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  • What is cosmetic tattooing?
    Cosmetic tattooing is the process of implanting colour (pigment) into the skin, to enhance the natural appearance of ones face or body. The finished result lasts anywhere from 1-3 years before needing a touch-up.
  • Is cosmetic tattooing the same as body tattooing?
    Essentially they are the same in the sense that both methods puncture the skin and deposit pigment. However, the method of deposit, type of pigment and depth of colour implanted differ. Specially designed permanent make up machines are used to ensure a more shallow and even pigment deposit. We use semi permanent ink to allow for changes to be made over the years and in line with ageing and style changes.
  • Is cosmetic tattooing painful?
    There is some pain involved in cosmetic tattooing but it can be controlled. The level of pain felt does depend on the individual’s pain threshold. Liquid anaesthetic may be used during the procedure and an additional cream anaesthetic can be used prior to treatment, if required.
  • Is there any downtime?
    In short, nope! Although some clients experience minor swelling with lips, and brows can appear a little red initially, these experiences are mild and do not impact day-to-day activities. The tattooed pigment will appear darker for a few days. Some minor dryness and occasionally flaking may be experienced around day 5 post treatment, however, an ointment is provided to you to minimise this possibility. You'll be provided with aftercare instructions which will advise against certain activities (like vigorous exercise) to maintain the health and longevity of your tattoo.
  • How long does a cosmetic tattoo last?
    This is a very common question and not particularly straight forward. Cosmetic tattoos generally last between 1-3 years however there have been rare cases where cosmetic tattoos have lasted for more than 10 years. So if you are considering a cosmetic tattoo under the misconception that it’s only temporary, you may want to properly consider your procedure and tattooist. The permanence of a cosmetic tattoo depends on many factors; individuals skin type, medical conditions, colours used, etc. Colours do fade over time, and we usually recommend a touch-up anywhere from 12 months to 2-3 years.
  • Is cosmetic tattooing safe?
    We adhere to the most stringent hygiene requirements and regulations. Most parts of the equipment used are disposable and prior to use you can view them in their original sterile packaging. We then carefully dispose of all of the disposable parts. Other non-disposable equipment and materials used have been sterilised thoroughly and protected throughout treatment. We adhere to VIC Government health and safety regulations. It is up to the client to take care of the treated area appropriately post treatment by following after care information to ensure the treated area is kept sterile and clean.
  • What age do I need to be?
    Cosmetic tattooing is a closely regulated industry and requires all clients be a minimum of 18 years old. We recommend that clients over the age of 60 get in touch prior to booking as mature skin can absolutely be treated but may require some further information for optimal results.
  • What are the contraindications for tattooing?
    It may not be suitable for you to have cosmetic tattooing if any of the following apply: Taking Roaccutane. You can get tattooed once you're off the medication for the same time you were on it. Best to play it safe and wait at least a year. Laser treatments, chemical peels or other medical procedures to the facial area should avoid the area to be tattooed for a number of weeks prior. Have or have had keloid scarring. Botox or fillers within four weeks of your treatment. If you're pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are taking steroids or hormone replacement therapy, please contact us prior to booking as you may need to wait. If you're undertaking chemotherapy. Please contact us prior to booking as you make need to wait. If you have active dermatitis or eczema. We cannot tattoo anyone under the age of 18. If you have autoimmune, bleeding or healing disorders, we will need to discuss your eligibility. If you have any other medical conditions or general concerns that you feel may affect your suitability, please get in contact prior to booking. It may be acceptable to have your doctor sign a waiver to allow tattooing to be completed.
  • Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?
    We recommend coming alone. We adhere to stringent hygiene regulations and need to make sure your environment remains sterile. It's also important that you're able to focus entirely on the shape and colour concepts created for you. You're required to stay still during tattooing and it's important that your artist can focus on the task at hand. We only want the best results for you.
  • Can I use my phone or keep working during my appointment?
    Thanks to covid and working from home, we're used to be contactable at all times. However, your tattoo appointment is a time to leave that to the side and focus on relaxing. During brow tattooing your eyes will be closed and usually during lips too. You are most welcome to bring headphones to listen to your favourite tunes or a podcast though. Otherwise your tattooer can pop on your music of choice.
  • What should I bring to my appointment?
    Please bring in your favourite lip/brow colour and even come in with your brows/lips how you like them best. This will allow us to follow your lead and colour match accordingly. We recommend having something light to eat before you come in. Feel free to have a couple paracetemol too if your pain threshold is particularly high. Definitely no aspirin. You're also welcome to bring headphones if you'd like to listen to something in particular.
  • I have old tattooing that's the wrong colour and shape...
    We get it. Styles and techniques have changed. It's absolutely not the end of the world but we do need photos prior so we can assess whether we're able to easily rectify or whether alternative treatments may be required first.
  • What's your cancellation policy?
    Please visit our Salon Policy page for more information.
  • Why does cosmetic tattooing cost what it does?
    Cosmetic Tattooing is (importantly) a highly regulated industry and most practitioners strive to stay up to date with the most recent techniques and highest quality products on the market. This comes at a substantial cost to the practitioner. While I maximise your in-clinic experience, it's still necessary to pass on some of these costs which ensures you leave with the most fabulous outcome. It's your skin! It's imperative that I'm giving you the best possible result. Plus, who doesn't love waking up with fresh brows/lips/skin of a morning? Just think of the time you save on getting ready and the products you no longer need to buy.
  • How do I know what my brows will look like?
    I take a very long time to perfectly map the shape that we use for your brows. This consists of measuring against your features, exisiting brow shape and tweaking as needed. You will have the opportunity to closely examine the shape and we can make subtle changes together until you're confident that we've settled on the perfect eyebrow shape. The same diligence is taken when choosing the right colour. I use very high quality pigments that we test directly onto your skin to see whether the colour will be right for your skin tone and personal preference. We will work together to choose the ideal pigment mix. Please keep in mind that the initial colour will be deeper than the healed result. In fact, up to 50% of the colour will be lost during healing.
  • How many treatments are required?
    For most clients a minimum of 2 treatments are needed, at least 4 - 6 weeks apart. At the second session the colour retention is assessed and any adjustments are made as necessary (such as going darker). Remember, everyone heals differently and at different rates.
  • Does lip tattooing cause cold sores?
    The short answer is 'no'. However, most people carry the Herpes simplex virus (cold sores) even if they've never had an outbreak. Lip tattooing causes some temporary trauma to the lips which can cause an outbreak. We recommend a course of Valtrex or L-lysine prior to your treatment and then again afterwards. This can minimise the risk of sore development.
  • How many treatments are required?
    For most clients a minimum of 2 treatments are needed, at least 4 - 6 weeks apart. At the second session the colour retention is assessed and any adjustments are made as necessary (such as going darker). Remember, everyone heals differently and at different rates.
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