Things to Consider before having Medical or Cosmetic Tattooing
There are a number of things to consider before having Medical or Cosmetic Tattooing. It’s true that these treatments are an incredible way to boost your confidence and help you look and feel amazing. There is no doubt about the benefits that these treatments offer, from how they make you look and feel, right through to the time they can save you – particularly if you’re having Semi Permanent Eyebrows, Permanent Eyeliner or Scalp Micropigmentation.
BUT – and there is a BUT! There are a number of things that you need to really think about before going ahead with a treatment.
I’ve recorded a short video for you, but don’t worry if you can’t watch it right now – I’ve gone through everything in detail below it.
Things to Consider before having Medical or Cosmetic Tattooing
Lets start by having a look at an overview of the things that I will go through with you. These are all things to consider before having Medical or Cosmetic Tattooing. I will go through each one in more detail below.
Contraindications - If you answer YES to any of these, then please contact me as soon as possible.
* Chemotherapy; I am unable to carry out any treatments five weeks pre- or post-chemotherapy. I will also need a letter from your Consultant to go ahead with treatment within the first six months.
* Keloid scarring, this is where scar tissue grows outside of the wound site and is often raised and red in appearance.
* Open or active wounds.
* Herpes outbreaks, warts, infection or other active inflammation of the skin.
* Blood thinning medications.
* Anyone with blood clotting health problems or a history of poor healing.
* Raised moles cannot be treated.
* Breast feeding.
* If you have used Roaccutane in the last six months.
* You must be over 18 years of age.
* Not under the influence of alcohol or any other drugs.
* Must not consume alcohol or aspirin-based pain relief for 48 hours ahead of treatment.
Please contact me if you are on any medications, or have any medical conditions that are not listed. Some medications and medical conditions can have an effect on your results, so it’s important that we discuss these thoroughly.
Why are you considering a Medical or Cosmetic Tattooing treatment?
Why you are considering a treatment is more important that you may think. It’s really important that you consider this question, because it helps both of us to understand your expectations and what you hope to achieve by having a treatment. You may simply want to save time in the morning, so having Semi Permanent Eyebrows or Permanent Eyeliner will give you that extra 20 minutes in bed? If that’s the case – then great, that’s nice and simple.
OR (and it’s nearly always the ‘OR’ option), you may feel that you are lacking in confidence and that Semi Permanent Eyebrows will help to give you the confidence you really desire? Alternatively, you may be considering Medical tattooing after having breast cancer, or to disguise a trauma scar? . If your reasons for having a treatment are emotional (90% are you know) then it’s important that we discuss your WHY.
Your ‘WHY’ is really important, for both of us. Particularly if your decision to have a treatment is linked to illness or trauma. A treatment is not going to erase the trauma or illness that you have experienced. What it will do is help you to feel more confident and positive after your course of treatment.
So, please be prepared to answer my ‘WHY are you considering Medical or Cosmetic Tattooing treatment?’ question.
What are your desired results from your treatment?
Another important question here. What are your desired results from your treatment? It’s really important that I understand what your desired results are, for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, we need to make sure that your desired result is actually achievable. For example, if you want your scars to disappear completely and that’s what you’re expecting from either your Micro Needling or Medical Skin Camouflage Tattooing, then that’s not possible. It’s important that you understand that treatment will help to improve the look and feel of the scarring, but that it won’t disappear completely. In this example, I may recommend skin camouflage makeup to you, to help you disguise your scar further – but this is topical makeup and will need to be applied on a daily basis. There isn’t a straightforward ‘one size fits all’ treatment plan or product requirement. Your treatment plan will be bespoke to you.
We also need to check whether you are suitable for a specific treatment type or style. With Semi Permanent Eyebrow treatments, if you have oily skin and have your heart set on hair stroke brows- then we need to discuss why this style of eyebrow is not suitable for you. Hair strokes do not stay in oily skin unfortunately. I will always be honest with you and talk you through the realistic results that I can achieve for you.
Your Treatment Plan - How many treatments you will need and how frequently.
Your answers from the previous questions will play a part in how many treatments you will need and how frequently.
Some treatments have a ‘typical’ 2 treatment plan, such as Semi Permanent Eyebrows and Areola Tattooing. You’ll notice that the price includes 2 treatments that take place within set timescales. However, even with these treatments there are occasions when you may need an additional treatment, which will incur an additional fee. I will discuss any potential reasons for this at your consultation, such as medications, skin type or lifestyle factors.
Treatments such as Scalp Micopigmentation and Medical Skin Camouflage treamtents are typically a 3-4 treatment plan. Again, you may find that you require additional treatments, depending on how your skin responds to treatment. These treatments are paid ‘per session’.
This isn’t an exact science and your skin is the largest organ in your body – it’s entirely unique to you. Your skin may not react the same way as the majority, so you’ll need to bear this in mind. With that said, the most common reason for needing additional treatments is down to client’s not following the aftercare! Aftercare is King!
Which brings me to our next point nicely. .
Are you prepared to follow the aftercare?
This is very important. One of the most important questions to ask yourself. If you’re not prepared to followed the aftercare 100% then honestly – lets not waste either of our time or your money!
Different procedures have different aftercare instructions, which you will be provided with ahead of your appointment, at your first treatment and also we discuss everything is detail. This is not an exhaustive list, but it gives you an overview of the core aftercare elements.
Cosmetic & Medical Tattooing Procedures
Mesotherapy Collagen Induction Facials
Micro Needling Scar Treatments
Are you ready and able to commit to the long term?
Lets talk about the long term. This isn’t just about you choosing to have a treatment now, its also a lot to do with the long term commitment you will need to make with some of your treatments.
Firstly, lets cover off the Micro Needling scar treatments and Mesotherapy Collagen Induction Facials.
Micro Needling scar treatments: Typically, once you have finished your course of treatment, that’s it. You don’t need to come back for maintenance. The exception to this tends to be stretchmarks, where the skin can lose elasticity over time / from weight fluctuations.
Mesotherapy Collagen Induction Facials: This is really down to you as to when you choose to have treatments and whether you have them regularly. For targeted results, I’d recommend a course of 8 treatments spaced 10-21 days apart. Many clients choose to continue to have a monthly maintenance treatment, to keep their skin looking fresh and glowing. The important thing to remember about any facial treatment is that it doesn’t stop the skin naturally ageing – unfortunately there is no treatment or products that does this! The frequency of these treatments is really down to you.
Now lets look at Medical & Cosmetic Tattooing procedures. ALL Medical and Cosmetic Tattooing procedures will require regular colour boosts, to keep your colour looking fresh. This is because the pigments used fade out of the skin over time.
I use specialist medical grade pigments, which differ from traditional tattoo inks. These pigments enable me to create incredibly natural results, but medical and cosmetic pigments are not permanent in the same way that traditional tattoo inks are. For more on this topic you can click HERE.
For Semi Permanent Eyebrows, Permanent Eyeliner and Areola Medical Tattooing, you should expect to need a colour boost approximately every 12-18 months. This will depend on the colour used initially, your lifestyle and in the case of Areola Medical Tattooing, whether you have scar tissue or underwent radiotherapy.
For Medical Skin Camouflage treatments, you should expect to need a colour boost treatment every 12 months. Skin Camouflage treatments typically need more regular colour boosts. This is due to the fact that the multiple colour blends are used to create a natural skin tone. Not only does your skin tone change over time, external factors such as sun exposure have an impact. Skin Camouflage treatments are also often over scar tissue, which can be unpredictable to treat.
For Scalp Micropigmentation, you should expect to have a colour boost every 4-6 years. Scalp Micropigmentation uses different pigments / inks, which stay in the scalp for much longer.
These timescales are not exact, they are based on the majority of clients. Some clients will need colour boosts more regularly and others will go longer between treatments.
It is very important that you factor in the long term commitment for your treatment, both in terms of the time and money. If you don’t keep up with colour boosts, then your treatment will fade and may discolour over time. This is due to pigment fading out of your skin as a part of your natural skin cell regeneration. It is also down to other lifestyle factors, including sun exposure, regular use of swimming pools (chlorine) and medications. To keep your treatment looking its best you’ll need to commit to regular colour boosts.
How are you feeling?!
It’s a lot to take in, I know! Going ahead with a treatment plan is a big decision – a serious commitment and there are lots of important things to consider before having Medical or Cosmetic Tattooing.
I believe is being completely transparent about the short and long term commitment you will need to make, if you choose to go ahead with a treatment. Many of us focus on the now don’t we – I know I can be guilty of this! However, I want you to be happy with your results both in the short AND the long term.
I always talk about ‘future proofing’ my treatments, which is about making sure that any treatment I carry out will look good short and long term. Basically, I can’t do that if you’re not aware of the long term commitment you need to make.
Please take your time to carefully consider all of the points I’ve raised here. If you have any questions then please let me know.
I look forward to hearing from you. Nikki x