Cosmetic tattooing, also referred to as permanent makeup, micropigmentation and dermagraphics is the process of implanting color pigment beneath the surface of the skin by use of a small pen-style machine or hand held non-machine tool known as microblading. Cosmetic tattoos are excellent for those who desire a soft natural enhancement to their appearance. Our goal at Swoon is to create that "no make-up, make-up look" where we compliment your natural beauty by adding subtle color and depth to your facial features. Specifically to eyebrows that may be sparse, uneven or over plucked, lips that are colorless or undefined and eyes to create the illusion of a thicker, darker lash line. The pigments we use are manufactured using the highest quality colorants available in the industry, resulting in excellent color retention and superior results. The pigments contain iron oxide that is already present in the human body making them the safest pigments to use. We use completely hygienic disposable one-use parts including all needles, hand tools, blades, caps, casings – anything that comes into contact with our clients are brand new and sealed prior to their procedures. Our salon is clean, hygienic and is in compliance with The Safe Body Art Act of Los Angeles County.
What to Expect
The cosmetic tattoo process starts with a consultation either in person or by phone, the procedure appointment - including the design of the look you are after, applying topical anesthetics for your comfort, the application of the pigment, and going over aftercare and healing.
All procedures include at least one touch up visit to evaluate the healed results and color retention, and for perfecting the design and color. You will need to come back for at least one touch-up visit before it can be determined that your work is complete. Touch-up appointments are scheduled 4-6 weeks after the initial visit and are not available anytime before the 4-6 weeks time has passed as your skin needs time to heal.
Please be prepared for the color intensity of your procedure to be significantly darker and brighter than what is expected for the final outcome. As your skin exfoliates during the healing process, the color will soften and fade, especially within the first month when you will lose approximately 20-50% of color depending on the location. While the cosmetic tattoo procedures are considered permanent and may initially appear the exact color and tone desired, over time the color will fade due to aging of the tattoo, health and/or environmental factors and color retouching may be nessecary after approximately 3-5 years.
Cosmetic tattoo procedures are not recommended for anyone that is pregnant, nursing, diabetic, sick, undergoing chemotherapy, has a viral infection and/or disease, epileptic, has a pacemaker or major heart problem, organ transplants, skin irritations or psoriasis near the treated area, or has had botox in the past 2 weeks.
Prior to lash enhancements, eyelash extensions must be removed 1 week before procedure and lash serums must be stopped 3 months prior to procedure.
Prior to a Lip Blush procedure, those who have a history of the herpes virus must treat themselves with a herpes simplex medication at least 3 days prior to the procedure or as directed by your physician.