Will I really look like myself ... only better?
Absolutely! Semi-permanent make-up (cosmetic tattoo) helps give back what time has taken away and saves you precious time you normally spend "putting on your face".
You can save countless hours every year that were formerly spent struggling to draw eyebrows evenly or eyeliner half-way straight. Also, imagine the money you'll save not buying expensive cosmetics that rub off, smear, smudge and disappear during the day (or during your evening out).
Semi-permanent make-up is not necessarily intended to replace cosmetics completely. Because colour is placed "in" your skin, not "on" your skin, a more natural, softer look results. When you're ready to kick up your heels for a night on the town or want a different look, you can still apply a little added make-up as you wish.
What is Micropigmentation?
Micropigmentation, or semi-permanent make-up, is the art and science of implanting colour into your skin - the right colour in the right place - so you can look better naturally.
Specialised instruments allow Rasa, as your micropigmentation professional, to place colour into the layer of the skin known as the dermis. Because the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, is always shedding and renewing itself you are looking at the colour through a thin outer veil of skin.
When a procedure is completed the colour will appear darker for a while than the final result. This is because the colour is in both the epidermis and the dermis. The colour in the top layer will flake off during the short healing process, bringing a lighter overall final effect.
It is a cosmetic invasive procedure that requires skill, care, experience and co-operation with your semi-permanent make-up professional. You are an important part of the team.
Is the treatment painful?
Cosmetic tattooing has come a long way. There are now topical anaesthetics especially developed for cosmetic tattooing, which are applied to the desired area before and during the procedure to help ensure the most comfortable experience possible. Some people describe a "tingling" feeling. However, it is still wise to anticipate some discomfort. How much? On a 1-10 scale, it will usually be about 0-3.
Light pain medication afterwards will rarely be necessary and you won't need to take time off work or next day activities to recover (no water sports, however, until healing is complete).
What are the health risks?
Rasa will discuss your medical history with you and advise you of anything which could impact micropigmentation or might warrant a check with your doctor before proceeding.
Naturally, strict attention is given to hygiene in all equipment and materials used. Also, micropigmentation colours used are created from vegetable dyes, not artificial chemicals, which means that the risk of reaction is almost entirely eliminated.
To the degree that any risk exists at all, however slight, it is in post-treatment infection - a risk common to every procedure where skin is broken, from hospital surgery right down to cosmetic tattooing - which remains until healing is complete.
Rasa will advise you on caring for yourself after treatment. Whilst bacteria and other air and surface agents exist wherever you go every day, sensible precautions include not exposing yourself to unnecessary risks (such as being outside in strong winds or having close contact with others who may harbour excessive germs).
How long will it take to recover?
After eyeliner treatment you may look like you've had a good cry for a few hours. During this time, apply a cold pack (but not ice) for 10 minutes at a time. Also wear sunglasses, since your eyes may be more sensitive for a short while.
A little swelling is natural but should subside in a day or two. Eyebrow procedures have the least swelling.
Rasa will be able to discuss your recovery with you as well as what to do post-treatment (more importantly, what not to do).
How long will my new semi-permanent make-up last?
Micropigmentation, when professionally done, lasts a long time but not forever. Darker colours and a heavier application will certainly last longer. However, Rasa's best advice is to focus on what you want as a most natural look - not a "heavy" painted look.
Generally, you should only need to freshen up your make-up every couple of years.
More natural, delicate colours can be a little more vulnerable to the effects of weather, swimming and the body's natural response - and how you look after your skin, of course, is also important.
Is this a smart investment?
Many happy women of all ages right around the world think so!
It can completely eliminate the daily time-consuming ritual of applying your own make-up ... in the morning as you prepare for the day and, of course, again when you're rushing to dress up for an evening out.
Just think what it costs for those cosmetics you always have to buy - and imagine most or all of that money saved every month, every year.
You'll also save the embarrassment of smeared, smudged eyeliner and brows - so common with mascara, powders and brow pencils.
Besides having lots more time and saving money, semi-permanent make-up makes it possible for you to look younger and better around the clock. When you know you look better - you'll feel better!