Micropigmentation and Medical FAQ’s

FAQ about micropigmentation and the medical and cosmetic tattoo treatments.

All treatments

Q: Is there an age limit?
A: Yes, the minimum age for all treatments is 18 years old.

Q: Are there any reasons why I wouldn't be able to have treatment?
A: Yes, I have detailed these below the standard contraindications at the end of the FAQs. There are other medical conditions that may require further discussion or medical consent. So please advise me if you have any medical conditions or take any medications.

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Scalp Micropigmentation

Q: Does it hurt?
A: No, is the honest answer. All forms of micropigmentation can feel a little 'scratchy', but for most it's not a painful procedure.

Q: Is it permanent?
A: I use a carbon grey based black permanent ink, which is implanted into the upper layers of the skin. You can expect to go 4-6 years before needing a colour boost treatment to freshen the colour. The pigment will fade out to a lighter shade but will never change colour (so no blue or green shades).

Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Typically between 2-4 treatments are required to achieve the desired result.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: The treatment cost is based on the Norwood hair loss scale for men and Ludwig scale for women. An assessment is required to determine where you are on the scale, which will determine price and treatment times.

Q: What's the recovery time?
A: Downtime is very minimal, most clients return to work immediately. You will be given full aftercare instructions, but the most important thing is that you can't get the treated area wet for five days. So remember - 'no sweat, no wet' for five days!

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Micro Needling

Q: What is micro needling?
A: Micro needling is also known as dry needling or dry tattooing. A needle enters the surface layers of the skin, just enough to cause a minor trauma and stimulate blood flow to the area. This triggers the body to produce collagen, melanin and elastin to heal the wounds. Fresh tissue is produced, helping to improve the look and feel of scar, burns and stretchmarks.

Q: Can you treat all scars and stretchmarks?
A: Most scars can be treated. Scar tissue needs to be white in appearance and fully healed (typically 6-12 months post trauma). Red or purple scars or stretchmarks are not suitable for treatment.

Q: Will my scars and stretchmarks go completely?
A: No, this isn't a scar removal treatment unfortunately. Everyone's skin is different but typically clients have seen between a 40-70% improvement.

Q: What will the area look like after its treated?
A: You can expect the area to be red and raised in appearance. This may last for up to two weeks while the body is healing. You will need to avoid the sun, swimming pools and spas during the first two weeks.

Q: Does it hurt?
A: I use a local anesthetic numbing cream prior to treatment to make you as comfortable as possible. Most clients feel very little during treatment.

Q: How many treatment will I need?
A: Typically a course of 3-5 treatments that are spaced 5-6 weeks apart. Although you can continue with treatment until your skin stops responding or you are happy with the results.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: Price is on assessment, as it depends on the type of scar and duration of treatment.

Q: I was thinking about skin camouflage instead, is this suitable?
A: While technically you can use medical skin tone pigments to camouflage scars and stretchmarks, I don't recommend it. You may be pleased with the results in the very short term, but in the long term the results are very poor and there can be complications. Please get in touch if you'd like to discuss this further.

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-Permanent Eyebrows

Q: Are they permanent?
A: Tricky question! Semi-permanent makeup pigments are considered semi permanent, as this type of micropigmentation is designed to fade out over time. Thus it allows the treatment to be adapted as skin, hair and styles changes. The pigment will fade out, but in most cases it does not leave the skin completely.  You will probably require a colour boost approximately every couple of years, although some clients will go much longer than this.

Q: Does it hurt?
A: It can be a little uncomfortable, but everyone is different. I use a local anesthetic numbing cream prior to your treatment to make you as comfortable as possible.

Q: What can I expect after my treatment?
A: You may experience some redness and a little swelling for a few hours after your treatment. Brows appear darker for the first 7-10 days after your treatment, while in the initial healing stage. You will need to avoid the sun, swimming pools and spas for 14 days. Full aftercare is provided to you, both verbally and in writing.

Q: I've had a treatment from another Technician, will you treat me?
A1: I will need to see you for a consultation to assess your previous treatment. If it is straightforward then yes, although my colour boost prices only apply to work previously carried out by me.

A2: If you have had work carried out that you are not happy with, then you will need to see me for an assessment. I don't offer correction work on another Technician's work, unless I am entirely comfortable we can achieve a good result.

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Medical Micropigmentation - Areola & Nipple Tattoo

Q: Is the treatment 3D?
A: The treatment is adapted for each client. Some clients require full 3D tattooing procedures, while others may have had a nipple reconstruction or still have their own nipple. A 3D nipple can be created on flat tissue, using advanced artistry techniques.

Q: I have private medical cover, can I use that?
A: I am BUPA registered for breast cancer patients, as long as this is covered in the terms of your policy. My fees are covered in full for BUPA. Other private medical insurers may cover your treatment in part or full, but will usually reimburse you after you have paid. Please contact your medical insurers directly to discuss.

Q: Is it permanent?
A: As with most medical and cosmetic micropignmentation treatments, you will need to have a colour boost treatment every 1-3 years to keep the colour fresh. Some clients will go much longer than this, depending on their skin type, skin condition,  medical history and lifestyle. This is something that will be assessed and discussed with you at your consultation.

Q: Does it hurt?
A: As with all micropigmentation treatments, you may experience some mild discomfort, but I will pre-numb you with local anesthetic cream to make you as comfortable as possible.  Many clients can't feel a thing!

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Contraindications - ALL TREATMENTS

  • Chemotherapy; I am unable to carry out any treatments five weeks pre- or post-chemotherapy. I will also need a letter from your Consultant to go ahead with treatment within the first six months.
  • Keloid scarring, this is where scar tissue grows outside of the wound site and is often raised and red in appearance.
  • Hepatitis.
  • Open or active wounds.
  • Herpes outbreaks, warts, infection or other active inflammation of the skin.
  • Blood thinning medications.
  • Anyone with blood clotting health problems or a history of poor healing.
  • Raised moles cannot be treated.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Breast feeding.
  • If you have used Roaccutane in the last six months.
  • You must be over 18 years of age.
  • Not under the influence of alcohol or any other drugs.
  • Must not consume alcohol or aspirin-based pain relief for 48 hours ahead of treatment.


This is either carried out at your consultation, or sent to you in the post to carry out at home.

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