Micropigmentation – Frequently Asked Questions

What is PMU?

You probably have already heard of this term before. There are quite a few words that fall under this category: Permanent makeup, Semi permanent make up (which is the same thing), Microblading (manual technique), Micropigmentation or simply Cosmetic Tattooing.

The industry has changed so much (in a good, way of course!) that allows you to not only use it to enhance your natural beauty, but also to cover up any scars, stretch marks, hide signs of hair loss etc. It is not only popular within women, but within the male population, too.

Bringing people back their confidence, which is important for your well being and mental health, is the main goal of Micropigmentation.

How long does it last for?

It really depends from person to person, but usually around 1.5-2 years. When PMU is done properly, it shouldn’t stay in your skin for many years. Yet it is important to understand that it is still a form of tattooing.

Does it hurt?

Most of the patients find the process surprisingly relaxing. Although, it does depend on your skin sensitivity. It is recommended to rest well and eat before your treatment, so you are not under a lot of stress. Apart from that, the topical anaesthetic is used when necessary to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

Is it safe?

Yes. As any other medical/aesthetic treatment, everything is performed in sterile conditions using single use needle cartridges and other materials. Your technician will explain the risks of the permanent makeup, but if it’s done properly and you follow professional advice to avoid any complications, you will be fine.

How long does the treatment take?

It takes on average around 1.5-2 hours to complete one treatment. Plenty of people decide to get done few zones in one appointment, so it’s important to remember to have enough spare time to complete the treatment including small breaks).

How the treatment process goes:

After consultation and a patch test, the technician pre-draws the shape and numbs it, everything is agreed with the client before the actual tattoo process. After the treatment is done, technician explains the aftercare and provides the necessary ointment.


Why is the touch up necessary?

Permanent makeup is a two-seat treatment. During the first treatment, your technician “meets” your skin, sees how the skin is taking the pigment etc. Our skin is a very smart organ that heals itself, and there are many factors that can affect it. Of course, you discuss what results you want to achieve.

It’s good to start with natural and soft results and after four to eight weeks, you can see how it heals and if you want the results to be brighter, thicker etc. Always remember, less is more!
First of all, the artist gives you time to get used to your new treatment, and after it’s healed, all the details are being discussed with your PMU technician.

If you do only one treatment, without a touch up, it’s almost impossible to guarantee a perfect, long-lasting result. After the initial treatment, in most cases, the result won’t last as long as it is supposed to, and, as mentioned, will fade away faster.

A lot of professionals say that a touch up is actually more important than the first treatment!

How does it heal?

Healing process is very, very important. It varies from person to person, but your artist will explain to you the healing stages and the aftercare according to your skin and lifestyle.

The main things that you have to remember:

After the treatment, you might experience a bit of red, sometimes a little bit swollen/irritated area of your treatment.

Next day, usually the pigment brightens up. After around a week, it is normal, that you might recognize little scabs/flakes coming off the skin. Just remember, it is an absolutely normal process. For example: if you scratch yourself, the scab appears, and it “falls off” when it’s healed.

During the second week, you might recognize that colour disappeared a lot! But no worries, it will come back.

It is almost impossible to predict, but it’s normal if the colour lightens up from 20-80%! So around 3-4 weeks, you will see the actual healed results, and it will be easier to adjust anything on the healed skin.

Important thing is to be patient and let your skin do the job!

Is it the right treatment for me?

To find out more about Micropigmentation – feel free to book a consultation first to discuss necessary moments with our technician!

Click here to request an appointment or call us on 0207 838 6180 or email us on

We look forward to treating you!

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