FAQ's

What is Permanent Makeup?

Also known as cosmetic tattooing, micropigmentation and digital microblading. Permanent Makeup is the process of implanting colour into the top layer of the dermis. I use the machine method as the results last longer and the method is less invasive.

How old do I need to be?

You must be 18 or over and not pregnant or breastfeeding. I will go through your medical history with you before any treatment to ensure there are no contraindications.

How long will it last?

Permanent makeup can last anything from one year to a few years. Treatments usually require an annual colour boost to keep it looking fresh.

Will it hurt?

Most people only experience a little discomfort during a permanent makeup procedure. High quality numbing creams are used before and during your treatment.

Can you guarantee the result?

Permanent Makeup is a process, not an exact science and I cannot guarantee you an exact colour result. Colours heal differently in everyone, lighter colours fade faster than darker colours, and all colours will change with time.

What do I need to do afterwards?

This will be explained in depth and you will be given written instructions to take home. It is vital that you adhere to your aftercare instructions to ensure that you are not vulnerable to infection once you have left the environment of my clinic. 

Do I need to have the retouch?

Yes you do. Permanent Makeup is always a two part process. If you don’t have this top up within the advised timescale the colour will disappear quickly. Make up with one session is not finished and you will not have a great result.

How do you choose the colour?

Part of your cosmetic tattooing consultation is to colour match you. I will discuss with you the look you are hoping to achieve from permanent makeup, then I will be guided by your hair colour and skin tone and of course your colour preference!

Are you qualified, licensed and insured?

Yes! I have my certificates displayed in my treatment room, I am insured and registered with The New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Professionals, and am Licensed by Auckland Council.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes!

 I currently accept Genoa Pay and will shortly be accepting AfterPay

TREATMENT ADVICE


The Prep:

Before Permanent Makeup the treatment area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive, and non-irritated. Please follow the treatment advice below on how to get your skin ready for the procedure:

  • Do not pick / tweeze / wax / perform electrolysis one week before the procedure
  • Do not tan two weeks prior to the service, or have a sunburned face
  • Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to the procedure
  • Do not work out the day of the procedure
  • Do not have botox 3 weeks prior to the procedure
  • Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners)
  • Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days prior to the procedure.


In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor colour deposit:

  • Do not drink alcohol 24 - 48 hours before your tattoo
  • Do not consume coffee before your procedure
  • Do not take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen for pain relief (these also thin the blood)


If after reading the Aftercare Advice you have any queries or feel your procedure is not healing as explained, or you feel any discomfort or heat in the treated area, please telephone me immediately.
Do not panic that the treated area may show redness and swelling and that the colour looks dark and more intense than required - this is all quite normal. Your procedure was undertaken using sterile products in an aesthetically clean environment. It is your responsibility to follow the aftercare advice given to avoid any risk of infection. Home care post procedure is now down to you!


Additional procedures cannot be undertaken until the area is completely healed. A 6 week healing time is suggested  before further work is undertaken.Once the area has completely healed (approx. 10 days) consider using a sunblock to prevent the pigment colour fading.


Healing consists of three phases:
Heal - The body’s natural defences will create a fine scab to protect the area whilst healing
Peel - After a few days the scab will slough away. Picking at the treated area as it heals will result in pigment loss.
Fade - After the fine scabbing has sloughed away you will see a lighter hue to the implanted colour which is more realistic. After 4/6 weeks the colour will appear to take on a new strength. 


The day of the treatment : Absorb

After the procedure, gently blot the area with clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid. Do this every 5 minutes for the full day until the oozing has stopped. Removing this fluid prevents hardening of the lymphatic fluids.


Days 1-7Cleanse

Cleanse twice daily to remove bacteria, build up of product and oils, and dead skin.Gently cleanse the treated area each morning and night with cooled boiled water (boiling the water first sterilises it) With a cotton pad or gauze gently cleanse the treated area. Do not use any cleansing products at all.


Days 1-7 : Moisturise

Apply a rice grain amount of aftercare ointment with a cotton swab and spread it across the treated area. Be sure not to over-apply, as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin. Never put the ointment on a wet or damp tattoo.


Important Reminders


  • Use a fresh pillowcase while you sleep.
  • Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of colour.
  • No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
  • Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for one week.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after the procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors.
  • Avoid long, hot showers for the first 10 days.
  • Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.
  • Avoid face-down swimming, lakes, and hot tubs for the first 10 days,
  • Avoid topical makeup and sunscreen on the area.
  • Do not rub, pick, or scratch the treated area.


Important note about showering:Limit your showers to 5 minutes so that you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/procedure area out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. 


Lip procedures warning: Laser hair removal can alter pigment colour so it is very important if you are having this treatment to  advise your specialist you have a lip tattoo.






PRICES

CONSULTATIONS

Consultations are free and there is no obligation to book a procedure.


During the consultation I can take a look at your skin and advise on the best method of treatment. I will take a full medical history and check for any contra-indications. If a tattooing treatment is requested then I will patch test you with the pigments. Consultations can ether be done at the time of a procedure or they can be done at an earlier date. 


Please use the online booking form and select Free Consultation.