Permanent Cosmetics and Laser Tattoo Removal

Why do I need a follow-up session?

3863cfce15edf79e79d1f12ae4759f11.jpgThe sense and meaning cosmetic tattooing is to liberate a woman from the routine of applying daily makeup. But to achieve this long-lasting effect, it is necessary not only to follow the aftercare instructions, but also come to your practitioner for a follow-up session in a month or two (your permanent makeup specialist will define whether the follow-up is actually needed after an examination).

I have already described the  basic aftercare instructions in one of my previous articles. Now, let’s have a deeper look into another aspect playing the major role in keeping your permanent makeup nice and neat for years.

Follow-up session is complementary, still obligatory procedure aiming to adjust the tinting strength and consistency of colour, which might have changed during the post-treatment period. Sometimes, the third visit is needed to achieve the perfect result. 

The procedure is conducted one or two months after the first treatment and makes an indispensable part of the whole process, which is why its price is usually included into the permanent makeup cost.

One should not underestimate the importance of follow-up session as once the pigment has been introduced, it is impossible to predict how much of it will actually be absorbed and retained by the skin. The body response and skin chemistry differ with every and each one of us and depend not only on individual metabolic rate, type and colour of skin, age and gender, but also on the external factors, such as exposure to heat and sun, as well as physical impact, which are more or less inevitable at the time of healing.

Thus, the amount of pigment retained by the skin after the initial procedure of permanent makeup may vary from 40% to 80% with this or that person.

As a permanent makeup specialist, I believe that cosmetic tattooing should enhance one’s natural features, and by no means can it be eye-catching or striking. This is why, at the first procedure, I recommend to use a pigment, which is one or two tints lighter than the colour shade you’d prefer to see in the result. After the healing process is over, you can always add more colour at the follow-up session - this is what it is there for!

However, the follow-up session doesn’t only serve to achieve the right colour intensity and shade, it also helps to correct minor defects like colour gaps or broken contour. Such defects may be caused by unintentional mechanical damage done to the treated area during the skin regeneration process. In other words, peeling off the scabs ahead of time due to occasional scratching or rubbing leads to the pigment being unevenly absorbed by the skin.

Please be aware that permanent makeup procedure is considered incomplete without the follow-up session, which is scheduled on the same day.