean cool wet washcloth to wipe lips. Apply a generous amount of Vaseline as many times as necessary during the day to keep lips moist. Apply only with a Q-tip. DO NOT USE FINGERS.

Don’t rub, scratch or pick the area and try and keep makeup away from the lips for about a week after the procedure.

Do Use baby wipes to gently clean your lips every few hours.

If you are having your lips tattooed and you are prone to cold sores, you should be on your medication 3 days before your procedure and 5 days after your procedure. Keep your lips moist for 4 weeks with your sealant, they will feel dry at first but, this will pass. The colour will come and go as the collagen fibres come to heal the lips and the natural exfoliating process has occurred. It is normal not to see how much colour was achieved until 4 weeks have passed. Avoid spicy, hot and salty foods. Be careful to keep lips sealed when washing your face or brushing your teeth.

Avoid the sun as much as you can especially the first week. The sun fades permanent makeup. After a week a sun protection moisturiser, balm or chap stick can be worn to protect the colour.

Don’t take hot showers or baths and avoid heavy exercise, saunas, and hot tubs for 10 days because this will cause the colour to sweat out of the skin.

Apply an extra coat of Vaseline before washing the face, bathing or showering. This will protect the healing area from bacteria, soap and other debris or particles. Always try and wash around the treated area.

Don’t pick or peel off any scabbing or flaking, let it gently come off on its own.

Don’t use any acidic or exfoliating products. Keep away from the area at all times (Retin-A, Glycolic, or hyaluronic acid, etc). This may lighten and slowly remove the colour.

Don’t touch with fingers. Stay away from dirt (gardening or sport activities) to prevent possible infections.

Colour Corrections of another artist’s work usually take more visits.

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