FAQ's


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Where are you based?

We are based in Essendon, Victoria. All services are by appointment only. Please book or contact us for further details. 

What do I need to know before my appointment? 

Please take some time to read through our Client Consultation & Consent form. We will have you sign this on the day, no need to print or bring a copy. You can download a copy here.

What is cosmetic tattooing?

Cosmetic tattooing is a specialised form of tattoo artistry that enhances the natural features of your face. It involves a technique that implants coloured pigment into the dermal layer of your skin, with a small disposable needle, to create the appearance of natural hair strokes or makeup.It is also known as semi-permanent makeup or micro pigmentation. Unlike traditional body tattoos that use pure ink, cosmetic tattooing uses high grade  pigments. Overtime these pigments are designed to gradually fade. Fading is important, as it means that it is possible for you to change the colour and shape of your enhancements over time as your skin changes and your style evolves. 

Will cosmetic tattooing hurt?

Everybody is different and has a different pain threshold. Some of our clients say that they don’t feel any pain during treatment, while others experience some minor discomfort. It would be very rare that you would be in any major pain and we do everything we can to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment. Before we begin, we apply a topical anaesthetic cream that effectively numbs the area. We then reapply this throughout your treatment to minimise your discomfort.
If you are highly sensitive you may wish to source your own numbing cream and apply it 60-75mins prior to your appointment. Please contact us if you would like the details of where to order this. 

How well will cosmetic tattooing work for me?

There are many different factors that effect how well your skin will respond to cosmetic tattooing.
If you have very oily skin the Microblading (hair stroke) technique may not work very well for you because the skin is constantly producing a lot of oil, the fine hair strokes tend to heal with a softer more diffused and powdery look. It is best to consult with one of our artists before getting treatment.
An ombre powder brow or combination will suit most skin types and is better for oily skin.
If you are a frequent smoker, iron deficient or anaemic it is highly likely that the pigment will fade faster and that you will require a touch-up treatment sooner. 

Who can’t have cosmetic tattooing treatment? 

We aren’t able to provide treatment to people with certain allergies or illnesses, or who are taking certain medications. These include:
• If you are pregnant or breast feeding
• Autoimmune or communicable diseases.
• Diabetes (can affect the healing of the area).
• Keloid Scarring.
• Any allergies, especially to Lignocaine or Tetracaine which is present in the anaesthetic we use.
• Shingles on the face – we recommend waiting several months before you have treatment.
• Lithium – cosmetic tattoos have been shown not to hold well in people who take this medication. 
• If you have taken Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before having treatment.
•If you have taken any medication 4 weeks prior to getting your treatment, particularly any antibiotics. Some antibiotics can cause photosensitivity, therefore it is detrimental to the end result.

We will require written doctors approval to treat you if you have:

• Heart problems
• Cancer, or are undergoing chemotherapy

Please talk to us prior to booking if you:

• Take medication regularly. Certain medications can thin the blood, which may mean that you bleed during treatment, which can effect the amount of pigment that is absorbed by the skin.
• Have had Botox. We usually recommend having your cosmetic tattoo done prior to Botox treatment, or waiting until the Botox has settled before treatment.If you take medication please tell us at the time of booking. Certain medications can thin the blood, which may mean that you bleed during treatment. Bleeding during treatment can effect the amount of pigment that is absorbed by the skin.
 

How many treatments will I need?

Generally, most clients need two to three treatments, depending on their skin type (minimum two treatments are essential) Your second treatment is usually performed 6-8 weeks after the first. At this visit, we evaluate how your skin has received the initial treatment and the level of colour retention. We then make any necessary adjustments to the pigment or technique. Most clients find that the colour lightens dramatically after a week, which is normal. While some people prefer the lighter tone, if you prefer a darker effect we can use a darker pigment at your second treatment to enhance it. 

What will my cosmetic tattoo look like immediately after?

It is normal to have some redness and a little bit of swelling immediately after your treatment. The colour of your cosmetic tattoo is also likely to be darker and more intense for the first few days. However, it will gradually lighten after the first week as the skin heals. 

What do I need to do after the procedure?

It takes a couple of weeks for the skin to heal after your procedure. During this time it is essential that you follow our after care instructions. You should not wear any makeup on or around the treated area for at least two weeks and avoid getting the area wet for 7-10 days. 

What will my cosmetic tattoo look like after it heals?

It takes between 6 and 8 weeks for the area treated to heal fully. We expect the colour of your tattoo to lighten dramatically after a week, and the colour to settle and re-appear over the next few weeks. 
At your second treatment, we evaluate how your skin has received the initial treatment and the level of colour retention. We then make any necessary adjustments to the pigment or technique. Most of our clients find that their cosmetic tattoo holds the colour well once the area has healed and gradually fades over time. As your skin ages and begins to break down the pigment, your cosmetic tattoo will look softer and have more of a ‘powdered’ look. This is a good thing, as it allows you to adapt the colour and shape of your enhancements over time, as your skin changes and your style evolves. Most of our clients find that their treatment needs to be refreshed every year. However, there are a number of different factors that effect how well your skin holds the pigment, from your skin type, to other lifestyle factors. For these reason the results do vary from person to person. 

What do I need to know about long-term care?

How quickly your cosmetic tattoo fades depends upon your skin type and characteristics, the amount of sun exposure you get and the colour of the pigment used. Other cosmetic procedures can also effect it. Once it has healed we strongly recommend that you apply 50+ sunscreen to the area if you are in the sun. This will help protect your tattoo from sun exposure and maintain the colour. 
We also suggest that you don't use any skincare over your brows that include active ingredients like salicylic acid or retinol. 
If you are planning a laser treatment, chemical peel, or other medical procedure, it is important to let the person treating you know that you have a cosmetic tattoo. 

How long will my cosmetic tattoo last?

Unlike traditional body tattoos that use ink, cosmetic tattooing uses pigments. Over time these pigments are designed to gradually fade. Fading is important, as it means that it is possible for you to change the colour and shape of your enhancements over time, as your skin changes and your style evolves. Most people find that their treatment needs to be refreshed every year. 
There are many different factors that effect how long your cosmetic tattoo lasts,
Please see above. 

How do I book my appointment?

You can book quickly and easily online now. 
However, contact us first if you:• are looking to have a previous cosmetic tattoo corrected
• have heart problems, cancer or are undergoing chemotherapy.
• take medication regularly. Certain medications can thin the blood, which may mean that you bleed during treatment, which can effect the amount of pigment that is absorbed by the skin.
• have had Botox recently.  

Can you correct previous cosmetic tattooing I have had done?

If you are looking to have us go over your previous cosmetic tattoo , we need you to send a clear photo of the area prior to booking an appointment. In most cases we may need to consult with you before treatment to determine if the area is treatable. You should also be aware that previously tattooed areas and cover-up usually require additional touch-ups to achieve the best result.

How old do I have to be?

You must be 18 years or older.

Can I do a patch test for the pigment and numbing creams?

Absolutely, if you have concerns that you may have an allergic reaction to the products we can set up a patch test prior to your appointment. This would be charged as part of a 'Consultation' and you are able to book that here. 

What is Lip Tattooing/Lip Tinting/Lip Blush?

Lip Tattooing can have many names, Tattooing, Tinting, Lip Blush. 

Its a soft powdered tattoo that can give you fuller, more defined lips that look amazing for years. 
It's great if you

• want fuller, more defined looking lips
• don’t want to have to constantly apply lipstick
• want to correct imperfections and bring more balance to your facial features
• are looking for a soft but permanent lipstick 

 

CANCELLATION POLICY
For all treatments, any cancellations made within 72 hours of the scheduled appointment, will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Please note this is 50% of the full treatment price. For any cosmetic tattoo cancellations outside this period, we will refund your deposit and hold a $50 admin and processing fee.
Unfortunately we cannot accommodate late arrivals. Please note, late arrivals of more than 20 mins will incur a cancellation fee. However, we will do our best to accommodate our clients where possible.