What is Semi-Permanent Makeup (PMU)?
PMU is the science and art of implanting non-toxic, hypoallergenic pigment in the upper layers of the skin with a digital machine. Semi-Permanent and Permanent Makeup are different names for the same thing. Unlike body art tattoos which penetrate deep into the skin’s surface creating long lasting colour, PMU isn’t actually permanent because it doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply. Gradual fading is to be expected. The rate at which fading occurs is personal and depends on many factors. Our skin and appearance change over time, so the fading process allows us to make tweaks as years go on to adapt to a look that’s current and flattering. Best of all, Semi-Permanent Cosmetic Enhancements will not only revive your beauty but will deliver an instant exhilarating youthful, brightening and lifting boost.
For a lot of people, the idea of tattooing makeup on their face immediately conjures images of PMU from the 90’s. In the past, traditional tattoo ink was used for PMU
and it usually aged to a very unflattering colour. PMU has come a long way since then. The pigments used today are organic and don’t contain chemicals. Today’s high quality pigments are realistic and natural looking and are shade matched to the client. Beautiful, natural, imperceptible results can be achieved with PMU.
Is PMU the right solution for you?
When performed by a professional, permanent makeup can visually diminish natural flaws such as asymmetrical features and discoloration. Permanent cosmetic enhancement can subtly correct imperfections; which is very difficult to achieve and maintain with traditional makeup pencils and powders. Near sighted? Far sighted? Can’t see in the mirror any more? Why struggle every morning when you can sleep in knowing you’re already ready to put your best face forward. PMU is a great solution if you have allergies or sensitivities which limit the types of traditional makeup that can be worn. PMU will simply save you time in the morning. No more smudging, melting eyeliner. No more bleeding lipstick. PMU is perfect for correcting over-tweezed brows, concealing alopecia and camouflaging scars. PMU is a godsend for women and men of a certain age. As we get older, our eyelashes get grey, our eyebrows disappear, and our lips get thinner and paler with each passing year. Applied makeup becomes more time consuming, challenging and high maintenance. Permanent cosmetic enhancements can help you turn back the clock with a perfectly executed crisp look. PMU is not for everyone. Please contact us to discuss conditions and circumstances that are not appropriate for PMU.
Will it hurt?
Discomfort will vary according to each individual’s pain threshold. We use topical anaesthetics that are specifically developed for this industry to manage discomfort.
The medication can be applied before and during the procedure. Women please note you may be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle
What to do before your PMU procedure
We will have to reschedule your appointment if you have any open sores, sun burn or irritation around the treatment area.
Avoid tanning for 2 weeks prior to your appointment
Avoid chemical peels, laser treatments, microneedling, and microdermabrasion for 4 weeks prior to your appointment
Avoid retinol for 2 weeks prior to your appointment
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, ibuprofen, fish oil or any medication that thins your blood 24 hours before your appointment
No Accutane or prescription acne treatment within the last year
What can I expect the day of my procedure?
Depending on the procedure, your appointment will be between 2 to 3 hours. We will map out the area being treated and agree on shape and colour. This process will take as long as it takes to ensure that you are 100% satisfied with the shape and colour before we move on. After that we start treating the area. Colours will appear darker and bolder immediately following the procedure but will soften and lighten during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and
each procedure. This will last approximately 2 -3 days. Swelling and redness should disappear within 24 – 48 hours.
You will receive aftercare instructions for your procedure,
Avoid the sun and once you’re healed, wear SPF 30-50 sunscreen
Keep the pigmented area clean
Avoid any kind of skincare products other than your after care product, and do not apply make up to the affected area for at least 2 weeks.
Do not pick or scratch the area while it’s healing
*Do not go swimming or use a steam shower, hot tub, etc for 3 weeks after your procedure.
*Avoid hot showers while you’re healing
With proper after care, permanent cosmetic enhancements can last up to 3 years.
What happens after the procedure?
Be patient. It’s very important to realize that the new procedure represents something somewhat different; at times colour where there was very little colour or not colour at all. It takes time to become acclimated to your new look (very often this applies to eyebrows which were sparse and unnoticeable before the semipermanent cosmetic brow procedure). Be patient. It can take up to six weeks for PMU to reflect the final colour.
Do Pigments Pose Allergy Problems?
People can develop an allergy to anything, anytime; however, pigment allergies are considered rare. Some doctors recommend that people with environmental allergies or allergies to conventional makeup have semi-permanent cosmetic procedures. While allergic reactions to any type of semi-permanent pigments used on the body or on the face may occur at any point in time, they are extremely rare.
What about a follow up appointment?
Your follow up session to make any perfecting adjustments, is included in the cost of your procedure and is recommended within 1 – 2 months. This is usually a 30 – 60 minute appointment to add more pigment to the area. We will go over any areas that didn’t hold on to the pigment as well as others. This is a completely normal as everyone heals differently. We advise you to always come back for your retouch appointment for optimal results. The follow up appointment must be completed within 3 months of your initial treatment.