Q & A

Prior to Your Treatment

We pay particular attention to the wellbeing and satisfaction of every client. We will spend time discussing style, shape and colour, prior to commencing your permanent make-up application, thus providing you with peace of mind about your treatment/procedure.

Prior to the treatment/procedure you will have the opportunity to discuss the results you wish to achieve and how permanent make-up can enhance your appearance. We will also identify the pigment shades that work best with your hair, skin and eye colour. We will also analyse your particular facial features in order to determine the most complimentary look for your individual requirements.

After your Treatment

After your treatment/procedure we will discuss your home- or after-care. A follow-up or touch-up treatment is scheduled four to six weeks later in order to fine-tune your style, shape and color (pigment density) to perfection if required.

If you have any queries about permanent make-up/micro-blading, or would like to schedule a consultation to discuss how you could benefit from permanent make-up, don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

We truly believe that it is important to help others look and feel the very best they can. A week after the procedure (allowing for reduction in swelling and puffiness) you will look as though you are wearing light make-up. It has a very positive psychological value. Sometimes medical, oftentimes personal, but it most certainly increases confidence and self-worth.

We will strive to satisfy all your Permanent Make-up requirements!

Questions & Answers

Is it permanent?

Technically, permanent make-up treatments/procedures are considered long-lasting or permanent because the pigment is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time. Therefore, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, colour re-enhancement or colour refreshing.

Permanent make-up lasts two to five years, or longer, depending on how you care for your skin. Anti-aging creams, sunlight and facial peels can shorten the effect.

Is it painful?

Most people experience some form of discomfort. This may vary according to each individual's pain threshold. A skilled technician performing the treatment can reduce discomfort further. However, there are different methods available to help cope with discomfort and pain management, including various topical anaesthetic ointments (numbing creams), local anaesthetics and nerve blocks (administered by a doctor or dentist) which are used to dull the mild discomfort. A skilled technician will discuss these methods with you, in order to determine which one is most appropriate for you.

How is it applied?

ASH Permanent Make-up uses any one of 3 methods:

  1. The Coil (Reciprocating) Machine Method: involves the traditional electric tattooing hand-held reciprocating motor, which guides a cluster of small needles and armature bar rapidly up and down, at causing the needle assembly to pierce the dermis (skin tissue) and implant pigment colour.
  2. Rotary (or Digital Pen) Machine Method: a hand-held electrical motor guides a cluster of small needles in a circular fashion, causing the needle assembly to move fairly rapidly up and down, thus piercing the dermis and implanting pigment colour.
  3. The Manual (or Embroidery) Hand Method: manual plucking of the dermis with clusters of needles, either attached to the disposable handle or as a clip-on and throw-away needle assembly.

How safe is it?

Permanent make-up should be completely safe if strict and proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met. These guidelines are rigorously met by any good permanent make-up technician/artist. [Please enquire about this from your technician, should you have any questions, before you undergo any procedure]

How long does the treatment take?

The initial treatment can generally take 40 min to 1½ hours, depending on what you have done. Follow-up or touch-up treatments do not require as much time.

What is a “touch-up” and would I need one?

A touch-up is a colour re-enhancement. The implanted colour is (almost always) not perfect after the first treatment/procedure. These treatments are part of a process and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure should be scheduled. After the initial procedure, it is recommended that you do not traumatize the skin again for a minimum of four weeks. Six weeks is recommended, but no longer than 3 months for a touch-up. Healing times after the second treatment/procedure is the same as the first.

Are there any after or side effects?

Generally, there may be some redness and/or swelling of the treated area. While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show more and the oedema (abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the skin) may last from a few hours to three days. During the procedure there may be some bleeding and/or resultant bruising. There is usually some tenderness for a few days. The colour is much darker than you may expect for the first week or two. At times, certain people may react to antibiotics. You may use any type of antibiotic that you would prefer. There may be other unforeseen minor side effects, which differ from one person to another.