Does it hurt?
While everyone has a different comfort level, even with topical anesthetic some clients may still experience slight pain. It is about as painful as having your eyebrows waxed or threaded. If you are menstruating, your sensitivity may increase.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
To ensure you have a great experience with your permanent makeup procedure, please follow these steps. Quit using retinol or other chemical exfoliants at least a month before the procedure. Please refrain from drinking caffeine or alcohol for 24 hours before your appointment, as well as any blood thinning medications or supplements. Sun exposure should be limited for 30 days before your appointment because of skin shedding, which will cause loss of pigment if the skin is tattooed too soon after a tan or a sunburn. If you have a shape in mind, please bring in photos or fill your brows in to your desired shape, and we can determine the best shape once we measure your brows and assess your facial bone structure.
How long will it last?
The initial appointment includes a touchup between 6-8 weeks, when the true color and shape will take effect. At the first touchup, we will see how your skin has responded to the pigment, and make any color adjustments then. The brows will continue to soften and lighten, and you may find that a touchup every year or two will keep your brows looking fresh.
Who isn't a good candidate for microblading or cosmetic tattooing?
Most people will be able to have a great experience with cosmetic tattooing, but there are some contraindications. Pregnant or nursing women may not get cosmetic tattooing. Clients with compromised immune systems may not be a good client for cosmetic tattooing. Clients who are on blood thinning medication cannot take it for 72 hours before their appointment time, as bleeding will cause loss of pigment. Clients who smoke may not retain pigment as long. Clients with very thick or oily skin may not retain pigment as long. Clients who have had Botox within the last month may have to sign a waiver before receiving permanent cosmetics. Clients who have used Accutane within the last year may not receive permanent cosmetics. Clients who are actively receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer or other reasons may not get permanent cosmetics. Clients who have had an organ transplant or have a pacemaker or major heart problems. Clients who are epileptic, diabetic, have an active viral infection on the area, have a skin disorder active in the area such as eczema or psoriasis, or are prone to keloid scars. It is advised to not schedule your appointment within two weeks of returning or leaving for vacation or a major event, and to not have a sunburn or very dark tan before your appointment. Clients with existing faded permanent makeup in the area must send me a photo of the work so I can determine if I can accommodate you. If so, you will need to sign a waiver before I can proceed. If necessary, you will be referred to someone who can do laser removal and you will need to heal from that fully before receiving a new tattoo.
I had brows done somewhere else, can you fix them?
With the increased popularity and realism of current permanent cosmetics techniques, there are many women wanting to fix their brows from a procedure that may have been done many years ago. Please send me a photo of your current brows, and I will take each client on a case by case basis. Microblading cannot be done over existing tattoo unless very faded.
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