Giving Mother Nature a helping hand

WHEN people think of tattoos, perhaps the images of a bikie or a sailor on shore leave are what most readily come to mind, but this is a rather narrow definition.

Unlike traditional tattooing, cosmetic tattooing is all about subtlety enhancing one's natural features and is becoming an increasingly popular procedure for both women and men.

So what does cosmetic tattooing entail?

Unlike traditional tattooing, the cosmetic version penetrates the skin less deeply, is relatively painless (no worse than having your eyebrows plucked) and is applied to procedures such as eyebrow enhancement, lip and eye lining, scar tissue coverage and the treatment of skin pigmentation issues.

The advantage is that you always looks well- groomed without the hassle of daily make-up application; even if you are perspiring, playing sport or having a swim, the tattooing stays in place.

The procedure also plays an important role in helping women recover from breast cancer surgery as areola can be re-touched or re-designed following a mastectomy or a breast augmentation.

Exhibiting at this year's Toowoomba Senior's Expo is an exponent of the art of cosmetic tattooing, Esmeralda of Esmeralda's Cosmetic Designs.

Hailing from Brazil, and with over 20 years' experience in the beauty therapy industry, Esmeralda has worked as a cosmetic tattooist for more than a decade.

A member of the Association of Cosmetic Tattoo, Australia, Esmeralda works under the strict hygiene guidelines required by Queensland legislation meaning her instruments are disposable and single-use only and all pigments are made from non-reactive, pre-sterilised ingredients.

When visiting the Expo booth, visitors can enjoy a free consultation, view an extensive portfolio of 'Before' and 'After' client images and take away brochures and other literature with a full explanation of all procedures.

Esmeralda operates out of Angel's Day Spa which is attached to Fernwood Fitness at the Bernoth Centre in Ruthven Street and also services clinics in Brisbane, Kingaroy and Caloundra.

More than a quarter of Esmeralda's clients are 60 years or older and Seniors enjoy a 15% discount.

If you would like to find out more about cosmetic tattooing, call Esmeralda's on 1300 376 372 or visit the booth at Seniors Expo, August 19, Hume Ridge Church of Christ Complex.

A cosmetic procedure at Esmeralda's Cosmetic Designs.
A cosmetic procedure at Esmeralda's Cosmetic Designs. STILLFRAME_PHOTOGRAPHY

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