EYEBROW TATTOOING

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Eyebrow Tattooing?

Eyebrow tattooing, is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, done by tattoo machine. Eyebrow tattooing typically lasts 1-3 years before needing a color boost, depending on skin type and skincare routine.  The procedure can be done in a variety of techniques such as Powder Brow, Hairstroke, and Combo-Brow, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Eyebrow tattooing can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrow hair. Eyebrow tattooing is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows, or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from medical conditions, age or over tweezing. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration. 

How long does it take?

For the first tattooing session, the entire procedure should take about 2 hours. During this session, the practitioner will consult the client and shape and style the client’s brows for client approval. We then follow with pigment color selection.  Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure.

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 approximately 6-8 weeks (recommended no more than 10 weeks) after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1.5-2 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 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 eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after microblading procedure.  It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, 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 fresh new skin forming over the tattooed area, due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. The pigment will resurface at approximately 4 weeks and true color will reveal itself once healed.

 

Is the touch up session necessary?

Yes! A touch up session between 6-8 weeks (no more than 10) is absolutely necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not retain pigment during the first session and will need to be re-enforced.  Pigment color 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 & reinforce the pigment in your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!

 

Can I get my touch up session sooner than 6 weeks?

Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial tattooing session as pigment color 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 an additional numbing gel 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 at all. 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 sensitive, similar to a light sunburn.  Clients may take Tylenol but aspirin & ibuprofen are not recommended.

How long does it last?

Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime.  Eyebrow tattooing typically lasts 1-3 years, before needing a color boost, 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 faster. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.

How should I prep for my appointment?

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. 

  • Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.

  • Let your practitioner know of any medical conditions or medications you may be taking that may affect your service.

  • No botox or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.

  • Arrive to your appointment with your make-up on as you normally wear it daily. 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:

  • Immediately after your procedure, blot the micro bladed area with a clean dry tissue to gently remove any lymphatic liquid (clear yellowish liquid) that may have built up. 

  • Gently wash brows with mild perfume/dye free face wash such as cetaphil in the morning daily.

  • Apply one swipe of grape seed oil with a Q-Tip, morning and night to brows for at least 7-10 days.

  • Do not over apply grape seed oil. 

  • Do not immerse brow area in water for 14 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around it.      

  • Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Tattooed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections.   

  • Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab over. Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation. 

  • Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days.     

  • No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after. 

 

Who is not suitable for the procedure?

Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:

  • Using Accutane

  • Have heart conditions or using heart medications

  • Have diabetes (will require a physician's note)

  • Have skin disease or irritations 

  • Have had Botox 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 currently breastfeeding.

 

* We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who we deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. Our brow practitioners make the decision to microblade an individual based on their own discretion. *

 

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 rare, it could be possible for certain individuals. We suggest a pigment patch test for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive to:

  • Topical makeup products

  • Gold, silver and nickel

  • Hair dyes

Patch tests should be performed 5-7 days prior. If you chose not to do a patch test we are not responsible for any reactions that may occur.

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. Our brow practitioners will do their utmost best 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 discoloration and color correction can also be fixed during the the touch up session. Microbladed brows may eventually fade away if no additional touch ups are done. If you are happy with your brows, touchup sessions are recommended to maintain those results.