With bold and defined brows becoming a major beauty trend these days, so too has popularity of the tattooed eyebrow, with new tattooing techniques such as, 3D hair stroke, Combination, and Ombre are making these dream eyebrows a reality. Many of us think that semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing is just filling the entire brow shape with a block of ink, when in reality when done correctly this couldn’t be further from the truth.
With 3D hair strokes for example, each stroke is meticulously placed to create individual tattoo ‘hairs’ and a natural looking brow. And for the bold, the Ombre technique uses a full fill for a very defined look with softer, shaded edges. Is it any surprise that you need to employ an artist to achieve the result you desire!
Regardless of the technique used, over time cosmetic tattoos can begin to fade or lose their stroke effect. There are a number of reasons for this including the use of low-quality pigment in the ink, a poor application technique, inadequate aftercare, failure to arrange your top-up’s, or excessive oil production in the brow area.
When a cosmetic tattooed eyebrow is applied correctly it can look amazing and can really help frame your face. Unfortunately, when a cosmetic tattooed eyebrow is applied incorrectly it can be devastating for the individual; this is where I can help!
Clients approach me for help when their eyebrows end up the wrong colour, style or shape, whilst others reported that their cosmetic eyebrows were making their facial expressions look angry or unnatural. If this is you, laser tattoo removal may well be the right solution?
The main differences between cosmetic tattooing and traditional body tattoos are the techniques and types of ink compounds used; fortunately, cosmetic tattoos are usually much easier to remove, and most cosmetic eyebrow treatments take between 3-6 laser sessions, spaced at 8-12-week intervals.
The first step in the process is a free one-to-one consultation where we assess your brows, discuss your goals, check your medical history and assess your suitability for the procedure. You will also have the opportunity to inspect our clinic and equipment and ask us any questions you might have. When you walk out of this free consultation you should have all the information you need to make an informed decision.
If you still wish to proceed with treatment, we will then carry out a patch test at a cost of £25, which is then deducted from your first treatment.
Test patches must always be carried out to determine the treatment parameters and to judge how your skin might react to a full treatment. This is important because it enables us to assess how well the light energy is being absorbed and whether your skin is responding as would be expected. Assuming your skin settles well following the patch test you can return for your full treatment after 7-days.
During each tattoo removal session, the high-intensity light emitted by our active Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser is absorbed by the tattoo pigment, which results in the breakdown of the ink. The laser treatment itself is very quick, it only takes a few minutes per eyebrow. Most clients describe the sensation as similar to hot fat spitting on the skin. Whilst the treatment can be uncomfortable, we use our skin cooling device during and after treatment to reduce any discomfort.
Check out one of my treatments in action below…
Were you aware that your lymphatic system recognises the presence of foreign material as soon as you were inked, but it was not able to excrete it because the ink particles were too large?
Our lasers job is to shatter the larger ink particles into smaller ones that can then be excreted through your body’s natural immune system. The speed with which the pigment is removed is dependent on the location of the tattoo on the body. The body parts which are close to the heart have a high flow of blood circulation, and thus, these tattoos fade faster than those located away from the heart. This is the reason why ankle tattoos take more sessions to fade away completely.
The ink usually used for semi-permanent tattoos consists of a variety of compounds that can often differ with each aesthetic practitioner. It is not unusual for the iron used in tattoo compounds, (in particular cosmetic tattoos) to oxidise when treated with a laser, therefore you can expect your tattoo to turn into a rusty brownish/greyish colour after the first or second laser treatment; this is nothing to worry about and subsequent treatments will usually remove the tattoo.
Some whitening (frosting) of the hair is also likely to occur during the laser treatment, this is temporary and any hair loss during treatments will grow back. You can also expect some pinpoint bleeding and mild to moderate swelling directly after your first treatment, although the swelling should subside within 24 hours and the skin should be back to normal within 2 weeks.
If you have only just had your eyebrows tattooed your skin needs a minimum of at least 8-12 weeks before you start laser removal treatment. This period is vital to allow the ink to settle down in the dermis so that the colours are clearly visible on your skin.
Eyebrow tattoo removal aftercare is simple, the less you do, the better. It’s best to avoid any external contact with the affected area for 3 days after your treatment. Avoid touching the area and do your best to sleep on your back. Avoid exposing the area to water and don’t apply any makeup or cream to the treated area. Get as much rest as possible, drink lots of water, eat well, and let your body recover. Would you like to find out more? Get in touch to arrange your free video consultation today!
I recently had my eyebrows enhanced by the talented Georgina King from Contour Blush after the pigment in my eyebrows started to fade. Why not check out her blog where she not only talks us through the process but also captures my treatment in action!
Love Katie x