Is permanent makeup a form of tattooing?

Permanent makeup – also known as semi-permanent makeup, cosmetic tattooing and micro-pigmentation – is an advanced form of tattooing. However, we do not infuse the pigment as deeply into the skin as conventional tattooing and we use pigment instead of ink. Therefore, the enhancement will fade over time and not have the permanency of a conventional tattoo.


Is the procedure safe?

We follow a code of practice that ensures a very safe treatment. We choose to work only with hypoallergenic pigments that meet European medical standards and perform an allergy test prior to the treatment. We give each client a copy of detailed guidelines on what to do before and after the procedure.

We also use the highest quality sterile needles, which are disposed of immediately after the treatment is completed.


Will it hurt?

We use effective numbing agents to minimise discomfort. The discomfort felt can be likened to that associated with tweezing hairs.


How long will my look last?

Permanent makeup can last for a few years, with top treatments needed between 12-18 months. Softer, neutral enhancement shades tend to fade a little faster and would require a colour boost every 12 months to maintain their fresh appearance.


What will I look like immediately after my procedure?

The colour will appear a darker shade than the desired result post-treatment and will heal to the chosen colour. There may be some mild redness and minor swelling of the treated area for a few days. The initial treatment may fade unevenly so a second treatment is required between 4 to 12 weeks so that the finished result is even (this is included in the price).


If I have a micro-pigmentation treatment am I safe to have an MRI Scan?

There is a possibility that MRI scanning can result in a pricking or stinging sensation on the treatment site, usually if the scan is carried out before a 3-month healing period has passed. Loss of pigment to the surface of the MRI device, due to pigment residue in the Epidermis of the skin is also a possibility during this time span.

Therefore if you have an MRI scan booked within a 3-month period of your micro-pigmentation appointment, it is wise to postpone the procedure until the MRI scan has been conducted. For further information go to