Hi my name is Andrea Darby, I have always had
a natural artistic flair with a passion for antique restorations,
painting, interior design, and fashion design, and I have worked
professionally in many artistic fields. I have also completed formal
education in anatomy and physiology, biology and sociology. Three years of
formal study in Art and Design have given me a deeper understanding of
colour and shape to the benefit of my Cosmetic Tattooing clients.
I first completed my Diploma in Beauty therapy in 1985 which included introduction to the early forms of cosmetic tattoo, later in my career I underwent additional training in Cosmetic Tattooing at the Permanent Beauty Centre under the tuition of Sandra Bowers who had many years of industry experience. I built upon those experiences and set about acquiring what was the required skill set to become a master of my profession.
I have successfully completed advanced training in cosmetic tattooing including;
In November 2012 I was invited to appear as one of the Master Lecturers to over 200 of the worlds leading practitioners at the Permanent International Congress (Berlin Nov 2012).
The invitation for me to present at the congress was in recognition of the exceptional services I provide here in Melbourne Australia and it was my honour to lecture at the congress and to be the only trainer invited to represent Australia at the prestigious event and my formal recognition as an elite International Master Trainer.
You can read an article about our visit to Hawaii on CosmeticTattoo.org on this link.
I am privileged to say that Dr. Dixon has become part of my Expert Advisory Network.
Additional Study & Research
I have also undergone extensive personal study and consultation into;
I am a certified Workplace Trainer with
Please note that some Australian trainers are providing courses to students with outdated training qualifications always insist on seeing a trainers current valid certificate for TAE40104.
International Industry Collaboration & Development of the Profession
After extensive consultation with both Industry Members and clients from numerous countries during a period of over 3 years we discovered that there were several challenges identified by my colleagues that needed to be addressed. In late 2012 we decided to invest a significant amount of time and money and expertise into a brand new high technology platform for the industry to enable international collaboration, education and a more efficient form of marketing. CosmeticTattoo.org has received glowing tributes from many of the leading professionals in our field.
In 2007 a complete audit of my procedures and hygiene standard was conducted by an experienced Registered Nurse and we completely redesigned procedures and techniques with the aim of achieving clinical based methodology. My hygiene standards and procedure techniques are much higher than the industry norm and aspire to best practice for the prevention of infections and cross contamination.
In 2008 I recognised that the training standards within Australia for Cosmetic Tattooists was highly variable and most courses lacked sufficient; theory content, supervised practice and preparation for training days. After extensive consultation with multidisciplinary experts our CT-AIVEP training platform was developed, an industry first and one of the most comprehensive preparatory courses ever developed.
The CT-AIVEP course framework was designed to accelerate the learning process for new students and provide detailed theory via a multimedia, interactive, internet based medium. We have found that our course participants are far better prepared for practical training days and on completion of their course they have the kind of deeper understanding of the subject matter that would normally take 6-12 months of post course experience to develop.
In 2011 I recognised that many cosmetic tattooist were obtaining topical anaesthetics from sources that were not in compliance with the Therapeutic Goods Act and the Poisons Standard, and many knew little about the ingredients, concentrations and safe use of the products being used due to the lack of information from the supplier. I consulted with a PhD pharmacist who developed a purpose specific range of dermal preparations specifically for use prior to minor cosmetic procedures such as cosmetic tattooing and detailed safety precautions were developed for his products. Click here for further details.
My current research focus is into quantifiable assessment and predictive colour changes post cosmetic tattooing, with the intent of expanding on my work with the Virtual Pigment Mixer© as presented in Module 3, page 18, of my CT-AIVEP training program. A highly simplified example of the VPM© can be viewed on my colours page.
Also I am actively involved in developing new techniques for 3D simulative design for paramedical cosmetic tattooing clients, this is of particular benefit for nipple colouring in post mastectomy patients after reconstructive surgery.
In addition to my own qualifications and experience I consider it essential to consult with multidisciplinary experts to ensure that I am constantly improving the quality of services. As required I consult with a range of experts within our International Expert Advisory Network for expert advice about matters within their field of expertise.
Philosophy of Practice
I use single use sterile disposable needles and wherever possible single use sterile disposable medical supplies in all procedures. My technique has also been assessed by a Registered Nurse to ensure that I am following best practice and complying with recommended guidelines for infection prevention.
has current approvals from, and is
registered with, our local health authority.
Because it is a long lasting procedure I do my very best to provide clients with the information that they need to make an informed choice about Cosmetic Tattooing. My philosophy is simple I want all my clients to feel comfortable, safe and happy with the finished result of their chosen procedure.
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