What is Microblading?

Microblading (or eyebrow embroidery) is a relatively new, manual method. It is considered to be semi-permanent, as compared to the traditional hairstroke technique. It is done using a very fine blade to deposit pigments into the epidermis. Because we’re impacting color closer to the surface, the strokes appear crisp and very fine. The results are natural looking, hair-like strokes, regardless of the amount of hair present.  

 Who is not suitable for microblading procedure?

Microblading is not recommended for people suffering from diabetes, inflammatory skin diseases, skin with broken Capillaries, acne, epilepsy, sick, botox (in the past 2 months), Accutane (in the past year), Chemotherapy (consult your doctor), history of Keloids or Hypertrophic scarring, heart conditions, uncontrolled high blood pressure, moles, keratosis, excessive sebum, oily skin, very dry or peeling skin or have Seborrheic dermatitis in the eyebrow area, in late pregnancy and people who are not sure if they really want the procedure. 

Please check to see if you're a candidate for this service:  http://www.cosmetictattoo.org/admin/pages/client-pre-treatment-screening/questionnaire.htm

 Does cosmetic tattooing hurt?

A topical numbing anesthetic cream is used before and during your procedure. Pain level will vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure. Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity tolerance to the procedure.

How old do I have to be to get tattooed? 

You must be 18 years or older to receive a tattoo service.

What are the pigments made of?

The pigments used in cosmetic tattooing come in a variety of colors specially formulated with iron oxide, an ingredient safe for the skin.

How long does cosmetic tattooing last?

Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, they will fade over time and may need a touch-up every 1-3 years. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including: the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), iron deficiency (your body absorbs iron-oxide as a supplement), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. 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. Touch-ups are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring 2 visits. The initial procedure followed by a free touch-up procedure about 2 months later.  

Yellows fade faster than reds which fade faster than blues and blacks. Mixed colors will fade at different rates and will need touching up if they shift in tone over time.  Colors also fade towards their base color if you don't maintain them.  So a warm brown brow may turn pink two years later if you don't keep it touched up. 

How many treatments are needed?

For cosmetic tattooing, two treatments are usually needed, at least 6-8 weeks apart. Sometimes just one treatment is sufficient, but a touch-up appointment is offered just in case. With most procedures, the color looks dramatically lighter after the first week. Some clients prefer this, while others opt for a bolder look. At the second treatment, we will assess the color retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly the first time, do not worry! We can always go darker and add more density at your next appointment. :)

What factors will affect my cosmetic tattoo?

·         Sun exposure: The sun will extremely soften the look of your tattoo, so sun block should be used (once healed) to prolong your enhancement.

·         The regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment holds.

·         The speed at which the skin absorbs the pigment: The slower the absorption, the longer the pigment will hold.

·         The choice of color: Some colors fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde color will fade quicker than a dark brown color.

·         The area of treatment: Enhancements to the face, for example, fade more quickly due to constant exposure.

·         Bleeding during the procedure: Any bleeding during the tattooing procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol and certain medications act as blood-thinners and should not be taken prior to and following your appointment.

What should I do before my eyebrow procedure?

Please view detailed pre-procedure instructions here.

How will I look immediately after? What is the heaing process?

Your semi-permanent makeup will appear darker and more intense than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the complete healing process. Redness and swelling is minimal. Please view our detailed aftercare instructions here.

Your Hair Strokes will eventually look more powdered.  This happens with all procedures.  Skin ages and will change the look of all permanent makeup.  To keep your strokes looking good, a color boost touch up appointment will be needed 1 to 2 years. 

 What should I do after the procedure?

Detailed aftercare instructions are listed here. It is highly beneficial to follow these instructions to ensure a comfortable healing process and to achieve the best results. DO NOT rub or pick the healing area as the color will peel off prematurely, and avoid extreme heat and contaminated bodies of water (such as saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms, pools, lakes, and places with hot humidity, etc.).

How will my cosmetic tattoo look in the future?

During your appointment, I will analyze your skin's undertone to anticipate how pigment colors will fade in the future. I will also mix pigments to ensure color blends well with your existing eyebrow and hair color. Color may fade to different tones according to the individual’s response to the pigments (like lifestyle and iron deficiencies). Many factors affect these changes. At your follow up appointment, we will re-analyze how your body has responded to the initial color. Special formula alteration to correct the color and to prevent further color change is made at this time. Your eyebrow tattoo will eventually look softer and have more of a "powdered" look. This happens with all clients as the skin ages. To keep your hair strokes looking good, a refresher appointment is suggested every 1 to 2 years. Results vary with each client.

What should I know about long term care?

A good sunscreen should be applied daily AFTER healing and is required to help keep color true. As with any tattoo, sun exposure will make the color soften faster.

The pigment used is iron-oxide based. Your body absorbs it as mineral irons, so the color will lighten over time. You may need a touch-up every 1-2 years. The fading speed depends on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment color used, broken capillaries, iron deficiency, and if any chemical peels were done after your procedure.

If you are planning a chemical peel, MRI or other medical procedure, please inform the technician that you have had an iron-oxide cosmetic tattoo. Careful application must be taken to avoid affecting the tattooed area.

If you are planning to have laser treatments, tell your laser specialist to avoid the pigmented area. Laser may cause pigment to turn black.

Will cosmetic tattooing work well for me?

If you have extremely oily skin, the hairstroke eyebrow technique will NOT work well for you. The constant production of oil will cause the hairstrokes to heal with a diffused, softer look. Your end result will look more powdered than you would expect. 

If you are a frequent smoker, your pigment will fade sooner. Also, please note that the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. 

If you are iron deficient or Anemic, your pigment will fade sooner and bleeding/bruising may occur during and after the procedure.

Is the equipment safe?

Only single use, disposable needles and supplies are used. This means that each set-up for each new client is discarded safely afterwards. Each of our stations is thoroughly disinfected before opening and after each procedure throughout the day.

Do I need a consultation in advance?

No. I'm happy to talk with you on the phone or chat via email.  If you want to send me pictures of yourself, I'm happy to talk to you in advance about what I recommend for you at no charge.  If you really feel you need a consultation in advance, I will do that at no charge as well.  However, normally, clients book the procedure time and I do the consultation at the time of the procedure.  The only reason to do a consultation in advance is if you're not sure you want me to do the work, and you won't feel comfortable unless we meet first, or if you're not sure you want to do the work at all.  I've tried to put enough information on this website that you can get all your questions answered in advance, and we won't have to spend unnecessary time in a separate consultation session.

What methods of payment do you accept?

CASH payments only