What is cosmetic tattooing?
Cosmetic tattooing, (also known as 'Semi-Permanent Makeup' or 'Micropigmentation'), is the process of implanting coloured pigment into the dermal layer of the skin by means of tiny, sterile, disposable needles to give the appearance of makeup and to enhance the natural features of the face.
Do I require a consultation prior to the initial treatment?
Yes, absolutely. Unfortunately cosmetic tattooing is not suitable for everyone and we therefore need to ensure it is suitable for you. Every client is individual and has different wants or needs. With this in mind, we offer an in-depth consultation process to establish these, and to ensure we can meet your expectations.
During your consultation, your brows will be mapped according to your natural hair growth patterns, bone structure and eye spatial measurements, followed by a conversation between you and the artist to tweak anything that you may want amended. You are also welcome to bring along any images that you like so we can discuss all the options available.
All ombre brow tattooing consultations include a complementary brow wax.
What type of cosmetic brow tattooing do you offer?
Ombre brows, also referred to as 'Powdered Brows', are a semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing technique that results in soft shaded brow pencil look. First developed in Asia, has revolutionary technique has actually been around for decades.
Ombre machine brows are suitable for all skin types, but is particularly recommended for women with oily or combination skin or for anyone who fills in their brows regularly with pencil or shadow.
Microblading, also referred to as 'Feathering', is a technique in which a small disposable handheld tool containing several tiny blades is used to deposit semi-permanent pigment into the papillary layer of the dermis.
Microblading is particularly recommended for clients with a dryer skin type and small pores.
Do I only need 1 treatment?
You will require a minimum of 2 treatments.
The 1st appointment is the "FOUNDATION SESSION” - This is where we will map your brows and discuss together the perfect shape according to your facial features, desired thickness and your desired look. We then begin the process. Your brows will be quite dark for the first week and soften as they heal over the next month. Every skin type is different; some people will retain a lot of colour, and other people will heal very light or patchy. This appointment is not meant to heal perfectly. This appointment takes approx. 3 hours.
The 2nd appointment is the “PERFECTING SESSION"- We recommended this treatment be completed 6-8 weeks post the initial treatment. This appointment allows us to touch up any light spots, build additional texture, or tweak and perfect the shape. This session usually takes approx. 1.5 hours.
10% of people will require a 3rd treatment to achieve their desired brow. This can be due to stubborn skin, improper aftercare, or scarring from tweezing etc.
Can results vary?
Absolutely. Colour retention and overall results vary from person to person. Factors such as sun exposure, skin type, aftercare, lifestyle, immune system, and skin tone determine how your brows heal.
Can I use a topical anaesthetic to help numb the area?
Yes. We want to ensure your procedure is as pain free as possible, however anaesthetic is classed as a scheduled medicine and is illegal to be provided unless your artist is a Registered Nurse or Doctor. As we are neither of these, we are therefore unable to supply this product for you, meaning you are required to purchase this yourself. Upon confirmation of your booking, we will provide the details of our preferred compounding chemist who is able to assist you in the purchasing process. Please DO NOT just purchase an over the counter topical anaesthetic, as their levels of anaesthesia are too low (usually 3%), and they do not contain a vital ingredient to help prevent bleeding during the procedure meaning that pigment may not be retained as well as it should. Please only purchase the anaesthetic that is recommended by us.
How often will I need to have my brows re-touched?
Cosmetic tattooing is considered a permanent treatment, as they do not wash off, however they will gradually fade over time and need to be re-touched anywhere from 12-18 months. The frequency of the re-touch appointments depends on many features, including the techniques chosen, the pigment colour used, and the individuals skin type and lifestyle.
What does it cost?
Foundation session - $770
Perfection session (6-8 weeks post) - $220
ALL PRICING IS INCLUSIVE OF GST
What do I need to avoid following my treatment ?
You will need to avoid saunas, swimming pools, and high exposure to the sun during the healing process. You must not let water come into contact with the tattoo for long periods of time (the brows
are not allowed to be soaked (standing under the shower with the water on your face for example)). You will be unable to use any makeup, creams or exfoliants, or have any massages, facials or skin treatments on the tattoo for at least 2 weeks. You will need to avoid the use of any cosmetics with retinol acids, salicylic or AHA's for 30 days post treatment. Refrain from scratching or picking your freshly tattooed area, as this can cause pigment to be lost in this area. You will be unable to bleach, tint or dye the brow area for at least 30 days post treatment and you must avoid excessive sweating (exercise for example) as this can increase your risk of infection. Laser light therapy can also lighten, darken and distort the pigment, so please avoid this type of treatment.
What can't I do leading up to my appointment?
In the 4 weeks leading up to you appointment, please do not wax or pluck your brow area. The more hair you have, the better. This allows us to ensure that we are staying within your natural hair growth pattern. Please also refrain from having any anti wrinkle injections for the 4 weeks leading up to and the 2 weeks following your cosmetic tattooing procedure. If you have never had anti wrinkle injections before and are planning on having them, we highly recommend waiting until after your cosmetic tattooing procedure.
In the 2 weeks leading up to your appointment, you must stop using/taking any skin thinning agents. This includes (but is not limited to), Vitamin A, AHA, BHA, Retinoids, Glycolic Acids, Steroids, Cortisone (topical or oral). This also includes facial treatments. If you are using prescription acne medications (Accutane for example), you MUST wait a minimum of six months before considering undertaking a cosmetic tattoo procedure. The procedure cannot be performed whilst on these medications.
In the 7 days leading up to your appointment, you must minimise sun exposure. Sun burnt, or wind burnt skin is unable to be tattooed. Please do not apply any fake tanning products in this time frame either as we need to assess your skin undertones.
In the 3 days leading up to your appointment, and for 3 days following your treatment you must stop taking any blood thinners. This includes (but is not limited to), Aspirin, Fish Oil Supplements, Ibuprofen, Niacin, Heparin, Warfarin. If you are on a prescribed blood thinning medication, please consult with your GP prior to stopping this medication. You will also be required to provide a release form from your GP stating that you are cleared to have a cosmetic tattooing procedure completed. We are unable to complete the treatment, if we do not have this signed release form.
In the 24 hours leading up to your appointment, you must not drink any alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.
What aftercare is required?
To avoid infection and ensure the best possible result, it is important to follow the post
treatment aftercare as detailed below and by your artist. How you take care of your cosmetic tattoo greatly affects
the healed outcome. Post treatment care contributes to 80% of the treatments success.
Ensure you wash and sanitise your hands prior to coming into contact with your freshly tattooed skin. Preventing infection is one of our main objectives following a skin penetration treatment. The treated area is essentially a wound and we need to treat it as such. Following the correct aftercare is vital to minimising the risk of infection and ensuring the best result possible.
Three (3) hours post treatment, you will need to very gently wipe your brows using the Aftercare Wipes that will be provided to you. This is to help remove any excess lymphatic fluid or blood from the area.
For the next 48 hours you will be required to clean your brows once a day using a moistened cotton round and a hypo-allergenic soap (Cetaphil). Apart from very gently washing the area, you are to keep the brows dry and free from any debris. This means that you are not able to apply any product to the area. Products include (but are not limited to), foundation, pencil, moisturiser, sunscreen, fake tan etc.
After the 48 hour period, and after washing your brows each day you can begin to apply a very small amount of 'Skin Candy' to the treated area. This will be provided to you by your artist. This should be applied once every morning and once every night for 7 days. If you have an oiler skin type, you only need to apply the Skin Candy once a day in the morning.
What can I expect during the healing process?
Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in colour and more sharply defined.
This can last up to a week following the treatment while the initial healing process takes place. The treated area may feel a bit like sunburn afterwards but there should be minimal discomfort and minimal redness.
Within the first few days, the colour will darken, then up to 27 days following the procedure, your brows will lighten up to 40%. The size of the treated area will also shrink very slightly and your new brows will look much more natural in appearance. The complete healing process takes about 4-6 weeks, at which time the true colour of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much colour has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating.
Day 1 - finely detailed, slight redness.
Day 2-4 - They may become darker and more filled in looking as they form a light protective layer or scab. This is only temporary - don't panic!
Day 5-12- The protective layer naturally exfoliates, peels, and flakes away over the course of several days as your skin heals underneath it. The freshly healed skin is white and has a waxy coating, making it appear that the brows are now too light. Be patient!
Day 10-30 - After 14 days you may use brow make-up very gently if you need it. The colour will slowly come back to life and bloom back to the surface as that new, white skin settles in and heals. Wait at least 4 weeks to see the true colour, as it will take on new strength, and it is only after 6 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done.
Your second appointment is to tighten up your shape, touch up any light spots and also to assess how your skin reacts to the process, and the chosen colour. We note everyone’s pigment blend, in case we need to layer in a different shade or adjust the method for the best results. This is a two-step process. Remember, your brows are not complete until following your 2nd appointment and 10% of clients will require a 3rd appointment.
What if my brows have already been tattooed elsewhere?
If you have had your brows tattooed elsewhere, we will need to determine if the current shape and level of remaining pigment is something we can work with. This may mean that you will have to undergo a removal process prior to us being able to re-tattoo the area.
We do offer a saline removal process that is effective in pulling the pigment out of the skin (unlike laser that will push the pigment in deeper).
For anyone that books and pays their booking fee for their new cosmetic brow treatment with us, we do offer a discounted rate for the removal sessions.
Are there any reasons I wouldn't be able to under go a cosmetic tattooing procedure?
Yes, there are some contraindications that will prevent us being able to complete a cosmetic tattooing procedure on you. These are listed below.
- Prone to keloid scaring
- Sunburn or windburn
- Diabetes that is not controlled (Diabetics will require medical clearance from their GP prior to the treatment being performed)
- Currently pregnant or breastfeeding
- Under the age of 18 years
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the treatment
- Know allergies to cosmetic tattooing (previous reaction)
- Active cancer or currently undergoing treatment for cancer
- Anyone with a bleeding disorder
- Acne, rosacea or dermatitis in the immediate area