Cosmetic Tattooing or Semi Permanent Make Up (SPMU) became fashionable in the 1920s and is mostly used to enhance the colour of eyebrows, eyeliner, lips and sometimes the breasts – particularly after surgery.
The main difference between cosmetic tattooing and body tattooing is the technique used and the ink compounds. SPMU is described as ‘micro-pigmentation’ and involves using a fine needle to place ‘pigmented granules’ beneath the upper layers of the skin. There are hundreds of shades of pigment available to match the skin as closely as possible. Body tattooing ink lacks natural pigmentation tones of the skin, and is placed deeper into the dermis
Many people say eyebrows are your most important feature and studies have shown that eyebrows are more important than our eyes for making a lasting impression!
As the number of Cosmetic Tattoos are on the rise in Australia, unfortunately so too are the number of clients who aren’t happy with their results.
One of the most common causes of discontent from permanent make up seems to be cosmetic eyebrows, which have either changed colour, are too heavy or light, the wrong shape or are poorly placed.
Colour in eyebrow tattoos can change for a few reasons such as;
- Ink or pigment changes over time
- Method and technique of the tattooist
- Intrinsic factors to the client or
- Client’s environment and medicines
OK, so for whatever reason, you’re not happy with your eyebrow tattoos?
Your self-esteem can be devastated by incorrect placement or colour of your eyebrow tattoos. Eyebrow tattoos that are too high, too heavy or the wrong shape can completely change your facial expression leaving you looking worried, angry or unnatural.
Fear not! Laser Tattoo Removal of the eyebrows at Back to Blank Laser Tattoo Removal is not only an increasingly common request, it’s a relatively straightforward one too – but it does require research, patience and commitment.
Here are the most common questions asked about Eyebrow Laser Tattoo Removal
Does the ink matter? Before you start laser treatments it’s good to know what inks will be used in your tattoo. Some cosmetic tattoo ink manufacturers will provide this information to the spas or clinics doing the tattoos and you can ask for this information. More importantly, if you are considering getting a cosmetic tattoo, make sure you ask what type of ink is being used and whether the ink will change colour over time and to what degree.
I’ve heard the ink can change colour during laser treatments – is that right? If the ink in your tattoo contains iron or other metals – which lighter ink colours such as brown, pink or white tones do, they will usually turn darker (black) with laser therapy. This is called Oxidization. We will know when we do the test shot if this will happen to you and then you can make a decision if you want to go ahead or not.
Dark brown ink, black and grey tend to have the best results.
Note: If you are not happy with your current tattoo being too dark, please do not add white or flesh tone tattoo – this will only make things worse.
How soon can I have it done? As with regular tattoos, it’s best to wait for 8-12 weeks after receiving the tattoo before starting the treatment. Firstly the skin needs to heal and the cosmetic tattoos need time to settle into the dermis so that the colours of the ink can show through the tones of the epidermis and the dermis allowing for proper laser treatments.
Will laser remove or kill my eyebrows? There is a less than 5% chance that the laser will damage or kill your eyebrow hair. It will usually turn the eyebrow hair a lighter colour, but your hair will grow back as its natural colour.
If your eyebrow hair wasn’t growing before the laser treatment, probably no hair will grow after treatment.
Do you have to shave my eyebrows for the treatment? No, we no longer shave the area. We work around your natural brows as best as we can, however, they may turn lighter when the laser hits them. This is temporary and can easily be covered with a brow tint or brow mascara.
How will it feel during the treatment? We apply numbing cream to the area to minimize discomfort, but it will feel like an elastic band flicking the skin. The treatment will be intense, but over in 2-3 minutes. We also use a cold air to give you some comfort.
Can you remove just part of the tattoo? Yes. Treating only part of the eyebrows is possible as the laser is very accurate. We will go through it thoroughly at consultation.
How do you protect my eyes? It is a mandatory protocol at Back to Blank Laser Tattoo Removal that all clients wear protective stainless steel eyewear. With the laser so close to the eyes, the eyewear provides proper protection.
What is the aftercare process? While there is no downtime after laser tattoo removal, with face or cosmetic tattoos, we recommend no sun, keeping the area dry, no make-up or creams on the treated area for 2 days and no plucking your eyebrows for around 2 weeks. We highly recommend that you take it easy for 24-48 hours after your treatment.
Will it scar? By following the aftercare instructions, there is a less than 5% chance that you will have any scarring.
How will I look after the treatment? Expect to potentially be slightly swollen and red for 1-3 days. Some clients bruise a little also. Icing the area for 10 minutes every hour will help with the healing process
When will I see the results? Most of the fading happens 6 – 12 weeks following the treatment. If you are healthy and don’t smoke you may get a more rapid fading
How many sessions will I need? This depends on your ‘tattoo’ and your skin type. Normally, it’s 2-5 sessions for microblading technique, while the old ‘tattoo’ technique is normally 6-8 sessions.
How much does it cost? We charge $180 per session (for both eyebrows).
Who will do my treatment? Your treatment will always be done by a fully trained nurse who is fully certified in Laser Safety and Laser Tattoo Removal.
Do Back to Blank Laser Tattoo Removal offer any other cosmetic tattoo removal services such as lips or eyes? We offer complimentary removal of radiotherapy marker tattoos. We don’t offer lip or eyeliner tattoo removal as these can be risky and are best performed by medical practitioners.
If you require any more information or if you would like to book in for a complimentary consultation, please contact us at Back to Blank Laser Tattoo Removal firstname.lastname@example.org or 0413 349 810