Cosmetic Tattooing Frequently Asked Questions
Is it a tattoo?
Yes and no, it is basically the same procedure but with different results. The difference is the depth of the needle inserted into the skin and the colours we use are semi permanent colours.
Does it hurt?
With our new and improved Anesthetic creams it’s very tolerable.
Are the pigments safe?
The pigment colours are specifically manufactured for implantation into the human skin. A powder is suspended in a solution of distilled water, alcohol, and glycerin.
What if I don’t like it?
You have a consultation, everything is explained to you from colours to methods, and the shape will be penciled on before we start.
Will the colours turn blue?
With the right colours to match your skin tone this is not a problem, but with eyeliners on some skin tones, it may change slightly.
Will I have a reaction?
No, you will need to fill out a medical history form.
Is there swelling?
You may have slight swelling depending on the skin and area you are having tattooed.
Can I go to work the next day?
Most people are fine to go back to work the next day or two.
Will they be permanent?
Cosmetic tattooing is Semi-permanent. Shape and colour can be readjusted to your face as you get older.
Will it be very dark?
We have over 60 different colours to choose from. The colour will look 30% to 50% darker for 5 days then it will settle to a natural tone.
How long will they last?
Depending on your skin tone and the area you are tattooing anywhere from 2 to 4 yrs. You can have a refresh touch up within 2 to 4 yrs to keep it looking beautiful.
What is Cosmetic Tattooing?
Cosmetic tattooing has long been used to enhance facial features. Permanent colour pigment implants give shape and definition and can be applied around the eyes as an eyeliner, on the eyebrows, as a lipliner or a lip tint. These implants although called permanent last for 2-6 years, depending on your skin type.
Cosmetic tattooing is not only carried out on the face, it is also used to camouflage burns and scars. Those with vision impairments or physical disabilities have also turned to permanent make-up as applying make up daily becomes a difficult task. Professional athletes, actors and models have taken advantage of permanent make up to ensure that they look their best at all times.
What Are Pigment Colour?
The pigment used contains Oxide, Alcohol, Distilled Water and Glycerine which is non toxic. The Pigment Lotions are specifically manufactured for implantation into the human skin. A powder is suspended in a solution of distilled water, alcohol, and glycerine, which results in a smooth, fine creamy liquid. Permanent Make up Pigment Colour's have been created for use on the face and are pre-mixed and pasteurised.
What Does It Look Like On The Skin?
It looks as if you applied a pencil; a little softer and more muted. The colour immediately after the treatment will be stronger, brighter and possibly darker than you desired colour. In most cases you lose approximately 20-40% of intense colour during the healing process within 4 -14 days, excluding full lip colour which you can lose up to 50% after the healing process, again that depends on the colour used, type of skin and if you have followed the Home Care instructions.
What are the areas that I can tattoo?
The eyebrow is a popular area for cosmetic tattooing. There can be gaps in the eyebrow, sometimes due to scarring or perhaps only half an eyebrow exists naturally. Sometimes a more defined, thicker or darker eyebrow is preferred. This procedure is also good for people who have over plucked the hairs from their eyebrows, or for some reason eyebrow hair hasn't grown back after hair loss. For people suffering from Alopecia (loss of hair) have found the eyebrow treatment of tremendous value. Colour is implanted to your desired shape, framing the eyes with a more defined shape.
Pigmentation implantation can give you a permanent made-up look. The whites of your eyes look whiter and brighter, and no more running eyeliner halfway through the day.
Lipline implantation creates an attractive lipline that enhances the shape of the mouth and looks great with or without make-up. People who have no definite lip shape, pale lips, sun damaged lips, uneven lips or lips that have lost the shape as a result of cold sores or injury can use this procedure to give them a definite lip shape or simply to emphasise or enlarge the mouth.
Add a distinctive beauty spot in the place you always though one should be!
How is Cosmetic Tattooing Applied?
Gently applied, a needle is used to shallowly insert the non-toxic pigment under the skin. The pigments are non-reactive and specially manufactured to be used on human skin. They contain no iron and do not discolour the skin. We have a very large range of colour's to choose from. Many factors effect colour matching however the match is very close to the colour requested.
Many factors can alter the end result of the colour depending on your skin pigment, acids, oils or neglect of home care instructions. All procedures are drawn on first with a pencil to our desired shape. Once the area to be tattooed is prepared it is cleaned with antiseptic, and a topical anaesthetic is applied to the skin. Needles are disposed of after each patient and all equipment is fully sterilised by a autoclave.
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