♥ Is it safe?
When tattooing is performed in a safe environment with tested pigments and clean instruments it is generally a very safe procedure. In general, the biggest risk is infection after the procedure due to lack of or poor aftercare.
All instruments used are sterile, single-use and are discarded after each procedure. We take every precaution to avoid infection and cross-contamination.
While every client is different, redness is generally minimal and most clients can return to work immediately after the procedure. Brows will be at their darkest and most distinct during the first 3-7 days as your body begins the healing process.
♥ How will the tattoo change during healing?
Once any scabs begin to peel, the color will fade and the hairstrokes will appear lighter and more subtle. Sometimes the strokes will appear to have disappeared entirely, but don't worry they should return! Around the 6-week mark, you will see your final color, which is the perfect time to return for your touchup!
♥ What happens to my real brows?
We work together to create the brows you've always wanted! For some clients, this means incorporating their entire existing brow. For others, we will remove any hairs that fall outside of your perfect new shape. Unlike a traditional tattoo, the entire area does not need to be shaved.
♥ How long will my permanent brows last?
Unlike traditional tattoo, the ink is not deposited as deeply below the epidermis. Depending on your lifestyle, the color will lighten and fade over time, but shouldn’t disappear completely from the skin. For this reason, touch-ups are generally required to freshen up the color. Untouched, the ink will last anywhere from 1 to 3 years. Factors that may affect fading include:
- use of facial exfoliants or treatments such as acid peels
- prolonged exposure to the sun
- failure to apply sunscreen when going outside
Proper aftercare of the treated area will help prolong the results. Your certified practitioner will provide you with aftercare instructions after your initial procedure, and again during your touch-up appointment. Visit our blog post on Microblading Aftercare Essentials for a list of do’s and don’ts.
♥ Are there any side effects to permanent makeup?
Side effects to the treatment are usually localized to the treatment area. Any swelling or bruising that occurs usually subsides within 24 hours of the initial treatment. Scabbing and flaking of the treatment area is normal during the healing process. Any unusual side effects such as heat, blistering and extreme itching are extremely rare. If pain or tenderness persists for longer than a few days or any unusual side effects occur, consult your doctor immediately and inform your certified practitioner.
♥ What if I have a previous tattoo?
If you have a previous tattoo, please email us a photo of your brows with no makeup on, in good lighting so that we can assess what we can do for you.
Faded tattoos that do not appear gray, blue, or red can be suitable for cover-up with microblading or shading. Tattoos that are moderately saturated, with undesirable colors may need correction before covering. This involves one procedure to alter the current tattoo color to a more desirable brown hue and then a second procedure to apply the target color and brow shape.
If the brows are still too dark, shape is not to your liking or your ultimate goal is microblading, then saline tattoo removal is the best place to start. We do one or more removal sessions to lighten the color and then a target session to correct the shape and apply a more attractive color.
♥ What if I change my mind?
We take our time during every new procedure to ensure the design and color is as you want it and suits your features perfectly. Ensuring you get the results you desire is the primary reason we require a consultation prior to booking your procedure. We take this time to assess if you are a good candidate for the procedure and that your expectations are aligned with what we can do for you.
While we hope that this will never happen, if at some point you want to remove your PMU entirely, saline tattoo removal is an option. Read our blog post on Saline vs Laser Tattoo Removal for more information.
♥ How do I choose a PMU practitioner?
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the practitioner that’s right for you.
- Ask to see client testimonials and a portfolio filled with before and after pictures. As much as possible, look for healed results--they are a better indicator of quality. Are the colours accurate? Do they suit the client’s hair colour and skin colour? Are the brows a reasonable shape and size for their face and age?
- Is the practitioner enthusiastic and knowledgeable about permanent makeup? Does she keep up to date with regular training?
- Does she make you feel comfortable and safe? Book a visit to tour her studio. Check that she has the proper permits from the County Health Services department to perform body art tattooing in her studio. Have a look around and make sure the treatment area is kept clean and tidy. Verify that the needles used by the practitioner are single-use, in gamma-sterilized, sealed packets and that she follows the proper protocols to prevent transmission of infectious diseases.
Be safe! There are many skilled and talented artists to choose from, so make sure to research well and ask questions. A dedicated, caring practitioner will always be happy to help.