When cosmetic tattoos first gained traction in the 1980s, it was often performed by body tattooists using regular tattoo tools. As a result, most of these tattoos had harsh colours and fuzzy edged lines that, with time, looked even fuzzier.
These days, cosmetic tattoos are done using cosmetic tattoo machines, which are specifically designed for the delicate dermis of your face.
These special machines have the ability to create subtle and natural looking results, which are indistinguishable from real eyebrows.

General Question

Cosmetic tattoos take 7 to 10 days to heal, and generally last about 1 to 3 years, fading over time. How quickly that happens will depend on genetics, sun exposure, if you exfoliate with retinoids and hydroxy acids, and how oily your skin is. Your health can also play a role. For example, people who suffer from immune problems like diabetes, may have less pigment retention.
We do all that we can to ensure that the process is as comfortable as possible. Before we begin, a topical anaesthetic is applied to the area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anaesthetic during the procedure. Some clients may feel a slight discomfort, but it’s relatively pain free for most. Please note that if you are a frequent smoker, or have your appointment during your menstrual cycle, your pain level could be intensified.
You must avoid working out for 7 days following your appointment. The salt in your sweat will fade the pigment very quickly and give you poor results.
To avoid complications and mitigate the risk of infection, cosmetic tattoos should not be performed on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
When cosmetic tattooing first gained traction in the 80s it was done by body tattooists using regular tattoo tools. Cosmetic tattoos are now done by qualified tattooists using digital cosmetic tattoo machines. The powder look is recreated by implanting hundreds of tiny dots of pigments into the skin, which creates a pixilated pattern with no harsh front or outline.
If done correctly, no. If you are someone who tends to have keloid scarring, cosmetic tattoo might not be the best option for you. The best way to know how your skin will react and what the colour will look like in the long run is to trial the procedure. Book a Design Consult and Skin Trial to check if the procedure is right for you. This consult includes a questionnaire and a small application of brow tattoo lines to your brow, which will allow you to see how your tattoo will heal, and if you like the results. Book here
Anything that breaks the skin can predispose it to infection. Australian Cosmetic Tattooists are trained with sterile techniques and the best hygiene practices as required by the Department of Health Regulations for Skin Penetration to ensure that this risk is kept to a minimum. It is important that you choose a reputable cosmetic tattooist before deciding to have this procedure done.
  • Pre-care instructions MUST BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED to limit bleeding and skin sensitivities during the service. Excessive bleeding and sensitivity during the procedure will dilute and expel the pigment colour, and lead to poor results.
    • If you have an ideal shape and colour in mind, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment.
    • You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so we can take into consideration the shape you desire.
    • If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please do so at least 3 days before your appointment.
    • We suggest you wash your hair the night before your appointment as you must avoid full-force water on your face for the 5 days following your treatment.
    • Discontinue the use of any anti-aging, skin brightening or anti-acne skincare products for 2 weeks before your appointment. Particularly those that contain Alpha Hydroxy (AHA), Vitamin A, Retinol. Even if you do not use it near the area to be treated, it does spread under your skin and your cosmetic tattoo will heal patchy. Once your tattoo has healed under the skin surface (approximately 6 weeks following your final session) you may resume your usual skin care routine.
    • Do not schedule any facials, microdermabrasion, microneedling, peels or laser treatments for at least 4 weeks prior to your appointment.
    • Do not have cosmetic injections on the forehead for at least two weeks prior to your appointment.
    • Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning for 2 weeks before and after your procedure. Do not come to your appointment with a sunburn. In this case, email us at least 48 hours prior to your appointment to reschedule.
    • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, or any blood thinning medication 24 hours prior to your appointment.
    • Scars from surgery or injury must be healed for at least one year prior to service.
    • If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 10 days after the procedure due to the aftercare maintenance.
    • Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the tattooed area.
    • Week 1: Keep the tattooed area clean by rinsing with lukewarm water and patting dry with a disposable paper towel 3 times a day, then use a disposable cotton swab to apply a thin layer of the aftercare ointment provided.
    • Week 2: Keep cleaning them with lukewarm water twice a day for the second week, no ointment.
    • You may shower or bathe normally, but avoid using any soaps or cleansers on the treated area for the first week as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis.
    • Do NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment.
    IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It will appear as though the eyebrows are gone. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.
    • You must avoid working out for 1 week following your appointment, as the salt in the sweat will fade the pigment very quickly and give poor results.
    • Avoid direct sun exposure for the first 14 days. You MUST wear a hat while outside during the healing process.
    • Do NOT apply make-up to the tattooed area for the first week. Chemicals of any kind may interfere with the healing and colour of your tattoo.
    • No swimming pools & Jacuzzis for 2 weeks.
    • Do NOT soak your face underwater in a bathtub or allow the shower to spray directly in your face for two weeks.
You’ll find that your cosmetic tattoo will last between 1 – 3 years after their touch up session.
  • Use a good sunscreen on the brows if you plan to be in the sun for a prolonged period of time. Sun exposure will fade your cosmetic tattoo overtime. Smokers, sun worshippers, or anyone with skin that is in a state of distress may have less desirable results.
  • If you are planning a chemical peel, laser procedure or MRI scan, inform the technician of your cosmetic tattoo.
  • The use of Retin-A/Tretinoin, hydroquinone, or any other rapid skin exfoliation used regularly on any area surrounding the brow area will cause your cosmetic tattoo to fade prematurely.
  • The use of chemical peels, acid peels, lightening or any brightening products that targets hyper-pigmentation used regularly on the forehead region can cause permanent eyebrows to fade prematurely.
  • The use of exfoliating cleansers, scrubs, cleansers with acne fighting ingredients or “acid” in the name will cause rapid exfoliation of the skin containing the pigment and will increase odds of premature fading.
•          Fading greatly depends on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment colour used, broken capillaries, and iron levels. We suggest that if you want to maintain your brows so that they always look their best, plan on scheduling a touch up once a year.

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