At this point, you might have a few questions about semi-permanent brows AKA cosmetic tattooing, so let’s go through some of the most commonly asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely. The feather-touch brow tattooing technique is designed to look completely natural when blended amongst existing hair or none at all. The feathering motion mimics the appearance of real brow hairs and each service is individually customised to suit your preferences and features.
Everyone experiences different levels of pain, some may feel nothing while others may feel some discomfort. Most people describe it as a scratching feeling or similar to eyebrow threading. Numbing cream is applied to minimise discomfort before and during the treatment.
Although the treatment takes approximately 2hours, only 45minutes of this is the actual procedure. This includes time for the consultation, brow mapping (designing the brows) and numbing!
The colour will appear very rich for 48 hours immediately after the treatment as the colour oxidizes. They will then begin to fade and go patchy during the days following as they flake and heal. Initially they will get lighter around day 10 as new skin heals over the top. The pigment will then begin to even out and push back through giving a more accurate colour around week 3-4. Week 4-6 you will be required to come back for your perfection visit. You should avoid getting the area wet for 7 days following treatment and your artist will guide you through a post-care treatment plan.
After a consultation, there is one main appointment where the tattooing is performed, followed by a perfection touch up appointment 4 weeks later, during which any touch-ups can be made. Follow-up colour boost appointments every 12-18 months are recommended to keep the brows in optimum condition.
The effects of feather brows lasts anywhere between 12 and 24 months. The longevity of the pigment will depend on your skin type. People with slightly more oily skin will tend to last around the 12 month mark before needing a top up, but those with normal skin can last up to 18 months. It also depends how you continue to care for your brows. Wearing SPF, avoiding retinol & AHAs on the area and keeping them hydrated will all help with the longevity of your brows retention.
The Prep: It all starts with a good canvas! The eyebrow area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive, and non-irritated. Here’s how to get your skin ready for the procedure:
Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before the procedure
Do not tan two weeks prior to the service, or have a sunburned face
Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to the procedure
Do not work out the day of the procedure
Do not have botox 3 weeks prior to the procedure
Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners)
Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days prior to the procedure.
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:
Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your tattoo
Do not consume coffee before your procedure
Do not take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen for pain relief (these also thin the blood)
Remember, the outcome of your new brows is dependant on following the correct prep and aftercare. To enable them to heal to their full potential you must follow these instructions.
On the day of treatment remove any excess fluid by blotting the area with a clean tissue, this prevents hardening of the lymphatic fluids.
Wipe the area gently with a tissue to clean before applying aftercare and to remove previous application. Make sure the area is completely dry. Apply a rice grain amount of aftercare ointment twice daily with a new cotton tip across the treated area. Be sure not to over-apply, as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing.
• Use a fresh pillowcase while you sleep.
• Let any flaking or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of colour.
• No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 2 weeks.
• Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for one week.
• Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after the procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors.
• Avoid long, hot showers for the first 7 days.
• Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 7 days.
• Avoid face-down swimming, lakes, and hot tubs for the first 7 days,
• Avoid topical make-up and sunscreen on the area for 10 days.
• DO NOT rub, pick, or scratch the treated area.
•Keep your face/procedure area out of the water when showering.
See you 4 weeks later for your perfection visit!
There are contraindications to this service (some of these include but are not limited to use of particular medications/illnesses/skin conditions, some of these are listed below, please check this list and contact me prior to booking your appointment to discuss all current medications/conditions. Please be aware supplements including vitamins/minerals can also impact and should be discussed prior to your appointment.
- On keloid scars 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).
- Blood thinning medication (including antiobiodics / aspirin / panadol / vitamin/mineral supplements).
- Vitamins / minerals (FISH OIL, OMEGA 3’s, COD LIVER OIL, TUMERIC, ROOT TYPE HERBS (GARLIC, HORSERADISH etc in larger doses)
- Antidepressants (some of these – call to discuss).
- Currently on Accutane or other strong retinoids.
- If any skin diseases symptoms or irritation appears on the area.
- Botox / Disport treatment in the area (waiting period applies).
- Old cosmetic tattoo (semi-permanent makeup) – Must be told prior to appointment to discuss.
- Broken capillaries in the eyebrows area.
- After waxing (must wait 3 days).
- After chemical peels (must wait two weeks).
The procedure should involve very minimal pin-point bleeding. Therefore, during your procedure you want to avoid any excessive bleeding, which can drastically effect your ability to numb and the overall results. Therefore DO not drink alcohol or caffeine the day you are to have your procedure. Do not take any blood thinning medications (unless prescribed by a doctor for medial reasons) one week before your appointment (aka: Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Ibuprofen, etc)
No tanning/excessive sun exposure 2 weeks before procedure (and 2 weeks after).
No Lip Filler/treatments 3 weeks before procedure (or 4 weeks after)
Plan your procedure with your schedule/vacations/events! DO NOT schedule when you have an incoming event that conflicts with healing. You will need 5-7 days heal. Expect an additional “perfecting” touch-up 6 weeks after the first appointment.
Please eat before the procedure, since you want normal blood sugar levels for any tattooing procedure. You will not feel like eating after (And you have to wait 3 hours for any food)
You will want to start a lip scrub once a day for 3 days before your procedure so that your lips are prepped and don’t have a rough texture, which will prevent proper pigment saturation and a poor healed result. Use the morning of your appointment. Do not over scrub to the point that you have raw or compromised skin.
You may buy a lip scrub from any local drug store or make a sugar lip scrub at home (google sugar lip scrub) in order to exfoliate off dead layers of skin.
Use moisturizer often on you lips in the days prior to the procedure to maintain smooth texture.
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If you are nervous, consider bringing headphones and music. Numbing will be used during the whole procedure.
You CANNOT get permanent makeup if any of the following apply to you (indicated with Red):
Pregnancy/breast feeding- NO EXCEPTIONS
Use of Accutane (acne medication)- must discontinue for 1 year before getting any permanent makeup procedures.
Hemophilia- Bleeding Disorder
Trichotillomania- Compulsive pulling of body hair or scabs on body
Keloid Scarring history- If you’ve ever had a diagnosed keloid scar, you need to supply a Doctors approval note at your appointment
Have Heart Conditions/Pace Maker/Defibrillator/Stint
Cold Sores- You can get the Lip Blush procedure IF you take a prescription anti-viral medication for cold sores PRIOR to you appointment
If you are Hemophiliac
Recent lip fillers (in the past 3 weeks)
Any active skin disease/condition on the face (cold sores, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, severe acne in the brow area, actinic keratosis, rosacea, contact dermatitis, shingles, etc,) any other skin conditions that are not listed please ask about before booking
Epilepsy- Must get a doctors note for approval
Uncontrolled Diabetic OR Uncontrolled High blood pressure
Minors cannot get lip blush, even with parental approval
Chemotherapy or Radiation treatments – You can get microblading with a doctors note of approval.
The following conditions (indicated with blue) do not prevent you from getting permanent makeup, but should be considered when deciding if it is right for you.
Cirrhosis of the Liver: Susceptible to infection
Scar tissue: Scars can be tattooed over, however be aware that scar tissue can prevent proper healing; pigment may not take to the skin at all. This can happens if you’ve had microblading or permanent makeup in the past.
Platelet Disorders- Causes more bleeding to occur, and therefore lower pigment retention.
Moles/raised areas in or around the area: Pigment will not be put into moles or anything raised but you can be tattooed around them
Thyroid medications: Potential for faster fading and need for more touch-ups
Auto Immune Disorder of any kind (MS, RA, Lupus etc): Due to the medicines to treat these disorders, pigment will not retain well
Anemia: Will require more touch-ups
Tanning: May alter color over time
The following medications will prevent proper pigment retention and if you take any of these regularly you should not get permanent makeup:
Time spent in the sun and overall health play a factor in fading/healing.
These instructions and requirements are for your safety and are recommended for the best results possible. If you show up to your appointment/book your appointment without following any/all of the above requirements including pre-care or you have any of the conditions indicated in red above, you will be turned away and charged a cancellation fee. If you experience any of the conditions above indicated in blue, then by scheduling you except the possible outcomes explained.
You may want to plan around work for the dark/swelling/scabbing stage of the healing (usually done within 3-4 days).
Please apply moisturiser (provided free at the appointment) often, do not let you lips dry out for the first 7-10 days.
Do not eat or drink (except water), for the first 3 hours following procedure. Do not drink hot beverages for the first 2-3 days (or use a straw, so that the drink isn’t hot on the lips). After eating rinse mouth with mouth wash for the first couple days
DO NOT RUB lips or try to exfoliate dead/shedding skin in ANY WAY.
If the area starts to get itchy, this is normal, don’t itch the area. This can cause scars and poor healing.
NO exercising for first 24 hours.
Do not touch the newly tattooed areas with your uncleaned fingers. Wash your hands every time you apply the moisturiser
Try and sleep on your back. Sleeping on your side or stomach could increase the risk of pulling off healing skin, causing pigment to come out with the scabs.
Do not pick or itch the flaking, scabbing skin. This could pull the pigment out and cause scarring (flaking and scabs are natural reactions and should fall off on their own COMPLETELY). Even small amounts of picking, or “helping” a scab fall off can drastically change how much fading occurs and cause a very patchy and undesirable result
No sun/tanning beds for at least 2 weeks. Understand that any tanning/sun exposure will fade the pigment and possibly change its color over time, even after the healing is completed. Consider purchasing SPF lip balm and start using 7 days post procedure, to protect the lips and extend the best color possible.
You can use lip makeup/gloss on lips after 14 days.
No HOT showers, exercising, or saunas directly after the procedure. Shower pressure should not go directly on the tattooed area for 10-14 days. Wait 2 weeks to submerge face in a swimming pool/hot tub.
Color changes occur during the healing and are completely normal. During the healing you may also experience the colour disappearing and then coming back during the following 4 to 6 weeks. The final color is seen 4 to 6 weeks post.
Touch-ups happen between 4 to 8 weeks post appointment. Touch-ups are for any necessary areas and depth/finishing desired colour and the healing tends to be easier this time, but involves the same process.
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