When considering cosmetic tattooing, there are certainly going to be questions! I hope this FAQ guide helps put your mind at ease.
What is Cosmetic Tattooing?
Cosmetic Tattooing, also known as "Semi-Permanent Makeup", "Microblading", "Micropigmentation", "Eyebrow Embroidery", "3D Brows" and "Eyebrow Feathering" is the process of depositing pigment ink under the skin using tiny sterile needles to create a certain desired effect. Long-lasting eyebrow hair strokes, eyebrow shading, eyeliner, lipliner and lip colour are all possible with cosmetic tattooing. The goal is subtle enhancement of your natural features.
Cosmetic Tattooing is similar to traditional tattooing, with the main difference being that traditional tattoo is sightly deeper and uses different pigment inks with much larger particles. Micropgmentation pigments are made with a very fine iron oxide particle. These iron oxides are slowly absorbed into your system as mineral irons over time.
Both Micropigmentation and Microblading (the most common terms used) deposit the specially-formulated pigments more superficially, resulting in a subtle softening and fading of colour over time.
What is Microblading?
Microblading (also called "Eyebrow Embroidery", "3D Eyebrows", "Feathering", and "Hairstroke", among others) is a new twist on an ancient, specific technique of Cosmetic Tattooing that uses a hand tool rather than a machine. A row of tiny sterile needles is used to deposit pigment in fine hair-strokes into the upper layers of skin, creating a very natural-looking effect. Microblading fades to a soft, powdered look and is considered truly semi-permanent, as it fades faster than machine techniques. One may expect yearly refresher treatments with this type of procedure.
How long does it last?
Cosmetic tattooing is designed to last for 1-3 years or longer. Over time the pigment deposit will break down and fade and yearly touch-ups are recommended to maintain your results. More frequent touch-ups may be required in certain cases, such as lighter pigment colour choices, sun exposure, in smokers, and in clients who are iron-deficient. Other factors that can compromise pigment longevity are chemical peels and use of glycolic acids in the treated area.
Does cosmetic tattooing hurt?
There will be a topical anaesthetic applied prior to treatment, and this will be re-applied during your treatment. Individual pain thresholds will vary, but rest assured I will do my very best to help keep you as comfortable as possible. It is advisable to avoid booking for treatment if you are pre-menstrual.
What is the pigment ink made of?
The pigments used in cosmetic tattooing are primarily comprised of iron oxides and organic pigments, which have been safely used in cosmetics for ages and which are an important part of our daily diets. Iron is naturally-occurring, organic, and is found in your body. Iron oxides are necessary for biological functioning. In cosmetic tattooing, specifically, is regarded as safe, stable, long-lasting, and well-tolerated. The base of the pigments I use are water and glycerine.
Can I get treated if I'm pregnant or breast-feeding?
I will not tattoo pregnant or breast-feeding clients.
Can I have an MRI if I have cosmetic tattooing?
Yes. However, it is advisable to inform your MRI technician if you have any tattooing, either on your face or on your body before you undergo the medical procedure.
How long does it take?
We book appointments for around 2 1/2 hours. This is to ensure that we take the time to decide what shape, custom colour blend, and style will best suit you, and allows for adequate numbing time to provide you with the most comfortable treatment possible. Touchup appointments are booked for 1 1/2 hours.
What happens if there's a mistake?
There are manual saline, glycolic removal and laser correction options available, though we will take the time we need to ensure that your expectations are met the first time!