- What is Microblading or Cosmetic Tattooing?
Cosmetic tattooing, also known as semi-permanent makeup, micropigmentation and/or microblading... is the process of depositing all natural color pigments 1mm-1.5mm beneath the surface of the skin with microscopic, sterile & disposable needles - which produce the appearance of “hair strokes” or individual hairs, that enhance one’s eyebrows on their face.
- The difference between microblading and body tattooing...
Is that cosmetic tattoos are more subtle in appearance & the method in which this procedure is intricately performed, creates a natural-looking result. Unlike standard tattoos, cosmetic tattoos involve natural pigments, that are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows the brow artist to make changes to your brow’s color and shape over the weeks/months & coming years, in order to adjust the ultimate results in conformity to how the client’s skin responds to the procedure.
- Is the microblading procedure painful?
A highly-effective, topical anesthetic cream and liquid are used to numb the area before and during your procedure ensuring that you remain comfortable. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person. Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure.
- How long does cosmetic tattooing last?
Microblading is semi-permanent and will not come off for a while, however, your brows will fade completely over time and may need to be refreshed every 1-2 years. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including: the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), sun exposure without SPF, excessive exfoliation to the brow area and chemical peels that come in contact with treated areas will cause fading faster. & OILY VS DRY SKIN: Oily skin cells are larger and shed faster off of the face than dry skin cells. People with oily skin can expect their results to have a powder-fill or possible blended hair stroke effect, plus shorter retention. On the opposition spectrum, clients with normal or dry skin can expect their hair stroke to keep their original place and retention can be as long as 15-24 months.
*Please note that Final results CAN NOT be guaranteed as each unique skin type will retain pigments differently and break down at different rates. You will be re-evaluated on how your skin has received the pigment during your touch-up appointment, and any necessary changes to your brow shape & color can be made at that time. 1 or 2 touch-ups are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new client requiring at least 2 visits. Previously tattooed areas will generally always require additional appointments.
- How many treatments are needed?
For most clients, a minimum of two treatments 4-8 weeks apart are usually needed. Skin is a major organ of the body, and everyone’s anatomy is not only unique but also heals differently and at different rates. Should you feel your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly the first time, do not worry! Microblading is a delayed gratification beauty procedure & the first appointment is truly a foundation for us to build upon. Clients can go darker, add more density and perfect any areas that may have not retained pigment at their second (or 3rd) appointment.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
If clients have had previous work done and are interested in a cover-up/re-work, a pre-consultation must be held first. In some cases where the previous work is too dark, dense, discolored, or large, tattoo removal may be highly recommended. Plus previously tattooed areas and cover-ups will almost always require additional touch-ups for the best results and will be charged accordingly.
What should I do before my procedure?
It is suggested to grow out as much of your brow hair as possible prior to your appointment. Do not get waxed 24-48hrs prior to your Microblading appointment.
If there are any stray hairs that fall outside of your final shape, I will pick and choose which brow hairs I need to keep or remove.
I do not remove brow hair to replace it with hair strokes.
If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days after the procedure.
It is required to avoid any blood thinning medication for a minimum of 72 hours prior to your appointment. This includes Vitamin E, Aspirin, Niacin, fish oil supplements, and Ibuprofen.
Do not drink heavy amounts of alcohol/wine the night before and day of your appointment and limit the amount of caffeine you consume please.
If you have been on prescription Accutane, Retin A or Retinol in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this procedure.
It is highly recommended that you avoid SUN and TANNING BED exposure for at least 14 days before and after your procedure. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn, it will take the pigment with it.
As a precaution, cosmetic tattooing on pregnant women may be discouraged.
You must be 18 years or older to receive a cosmetic tattoo service in the state of Texas.
- How will I look immediately after? What is the healing process?
Your semi-permanent makeup will appear darker and more intense than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during thehealing process. Redness and swelling are minimal and will reduce within a few hours.
- What factors will affect my cosmetic tattoo?
Sun exposure: The sun will extremely soften the look of your tattoo, so a facial SPF should be used once your brows heal to prolong your results.
The choice of color: Some colors fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde color will fade quicker than a dark brown color.
Bleeding during the procedure: Any bleeding during the tattooing procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Again, alcohol and certain medications that act as blood-thinners should not be taken prior to and following your appointment.
- What should I do after the procedure?
A detailed Home Care Kit & Instruction Sheet is given to you right after your first appointment. Careful aftercare is very important for producing a beautiful and lasting result.
- It’s important not to get the brows wet during the healing process (5 - 7 days).
- Use clear triple antibiotic ointment for 24-48 hours, then switch to Vaseline or Auqaphor or for the remaining 4-5 days.
When applying ointments, the following procedure is done each morning and night, before a shower, or workout for the full 2-3 days: Apply the product, leave it on for five to ten minutes; shower/workout; then with a tissue gently wipe across each brow once to get off the excess goo, then dab each brow till it is almost completely dry... after a couple minutes dab again to ensure that nothing is left on or around the brow. On day three when scab starts to appear, do not wipe - only dab your ointment once applied till almost completely dry, you must be gentle, do not pull off the scabs prematurely. Your brows will absorb ointment application & become & should remain dry all day and all night. Following this procedure will ensure the formation of thin scabs thus more color retention. Keep out of the sun for seven days. Then after seven days wear sunscreen to aid in the longevity of your tattoo.
As instructed apply the ointments with freshly washed hands or a Q-tip. Never touch the procedure area without washing your hands immediately before.
It is very important to keep the brows covered with ointment while in shower or during a strenuous workout to prevent moisture from penetrating. Remove ointment per above instructions.
Do not scrub, scratch, rub or pick at the epithelial crust that forms. Allow it to flake off by itself. If it is removed before it is ready the pigment underneath it can be pulled out.
Do not use any makeup on the brows for at least 5 days.
After the procedure is completely healed, you make go back to your regular cleansing and makeup routine. Continue to avoid scrubbing the area. Use an SPF after the procedure area is healed to protect from sun fading.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW HOME-CARE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN INFECTIONS, PIGMENT LOSS OR DISCOLORATION.
- What is normal?
Mild swelling, itching, light scabbing, light bruising and dry tightness. Ice packs wrapped in a dry towel are nice relief for swelling and bruising. Aftercare ointments work well for scabbing and itchiness.
Too dark and slightly uneven appearance: After 2-7 days the darkness will fade, and once any swelling dissipates unevenness usually disappears. You will have a good perspective of what your brows will look like at end of week 2. If it is too dark or still a bit uneven after 4 +weeks then we will make adjustments during the touch up appointment.
Color change or color loss: As the procedure area heals, the color will lighten and sometimes seem to disappear in places. This can all be addressed during the touch up appointment which is why touch up is necessary. The procedure area has to heal completely before we can address any concerns. Healing takes about two - four weeks.
Need a touch up months later: A touch up may be needed 6 months to 1 year after the first touch up procedure depending on your skin, medications, and sun exposure. We recommend the first touch up 60 days after the first session; which may included in the initial price depending on how you pay. Then every 6 months to 1 year to keep them looking fresh and beautiful. Future touch up sessions will cost the current touch up rate at the time of your original appointment(s). If most of the hair strokes have faded, the entire procedure will need to be repeated. A consultation may be necessary to determine if you need a touch up or a repeat of the entire procedure.
- Will cosmetic tattooing work well for me?
If you have extremely oily skin, the constant production of oil will cause the hair strokes to heal with a more diffused, softer look. Your end result will look more powdered than you would expect.
If you have little to no existing hair, your tattoo will appear more 2-dimensional than those clients who have more hair naturally.
If you are a frequent smoker, your pigment may fade sooner.
If you are iron deficient or Anemic, your pigment may fade sooner and bleeding/bruising may occur during and after the procedure.
If the skin around the eyebrows breaks out in a heat rash, small pimples, this is usually a reaction to the numbing solution and should go away by itself in a couple weeks, don’t pick. If over-application of triple antibiotic is applied this may also cause small bumps/dermatitis around the brow area & a brief discontinued use of ointment, along with a cleaning application to the skin with Witch Hazel & a Q-tip are recommended. Please call if either occurs so that I can make note of the reaction and follow up to ensure this is not a more serious situation.
Do Not use any Retin-A or Glycolic Acids in the brow area during or after healing!
Do Not scratch or pick treated areas!
Do Not expose area to the sun or tanning beds!
Do Not wear MAKEUP near nor around the brows for at least7 days!
Avoid swimming for 14 days!
Do Not dye or tweeze eyebrows for one week after the procedure!
**Failure to follow post procedure instructions may result in infection or loss/discoloration of pigment.
***I do not offer any guarantees regarding results. I can only communicate what clients should expect. Each individual will experience their own, unique and beautiful results. Delayed gratification is key!