Permanent Make-Up

All you need to know about Micropigmentation

PERMANENT MAKE-UP allows you to subtly give features shape and definition to enhance natural beauty in both men and women. Besides boosting self-confidence, micropigmentation can also lead to a more active lifestyle, personal freedom and save quite a bit of time on make-up application. In addition, micropigmentation procedures have a stunning smudge-free effect that will last for several years. PMU is also very suitable for people with allergies to regular make-up, contact lens wearers with sensitive eyes, people with glasses or people who are active in sports.

The possibilities are endless!

In short, permanent-make-up ensures you always look your best.

With the use of internationally recognised advanced devices, pigments and techniques at Skinatomy, we are able to provide you with the most up to date techniques and advancements in the Industry

Cosmetic micropigmentation has a wide range of applications:

Micropigmentation is a 2 part process, it is necessary to have the initial foundation procedure and then a follow up procedure within 6 - 12 weeks to refine and set the pigment in place                                                                                    

Shadow Brows                                                              

Hybrid hair stroke Brows


Lash Enhancement liners                                      

Bespoke Eyeliners                                                               

Designer eyeliners        

Lip liner                                                                

Full lips  (1 Shade/2 Needle variation)                 

Full 3D Lips (2 Shades/3 Needle variation) 





During all permanent cosmetic procedures, the colour will be very intense, dark and vibrant until the healing process is complete. It is very normal for areas to loose colour and fade with time. Perfection will be achieved on your follow up procedure.

VISIBLE OUTER HEALING completes in about 3-7 days for eyes, 7-10 days for lips and brows.

INNER HEALING completes in 1-2 months, up to 3 months for lips.

Final healed result are seen within 8 weeks. A follow up procedure is always needed and is to be done within 6-8 weeks after the first procedure.

Performing a touch up too early could cause scarring. Some colours (especially eyebrow colours) take longer to settle in and see final result.

The less you do with the tattoo'd area, the better.

Keep the area as dry as possible

Do not swim or soak in water for the first 10 days prior to your procedure

Apply your aftercare ointment AM/PM 

Only apply a thin layer of aftercare ointment as protection

Do not pick the area

Do not scratch the area

Do not rub the area

If the area is itching, gently tap the area for relief (with clean fingers)

Do not gym for the first 2 days

Avoid excessive sweating for 5 days

NO saunas for 2 weeks

Avoid sun tanning for 2 weeks and apply sunblock thereafter



NO water, cleansers, creams, makeup or any other products on treated area for 10 days other than the prescribed aftercare ointment by your specialist

Eyebrow area must be kept completely dry for the first 24 hours after which you would start applying your aftercare ointment twice daily.

For the next three days blot the area lightly if fluid occurs.

DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area.

Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate off.

Do not peel or pick at scabs, this could cause pigment loss, scarring and delayed healing.

Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 3-4 weeks after procedure.

Avoid heavy sweating for the first 10 days.

Do not apply topical cosmetics over area while healing.

Avoid sleeping on your directly on treated area for the first 10 days.

NO facials, Botox, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.

Apply ointment 1-2 times per day; do not over-apply as area needs to be allowed to breathe.

PLEASE NOTE: All cosmetic tattoos will appear 50% darker and bolder due to natural scabbing and healing for the first 10 days. This is very common for all permanent cosmetic procedures, 50% fading and 20% shrinkage will occur once procedure is healed.



Do not wear contact lenses during the procedure or for 24 hours after initial procedure.

Have sunglasses available. Eyes may be light sensitive or even dilated immediately after.

The sunglasses are also handy for hiding puffy eyes.

Eyes will be swollen for a few days drinking celestamine will considerably reduce swelling.

Eyes may feel dry or irritated. Lubricating refresher drops may be used.

Do not use mascara until outer healing is complete (3-5 days)

Apply ointment 1-2 times per day with Q-tip. Avoid touching the area with your fingers.

Allow area to naturally exfoliate. Within 3-5 days line will be finer and lighter.

If any irritation persists after three days consult medical attention



NO water, cleansers, creams, makeup or any other products on treated area for 10 days.

Avoid direct contact with toothpaste and mouthwash as it contains bleaching agents

Lips will be swollen for few days. Anti-inflammatories may be taken to reduce this.

Eat carefully and drink through straw for first 24hours

Do not apply topical cosmetics over area while healing.

For the next three days blot the area lightly if fluid occurs

Continue anti-viral treatment for 7days if you are prone to fever blisters (herpes simplex).

During healing process, 5-7days apply ointment with Q-tip when dry.

When scabbing occurs allow to peel off naturally, do not pick or pull as it will influence colour retention.

Colour will fade up to 60% depending on skin type, within 2weeks and final results will only be visible after 2 months.



What is Micropigmentation?

Micropigmentation is the depositing of hypoallergenic mineral pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. With an ultra-thin needle and pigment, the shape of the eyebrows, eyes or lips is enhanced. Micropigmentation is also known as permanent make-up or cosmetic tattooing. It is sometimes wrongly confused with cosmetic tattoos (e.g. eyebrow tattoos or eyeliner tattoos). However, the pigments used for permanent make-up are introduced less deeply into the skin layer and have a different composition from tattoo inks. Micropigmentation devices are also more refined than tattoo machines, and the techniques that are used are different.


What is microblading?

Microblading is used on eyebrows to create natural crisp hair strokes that mimic the growth of your own eyebrow hairs. Using a very fine configuration of needles, pigments are implanted into the dermal layer of the skin which allows for an extremely natural healed result leaving crisp fine hairs. It is considered to be a form of cosmetic tattooing.

How long does MICROBLADING last?

Microblading allows for less pigment to be implanted, it does have the ability to fade away completely over time. The client’s health, aftercare and skin type does play a role in the longevity of the cosmetic tattoo. Generally within 1-3years a colour boost is recommended.

What is the difference between MICROBLADING and MICROPIGMENTATION brows?

Shaded/solid brows are far more saturated than micro bladed brows and can lasts up to 5-10 years. Shaded brows have a more solid bold look and can be done for clients who desires a more dramatic look or who are not suited for hair strokes. Whereas microblading gives you a softer and more natural look.

How long does the procedure take?

The initial procedure can take up to an hour and a half with time spent on consulting about colour, shape and desired overall look. 30 minutes of this time will be spent on anaesthetic to numb the area before proceeding to make it as comfortable as possible

How do you choose a shape for my face?

During our consultation I will study the symmetry and proportions of your face. I will then draw a shape according to your exact needs and facial structure, then measure the shape that has been drawn to ensure balance and harmony which compliments all your facial features. After you have agreed upon the shape and colour , only then will we start the procedure

Will my own hairs be shaved/waxed off?

This is a myth and no such thing will be done. I will however remove any hairs that are out of place to neaten the area. The whole idea is to leave your eyebrows as natural as possible.

Do I need a touch up?

Yes, your first touch up will need to be done 6  weeks after your initial procedure for perfection and durability. Generally after the first touch up a colour boost will need to be done every 1-3 years depending on your own skins retention of pigment. There are occasions when a 3rd touch-up is necessary

Is there any downtime?

Absolutely not! You will still be able to go to work and be seen in public, there is however aftercare instructions that will need to be followed in order for you to get the best results possible.

How will I look directly after the procedure?

The area treated may be slightly red and inflamed which will subside within hours

It will also appear much bolder and darker for the first 7-10 days until the area has fully healed. After healed results the brow will be 20-40% lighter

Is it painful?

Minor discomfort can be expected with every procedure but a very high quality anaesthetic is used in every procedure to help ease discomfort. The procedure itself is also very quick and allows for little to no pain during the procedure depending on clients own pain threshold. Generally the first pass will be felt but after that a secondary anaesthetic is applied to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.

Is it safe?

We work according to strict guidelines for proper infection control every procedure is 100% safe. I use a new unopened disposable sterilized needle for each client and all implements and tools are sterilized before and after each procedure.

How permanent is it?

 The microblading technique is still a form of cosmetic tattooing which means it does reach the dermal layer of your skin, it is however possible for it to fade away completely over time depending on skin type and overall health. There is far less pigment implanted into the skin as the conventional solid eyebrow technique. Touch ups/colour boosts are recommended for the longevity of the eyebrow. 

How do you choose a colour for me?

We work according to your skins undertone and overtone to match the colour exactly. I also look at your eyebrow hairs natural colour and work accordingly.

Can I have my old permanent makeup that was done somewhere else corrected?

It can be corrected but in most cases will need more than one touch up. Tattoo removal is highly recommended for best results. This will be charged at an extra cost according to how much work will be needed. A High Definition picture must be sent to advice on whether the eyebrow can be corrected or must be removed. This will avoid any disappointment.

Can I be pregnant or lactating when having the procedure?

I always recommend that a pregnant/lactating women who wish to have this procedure done, that it is best to get her doctors consent prior to the procedure and that a doctor’s note must be brought with on the day of procedure to ensure that all safety precautions have been taken.

What if I don’t like it?

We will never proceed without showing the client the shape and colour chosen making the client as much involved as we are. We do however recommend that you must understand that for the first 7-10 days the treated area will be much darker and much more bold than the healed result, this is called the healing phase of all permanent makeup and cannot be avoided. As soon as it is healed it will appear much lighter and far more natural. If at all you do not like it after that it can fade away completely over time or removal can be considered.

How long does it take to heal?

For eyebrows it generally takes between 7-14 days to heal, this will depend on your overall health and heal rate. In this time aftercare instructions will need to be followed religiously.

All cosmetic procedures take between 30-60 days for true colour to show

Will I be able to swim, exercise or shower?

For the first 10-14 days these activities need to be avoided at all costs.

Any direct contact with water will affect the healed result and pigment will be lost. Aftercare is far more important to me to ensure the best result possible. If you are planning on going on a vacation to the beach, the procedure must be done at least 4- 6 weeks before

Can I have this procedure done if I am diabetic?

Normally it is not recommended for diabetic patients to have this procedure done and approval from your doctor will be needed

Can I have this procedure done if I have cancer or chemotherapy?

Approval from your doctor will be needed but generally if chemotherapy has been completed you may have this procedure done. If you are still having active chemotherapy at the time of the procedure, you must be aware that the pigment will fade quicker and you may need more than the initial procedure and touch up

Can I donate blood after having this procedure done?

According to the strict guidelines of the national SANBS you will have to wait a period of 4months

Who can have this procedure done?

Anyone can have this procedure done, there is no age restriction! Parental consent will be required if the client is younger than 18yrs of age

Can I have this done if I am on antibiotics?

No, antibiotics will affect the procedure as it is formulated to attack any foreign substance in your body. You will have to have been off of antibiotics for 3 months