SEMI PERMANENT EYE BROW TATTOO
If you draw your brows on every day, you are used to a few things happening. You know you can never draw the same eyebrow twice every day. And It's time-consuming. It is also the most important part is the self-esteem issue -- if you clearly don't like the way they look when they are not drawn in, it impacts daily activities, and mood. Let's be real, EYEBROWS ARE LIFE.
The pro of eyebrow tattoo, aside from you looking amazing is its semi-permanent, it's not going to last forever. But you don't want it to last forever. Styles change, faces change, pigments change. The "pro" to tattooing (permanent) eyebrows is that it lasts forever, but at the same time that's a "con" because it ends up looking terrible within a few years because your face is exposed to elements and those elements affect tattooing. The sun fades the ink, and the colors don't fade evenly -- you can be left with pink, purple, blue, gray, or gray fuzzy brows over time. Traditional Tattooing goes in eight layers deep into the dermis; while semi permanent goes two layers deep. With sun exposure and exfoliating and natural skin regeneration, you will eventually expose the two layers of skin and the pigment is gone and faded out. That's a plus, because you don't want it on your face forever, because the color will never stay the same. If you love it, you can do it every year or two and if the day comes and you stop, you don't have to worry that you will be left with pink archy weird eyebrows.
Microblading is a technique adding hair like strokes to add volume and hair like texture to perfect the shape. Microblading is a way to achieve that natural full look! Those with sparse fine brow hair or that is over tweezed and needs to add hair and texture back to the brow for a natural appearance, Microblading can do that, by adding hair like strokes. Microblading, even after the first session, gives you fuller, thicker brows. And as we age our brows get shorter and thinner, so fuller makes you look younger. Microblading is suitable for all skin types with the exception of oily & mature skin requiring frequent annual color refreshes to maintain the crisp strokes.
Microblading & Powder Shading is a technique that combines both. Shading the brow following microblading will add density and more of a defined look. This creates brows with an extra layer of depth and definition. The blading and shading technique is ideal when you come across clients that: Prefer bolder brows and fill in their eyebrows very solid on a daily basis. The shading heals to a much softer and lighter shading effect similar to a powder brow application while allowing the strokes to pop. Microblading & Shading is suitable for all skin types with the exception of oily & mature skin requiring frequent annual color refreshes to maintain the crisp strokes.
(Ombre) Powder Brows is another technique and the least maintenance of brows, where brows are shaded throughout and created by pixelated dots that heal similarly to applying brow products. Once healed it creates a soft shaded effect similar to eyebrow powder. Powder brows are also often chosen to cover up old brow tattoo to give you a desired shape and modern look. Powder brows are best suitable for those with oily, mature and those who transition from microblading to powder. Ombre Powder brows is a technique that focuses on the front of the brow. From the tail of the brow at the desired darkness color, as you move towards the front of the brow, Ombre is lighter and does not give you a harsh, outlined, squared off front.
All brows are 100% customizable, heal appearing very natural and can last between 1.5 years to 3years, depending on individual Client's lifestyle, medications and maintenance of healed brows. Semi tattoo brows require two sessions (initial & touch up done 5-9 weeks) to perfect the shape and color while keeping the integrity of the skin at its best. Unsure which brow style is for you, let's chat!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure I will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and I will also reapply 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 the procedure take?
The first microblading session takes about 1.5-2hrs to complete, if adding manual shading to your appointment, 2-2.5hrs. This includes: filling out client history/consent forms, numbing, shaping/consult, the procedure and post after care instructions.
The second session can take 1 hour to 1.5 hours to complete.
How long does it take to heal?
The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 30- 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 tattoo. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after a brow procedure aside from the instructions given to you. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over aka scabs to fall off, and about 1 month for the color 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 color will reveal itself once healed and can take 3-4 weeks.
Do I need a touch up? Is it necessary?
Absolutely! A touch up session after 5-9 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Since every one heals at a different rate, I prefer to schedule touch ups between 5-8 weeks of the initial procedure. It is not recommended to get a touch up before the weeks of your initial session. Let the skin heal and trust the process. Since certain areas may not pick up during first session, I will concentrate on those areas. Due to trauma on the skin like any tattooing procedure, I try not to do too much during the first session to avoid strokes that are too close together to heal together creating a thicker stroke opposed to the natural thinner strokes. During the touch up session, pigment color may need/can be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oilier 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 color for the whole year or longer!
How long does this last?
Since pigment is not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Brows typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface/exfoliate faster. With sun exposure, exfoliating and natural skin regeneration, you will eventually expose the two layers of skin (the two layers that microblading needles penetrate), the pigment is gone and the pigment is faded out. Medications also can contribute to the ink oxidizing and fading to a different color over time. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary.
Who is not suitable for a brow service?
Have heart conditions or using heart medications
Have Uncontrolled diabetes
Have skin disease or irritations
Have had Botox/Dysport injections around the eyes and forehead in the last 2 weeks
Has had a brow wax in the last 2 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 microblade can be done at your own discretion. We suggest discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.
Risks & Complications?
I take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment, newly packaged and one time use disposable 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 rare, it could be possible for certain individuals. I suggest a pigment patch test for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive to:
Topical makeup products
Gold, silver and nickel
* I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who I deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. Technicians make the decision to tattoo an individual based on their own discretion. *