Updated: Dec 14, 2021
PMU is always a multi-step process, consisting of a free consultation, 1st treatment & retouch appointment approx. 4 – 6 weeks after your 1st treatment & no later than 12 weeks (otherwise a full treatment price will be payable).
Firstly, we would need to see you within our clinic for a free consultation, which lasts around 30minutes. The consultation is your chance to ask any questions you may have, whilst also including a thorough discussion on your requirements/the desired outcome from the treatment, go through pigment colours, complete forms to check medical suitability and patch test.
We can then book the treatment – we require a £50 booking fee to secure your treatment appointment, this is deducted from your full treatment price.
When you attend your 1st treatment appointment, we will apply topical anaesthesia, to ensure you are comfortable during the treatment. Whilst we wait for this to take effect, we will complete paperwork and prepare the medical-grade machine & sterile needles, before commencing with the treatment.
Each area of PMU may take longer than the other, as everybody’s skin type/lip shape & size etc is different, meaning a bespoke treatment for each & every client!
Please see approx. time frames below:
Lips 1st treatment – 3hours
Lips retouch - 2hours
Add definition & fullness to your lips without the need for fillers!! As we age, our lips lose colour, especially around the vermillion border, not only is this due to maturing but also because of years of being exposed to everyday elements such as eating, drinking, wind, rain, becoming dry and chapped. Lips also lack oil glands, so the body cannot naturally keep the lip skin hydrated and due to this, lip skin becomes thinner. Fillers also stretch the lip skin slightly, filling out skin & tissue which causes a loss of colour to the border & lip body.
We can achieve a soft ‘lip blush’ effect or a more saturated lip stick look, we can discuss your preference at the consultation, we also have many colours available for you to browse, whether you are looking for a natural nude lip alternative to just provide a definitive border or luscious lipstick red! - please bring your favourite lip stick along to the consultation to give Mel a better understanding of the desired look you are trying to achieve. Mel will also take into consideration your natural lip colour, everybody has different tones to their lips & this needs to be analysed to be able to provide realistic expectations e.g. if your lips naturally have cool (blue) undertones, we will need to use a warmer colour at the 1st treatment to neutralise, having a little more room to play with brighter or deeper colours at the retouch. Pigments sit within the lip tissue, meaning the colours we choose, need to work well with the canvas we are working on.
Prior to your lip blush appointment, it is advised to gently exfoliate the lips a couple of days before, whether with a lip scrub or gently with your toothbrush. This will remove any dry, flaky skin from the lip body, leaving only the soft, clean ideal skin we need for great results.
If you suffer from cold sores, you are still a candidate for the lip blush treatment but it is necessary to start taking an anti-viral medication a week before treatment & continue for a week after too, please ensure to advise Mel about this and she will provide details of the medication required. Lip blush permanent make-up will not cause you to have cold sores, the cold sore virus will be lying dormant for you to have an outbreak, hence the medication to help stop this from happening.
The lip pigment colour will look up to 50% darker immediately after your 1st treatment, this will fade usually within 4 – 7 days, be patient and let your natural immune response do its thing! The true healed colour will not come through until approximately 4 – 6 weeks after initial treatment and during the healing process, the colour may seem to disappear, it will just be obscured by the healing layers of skin, the colour will reappear. Aftercare advice for all areas of PMU is explained and provided at your treatment appointment. Clients must follow the aftercare advice for best results, keeping the area clean is of utmost importance, as otherwise, you will risk infection.
Your Daily Aftercare Routine will consist of Blotting the area with a dry lint-free or cotton pad for the immediate 6 hours after treatment to remove any lymph – this is a clear fluid which your body naturally sends to the compromised skin, leaving this on the area will cause scabbing & we want to prevent as much scabbing as possible.
After eating, you will be required to blot the lips with cool, boiled water using lint-free/cotton pads and every morning and evening for two weeks applying a small amount of the Microtonic ointment provided. During the day, if your lips feel dry & tight, you can apply the lip cream you will also be provided with, to keep them hydrated.
It is advised you use a gentle facial cleanser to clean the face during the 2 weeks healing period and under no circumstances should you get this on your lips. You should also avoid eating spicy, salty, citrus foods, drink all liquids through a straw and do not expose the healing skin to extreme heat, cold or moisture for 2 weeks following your treatment. This includes direct sun, tanning beds, Jacuzzis, saunas, saltwater, chlorinated pools, direct shower spray, hot water, skin creams, other than what you will be provided with.
Long Term Aftercare
To keep your lip blush permanent make up in the best possible condition, a colour-boost procedure will be required approximately 12/18 months after the original treatment – this will vary for each individual, as the pigments will fade over time due to sun exposure, skincare, skin type etc
Be careful of glycolic and fruity acids in some skincare products, as this can fade permanent make-up quicker, you may not be eligible to give blood for 4 months post-procedure and If you are planning an MRI scan, chemical peel or any other similar procedure, please inform your practitioner that you have had permanent cosmetics.
If you are planning on having anti-wrinkle treatments or fillers etc, remember these procedures can alter the shape of your lips.