COSMETIC TATTOO BROWS - WHICH TECHNIQUE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Firstly, let's start by explaining the difference techniques.
MICROBLADING / FEATHERING
Feathering or microblading creates fine hair strokes that mimic the look of real hair using a manual hand tool with a thin flexible micro blade. This technique helps to shape, define and fill in sparse eyebrows to create the perfect brow for your face shape. This technique is a very natural look which is most suitable for clients with a normal/dry skin. This technique is not suitable for clients with an oilier skin type as feathering doesn't have a great retention rate with oilier skin types.
THE HYBRID / COMBO BROW
The Hybrid Brow is an advanced technique using both machine and hand tool. It is done with a combination of feather hair strokes at the front of the brow and a more filled in shaded look to add more depth and colour throughout the middle to tail end of the brow. This technique is particularly good for people with an oily skin type as the results last longer.
OMBRE / MIST / POWDER BROW
Ombre/Powder Brows create a powdered brow look using a cosmetic tattoo machine to layer pigment in to the skin. This technique creates a makeup finished look and is great for all skin types and particularly good for people with an oily skin type as the results last longer. The initial look is quite bold but fades 40-60% over the healing period creating a soft look. This is the most gentle of all the techniques and lasts the longest. This technique is also most recommended for mature clients.
We use high quality pigments that come in a wide range of colours from light to dark. It is a common misconception that tattooed brows need to be big, bold and dark. This is simply not true.
During the healing process the tattooed area will become darker and minor scabbing will develop as a new collagen rich skin forms underneath. This new skin is slightly opaque in colour and creates a temporary veil which will make the pigment appear faded and dull. Within a week or two the new skin will settle and the colour will return. Protect and nourish this new skin as directed.
EXISTING COSMETIC TATTOOS: may be considered as correctional work and requires a ‘consultation only’ appointment first. Please DO NOT book in for the full treatment unless you have consulted one of our team regarding your existing cosmetic tattoos.
PREGNANCY: We do not tattoo during pregnancy.
BREAST FEEDING: We do not tattoo during breast feeding, please inquire if you’d like more information.CHEMICAL PEELS: It is recommended not to undergo any chemical peels within 2-4 weeks of either side of a cosmetic tattoo treatment.
COSMECEUTICAL SKIN CARE: Cosmeceutical products containing the following ingredients should be avoided on the area for at least 5 days before treatment and 2 wks after. NB Future use may accelerate fading of cosmetic tattoos:AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids: Glycolic, lactic acid), Vitamin C, Benzoyl Peroxide, Vitamin A, Alcohol greater than 6%
INJECTABLES: Muscle relaxant injections and dermal fillers: To ensure even distribution of any cosmetic injectable, minimised bruising, and a successful result, treatment should not be performed under two weeks before or after.
ECZEMA/ DERMATITIS: If you suffer any skin hypersensitivity or dermatitis it is advisable to seek medical advice before having a cosmetic tattoo treatment.
ALLERGIES: Such as latex, rubber, medications, numbing agents, Phenylalanine (PPE): Please advise your cosmetic tattooist for further advice.
IPL/ LASER: on the area should be avoided a minimum of 4 weeks before treatment and must be completely avoided on any area that contain cosmetic tattoo pigment. Advise your laser/IPL therapist before undergoing treatments.
LED (Light Emitting Diode) assists with healing and may be beneficial after a treatment.
FACIAL SURGERY: Doctor’s permission must be sought before going ahead with a treatment after any recent facial surgery.
TOPICAL VITAMIN A: Retin-A, Tretinoin Preparations, Hydroquinone, Skin bleaching agents: may increase hypersensitivity, and the risk of scarring if used within 5 days of treatment.
ALCOHOL: avoid for at least 24hrs before the procedure to avoid excessive bleeding.
SUPPLEMENTS: Avoid the following for a week before treatment:Fish, primrose, krill oil, Ginseng, Gingko Biloba.
MEDICATIONS: If you are taking any of the following medication please consult your cosmetic tattooist before booking:Warfarin, Heparin, Aspirin, Opioid medication (Endone), Prednisone, Roaccutane (within 8-12 months), Antibiotics
DIABETES: Due to possible slower healing, please contact your cosmetic tattooist for consultation before booking.
COLD SORES: Treatment should not be conducted when active cold sores are present. The stimulation of cosmetic tattoo may increase the risk of future breakouts.
RADIATION/ CHEMOTHERAPY: To ensure your safety and comfort a Doctors permission must be sought before we can proceed with any cosmetic tattoo treatments. Please call us for more information.
EXERCISE/ GYM: After treatment you will be advised to avoid the following for at least 2 wks:chlorinated/salt water pools, high UV exposure, Sun beds, and Infra-red light exposure.
The following activities should be avoided for 48 hours after treatment: Cardio workout, excessive sweating, sauna, hot spa, spray tanning.
DOES IT HURT?
This is the question we get asked the most. The treatment is really comfortable. Most people feel very little to no pain at all.
Prior to your treatment we apply the numbing gel that you have pre purchased. We do this by dry needling the area first (feels like light scratching or tweezing) and then apply the gel to completely numb the area.
We can also apply more numbing gel as required during the treatment. We also use a specialised skin conditioner throughout the treatment to aid in soothing, healing and colour retention.
PREPARATION AND AFTERCARE
Have your brows waxed/tidied a week before treatment.
Do not wax or tint the brows within 3 days of treatment. No tinting until 4 weeks after.
Gently exfoliate the area for up to 3 days prior, ensure the skin is well nourished.
Do not use any brow-enhancing serums for at least 30 days before treatment
Do come in with an open mind about the different techniques: after a thorough consultation your artist will advise the most suitable option.
You will be advised not to wet your brows for 5 days following treatment, I recommend washing your hair the night before.
Each morning clean the brow area with a damp cotton tip.
Dab the area dry with a clean tissue.
Using a cotton tip, apply a very thin layer of Stratamed to the area and allow the gel to dry.
Stratamed should be dry in 5-6 minutes. Gently remove excess with a clean tissue or cotton tip.
Once dry, Stratamed may be covered by sun screen or cosmetics if you wish.
Repeat this procedure morning and night for 7 days.
Once healed, minor patchiness in colour may be present in some areas. This is normal and will be adjusted accordingly at the touch-up in 4-8 weeks. I recommend wearing brow powder or pencil to cover these areas until then.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IMMEDIATELY AFTER MY APPOINTMENT?
Do not touch the tattooed area with your fingers.
Gym/Exercise: The following activities should be avoided for 48 hours after treatment: cardio workout, excessive sweating, sauna, hot spa, spray tanning.
For 2 weeks following treatment: avoid, chlorinated and salt water pools, high UV exposure, sun beds, and infra-red light exposure.
Colour will appear darker than desired for 5-7 days.
No water, soap, or cleansers on the treated area for 5 days.
Avoid makeup on the treated area until healed.
Do not pick the flaking skin or formed scabs.
It is recommended that you return for a perfection visit 4-8 weeks after your treatment, for any necessary adjustments.
Excessive exposure to sun over time will cause fading, wear SPF where possible.
Certain chemicals in cleansers and moisturisers will accelerate fading and may discolour the tattoo: AHAs, BHAs, benzoyl peroxide, bleaching agents, and chemical peels must be kept away from the area.
Expected healing time: 5-8 days.