With daily life more hectic than ever before, many people are turning to cosmetic tattooing as a way to ‘wake up made up’ on an ongoing basis. But despite its rise in popularity and widespread availability, this semi-permanent alternative to makeup is not without its drawbacks.
Cosmetic tattooing can be used to enhance the eyebrows, define the eyes and create the appearance of fuller lips. It is also used to camouflage scarring, mask hair loss and recreate the areola following reconstructive breast surgery.
This treatment differs from regular tattooing in that it uses pigment instead of ink. Rather than being permanent, cosmetic tattoos are designed to fade in the years following their application.
Unfortunately, the main advantage of cosmetic tattooing – its longevity – can also be its greatest flaw as when a person is unhappy with the resulting effect it can be difficult to remove the pigment used. Inconsistent fading and the work of untrained technicians can cause great distress to the tattooed individual, leaving them seeking a solution to their unwanted cosmetic tattoo.
Thankfully, there are now options for the removal of semi-permanent makeup. While topical and non-laser solutions are available, at the Cosmetic Medicine Centre we prefer to use the breakthrough PicoWay laser device.
This unique technology uses picosecond laser to deliver superior results in both traditional and cosmetic tattoo removal with fewer treatments required. PicoWay works by delivering ultra-short pulses of energy that pass through the skin and are absorbed by the tattoo pigment. The absorption of the light energy by the tattoo causes a shattering effect of the pigment, breaking it down to tiny particles, which are then eliminated from the body.
A local anaesthetic injection, anaesthetic cream or chilled air blower may be used to make the treatment more comfortable. A dressing is applied after the treatment if appropriate. A thin scab forms over the treated area and after this comes away, the colour continues to fade for several weeks.
Treatments are generally scheduled at least six weeks apart with the number of treatments required varying with the amount of pigment present. For more information or to arrange a consultation, contact the Cosmetic Medicine Centre.