What is cosmetic tattooing?

Cosmetic tattooing, also referred to as permanent makeup, semi permanent makeup, microblading, micropigmentation, it is the process of depositing color pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of tiny, sterile, disposable needles to produce the appearance of hair strokes, makeup, or to enhance the natural features of the face. We offer quite a few techniques.

What is the difference between cosmetic tattooing and standard body tattooing?

The purpose of cosmetic tattooing is to enhance the natural features of a client. Cosmetic tattooing is softer and more subtle – it is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement. Body tattoos use permanent 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 client’s natural coloration and facial changes occur. Ink is made up of big molecules, our bodies cannot break down big molecules. Pigments are made up of small molecules, our bodies can break them down. This is why cosmetic tattooing does not last forever.

How old do I have to be to get tattooed?

You must be 18 years or older to receive any permanent makeup treatment.

Can I get tattooed if I am pregnant or nursing?

We do not perform cosmetic tattooing on pregnant or nursing women. The same goes for tattoo removal. Also we cannot treat you if have been on Accutane and have not been off the medication for at least 12 months. If you have any auto immune disorders or health conditions that you feel might effect healing or result, please inform us.

How long does cosmetic tattooing last?

Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered permanent and will not wash off, however, they will fade over time and will need to be refreshed to maintain the desired look. Frequency of sessions depends on a number of factors including: the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), lifestyle, sun, health of skin, medications, health conditions, old permanent makeup, metabolism etc. Please note that final results CANNOT be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. I will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your second session and make any changes necessary. Additional sessions are not uncommon for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring a minimum of 2 visits. Your second session can be booked no sooner than 21 days after the initial appointment.  Additional sessions will be charged according to the current pricing. Previously tattooed areas will always require additional appointments, and consultation is required beforehand. If you have had any permanent makeup on the brows or eyes, a consult via phone or in person must take place. In some cases a removal needed. We have full discretion on who we decide to take in as a client. We DO NOT touch up other artists work. So if you have had previously permanent makeup/microblading, you are new TO US. So the current initial pricing for the technique you’re wanting, if able to do, will be charged.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have had your eyebrows previously tattooed and are interested in a cover-up/re-work, you MUST email me a clear photo PRIOR to booking your appointment. We cannot guarantee results for cases such as these and we must approve that your eyebrows.eyeliner/lips are workable.

What factors will affect my cosmetic tattoo?

Sun exposure – the sun will definitely soften the look of your tattoo, so sunblock should be used (once healed) to prolong your results.

The regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment holds.

Skin Type/Age/Medications/Lifestyle: Medications, health conditions, age, skin type, diseases, auto immune disorders, excess oil, unhealthy skin, previously tattooed area, problematic skin, etc.

The speed at which the skin absorbs the pigment: The slower the absorption, the longer the pigment will hold.

The 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: Excess 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.

What should I know about long term care?

A good SPF with zinc should be applied daily AFTER healing and is required to help keep color true. This goes for tattoo removal too. As with any tattoo, sun exposure will make the color soften faster and effect the integrity of the color.

Fading speed depends on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment color used, broken capillaries, and if any chemical peels were done after your procedure. ( See above.) Results vary by each client, and absolutely NO results cans and will be guaranteed. Additional touch-ups are priced accordingly.