Eyebrow Microblading and Cosmetic Tattooing

Tawny Rees is a highly qualified & experienced cosmetic tattoo artist, who prides herself on delivering extremely natural results for her clients. She thrives on enhancing her clients look in a way that boosts their confidence, whilst preserving and honouring their natural beauty. There is no one size, colour or treatment plan that fits all. Tawny has undertaken extensive masterclass training with award-winning & celebrity artists, giving her the ability and confidence to provide her clients with the best techniques available on the market today.

Article Medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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Why consider eyebrow microblading or tattooing?

Eyebrows play a big role in an attractive, youthful appearance. When perfectly shaped and maintained they act as a picture frame for the eyes and give your face a natural lift.  Whilst some of us can be blessed with naturally thicker brows some of us find ourselves reaching for an eyebrow pencil or powder as part of our make up routine. Even those who have naturally thick brows will find themselves filling in their eyebrows to complete their make up look. When we are young our eyebrows are naturally thicker and darker, then aging can take its toll on our eyebrows, as well as other facial features. With age, eyebrows get thinner, lighter and can make us appear older than we actually are. Eyebrows that are fuller and darker contribute to a youthful appearance.

What is eyebrow tattooing and what is involved?

Eyebrow Feathering, Microblading and Powder Brows are all semi-permanent techniques where your trusted eyebrow artist creates hairlike strokes or uses a tattoo machine to fill in sparse or thinning brows. The procedure aims to give you an effortless full brow without the use of brow pencils or makeup. Depending on the method of tattooing will depend on what tools your tattoo artist will use in your treatment. Depending on the individual skin type and how the skin retains pigment the eyebrow tattooing lasts approx 6 to 12 months. This is a semi-permanent treatment where pigments are implanted into the skin to create more symmetry, balance & definition of the brows.  The shape, technique, saturation and colour is custom designed to suit you perfectly. Tawny thrives on producing extremely natural results. Having perfect brows will completely transform, balance & frame your face. 

How do I know what style of brow tattooing will suit me?

The technique used will depend on your existing brow hair, shape, skin type, age, lifestyle, and of course your own goals, as well as any health conditions present. Tawny will consult with you before treatment and recommend what you need.

What is lip blush tattooing and what is involved?

This treatment is for clients desiring more colour in their lips but in a natural way. As we age we naturally lose pigment in our lips, which can start to give a more washed-out look. Replenishing a soft blush of colour will restore youth in a subtle yet powerful way. The colour is softly dusted over the lips and blended perfectly so that nobody will suspect a thing. The key is in the colour choice, which is customised to match your natural lip colour & skin tones. Giving the illusion of fuller lips without actually making them bigger, lip blush tattooing is an alternative to dermal fillers. Combining fillers and tattooing is also possible. Results last on average 1-2 years and sometimes more.

How do I know what style of brow tattooing will suit me?

The technique used will depend on your existing brow hair, shape, skin type, age, lifestyle, and of course your own goals, as well as any health conditions present. Tawny will consult with you before treatment and recommend what you need. 

Who is not suitable for cosmetic tattooing? 

Contraindications include, but are not limited to: Infectious diseases such as HIV or hepatitis, badly damaged or scarred skin, pregnant, under 18, Accutane or Roaccutane within 12 months, botox in the same area within 2 weeks, history of keloid scarring, experiencing flu/sickness at the time of your appointment, blood thinning medications, opioid medications, prescription vitamin A, antibiotics, chemotherapy within 6 months, an existing cosmetic tattoo in the area (please contact the clinic before making a booking. We will need to see a photo of your old brow tattoo before we can accept you as a client. Removal may be required first).

When is my follow up appointment? 

Your complimentary touch will be 4-8 weeks following initial treatment appointment. We always start conservatively for the first session, therefore the follow up appointment is necessary to achieve optimum results. 

How long does it take? 

The first session takes 4 hours and the touch up 2 hours. Consults are 1 hour long, and are usually incorporated into treatment on the same day.  

 

What is the healing process like? 

During the healing process you will experience somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster, best described as ‘brow-polar.’ This process takes 2 weeks on average. On the day of treatment you will be in love with your new brows! On day 2, they will look very dark! This is called oxidation, and is a normal part of the healing process. Around the 1 week mark your brows will become tight and start to ‘flake.’ They may also feel slightly itchy during this phase, but it’s very important to leave them alone! Once the old layer has shed, you may feel the colour is very dull & faded, and in some cases it may even look gone completely! Don’t panic! The new skin is collagen rich and creates a temporary veil over the pigment. Over the next week or so you will see the colour come back through! 

Is it safe? 

Cosmetic tattooing is completely safe when performed by a trained, experienced & licensed professional. Lacuna Brows offers the safest & most up-to-date techniques available on the market today. The integrity of your skin is of utmost importance to us. There are always risks associated with treatments that involve skin penetration, however if advised aftercare is correctly followed, these risks are minimal. We only have single-use disposable items in our clinic, to provide the utmost hygienic and controlled environment for our clients. 

 

 

Do I need a consultation? 

Clients visiting our Melbourne clinic do not require a consultation, unless they have an existing brow or lip tattoo in the area they want treated. Consults are still available for anyone who would prefer to meet with Tawny and discuss options before booking in for treatment. 

 

How do you make sure the result is symmetrical?

Tawny’s uses advanced face mapping techniques to find the perfect brow shape for each client, based upon your bone structure and facial shape. She takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes pre-drawing with a pencil until the shape is 100% perfect. She likes to shape your brows sitting up, as gravity as well as facial muscles have a significant impact on facial symmetry. Tawny will make sure you are completely satisfied with your new brow shape before beginning treatment, she does not believe in rushing such an important step. 

Should I get a patch test?

Patch tests are optional, however not required. We only recommend a patch if you have had sensitivities in the past to: numbing products, latex, pigments, glycerin, witch hazel, isopropyl alcohol, aqua, rosin, or DMDM hydantoin (a preservative). Allergic reactions are extremely rare, but can happen. If you would like a patch test, you will need to come for a consultation prior to booking in for treatment.

BOOKING POLICY 

  1. Consultations expire after 4 weeks, treatment date must be decided & deposit paid before then.
  2. A $200 deposit is required to secure any treatment appointment. 
  3. Clients who no-show, show up more than 15 minutes late, or cancel appointments within 48H will have their appointment & deposit forfeited. 
  4. Included touch up must be within 4-8 weeks of initial treatment unless special circumstances apply & have been pre-confirmed during the consultation. Included touch up after 8 weeks is a $200 late fee. Clients who no-show, show up more than 15 minutes late, or cancel touch up appointments within 48H will lose included free touch up & a $200 late fee will apply to reschedule. 
  5. After 6 months the touch up at a $200 late fee is forfeited, and colour boost pricing applies.
  6. Colour boosting applies to clients who have had their initial treatment (not touch up) within 2 years. After 2 years, new client fees apply. 
  7. Minor (specific) touch-ups within 12 months have a $150 fee. This is a 1-hour session only. If the extra touch up is deemed more than minor on the day, additional fees will apply. 
  8. Clients who have an existing tattoo in the area they want treated but fail to book in for a consultation first, may be turned away on the day, resulting in a loss of booking deposit.

PRE CARE – LIPS & BROWS

Avoid:

Chemical peels, microdermabrasion or facials within 1 month, alcohol within 24 hours, coffee on the morning of appointment, fish oil, Omega 3 or vitamin E supplements within 1 week, antibiotics or painkillers within 1 week, or sunburn within 2 weeks. Don’t plan major events during the 2 weeks of healing, brows will be darker than desired with minor flaking/ scabbing. Lips will be much more vibrant than desired, with dryness & minor flaking/ scabbing. 

Brows only: No waxing within 3 days of treatment, tinting within 3 weeks of treatment (we want to see your natural colour), using brow growth serums within 1 month. 

Lips only: No laser hair removal within 2 weeks, waxing within 3 days. 

Do:

Gently exfoliate the area for 3 days prior and ensure that the skin is well nourished. Wash your hair the night before, as you will need to avoid wetting the area for 2 weeks. Come in with an open mind about the different techniques, but also come in with pictures if you already have a good idea of what you want. 

Lips only: Bring your favourite lipstick or gloss to show us. If you have a history of cold sores, it is highly likely that the simulation of the treatment will activate the herpes virus. It is therefore essential that you consult with a pharmacist and request preventative medication AT LEAST 4 days prior to your appointment. If you have an active cold sore, ensure that you notify the clinic as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment.

AFTERCARE – LIPS & BROWS

Avoid for 2 weeks:  

Touching or pick the area, sweating (no cardio, gym, sauna’s or spa’s), spray tanning, makeup, soap, cleansers, water, sleeping on your face, high UV exposure, sun beds, infrared light exposure.

Brows only: No tinting for 4 weeks, no waxing for 2 weeks. 

Lips only: No alcohol or hot drinks for 5-7 days.

Do for 2 weeks:

Clean the area morning & night with a damp cotton tip; dab dry and then apply a very thin film of Stratamed (no fingers!). Stratamed should dry clear within 5 minutes. Once dry, gently remove excess around the area if necessary. 

Lips only: Also apply Bepanthen throughout the day, as lips may feel dry throughout the healing process. 

1 WEEK POST COSMETIC TATTOO TREATMENT, THE COLOUR IS GONE?

During the healing process, the tattooed area will become darker, and minor scabbing will develop as new, collagen-rich skin forms underneath. This new skin is slightly opaque in colour and creates a temporary ‘veil’ over the pigment. You will start to see this as the scabs flake off. It will make the pigment appear faded and dull. Within 1-2 weeks, the new skin will settle and the colour will return. Protect and nourish this new skin as directed.

 

Are you a suitable candidate for eyebrow microblading or tattooing?

If you feel your eyebrows could be a little fuller or not symmetrical and you are sick of penciling them in, this could be the treatment for you.

Please see below the list contains medical contraindications that would stop you from being suitable for eyebrow tattooing:

  • Diabetes – due to problems with healing
  • Hypertension – blood thinning medication causes excess bleeding and may affect colour
  • Glaucoma – medical certificate with your GP’s approval will be required
  • Roaccutane – in the last 6 to12 months as may result in poor healing
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Psoriasis, rashes, abnormal skin textures, moles or irritation
  • Chemotherapy patients
  • Sun burnt skin
  • Recent laser or cosmetic treatment (we advise waiting 4 weeks so that anti wrinkle / dermal filler can completely settle and so skin can recover)

At Victorian Cosmetic Institute, we offer a thorough consultation to determine the best shape and colour to suit your complexion and enhance your natural features.

Your eyebrow design will be measured up and drawn over your natural brows with a pencil so that you can see what they will look like prior to your treatment.

It is at your consultation that you and your eyebrow artist will determine which tattoo method and best eyebrow shape to help you achieve your ultimate eyebrow goals.

When performing eyebrow microblading or tattooing we make the treatment as comfortable as possible. A fast acting numbing cream is applied to your brows 20 to 30 minutes prior to your treatment. A topical numbing agent is also applied frequently during your treatment to maximise your comfort. The first few minutes are the most uncomfortable as your eyebrow tattooist outlines the shape that has been drawn before any more numbing cream is used. Once this is applied, the area goes almost completely numb, and the rest of the procedure will be a lot more comfortable.

You will be provided with after care cream at your tattoo appointment to use through your healing process. Immediately following your appointment your eyebrows will appear swollen, red and tender. A barrier cream will be applied to your brows by your eyebrow artist to help soothe and keep the area protected post treatment. Your eyebrows will go through a series of changes after your treatment until the final result is seen. A timeline and summary of what to expect whilst your eyebrows are healing:

Day 1 – Brows look great

Day 2 to 3 – Colour of your brows will look almost too dark. This is part of the healing process, they will not stay that dark

Day 5 to 7 – Brows become scabby and the pigment appears to be falling off

Day 8 to 10 – The pigment in the brows may look like it’s disappeared

Day 14 to 28 – Brows may appear slightly patchy and uneven

Day 42 (after your touch up appointment) – Brows will be true to colour and shape

It is important that your aftercare is followed correctly so your eyebrow microblading or tattooing isn’t compromised. No make-up, cleansers, serums or moisturisers are to be used on your eyebrows until your tattoo has healed, which is approximately two weeks post treatment.

Swimming, spas and saunas are also prohibited until you have completely healed. The area of tattooing needs to be kept as dry as possible for one week. You will be provided with an aftercare cream and you are to apply this prior to showering and during your healing phase to keep the area from drying out too much.

If your brows become itchy, apply a small amount of aftercare cream.

No vitamin A or AHA products to be used over the area as it will cause the tattoo to fade. It is also important to cease the use of vitamin A or AHA’s one week prior to having your treatment.

Exfoliation of the area is normal part of the healing process and usually take 7 to 10 days to resolve. It is important not to pick at this as it will affect your final result.

This patient wanted a natural looking eyebrow tattooed so she could cease penciling and powdering her eyebrows. The after photo was taken several weeks after her complimentary touch up appointment. The result is a natural looking brow and she reported a time saving in her morning routine.

Eyebrow tattooing before and after

At Victorian Cosmetic Institute we have a fully qualified tattooist performing your treatment, using the latest cosmetic tattooing techniques. Your treatment is performed in a professional, hygienic and clinical environment.

You will receive one complimentary touch up treatment following your initial treatment appointment.

Dr. Gavin Chan
Dr. Gavin Chan

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