FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is cosmetic tattooing?
Cosmetic tattooing or micro pigmentation is a
procedure in which colour pigments are implanted beneath the first layers of
skin to give a more defined, youthful and radiant look that lasts for years.
After cosmetic tattooing, clients can enjoy waking up looking ready for
the day without opening their makeup bag.
Enjoy swimming and exercising without worrying about your eyeliner or
eyebrow colour washing away.
Is cosmetic tattooing for me?
If the luxury of always having perfectly shaped brows
and or beautifully defined eyes 24 hours a day is for you, then yes! Cosmetic
tattooing is great for all women of all ages. It can be tailored specifically
for you and what your tastes in makeup are. Perfect for the busy woman or for
those who exercise or swim a lot. It is also very handy for clients with
eyesight problems who have trouble seeing to apply makeup everyday.
Why do I need a perfecting treatment?
After your first cosmetic tattoo treatment I will book
you in for your perfecting session 4 to 6 weeks later (included in total cost).
This is to ensure the tattooing lasts and also to make sure it is completed to
perfection as colour fading will differ from client to client. This can be due
to a number of things including client's aftercare, skin type, metabolism and
In your perfecting session you can also adjust tattoo colour and shape.
How long does the procedure take?
Cosmetic tattoo treatment time is 90 minutes (per
treatment). Out of this 90 minute appointment I
usually tattoo for around 60 minutes. The other 30 minutes is spent numbing the
area and getting the permanent makeup design perfect.
How long will my cosmetic tattooing last?
Cosmetic tattooing is not permanent and will generally
last 3 to 5 years as the body, over time, metabolises the ink. If clients wish
to maintain colour or shape they will require further treatments when fading
occurs. On blonde/grey fair haired clients choosing a light shade tattooing may
last 1-2 years.
Does it hurt?
A topical anaesthesic gel is used to ease discomfort,
not an injection. The gel then re-applied every 5 minutes or so to keep the
area numb once the skin has been broken.
Nearly all clients have commented that it's no bother to them at all and
that leg waxing is more painful. Most clients have described it as a mild
vibrating/tickling sensation, not painful- but then it will become a little
tender towards the end of the tattooing session.
Can I get my cosmetic tattooing done
whilst I am pregnant?
It is advised that if
you are pregnant, you wait until after your pregnancy
to get cosmetic tattooing. Anesthetics used in the treatment can speed up the
Is cosmetic tattooing similar to body tattooing?
is inserted into the skin (the dermis). The main differences between a body
tattoo and a cosmetic tattoo are the types of machine used and the depth of the
A cosmetic tattoo rotary machine is smaller, lighter and less powerful than the
traditional coil body tattoo machine.
A cosmetic tattoo usually doesn't go quite as deep as a body tattoo.
Will my cosmetic tattoo scab up like a
body tattoo does?
Because cosmetic tattooing needles do not penetrate as
deeply as body tattoo needles do, it will not form a thick crust if proper
after care is carried out by you, the client. Larger areas (eyebrows) have the
tendency to crust easier. Within around 4-6 days the top layer of ink will
start to exfoliate off. A regular application of
Bepanthen cream is required (at least 4 times daily) all the way through to the
last day of healing (around 6 days total).
Is it safe?
The cosmetic tattoo technique has been medically
developed and a 100% safe application is guaranteed.
The equipment used in cosmetic tattooing
is fully disposable. All needles, casings, tips, colour pots, skin swabs,
gloves, trolley protectors will be disposed of after treatment.
The pigments used have been specially
formulated for cosmetic application. Allergic reactions are extremely rare; I
have never witnessed one before. If you are sensitive and are worried at all
you can organize to come into the salon and do a small patch test behind the
What are the pigments made from?
pigments used in cosmetic tattooing are Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which
is a safe and non-reactive substance specifically manufactured for implantation
into the skin.
Product ingredients are always listed on the pigment bottles.
Most pigments are inorganic. The
pigments are coloured powder suspended in distilled water, alcohol and
Will black pigments stay black?
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 happens
with both body tattoos and Cosmetic Tattoos. This is simply because black is
not a colour, it's a shade.
black is obviously by far the most popular choice for eyeliner tattooing- a
great way to keep your eyeliner as dark and black as possible is to get a
monthly black eyelash tint (making sure the tint is applied to the tattoo line
as well as the eyelashes- make sure you tell your therapist this!)
Brown and orange can be mixed with black
to give a more natural long term colour if you wish- but this is not the
darkest choice for eyeliner.
What will I look like after the Treatment?
after the treatment there may be slight swelling and tenderness on the tattooed
area. There is no after-pain. The colours will appear much darker for the first
5-7 days during the healing process. In most cases you lose about 40% of colour
intensity during the healing process.
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.
Eyebrows generally do not swell the next day like the eyes do. For tattooing
around the eye area 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.
Can I go straight back to work after
having the procedure?
Most of the swelling that occurs after having the
treatment will be at its worst the morning after. All of my clients have felt well
enough to return to work straight after their treatments. Treated area will
feel most tender after anesthetic has worn off. Clients may wish to take a day
off the day of treatment to allow for tenderness of the area to subside. Some
clients will swell more than others. All clients have carried out daily
routines exactly the same after eyebrow tattooing (although you may be quite
self conscious about how dark they initially look).
* You can't give blood for 12 months after any tattoo.
* You must be 18 years of age, or have written consent
from your legal guardian.