Frequently Asked Questions
How can a cosmetic tattoo enhance my appearance?
Cosmetic tattoos will save you time and frustration, you’ll look good twenty four hours a day and wont need much make-up anymore. You can swim, sleep, perspire, have a sauna, play sport, wash your hair, eat and still look great! It doesn’t wash off and lasts for years. All the treatments are performed in clean conditions. The finest quality equipment is used and needles are individually packed in sterile 'blister' packs. The needles are disposed of safely in a 'sharps' container. Each client has a new needle, machine attachment and product.
What will the healing process be like?
See our pre and post-care sections here.
Will it hurt?
Yes a little, but the result far outweighs the discomfort and we have some tricks for you to alleviate and sometimes completely diminish any pain (read on for more details)
First and foremost, we recommend using a topical prescribed numbing agent (please ask Vanessa for more details on this).
Some clients may take pain relieving tablets prior to the treatment - you may ask your doctor or pharmacist to prescribe or recommend something for you.
Antihistamines taken before the procedure may reduce swelling and help you relax and can also help to reduce the amount of water your eyes will produce during the procedure which can dilute the pigment which is being implanted.
For lip tattoo procedures we will refer you to our partnering dentist 30 minutes prior to the procedure for a numbing injection (field block), which means you will feel exactly zero pain whatsoever!
How long should I leave for the appointment?
Eyebrows two hours
Eyeliner one- two hours
Lips two - three hours
Am I able to get a cosmetic tattoo if I am under 18 years of age?
You can bring in a signed letter of consent from your parent or primary caregiver, or the parent / primary caregiver can be present for the procedure.
How do I look after my cosmetic tattoo?
It is of the utmost importance that you follow these aftercare instructions for the TWO WEEKS following your appointment to ensure the best possible result for your cosmetic tattoo
Do I need a separate consultation ?
Consultations may be booked in before your permanent makeup procedure is scheduled.
Consultations run for half an hour at a $50 fee which is fully redeemable on the total cost of the procedure should you make the decision to go ahead.
In most cases and particularly if you wish to save time you are able to become familiar with Vanessa's work by visiting her Facebook and Instagram accounts where there are many photos and positive reviews from past clientele.
If you decide to go ahead with the appointment without a consultation you are more than welcome to contact Vanessa by phone or email to ask any additional queries you may have
Will I have a say in how my cosmetic tattoo looks?
Yes, you certainly do and Vanessa leaves 30 minutes at the beginning of each and every appointment and 15 minutes at the end of each appointment just for you.
Vanessa welcomes you to bring any photos you wish to show her of what you like or don't like and prior to beginning the procedure she will show you a range of colours/pigments on Your skin and will recommend to you the one she thinks will suit and will also measure your face and brow bone and draw on the shape which will suit you best .
Everything is thoroughly explained and clearly shown to you prior to beginning and Vanessa will not proceed until all questions have been thoroughly explored and any doubts laid to rest.
Which leaves you, the client, to lay back and relax whilst Vanessa works her magic on your face.
At the end of the appointment Vanessa will explain to you exactly what you need to do for your aftercare and will send a text message to your phone with all the important points for you to remember.
You do not need to pay a visit to the chemist as Vanessa has carefully formulated, along with her pharmacist, the very best, affordable aftercare products for you to take home with you.
Who needs cosmetic tattoo treatments?
Eyebrows - People who have over plucked the hair from their eyebrows, have gaps or scars and the hair has not grown back. People suffering with Alopecia, people who have visual problems or people just wanting a definite shape to their eyebrows. Colour is implanted to your desired shape, framing the eyes with a beautiful defined brow. Everybody is meant to have eyebrows. Eyebrows frame the eyes. Colour can be implanted as to give a solid look or hair like strokes for a softer result.
Lip Liner - People who have no definite lip shape, pale lips, sun damaged lips, uneven lips or lips that have lost their shape as a result of cold sores or injury. People who like a definite lip shape to emphasize or enlarge the mouth. Ideal for ladies with 'crease lines' or ladies who have had lip augmentation. Colour is implanted in a fine line on the outer edge of the lips giving a lovely defined shape to the mouth. Lips are a sensuous feature of your face. Colour loss in all lip treatments is individual.
Lip Blending - Lip blending is blending the colour from the lip line onto the lips. This can be in the same colour to look natural and not obvious or to fill in white areas where the lip line has been extended away from the natural lip line or to balance a crooked lip shape.
Eyes - People with very pale eyes, oily skin causing makeup to smear, small eyes needing definition and shape, contact lens wearers, allergic eyes, people with poor eyesight or those who like to wear eyeliner to enhance their eyes, who care about their appearance and want better public image twenty four hours a day no matter what they are doing. Top and bottom eye line can be fine or wide lines, tapered or dotted in between lashes giving eyes beautiful definition and makes eyelashes look thicker.
Beauty spots - Enhance a freckle or create a beauty spot, make it a feature. Very sexy and fashionable and looks natural, is popular even with men.
How long does the procedure last?
Many things can affect the result of pigment colour and longevity of the tattoo in the skin; pigment, acid, oils in your own skin and neglecting to follow the aftercare instructions
The treatments can be permanent or semi-permanent. In some cases, it has been obvious in some skins for over 12 years, which means some skins hold the colour more permanently particularly around the eye area. These treatments have only been performed in the western world for around 14 years, and the length or minimum time the colours are lasting in the skin is still under consideration. It is recommended a touch up of colour should be done about every two years to keep the treatment as new, however for some, this is earlier and some later.
If you have a history of cold sores, fever blisters or any type of sore on the lips you will have a recurrence after lip treatments. The virus always lies dormant in the skin and any trauma or stress will activate it. We recommend a course of anti-cold sore treatment (such as Zovirax, Valtrex or Famvir) at least one week prior to any lip procedure. Avoids nut, cocoa powder, chocolate, peanut butter, brown rice, oats and other grains as these encourage herpes. It is important to inform us if you are on medication, suffer with keloid scarring or have any medical problems. Extended sun exposure, using Retin-A and Glycolic Acid will fade out colour from all treatments. Sun block is necessary at all times. If having a lip treatment, start conditioning lips with a moisturizing cream to prevent dryness.
The healing time is minimal for all treatments, hardly noticeable and a small percentage of people do have some swelling, but work and all other activities can continue immediately.