Cosmetic Tattooing FAQs
What is cosmetic tattooing?
Cosmetic tattooing is the art of placing specifically designed cosmetic tattoo pigments into the designated facial area. Cosmetic tattooing is more superficial than body art tattoos and the pigments used are extremely different to inks used on the body.
Although it is known as semi permanent because it fades, as your skin will never go back to its original state it could be considered permanent.
Corinna provides cosmetic tattoo treatments to the eyebrows and lips.
How many visits are needed?
2 visits are generally required to complete your cosmetic tattoo procedure, although some clients are happy after their first visit. If a client books in for a second visit, it must be completed within 12 weeks of the first visit. The second visit is used to perfect your new eyebrows. At this appointment small edits can be made, colour adjusted and shape played with. If major changes to the original design are made, a third visit may be required and charged accordingly.
Some clients who; have oily skin, taking medications, extremely active, require a change in design, colour or want to go darker or lighter may require an additional perfection visit. Please see price list for additional visit pricing.
How long does cosmetic tattooing last?
On average most clients get between 8 - 18 months out of their cosmetic tattoo before needing a maintenance visit, however this changes vastly from one person to another. No exact time frames can be guaranteed nor should you compare your longevity to that of another.
Every effort is made by Corinna to ensure the longevity of every tattoo by providing the most up to date and state of the art techniques and aftercare.
If a client chooses not to continue with cosmetic tattooing their initial design will get lighter and lighter, however your skin is unlikely to return to its former state.
Does cosmetic tattooing hurt?
Numbing agents are used throughout each procedure to ensure client comfortability. Most clients do not feel any discomfort.
However if you know you have a low pain threshold or will be unable to lay still throughout your treatment, please do not book in as comfort levels cannot be guaranteed and Corinna may have to stop your treatment.
Why does cosmetic tattooing fade?
There are a few reasons why cosmetic tattoo fades, these include but are not limited to;
- Pigments are used for cosmetic tattooing which are different to tattoo inks and are designed to be broken down by the body.
- The depth of cosmetic tattooing is more superficial than the depth of a body art tattoo.
Factors which affect cosmetic tattooing retention includes but is not limited to; vitamin and mineral levels of client, medical circumstances, sun exposure, facial exfoliation, activity levels, skin type (oily, dry, combination), aftercare procedure.
Corinna provides each client with the best possible treatment and post care advice to ensure the longevity of each and every tattoo.
What equipment is used to complete procedure?
Corinna uses a digital machine specifically designed for cosmetic tattooing to complete all tattooing procedures.
The digital machine is a safer method of implanting pigment into the facial area than the microblade. It implants more pigment throughout the procedure, giving clients a longer lasting finish which is designed not to cause long term scarring or skin damage.
What is the healing process?
Dry healing is recommended by Corinna. Therefore you will need to organise your daily schedule to accommodate for a minimum of 7 days of dry healing following your procedure (no getting your eyebrows wet), no sweating and no exercise.
Your eyebrows will go through a 4 week healing process which will involve them initially being dark for up to 5 - 10 days, then will then flake and the true colour will show over the total 4 weeks healing time.
Clients should understand the final healed result will look different to the initial tattooed treatment where they will be softer and less defined.
If aftercare is not followed, it is often noticeable as your healed results will not be as good and Corinna may refuse to complete your perfection visit.
All results vary per person. A detailed aftercare leaflet is given to every client at their treatment.
How is the tattoo designed?
Corinna works with clients to discuss and draw in the right shape based on clients face, skull shape, natural eyebrow or lip shapes. No tattooing starts until both Corinna and the client are happy.
Corinna will refuse any shape that sits completely different to the natural shape.
BROWS - Anything that sits outside of a clients natural shape is not advisable. More maintenance is required, more frequent visits and the difference between the hair and the tattoo can be seen more obviously.
LIPS - Around the lips are tiny pores and hair follicles and the skin on the lips and the face are very different. Therefore your lips cannot be tattooed to be made to look bigger or have the natural shape changed.
No ones face is symmetrical, therefore it is impossible to make your eyebrows 100% symmetrical. Although every effort is taken to create the illusion of perfectly symmetrical eyebrows, actual symmetry is never going to happen.
Is it possible to work on existing tattooing?
It is never easy to work on top of existing cosmetic tattooing and every client will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Corinna reserves the right to refuse to work on any clients face that has existing work from another artist. Before booking an appointment or putting yourself on the waiting list, please be sure to email Corinna with a clear picture of your brows from each side and the front.
Corinna will instruct your further about whether she is able to work on top of your existing work, or whether you are best having it removed first.