Cosmetic Tattooing often referred to as Permanent Makeup which implies
long lasting (3-5 years), has been performed around the world
for centuries, now with advancement in technology and techniques there is
improved time and minimal discomfort allowing for improved accuracy in
design and shaping.
Who would want Permanent Makeup?
Busy people - mums and executives with little time to apply and reapply
Allergy Sufferers - who are sensitive to some
kinds of conventional makeup or hay-fever
sufferers who find it difficult to keep on makeup with sneezing and runny
eyes. N.B. Pigment test patching and other precautions may be required
for clients with allergies to some substances and for those with severe
Physically Active - sports women, swimmers, and those who frequent the gym
or play sport.
Alopecia - those who have lost facial hair completely e.g. eyebrows.
Asymmetrical Facial Feature - correction of facial features.
Visually or Motor impaired - for women who physically can’t put their
Women who just want to look their best 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
What is involved in having a Cosmetic Tattoo procedure?
An initial consultation where I assess your needs, discuss any concerns or
medical conditions you may have, then together we evaluate colour and I
examine how you like to wear your makeup, once you are 100% happy with
what we have discussed only then the procedure can begin. A Perfecting
Session is usually applied after 4 – 6 weeks when any adjustments, if
needed, are made.
How long will it take?
Allow about 2 hours for each treated area, the touch up session often
shorter duration. Occasionally only one procedure is required, most often
two procedures are required, and rarely three procedures are required. For
this reason I believe that charging separately for each procedure is the
fairest method for clients, that way you only pay for what you need.
Does it hurt?
There can be some mild discomfort but I use a wide variety of contemporary
pain management techniques to ensure there is minimal pain.
Tip: If your chosen cosmetic tattooist is
going to use a topical anaesthetic prior to your treatment always check where
obtained from before they are used on your skin (it should only be
supplied by a pharmacist).
Will I need time off work?
Generally not, there is minimal discomfort and swelling, you are however
strongly encouraged to follow the aftercare advice and not to wear make up
for the first 4 days. I recommend that you avoid bright sunlight and wear
some dark glasses for 6 hours after eyeliner tattooing.
What about sterility?
I use single use sterile disposable needles and wherever possible single
use sterile disposable medical supplies in all procedures. My technique
has also been assessed by a Registered Nurse to ensure that I am following
best practice and complying with recommended guidelines for infection
control. Needles are NEVER reused.
service providers who use pigment rings and those who are not following
Most cosmetic tattooists in Australia use a Medium/High quality Rotary
Pen machine which does a good job of performing a cosmetic tattoo (in
skilled hands) however after conducting a
detailed comparison between a high quality Rotary Pen and the most
advanced Digital Cosmetic Tattoo Machine available I decided to switch
to using the Amiea Linelle Supreme.
I think my clients deserve the
Tip: Choose a service provider who is
using the most advanced equipment.
Does your salon comply with health regulations?
Yes, my Salon has
approval from the local health authority and is subject to regular
inspections. I meet and in many instances exceed the relevant state and
local health guidelines. If you undergo any form of cosmetic tattooing it
is imperative that you ask to see the salons current certificate of
approval for cosmetic tattooing procedures. Just because a salon has local
health approvals for general beauty therapy services does not necessarily
mean that they have approval for skin penetration procedures, always
insist on seeing the certificate of registration.
For further information from the Victorian Department of Health
Tip: Avoid service providers who do not
display a current registration certificate with their local health
Tip: Avoid service providers who offer
mobile (come to you) services.
How much swelling is there?
Usually there is only minimal swelling around eyebrows and slight to
moderate swelling of the
eyelids and lips.
Are any guarantees offered?
Whilst I always attempt to accommodate requests; due to a wide variety of
influencing factors including the individual differences between clients I
am not able to guarantee any specific outcome.
Have your hygiene procedures been audited by Registered Health Practitioner? Yes, My procedural doctrine has been audited by a Registered Health Practitioner, any changes to
equipment or procedures are reviewed by, and re-audited by my
own health advisor who has 30 years of
formal qualification and extensive experience in Clinical Procedures,
Accident & Emergency, Occupational Health & Safety, Health Education,
Infection Prevention and is a former St Johns Ambulance Honorary Lecturer.
Many of the Cosmetic Tattoo service providers in Australia have no
training by anyone who has formal qualifications in any health discipline
nor do they have any onsite
Registered Health Practitioner and yet they may claim knowledge about
anatomy and physiology, health preclusions & contraindications and
required I can provide you this peace of mind for no additional cost, just ask.
Is it Permanent?
In the past an average of between 3 - 5 years between refresh
procedures was often quoted for Cosmetic Tattoos however due to the
modern safer ingredients in the pigments and because clients are
tending to request thinner lines and much lighter applications of
pigment the time frames between refresh treatments can vary
A cosmetic tattoo can last a shorter or longer
period depending on
your skin type, skin colour, and the colour of the pigment used, the
thickness of the lines, how much pigment is deposited and how
aggressive your immune system is in metabolising the pigment. Factors
such as sun exposure, some skin creams and lotions, exfoliating
treatments and many other factors may affect fading of your cosmetic
Even in the absence of any of the factors mentioned above you can
expect that fading will still occur over time but equally with some
people the tattoo may or may not remain visible for long periods of
time (even with fading) this can vary considerably from person to
person. You should expect that a refresh treatment may be required
anywhere from a few months up to several years after the last
treatment, at the very least I suggest that my clients have a refresh
treatment every 1 - 3 years to keep their makeup tattoo looking at its
Some clients are happy to let their cosmetic tattoo fade considerably
between refresh treatments others like to keep their cosmetic tattoo
looking very bold and fresh all the time for this reason no guarantees
are offered or implied in relation to how long your cosmetic tattoo
will last before you feel you need to have a refresh treatment.
How do I take care of my Cosmetic Tattoos?
I give you an aftercare advice sheet and a cream to be applied 3 times a
day for the first week, after that by just wearing a moisturizer with a
sun block, and for the lips a gloss or a suitable chap-stick with a sun
block. Sunbathing, solariums, chemical peels, abrasive skin treatments and
Retin-A creams will all fade your tattoos more quickly.
Why do some Cosmetic Tattooists refuse to provided services to some
I believe it is inappropriate to refuse to provide client services purely
upon the basis of a persons ethnic group but clients with darker coloured
skin tones need to be aware of some important factors that may affect the
outcome of their cosmetic tattooing .
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Will I be comfortable during the procedure?
The very latest luxurious
electrically operated hydraulic recliner is provided to ensure that my
clients are comfortable during procedures, my procedure chair is
adjustable at the touch of a button, so no climbing on and off
uncomfortable couches, this especially good news for those with back,
hip, or neck problems.
Tip: You will lying down for 1-2 hours
during a procedure so avoid service providers who use cheap
uncomfortable massage tables.
What if I feel a bit anxious during the procedure?
If you are predisposed to anxiety or panic attacks or if you are
especially sensitive to discomfort please let me know prior to your
appointment and we can discuss strategies to assist you. My clients are
always appreciative and cope very well with my approach to treatments. I
am careful not to overbook clients and I avoid distractions during client
consultations, my salon is very private, time is taken to ensure clients
do not feel rushed, soothing music is played softly in the background, and
careful attention is paid to your skin sensitivity. Clients are never
pressured to proceed with a treatment if they feel undecided or if they
wish to take additional time to consider the treatment.
Tip: Avoid service providers who pressure
you to proceed with a treatment or create a stressful environment, if you
don't feel comfortable then take some time to consider your options.
Are there circumstances when you cannot provide a Cosmetic Tattoo service? You will be required to complete a short medical questionnaire prior to
the procedure, in some circumstances a Cosmetic Tattoo service cannot be
provided by Andrea, e.g. if you are under 18 years of age,
if pregnancy is suspected, mothers
who are breastfeeding, persons with healing deficiencies e.g. diabetes, persons with
borne communicable diseases are some examples. There may also be other
circumstances that I may decline to provide a service.
Tip: Avoid service providers who do not
request information about your health conditions or those who appear to be
ignoring ethical considerations.
What does it cost?
This depends on what treatment you have but starts at just $100
for a beauty spot. The price can be paid in two payments one at
the time of the initial treatment and the next at the time of your
perfecting session, or if you pay in full at the time of the first
appointment you may be eligible for a discount.
If within 12 weeks after your first treatment you feel that further treatments are required a fee of $110 is charged to cover
the cost of equipment and incidentals. Single procedure periodical touch
ups are charged at the cost of a first procedure. Further details of prices can be obtained
after a free consultation to discuss your needs.
Your face is one of your most
important assets, a careful unhurried approach when applying your cosmetic
tattoo is always preferable to a hurried or cheap procedure.
Tip: Avoid service providers who promote
themselves on the basis of cheap services because you may end up needing
corrective tattooing, cheap service providers may be cutting corners
on service quality, standards and hygiene.
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How important are our clients?
Due to our unique approach to client services many of our longer term
clients say that they end up feeling like part of the family, we like to
go just that little bit further and make clients feel relaxed, special,
Fresh water and cafe quality English
Tea, Espresso, Latté and yes even Cappuccino are available to
clients completely free of charge during their appointment, just
If a clients appointment is expected
to take 5 hours or longer (e.g. full scalp tattooing) then a
light snack will be offered to you during a break, free of charge
We only purchase premium grade
Ceylon tea and the very best coffee beans are automatically
ground for each and every cup.
Clients often joke that they would
even make a booking just for the cuppas!
What about extreme forms of makeup tattooing?
I discourage clients from requesting extreme forms of makeup tattooing
because of the increased risk of tattoo regret, whilst ultimately it is
your choice if you wish to opt for an extreme style I may decline to
provide the service if I form the impression that you are likely to change
you mind or if I am not comfortable providing the service. You must bear
in mind that while you may have a preference for an extreme look today you
may change your mind and may not like that same look in the future. I
always suggest to clients that a conventional/subtle choice of makeup
tattooing is the best option, however if you do request an unusual or
extreme form of makeup tattooing and if I do agree to provide the service
then it is done so completely at your own risk.
What does the term Eyebrow Embroidery mean? The name "embroidery" refers to a form needlepoint sewing a technique
that creates raised designs that are woven through fabric, it is
misleading to use the word to describe cosmetic tattooing because it is
impossible to embroider a tattoo. Some technicians will use several
different terms such as "embroidery" in order to re-brand
tattooing with a
cheap hand tool.
Tip: The finest hair stroke tattooing is
achieved with the latest microscopic needle the 1 Micro (the finest needle
available), technicians need have the most advanced
Amiea digital equipment and use a special
'Precise' hand piece,
and be specially trained. I attended intensive training with the
manufacturer in Germany with this advanced equipment and I am the
authorised Australian trainer, at the time of writing I have not trained
another Cosmetic Tattooist in Australia in the use of this ultra fine
If you want to know about ultra fine eyebrow hair strokes, just ask me.
Is it true that using a hand tool to softly tap pigment into the skin
is more gentle? No, hand tools tend to place pigment at irregular depths into the
skin, the tattooing often fades faster compared to using premium quality digital equipment.
Does membership of an association guarantee a high standard of service? There are a variety of industry associations both in Australia and
internationally, overwhelmingly most if not all are independent self
appointed groups that have no official regulatory standing, some will even
accept membership from those who merely "intend" to undergo a training
course and with many associations the main requirement is the payment of
an annual fee. The code of ethics/standards of the various associations
are sometimes ambiguous and subjective with a fairly passive attitude towards
enforcement of service standards. Industry associations can be a nice
social and collegial support network for the participants but they are not
necessarily an indication of the standards or the quality of services
provided to clients. Some of the corrective work that I am asked to
perform is due to services provided by technicians who were
members of various associations.
I am an Executive Member
and Co-founder of CosmeticTattoo.org the Global Membership List for
the Cosmetic Tattoo Industry.
I had direct input into the
creation of, and I fully comply with; the
Code of Ethics & Conduct for the Registered Members of
CosmeticTattoo.org which are more clearly defined and have a higher
standard required than most associations.
Tip: Always ask if your chosen service
provider complies with the
CosmeticTattoo.org Code of Ethics & Conduct.
Is training in USA tattoo hygiene standards higher than in Australia? The regulatory requirements for tattoo services in the United States
differ considerably from state to state and although Australian standards
also differ there is far more uniformity in Australian standards than in the
USA. I believe that in general Australian regulatory standards for the tattoo industry are higher
than in the USA, and a Cosmetic Tattooist in Australia should be providing
services to Australian standards not USA standards because USA regulatory requirements have no
force or effect in Australia. If a cosmetic tattooist has genuinely undergone a
training program in Australia the training should have included
detailed instruction in hygiene, infection prevention and prevention of
transmission of blood borne
communicable diseases to the
requirements in Australia and ideally the training program should have been
audited by an Australian Registered Health Practitioner. It should also be borne in mind that the
regulations both in the USA and Australia primarily relate to the body art industry
and therefore they should be regarded as the "minimum standard" rather
than the standard to be aspired to for Cosmetic & ParaMedical Tattooing.
Tip: Look for a service provider who
provides Cosmetic Tattoo services at a higher standard than is required
under the local Act and Regulations, a
clinical approach to Cosmetic Tattooing is 'Best Practice'.
receive questions from people considering Cosmetic Tattooing or requesting
advice on corrective Cosmetic Tattooing from countries all over the globe,
people frequently ask me:
Q: Andrea what do you look for when getting your own
Permanent Makeup done?
This is a sensible question because nobody is going to be as cautious and
particular as a ParaMedical Tattooist is.
My answer is;
I would not book anywhere unless they were offering Cosmetic Tattooing
Amiea Linelle Supreme and Amiea Derma Safe Pigments, because quite
simply I only want the best. If the Cosmetic Tattooist cares about the
finished result of my Permanent Makeup then they will use the best
equipment, pigments, hygiene & standards for my procedure. I would also
ensure that if used their
topical anaesthetics were obtained from a legal source
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