frequently asked questions
1. Are you certified?
Yes, I am Certified Permanent Makeup and Microblading Artist.
2. Permanent Makeup vs. Microblading: What’s the difference?
Permanent makeup, as it is most commonly referred to, is a form of cosmetic tattoo that uses needles and artistic tattoo machinery to implant dyes or pigments into the skin. It is more permanent than microblading.
Microblading is semi-permanent, meaning it can last for up to 3 years, but after that, it will wear off. The reason it lasts less than permanent makeup is the hand tool that is used. The technique is natural feathering of hair-like strokes directly on the skin’s surface that creates natural looking eyebrows.
3. Does it hurt?
Most people experience some discomfort. This will vary according to each individual’s pain threshold Topical anesthetics are applied before and during the treatment to alleviate any sensation or discomfort. Some clients naturally feel one brow sorer than the other.
4. Is it safe?
If proper sterilization and disinfection guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe. Professionals in the permanent cosmetic industry routinely attend Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) classes to become well versed on safety principals. These guidelines include, but are not limited to the following: IMPORTANT Things To Look For: All Needles should be new and sterile for each client. Unopened new and sterile needles should be opened in your presence.Disposable sterilized one-time use machine parts should be purchased by the artist, and disposed of in a sharps container immediately after the procedure has been completed. Personal protection equipment such as disposable one-time use aprons and gloves should be new for each client and changed during the procedure when needed.
5. Will I be swollen?
You will not be swollen. You might have slightly red skin around the eyebrows, but this would last no more than 1 hour.
6. Will I need a touch up?
Most likely. Within a week of your first treatment the color will fade significantly and over the next four to six weeks can continue to fade as much as 50%. This is considered an extremely positive occurrence as it allows you time to reflect on your shape and color. After this period your follow-up appointment is carried out. At this point any changes you would like to make are discussed.
7. How often do I need a touch up?
In order to keep your eyebrows tattoo results looking fresh, we recommend a touch up every year.
8. How long does it last?
It will last as long as it’s maintained.
9. Why do I need a touch up if this is semi-permanent?
Because color is implanted in the facial area there tends to be more fluid circulation than other parts of the body. Your face sees the most wear of any piece of you—exposure to the sun, food, facial products—the list goes on and on. All of these things cause the permanent color to fade; this is why you need a touch up.
10. How long does it take?
The procedure takes roughly about two hours.
11. Do I need to take a day of work?
No. There’s no downtime associated with the treatment.
12. How long does it take to heal?
Healing time varies from individual to individual. Usually, it takes about a week to ten days for the epithelial crust to form and slough off. Then, the pigment takes some time o settle into the skin. A good month should pass before I consider the process complete.
13. Are there other health concerns?
People with a history of cold sores need to pre-medicate with an anti-viral drug (Zoviraz, Valtrex, or Acyclovir) prior to a lip coloring procedure. People with active Glaucoma that requires eye drops to treat cannot have eyeliner due to the pressure sensitivity in the eye.
14. How do I extend the life of the procedure?
Your beautiful eyebrows will last longer if you apply sun block often and avoid abrasive facial treatments in the brow area.
15. I have heard some clients just do not retain pigment even after a few visits. Could this happen?
Yes, it does happen and yes it’s true!
16. Can you guarantee your work?
Unfortunately, no guarantee. How the skin will react is different for everyone and many factors are to be taken into consideration. Skin type, age, scarring, diet, stress levels, facial products used, etc. all play a key role in how the pigment will hold, which is why it is important to know that more than one touch up may be required.
17. What if I do not like it?
Although Microblading is considered to be semi-permanent, the procedure does allow flexibility for color or shape change to some extent. If you do not like the decision you made, the Touch Up can be cancelled and the pigmented area naturally fades away over time.
18. Who does permanent makeup benefit?
- Busy professionals who need to look their best at all times
- Active lifestyles
- Contact lenses
- Visual impairment
- Allergies to conventional cosmetics
- Little or no brow
- Unsteady or arthritic hands
- Sparse or light brows and lashes
- Freedom from daily makeup application