Semi Permanent Makeup FAQs

Our most frequently asked questions

Q: Who decides the shape and colour?

You do. There is a vast number of colours, and we usually recommend a mixed bespoke colour to compliment your natural skin tone for all our semi permanent makeup treatments. We always draw on the shape for your approval before applying the semi permanent pigment colour.

Q: Is Semi Permanent Makeup safe?

Yes. We follow the strictest standards of hygiene, health and safety to the same standards as on Harley Street, London. We also helped develop local Dubai guidelines for semi permanent makeup treatments, so they are in line with standards used on Harley Street, London.

Q: Is the equipment used hygienic and sterile?

Yes. We only use pre-sterile, individually packed needles made in Germany. Each needle is used once and disposed of in a sharps box. The machine unit and handpiece are covered using medical-grade film that helps protect against microscopic blood spores and bacteria. The film is used once and disposed of after each client.

Q: Is the equipment used up to global standards?

Our micropigmentation machines are class 2A medical-grade certified which is the highest available. In our opinion, it is the best and most comfortable machine on the market for all our specialist micropigmentation treatments, including semi permanent makeup, medical micropigmentation and hair and scalp micropigmentation.

Q: Is semi permanent makeup painful?

Some clients feel minor discomfort. Most women compare our eyebrow treatment to plucking eyebrows and feel a little uncomfortable. Many clients think the years of looking great with perfect makeup and carefree results outweigh any momentary discomfort.

Q: How long is the treatment?

Treatment appointments are 30 to 60 minutes, consultations are 15 minutes, and Skin Patch Tests are around 30 minutes. A typical 60-minute treatment appointment consists of a 10 to 15-minute consultation, 30 to 45-minute procedure with 5-minute aftercare instruction.

Q: Where are the procedures performed?

We perform our micropigmentation treatments at the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery (LCAS) in Healthcare City, Dubai, (behind Wafi), and in the same building as Moorfields Eye Hospital. LCAS location can also be seen on our contacts page HERE.

Choosing the shape and look

We will discuss your requirements and advise on the correct shape. We then draw the shape on with an eyebrow pencil. Points to consider when choosing your eyebrow shape are:

  • choosing pigment colours to replicate individual hairs along the eyebrow – an excellent solution for sparse, over-plucked or missing brows (eyebrows)
  • defining an eyebrow shape with colour to create a more substantial, thicker effect
  • lifting the brow using placement, shape and colour to give a refreshed appearance to the face

Treatment cost and top-ups

Our costs include the required top-up sessions to achieve the best results and to ensure the pigment adheres to your skin correctly and last for as long as possible. Treatment sessions are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart to allow the skin to heal fully.

Eyeliner, eyebrow and lip line treatments consist of two treatments, one initial and one top up 4-6 weeks after the initial treatment. Lip Blush and Full Lip Colour treatments include two treatments, and we will often give a further treatment session if required (subject to Candice’s approval). We will discuss the number of treatment sessions needed at the first treatment appointment or consultation. The number of sessions depends on several factors, including your original lip skin colour and how the pigment implants.


We are specialist Micropigmentation experts in Dubai and the Middle East, and we adhere to the highest health, safety and hygiene standards to the same high standards of that on Harley Street London. Also, our procedures fully meet the Dubai Municipality and the Ministry of Health regulations.


Semi permanent makeup treatments can irritate and swell the area where the pigment is applied. In some cases, there may also be redness; however, this will subside very quickly. Normal activities may resume immediately following the procedure. You will be given aftercare instructions at your treatment appointment.

Cheap procedures

A warning about cheap standard treatments, “You get what you pay for” is a statement very well suited to semi permanent makeup. More low-cost treatments are often poorly done using cheaper machines and pigments usually associated with body art tattoos which often results in the horror stories we have heard about with eyebrows turning blue and green.

Cheaper Micropigmentation machines are not finely tuned and tear the skin causing unnecessary pain and discomfort. Cheaper systems may not have the necessary needle depth adjustment to implant pigments into the outer epidermis. This lack of depth control can cause the pigment to implant deeper in the skin resulting in a permanent tattoo.

Before you know it the “great deal” has turned into a disaster requiring an extensive and expensive course of removals and cost to reapply. We say it is far easier to do your homework and research specialists to find the correct one to perform your treatment. For more information on our semi-permanent makeup treatments, removals or corrections, please email

Who can benefit?

  • Anyone living in the Middle East who likes to wear makeup
  • Women who have little time for the daily ritual of applying makeup
  • Those who have difficulty applying makeup
  • Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease
  • Alopecia and Cancer patients
  • Contact lens wearers
  • Those active in sports
  • Ophthalmologists recommended eyeliner especially for women with chronic eye infections
  • Entertainers, actresses and models
  • Anyone who desires freedom from daily makeup applications
  • Anyone over 21 years of age.

Consultations and Appointments

All treatments are performed at The London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery (LCAS) in Healthcare City, Dubai. LCAS is a medical clinic adhering to the highest hygiene and health and safety standards, so you are in the best and safest hands. Please fill out the contact form below, and we will send you treatment information, costs and how to book an appointment. Please use the Whatsapp button to contact Candice Watson for more detailed information or to answer any questions you have.

Booking fee

Scheduled consultations and appointments require a booking fee to secure the appointment. The booking fee is to stop no shows. When scheduling an appointment, LCAS will ask for your full name, email and mobile number. Once LCAS confirm the appointment, we will invoice you to the email you supply. We will deduct the booking fee from the treatment cost, which is payable at your appointment. Free 5 minute consultations are available; however, these will be on an informal “walk-in” basis and will be in LCAS reception between scheduled appointments.

Please note, seven days notice is required to cancel a scheduled appointment. Less than seven days notice will result in the loss of the booking fee. Of course, sometimes there is a genuine reason to cancel; however, when we receive less than seven days notice, a refund is at our discretion.

Ultimate Micropigmentation

by Candice Watson

Ultimate Micropigmentation by Candice Watson of Exclusive Aesthetic, the Micropigmentation Specialists to the Middle East. Candice Watson has 30+ years’ experience performing micropigmentation in Dubai, UK and internationally.

Candice’s skill at micropigmentation is unparalleled, and her commitment to being the best ensure her procedures are to the highest industry standards. Candice now offers several micropigmentation training courses in Dubai including Semi Permanent Makeup, Eyebrow Microblading, Medical Micropigmentation and Hair & Scalp Micropigmentation.

APPOINTMENTS – Appointments available Sunday through Thursday 9am to 6pm. For UK Harley Street appointments please fill out the contact form.

LICENSING – All Dubai procedures are performed under the licence of the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery (LCAS), Healthcare City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Training is located at various locations in Dubai.

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