FAQ's

 Is Microblading / Semi Permanent Make Up a Tattoo?

Well, yes and no! SPMU (which includes microblading) involves implanting pigments in the shallower layers of skin using extremely fine needles, whilst tattooing involves implanting ink into the deeper layers of skin with thicker needles. Remember, SPMU needs to replicate fine hair strokes! Here are the main differences:

  1. SPMU uses pigments, tattoos use ink.
  2. SPMU targets the shallow layers of skin, whereas tattooing targets the deeper layers of skin.
  3. Tattooists work is permanent, SPMU is long lasting but completely fades after many months or maybe even years!
  4. Tattooists (and even some SPMU artists!) are no licensed to use anaesthesia.  I am qualified, licensed and insured with anaesthetics! ensuring your treatment is as comfortable as possible.

What's the SPMU process?

Firstly I will ask you to attend a patch test and brief consultation with me. I will implant a tiny amount of pigment in to a tiny concealable patch of skin, this ensures you will not have a reaction to the treatment. Then, provided you are happy to go ahead with the treatment, I will take a deposit (see below) and book an appointment slot for you at least 24 hours after your patch test.

On the day of your treatment you will arrive at your appointment time, sit down with me and I will apply your anaesthetic. The next 30 - 40 minutes will be taken up with filling your forms, having tea and cake (except if you're having your lips done, sorry ladies!) and ensuring your anaesthetic is properly activated.  We will then design your treatment using a temporary marker, and agree the template before we begin. The procedure itself can take anywhere from 1 to 2.5 hours depending on what it is, how difficult it is etc (I will give you a time estimate at your consultation). 

Once the treatment is completed I will ask you if you are happy, once you confirm you are happy our appointment is over! you may wish to book in for your colour boost at this time to ensure you receive the appointment slot you desire.

Why do I have to pay a deposit?

I didn't always take deposits.  But the number of cancellations that you get in a week really makes running a viable business difficult. I have found that clients who are prepared to pay a deposit, will not be prepared to miss an appointment unless they really have to.

Requesting a deposit from you ensures that you will receive a top quality service, and that I can be sure that cancellations will be at an absolute minimum.


When you book your consultation for any treatment I will request a deposit towards the value of your treatment and my time in your consultation of £30, payable by credit/debit card, paypal or bank transfer. You will immediately receive a receipt for your deposit payment. If then for whatever reason you cancel your consultation, the deposit will be non refundable. If you attend your consultation and decide not to go ahead, I will refund the £30 to you the same day. If you attend your consultation and decide to book an appointment, I will hold your deposit towards your treatment costs, and deduct the £30 accordingly. However, if you cancel your treatment within 72 hours or do not attend, your deposit will be non refundable. In the event your deposit is non refundable, you will be required to pay a further deposit to secure your consultation, or if you had a consultation but missed your treatment, the full cost of the treatment will then become due.


Unfortunately salons, clinics and many other business encounter far too many cancellations and it can be damaging to business. Instead of working hard on a client I am sat for hours unable to fill that appointment with another. 


Because of this, I really hope you can understand why I must charge deposits in advance.

Why do I need a patch test?

I suppose I should kick this one off by saying you must have a patch test. It is a requirement by my insurer and, morally, as a duly diligent person it would be unethical to perform such a treatment without one. It is number one for your protection! It is important that I test the pigments and anaesthetics on your skin to ensure you don't have an allergic reaction.

Does SPMU Hurt?

Whilst SPMU treatments do indeed involve using needles to break the skin, one of my top priorities is your comfort and safety. I am able to achieve this by using the best available anaesthetics, and allotting ample time to your appointment, to allow the anaesthetic to take full effect. We use a quality two stage anaesthetic process, using different numbing agents both before and during your treatment. 

Of course, not everyone responds to the anaesthetics in the same way; Some people have more sensitive skin and some just have a higher pain threshold! Rest assured that if you do find your treatment uncomfortable, I can slow down, apply more anaesthetic and give you a break whenever you need it.  I will not rush you!

How long will I need to take off work?

Some clients may decide to have a down day after treatment, but it isn't necessary to take any recuperative time off work.

I have holiday plans!

Please allow a 2 week healing period after your first treatment before you go on any foreign holiday.

Please allow a 2 to 4 week (depending on how you've healed) after your colour boost before you go on any foreign holiday.

Can I change my look?

You can wear make up over any treated area after 7 days if you desire a more dramatic look, although I think you will be very happy with the look I've given you!

Do you use sterile equipment?

Every item I use with your appointment will be purchased for each client. That means single use and disposable, from the bed sheet and the waste bin liner to the pigments and needles. Totally sterile and totally safe.

Is there a lot of aftercare/maintenance

Nope! That's the beauty of SPMU! One of our clients describes herself as a "well presented, lazy beauty addict". Please check out our SPMU Before and After page for more info.

Are you qualified, licensed and insured?

Yes, yes and yes! All licenses, insurance documents and certificates are displayed on the wall in the clinic.

I have cancer, diabetes, alopecia or other medical problems, will I miss out?

Not necessarily, in fact SPMU can be very helpful to people with certain medical conditions. Please do get in touch with any individual concerns so we can decide whether SPMU is for you.