Cosmetic tattooing provides a means to naturally enhance the facial features. It’s also referred to as semi-permanent makeup or micropigmentation. The colored pigment is implanted beneath the surface of the skin with tiny, sterile, disposable needles. This produces the appearance of hair strokes and enhances the natural features of the face.
Cosmetic tattooing enhances your natural features. It is softer and more subtle and it is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement. Body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time.
Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years as the client’s natural coloration and facial changes occur. Body tattoo needles also go a lot deeper in the skin compared to needles used for cosmetic tattoos.
A highly-effective, topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure. Having a service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Microbladed eyebrows last 1 to 2 years for most people, before it usually needs a touch up. Whereas Combo eyebrows last 2-3 for most. For permanent lips, it lasts 3 to 5 years.
They will fade over time and may need to be refreshed every 1-2 years. Frequency of sessions depends on a number of factors including the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas.
Please note that final results CAN NOT be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your second session and make any changes necessary. Multiple sessions are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures.
For most clients, a minimum of two treatments is usually needed, at least 6 weeks apart. With most procedures, the color looks dramatically lighter after the first week. Some clients prefer this, while others opt for a bolder look. At the second session, we will assess the color retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly after the first session, do not worry! We can always go darker and add more density during your next appointment.
Sun exposure: The sun will extremely soften the look of your tattoo, so sunblock should be used (once healed) to prolong your enhancement.
Regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment holds.
The speed at which the skin absorbs the pigment: The slower the absorption, the longer the pigment will hold.
Choice of color: Some colors fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde color will fade quicker than a dark brown color.
Bleeding during the procedure: Any bleeding during the tattooing procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol and certain medications act as blood-thinners and should not be taken prior to and following your appointment.
Your semi-permanent makeup will appear darker and more intense than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the complete healing process. Redness and swelling are minimal.