We have provided the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions as well as some important information that can be helpful before, during, and after getting your cosmetic procedure.
COSMETIC TATTOOING IS NOT FOR CLIENTS WHO: - are pregnant - are diabetic - are undergoing Chemotherapy (consult with your doctor) - have viral infections (diseases) - have had Botox within a 2 week period of appointment -have had an organ transplant - have epilepsy - are sick with a cold or flu-like virus -have used Accutane in the past 6 months PRE-APPOINTMENT: Stop using any skin thinners (Vitamin A, glycolic acids, exfoliation) on the brow area 2 weeks prior to your appointment. Any waxing or brow shaping should be done at least 2 days before. If you tint your brows, tint them at least 1 week prior to the procedure. Cosmetic botox or fillers should be done 2 weeks prior or 2 weeks after. DO NOT consume alcohol, caffeine or take any blood thinners (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Niacin) 48 hours before your procedure. This will cause excess bleeding and may affect your results. You may come in with your normal brow makeup on so I can see how you normally wear them. This is especially important for clients who desire a specific brow shape. If you are open to suggestions, I am happy to help design a custom brow to personally suit you. You may experience hypersensitivity and more pain around or during your menstrual cycle. We will not be able to tattoo over any blemishes, sores, or moles in or around the brow area. EYEBROW AFTER CARE: After care is crucial. It is very important to follow these instructions for the full 10 day period after your session to ensure proper healing and color retention. Results will vary for all individuals and can not be guaranteed. Use a gentle cleanser (lather it up in your hands) and wash your brows morning and night everyday for 7-10 days or until the flaking has stopped. Make sure you blot the completely dry with a clean towel after washing. Allow NO WATER to collect or sit in the brow area. Apply the ointment provided to your brows 3-4 times a day for the next 7 days. Add a very small amount (size of a piece of rice) to each brow with clean fingers. Oily skin types may be told to avoid ointment all together and allow a dry heal process for the 7-10 days. WHAT TO EXPECT: DO NOT expect your brow tattoos to heal perfectly after the first session. This can be a 2 step process. It takes time. BE PATIENT during your 10 day healing process. Your brows will change and appear different from day to day. Immediately after your procedure, brows will appear darker and more defined. This will last up to 2 weeks . Your brow tattoo can appear more solid, hair strokes may seem to disappear and it may look wet and painted on. Around days 4-5 you will experience flaking and your brows may look dry. DO NOT PICK your brows, let any dryness fall off naturally. If flakes get picked off prematurely missing hair strokes will result and cause patchy brows which can lead to scarring. Your brow tattoo will take up to 4 weeks to fully heal. When the flaking comes off the hair strokes may seem faint. This is because a fresh layer of skin has healed over the brow tattoo. Give your brows a few weeks and the hair strokes will become clearer. Color will continue to change on a daily basis until all healing is complete at the 4 week mark. You may experience itchiness in the brows after the 10 days for up to 2 months due to the healing process of the dermal layer. Not everyone’s microbladed brows can heal clean and crisp. Hairstrokes for oilier skin types tend to heal more solid and powdery while drier skin types tend to heal more crisp and defined. Also, those who bleed more may tend to need more touchups as the blood can push the pigment out while tattooing. THINGS NOT TO DO: DO NOT expose your brows to the sun during the healing process. UV Rays can alter the pigment of your tattoo. Following the first 10 days SPF is important for the longevity of your micropigmentation. DO NOT sweat excessively for 10 days. Sweat contains salt and can infect and prematurely fade your brow tattoo. Salt in the sweat may also alter the color of your tattoo. Moderate exercise is fine. DO NOT run direct water on your brow tattoo. This is especially important in the first few days as you do not want to wash out any pigment. DO NOT use Vaseline on your tattoo. DO NOT use any makeup, creams, or exfoliants on the brows for 10 days. DO NOT go into saunas, pools, or steam rooms. DO NOT get massages, facials or skin treatments during the healing process. DO NOT go tanning. If you do, cover your brow tattoo. UV rays can alter the color of your tattoo. DO NOT use exfoliants, retinol acids, or AHAs on the brow area. It will fade your tattoo prematurely. DO NOT use laser light therapy on your brow tattoo. This can darken, lighten, or distort the pigment. TOUCH UPs: Allow your brows a MINIMUM of 4 weeks to heal before booking a touch up. This gives you the time to decide if you do or do not need a touch up appointment. It takes a full 4-6 weeks for the color to settle. It is your responsibility to book your touch up appointments. Please keep the high demand in mind. If your tattoo comes back too faded additional charges may apply. Touch ups are typically done around 8 weeks after the initial appointment. This can be a 2 (and sometimes even 3) step process. The first session is used to build shape and gain symmetry. The second session is used to perfect the brows and add density. This is a process and some clients may need multiple sessions to achieve their desired result. Do not expect perfect results after the first session. On darker skin and oily skin, permanent makeup will not look as bold or sharp compared to lighter, dryer skin type clients. Some clients' skin may have a harder time retaining pigment and may require additional sessions. LONG TERM CARE: THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF RESULTS as everyone’s result will vary due to skin type, lifestyle, the initial 10 day care and the longterm care of your brow tattoo. Use at least SPF 50 to protect your brows as sun exposure will cause fading and can alter the color of your tattoo. Do not use chemical exfoliants on the brows. This will cause the brows to fade faster. As the tattoo fades the strokes will get fainter and less defined. Maintenance is required to maintain desired results. Touchups are done, on average, every 9 – 24 months to maintain your brow tattoo. Microbladed brows typically last 1-3 years.