This is a cosmetic procedure where pigment is injected into the skin via multiple needle punctures to accent, outline and colour the lip line, lip body, eyeliner or eyebrows.
If you lead an active life where swimming and traveling are a part of your lifestyle, permanent make up and cosmetic tattooing can really make a difference. Also if you find that your eyes get watery in the wind or are very sensitive to the elements and make wearing makeup difficult, then permanent eyebrows and liner may be just the thing. Many women are also very busy professionals and need to wear makeup in their everyday life but are not adept at such things nor do they have an interest in drawing beautiful eyes and lips on every morning.
Other women have found that due to eyesight problems they simply forego makeup because they can’t see what they are doing or have shaky hands. These ladies need not worry if they have eyeliner and eyebrows permanently tattooed on and all they need is a touch of lip-gloss or a little powder on their nose and they are good to go. Another reason women opt to have permanent facial tattooing is because of allergies to commercial cosmetic products. Other ladies have had chemotherapy or have hair loss illnesses that have made them feel less feminine. These issues can be altered with cosmetic tattooing and can give ladies a whole new sense of self-esteem.
The following are common areas that can be tattooed:
The most common procedure used to be the tattooed lip liner, which simply added a bit of colour to outer edges of the lip. It was more popular when the colours available were more limited but today there is a great array of different blends of colour that can be applied to the entire lip to give a much more natural appearance. It is said that a woman’s age shows up more around the mouth than the eyes because the lips tend to get less full over time. Also small cracks may begin to appear on the outer lip area and sometimes lipstick bleeds and looks less becoming. Although tattooing a lip does not necessarily correct the effects of sun damage or aging, it can make the lips look fuller and therefore give the face a more youthful appearance overall. It can also define the mouth in a way that looks very natural, especially if soft pigments are chosen and an expert technician uses the right techniques so that the colour does not look tattooed.
So after you have had an initial consultation with your cosmetician and have been shown pictures of tattooed eyebrows and have selected what shape and colour you want, you will probably leave the procedure in the hands of the experts. Since you are about to have ink permanently injected under your skin that will last several years, and will be visible to everyone you encounter for a long time, and will be the first impression you give to the world, I suggest that you practice with a brow pencil before the procedure to decide the shape, thickness and length of eyebrow you would like.
I can’t stress the need to do a pre-shape consultation with your cosmetician or to do some shaping through trial and error with your own eyeliner, prior to anything else. Check out eyeliner shaping books and look at pictures …anything…but get it right the first time so that you will never need to have eyeliner tattoo removal done because the shape or thickness was not what you wanted. Your face is the canvas, the stencil or shape is the basis for the art that will take shape and it’s permanent and it’s on your face!
Your aesthetician will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure.
Lip tattooing requires the use of anaesthetic injections in the mouth to completely numb the lips so that tattooing can be done with minimal discomfort. Although there is some mild stinging experienced with these injections it is minimal and passes quickly.
Anaesthetic creams, ointments and liquids are used to numb the eyeliner and eyebrow areas. These are applied a few minutes before the tattooing is started and will minimise any discomfort felt during this procedure. Some slight stinging may be felt during the procedure but it is minimal and more anaesthetic can be applied during the procedure if necessary. If you are allergic to local anaesthetics you must let your cosmetician know before the procedure is carried out.
Immediately after tattooing, a patient will notice that the colour may be darker than desired. Will a lip tattoo fade? Yes. Within the first few weeks, as the area heals, the intensity of the colour will most certainly fade and look more natural. You are advised to attend for a follow up review where any adjustments to the shape can be done and then it is important to see you cosmetician every 12 months so that she can refresh the colour.
Anyone undergoing any type of cosmetic tattoo procedure runs some risk, and there are times when cosmetic tattooing is contraindicated or should be performed with caution. Please notify your cosmetician if you are taking any of the following medications or suffer from any of the following conditions:
The other main concern with cosmetic colour tattooing around the mouth and lips is the presence of the ‘cold sore virus’. This is a virus commonly contracted during childhood, which causes cold sores on the lips and surrounding skin. It remains dormant in our bodies for several months or years at a time but will ‘flare up’ due to sun exposure, stress or skin trauma. Cosmetic tattooing is classed as skin trauma and therefore, this virus can flare up even after several years as a result of cosmetic tattooing especially involving the lips. It is VERY important that you advise your cosmetic tattooist if you have a history of cold sores (no matter how long ago) PRIOR to arranging for cosmetic tattooing. Due to the possible link with Chickenpox or Shingles it is also important that you advise your cosmetic tattooist if you have had either of these conditions. The possibility of a flare up of cold sores after tattooing can be avoided or lessened by the use of ‘antiviral’ medications prior to and after your cosmetic tattoo is done.
As with all semi-permanent makeup procedures, the aftercare is very important. Since it’s normal for lips to feel dry and chapped, moisturising is one the most essential aspects of the aftercare process. Sometimes there can be slight bruising, and some areas may look bluish, but this is not usually due to the pigmentation but an effect of the tattooing process and should go away during healing.
Eyeliner and eyebrows will also appear dry and flaky so it is again essential to moisturise the area regularly using the ointment that is given to you with your aftercare kit.
If swelling persists or you are worried about possible infections or cold sores, contact your cosmetic aesthetician immediately.
Semi-Permanent Makeup treatments are performed by specialised cosmetic tattooists only and at Rejuven8Cosmetix we have an award winning Cosmetic Tattooist, Paramedical Aesthetician and Endorsed Enrolled Nurse – Diana Joyner.
(ALL TREATMENTS ABOVE INCLUDE A COMPLIMENTARY ADJUSTMENT <12WEEKS)