How much time do I need to allow for a permanent cosmetics treatment?

There are lots of elements involved in treatment times but typically it goes something like this…

Consultation / first appointment requires a healing time of 4-6 weeks. This is the minimum time needed to heal, but if a 2nd “perfecting” appointment is needed this is another 4-6 weeks. Then a possible 3rd tweak may be required, again with a full healing time of 4-6 weeks.

Sounds crazy right?

You’ve got a wedding to go, a Christmas party, a holiday, a business trip, you’re trekking up a mountain and you’ve made up your mind to go for it and have the permanent cosmetics you’ve been thinking about for the last 2 years, but you need it done for your event, which is in 3 weeks!

Well, ahem, that’s gonna be a bit tricky! Who knew it was such a long process? Here’s why…

Your skin needs TIME to HEAL.

The full healing process takes 4-6 weeks. 2 weeks of initial scabbing and external healing that you see and then the clever healing process, that we don’t see beneath the surface of the skin, takes place.

You absolutely have to go through this complete cell renewal process which takes 28 days. Skin can NOT be worked on again until this process has completed. If it is re-tattooed too early the risk of scar tissue is created as the skin in the area isn’t yet healthy. Imagine badly grazing your shin then 2 days later you have a leg wax over the graze… ouch – you just wouldn’t entertain it, would you!

Eyeliner & lip treatments heal faster externally than brows, but the “hidden healing” still takes 4 weeks to complete and it’s vital that this is completed in all permanent cosmetic procedures, but especially in eyebrows for one VERY IMPORTANT reason.

So that your final healed colour can be properly assessed before making any adjustments. Our amazingly clever bodies produce a thicker layer of skin over the tattooed area to protect and act as a barrier to potential infections. This thicker layer of skin, in effect, covers up some of the colour in the form of scabs in the initial 2 weeks and then as the rest naturally sheds (over 28 days) the final colour is fully revealed.

If at 3 or 4 weeks after treatment the full colour is not seen then there is a risk that any adjustments made could be incorrect and the final result could easily be too dark or an incorrect shade.

So, the minimum time required for treatment to be carried out (depending on your age & medical condition*) is 6 weeks, but to be fully healed from both 1st & 2nd treatments you will need to allow 8-12 weeks. Make sure you think about what you are wanting your permanent cosmetics carried out for. If it’s for no particular occasion, then these timescales are not an issue for you.


However, if you are planning for an occasion such as a wedding, a holiday or even for Christmas, then you will need to be a little organised.

  1. so the result looks great by the date needed and
  2. to ensure that you can definitely be seen by the artist you choose to carry out your procedure, take into account that their diary could be booked up well in advance depending how many days a week they work.

*as we age cell rejuvenation slows down, medical conditions or medications may also affect cell renewal, as can many other factors, which will result in varying healing times.

If you’d like to know more please don’t hesitate to call me on 07850 999555 for chat or send me a quick email, and if you would like some advice on what to look out for before going ahead with any permanent cosmetic treatment, you can read my FREE guide “10 Professional Tips” here.

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