Frequently Asked Questions

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Address: 50 Taylor St, Bulimba QLD 4171
Phone: 0413 407 232
Email: info@iboutiqueau.com

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Does cosmetic tattooing hurt?


It is essential to recognise that pain threshold levels vary from person to person. We believe that topical anaesthetics are essential to keep you as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Please obtain anaesthetics from a compounding chemist in order for us to apply it.

Personal circumstances such as the timing of your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort throughout the procedure, and the topical anaesthetic may also lose its intensity if you are a regular smoker. If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, be aware that this may also affect your sensitivity and tolerance to the procedure.

How many treatments will I need?


As each person’s healing rate is different, a minimum of two sessions is needed which should occur at least four weeks apart. The second session will determine how your skin type retains the colour of the tattoo pigment as well as your skin’s healing rate.

During the second week of healing, your brow colour will appear dramatically lighter. However, any desired adjustments can be made at this session to create a darker or bolder tattoo.

Please note: If you require a previous tattoo re-worked, a photo MUST be emailed to us PRIOR to booking an appointment as results on such cases cannot be guaranteed. We must assess whether previous work can be covered up or reworked and this will almost always require touch-ups or removal. Removal will be necessary if previous work is too dark, dense, discoloured or large. This service will be charged accordingly.

What factors will affect my cosmetic tattoo?


A multitude of individual and lifestyle factors will affect the longevity of your cosmetic tattoo including:

  • Bleeding during the procedure reduces the amount of pigment absorbed. That’s why it’s important that substances that can cause blood thinning like alcohol and certain medications should not be consumed prior to or following an appointment.
  • Thyroid medication can affect the effects of cosmetic tattooing.
  • Exposure, including to the sun, will decrease the appearance of the pigment. Once healed, sunscreen should be applied to the area to reduce the risk of fading.
  • Smoking will cause the results to fade faster.
  • If you are anemic, you will metabolize the pigment faster and your tattoos will fade quicker.

There are some cases where cosmetic tattooing will not work depending on a person’s skin type, existing hair and/or lifestyle choices. Iron deficient or anaemic clients should be advised that increased bleeding may occur during the procedure as well as a faster fade of the pigment over time. This is also the case for frequent smokers.

Feather touch brows tattoo will also not work as well on clients with extremely oily skin as constant oil production will gradually soften the effects. For clients with little to no existing eyebrow hair, the results can also appear much less natural, with a reduction in the 3D look of the eyebrows.

What should I do before my procedure?


Eyebrows will be filled during your session so it’s not necessary to do this yourself before your visit. It is however imperative that any blood-thinning medications be avoided for at least 72 hours prior to your session. These generally include medications like Vitamin E, aspirin, niacin, fish oil and ibuprofen (found in Advil and Nurofen). If you are unsure, please check with your doctor.

For lip tattooing ensure your lips are exfoliated and hydrated. If you have a history of cold sores please take anti-virus medications 2 days prior to your appointment.

How will I look immediately afterwards?


In the first few days following your procedure, the pigment will appear dark and intense. Redness and swelling is rare, however it might also occur. During the healing process and in the first week, the pigment will gradually appear lighter.

How long the cosmetic tattooing last?


Cosmetic tattoo treatments generally last for one to two years, however every individual’s unique skin type holds pigment differently. Our treatments require two appointments in order for your feather touch brow treatment to be complete. We also recommend our clients visit us approximately four to six weeks after their initial appointment for a complimentary retouch.

In most cases, there will be areas in the brows that haven’t taken to the pigment quite as well which is what we address at the follow up appointment. The areas that need addressing are generally very minor, resulting in a short appointment. In some cases, it will only take one appointment for your brows to be complete, but for flawless results, we recommend booking another follow up appointment. It’s important to understand that fading will occur due to increased sun exposure, contact with facial chemical peels and also when a lighter tattoo pigment is used.

How will it look in the future?


To achieve natural looking eyebrows, a thorough skin analysis will be undertaken at your appointment. This will predict how your skin will hold the pigment, and will analyse your skin’s undertone to ensure a perfect colour match to your existing eyebrow and hair colour.

Four weeks after your initial procedure, the second session will determine how your skin has responded to the pigment and any alterations can be made if necessary. As we have mentioned, individual and lifestyle factors will affect how the tattoo will fade but the majority of our client’s tattoos stay true to colour and fade naturally over time.

It is recommended that you return every one to two years for a top-up appointment as fading will generally create a lighter and softer look to your eyebrow tattoo.

What should I know about long term care?


Long-term care for your cosmetic tattoo is imperative in order to sustain a bold pigment. Factors such as individual skin type, pigment colour and lifestyle choices will affect your tattoo in the long term. Increased exposure to the sun will also contribute to a faster pigment fade so sunscreen application after your tattoo has healed is highly recommended. Those who have had chemical peels, laser treatments or other medical procedures to the facial area should also be cautious of the tattooed area. You must advise your technician of these during your appointment as care must be taken around these areas.

Who can’t undertake the treatment?


Contraindications

As a precaution, we cannot perform any cosmetic tattooing if any of the below apply to you:

  • if you are under 18 years of age
  • pregnant or breastfeeding
  • epilepsy
  • undergoing chemotherapy or radiation
  • diabetes
  • sunburnt skin
  • history of keloid requires a patch test

As well as certain medications, you should also avoid alcohol and caffeine the night before and the day of your session. Exposure to the sun as well as UV tanning bed exposure should be avoided for 30 days prior and following your procedure due to the risk of skin exfoliation. Your appointment will be rescheduled and the deposit will be forfeited if you show up for your treatment with a new tan or any sunburn.

Please note: If using prescription Roaccutane, you MUST wait a minimum of six months before considering undertaking a cosmetic tattoo procedure. The procedure cannot be performed while you are on Accutane.

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