frequently  asked  questions

What is Microblading?


Microblading is a semi-permanent brow tattoo performed with a small handheld tool, using a feather stroke technique to produce the appearance of fuller eyebrows or to enhance the natural features of the face. Microblading is a softer/more subtle cosmetic tattoo than some of the older methods. Body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years as client’s natural coloration and facial changes occur.




What is Microshading?


Microshading uses two permanent makeup techniques: microblading and machine shading to create a more defined eyebrow. This is good for clients who prefer well-defined brows and or clients who have dark, patchy brows.




What are Ombre Brows?


Ombre brows use only machine shading to create a powdered effect. This technique is great for clients who want a well-defined brow tattoo. It is good for all skin types, especially oily skin with large pores.




How long will my appointment be?


Three hours on average. During your appointment, we will consult with you the entire time ensuring we are on the same page. Much of the time is spent measuring and drawing on a symmetrical set of brows and agreeing on your perfect shape and color. The actual procedure itself takes thirty minutes to an hour. The touch-up appointment will take about an hour.




Follow-up appointment


In order to ensure that the brows heal perfectly a minimum of two treatments are usually needed 6-8 weeks apart on average. This first touch-up is included as it gives us the ability to correct any areas that possibly faded or allows the client to make suggestions if they want adjustments with the shape or color.




How long does microblading last?


The treatment is considered semi-permanent and will fade over time. Touch-ups are recommended every 1-2 years to maintain shape, color, and detail. How often depends on a number of factors including:
- Skin type (oily skin fade faster)
- Pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster)
- Sun exposure (over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment)
- Use of daily anti-aging products e.g.- (Tretinoin (Retin-A) & Alpha Hydroxy). These products increase your cell turnover rate and will shorten the life of your cosmetic tattoo




How long do machine shaded brows last?


The treatment is considered semi-permanent and will fade over time. Touch-ups are recommended every 1-3 years to maintain shape, color, and detail. How often depends on a number of factors including:
- Skin type (oily skin fade faster)
- Pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster)
- Sun exposure (over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment)
- Use of daily anti-aging products e.g.- (Tretinoin (Retin-A) & Alpha Hydroxy). These products increase your cell turnover rate and will shorten the life of your cosmetic tattoo




Does it hurt?


We do all that we can to ensure that the process is as comfortable as possible. Before the Microblading begins, a topical anesthetic is applied to the area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic during the procedure. During machine shading and initial outline is created with the michine before a topical anestetic is applied to the area. Some clients may feel slight discomfort, but it’s relatively pain-free for most.
(PLEASE NOTE that if you are a frequent smoker, or have your appointment during your menstrual cycle, the pain level could be intensified.)




Products and equipment


To ensure the highest quality of safety, all of our tools are one-time use only. ALL blades, needles, hand tools, wipes, and any other product used during the procedure are disposed of as biohazardous waste after each appointment, giving each client peace of mind.




How should I prepare for my appoinment?


If you have an ideal shape and color in mind, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment.
You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so we can take into consideration the shape you desire.
If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded, or tinted, please do so at least 3 days before your appointment.
If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you must wait at least one year before considering this procedure.
You must stop using Retinol 2 weeks prior to your appointment and avoid using it for the 2 weeks following your appointment.
If you get Botox regularly please get that done no later than 2 weeks before your appointment. This is to ensure we can make your brows as symmetrical as possible.
Avoid chemical peels at least 4 weeks prior to your appointment.
Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning for 2 weeks before and after your procedure. Do not come to your appointment with a sunburn. In this case, email us at least 48 hours prior to your appointment to reschedule.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, or any blood-thinning medication 24 hours prior to your appointment.
If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 10 days after the procedure due to the aftercare maintenance.




What to expect


Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color, and more sharply defined. This will last 3-4 days. Do not panic! It is normal.
Swelling and redness are minimal with most clients and will disappear within 24-48 hours. In some cases, it may last around the eyebrow area for up to 3 days, but will not prevent working or socializing. The treated area may feel a bit like a sunburn afterward but there should only be minimal discomfort.
The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Wait at least 6 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength, and it is only after 6 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done. Keep in mind that microbladed and michine shaded brows healed up to 30% softer than the initial color. Please note that final results can not be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. The tattooed hair strokes tend to have a more crisp look once healed on dry skin compared to more blurry strokes on oily skin. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any changes necessary. Healed results will vary with each individual client and using a pencil or powder may still be needed. Additional sessions (charged accordingly) may be required to obtain optimal results.




Aftercare


  • Avoid water for the first 24hrs. No HOT showers for the first 10 days.
  • Brows WILL scab or flake during the healing process.
  • You may shower or bathe normally, but avoid using any soaps or cleansers on the treated area for the first week as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis.
  • No excessive exercising (no sweating) or using a sauna for 10 days.
  • No sun exposure while healing.
  • Avoid makeup on/around brows for 10 days.
  • Do NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment. IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It will appear as though the eyebrows are gone. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.
  • Day 3: gently apply aftercare (A&D ointment) and repeat as needed for 10 days




Once healed


Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
- Glycolic Acid, Retin-A, face peels and exfoliation must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could lighten the pigment.
- If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.




Who Should Avoid Permanent Makeup?


While permanent makeup is great for most people, some individuals are not suitable for these treatments. Please read the following permanent makeup contraindications carefully, to evaluate if you are an eligible candidate, as they apply to all of our permanent makeup procedures: Microblading, Powder Brows and Microshading.

Ineligible Without Exception

Individuals under 18 years of age

We cannot Microblade anyone under 18 years of age, even with parental consent.

Women who are pregnant or nursing

As the body is going through hormonal changes, it is more prone to infections. Your skin may change and results can be unpredictable.

Epilepsy

It is unsafe to undergo treatment in case of a seizure.

Individuals with Pacemaker or major heart problems

We use epinephrine, as a numbing agent, that can increase your heart rate possible causing dysrhythmias.

Individuals with viral infections and/or diseases

The risk of developing an infection is higher in people with compromised immune system.

Individuals with Lupus

The risk of developing an infection is higher in people with compromised immune system.

Individuals who have undergone Organ Transplant

The risk of developing an infection is higher in people with compromised immune system.

Individuals with any kind of skin condition on or near the treatment area

Eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis or any one of these skin conditions may compromise the surface and texture of the skin. Procedure performed on skin with these types of condition may have sub-par results.

Individuals who are allergic to metal and color

We use small needles and pigments that can contain some metals and colorant, so allergy can be a show stopper.

Individuals prone to keloids

Since permanent makeup punctures the skin, there is always a risk for people that are prone to keloids to heal with keloids scaring

Individuals who used Accutane

Accutane alters the skin and makes it thin, dry, and sensitive. It also weakens your immune system. For those reasons you'll need to one year after your Accutane treatment is completed and your skin is back to its normal state.

Eligible with Doctor Clearance and Note

Individuals undergoing chemotherapy

Although permanent makeup is great for enhancing your look, we require a doctor’s note in order to perform the procedure for anyone undergoing chemotherapy. Once you're cleared from your oncologist, we can book your appointment. Permanent makeup is a great solution for cancer survivors.

Individuals with Diabetes

It is important that your condition is stable and under control. Please consult with your physician and provide us with a doctor's note.

Individuals with Thyroid Condition

The color of your brows can fade faster when taken with certain thyroid medications.

Individuals with Glaucoma

The risk of developing an eye infection is higher.

Individuals with High Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure has to be at a stable condition. You may have slightly greater bleeding than the norm. Excessive bleeding during the procedure can dilute and expel the pigment color and lead to poor results.

Individuals who have had Botox in the last two weeks

Individuals that have any uncertainty regarding their pre-existing conditions, or are under the supervision of a physician, please consult with your doctor before booking an appointment and provide us with a doctor's note.

Eligible Based on Individual Cases

Individuals with a dark pre-existing eyebrow tattoo or permanent makeup

The tattoo or permanent makeup must be light enough for us to draw hair strokes. We ask anyone with a previous eyebrow tattoo to send us an email to HighBrowBeautyServices@gmail.com with a picture of their eyebrows with no makeup on, so we can evaluate.

Individuals who are allergic to lidocaine or epinephrine

Our most used anesthetic is lidocaine and epinephrine so if you are allergic to it, we will not be able to use it during the procedure; however, you will still have an option to proceed but without a numbing agent to reduce the pain.

Individuals with oily skin

Those with very oily skin are ineligible for microblading. Powder brows are recommended for this skin type. Those with less oily or combination skin, may consider a combination of microblading and powder effect, known as combo brows. We have a blog all about microblading solutions for oily skin, if this applies to you. Your Artist will ultimately decide if they can perform microblading on your skin.

Individuals that are prone to cold sore

If you are prone to cold sores, lip blushing may result in an outbreak and cause loss of pigment. You must start taking antiviral medication, prescribed by your doctor and NOT over the counter, 48 hours prior to treatment to prevent an outbreak.

Individuals with sun damaged skin

It can result in poor retention of pigment.




Can I schedule a consultation?


The microblading consultation and procedure are both done on the same day unless you have existing permanent makeup. In this case, please contact us beforehand to discuss your options.




***PLEASE READ


PLEASE NOTE: The results are natural, fuller-looking eyebrows. Initially, the brows may appear darker but fade significantly over the first two weeks. Although our cosmetic tattoo artists use premium products and provide exceptional service, all clients heal differently, and many factors lead to varied results. It is crucial to have a microblading touch-up done, as it is very difficult to predict how well your skin will retain the pigment. Due to this and other varying factors, we cannot guarantee your results.




Scheduling Policies


NO SHOW POLICY FOR NEW CLIENTS: Your appointment time is especially reserved for you. If you No Call/No Show to your scheduled appointment, I will require another $50 deposit to re-schedule as well as add an additional $50 to your service.

NO SHOW POLICY FOR TOUCHUPS: The first touchup, that I provide free of charge as a courtesy, is solely for your benefit. I spend my time, uncompensated, to provide this service for all my clients. If you No Call/No Show to your complimentary touchup, you will not be able to reschedule it free of charge. Your complimentary touch-up does NOT allow for cancellations. Only time modifications if given at least 72 hours notice will be allowed, depending on availability.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Again, I understand that things happen and life gets busy. However, I kindly ask that you please give at least 72 hours (3 Days) notice if you need to cancel, so that I can make your time available to other clients. In the case of a short notice cancellation (less than 72 hours) you will forfeit your initial deposit and I will require another deposit to move forward. Clients who cancel their appointment more than once will lose their deposit indefinitely, and will require another deposit to move forward. I would never waste your time. Please extend the courtesy. LATE POLICY:
Kindly note, I have reserved both my time and yours. If you are running late, or will be, please call as soon as possible. If you happen to be running more than 20 minutes late, I may not be able to accommodate your service. In this situation, we will discuss the options to reschedule at my next availability. Depending on the situation, I may require another deposit to re-schedule.
Clients who arrive late more than once will forfeit their deposit and will require another deposit. I will also charge an additional $50 to your desired service before moving forward