Frequently Asked Questions about Microblading
What is cosmetic tattooing?
Micro-pigmentation and semi-permanent makeup both refer to the tattooing of makeup. Cosmetic tattooing is the process of micro-pigmentation, which is done by implanting pigment beneath the surface of the skin. I use tiny, sterile, disposable needles to create the appearance of hair strokes, natural makeup, or an enhancement of the client's existing features. I CANNOT guarantee results for anyone.
How old do I have to be to get tattooed?
You must be 18 years or older to receive a cosmetic tattoo.
Can I bring my child to my appointment?
The safety of our clients and their children is deeply important to me. I am not able to allow children at the studio due to the nature of my services. If you do bring your child to the appointment, we will need to reschedule.
Can I get a cosmetic tattoo if I am pregnant, or breastfeeding?
As a safety precaution, I can not tattoo pregnant or nursing mothers. I do look forward to serving you once it is safe to do so!
Does cosmetic tattooing hurt?
I use a combination of very effective anesthetics that are selected based on your specific procedure. It's my goal to make the client as comfortable as possible with each service. Even with that in mind, each person has a different level of pain tolerance. While there may still be a level of discomfort, it is typically minimal.
What are the pigments made out of?
The pigments used in cosmetic tattooing come in a variety of colors that are formulated with iron oxide, which is an ingredient that is safe for the skin. We do not use pigments made from organic ingredients, such as vegetables, being how they have a high risk of carrying bacteria and causing allergic reactions. Because the color is implanted just underneath the dermal layer of the skin, the resulting shade is soft and muted, unlike regular cosmetic makeup that sits on the surface of the skin.
What can I expect during my appointment?
During your initial consultation, we will discuss the treatment in its entirety. We will agree on the most complimentary shape, color, thickness, and density that you wish to have. We will then continue with the procedure. Optimal results is always my goal. However, there is no guarantee of any specific outcome being how this will vary by person. New appointments take around 2 1/2 hours and touch up appointments last about 1 1/2 hours.
What should I do before my eyebrow tattoo appointment?
Feel free to bring in photos that show the shape and color you prefer. You may also come in with your eyebrows filled in as you normally would do, and we can use that as a reference for color and shape. If you regularly wax, shape, thread, or tint your eyebrows, please do so at least 3 days before your procedure in order to reduce the likelihood of sensitive or irritated skin during your appointment.
What should I not do before my eyebrow tattoo appointment?
Please do not take any blood thinning medications (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Niacin, fish oil, etc) within 24-48 hours of your appointment. Excessive bleeding can cause the pigment not to take. Alcoholic beverages should not be consumed the night before, or the day of your appointment. Please also avoid sun and tanning bed exposure 30 days before, and 30 days after your procedure.
What factors can affect my cosmetic tattoo?
Sun exposure can cause the pigment to fade quicker, so sun block is recommended in prolonging your enhancement. The regeneration of skin cells will also affect how long the pigment holds. The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment will hold. The slower your skin absorbs the pigment, the longer the pigment will hold. Your choice of color will also have an affect. For example, blonde color will fade quicker than a dark brown color. Any bleeding during the procedure will also reduce the amount of pigment absorption.
How will I look immediately after my procedure?
Once the procedure is completed, your semi-permanent makeup will appear much darker and more intense than it will once it has healed. Redness and swelling during the procedure are very rare occurrences and will require no down time after the procedure is complete. Cosmetic tattoos take anywhere from 7-10 days to heal. No makeup, facial soaps or lotions on the tattooed areas for those 7-10 days in order to keep the area from getting infected, irritated, or cause the pigment to fade any more than it already will. The pigment tends to fade anywhere from 30% to 40% for eyebrows, they will also soften and fade as they heal. Cosmetic lip tattoos fade anywhere from 50-60%.
How long does cosmetic tattooing last?
Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered semi-permanent, and will not wash off. However, the natural exfoliation of our skin will cause it to fade over time. Touch ups are standard for cosmetic tattoos. This is why we include one complimentary touch up with your eyebrow appointment. Necessary touch ups thereafter will vary from person to person.
How will my tattoo look in the future?
During your appointment, I will closely look at your skin's undertone to anticipate how the pigment color will look in the future. I will also mix pigments to ensure color remains in the same tone. The majority of our clients' cosmetic tattoos stay true to color. There are some cases in which colors may fade to different tones due to an individual's response to certain pigments. At your touch up appointment, I will re-analyze how your body has responded to the initial color, and arrange a special formula alteration to correct the color in effort to prevent further color change in the future.
Lastly about Microblading...
I CANNOT guarantee results for anyone. There is one complimentary touch up included for microblading, but some people require an additional touch to achieve the desired result, and will be charged accordingly. Microblading is not intended to replace makeup but to enhance ones natural brow and beauty.
How do I care for my brows?
Day 1-10: Gently rinse your brows with warm water & mild soap. Use finger tips only. No scrubbing. Allow skin to completely dry & then reapply cavilon cream provided in your aftercare sheet. The barrier cream, once it dries, is water proof and will keep your tattoo from anything irritating it.
AVOID THE FOLLOWING FOR 10 DAYS OR UNTIL HEALED:
NO SWIMMING POOLS
NO ITCHING, PICKING, SCRUBBING
Avoid heavy work outs, hot yoga, heavy sweating
Avoid Neosporin, vitamin e, coconut oil, aloe vera or anything that has anti bacterial properties as these things can pull pigment out of skin.
Do not use products containing AHA's on or near pigmented areas including glycolic, or lactic acids or Retin A products as they will cause the color to fade.
To keep your brows looking their best after they are healed, use a broad spectrum sun block to pigmented area.
**Please note that in the first 6 weeks the amount of pigment that you notice fades varies from client to client. You may feel like you are losing too much color; please be advised that the skin regenerates the pigment and the healing process can in some cases hide the strokes completely. You must allow the full healing time of weeks to see the true color.
The microbladed area will appear around 40% darker and bolder during the initial healing process. In the first week you will begin to see the area soften and the color will start to lighten while healing. The strokes may become itchy and flaky during the first two weeks. You may experience redness and swelling up to 48 hours following.
This is normal.
Day 1-2 “I LOVE MY BROWS”
Day 3-5 “Oh, no! They look too thick & too dark”
Day 5-10 “UGH!! My brows are scabbing & they are flaking off!”
Day 10-14 “Crap! Where did my brows go?!?”
Day 14-28 “Okay, they came back a little but still look patchy.”
Week 6-8 (After touch up) “Aww, they are beautiful, I am beautiful. I love them."