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Con­sul­ta­tion

Whether it’s in a sep­a­rate ap­point­ment or ad­joined to your first ses­sion, this will en­tail dis­cussing your ob­jec­tives, ex­pec­ta­tions and the treat­ment it­self. The tech­ni­cian will as­sess any con­tra-in­di­ca­tions such as med­i­ca­tions that might af­fect your suit­abil­ity for the treat­ment. Your con­sul­ta­tion may also in­volve a patch test.

First ses­sion

The ini­tial ses­sion should be viewed as a foun­da­tion phase, as this is where the base is es­sen­tially laid out. Top­i­cal anaes­thetic is ap­plied around the area about an hour be­fore the treat­ment, al­low­ing ad­e­quate time for it to be fully numbed. Your tech­ni­cian will likely spend time out­lin­ing the tat­too with a pen­cil first to en­sure it’s pro­por­tion­ate and in line with your nat­u­ral fea­tures. Up to 50 per cent of pig­ment can fade af­ter the first ses­sion but this is com­pletely nor­mal and all part of the process of semi-per­ma­nent tat­toos.

Cos­metic tat­too­ing will work for most peo­ple, but if you’re on med­i­ca­tion it may be worth hav­ing a chat with your GP be­fore book­ing an ap­point­ment. For ex­am­ple, those on blood thin­ners may not be the best can­di­dates.

One to two more ses­sions:

Around six to eight weeks fol­low­ing your first ses­sion, you’ll re­turn for the ex­cit­ing phase. This is where the tat­too is de­fined, per­fected and any is­sues are addressed. The same process from phase one is repeated – it should take up to two hours. You may be re­quired to have a fi­nal top-up ses­sion de­pend­ing on how your skin re­tains the pig­ment.

Try: Skin­care specif­i­cally for­mu­lated to care for and en­hance tat­toos: Elec­tric Ink Vi­brancy Serum, $39.95.

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