FAQ's

What is permanent make up?

Cosmetic Tattooing is the process of implanting pigment into dermis layer of the skin, is utilised to enhance one’s own natural features such as the eyebrows, eyes and lips. Permanent make up can be implanted using a hand tool (Microblading / Microshading) or a rotary machine (Micropigmentation).

Why have permanent make up?

Permanent make up is smudge proof, sweat proof, water proof, time saving and cost saving. You can wake up with make up every morning, fresh faced and ready for the day ahead without the effort of traditional time consuming make up application.

How long does it last?

Although permanent make up is low maintenance, it is not no maintenance. Pigment will still be visible in the skin, however, refresh treatment are needed every 12-24 months to keep your permanent make up looking as good as possible. This time period varies from client to client depending upon factors such as, skin type and tone, sun exposure, pigment colour used, style of application, treatment area, topical products and lifestyle.

Does it hurt?

Although the treatment is performed with client comfort in mind, there is a small level of discomfort associated with any form of cosmetic tattooing. To minimise this, your technician will apply topical anaesthetic before and during your procedure to make the experience as comfortable as possible. Some clients will even fall asleep on the treatment bed!

Can I choose the style, shape and colour of my permanent make up?

Teamwork makes the dream work! We always take client requests into consideration when deciding the best style, shape and colour for your permanent make up application. We like to combine technician knowledge and experience with client requirements. However, some skin types are simply not suitable for certain techniques such as microblading, under these circumstances technician knowledge and recommendation is paramount. We will always discuss shape and colour, and use your natural features and skin undertone to determine the most appropriate shape and pigment choice. We will not proceed with treatment until both client and technician are in agreement.

How long does the treatment take?

Consultation: 30 mins

Initial Treatment: 2.5 Hours

Retouch Treatment: 2 Hours

Refresh Treatment: 2 Hours

Treatment time includes 25 minutes anaesthetic. Please be aware Lip & Eyeliner treatments can take an additional 30 mins – 1 hour dependant upon application style.

I’m allergic to brow/lash tint or hair dye, can I still have permanent make up?

Yes. Permanent make up pigments do not contain the dye’s which are found in tinting products. A patch test is always recommended, but completely necessary if you suffer from any known allergies.

Am I suitable for permanent make up?

Most people are suitable for some form of permanent make up. During your consultation your desired results and expectations will be discussed and your technician will advise you on the most suitable permanent make up treatments. A medical questionnaire will be completed by you and then assessed by your technician to make sure you are medically suitable to go ahead with treatment. The main contraindications for permanent make up are:

  • Pregnant or Breastfeeding
  • Accutane or Steroids (Oral / Topical)
  • Blood Thinners
  • Active skin disorders or lesions in the area to be treated
  • Haemophilia
  • Healing or blood disorders
  • Acidic skin care products
  • Lash / Brow serums 6 months pre treatment
  • Hyper/Hypopigmentation
  • Prone to Keloid Scarring

Some medications or ailments may require a doctors note to be cleared for treatment:

  • Autoimmune disorder
  • Cancer
  • Post operation
  • Precautionary aspirin
How much does it cost?

We like to keep things simple at the cosmetic tattooist, for this reason all of our permanent make up treatments are priced the same across the board.

Full Treatment:

£350 (Including consultation, initial treatment and 4-6 week retouch treatment)

Price Breakdown

FREE Consultation

£50 non-refundable deposit secures your initial treatment appointment

£200 (minimum) to be paid on initial treatment

£100 (or outstanding balance) to be paid on 4 – 6 week retouch)

Additional Treatment:

£50 to be paid upon booking. Treatment for any additional minor changes if requested by client. (within 3 months of retouch treatment only.)

Up to 12 month Refresh:

Full Cost: £125

Price Breakdown:

£50 non-refundable deposit secures the appointment

£75 to be paid on refresh appointment

Up to 18 Month Refresh:

Full Cost: £175

Price Breakdown:

£50 non-refundable deposit secures the appointment

£125 to be paid on refresh appointment

Over 18 Month Refresh:

Price dependant upon how much work to be completed. If the permanent make up has faded beyond what would be considered a refresh, or the client requests a change in style or shape, 2 treatments would likely be required so will charged accordingly for a full treatment plan. If the permanent make up has only faded to what is considered a refresh, technician will honour Up to 18 Month top up price.

How will it look immediately after treatment?

Immediately after treatment it is common for the client to experience some redness and inflammation surrounding the area of the permanent make up application. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about, it usually subsides within 12-24 hours post treatment (and usually even quicker than that!). The permanent make up will appear darker/brighter for the first 7-10 before healing to approximately 30% lighter than when applied.

Will you top up my work that was done elsewhere?

Yes, we can work over old permanent make up applied by another technician, however The Cosmetic Tattooist does not offer 1 off top ups of work completed elsewhere. Any client that comes to The Cosmetic Tattooist is required to undertake the full treatment plan of initial and refresh treatment. This allows the work to be adjusted and topped up to the high standards of The Cosmetic Tattooist. If the work is completed to a low standard and needs correction or removal a treatment plan will be discussed and set in place during consultation.

What is Xtract Tattoo Removal?

Xtract is a non-laser, holistic tattoo removal technology. It is a 3-product process in which we stimulate an immune response in your body to release enclosed ink particles and draw them up to the surface of the skin where they can be broken down through a process called ink chelation. Xtract utilises a moist woodcare environment to allow this chelation to continue for up to 21 days, therefor maximising ink extraction and minimising risk of scar tissue.

Am I suitable?

Most people are suitable Xtract Tattoo Removal. During your consultation your desired results and expectations will be discussed and your technician will advise you most suitable treatment plan. A medical questionnaire will be completed by you and then assessed by your technician to make sure you are medically suitable to go ahead with treatment. The main contraindications for Xtract Tattoo Removal are:

  • Pregnant or Breastfeeding
  • Accutane or Steroids (Oral / Topical)
  • Blood Thinners
  • Active skin disorders or lesions in the area to be treated
  • Haemophilia
  • Healing or blood disorders
  • Acidic skin care products
  • Lash / Brow serums 6 months pre treatment
  • Heavy smoker

Some medications or ailments may require a doctors note to be cleared for treatment:

  • Autoimmune disorder
  • Cancer
  • Post operation
  • Precautionary aspirin
My tattoo contains colours such as Red, Yellow, Green, Purple, Blue, White, Can I still have Xtract Removal?

Yes! Xtract is not colour selective. This means it does not target specific colours. Although it is not colour selective, some pigment particles can be harder to remove than others due to the particle size and molecule bonds. For example, Titanium Dioxide (White) can be more difficult to remove and may take additional treatments. You may notice layer of colour lifting over the course of your treatments.

How is Xtract it different from laser?

Laser tattoo removal is a process in which short pulses of intense light are targeted towards your tattoo. This energy is absorbed by the ink particles and which then shatters or fragments the particles into smaller pieces. The body then attempts to remove this as waste product through your lymphatic system where it can unfortunately get stuck inside your lymph nodes. Laser tattoo removal is colour specific and struggles to target or remove coloured inks and pigments. Unlike Xtract, laser cannot be used on all skin tones as the laser can target the clients natural pigment and cause areas of hypopigmentation. Utilising Ink Chelation Technology, Xtract draws the pigment upwards as apposed to it being drawn down deeper.

I have had laser or saline removal elsewhere; can I still have Xtract Tattoo Removal?

Yes, absolutely. Prior removal treatment can make your tattoo more difficult to remove meaning you may require additional treatments. Laser and saline removal both come with high risks or scaring, Xtract’s DNA Repair Serum is clinically proven to improve DNA repair by up to 33%! Due to the laser process, your tattoo may have been drawn deeper into the skin or you may have a ‘ghost’ tattoo remaining, Xtract can be performed to release this ink to the surface of the skin for removal.

How long does the treatment take?

Treatment time varies from client to client depending upon the area and size of the tattoo, this will be discussed during your consultation.

Topical Anaesthetic: 25 minutes

Needling: 5 – 45 minutes depending upon size

Activation Serum Soak: 20 Minutes

Withdrawal Mask: 10 Minutes

Repair Serum and Dressing: 10 minutes

How many treatments will I need?

There are multiple factors that will affect how many treatments are needed.

For complete removal of body tattoo an average of 3-6 sessions are needed however for permanent make up an average of 2-3 treatments are needed. If you just need your tattoo or pmu faded enough to cover up or rework,  your amount of treatments required are generally halved.