Tattooing Frequently Asked Questions

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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 machines and anaesthetic 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 where we discuss your desired look and everything from colours to methods is explained to you. The shape will also be pencilled on before we start, so you can picture how the final tattoo will look. You need to be 100% satisfied before we start the treatment.

If you’d like to learn more, you can book a consultation at our Sydney location.

Will the colours turn blue?

We have over 28 years of experience with matching the right colours for your skin tone, so this is not a problem. However, with eyeliners on some skin tones, it may change slightly. This is out of our control . Refreshing the tattoos every few years will eliminate this problem.

Will I have a reaction?

No, you will need to fill out a medical history form. Cosmetic tattooing is very safe as the pigments are made with natural pigments.

All our treatments are also performed in a sterile environment.

Is there swelling?

You may have slight swelling depending on the skin and area you are having tattooed. Normally, the swelling will last one to two days.

Can I go to work the next day?

Most people can go back to work the next day or two. The colour will look darker or brighter for 5 days, but there is no discomfort. It will look like you added more make up than you usually would wear.

Will they be permanent?

Cosmetic tattooing is semi-permanent. Shape and colour can be readjusted to your face as you get older. Because the fashions change over the years, semi-permanent makeup allows you to change with the fashion.

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. We can custom make blends to give you a natural look.

How long will they last?

Depending on your skin tone and the area we’re working on, cosmetic tattooing can last anywhere from 2 to 4 yrs. However, we recommend a refresh touch up within 2 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 for more definition lips as a lipliner or a full lip tint. Cosmetic tattooing lasts 2-4 years, depending on your skin type.

It 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 makeup 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 colours 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?

Eyebrows
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.
Eyeliner
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. You can have a soft natural look or a designer eyeliner.

Lips
We have three different lip tattooing procedures ( lipliner, Lipblend or full lip blush) Depending on what you are wanting the achieve lip tattooing can enhance 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 emphasis or enlarge the mouth.

Beauty Spots
Add a distinctive beauty spot in the place you always though one should be! This is very fashionable over the years.

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 affect 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. We dispose of needles after each patient and sterilise all equipment fully by an autoclave.

All our treatments are performed in a sterile environment.

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