COSMETIC TATTOO FAQS
DO I NEED A PRE-CONSULTATION?
Please note it is recommended, but not complulsary to have a Free Consultation Prior to your Cosmetic Tattoo Appointment to go over any questions, and to confirm you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. If this is not possible, please contact the clinic so a Phone consultation can be organised.
HOW LONG WILL THE TREATMENT TAKE?
Please allow 1.5 hours for first tattoo treatments, perfection visits are one hour.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Proper care following your enhancement is necessary to achieve the best results. You may experience the following symptoms following your treatment;
Minor swelling and redness.
Itchiness in the eyebrow area.
Dry flaking skin.
These symptoms are a normal part of the healing process.
WHAT IS THE HEALING TIME?
The approximate healing period is 10-14 days, however healing can be prolonged if your immune system is compromised, or if you are generally stressed and also by poor diet. During this period, you MUST keep your Tattoo area completely dry except for use of your Aftercare balm (to be purchased at your appointment
WHAT WILL MY TATTOO LOOK LIKE POST TREATMENT?
Remember, your selected colour will be stronger and more sharply defined for the first 3-5 days up to 10 days after application, but as the healing process occurs, the colour will soften, lighten and look more natural. Trust the process & your tattooists colour choice for you. When fully healed it will sit ‘in’ the skin & look softer & up to 40% lighter. Keep in mind that in many cases, some unevenness of colour is to be expected. This is the purpose of the Perfecting Touch-Up visit, to allow us to fine tune your Tattoo. This is included in the initial Treatment cost (within 4-6 weeks of the initial treatment), however if you do not attend or cancel/reschedule your re-touch appointment within the cancellation period, you will be charged $100 for your treatment. Cancellation notice is always 48 hours.
I HAVE AN EXISTING TATTOO, CAN YOU DO MY TOUCH-UP?
Yes, though this may be considered correctional work and requires a pre consultation appointment. In most cases it is fine, however for some, we may discuss removal first if its required & cannot guarantee it will only be one treatment that is needed.
HOW LONG UNTIL I CAN SHOWER/SWIM?
No swimming for 7-10 days after any tattooing.
CAN I EXERCISE?
The following activities should be avoided for 2-3 days after treatment: Cardio workout, hot yoga, excessive sweating, sauna, hot spa.
After treatment you will be advised to avoid the following for at least 2 weeks: chlorinated/salt water pools, high UV exposure, and Infra-red light exposure.
I AM PREGNANT/BREASTFEEDING, CAN I BE TATTOOED?
It is advised not tattoo during pregnancy/breastfeeding.
CAN I HAVE A FACIAL TREATMENT?
It is recommended not to have any chemical peels or microdermabrasion within 4 weeks of either side of a cosmetic tattooing treatment. Please note both these treatments will speed up the fade rate if done over tattoo areas.
CAN I USE PRESCRIPTION OR ACTIVE ?
products containing the following ingredients should be avoided on the area for at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after. Note – 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%
CAN I STILL GET INJECTABLES?
Anti age injections and dermal fillers should not be performed 1 month before or after tattooing.
I GET ECZEMA/DERMATITIS, CAN I STILL GET TATTOOING?
If you suffer any skin hypersensitivity or dermatitis on the areas to be tattooed, it is advisable to seek medical advice before having any cosmetic tattooing treatment.
CAN I HAVE LASER?
Any laser should be avoided a minimum of 4 weeks before treatment and must be completely avoided on any area that has cosmetic tattoo pigment. Advise your laser/IPL therapist before undergoing treatments.
I HAVE PREVIOUSLY HAD FACIAL SURGERY, CAN I BE TATTOOED?
Doctor’s permission must be sought before going ahead with a treatment after any recent facial surgery.
CAN I STILL TAKE MY SUPPLEMENTS?
Avoid the following for a week before treatment:
– Fish, primrose, krill oil, Ginseng, Gingko Biloba
I TAKE MEDICATION, IS THIS OK?
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
I AM CURRENTLY UNDERGOING CHEMOTHERAPY/RADIATION, CAN I STILL GET A TATTOO?
To ensure your safety and comfort a Doctors permission must be sought before we can proceed with any cosmetic tattooing treatments. Please call us for more information.
NOTE: Please arrive with clean hair (you can’t wash it for a few days at least) & minimal/no make up - it is also advised to bring a pair socks for cold feet (you are laying on the bed a couple hours)
WHEN WILL I NEED A TOUCHUP?
Long term care - Use a good sunscreen. Sun exposure will fade your permanent cosmetics.
We recommend Tattoos be maintained every 12-18 months for a Colour Refresh.
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