Making a positive difference and enhancing many
womens’ lives, Semi-permanent makeup also known as
micropigmentation is without doubt fast becoming one of the
largest growth areas in the beauty industry today. The
procedure which implants pigments into the shallow ‘dermal’
layer of the skin is appealing more and more to women who
are looking to refresh and enhance features, rather than opt
for more invasive cosmetic surgery. This cosmetic procedure
has long been a popular form of beauty enhancement
amongst ‘ladies in the know’ but has been slow to enter into
the main stream beauty industry, due in no small part to ‘bad
press’ resulting from horror stories of badly designed and
placed eyebrows or harsh liplines.
However, much more interest has been shown over the last
few years as the successes of these procedures have become
more widely known. There is a lot more to this technique
than meets the eye and the practitioner in addition to being
skilled should also be able to ascertain and discuss in detail the
desires and expectations of the client. Pigments will fade over
time and become fainter but generally, results will last for
between one to five years, are dependent on factors such as
age and UV exposure, and vary from person to person. Many
clients opt for a ‘refresher’ treatment to keep the colour in its
best condition every 12 months to 2 years. The procedure is
completed over two treatments spaced approximately four to
six weeks apart, the second or ‘follow up’ treatment is to fine
tune colour density and ensure pigments have retained uniformly.
Eyebrows, eyeline, and lip colour are the three main
areas addressed. A well designed eyebrow not only balances
the face but instantly gives lift and emphasis to the eyes.
Lashes can be made to look thicker and a more defined liner
can be created for those clients who wish to emphasise and
add more definition to their eyes. Lips can be made to look
more sensual just by adding natural colour where needed.
Subtle corrections can be made to thin or uneven lips and the
results are very rewarding indeed.
The benefits are many and many are the clients who can
benefit from this procedure, including the physically disabled,
partially sighted or blind, people who have lost eyebrows and
eyelashes due to alopecia or chemotherapy, athletic or sporty
people, people with allergies to conventional makeup, people
with concerns about facial asymmetries and last but not least
are those who just desire freedom from the daily chore of
make-up application but who like to look their best at all
times. Finally, the most often expressed comment from clients
who have experienced this enhancement procedure is that
they feel that it has given them a ‘huge’ confidence boost.
Reward indeed! not only for the client but also for me as their
Semi-permanent make-up specialist.
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