what to expect
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.
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.
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