FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MUCH IS IT and DO I HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT?
All current treatment prices can be viewed on the website here
CAN I BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS ALONG?
Due to the level of concentration, skill and hygeine required, it is unfortunate that we are unable to allow family and friends to be present during the process of the treatment. However, if you wish to bring someone they are welcome to sit in the waiting area or enjoy the surrounding shops and cafes along the terrace while they wait
WHEN IS IT NOT RECOMMENDED TO GET A COSMETIC TATTOO?
You are unable to get a Cosmetic Tattoo if you are / have any of the following:
Pregnant or Breastfeeding
Diabetic - requires pre-approval from your doctor
Blood Clotting Disorders - requires pre-approval from your doctor
If you have viral infections or diseases
If you have had major heart issues or organ transplants
Have skin irritations or Psoriasis on the area to be treated
If you are taking Accutane medication
Medically diagnosed Keloid scarring (there is a high chance your permanent makeup could also keloid scar)
Had Botox in the two weeks prior to an appointment (we want the botox to settle and dont want to disturb the botox as it needs time to fully settle so it doesn't shift or alter the pigment)
If you have a cold or flu (this can affect the healing of the pigment)
If you have taken Accutane in the past year (this will prevent the pigment from holding)
Do not drink alcohol in the 24 hours prior (increaes blood flow)
If you have a major event to attend in the 12 days after the appointment (you can not wear makeup on the treatment area)
On antibiotics from the dentist
Facial surgery in the last 3 months
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE APPOINTMENT?
All semi-permanent cosmetic tattoos and micropigmentation procedures require two appointments which is included in the one price. You must pay for your treatment at the time of the first appointment and this cost includes your second appointment
HOW LONG IS THE APPOINTMENT?
Please allow 2 hours per appointment. This includes time for numbing cream to work, time for consultation and drawing the shape in pencil as well as the treatment time
WHAT WILL MY COSMETIC TATTOO LOOK LIKE WHILE HEALING?
The following timelines are approximate and may differ between individuals
DAYS 1-3: Lip colour may seem very deep (50-70% darker than the healed colour) immediately folowing the appointment. Lips will be swollen. The colour may start to change or lighten slightly from an hour after the appointment to a few days following. Make sure you follow your aftercare instructions given at your appointment. Use lots of aftercare cream and nothing else should touch your lips for at least 3 days
IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE?
There is free street parking on many of the side streets along South Terrace
DOES IT HURT?
It is likely you will experience some discomfort with any Cosmetic Tattoo procedure. However, all measures are taken to ensure that your experience is as comfortable as possible. Please DO NOT use over the counter numbing creams as they are not ph balanced and have been known to cause complications. If you would like to arrange some numbing cream you may do so prior to your appointment at a compounding pharmacy and have something specifically formulated for use for cosmetic tattoo. I recommend the following formulation but it may vary depending on your pharmacists advice 4% lignocaine, 4% tetracaine, 2% prilocaine
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
All "Permanent Makeup" is actually semi-permanent. It is designed to fade and will do so over time. The length of time that it takes to fade before requiring a touch up depends on a number of factors including the condition of your skin, medication (eg. Accutane), types of facial treatments and products used (eg. Retinol or Vitamin A) and can also be affected by medical issues such as low iron.
CAN YOU RETOUCH MY COSMETIC TATTOO DONE ELSEWHERE?
We do not simply retouch other artists work for a retouch price as it often involves more work for us. We are very particular about our shape and therefore we will assess if the work you have had previously can be gone over. Unfortunately there are some cases where previous work is either too dark, the shape is too different to what we would recommend or it is too uneven and can not be altered. In such cases it may be advised to have it removed first.
SHOULD I GET MY BROWS SHAPED BEFORE COMING OR GROW THEM OUT?
There is no need to try to grow your eyebrows before you come in. As we are highly trained in brow shape, we can see where your hair growth is / was and will create a shape that suits your facial structure. Following the treatment your brow hair will grow as normal. Having your brows shaped prior to coming in will assist by allowing more time to focus on measuring and tattooing your brows rather than plucking strays. Once your first treatment has been completed, it is then your responsibility to maintain the shape of your brows by plucking or waxing between appointments. It is recommended to wait at least 2-3 weeks to wax following your treatment appointment.
CAN I GET MY EYEBROW HAIR TINTED OR LIGHTENED AFTER HAVING A COSMETIC TATTOO?
Yes you can. It is recommended to wait a month following your treatment appointment before tinting or lightening to ensure the skin has fully healed
CAN MY AT HOME SKINCARE PRODUCTS AFFECT MY COSMETIC TATTOO?
Yes. Check your skin care prouducts especially cleanser, creams, moisturiser and serums for the following listed ingredients which can even be in natural skin products purchaed over the counter:
AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) - including glycolic, lactic, citric, malic.
Vitamin A -
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?
Preparing properly will make a HUGE difference to the outcome of your procedure and how well the pigment holds.
WILL I HAVE TO FOLLOW AFTERCARE?
Absolutely! Your pre and particularly your post care is the key to getting great results from your cosmetic tattoo. Your aftercare is actually just as important as the work done during the procedure it's self, so it is 100% essential you follow the instructions and is not negotiable!
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK?
Please book in advance to avoid disapointment. On the odd occasion we do have clients reschedule which means that we may have an appointment available last minute. However, as we are appointment only, we are often booked months in advance.