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Common Questions

do you offer consultations

Consultations take place during the Initial Appointment as a part of the process where we go over: Shape, Design, Color(s), Expectations, & Long Term Care. The information on this website will answer (if not all) most questions and concerns you may have, however, you are welcome to email your artist directly before booking to check that they can meet your expectations. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have at (804)-799-2484. There are several factors that would disqualify someone from being a Candidate, such as having any previously tattooed work(see below for details).

what is the difference between cosmetic tattooing and body tattooing?

The purpose of cosmetic tattooing is to enhance the natural features of a client. Cosmetic tattooing is softer, more subtle, an semi-permanent (it is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement). Body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time. 

Cosmetic tattooing such as Microblading, is tattooed into the epidermal layers (where cell regeneration happens) & not deep into the dermal layers like a standard tattoo, which allows it to be permanent. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years as the client’s natural colouration and facial changes occur.

does cosmetic tattooing hurt?

We use a highly effective numbing agent before your procedure begins. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure. Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity tolerance to the procedure.

how long does cosmetic tattooing last?

Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, they will fade over time (1-5 years) and may need to be refreshed every 1-2 years (depending on genetics and lifestyle). Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including: diligence of the client towards planning ahead and following aftercare protocols, the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster-Blondes), lifestyle (sun exposure), skin type (oily or dry), and if any chemical peels (AHA, BHA, Retinols) come into contact with treated areas. Please note that final results CAN NOT be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your 8-week Follow Up appointment and make any changes necessary. Follow Up’s are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring at least 2 visits. The initial procedure, then touch up procedure about 6-10 weeks later(depending on service).

how many treatments are needed?

For all clients, a minimum of two treatments is needed for ALL procedures at least 6-10 weeks apart. With most procedures, the color looks dramatically lighter after the first week or two. Some clients prefer this, while others opt for a bolder look at their follow up session. At your first follow up, we will assess the color retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly the first time, do not worry! We can always go darker, add more colors, and create more density at your next appointment(Natural Semi-Permanent Makeup is built in layers for more natural, subtle look. NEVER a one & done process. NOT receiving a Touch Up (within 6-10 weeks) will leave your procedure incomplete and not finished & additional cost will apply! 

*It is rare, but three treatments( 1 initial and 2 follow ups) may be needed for: those who did not follow aftercare instructions, lighter hair colors, people with autoimmune disorders, oily skin types, color correction, rework, & exercise enthusiasts to achieve dimension and realism. Third session is at the artists discretion.

what factors will affect my cosmetic tattoo?

NOT properly following the provided aftercare instructions. 

Sun exposure: The sun will extremely soften the look of your tattoo, so sunblock should be used (once healed) to prolong your enhancement.

  • The regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment holds.

 

  • The speed at which the skin absorbs the pigment: The slower the absorption, the longer the pigment will hold.

 

  • The choice of color: Some colors fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde color will fade quicker than a dark brown color.

 

  • The area of treatment: Enhancements to the face, for example, fade more quickly due to constant exposure.

 

  • Bleeding during the procedure: Any bleeding during the tattooing procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol, fish oils, and certain medications act as blood-thinners and should not be taken prior to and following your appointment. If you are on a blood thinner medication, you MUST get an approval from your doctor to lower or eliminate your dose before the procedure.

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