What is Semi Permanent Makeup?
Medical grade pigments are implanted into the upper dermis via a small handheld device or a microblade in the style of a hairstroke pattern or powder to mimic that of makeup, or otherwise. Using a machine, a sterile needle penetrates the skin hundreds of times a second (often numb) implanting the pigment into the correct layer by the artist in their desired effect. Once the skin has gone through the healing process, the pigment that has been successfully placed into the correct layer will remain, these particles of pigment will slowly fade over time as we are exposed to the sun, as we wash our faces and rub our skin, and go about our lives.
Microblading works in a slightly different way to the machine method in that the microblade, often a curved row of 18 tiny pins, runs across the skin creating a channel for the pigment to be rubbed into. The layer of the skin remains the same, and the longevity of each is very similar, however microblading typically doesn’t last as long before it needs a top up. Please see the microblading treatment information page for more information.
Done well, on the right skin type, these treatments can look incredibly effective in replicating hairs, defining eyes, and crisping up a broken lip border which has softened with age.
What is the healing process?
When done correctly, and again, on good skin, the healing process can be very quick and minimally disruptive to your daily life. Typically the treated area will look slightly darker for a few days, before it then begins to flake away, like colourful dry skin. Once this has flaked away, a “milky” layer of skin is present, which can mask the pigment underneath making it look invisible and this can be disheartening, it is important to ride this out and wait for this milky layer to shed to reveal the pigment over the coming weeks.
During this healing period you must not get your brows wet, and you must not sweat! Your artist will give you their own tailored instructions however these are the two hard and fast rules.