Most people don’t associate tattoo removal with cosmetic tattoos, but the demand for laser tattoo removal of cosmetic tattoos in Phoenix is one of the fastest growing needs in the community, with eyebrow tattoos showing the highest demand.
Cosmetic tattoos are often located on the face and are designed to mimic the appearance of makeup. Sometimes called, “permanent makeup,” many men and women choose eyebrow tattoos to save time on applying makeup on a daily basis. Instead of spending a few minutes touching up their eyebrows each week, they spend a few minutes getting a tattoo instead and have full-well defined eyebrows for life.
Similar cosmetic tattoos can be done to imitate eyeliner, accentuate the lips, or give color to the cheeks, but cosmetic eyebrow tattoos are by far the most popular.
There is also an increasing demand for eyebrow tattoo removal. Whatever the reason for tattoo removal – whether the color has changed or the style needs an update – Here’s what you need to know.
Eyebrow tattoo removal is a simple and safe procedure. While some people fear that the proximity to the eyes makes laser tattoo removal of cosmetic tattoos dangerous or unsafe, well-equipped tattoo removal clinic should be able to handle the procedure.
Many people considering eyebrow tattoo removal have concerns about safety and the procedure or are just curious. The main differences between cosmetic tattooing and traditional body tattoos are the techniques and types of ink compounds used.
The following questions are some of the most frequent concerns among people considering eyebrow tattoo removal.
The ink used in cosmetic tattoos is made up of organic and/or inorganic colorants which can change pigment in your skin for a number of reasons.
The four main factors for cosmetic tattoo ink changing color after being injected are:
If you require laser eyebrow tattoo removal because pigment has changed color, the tattoo can be removed regardless of the cause of pigment color change. However, it’s best to know what type of ink was used in your tattoo because this information will give you an idea of how long it will take to fade over the course of how many treatments.
Most professional tattoo parlours will know what type of ink they are using. If the tattoo artist isn’t sure of the composition of the ink, ask for the name of the product and find out what type of compound it is from the supplier.
It takes between 1 and 7 laser tattoo removal sessions to completely remove an eyebrow tattoo, depending on the type of ink, your skin, and the technique used by the tattoo artist who did the tattoo.
If you require a more precise estimate of how long your tattoo removal will take, ask your tattoo removal technician for a more detailed estimate. Depending on how detailed the information you supply is, you will get a more detailed estimate.
Laser tattoo removal on the cheeks or lips may take longer because the ink compounds commonly tattooed on these areas tend to get darker before getting lighter during laser removal treatments.
It’s best to wait 8-12 weeks before starting any laser treatments after getting a new tattoo of any kind. In order for the procedure to be effective, a tattoo needs to settle into the dermis so that the colors of the ink can show through the tones of the epidermis and the dermis.
When the iron used in ink compounds commonly used for cosmetic tattoos is treated with a laser it oxidizes, turning the tattoo to a rusty brownish color after the first or second laser treatment. Subsequent treatments will eventually remove the tattoo and the rusty brownish hue completely.
Reputable tattoo removal clinics require clients to wear protective stainless steel eye shields if any work is being done on or near the face. Eye protection is absolutely critical and you should never consent to any laser removal near the face without it.
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 exposure to water and don’t apply any makeup or cream to the area treated with a laser.
Get as much rest as possible, eat well, and let your body recover.
Any hair loss resulting from laser tattoo removal treatment is temporary. Your eyebrow hair is likely to turn white following the treatment because the laser removes the pigment. Whitening is perfectly natural and is not permanent.
If you got a cosmetic eyebrow tattoo to conceal the appearance of hair loss, the area being treated will remain hairless once the tattoo has been removed.
You can expect some pinpoint bleeding and mild to moderate swelling directly after your first treatment. The swelling will subside within 24 hours, and in the skin should be back to normal within 2 weeks. However, the wait time between treatment sessions is between 6 and 8 weeks to ensure there is no permanent damage to the skin.
In some cases two treatments are enough to remove the tattoo because the compounds used in cosmetic tattoos do not have the same staying power as regular tattoos. The time it takes the tattoo to fade completely depends on the type of pigment and how it interacts with your skin.
The tattoo will continue to fade throughout the years, even after your final treatment.
We offer free consultations to answer any other questions you may have. If you are in the Phoenix area, give us a call!