What is cosmetic tattooing?
Cosmetic tattooing is the process of implanting coloured pigment into the dermis layer of the skin by means of tiny, sterile, disposable needles to produce the appearance of hair strokes, makeup, or to enhance the natural features of the face.
How long does it last?
Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, they will fade over time and need to be touched up between 6 – 18 months. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors: the technique chosen, the pigment colour used (lighter colours fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Typically, brows will last 1-3 years depending on your skin type. Microblading and combo/ombre brows are different.
How many treatments are needed?
A minimum of two treatments are usually needed, at least 6 – 12 weeks apart. With most procedures, the colour looks dramatically lighter after the first week. Some clients prefer this, while others prefer a bolder look. At the second treatment, the colour retention will be assessed and adjustments will be made as necessary. Everybody heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly the first time, do not worry, you can always go darker and add more density at your next appointment. (This is rare however we are dealing with skin & it is unpredictable.)
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Immediately after treatment, the colour will appear darker than your chosen shade. This is because the pigment takes around seven days to enter the deeper layers of the skin/. After 7-10 days, exfoliation takes place. The top layer of the skin peels off, leaving a softer, lighter colour below. The result is a natural looking enhancement. As the treated area is settling down, itching may occur. This is a good sign as it means the skin is healing. Apply the recommended cream to the treated area as recommended.
What to do before the tattooing treatment
If you have an ideal shape and colour in mind, bring a few photos with you to your appointment. If you plan to go on a holiday, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days after the procedure. Avoid any blood thinning medication for a minimum of 72 hours prior to their appointment. This includes Vitamin E, Aspirin, Niacin, Fish oil supplements, and Ibuprofen. Do not drink any alcohol or caffeine at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this procedure. It is highly recommended that you avoid SUN and TANNING BED exposure for 30 days BEFORE and AFTER your procedure. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule and will forfeit your deposit. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn, it will take the pigment with it. No tweezing, waxing or shaving of the hair will be required before your procedure. I will draw your preferred brow shape, then remove any unwanted hair.
Does it hurt?
A topical anaesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain thresholds vary from each individual person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entire procedure, however small amounts of discomfort is to be expected.
What to do after the treatment
The eyebrow and surrounding area should be kept dry for 7-10 days. This includes no swimming, saunas, steam, sweat or products on or around the area. Please do not use any oils or moisturisers, exfoliants across the forehead or eyelids. When showering please take extra care to ensure they are kept as dry as possible as this will help the pigment settle into the skin for longer lasting results. Do not scrub, wash, pick, wiggle/move, or itch your new brows.
Long term care
A Sunscreen of SPF-50 should be applied daily after healing and is required to help keep colour true. Sun exposure will make the colour soften faster. Fading speed depends on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment colour used, broken capillaries, and if any chemical peels were done after your procedure. If you are planning a chemical peel, laser treatment or other medical procedure, please inform the technician that you have had a cosmetic tattoo. They MUST avoid the tattooed area.
CAN I HAVE BOTOX TREATMENT BEFORE MY EYEBROW TATTOO TREATMENT?
Yes, it needs to be minimum 24 hours prior to your appointment or 24 hours after your treatment.
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– If you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.
– If you are planning to have cosmetic surgery
– If you are prone to keloid scarring
– If you suffer from severe allergies
– If you are taking any kind medication
– If you have extremely oily skin
– If you are iron deficient or anaemic
– If you have ANY known medical conditions
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