What is cosmetic tattooing?
It is a Permanent or semi-permanent makeup which imitates perfectly applied cosmetics, with natural-looking results that can be as subtle or as dramatic as you want.
The effect is achieved in by infusing pigments into the dermal layer of your skin, where they remain all day, every day.
How Long do cosmetic tattoos last?
The results fade gradually depending on the pigment you choose. with a “colour boost” recommended usually at half the price if done within a certain time to maintain a fresh appearance. Different skin types and care regimes can alter the longevity of the treatment.
What cosmetic tattoo treatments do you offer?
People don’t think about how much eyebrows brows mean until they don’t have them anymore. Sometimes brows are naturally pale, and some stop growing back after having been plucked for a long time. People with alopecia experience loss of hair on the face and scalp, and people undergoing chemotherapy tend to lose their hair and brows. We have experience working with all of these conditions and will even work with cancer patients to lightly draw in brows before surgery or chemotherapy so that the natural shape is already present if or when hair loss occurs.
Eyeliner and lash enhancement tattoos consists of adding colored dots along the lash line where eyeliner would normally be applied to create the look of fuller lashes.
We can embellish the colour and enhance the natural shape of lips, which is often a necessary as a corrective measure following lip enhancement surgery. Cosmetic tattooing can also give the appearance of fullness to restore youthfulness to one’s lips.
Areolas: (nipple restoration)
Areola regimentation involves tattooing areolas and sometimes 3d nipples onto the breast. This is often necessary as a final step to breast reconstruction surgery for cancer patients and for women who undergo breast augmentation procedures. Nipples with a three-dimensional appearance can be achieved through artistic use of colour and shading.
Hair replication involves tattooing natural-looking hair follicles onto the scalp to give clients the appearance of a fuller, more natural looking head of hair. Hair replication can be used to cover up scars including hair transplant scars, and it is also used to cover up baldness or thinning patches for men and women suffering from naturally occurring baldness or alopecia.
an cosmetic tattoos be used to improve the appearance of a medical condition?
Cosmetic tattooing is also widely used for medical and physical conditions. For example, it can be used to improve the appearance of:
- Visible burns or scarring
- Areola (nipple) after breast reconstruction
We will be able to advise you on the type of results we could expect on any of the above conditions during your consultation.
What Can I Expect During My Consultation?
We understand that these procedures are a major beauty decision for you. During your consultation, you will have a one on one session with a Cosmetic Tattoo Specialist who will discuss how certain colours and designs will best complement you. Next, we will pencil the design on until you have reached an agreement on the one that feels most comfortable and flattering to you. You will also have a chance to view a portfolio photo album.
Do you use stencils?
No, all cosmetic tattoos are drawn free hand, we are able to achieve a natural looking result, by creating a personalised design. Also the differences in the two sides of the face and body often require that one side be drawn modified for both sides to look natural and symmetrical.
What are the pigments made from
Most pigments used are Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, a safe non-reactive substance, and specifically manufactured for implantation into human skin; Product ingredients are listed on the pigment bottles.
Most pigment colours are inorganic; some lip colours are organic. The pigments are coloured powder suspended in distilled water, alcohol and glycerine.
Is it like a Tattoo?
Yes. Pigment is inserted into the skin (the dermis). The main differences between a body tattoo and a Cosmetic Tattoo are the type of machine used and the depth of the implant. A Cosmetic Tattoo rotary machine is smaller, lighter and less powerful than the traditional Coil Machine. And a Cosmetic Tattoo usually doesn't go quite as deep as a body tattoo.
A Cosmetic Tattoo Artist should also understand the skin, facial structure, and have experience with make-up and design, and have a variety of suitable colours and mixes to work on the face for successful long-term results.
What colours can cosmetic tattoos be?
We have a range of pigments that combine to over 50 different shades, ensuring the colour is perfect for your skin tone and desired effect. The Technician will be fully trained in shade matching.
What does it look like on the skin?
Generally, the implant will look like a softly drawn pencil.
The colour immediately after treatment will be stronger, brighter, and possible darker than the intended colour; however in most cases the intensity of colour diminishes during the 4-14 days of the healing process.
Your adjustment appointment is held 6-8 weeks after treatment, and it is at this time that the true colour can be seen. Colour retention varies from person to person, and can depend on your skin type, the original pigment intensity and how well you've cared for your new tattoo at home.
Does it hurt?
Highly effective pain control products are used during all my treatments. A topical pre-deadener is used in most treatments prior to the procedure, before the skin is punctured. After the skin is punctured, then I apply topical anaesthetics, which are very effective. Some clients say the procedure actually tickles.
You may choose to take pain relieving tablets prior to having treatments as there is can be a short time of discomfort.
Will I have to keep my eyes open?
No, during the process, you keep your eyes closed and relaxed, as if you were resting.
What will I look like after the Treatment?
Immediately after the treatment there may be some swelling and slight tenderness on the tattooed area. There is no after-pain. The colours will appear much darker for up to 2 weeks during the healing process. In most cases you lose 20-40% of colour intensity during the healing process. Lip colour will lose up to 60%.
It is recommended that you do not make social plans, or do any energetic activity for the rest of the day after your treatment. Your swelling and puffiness will be minimal, and generally subsides within 24 hours; in some cases up to 3 days. For eyeliner it may appear that you have been crying.
For 2 days after treatment, do not wear eye make-up after your eyeliner tattoo, or foundation on your eyebrow tattoo; with lipliner treatments you can wear lipstick within 1 hour of your treatment.
You can return to your normal routine the next day (remembering your Home Care instructions!)
Can I get the exact colour I use with a pencil?
Achieving an exact colour match would be difficult. When you apply a pencil it sits on top of the skin. A Cosmetic Tattoo is implanted under the skin, and will appear differently, depending on a variety of factors including your skin undertone, getting tan, losing a tan, and acid and oils in your skin. Taking good care of your tattoo at home is also important. Keeping your adjustment appointment 6-8 weeks after your initial treatment is vital in achieving the desired outcome.
Can I wear make -up after my cosmetic tattoo.
If possible we recommend to avoid make-up on the area for 72 hours, although we understand this isn't always possible, in this case only mineral makeup can be used. It’s natural, organic and won't cause harm to the newly tattooed area.
Will Black pigments stay black?
All blacks will eventually look a little blue-ish or grey-ish. This could be immediately after the healing process, or after months or even years later. This will happen on both body tattoos and Cosmetic Tattoos. It is for this reason that I do not use black alone on Eyebrows or Beauty Spots! Brown and orange are mixed with black to give a more natural long term colour. The darker the skin tone, particularly olive skin, the less obvious black pigment will appear, and the more chance it has of throwing a blue hue.
Is the treatment permanent?
Yes the treatment is permanent however as with any natural pigment it will fade over time depending on exposure to light and the clients metabolism. Under normal everyday conditions your treatment will fade out over several years before you would need a top up to re-enforce the colour. Once the pigment is placed in the skin it is there forever. Heavy exposure to sunlight or sunbeds will accelarate the fading proccess.
Can it go wrong?
Before any work begins a thorough consultation will be provided in which each subject will be discussed in full, colour, shape, suitability of face/body shape, and realistic expectations. Then a guide line will be drawn on to determine exact shape, and when we are both satisfied that this is the best look for you we can proceed. The finished result when healed should be very subtle, enhancing or recreating your natural features, for that reason the first appointment is always a starting point to introduce the treatment slowly. If you like the results but wish to go darker then that can be achieved on the follow up treatments. It is so much easier to gradually build colour than to go in too heavy.
Is there swelling and redness after the treatment?
Everyone has varying degrees of trauma to the skin, many people are fortunate to have only a little bit of redness that lasts for an hour or so after the treatment. Other people may have slight swelling (especially eyeliner), which normally occurs in the morning, but a cool compress will take it down. The treated area may weep slightly for 10/15 minutes after treatment. This is normal. The skin may form a crust and flake through the healing process, so dependant on client age and skin type the treated area should heal within 3-10 days, but it will be 4-6 weeks before the skin can be treated again.
Will my cosmetic tattoo look scabby?
It can happen, but usually it would just be flaky. looking like dry skin.
Can you correct make-up that has been done badly?
Fortunately, if you have had a bad experience somewhere and you are really unhappy with the results of your treatment there are options available to you. The first is correctional work - this can be used if the pigment has changed colour, or the wrong pigments colour used. The shape can also be altered to flatter the facial features more. However, if correctional work is not an option, pigment lightening removal can be used to lighten or remove original work and a new design can be created.
What else do I need to know?
Black Eyeliner, in some skins, in a very small percentage of people, can spread a little under the skin, giving a hazed, smudged, bruised effect of colour. Although it is rare for this colour migration to happen, you need to be aware that it can happen, and that it is totally beyond my control. Every precaution is taken, with pigment being deposited very lightly in the eyeliner area ... It is for this reason that on an initial eyeliner treatment, the implant is taken only as far as the last lash, and if an extension of the taper is desired, it can be done at your adjustment appointment.
- Colour bleeding can also occur around the Lipline in certain skins, and with darker pigment colours.
- If you suffer with severe allergies patch testing is recommended prior to your treatment.
- Extended sun exposure, using Retina-A, Glycolic Acid Peels and Laser will fade out colour from all treatments. Teeth whitening products may also fade your lip tattoo colour.
- Sun block is recommended at all times.
- If you are using Retina-A you will need to cease using it 12 weeks prior to your treatment.
- We cannot predict the longevity of colour in the skin. Some skins hold colour longer and stronger than others, while others fade leaving a lighter residue in the skin.
- Tattoos in the eye area appear to hold better than on other Cosmetic Tattoos, and have been known to still be obvious after 20 years. It is recommended that a retouch of colour be done about every 16-24 months to keep the implant looking it's best.
- If you suffer from cold sores, fever blisters, or any type of sore on the lips, you will have a recurrence after a Lip Treatment. The virus that causes these sores lies dormant in the body, and any trauma or stress will trigger an outbreak. It is recommended that you use Zovirax, Famvir, or similar, the day prior to your treatment, and continue to use it for 4 days afterwards. Please refer to the pre-Procedure instructions that follow (below) for full details
- You cannot give blood for a period of 12 months after any tattoo.
What is the minimum age for cosmetic tattoo treatments?
You must be at least 18 years of age . no exceptions will be made and id may be asked for if you appear to be under 25 years of age.
What do I need to tell you?
It is important to inform me at the time of making your appointment if ...
you are pregnant, are on medication (of any kind), have any, or are being treated for any medical conditions, or if you are planning to have any Cosmetic Surgery.
In some conditions a doctor's letter will be necessary, specifically, if you are a diabetic, using prescribed blood thinners (aspirin, Worfarin, Cartia, etc) or have heart valve implants. If you have any of these conditions I cannot perform a cosmetic tattoo treatment for you without a letter from your doctor.
you suffer with keloid scarring on the face
you have any moles, freckles, or any known skin disorder in the area that you wish to have tattooed. A doctor's letter may be necessary, and in some cases, it may not be possible to perform the treatment