Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
After a thorough consultation, the method of cosmetic tattoo is selected.
Brow design and colour selection is discussed, Pigment is then implanted into the basal layer (deepest section of the epidermis)
One of the benefits of not going too deep in the skin is that it WILL eventually fade over time. Which can be helpful if you decide in 1-2 years you want to change the shape or colour of the brows, or you have new hair growth and no longer need it!
Another reason it's beneficial for your brows to fade is as we age gravity plays a roll in our skin, so we don't want to create a style of brows that suit us in our 20's but are totally unflattering at 70 years old!
The shape can be altered as your face and style changes.
Colours are customized to suit each skin tone, natural brow hair colour or personal preference. You can choose to have them as soft or as defined as you wish.
Will it hurt?
An effective topical anesthetic is used to maximize your comfort during the cosmetic procedure, Most clients find that the process is very comfortable and some eye fall asleep during their treatment,
IS MICROBLADING RIGHT FOR ME?
The process isn’t only about finding the artist for the job! It’s just as important to determine whether your skin is fit and ready to be tattooed.
From your age, sensitivity, to the condition and quality of your skin, a lot goes into the safety and effectiveness of the cosmetic tattoo process.
As an artist, my goal is always to ensure that you receive the best possible results from your treatment.
This is heavily reliant on your skin being healthy, strong, and calm.
Unfortunately, pre-existing skin conditions and skin treatments can heavily compromise the effectiveness of cosmetic tattooing, leaving both, you and me in an unfavourable situation. So, before making an appointment with me, please read the following information, so you can decide if this treatment is suitable for you.
Skin Complications - If you have skin which is prone to complications with eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis (i.e., your skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated), chances are your skin is in a constant state of unrest and shedding and is not suitable for tattooing and therefore won’t hold the pigment well.
Same goes for conditions like chronic acne and Rosacea. The inherent nature of this type of skin causes easy bleeding, which one again means your skin will not retain the colour very well.
Normal & dry skins tend to hold best!
Excessively OILY SKIN can cause those tattooed hair strokes to blur together resulting in more of a solid effected instead of crisp hairstrokes.
Ombre-powder brow technique is more suitable for this skin type. Which is a more ‘brow makeup look’ and can be done in a natural or more defined look depending on your preference.
If you have Fitzpatrick Skin type 1 (i.e., you are a redhead, have thin, translucent skin with light eyes), your skin is very likely to be hypersensitive and your skin will not be able to tolerate microblading well. The same applies if you just have generally very thin skin - it will bleed easily and not retain colour well.
State of the skin:
If your skin has large pores, specifically in the region of the eyebrows and forehead (aka the T-Zone), the color will blur and result in a powdered look. Along similar lines, tattooed hair strokes will not lay properly on skin with deep wrinkles, which can make the overall look appear uneven. Moles, bumps, piercing, and generally raised skin around the eyebrows will also not be able to retain colour.
Sunburn - If you are hoping to get microblading done but have gotten a tan or worse, a sunburn, it’s best to wait until your skin has resumed its normal colour and let your sunburn healed before booking in for a procedure.
Individuals who have been taking acne medications such as Roaccutane or Retin-A within the last year have an altered skin condition that will not heal well after the procedure. Same goes with the use of Pro-Active and skin-peeling acids.
It’s very important that you wait a year before tattooing the skin.
Similarly, Retinol and Vitamin A users should discontinue the use of each a month prior to their procedure.
Photo sensitising antibiotics eg: Doxy Cycline and high doses of anti-inflammatory medicine or topical medical creams you cannot be treated until 6 months after you have ceased usage of these drugs. Some antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs interact with the tattooing adversely. Please inform me well BEFORE your treatment date if you are using these as your appointment may need to be cancelled.
Autoimmune - Even more seriously, if you have an autoimmune disorder such as lupus, or frontal fibrosing alopecia, you will be not a good candidate for this treatment due to your compromised skin health caused by these disorders.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have hemophilia, or a heart condition, it is absolutely not recommended that you get any form of cosmetic tattooing done as this puts you in a high-risk position. People who have heart issues often are on medications that thin the blood which will cause excessive bleeding a poor results with cosmetic tattooing. It is also NOT suitable for those who are prone to keloid scarring.
If you suffer from any nervous or ANXIETY disorders please consider carefully if this is something for you as the process takes a good 5-8weeks weeks to be completed and can be an anxious wait as the treatment is not perfected until after healing of the touchup.
-Trichotillomania (i.e., the compulsive pulling of body hair) causes the scar tissue in the eyebrow skin to be prominent, which does not allow the colour to heal properly.
DO I NEED A CONSULTATION BEFORE HAVING MY BROWS DONE?
While not required, consultations are offered to anyone who would like to discuss their tattoo before booking an appointment.
A 30min consultation is a great way to put your nerves at ease. Discuss all your concerns and help you decide if and which treatment is right for you. We will go through step by step what to expect during and post tattoo service. This is now done in the comfort of your own home, by having an online ZOOM consultation.
What if I have previously tattooed eyebrows?
People who have had their eyebrows tattooed before may be looking to change or fix what they have previously had done. In my experience most clients who are unhappy with their eyebrows usually need to consider tattoo/laser removal prior to any further tattooing. And in this case are best to see someone who offers both removal and tattooing, therefor will be in the best hands for corrective work.
For those who are happy with their previously tattooed brows but are seeking a refresh:
BEFORE BOOKING: You must either make a consultation appointment so I can have a look at your brows, or send me clear photos of your skin to see if i am able to assist you. Failing to let me know you have previous tattooing from else where may result in a loss of deposit.
WHAT IF I FALL PREGNANT?
Please note, this service cannot be performed if you are pregnant.
If you fall pregnant before/ and or, in between sessions, we cannot offer a refund. If you fall pregnant between your initial first visit and complimentary 5-8 week perfecting session. You will forfeit complimentary treatment. So we ask that you take special considerations of this before making an appointment with us.
How long does procedure take?
The initial session takes approximately 2-3 hrs from the moment you walk in to the completion of your beautiful new brows. We spend the first hour designing your new brows and clarifying any questions you may have. There’s no down time! Most go about their normal day when they leave their appointment. The follow-up perfecting session takes approximately 1.5 -2 hrs. This is done normally within 5-8 weeks.
WILL IT LOOK NATURAL?
Absolutely! The technique used creates realistic, simulated hair strokes that look just like REAL HAIR! It’s important you choose the right artist that can give you this realistic look. Your brows can be as big and bold or as soft and subtle as you like!
(However the first few days while they are super fresh, they may feel quite dark)
Are there some clients that cannot retain the pigment?
Yes this does happen.
Some people have highly effective immune systems that reject the pigment, and some just have highly effective skin healing. It’s very rare, but it’s important that all clients understand this is a possibility and in most cases there is no way for us to know if this will take place prior to the work being done. Occasionally, we will recommend a third appointment for further touch-up using a different technique called shading/ombre effect at additional cost. If the client were still retaining very little pigment after the third appointment, we would not recommend another touch-up, as it might be too much for the skin.
DO MY EXISTING EYEBROWS NEED TO BE SHAVED OFF?
Most definitely NOT! Please do not tweeze, thread, wax or modify your eyebrows in any way for as long as possible, and no sooner than two weeks. The beginning of your service includes a brief consultation, followed by shaping and finally a discussion about color. Your regular brow maintenance of tweezing, threading, waxing and/or tinting may continue once the brows have healed.
How long is the healing process?
It is normal to experience minimal swelling and tenderness immediately following your procedure. This usually subsides within a few hours. The first week following your treatment, the pigment will appear much darker than how it will appear once it has healed. Around the 1st or 2nd week post procedure, the skin naturally exfoliates and sheds. During weeks 4-8 when the skin completes healing, you will see the pigment become more visible. An Enhancement Session visit approximately 5-8 weeks after your first initial appointment is necessary in order to achieve that richness of color, achieve symmetry, and density in the shape.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE?
You must be 18 years or older.
How long does microblading last?
Microblading is a cosmetic tattoo. The pigment will fade over time and we recommend to get an Annual Touch-Up every 12-18months to keep them looking their best. There is no guarantee in how long it lasts as each individual has very different skin and lifestyle.
Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including: skin type, pigment selection, lifestyle (sun exposure, smoking, acidic skincare products, etc), iron deficiency (your body absorbs iron-oxide as a supplement), chemical peels, etc.
Please note that final results can not be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any changes necessary.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY EYEBROW APPOINTMENT?
-Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before procedure
-Do not tan two weeks prior or have sunburned face.This includes not having fake tan on your face.
-Do not have any type of facial/peel 2 weeks prior to treatment
-Discontinue Vitamin A/Retinol products one month prior to treatment -Do not work out the day of the procedure.
-Do not have botox 2 weeks prior
-Do not take Fish Oil,Tumeric orVitamin E one week prior (natural blood thinners)
-Please inform me immediately if you are on any medications that are photosensitive such as Doxycline.
-Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days before the procedure. -Please only wear light makeup to your appointment as pigment can stick to heavy foundation. If you are going to wear makeup, please bring it along with you so we can touch it up if we need for your after photo.
- to avoid excessive bleeding -
-Do not drink alcohol 24 - 48 hours before your tattoo
-Do not consume coffee before your procedure
-Do not take an aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief (this thins the blood)
Is it time to book in??
So, if you’re thinking you’re ready for a cosmetic tattoo procedure, it is important to know that the results of your SEMI permanent makeup will be based on the health and quality of your skin. Results will vary from person to person, and if you have a pre-existing skin condition or are on medications,
you may still be eligible for a procedure but should adjust your expectations based on your situation.
Like any procedure, every person is unique and will react differently.