Q: Does Cosmetic Tattooing hurt?
A: With your consent, I apply a topical anaesthetic for brow, lip and eyeliner procedures 30 minutes prior to commencing. This generally numbs the area, and makes the treatment much more comfortable. I have the advantage of using both hand and machine methods depending on a number of factors.
Q: What do I need to do after?
A: It is very important to apply the barrier cream Bepanthen twice daily to keep the area free from infection and soothed. It also helps to lock in the colour by preventing the area from drying and flaking too quickly.
Q: How do I know what colour to choose?
A: I will consult and recommend the colour options, based on colour theory experience. This process is a collaborative one taking into consideration your skin and hair tone, fashion style, and personality.
Q: If I suffer cold sores will I be affected?
A: Lip cosmetic tattoo can create slight trauma and activate a cold sore. To alleviate you can take Famvir 1-2 per day, for three days leading up to treatment.
Q: How long will it last?
A: Results vary. Today’s techniques and inks are designed to be semi-permanent, to fade out naturally over time. The length of time however varies based on a number of factors; Technician’s ability, quality of pigments, client genetics, client lifestyle, exposure to sun, skin condition, use of retinol products and other exfoliants, the area being tattooed and other reasons. You should expect, after your touch up (done within 4 weeks of the first visit) that your Cosmetic Tattoo will last a minimum of 12 months, when you could possibly then require another touch up.
Q How about the following?
- AHA’s (lactic, glycolic, citric and tartaric) can irritate the skin. This inflammation might affect our color and may be one reason for them fading so fast. We know Retinoic Acid affects our procedures; again, by causing inflammation and cell turnover.
- Flu shot: Wise to wait a week. No symptoms of the flu such as aches, low grade fever, etc.
- Flu or Cold: Not during the infectious stage.
- Coumadin: Don’t do lips on someone taking coumadin. Brows usually is okay. If you try eyeliner, be careful. I would not do top and bottom eyeliner at the same time in case of excessive bleeding or bruising. But don’t have them stop taking Coumadin. They usually need it to prevent a stroke from atrial fibrillation and throwing blood clots.
- Cancer: Chemotherapy wipes out the immune system and white cells that fight infection. Wait until blood count is normal and get a doctor’s clearance.
- No to pregnant or breast feeding clients.
- Lasik: Permanent makeup is ideal for people who have undergone Lasik surgery because they don’t have to use dirty cosmetics around their eyes. Wait about 3 months.
- Fillers: If they’re having fillers, then wait to do the permanent makeup until AFTER the Juvederm or Radiesse, etc. Not because of any problem but the shape of their lips will change.
- Shingles (varicella): Shingles on their face is a no. Especially around the eye area. This is serious when it is on the facial nerve, etc. Just get a doctor’s clearance but wait many months.
- Eyelift or blepharoplasty: Wait about 3 months. I’ve seen scars break open after eyelifts when permanent makeup was applied too hard and too soon. The older the patient, the longer you should wait.
- Eyelash extensions: Have them put on AFTER permanent makeup, not before. Working on women with eyelash extensions results in major loss of the extensions during the procedure.
- Pinkeye: As soon as their infection is finished it’s fine, just not during an active infection.