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Cosmetic Tattooing


Who is the Cosmetic Tattoo practitioner?

Your cosmetic Tattoo Practitioner at SW Cosmetic Tattoo is Suzette Wheatley, the business owner, who has over 15 years beauty industry experience. Suzette is a Beauty Therapist, Cosmetic Tattoo Practitioner, Makeup Artist and Lash Extension Technician. With a eagerness to learn from the best, Suzette trained under the guidance of world renowned Practitioner and Trainer Val Glover-Hovan at her Academy of Image and Design in Sydney, Australia, receiving the Nationally recognised accreditation- SHBBSK003 Design and provide cosmetic tattooing. Suzette holds all of the appropriate insurance and operates in a government approved skin penetration clinic facility. 

What is cosmetic tattooing?

Cosmetic tattooing, also known as permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique which employs tattoos (permanent pigmentation of the dermis) as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup, such as eyeliner and other permanent and semi-permanent enhancing colours to the skin of the face, lips, eyebrows and eyelids. It is used to produce artificial eyebrows, particularly in people who have lost them as a consequence of age, disease, such as alopecia, chemotherapy, or a genetic disturbance, and to disguise scars and white spots in the skin such as in vitiligo. It is also used to restore or enhance the breast's areola, such as after breast surgery. Most commonly called permanent cosmetics, other names include dermapigmentation, micropigmentation, and cosmetic tattooing, the latter being most appropriate since permanent makeup is, in fact, tattooing.


How hygienic is the procedure?

All of SW Cosmetic Tattoo treatments are completed in a government approved skin penetration facility, located in FitSkin Coolangatta, QLD Australia. Hygiene and safety is paramount with Suzette, holding current nationally recognised training in both HLTINF005 Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments and SHBBINF001 Maintain infection control standards. All items used during the cosmetic tattooing procedure are one use only and disposed of appropriately after each client.

Do I need cosmetic tattooing?

Men and women alike can benefit from the art of cosmetic tattooing procedures.
People with physical disabilities or impaired motor skills, such as arthritis, Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis, may choose permanent makeup because it's difficult for them to apply makeup themselves. With permanent makeup they can continue to wear makeup without having to worry about whether they've applied it accurately. People with poor eyesight often invest in permanent makeup for the same reasons.

Cosmetic tattooing also saves you time so its perfect for people with busy schedules, long commutes and numerous commitments. It can save several minutes of your morning routine daily. A lot of clients find that their new found confidence in their appearance finds them only needing to apply tinted moisturiser and mascara each morning. This combined with the waterproof/non-smudging benefits of makeup allows for a much more enjoyable sporting/beach day.

What do I need to make my cosmetic tattoo practitioner aware of before I have my treatment performed?

Pregnancy, medication, and any medical problems are to be discussed with your cosmetic tattoo practitioner prior to making a treatment appointment. There are some health concerns that are contraindicated to having a treatment performed with some health issues simply requiring a doctors letter to state that the treatment is safe to perform.

If you have concerns or are unsure whether cosmetic tattooing is for you, please don't hesitate to book a consultation via the website.

What colours and pigments are available?

SW Cosmetic Tattoo only uses the best quality, approved Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide pigments which are safe and non- reactive substances. Cosmetic tattoo pigments differ to that of conventional tattoos in that they have been blended to create soft colours that are appropriate for the face, with the exception of lip colours. The pigments are created with fine coloured powder which is suspended in a formula of distilled water, alcohol, and glycerine, resulting in ha smooth, fine, creamy liquid. The pigments used by Suzette are purchased from reputable Australian importers and manufacturers, having been tested and proven for for over 30 years. All ingredients are listed on the bottles.

SW Cosmetic Tattoo has a large range of colours to suit your individual skin tone.
The initial effect will look much darker than the healed result, this is discussed at your appointment and below.


What will it look like on my skin and how long until my cosmetic tattoo fades/softens?

The colour immediately after your treatment will look darker than you have requested. Please be assured that over the following 2 weeks you will notice a significant fading/softening of pigments during the healing process. In most cases clients will lose 20 to 40% of colour intensity. The retention of colour pigment can vary between clients due to skin, aftercare being followed/or not, colour used and practitioners method. It is best not to make any judgements on colour until the treatment area as properly healed 5-7 weeks after treatment. With all new cosmetic tattoo procedures a follow up adjustment is included in the initial price.

To help your cosmetic tattooing last please make any treatment facial treatment providers aware that you have had cosmetic tattooing performed. Extended sun exposure, Retina-A, Glycolic Acid Peels or Laser will fade out colour from all treatments.


How long will my cosmetic tattoo procedure take?

Please allow 2hrs for your treatment. This time includes reading through cosmetic tattoo consent forms, measuring and mapping out of tattoo site, pre and post treatment photos, deciding on pigment, the cosmetic tattoo treatment and aftercare advice.


How long will my cosmetic tattoo procedure take to heal, how do i take care of it?

Healing time is short with most people taking only 4 to 14 days to settle. It is hardly noticeable, some clients go to work the same day that they have had their treatment performed, others are a little more sensitive and like to have a couple of days down time. Aftercare advice is given at your appointment both verbally and in paper form. It is strongly recommended that you follow this advice to heal your cosmetic tattoo, have it last as long as possible and avoid infection. Cleanliness is very important. Always wash your hands prior to cleaning tattoo sites, use cotton tips and avoid double dipping in aftercare creams.

What if I've had coldsores and want a lipliner or full lip tattoo performed?

Treatments that cause trauma to the lips are very likely to encourage coldsore outbreaks in people who have the herpes virus that causes coldsores. Clients are advised to take L-Lysine tablets for four weeks prior to any lip procedures, from the day of your treatment double the dose for one week. For the best protection against a coldsore outbreak, ask your doctor for a prescription for Zovirax,     Famvir, Valtrex or similar tablets- with the dosage of 1000mg in total daily, starting the day before treatment and continuing for 4 days after treatment. Failing to follow these guidelines can result in outbreaks, causing pigment to come away with the healing of coldsores and undesired results.


Will it hurt, how can I prepare?

Each person has a different pain threshold so what hurts for some will be a walk in the park for others. It is best to book your appointment avoiding your monthly cycle as we all can become a little more sensitive at this time. As the treatment is performed in a reasonably timely fashion, the benefits and longevity of your procedure outweigh the short time of uncomfortable treatment time. Please don't drink alcohol or take mind altering substances in the 24 hrs prior to your treatment. For lip treatments clients are advised to to have a local anaesthetic administered by a dentist so that you feel nothing. All clients are advised to visit a compounding chemist to purchase the correct cream/gel which is then applied prior to treatment appointment. If you wear contacts, please wear glasses to your appointment instead.

*If you suffer with coldsores and are planning a lip treatment please see above information.

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