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Cosmetic Tattooing

Dr Rastogi is pleased to welcome Gordana Willesee to our Double Bay clinic - celebrity make-up artist and cosmetic tattooist.

Gordana of Dr Freckle and Mr Hide is renowned throughout Sydney for her masterstroke talent in achieving beautiful, shapely eyebrows for her clients. Well known as one of Sydney’s best eyebrow tattoo artists, Gordana is highly experienced in both permanent and semi-permanent tattoo methods.

What to look for in a cosmetic tattoo artist

A good tattoo artist will understand the skin, facial structure, have experience with make-up designs and utilise an array of suitable ink colours for successful, long-lasting results. One need only see Gordana’s celebrity client list (Cate Blanchett, Zac Efron, Reese Witherspoon, Sir Paul McCartney to name a few) or her Before & After gallery to appreciate her talent.

Semi-permanent vs permanent tattoo methods

Gordana has honed the ‘soft tap’ hand-held method, which gives a semi-permanent, colour-rich natural effect. For a more permanent result, ‘Microblading’ is the method used, but its the two styles in combination that give the most natural looking effect.

Areola Tattooing

Another cosmetic tattoo application which helps women after breast reconstruction is Areola Tattooing. Gordana can help minimise the appearance of scars using a regimentation technique - by redrawing the areola and restoring it to a more natural colour and shape.

How is cosmetic tattooing performed?

The procedure makes use of a pen-style machine to inject the pigment into your skin. Your tattoo artist will insert small amounts of your desired colour into the target area. The process may cause some minor pain, so we will apply a numbing cream to your skin before the procedure. Once the desired appearance is achieved, your tattoo artist will wipe the area with a clean cloth. A cold compress may also be applied over the area to reduce pain and swelling.

How long will the cosmetic tattoo last?

This will depend on several factors such as the following:

  • The pigment injected: Usually, black and very dark brown pigments have a longer lifespan. They fade slowly over time and are absorbed by your body. Unlike darker pigments, lighter pigments fade faster and are easily absorbed.
  • The method used to inject the pigment: The machine method produces longer-lasting results. This is because it places the pigment deep into your skin.
  • Sun exposure: The UV light from the sun causes your tattoo to fade faster.
  • Your skincare routine: Using irritating products and regularly exfoliating are not recommended. These can cause your tattoo to fade.
  • Your body anatomy: Some patients tend to maintain the pigment in their skin longer compared to others.

How much does cosmetic tattooing cost?

Of course, this will depend on several factors such as the following:

  • Anaesthesia used
  • The medical facility or clinic fees
  • The method of pigment administration
  • The pigment used
  • Your desired results
  • Your tattoo artist fees

Can you remove a cosmetic tattoo if you change your mind?

If you want to remove your tattoo, you will need to wait for the pigment to fade. This may take several months or even years to disappear completely. If you want faster removal methods, you can consider a laser treatment.


frequently asked questions

You can choose from a wide range of colours. These include very dark brown, green, violet, dark blue, and many more! During your consultation, we will create a customised colour for you. We will make sure that it will best fit your skin, lifestyle, and preferences.

You can choose from a wide range of colours. These include very dark brown, green, violet, dark blue, and many more! During your consultation, we will create a customised colour for you. We will make sure that it will best fit your skin, lifestyle, and preferences.

Depending on the body area being treated, the procedure can take one to two hours to complete.

We recommend the procedure for the following body areas:

  • Eyebrows
  • Eyelids
  • Lips
  • Scalp

We do not recommend the procedure if:

  • You are mentally unstable.
  • You are taking medications that can increase your risk of bleeding.
  • You have skin discolouration.
  • You have an active skin infection.
  • You have darker pigmentation in the lips.
  • You have sensitive skin.
  • You have unrealistic treatment goals.

Gordana treats both new and existing clients at Dr Rastogi's rooms for eyebrow feathering, microblading, hair stroking, 'ombre', permanent make-up and areola tattooing. See more via her Facebook Page, or to book, contact us on 02 9362 1426.