Permanent Makeup FAG's
How long does procedure take?
Permanent makeup is a 2 step process, usually 4-6 weeks apart. It is important to complete both the initial procedure and touch up. The service is not considered complete until after the touch up appointment to determine final results.
STEP 1: The initial procedure takes approximately 3 hours. During this time, a
consultation is done where we discuss your desired brow look, choose a colour tone and draw the initial outline of the procedure area for your approval. Though our faces are NOT perfectly symmetrical (one side is usually flatter than the other), we do our very best to create as much symmetry as possible! As we like to say BROWS ARE SISTERS, NOT TWINS. Once you are satisfied with the basic shape and symmetry, the area is then traced over and semi-permanent pigment is applied with a machine.
STEP 2: The second stage of the treatment is a TOUCH-UP appointment. The touch up that takes approximately 2 hours, or less. Touch ups are done no earlier than 4 weeks of your initial procedure and no later than 6 weeks. If you do not schedule your touchup within 6 weeks, you will be required to pay a touch up fee outlined in our touchup schedule.
It is IMPERATIVE you complete the touch up treatment. Without it, the results will not be optimal. Colour will fade significantly within 4 weeks as the skin heals, peels and fades. The touch up corrects any irregularities in the microshading, color tones and finishes the process.
**Occasionally a third touch up (4-6 weeks later) is necessary for certain clients where the pigment does not take as well to the skin.**
How long can I expect it to last?
The pigment used in microshading is semi-permanent and can last up to 1-2 years. The pigment will begin to fade within 12 months. In order to keep your brows looking fresh, a touch up is recommended every 12 months to 24 months maximum. After 2 years, full price will apply.
For clients that choose a softer look and lighter color shade initially or those who did not follow the after care instructions properly may require more frequent touch ups.
Are Semi-Permanent Eyebrows deemed permanent?
Technically, semi-permanent micro-pigmentation is considered permanent because the colour is implanted into the upper dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, the pigment is implanted more superficially than a traditional tattoo, so it naturally fades over time.
Does the application hurt?
We take every precaution necessary to ensure the permanent makeup procedure is as pain free as possible. A strong topical anesthetic cream is used prior to and during the procedure to keep you as comfortable as possible. Most clients actually fall asleep during the service!
How long is the recovery or healing time?
Immediately after your microshading procedure and in the first 10 days, your brows will appear significantly darker and defined than perhaps your desired look. It may continue to get darker over the next few days as scabs begin to form, however this is not an accurate indication of the finished and healed result. 30-50% of your brow color will fade as the scabs fall off within 7-10 days. In some cases, the scabs may take longer to heal and fall off. DO NOT PICK YOUR SCABS. The pigment is within the scab and you do not want to pull any pigment out of your skin prematurely. We all heal differently and what works on one client may not be effective on another so please do not compare your results.
The complete healing process takes approximately 6 weeks.
How do you choose a colour?
We choose a colour together by applying small amounts of different coloured pigments to the skin near to your brows and selecting the best match for your skin tone, features and personal preference. As a rule of thumb, we closely match the color of your brow hair rather than your current hair color for the most natural results.
What types of pigments do you use?
We use iron oxide pigments that will fade over time and are naturally absorbed by the skin. Iron oxides are innocuous, harmless and perfectly safe for your skin.
Can I have my brows microshaded if I’m pregnant?
No you cannot have this treatment done if you are pregnant in case of infection.
Does it hurt afterwards?
The area can be a little sore for the first few hours and tender to touch for a couple days.
Can you microshade over an existing brow tattoo?
Microshading can be done over an existing brow tattoo, however the old tattoo must be significantly faded for the shading to show through and look natural. Please advise if you have an existing tattoo and submit a picture to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.
Will my microshading brows look fake?
NO! Semi-Permanent makeup is done using a cosmetic tattooing process and our
eyebrow pigmentation unique artistry will be soft, natural looking eyebrows. When we implant semi-permanent makeup pigment in the skin, it appears more natural looking than topically applied cosmetics.
Brow Aftercare: How to Take Care of Your New Eyebrows
Wait until the 3rd day to start ointment. If getting dry before then apply thin layer of ointment. As far as how much is too much: the size of one rice grain is enough to coat both brows. Keep the area of pigmentation moist 1 to 2 times per day.
Morning, night, with aquaphor for a minimum of 3 days.
If a crust appears on the pigmented surface DO NOT FORCE THE REMOVAL BY PICKING, SCRATCHING, and OR WASHING!!! PIGMENT MAY BE REMOVED ALONG WITH THE CRUST!!!
***May experience very slight swelling; A little redness in the immediate area.***
Avoid for 1 week:
Soaps, facial cleansers, and water on pigmented areas
Washing pigmented area
Retin-A on pigmented areas
Makeup on pigmented area for 7 days, including non-allergic
Hot, steamy, long showers
Jacuzzi or saunas
Terry towels on pigmented areas
Shower with your back to the water to keep water, shampoo, and conditioner from getting into the pigmented areas.
*** Do not be alarmed by fading after the first application. The final color cannot be judged until at least 3 weeks after the touch up applications are completed. This is the reason follow-ups are required!***