What is cosmetic tattooing?
Cosmetic tattooing, also known as micropigmentation, is a semi permanent procedure where pigment is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin, using a machine or hand tool.
How is cosmetic tattooing different from traditional tattooing?
Traditional tattooing uses ink whereas cosmetic tattooing uses iron oxide pigments, which our bodies naturally absorb, and therefore fade over time.
Fading may sound unappealing, but this allows room for improvements as your face and trends change.
Who is an ideal candidate?
First off, you must be 18 years or older
This procedure is great if you are wanting to save time and money
If you have skin sensitivities to cosmetics
If you have hair loss due to alopecia, cancer, stress, or over tweezing
New mothers dealing with hair loss
People with shaky hands that have trouble filling in their brows
Women and men as young as 18
Who should avoid this procedure?
If you are pregnant or nursing
If you are iron deficient or Anemic, the pigment may fade quicker and you may experience bleeding/bruising during and after the procedure
If you are a smoker, the pigment may fade quicker
If you have extremely sensitive, oily, and overall problematic skin that takes a long time to heal, your results will be affected (diabetics, severe cases of acne, dermatitis, etc.)
While the above is not ideal, if you are extremely set on getting the procedure done, I will consider certain cases, but you must fill out the complete client disclosure package and have written consent from your doctor in order to move forward
Does the procedure hurt?
It’s hard to say as everyone’s pain threshold is different. I use topical anaesthetic cream, gel, and ointment to numb the area before and throughout the procedure to keep you as comfortable as possible. If you are sensitive to pain, you may take 1-2 extra strength Tylenol (must be ok'd by your doctor) after we’ve decided on a brow design.
How long does cosmetic tattooing last?
Depending how you heal and your lifestyle, cosmetic tattooing can last anywhere from 1-3 years, ideally needing additional refresh appointments every 1.5-2 years. Again, every case is different. One free touch up is included after 6-8 weeks of initial treatment.
Results are not guaranteed.
What do I need to be aware of before setting up an appointment?
Be off of Accutane for at least a month or two prior to treatment
If using Retin A or any sort of acne medication that thins out the skin, discontinue use until after the procedure
If you get Botox or cosmetic procedures, also refrain until after the procedure as it will affect the muscles in your face and the end result will be dependent on always having that cosmetic procedure
If you already have a cosmetic tattoo, wait until it has faded enough to allow for another tattoo to be designed in its place
Results are not guaranteed. If you have excessively oily or thick skin, the strokes will not be as visible and will appear a bit blurred. If your skin is extremely thin, your strokes may not take or may look blotchy
What do I need to know/do the week leading up to the procedure?
Do not drink alcohol for at least 8 - 10 hours before the procedure
Avoid medications that will thin out the blood (Vitamin E, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc.) for at least 2-3 days prior
Do not get any skin procedures such as microdermabrasion, laser, chemical peels of any kind for at least a week or two prior as it will thin out the skin around your eyes
Avoid waxing, tweezing, electrolysis etc., for 4-7 days prior to procedure
Try not to plan your appointment around any special events as your eyebrows will be quite dark
Avoid sun and tanning beds for at least 2-4 weeks as the skin exfoliation process will remove pigment and will end up affecting the tattoo results
What do I need to do the day of the procedure:
Do not wear any makeup when you come in
Bring extra strength Tylenol for pain management (Must be ok'd by your doctor)
If you have bangs, bring a hair clip to keep your hair off of your face
- When you come in for your appointment I ask that you come with your eyebrows filled in the way you usually wear them
From there I measure to make sure the head (inner corner), arch, and tail (end point) are in line with your eyes, and work with your bone structure. Certain areas of the brow may need to be trimmed or shaved to allow the shape to take form. The process of designing the eyebrows takes the most time out of the procedure (1-2 hours) because we need to pick a shape and thickness that will suit your face, while also ensuring symmetry and overall aesthetic satisfaction
Once we have decided on a shape, I apply numbing cream to your brows, and the skin around it, and let sit for about 20-25 minutes
I then remove the numbing cream on one brow first and begin working to get the outline tattooed so there is a guide
From there I keep switching sides, adding numbing cream as we go to help with any discomfort
The entire procedure can take anywhere from 3-4 hours at minimum
How do I care for my eyebrows after the procedure?
Please refer to Arch & Point’s aftercare instructions (provided after procedure)