Cosmetic Tattoo FAQs

Does cosmetic tattooing hurt?

Pain is subjective, although you might feel a slight ‘scratch’ on the skin, the discomfort of the treatment is very minimal.

We use highly effective topical creams to numb the area prior to beginning, as well as throughout our time together to ensure a painless experience.

Do keep in mind that if you schedule your appointment during your menstrual cycle it can make you more sensitive.

We always recommend arriving at your appointment well rested and having eaten as this will assist with a relaxing and pain free experience.

How long does cosmetic tattooing last?

Cosmetic Tattooing is very different from body tattooing as the specially formulated pigment is only deposited into the first layer of skin. The colour is designed to fade naturally over time, hence the term ‘semi-permanent’. This allows for face changes, ageing and for variations in your style.

Depending on the area treated, age of the client and skin condition, results can last anywhere from 6 months to 5 years.

Everyone can experience the fading process differently and it really comes down to skin type and lifestyle therefore we cannot guarantee the same results for everyone.

The majority of our clients will have their brow tattoos touched up around 9-12 months. Maintenance needs will vary from person to person, and we find some clients will need more visits than others.

Why do I need two sessions?

All cosmetic tattoo treatments require two sessions to achieve your desired look, an initial session to establish shape, and a perfecting session approximately 6-8 weeks later. A small percentage of clients might need 2-3 perfecting sessions.

During your perfecting session, we can assess your pigment retention and make any adjustments needed. We prefer to start off more subtle and natural and then gradually build to achieve your desired results.

What happens on the day of my treatment?

On the day of your appointment, we will have a thorough consultation where we will go over every little detail with you, we will discuss shape, colour and style and of course any particular questions you may have as we want to ensure you are comfortable throughout the entire process.

The final result is achieved over two appointments at 6-8 week intervals. We use this perfecting session to see how your skin has healed and make any necessary adjustments.

How long will my appointment take?

There are several stages to each appointment which include: consultation, numbing, outlining the desired shape, customised color matching, and the actual process of the tattooing and any final fine-tuning. We recommend clients allow 2-2.5 hours for their appointment.

Is there any downtime associated with cosmetic tattooing?

Depending on the area being treated, tenderness, redness and minor swelling can occur. Swelling usually subsides within a couple of hours except in lip treatments where it can take up to 24 hours.

With the majority of our treatments you can resume your normal activities straight after your appointment. Keep in mind that you will need to follow our aftercare instructions to ensure the best healed results. It takes approximately 7-14 days for your skin to heal over, and about 4-6 weeks for the colour to fully set in. After your treatment, we will give you thorough aftercare instructions but they can also be viewed on our website in advance if you choose.

Due to the healing process, we do recommend waiting a minimum 2 weeks before any big event or holiday so please be aware of this and consider any upcoming plans when scheduling your appointment.

Is cosmetic tattooing safe?

All cosmetic tattooing should be carried out by a fully qualified and licensed professional, we always encourage clients to do lots of research and ask plenty of questions.

We pride ourselves on keeping our Studio sterile, clean and comfortable. We only use single-use, disposable needles and supplies which are then disposed of safely after each client’s treatment. We thoroughly clean and disinfect our treatment space at the start of the day and after each and every treatment to ensure the utmost safety and hygiene for our clients.

Can I have treatments done if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Cosmetic Tattooing treatments cannot be performed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as there is very little scientific research on the effects of anaesthetic and the pigments used on pregnant women. Due to the influx and change of hormones, they can wreak havoc on our body and skin so healing and results can be unpredictable.

Regarding beauty treatments such as Lash Lifts and Brow Laminations it is best to check with your health care provider.

Can you fix my existing eyebrow tattoo?

If you have had cosmetic tattooing done by another artist, we ask that you book in for a free consultation first to determine a treatment plan. We need to assess symmetry, colour and tone, degree of fading and if removal sessions are recommended to achieve your desired results.

The correction of old cosmetic tattooing, whether it be brows, liner or lips, is a process and doesn’t happen overnight. We are always honest with our clients in what we can achieve and it is important to have realistic expectations and it does require patience and dedication.

What products do you use? Are they cruelty free?

Here at Aura Cosmetic Tattooing, we are very conscious of our impact on our beautiful planet so we are taking conscious steps to ensure that we’re operating as sustainable as possible without putting our clients’ health and safety at risk.

Using single use items and disposing of waste is an unavoidable and necessary aspect of cosmetic tattooing but that doesn’t mean that every consumable has to be ecologically unfriendly. We have sourced consumables made from naturally derived, plant based and renewable materials, and are an eco-friendly alternative for their single-use, fossil fuel derived plastic counterparts.

For all of our treatments, we use pigments that are plant-based, vegan and that contain ethically sourced ingredients that all meet global health standards. By offering you safe, vegan, and cruelty-free pigments, we are not only looking out for your skin and overall health but our beliefs as well.

I am not sure if I am ready to commit to a treatment, can I meet with you before booking?

Absolutely! We love meeting with potential clients and discussing how we can help achieve your cosmetic tattooing goals, we understand getting a cosmetic tattoo can be a big decision and we want you to be 100% comfortable before you commit.

We offer free consultations either face to face in the Studio or over the phone.

How do I book?

You can book directly through our online booking system or by contacting our lovely team on 0468720997.