Frequently Asked Questions

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This collection of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provides brief answers to many of the common questions about Semi-Permanent Makeup and about the company.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone and everyone! Many women find that it saves them precious time every morning, gives the face a ‘younger’ and healthier looking appearance and has the obvious benefit staying put 24/7!

How long does it take?

Half an hour is the minimum amount of time we are prepared to spend, but treatment times vary according to what is required.

How long will it last?

Skin types and external factors contribute to the length of time that the Semi Permanent Makeup lasts. Generally, darker colours remain unaffected in your skin for longer. Natural or lighter colours are often more vulnerable to the effects of the sun, swimming and breakdown by the body’s natural response.

Other factors that contribute to fading include medications, smoking, metabolism and lifestyle. You may want to refresh or renew your semi permanent makeup anywhere from 3 months onwards.

Why do I need a consultation prior to treatment?

Not sure if Semi-Permanent Makeup is for you? The consultation is your opportunity to discuss your treatment plan with your technician to determine how much of a change you are willing to make. Our knowledgeable and talented artists can help you decide the semi-permanent makeup that suits your hair, skin tone, features, image and lifestyle. Our artistic approach and recognition of beauty helps transform a shared vision into reality. With a history of tens of thousands of treatments throughout the world, Debra's methods are proven and timeless.

Does it hurt?

Topical anaesthetics are applied to the skin before, and during the procedure to assure you of the most comfortable experience possible. Many clients describe the sensation as a “tingling” feeling. On a scale of 1-10, most rate the discomfort between 0-3. A dental block is available to completely numb the area for lip procedures.

How long will it take to recover?

Generally, the colour will be most visible for the first three days. You may also experience light to moderate swelling, especially with eyeliner and lip procedures. After the initial three days, the healing skin will begin to gently flake off and the treated area will lighten. In many cases it may be too light so as our guarantee to achieve the best possible results for you, one month later we offer a second treatment completely free of charge to refine and perfect.

What can I expect post treatment?

Treated areas will initially look slightly dark and lighten after a few days. A month after your initial treatment, a follow-up appointment is made, and any adjustments will be completed.

What qualifications and experience do you have?

Debra and her team of Aesthetic Beauty Consultants have an abundance of professional qualifications from around the world accredited in the cosmetic and beauty industry, In addition, Debra continues to update her personal knowledge by attending workshops and seminars worldwide to ensure that her thirst for further education is attributed to adding valued in vogue treatments for the clients.

What is your health and safety policy?

The Government has recently amended the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 by means of the Local Government Act, 2003 (Section 120), to give LAs new specific powers to regulate businesses providing semi-permanent skin-colouring (e.g. micropigmentation, semi-permanent makeup and temporary tattooing) and cosmetic piercing (body piercing and ear piercing). This change in the law came into force on the 1 April 2004. This extends the powers that local authorities already had in relation to tattooing, ear piercing, electrolysis and acupuncture. The Department of Health has published guidance about the change in the law: Local Government Act 2003: Regulation of cosmetic piercing and skin-colouring businesses – guidance on section `120 and Schedule 6. The document can be down loaded from The Department of Health website[2].

Debra Robson LDN adopts and adheres to the current legislation, the clinic is licensed by Westminster City Council. Besides the premises for special treatment having to be licensed, the therapist who provides the treatment also has to be registered with the council.

In accordance with Standard Condition 9(a) for special treatment licences issued under Part II of the London Local Authorities Act 1991, Any person working in an establishment licensed for the provision of special treatments must themselves be registered with the City Council for the provision of those treatments.

A further useful publication by Salford Council entitled advise and safe practice can be downloaded from the Salford Council Website

What if I decide to have plastic surgery at some stage?

No problem. Debra and her team of Aesthetic Beauty Consultants will work conservatively, respecting the natural lines and features of the face.

Will it look natural?

Yes, the healed result will look very natural. The healing process can take up to 21 days. Remember, your permanent makeup will look more dramatic for the first 3-7 days. You may choose to plan ahead for a little “down time”, though most clients return to their normal routine immediately following a procedure.

Will I need to tweeze and/or tint my brows?

Yes. Semi Permanent Makeup does not affect the hair growth or colour in any way. It only colours the skin under the hair.

Are there different pigment colours?

Of course! Debra Robson has created the Liquid Perfection® Mineral Pigment Palette. Her skill in colour blending is unique and unrivalled. Her palette of inspirational shades gives women what they really want - a fresh, youthful and natural look. With colours to complement every skin tone, any look can be replicated completely naturally. The results are amazing!

What if I have specific medical needs?

You may have specific requirements for semi-permanent makeup such as scars, alopecia, trichotillomania, chemotherapy, areola reconstruction, vitiligo, loss of sight or other health related concerns. Semi-permanent makeup is an extremely beneficial and very successful solution to these types of medical concerns.

Are there any risks?

Because this is an invasive procedure, there are risks as well as benefits. These include infection, allergic reaction, misplaced colour, scarring, undesired result or colour. Debra adheres to all Health & Safety guidelines, and her vast levels of experience ensure that any risks are minimised in her safe hands.

What are the health and safety issues related to semi-permanent makeup and general guidance to consider when choosing a technician?

The Government amended the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 by means of the Local Government Act, 2003 (Section 120), to give Local Authorities specific powers to regulate businesses providing cosmetic piercing (ear piercing or body piercing) and semi-permanent skin-colouring (e.g. micropigmentation, semi-permanent make-up and temporary tattooing). This change in the law was brought into force on the 1st April, 2004. This extends the powers that local authorities already had in relation to tattooing, ear piercing, electrolysis and acupuncture.

Semi-permanent skin colouring businesses will have to:
• register with their local authorities; and
• follow byelaws on the cleanliness and hygiene of practitioners, premises and equipment to protect customers against the risk of infection.

It will be an offence to carry on such a business without being registered, to carry on such a business in premises that are not registered for that purpose or to breach byelaws.

General Guidance to consider when choosing a Technician

1. Ensure the technician posses a special treatment licence issued by the Local Authority

2. HSWA etc. (1974) and training, requires technicians to provide any appropriate training, qualifications and health and safety provisions, as far as reasonably practicable

3. Hygiene, sterilisation, disinfection, and waste and sharps (needles) disposal guidelines. Must include personal and environmental hygiene standards, sterilisation of the equipment, cleanliness of all work surfaces, and compliance with the Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005)

4. Pigments must be appropriate for the use of cosmetic or body art

5. Public and Employers liability insurance must be on display or available for inspection if requested

6. Professionally presented client before and after pictures, ensure that the images are the technicians own work, don't just rely on pictures on display on a website

7. Pre Consultation prior to treatment, an important opportunity to ask any uncertainty and answer any concerns that you may have regarding your treatment

8. Request client testimonials, an ideal opportunity to seek further endorsements from clients and to champion their opinions

9. Ask the technician if they have membership of a trade association

10. DO YOUR RESEARCH, if you are working on a limited budget, it is vital that you do your homework and thoroughly research the market. In the words of Debra Robson, "you have only got one face, therefore take care of it, because it is a challenge to rectify bad work."

What ethnicities do you treat?

With over 250 languages spoken in London, making the capital the most linguistically diverse city in the world, we are strategically positioned in the heart of the medical district, Harley Street to treat clients from around the world and from all walks of life.

It is extremely important that you choose a client that has the experience to work on all skin types and skin tones. Debra’s experience in this is field is unparalleled in the semi-permanent makeup industry.

We specialise in providing semi-permanent makeup procedures for women and men all ethnicities. We understand that different skin types and skin colour accept the colour differently. We also understand the importance of selecting the appropriate colour (Liquid Perfection® range) and makeup design which is critical to a successful outcome. Our makeup designs reflect the ethnic style and natural flair of each individual client.

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