What To Expect
What to expect with your tattoo session:
Your appointment is a completely customized experience, from design details to the music playing in our studio. We tattoo many first-timers, and are confident in making your time with us comfortable, easy-going, fun and as painless as possible. We will coach you through the process from design to placement, while keeping your vision in the forefront. We will send you home with aftercare bandages, instructions and a healing tattoo balm that is also available for purchase to ensure your tattoo heals perfectly and continues to look fresh! We are always available to contact with any questions or concerns.
What is Semi-Permanent Makeup?
Microblading, microshading, powder ombre brows, lip blush and liner are procedures categorized under semi-permanent makeup, but unlike traditional tattooing, they are less invasive and use pigment as opposed to ink. Semi-permanent makeup typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure of microblading is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each 'hair' is gently etched into the skin, while the other procedures are performed using a digital machine. Semi-permanent brow makeup can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrows and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Lip blush can work wonders on those with asymmetrical lips, undefined lips, or those with hyper or hypopigmented lips. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow/lip color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.
How long does it take?
For the first brow session, the entire procedure should take about 2.5-3.5 hours. During this session, the brow technician will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval. We then follow with pigment colour selection. Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure. Lips take about 4 hours, and also begin with the technician creating a shape outline with client approval.
The client is to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second session takes place 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete.
How long does it take to heal?
The area will be slightly red after the procedure and colour will appear very dark for brows and bright for lips. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The colour will fade by up to 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the tattooed area. The area will lighten up in colour as it heals. No down time is required after your procedure, however lips can experience quite a bit of swelling so it’s recommended you don’t do anything strenuous directly after your appointment. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the area to heal over, and about 1 month for the colour to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True colour will reveal itself once healed.
Is the touch up session necessary?
Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment colour may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the colour for the whole year!
Can I get my touch up session sooner than 4 weeks?
Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial session as pigment colour has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.
Is it painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure your brow technician will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and also reapplied during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.
How long does it last?
Since pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Semi-permanent makeup typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Powder ombre brows have been shown to last a bit longer than microblading. Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, use products with AHA/BHA (glycolic acid, salicylic acid etc) with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's colour retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 9-18 months. Clients can let the area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.
What are the pre and post care procedures?
In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions.
Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:
Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.
Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.
No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.
Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so our technician can see your every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows!
After your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:
Please see our Aftercare page
Who is not suitable for the procedure?
Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:
Have heart conditions or using heart medications
Have diabetes (will require a physician's note)
Have skin disease, infections or irritations
Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks or filler within the last 4 weeks
Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician's note.
Pregnant or nursing clients who want to receive semi-permanent makeup can be done at their own discretion. We suggest discussing with your doctor first. These procedures are still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.
Risks and complications?
We take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment, new needles and in a sanitized environment. Should clients follow our pre and post care instructions, there should be minimal risks or complications . Although allergic reactions to the pigments are nearly unheard of, it could be possible for certain individuals. Pigment patch tests can be misleading as they do not guarantee you will not react during the actual procedure. We do not recommend patch tests for this reason, however we do offer them for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are allergic to metals. If you do not feel comfortable receiving your service without a patch test, we will perform one 48 hours prior to your appointment.
What if I do not like it?
As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly. We always recommend clients do their research, understand the procedure and compare different artists' work and portfolio when making their decisions. As your technician, I will do my utmost to shape and style the eyebrows to the clients satisfaction prior to the procedure. Every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Uneven appearance can be fixed during the touch up session. Pigment discolouration is rare, but colour correction can also be performed during the the touch up session. Semi-permanent makeup will eventually fade away if no additional touch ups are done.