Frequently Asked Questions
What are feather touch brows?
Feather-touch brows involves a process using a metal hand-tool with a cluster of fine needles, which is used to implant pigment into the skin to create life-like hair strokes and natural-looking eyebrows. Compared to a tattoo gun this technique is a more delicate process allowing us to create finer strokes to blend in with your hair. Feathering is not the best technique for people with oily skin (as feather strokes tend to fade quicker on people with this skin type) or older ladies with thin skin/fine lines or wrinkles through their eyebrows (as the strokes can blur under the skin).
What are Ombre Brows?
Ombre brows use a traditional tattoo gun which is used to shade in the eyebrows. This technique starts off stronger and more defined when the tattoo is fresh but heals to leave a soft powder finish (looking like you have brushed an eyebrow powder through your brows). This technique is great for all skin types, especially people with oily skin or older ladies with thin skin/fine lines or wrinkles through their eyebrows.
Does it hurt?
Topical anaesthetic is applied before and during cosmetic tattooing procedures, everyone has a different pain tolerance however certain individuals may feel a small amount of discomfort at the start of the treatment. To provide extra comfort you may purchase over the counter numbing cream from the chemist to apply 30mins before your treatment.
How long is the appointment and what is involved?
We allow 1.5-2 hours for our appointments depending on which technique you are getting. This involves a thorough consultation and colour match, your shape drawn on so we can make sure you will be happy with your end result. The tattooing process only takes 30-40mins.
What will they look like immediately after?
You may experience slight swelling and/or redness for 1-2 days and exfoliation for 4-6 days following the procedure. After your treatment the colour may appear darker for approximately 7-10 days. During this period the pigment intensity will fade significantly. After four weeks the pigment can continue to fade up to 40% This is considered an extremely positive occurrence, as it allows you time to reflect on your new shape and colour. After 4-6 weeks a touch-up treatment is performed and at this point any changes you would like to make are discussed. After your touch-up treatment the pigment will once again fade, but to a much lesser degree.
How long do they last?
The longevity of colour in the skin cannot always be predicted. Some skins hold colour longer and stronger than others, while others fade leaving a light residue in the skin. Pigment may fade or change according to metabolism, lifestyle, skin type, medications, age, smoking, alcohol and sun exposure. A touch-up of colour is recommended approximately every 12 months to keep the pigment looking its best. As every individual is different you may need to come back sooner for a touch up treatment. Feather touch brows usually don’t last as long as ombre brows as there is not as much pigment implanted into the skin.
What does a touch up treatment involve?
Cosmetic Tattooing is a two-part process and is necessary to have your touch up appointment to perfect your tattoo. A touch-up appointment is recommended after 4-6 weeks of your initial appointment. Colour retention varies depending on the individual and client compliance of home care instructions. Some people can have a resistant skin type where the ink doesn’t like to take. On rare occasions you may need more than one touch up if you are one of the few that fall into this category.
What colours can I choose from?
We have a large range of colours to choose from and can also blend colours together to create a customised colour for you. We will look at your hair colour, skin colour and undertone to determine which colour will best suit you. If you are unsure on colours it is always better to start off with a lighter/more natural colour. Once you have become used to your new brows, at your touch up appointment we can darken up the colour to suit.
Is it a safe procedure?
Yes, very. The cosmetic tattoo machine is one of the most hygienic available, a small pen like device that uses completely disposable parts. All needles, tubes, caps, sleeves – anything that comes into contact with clients are brand new and sealed prior to your treatment. The salon is clean, hygienic and compliant with all regulations for skin penetration.
Could I have a reaction to the pigment?
Allergic reactions are extremely rare. The pigment brands used are trusted USA made brands that have been on the market for decades. The pigments contain iron-oxide that is already present in the human body so is highly unlikely to cause a reaction. We don’t usually offer a patch test as they can be rather ineffective. An allergic reaction can either show after 2 weeks or sometimes 5-10 years later. If you are concerned or a highly allergic individual a patch test may be arranged upon request.
Can the tattoo be removed if I change my mind?
Cosmetic tattoo pigments are now designed to be semi permanent so they don’t last forever. Most people will find their tattoo will fade in 2-5 years. There are treatments that can be performed that can help to fade the pigment quicker, but if you end up wanting your tattoo completely removed we recommend a laser treatment. If you are unsure whether this is something you will want in 2-3 years time we recommend to go with something lighter and more natural looking to start with.
Will I be able to return back to work the next day?
Most clients will show little sign of swelling or redness after their treatment. The colour can be quite dark for the first week but will soften and lighten during the healing process. Lip treatments can experience moderate swelling and bruising and the colour will look strong for the first week. With Lip tattoos it is recommended taking minimum 3-4 days off work. It is only with the full lip treatment that swelling can last for up to 72 hours and the lips will become extremely dry. Some mature age clients may experience very sore and rough lips for approximately 7 days.
What factors will affect permanent makeup?
There are many different factors that can affect cosmetic tattooing.
- How long you spend in the sun. The sun fades the pigment faster so sun block may be used to prolong your enhancement.
- The regeneration of skin cells – the longer the regeneration takes the longer the pigment holds.
- The speed at which the skin absorbs the pigment – the slower the absorption the longer the pigment will hold.
- The choice of colour – light colours fade quicker than darker colours
- Oily skin tends to lose colour more quickly than other skin types
- Metabolism, skin products, deficiencies, lifestyles and age all take part in the healing process.