FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is cosmetic tattooing, Microblading & feather touch technique?
Cosmetic tattooing, is a semi permanent enhancement made to the face. Pigments that can be metabolized by the body are used instead of traditional tattoo ink. The feather touch technique and Microblading are actually the same thing. It is the process of placing tiny hair-like strokes of pigment to make sparse brows full, patchy brows even, or to completely change the shape of the brow.
Does cosmetic tattooing hurt?
A topical anaesthetic cream is applied to numb the area before and during the procedure.
Your pain threshold levels vary from person to person. This procedure is typically described by our clients as a ‘scratchy’ feeling and not very painful.
Topical anaesthetic may lose its intensity for regular smokers. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, this may affect your sensitivity tolerance to the procedure.
As a precaution, we do not perform cosmetic tattooing if any of the below apply:
• Pregnant/breastfeeding* • Epilepsy • Cancer • Blood thinners • Diabetes • Roaccutane
*If you are breastfeeding, the procedure can be done with either:
• No topical anaesthetic cream
• Using topical anaesthetic cream but abstaining from breastfeeding for 24 hours following the procedure.
How long does cosmetic tattooing last?
Cosmetic tattoo treatments need to be refreshed every 1-2 years depending on how well your skin retains the pigment. Lighter pigment fades faster than dark. Lifestyle factors affect fading, like spending lots of time in the sun. Chemical peels and laser that’s comes into contact with the pigmented area will fade it.
Please note that final results cannot be guaranteed as each persons skin type will retains pigment differently and metabolize at different rates. Your adjustment session is important so that we can learn how your skin has retained the pigment and to make any changes.
How many treatments are needed?
Each person heals differently, however a minimum of two sessions is needed which occur at least four weeks apart. If your brows don’t heal perfectly after your first appointment, we can always make them darker and bolder at the second!
PLEASE NOTE: If you already have your brows tattooed, even if faded, please email us clear photos before booking an appointment. Results on such cases cannot be guaranteed and sometimes removal is recommended instead of tattooing over the top. Performing the procedure on brows tattooed by another tech are charged at full price.
What factors will affect my cosmetic tattoo?
• The time it takes for your body’s skin cells to regenerate will affect how the skin retains the pigment. The longer this process takes, the longer the pigment will hold.
• The time it takes for the skin to absorb the pigment will also affect how the skin retains the pigment. The slower the process, the longer the pigment will hold.
• Lighter pigment colours, like blonde, will fade faster than a dark pigment.
• Bleeding during the procedure reduces the amount of pigment absorbed. It should be noted that substances which cause blood thinning such as alcohol and certain medications should not be consumed prior to or following an appointment.
• Thyroid medication can affect the healing process.
• The constant exposure of the facial area promotes a faster fade in comparison to covered parts of the body.
• Sun exposure will decrease the appearance of the pigment. Once healed, sun screen is to be applied to the area to reduce the risk of fading.
• Smoking causes faster fading and can hinder the healing process.
What should I do before my eyebrow procedure?
If you love the way you fill your brows in, or if you love the colour you use, come with your brows filled in and we will take into account the shape (if it fits with our facial measurement rules) and the colour you desire.
If you love the way your regular brow shaper does your eyebrows, you can get them tidied up to 3 days before your appointment. If you don’t particularly love the shape they do, or if you think they may take off too much hair, do not get them shaped and just come in as is. We shape them before the procedure and usually, the more hair there is the better!
If you plan to go on a holiday, it is recommended to plan your trip at least 14 days after the procedure. Sun exposure, especially whilst healing, is detrimental to the pigment having good retention. You also shouldn’t go swimming for at least 2 weeks.
Cease taking any blood thinning medications/vitamins 72 hours prior to your appointment. This includes Vitamin E, Aspirin, Niacin, fish oil supplements, and Ibuprofen.
Do not drink any alcohol the night before and day of your appointment as this thins your blood, and try to avoid having a coffee before your procedure.
If you have been on Roaccutane, you should wait atleast 6 months after finishing your course before having this procedure done. If you aren’t sure, talk to your Dermatologist.
Avoid sun and tanning bed exposure for 30 days before and after your procedure. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule and will forfeit your deposit. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn or tan, you will lose the pigment.
How will I look immediately after? What is the healing process?
In the first few days following the procedure, pigment will appear dark and intense and redness and swelling is rare, but might also happen. During the healing process, the pigment will gradually appear lighter in the first week.
How will my cosmetic tattoo look in the future?
Individual and lifestyle factors will affect how the tattoo will fade but the majority of our client’s tattoos stay true to colour and fade naturally over time. It is recommended that clients return every one – two years for a top-up appointment as fading will generally create a lighter and softer look to your eyebrow tattoo.
What should I know about long term care?
Long-term care for your cosmetic tattoo is imperative in sustaining pigment. Factors such as individual skin type, pigment colour and lifestyle choices will affect your tattoo in the long term. It should be acknowledged that increased exposure to sun will contribute to a faster pigment fade so sunscreen application after healing is highly recommended. Chemical peels, laser treatments or other medical procedures to the facial area should be cautious of the tattoo area. You must advise your technician as care must be taken around these areas.
Will cosmetic tattooing work well for me?
Feather Touch Brows will not work well for you if you have oily skin. The constant production of oil will cause the hairstrokes to heal more blurred. Your end result will look more powdered than you might expect, or you may not retain some strokes at all. If you have little to no existing hair, your tattoo will appear less natural and will not appear as 3D as with clients who have more hair. If you are a frequent smoker, your pigment may fade sooner. Iron deficient or anaemic clients should be advised that increased bleeding may occur during the procedure as well as a faster fade of the pigment over time.
Is the studio and equipment safe?
Flawless Brows adheres to a high level of hygiene standards with all needles and supplies being completely disposable. A sterile and safe environment is provided at all times for all clients where the procedure room is disinfected and cleaned prior to and following each client visit. Flawless Brows prides itself on providing a safe and quality service for all clients.
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