Working over existing cosmetic tattooing performed by another artist is considered Corrective Cosmetic Tattooing which takes more time, and is usually more difficult based on a number of different variables. In some cases prior work from other artists can be corrected as long as the shape is good and the brows have faded substantially, by at least 60-90%. However, not all work can be corrected or covered without removal first. It’s rarely a simple touch up, and many clients contact us thinking that all that needs to be done is to go over or “touch up” their previous microblading or cosmetic tattooing.
Due to the nature of corrective work, it can be more challenging due to a variety of issues including how saturated the skin is with pigment, what type of pigment and tattoo device or tool was used, the depth at which pigment was implanted, and if there is any existing scar tissue present.
For clients with existing or prior cosmetic tattooing, photos and consultation are required prior to scheduling.
Photos can texted to Lynne at 503.805.3488, close up, clear photos in good lighting.
Includes first two sessions
Each Additional Session
Corrective Cosmetic Tattoo Guidelines
Lynne will contact you if in-person consultation is necessary after photo submission. Artist will not agree to work over any existing work that is too dark, misshaped, or scarred, without corrective measures first such as saline non laser tattoo lightening, laser treatments, or microneedling treatments to address any scarring that might be present.
Pre-existing cosmetic tattooing must be very light and 70% of the cases reviewed are rejected if corrective measures are not agreed to upfront. It is impossible and unethical as an artist to correct old or improper work by simply tattooing over it again and again, doing touch up after touch up. Working over previous cosmetic tattooing can be complex due to unfavorable color, shape, and poor condition of skin. Difficult cases are currently rampant due to scarring caused by Microblading performed too deeply.
Should it be discovered at 1st session that color or shape correction is necessary due to prior permanent makeup done by another artist, the following could be applicable. As long as the work done by the previous artist has faded to the point of being covered easily (the color is light and the shape is good/technically correct), we can proceed as planned. Any changes to the plan will be discussed before work is performed. Occasionally when the existing color is too dark or the shape is incorrect and cannot be covered or corrected, saline or laser lighting may be necessary prior to proceeding.
At times corrective cosmetic tattoo work can require 2-3 sessions, sometimes 3-4 sessions are necessary, every case is unique and different.
Typically with correction cases, going forward, touch up visits may be required more often as the new pigments fade and the prior unwanted underlying pigment resurfaces. Additionally, if pigment does not implant as predicted after the first session has healed, we may find during the process that removal or lightening will be necessary. This will be addressed on a case by case basis and every attempt will be made to cover existing work, however, as a skin care professional, I will not unethically further compromise a clients skin by working over existing work that I know from experience will not be successful.
Saline Lightening is necessary when the existing cosmetic tattooing is too dark, too large or mishaped, 70% of corrective cases are declined due to this type of existing work needing lightening first. Many clients choose to decline removal first, and continue to contact different artists until they eventually find someone who will tattoo over the compromised work. This is not recommended, and in the end will result in compounding the situation with additional layers of pigment that will ultimately need removal or lightening. This inevitibly ends up costing clients more money and downtime from the procedures in the future. As I explain to many, it’s similar to trying to paint over a rust spot on a vehicle without properly sanding and priming the area first, and can be a recipe for a disaster resulting in further compromised skin.