What is cosmeting tattooing?
Also known as permanent make-up or micro-pigmentation, cosmetic tattooing is the placement of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin. The result is a shadow of colour which provides the appearance of flawlessly applied make-up or natural skin tone.
Does cosmetic tattooing hurt?
|Generally not. Some people fall asleep! Each individual has a different pain threshold. We use specialised skin anesthetics to make the experience as confortable as possible. The semi permanent cosmetic industry benefits from several methods available that assist with comfort management. There are various non prescription and prescription level topical anesthetic cream, ointment and gel preparations. Sometimes the technician will suggest the option of using a doctor to administer local anesthetic injections. Your technician will discuss these methods with you to determine which are offered and which method is most appropriate for your procedure.|
How long does the procedure take?
This depends on the area treated. Eyebrows usually take approximately 1 hour, whereas full lip creation (which includes lipline) can take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
What kind of pigments and needles do you use?
Strict hygiene and sterile environment guidelines are followed as required by Queensland legislation. All devices involved in the procedures are disposable 'single-use-only' thus eliminating any chance of cross contamination.
The pigments used are an Iron Oxide base, a safe non-reactive substance. All pigments are pre-sterilised during the manufacturing process.
How long does cosmetic tattooing last for?
Most tattoos can last from 1 to 3 years depending on factors such as age, exposure to uv light medications, facial products containing strong exfoliation and skin bleaching agents all can contribute to the need for maintenance. To maintain the colour intensity of your enhancement you can return for a retouch every 12 months for a refresh treatment. These treatments take much less time to complete and are priced accordingly.
How are the procedures performed?
The procedure is done using a pen type digital machine. Using a hollow, vibrating needle, the technician will apply the pigment into the top layer of the skin.
Each time the needle penetrates the skin, a droplet of pigment is released into the hole the needle makes. You will feel a slight stinging.
Is it safe?
In Queensland, we practice and enforce infection control practices and sterilization guidelines. All technicians must hold a current SKIN PENETRATION LICENSE.
If proper guidelines are met and your technician is well trained in the procedure being performed, semi permanent cosmetic procedures should be completely safe. You, too, have a role to play in your own safety. You must comply with the post-procedural instructions to help reduce any associated risks from contaminations of the newly pigmented area.
What is a "touch-up" and why do I need one?
The perfection visit (touch-up) is needed to ensure correct and full pigment retention in within your skin so the finished look is just right for you. This visit is also when any colour and shape and adjustments can be made!
We also highly recommend yearly maintenance visits for colour refreshment as cosmetic tattoos will fade due to the semi-permanent nature of pigments used.
How will it look after the procedure?
The colour will be 20 to 30% darker for the first few days, and slight swelling may temporarily adjust the shape a little.
Colours will lighten and soften after 3 to 10 days and do not worry if you think it has lightened too much.
After 4 weeks (lips up to 6) you will get a more representative colour, and this is why you need to wait 4 weeks for your perfection visit.