The rise of eyebrow tattooing has been significant. According to the Australian Government's Department of Health, nearly 20% of Australians with tattoos regret getting them, and a portion of these regrets are related to people feeling unhappy with their results from receiving cosmetic tattoos like eyebrows, lips or eyeliner.
Understanding the removal process is crucial for those who wish to reverse this cosmetic choice. With that, let’s dive into what to expect and how to prepare for your eyebrow tattoo removal below:
1. Initial Consultation
The first step in eyebrow tattoo removal is a consultation with an experienced professional. They will assess the work, colour and symmetry of the tattoo and discuss your desired outcomes to determine the most effective removal method for you. It's also a time for you to ask questions and discuss any concerns.
2. Choosing the Right Method
There are several methods for eyebrow tattoo removal, including laser removal, and saline removal. Laser removal, the most common technique, uses focused light beams to break down the ink particles. Saline is a non-laser method implanted directly onto the tattoo, much like the same method as the pigment is tattooed into the top layers of the skin. The solution is absorbed by the pigmented cells and bonds with the pigment. This breaks down the pigment and pushes it to the surface of the skin where it forms a scab. When the scab falls off after 5-10 days, the pigment goes with it, lightening and removing the saturation. Your specialist will recommend the best method based on your tattoo.
3. Preparing for the Procedure
To prepare, avoid sun exposure as tanned skin can affect the effectiveness of the removal process. You should also stop using skincare products containing retinol or glycolic acid at least a week before the procedure, as these can sensitise the skin.
4. During the Removal Sessions
Eyebrow tattoo removal typically requires 1-3 sessions, with each session lasting from 60 mins, depending on the method used. The number of sessions varies based on how dark the tattoo is, the type of ink used and how deep in is implanted in the skin. During laser removal, you'll wear protective eye gear and get numbed prior to treatment so you are comfortable.
5. Aftercare and Recovery
Post-procedure care is vital for healing and best results. Expect some redness, swelling, and tenderness in the treated area. Follow your specialist's instructions, which may include applying a healing ointment, avoiding sun exposure, lots of cold compresses to reduce inflammation and not picking at any scabs that form. Full healing can take several weeks.
6. Side Effects and Risks
While eyebrow tattoo removal is generally safe, it comes with some risks. Potential side effects include infection, scarring, and changes in skin pigmentation. Choosing a reputable professional and following aftercare instructions to minimise these risks.
7. Realistic Expectations
It's important to have realistic expectations. Complete removal isn't always possible, and the process can be lengthy and sometimes uncomfortable. The goal is significant fading, making it easier to cover up the old tattoo or leave it faint enough to be less noticeable.
8. Cost Considerations
The cost of eyebrow tattoo removal here at Alexia Makeup Hair Beauty is $150 p/session. It's an investment, so ensure you're committed to the process before starting.
Discover the Path to Renewed Confidence with Alexia. Embarking on the journey of eyebrow tattoo removal?
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Contact us for a personalised consultation and discover how we can help you achieve your desired look. We're here to guide you every step of the way on your journey to rejuvenation and confidence.
"Understanding the decision to remove an eyebrow tattoo is as important as understanding why one gets it in the first place. With so many Australians expressing regret over their tattoos, eyebrow tattoo removal can offer a solution, but it's a process that requires careful consideration and professional guidance," explains Olivia Jones, a leading aesthetic practitioner and beauty & fashion writer at 8news.com.au — one of Australia's reputable news channels.