Ever wonder how celebrities and your impossibly beautiful friends can post such perfect no-makeup selfies? Here’s how:
Recent advances in technology and have allowed us to create beautiful and customised semi-permanent makeup results that have become one of our most popular non-surgical beauty treatments here at Smileworks Liverpool. Imagine being able to wake each morning and look as though you’ve had professionally applied makeup whether you’ve been dancing, out late, swimming or even at the beach.
The proper name for SPMU is Micro pigmentation or Cosmetic tattooing although patients refer to it as eyebrow tattoo, permanent lip liner or permanent eyeliner. But whatever you like to call it, one thing is certain, in 2021 this life-changing and transformative procedure is perfecting and enhancing the natural beauty of millions of the most beautiful people in the UK. So whether you’re looking for:
…then micro pigmentation is the choice for you – so you can look in the mirror each day and love the person looking back. Some of our patients include celebrities, sportspeople, people who have physically active jobs, people who need feature correction or have asymmetrical features, alopecia sufferers or people who have difficulty applying makeup. It’s not just a treatment for young girls either. Take a look at this article from Helen Mirren claiming that “SPMU” is the secret to her decades of perfect looks:
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Medical micro-pigmentation and is the application of eyeliner, lip blush and the shaping and contouring of eyebrows by a special type of medical tattooing. Micropigmentation does not use tattoo ink or even the same equipment as traditional tattoos and requires special inks and processes to provide precision strokes that do not spread or blend into the skin like tattoos because of the design, colour value and pigments used in treatment. It also requires specialist training and at Smileworks we have the experience and talent to give you the best results.
Imagine a super-high definition tattoo. That’s micropigmentation. We use smaller and less invasive needles that are quieter, penetrate to a lesser depth and are consequently much less painful. The process is slightly different depending on what you want and the part of the face being treated. Permanent lip liner or blush is a block colour to fill in the entire lip just like professionally applied lipstick. Whereas so-called eyebrow tattoo requires ultra-fine strokes and microscopic precision to give either a subtle result or dramatic brows.
The specially designed pigments are inserted into the dermal layer of the skin so that they remain for an extended period of time. Cosmetic tattooing of the body is also slightly different and this can include restoring the shape of the nipple, restoring the hairline or covering scars. The pigment is gradually broken down over time and is completely safe. Asymmetrical lips or hair lip scars can also be corrected by these techniques.
I had lip blush done at smileworks by Hannah and I am thrilled with the final result. They look amazing and so natural. Hannah is lovely and very professional, not to mention a perfectionist. From start to finish Hannah offered her expert advice on suitable colours and nothing was too much trouble. I even created some lip blush boards on Pinterest for her to get an idea of what look I wanted to achieve. She was happy to look over these. I have had so many compliments on my new lip blush and I would definitely recommend Hannah. I simply apply clear lip gloss in the morning and I am ready to go. Thank you so much Hannah I am loving my new lip blush 😍XxKerrie
I had my semi perm tattoo on my eyebrows by the lovely Hannah. They look amazing and I have had many compliments already. She was very professional yet friendly. I Can't wait to get my top up to see the finished results. I highly recommend Hannah to everyone, she is very professional and such a perfectionist, can't recommend enough! XxRachel Doolan
I’ve recently been back to smileworks to see Hannah. Hannah first did my lip blush In December 2016 and I’ve just been back to have my eyebrows done. I’m so happy with the results hannah is not only a perfectionist at her job she’s a lovely personHannah
Visited smileworks Saturday, place is amazing everyone was really welcoming and friendly. I was given all the answers to any questions i had before I even asked them!. Hannah was fantastic she gave me a full consultation. I am really happy with the outcome. I will be visiting smileworks in the future.Laura Hart
I recently had my first lip blush procedure by hannah and can say that I was made to feel very welcome, all the staff are very professional and the whole feel of the clinic is amazing (love the theme and the uniforms) - thank youEmma Flynn
Just simply amazing!!! Everything about smile works is top class. I simply wouldn't go anywhere else.Kate Boylan
5 stars is not enough for Smileworks it should be much more! Fantastic staff, lovely and friendly.ER
Eyebrows done by the talented Hannah Taaffe. I can't thank you enough gorj!! Love you to pieces my best friend 💛💛💛Laura Darlington
Before treatment this patient wanted natural looking hairstroke eyebrows to enhance the existing shape. This treatment took approximately one and a half hours from start to finish including the consultation and design.
We designed the shape together from pictures and matching precisely the patient’s requirements. This is an extremely important part of the consultation and I take time to make sure everythign is perfect. The patient was delighted with the end result using a Nano 2 needle to achieve the finished look which is one of the finest needles that can be used for the hairstroke style brow. This needle allows for each hair stroke to be softer which blends better with the natural brow.
– Hannah Taaffe 2018
(appearance of bigger eyes & eye colour enhancement)
This patient wanted a defined look so we opted for a thicker needle (a 3 slope) and the process was repeated a few times over to ensure that the depth of colour was as dark as the patient wanted and perfectly matched her requirements. Upper lid eyeliner helps to achieve the appearance of opening the eyes up to make them look bigger and more beautiful. This procedure has the benefit of also enhancing natural eye colour. This treatment took just 30 minutes to achieve from start to finish.
– Hannah Taaffe 2018
This patient is Dr MJ Rowland-Warmann, the lead clinician at Smileworks and following injectable lip fillers wanted definition around the lips and also added colour and shading to give a perfect, rounded and plump appearance. Many patients use semi-permanent lip blush and injectable lip fillers together to get beautiful results like these. For more information on lip filler treatment follow the link to our main lip augmentation page where you can see lip before and after pictures. This is the final look with lip gloss.
– Hannah Taaffe 2018
First you need to have a consultation with our highly trained SPMU Clinician to ensure suitability and find out precisely the look you are after. This includes medical history and filling in some forms on our personalised iPads. It’s important at this stage that your technician or clinician manages your expectations surrounding your treatment and ensures you know precisely what can be achieved and how the end result will look. Then your technician will apply anaesthetic cream to numb the area being treated for maximum comfort.
The treatment takes anywhere from forty minutes to two hours depending on the area treated and this includes the marking up and preparation of the treatment area. Following your treatment a special cream will be applied to keep the area clean and you will be given your aftercare instructions and booked in for your follow-up appointment.
The follow-up of review appointment is very important because this completes the treatment fully and ensures the look will last as long as possible. The result is highly dependent on your skin type and can last between 6 months and 2 years. You can also have re-treatment whenever you want and some people like to keep regular treatments whereas others will let the procedure wear off before having it again.
Your aftercare will be carefully explained to you and you’ll be given everything you need to be safe and heal quickly and safely following treatment. It is not advisable to:
Go to the gym or swim for a week following treatment.
Rub or mess around with the affected area. It may be itchy but you must not scratch it.
Don’t go in the direct sun because this may break down the pigment in the skin and cause further swelling and inflammation of the treated area.
Use the aftercare cream that you will be given as required and directed by your SPMU professional technician.
Everyone has different healing times, but as a general rule the surface skin generally heals between 3-7 days after the treatment, and 10-14 days below the surface. Many people will return to work the same day after a treatment. We don’t advise driving after a eyeliner or lash enhancement. This is because your eyes may be a little swollen or watery immediately after the treatment.
Almost everybody is suitable for SPMU treatments. Whether you have thin, non-existent or over-plucked eyebrows, uneven or thin lips or just want a perfect makeup-artist look each morning no matter what fun activities you’ve been doing without the hassle or constantly applying and re-applying make up.
Some people might be allergic to traditional cosmetic makeup and many want to reduce the cost of buying make up. Ideal candidates for treatment can be anyone who wears makeup and men and women are both frequent patients of ours here at Smileworks. People who have active cold sores, skin diseases or infections will have to see their GP and get these treated before coming to us for treatment.
Also some heart conditions are contra-indicated as are people prone to excessive keloid scarring will have to be aware of additional risks that will be explained fully before treatment. You will be given an in depth medical history to complete so we will be able to ascertain your suitability at your appointment. it’s extremely rare that people cannot have treatment so it’s best to come along or give us a call to learn more from our expert technicians.
The treatment carries few risks and is very well tolerated by patients or all kinds having many different types of treatment. Sometimes patients come to us from other practices complaining that their treatment has not lasted or is uneven or doesn’t look the way they want. This is something we can often help you with by corrective treatments and using the correct inks and techniques.
Infection and scarring is a rare complication. Scarring is much more likely if you have had micro blading and contrary to popular thinking is very rare with micropigmentation. Smileworks are a dental practice and have advanced cross-infection protocols and patients are unlikely to suffer from infections if they follow their aftercare guidance.
Some people are allergic to the materials that we use and our professional are very careful to test people with a history of allergic reactions beforehand. Many patients experience slight swelling, tingling sensations and itchiness. This is normal and nothing to worry about.
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