Questions & Answers
Is microblading, lips or eyeliner painful?
The application can be a little uncomfortable for those who are more sensitive. However, we use top of the line topical aesthetics to maximize your comfort and keeping the pain to a minimum to where it is completely tolerable/virtually pain free in a lot of cases.
How does microblading work?
The pigment is applied with a handheld tool that has a row of several fine needles to create thin hair like strokes in the skin. The artist will choose needles and the blade type accordingly. The pigment is bladed just below the epidermis and the shallowest part of the dermis, creating extremely fine natural looking hair strokes as a result.
How does lip blushing work?
A tiny mechanized needle deposits pigment into the lips, which builds layers of color. It can be a corrective service to help even out the tone of the lips, but it can also help with asymmetry. Essentially, it is a cosmetic tattoo of the lips that enhances the beauty of the natural lip color or a color of your desire, improving the shape of the lips, giving definition and the illusion of fullness.
With age, especially, lips can become thinner, lose their volume and natural, healthy lip color. Lip blush can help stimulate collagen production and restore lost color. Each person’s lips are totally unique. Like our fingerprints, no two lip prints are exactly alike. How cool is that? For this reason, we always customize the color and our technique according to our client’s appearance.
The first lip blushing session can take longer than other PMU treatments, as the lips are the most sensitive part of the face (especially with age) and can swell during the treatment. Lip blushing can take between 2- 3hr depending on lip size and condition. Swelling should reduce between 5-24hr after the procedure, depending on your lymphatic system.
Touch-ups are necessary, regardless of the PMU technician's experience. Skin regeneration varies greatly from person to person, according to age, metabolism, etc.
I tend to get cold sores. Will it affect the procedure?
Please make sure you take your anti-herpes medication like Valtrex or Zovirax to help prevent cold sores 48 hours before your appointment. You can also get OTC Abreeva if you get a mild case of cold sores.
How permanent is microblading?
Microblading is referred to as semi-permanent makeup as it does not wash away, however pigments are designed to fade over time and will require touch ups. Factors such as skin type, iron deficiency, pigment color (lighter colors fade faster) and sun exposure can affect the rate at which these pigments are broken down. For best results it is recommended that you follow our aftercare instructions and touch-up your tattoo every 8-12 months (or as needed). Touch-ups are normal and expected for cosmetic tattoo procedures.
Do I need a consultation prior to my microblading appointment?
No, but we do offer a 15 minute consultation for $50. This will count towards the total or used as a deposit if decided to book after consultation. Or during the 25mins for pre-numbing to discuss colors, shapes and any concerns you may have or the problem areas you would like to address.
What if I am taking a blood thinner?
Little bleeding is normal. Excessive bleeding, caused by blood thinners or a health problem, pushes the pigment out as quickly as it is being implanted. The artist will ensure a medical history form is completed in order to vet clients for contraindications. If you are on a blood thinner daily regimen, please contact your physician prior to booking your appointment or if allowed please stop taking 48 hours before your appointment time.
Can I keep my own eyebrow hair?
Of course. Once you and the artist have decided on the best eyebrow shape, any hair within that shape can stay and will only make the work look more natural. Any hair outside the shape can be waxed or tweezed just as you would normally do with your normal brow maintenance. Any tweezing, tinting or waxing should be done at least 48-72 hours prior procedure.
Should I clean up my eyebrows before my appointment?
No need, we prefer that you let them grow in as much as you can. We will take care of the rest.
What will I look like right after the treatment?
Eyebrow treatments tend to look darker in color immediately after the appointment. This will soften in a few days. But if you area extra particular and would like to play it safe then you do have the option of going with a softer color, just keep in mind that if it's the color that you like immediately after then it will be a bit lighter/too light once they're healed. However, that is the purpose of the touchup, if you decide to go a bit darker.
Are activities restricted during the healing period?
It is important to avoid saunas, facials, steam baths, activities that will result in extreme sweating, tanning salons, sun and chlorinated or salt water pools for a minimum of a week and preferably two weeks after the procedure.
Why are pigments so intense when first implanted?
Like wet clothing is darker before drying, pigments look brighter and darker immediately after they are implanted into the dermal layer of the skin. Increased blood flow to the treatment area is one reason for the more intense colors. Another is that the pigments are made up of liquefied powder particles. During the first couple days into your healing process, the body gradually absorbs the liquid allowing the pigments to return to their original dry condition.
What happens during the touch-up?
The touch up is recommended 4-6 weeks after initial treatment. During your touch up, the artist will fill in missing hairs your skin may have rejected during the healing process, add or make hairs longer or just achieve a darker color.
How safe is microblading?
Microblading is considered a safe procedure, according to The American Academy of Micropigmentation. After leaving, it is then the client’s responsibility to care for the procedure strictly adhering to the post treatment instructions, assuring normal healing and the prevention of an infection.
Are there any pre-existing conditions that interfere with consideration for a microblading treatment?
• Breastfeeding (treatment is possible, though anesthetic will not be possible)
• On keloids or if you have tendency to keloid, birthmarks or moles.
• Serious diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, autoimmune disorders (doctor’s note is required)
• Circulatory disorders (doctor’s note is required)
• Any bleeding disorders (doctor’s note is required)
• You’re taking blood thinning medication
• Currently on Accutane or other strong retinoids (must wait until 6 months after treatment ends)
• If any skin diseases symptoms or irritation appears on the area.
• You’ve recently had Botox or Disport treatment (must wait at least 2 weeks)
• You have a broken capillary in the eyebrows area
• If you have a sunburn.
• After waxing (must wait 3 days)
• After chemical peels (must wait two weeks)
Could I be allergic to the pigment?
Allergic reactions to pigments have been reported, but they are very rare. If you have other skin sensitivities, we recommend an allergy patch test to safeguard against allergic reactions to pigments or topical anesthetics. Unlike body tattoos, which are made using carbon based ink; cosmetic tattoos are made using iron oxide based pigments. These pigments are safe to use and are created to slowly fade over time. The pigments we use do not contain organic material (i.e. vegetables) as these have a higher risk of causing allergic reactions. Final determination is the responsibility of the client.
I have and existing cosmetic tattoo done elsewhere, can you fix it?
If you have an existing cosmetic tattoo please email us with a few close-up photos so we can determine if we can help. We also offer saline tattoo removal to lighten up the old/previous work.
What is Saline Tattoo Removal?
A saline/salt solution is use to implant over your existing tattoo. Implanting the solution into the skin breaks up the healed pigment, and it begins to lift the pigment out of the skin by osmosis. This method is common, effective and the safest approach to lightening tattoos. Although it is a slower process than other treatments, this method is popular because it is safer than other tattoo removal methods.
What if I don’t like the design or color after the procedure?
We believe that communication is key and unless you are completely happy we DO NOT proceed. During the procedure, you are ultimately the one in control of both of these important decisions. The artist starts by using what is called the golden ratio, your facial features, and some measuring, to draw the perfectly shaped eyebrows for your face directly on your skin for you to see. And you will have multiple opportunities to direct the path as the procedure is happening. It is vital that you approve of all design work (color & shape) before the artist proceeds. The most common issue is with slight patchiness. This sometimes does occur (pigment is foreign) as the skin may rejects some of the pigment during the healing process but is easily adjusted when you come in for your follow-up visit in about 4-6 weeks.
We can’t guarantee how your brows will healed but we will make sure you will leave happy and satisfied.
What if my brows are too dark after the procedure?
If you are those that are conscious of dark brows then we do recommend you go one shade lighter, such as mixing pigment color method, which we specialize in to give you the perfect match of your personal desire. Rest assure, we will do all that is necessary to make you happy with the result before sending you home.
Why are future touch-ups necessary?
Factors such as skin type, iron deficiency, pigment color (lighter colors fade faster) and sun exposure can affect the rate at which these pigments are broken down. Also, changing health conditions, smoking, medications, anti-aging products, and hormonal changes all can have an effect on your pigment retention. You should keep your follow up visit since it helps prolong your investment. For best results it is recommended that you follow our aftercare instructions and touch-up your tattoo every 8-12 months (or as needed). Touch-ups are normal and expected for cosmetic tattoo procedures.
Do the results change for different types of skin?
Yes they do. Skin cells turn over more frequently on oily skin types causing the color to fade quicker than drier skin types resulting in more frequent touch-ups. If you have oily prone skin we suggest exfoliating up to 7 days prior to your appointment for best results.
Cold Sore After Lip Tattoo?
A Temporary Negative Side Effect Of Permanent Lip Tattoo
Lips are especially sensitive. The skin of the lip is very thin compared to the typical face skin. Blood vessels appear through the skin of the lips which leads to their notable red coloring. Since lips are very vascular and because of a high number of nerve endings any trauma around the mouth area may cause an occurrence of cold sores.
What is cold sore and what how it might effect healed results?
Cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus HSV type 1. Treatment can help but this condition can’t be cured completely.
Over 90% of people get at least one cold sore in their life. Cold sores are also called fever blisters, that can show on every part of the body, mostly on lips. When you experience blisters they break and ooze, building yellow scab and eventually they fall off.
Your body may develop antibodies, but if not you may suffer blisters for a lifetime. Cold sores mostly spread from person to person by close contact.
Some things may trigger the outbreak like stress, fever, infection, allergies, sunburns. Usually, they heal nicely but sometimes can leave scars. Permanent Makeup lip color helps cover unwanted white spots on your lips.
The stimulation from the needle can bring out blisters. It can ruin the procedure and make the healing process much worse. What is more it might result in pigment loss. In this case another touch up is required to fill in faded spots. It is usually a few days after the procedure that cold sore pain begins.
Please remember that cold sores could happen to anyone at any time after the procedure. It is NOT a sign of incorrect treatment or lack of safety, it is the reaction of the skin to the procedure.
Delicate and gentle machine work can reduce the risk, also please remember about right aftercare and moisturizing your lips only with cream recommended by your technician. People who get cold sores will need to take preventive antiviral medication.
If you experience itching or burning sensation contact with the doctor, inform your technician and mostly remember it is temporary. Please don’t use any homemade remedies, since it might cause permanent damage to your skin.
Important Notice before permanent makeup lip procedure
If you have any history of cold sores, fever blisters,caused by virus herpes simplex, you could contact your physician to obtain and take the proper prescription medication to prevent such outbreaks.
It is often recommended to take medicine for at least 3 days before and after the procedure. If you suffer cold sores more often you can consider longer treatment.
Every case is different so might need a different dosage. Many physicians prescribe:
Please follow your doctor instructions. Prevention treatment includes also taking L-lysine supplement.
Some clients with permanent lip color have noticed the reduced occurrence of cold sores on their lips. The pigment may offer a layer of protection to lip tissue, but there is no proper medical research on this topic to confirm it.