Laser Care Clinic (t/a Sanzelene Beauty) is situated in Faerie Glen, Pretoria. Our highly professional therapists will assist you in a confidential and friendly manner. You are welcome to contact us for a free consultation.




Permanent Make-Up 

What is Permanent Make-Up?
Permanent make-up is a procedure of applying pigments into the dermal layer of the skin.  It is also known as Intradermal Pigmentation.  The technique is medically proven and specially designed to be completely safe. Permanent make-up is used for a variety of cosmetic enhancements such as permanent eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner as well as lip colour.
Pigment colours can be, either soft and natural looking, or vibrant and dramatic.  We choose our colours to match your skin tone. Permanent make-up should not be considered a total make-up replacement.  As we age and styles change, it is best to subtly enhance your features so that you may look your best, but still allowing you to apply regular cosmetics over your permanent make-up if a more dramatic look is desired.
Every person is unique and I cannot predict how your make-up will heal. Be assured that I will provide you with the best service possible however, your co-operation is vital to ensure proper healing and a pleasing original result.

How long does Permanent Make-Up last?
If cared for properly, permanent make-up can last a lifetime; however it will soften with age, ultra-violet exposure from sun or tanning booths, various drugs and skin peels.  Retouching can be done at any time although one touch-up to maintain the colour and vibrancy.

Who benefits from Permanent Make-Up?
Most everyone, from the young to the elderly, who desires a soft, natural enhancement to his or her appearance would benefit from this procedure. It is especially beneficial for those:

  • who wants to save time and look their best all of the time
  • who want make-up that won’t smudge, smear or wear off
  • allergic to conventional cosmetics
  • with ultra-sensitive eyes
  • wear contact lenses
  • has visual limitations
  • have arthritic or unsteady hands
  • active persons who has little time to apply make-up,
  • athletes who wants to look great before, during and after workouts

How long does a procedure take and how many appointments will be necessary?
Time vary according to the patient’s sensitivity, hydration, density, elasticity and overall condition of the skin.  The initial procedure can take anything between 1 – 2 hours.

A touch-up is a colour re-enhancement and will perfect the lines. Almost always the implanted colour is not perfect after the first procedure. These procedures are processes and at least one follow-up to the initial procedure should be scheduled. It is recommended that you do not traumatise the skin again for a minimum of four weeks. Six weeks is better but of course, your individual needs take precedence. Eight weeks is recommended after a lip procedure. This visit does not require as much time as the initial procedure.

Is it painful?
This may vary from person to person according to each individual’s pain threshold, but with our prescription topical anaesthetics, patients find the procedures very tolerable.  There are different methods to help with pain management such as various topical anaesthetic ointments, anaesthetic locals as well as nerve blocks, which need to be administered by a doctor. Topical anaesthetic creams/liquids are used to minimize the discomfort.  When full lips are done, after we drawn the lip liner, you need to visit a dentist first to get an injection to block the pain. 

Are the any after or side effects?
Generally, there is some swelling of the treated area. The eyebrows might show very little after effect.  Eyeliner and lips may show more swelling and could last from 2 to 48 hours.  Your eyes are protected and not in any way exposed to the needle. Your lips will feel very dry and uncomfortable for a few days, but you can the area with bactroban nasal to prevent infection.  If you require a lip procedure and you are prone to fever blisters, please consult your GP for prescribed oral medication to prevent a breakout.

During the procedure there may be slight bleeding or bruising and is usually tenderness a few days post procedure.  The colour will appear much darker immediately following the procedure and for the first few days, but will lighten to a natural look during the following weeks.  You may resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure.  Complete healing takes three weeks while the pigmentation matures and reaches the final colour.

There may be other side effects unforeseen due to individuality.  Do not pick at scabs as it will pull the colour out. Soothing gel and cold compresses will help with any discomfort and swelling.

Is it safe and hygienic?
Yes, the permanent make-up procedure at our clinic is applied under strict sterilization rules.  All needles used are brand new and sterile for each and every patient.  All machine parts are thoroughly sterilized and kept in a sanitary way.  The procedure is done by wearing a new pair of synthetic gloves for each patient.