Permanent Makeup – Cosmetic Tattoo

Cosmetic Tattooing/Permanent Makeup

Cosmetic tattoo by katy Sullivan

• Eyebrow feathering or hair stroke brows
• Ombre or powdered eyebrows
• Eyeliner, top, bottom or both
• Dramatic eyeliner
• Eyeshadow
• Lip liner
• Lip line & blend to achieve natural fullness
• Full Lip colour, sheer colour or bold
• Blush effect
• Beauty spot
• Scar Camouflage
• Nipple & areola re-pigmentation
• Skin colour correction
• Scar blending

Katy is the owner of Advanced Body Image & Spa Lotus and the Australian Cosmetic Tattooist of the year for 2017, and currently a finalist in 2018 Australian awards. Katy began her career in cosmetic tattooing 19 years ago with the Australian Institute of permanent makeup, Katy was recognised at this stage as the student tattooist of the year in 2000 and this began her long career always expanding her education as a cosmetic and paramedical tattooist.

Although Katy’s skill for cosmetic tattoo/micropigmentation was recognised at a very early stage at an international level she has continued to learn the new and always developing techniques.

Katy has become also very skilled in Scar camouflage and areola re-pigmentation, for the past 16 years Katy has tattooed the breast, scar, nipple & areola for all N.T women free of charge after their mastectomy; Katy works with Darwin’s cosmetic surgeons to recreate the natural look for breast cancer survivors. “I proudly have offered this for the past 16 years at no charge, this is a very special way of finalising the traumatic period of women’s life having survived cancer and hopefully allows them to move forward feeling more confident and comfortable with their body.” Said Katy

Katy’s Qualifications

Career History Qualifications Cosmetic Tattoo Related only;
Bachelor of Dermal Sciences
2018- Finalist in ABIA Australian Cosmetic Tattooist of the year
2017-Wniiner of ABIA Australian Cosmetic Tattooist of the year
2017-Finalist in ABIA Australian Cosmetic Tattooist of the year
2012— SCPC Annual Convention Albuquerque, New Mexico
2010—Blood borne Pathogens– Principles of infection control for the modification industry. Health Educators
2009— SCPC Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada 2009— SPCP board examination to be recognized as a CPCP Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional. Las Vegas, Nevada
2008—Australian Cosmetic Tattoo Professionals Level 2 Examination
2004—SCPC Annual Convention Las Vegas, Nevada 2004—Cosmetic Tattoo Advanced Education (2 day seminar with Conne Lord & Val Glover-Hovan, this course covered advanced techniques, colour selections, skin types when working with pigments, pain management.
2002— COLOUR ME (2 day Seminar with Pat Connell & Val Glover-Hovan, this course covered cosmetic tattoo blush application, eyeliner and eye shadow, three dimensional lip colour & three dimensional hair strokes.
2002— SCPC Annual Convention San Francisco, California 1 of 6
2002— Colour Selection & Colour Correction Advanced Training (2 day workshop) Australian Institute of Permanent Makeup
2001— Association of Professional Aestheticians of Australia—Level B Certification Examination in Advanced Aesthetic Practices specific to Cosmetic Tattoo.
2000— Australian Institute of Permanent Makeup– Advanced Training in Camouflage, Nipple Areola Repigmentation, Skin Re-pigmentation, Body Tattoo & Tattoo Removal.
2000— Australian Institute of Permanent Makeup Award– Student of the Year for Cosmetic Tattoo 2000— Australian Institute of Permanent Makeup– Eyebrow, Lip line, Full lip, Eye line & Eyelash Enhancement.

Profeshional memberships

• SCPC, Society of Cosmetic Tattoo Professionals
• CCPC Certified Cosmetic Tattoo Professional
• Certified Cosmetic Tattoo Educator SCPC
• APAA, Association of Professional Aestheticians of Australia
• CIDESCO Certified
• APAA, Assessor for Australian Micro-pigmentation Examination
• APAN, Professional Certified Tattooist
• ASLMS, American Society of Laser Medicine

What are the different types of treatments?

Eyebrow tattooing can create many different effects, Katy specialises in fine feathered hair strokes often referred to as microblading. This is the most natural type of cosmetic tattooing however there is many different techniques that can create stronger more defined brows, or ombre powdered brows. Your eyebrows are a particularly important part of your face and enhancements with tattooing can create a more full, even and symmetrical brow.

Eyeliner tattoo is amazing for enhancing your features with a very natural application to the top or bottom eyeliner, or both. Katy is also well known for creating dramatic or extended eyeliners for clients wanting to re-create the way they apply make up they wear every day or on special occasions. Every client has different requirements and unique eyes, during your consultation Katy will explain the options and considerations that influence the best outcome.

The results with lips are incredible, most clients want to tattoo their lips to create a more even and fuller look, often with minimal or very soft colour. The reason for this is as we age, and our skin is affected by sun damage, cold sores and collagen loss, this often results in loss of colour loss where the lipliner would have been, in this case we can re-create a lipliner and blend the colour down into the natural lip pigment. This is called a Lip line and blend or in some cases a full lip colour. Vivid stronger colours are also possible in the case where you have a favourite colour and look forward to not having to apply lipstick constantly.

Paramedical Tattooing

This is a combination of skin needling and cosmetic tattooing – cosmetic tattooing is used to restore skin colour. Paramedical tattooing is used extensively in clinical situations to perform some of the following procedures:

• Scar camouflage- Katy often works with plastic surgeons to soften the appearance of surgical scars, skin grafts, colour loss due to skin cancer removal.

• Nipple areola recreation/re-pigmentation- this is the process of Katy tattooing the newly created nipple after the surgical scars have healed, to have this procedure you will need to consult with your surgeon and when they have advised you are suitable for the tattoo procedure they will referred you on for your consultation with Katy.

• Vitiligo re-pigmentation/camouflage- commonly requested by clients who have white patches of skin. Treatment is designed to improve skin camouflaging between non-pigment areas and the rest of the body.

What is Cosmetic Tattoo, Micro-pigmentation?

Permanent cosmetics, Micro-pigmentation and Cosmetic tattooing are all methods that describe methods of implanting pigments and colour into the skin. In general with these methods the colour or pigment is not implanted as deep as a body tattoo and do not last as long.

What are Medical or Paramedical Tattoo?

This is a highly specialized and advanced area of permanent cosmetics that focuses on camouflaging imperfections in the skin appearance. Examples include surgical scars (e.g. breast reconstruction, hair transplant), trauma scars (e.g. accidents or burns), or unnatural skin conditions (e.g. Vitiligo, Alopecia). The techniques restore colour and symmetry to an affected area(s). This is a highly specialised area and required enormous experience and advanced levels of qualifications.

Is it really a tattoo?

Yes, although the pigments are not the same as tattoo ink. For paramedical procedures and for permanent cosmetics such as eyebrows, eyeliner and lip colour, Katy uses a digitally-controlled device. The tiny sterile needles are discarded after one use. Their penetration of the skin is not as deep as a body tattoo and less invasive.

How are the procedures performed?

Cosmetic tattooing is performed in many ways using different types of equipment. The name of the device that holds the needle describes the application method. The categories of equipment and methods are as follows: Manual Hand Tool method (also called Microblading, Hand Tap or Non-Machine method); Coil Machine method (a smaller version of the traditional tattoo machine); Analog Pen or Rotary Machine method (most commonly used); and Computerized Digital Machine method (most sophisticated technology). Katy has trained extensively in all of the above techniques and this has enabled her a to create a very technically advanced method of application individual for each procedure.

Is a Cosmetic Tattooing procedure painful?

Due to the sensitivity of the skin most clients feel minor discomfort that varies according to their pain threshold and response to anaesthetics. People describe what they feel in different ways such as irritation, scratching or pressure. Katy uses medical grade topical aesthetic creams and gels before and during all procedures to numb the area and minimize discomfort during the procedure. Often Clients are surprised that it was more comfortable than they expected and faster than they realised also. Those with body art comment that the cosmetic tattooing is painless compared to traditional tattooing. Overall, people feel the benefits and results far outweigh any brief discomfort they might have experienced during the process.

How long do Permanent Cosmetics last?

The results are considered permanent because the tattooed colour cannot be washed off. However, the colour should be considered “semi-permanent” because some fading will occur over time. Colour retention is affected by different factors including the shade of the original colour, the person’s age and metabolism, skin type and condition, exposure to UV radiation (sun, tanning booths), smoking, certain drugs and medications, skin treatments such as microdermabrasion or the use of doctor prescriptive topical Vitamin A creams such as Retin-A. Generally, the colour lasts from 1 to 5 years and can be enhanced and refreshed by a maintenance visit when needed (usually at a lower fee than the initial procedure when performed by the original artist).

What is a touch-up appointment?

During the initial procedure (first application), the tattooed area(s) will absorb pigment, our skins are much like a sponge and this means at times you may reach maximum colour or pigment absorption. Those areas will show less colour after healing and may need another visit to be filled-in (a touch-up). Because everyone’s tissue reaction is different, some clients will need a second visit while others will not. First, the tattooed area must heal before a refinement procedure can be performed. It is best to wait 4 to 8 weeks for complete tissue healing and colour stabilization. Once the desired results are achieved, the client can keep the colour looking fresh with a maintenance visit every few years.

How much does it cost?

All procedures are priced individually due to the desired outcome, we always provide initial consultations free of charge without obligation. The price of your treatment will include after care information, products required for the healing process and of course your retouch appointment should you need a follow appointment in 4 to 8 weeks.