Q. Does it hurt?
You will feel a small amount of discomfort, however I will use a topical numbing agent (my choice is Dr.Numb) to ensure a comfortable procedure for you.
Q. What kind of machine do you use?
I use 3 different kinds of machine depending on what procedures I am doing. Manual machine to achieve the “feathered” look when doing hair strokes on eyebrows. Digital machine for smooth and even application when lining and rotary machine for lining and filling.
Q. What is the difference between regular tattooing and cosmetic tattooing?
Tattooing commonly uses ink. Were with Micro-pigmentation we use iron dioxides, a much smaller and pigment regulated by the Canadian and U.S federal government. Regular body tattooing also uses a coil machine to deliver ink deep past the skins dermal layer. With Micro-pigmentation pigments are deposited just past the epidermis and into the dermal layer.
Q. Do you use Organic pigments aka FDC (food and drug cosmetic colour)?
No, I choose not to use organic pigments because of how common allergic reactions occur. Organic pigments are made up of tomatoes or other fruits and plants, great for bright vibrant colours however not safe for any possible allergies.
Q. What kind of pigments do you use?
I use Iron Dioxide Micro Pigments. These pigments are made up of extremely small molecules that absorb into the skin better than most pigments and result in less fading and truer colour than organic colour. this gives you smoother lines and a better more even distribution of colour.
Q. How long is the healing process?
Although the procedure will appear to be healed with one week, it will not be fully healed for 4 to 6 weeks. All lip procedures will take at least 8 weeks to heal. On clients with darker complexions Lips will take 2-3 months for the colour to completely stabilize.
Under 40 years: 4 weeks
40 to 60 years: 5 weeks
60+ years: 6 weeks
Q. How do I get the most out of my procedure and make it last?
The best way to make your Micro-Pigmentation procedures last is to carefully follow the after care sheet provided. Colour will be lost and or patchy if proper aftercare is not followed. In addition ALWAYS wear PABA free sunscreen after the area has healed to prevent fading and possible reaction to the sun.
Q. Is it imperative that I come in for a touch up, if so when?
It is not 100% imperative that you come in for a touch up, however I strongly urge you to. If you are wanting a thick eyeliner or a fuller looking brow you will definitely need to come in for your second session to achieve that look. You must wait until your skin is completely healed before coming in for your touch up to ensure colour retention and to avoid re-injuring the area. Usually a minimum of 3 weeks after initial appointment.
Today: Every 3 hours, gently wipe your brow area with the distilled water cotton sheets I provided you with. Make sure to squeeze out any excess solution from the cotton. You can also lightly blot with a clean tissue to absorb any lymph fluid throughout the day.
Tomorrow: Apply a very thin layer of the barrier cream I provided (no more than the size of a grain of rice). Gently apply AM & PM for 7-14 days or until all the scabs have shed.
This week: Make sure to keep the tattooed area clean and dry. Use distilled water to clean the tattooed area.
DO NOT directly shower the tattooed area. Keep the tattoo as dry as possible.
DO NOT use facial cleansers directly on the tattooed area. Gently cleanse around the area with a non-scented cleanser, such as Cetaphil.
DO NOT rub, pick, or scratch the tattooed area. Premature removal of scabs will cause colour loss and uneven lines.
DO NOT exfoliate the area or use any retinol products, acid peels, facials, chemical treatments, botox, or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks after your appointment.
DO NOT do any exercising that will cause excessive sweating for at least 5 days after your appointment. This may cause infection or permanent loss of pigment during the healing process.
DO NOT apply makeup to the area for at least 7-14 days or until all scabs have shed.
DO try to sleep on your back. This is to ensure that you do not prematurely remove any scabs before the area is healed.
DO avoid direct sun exposure and tanning booths for 14 days after your appointment.
DO wait at least 10-14 days after your appointment to apply SPF. Once the area has healed, apply SPF daily to avoid fading.
Remember: Your healed results will be 20-60% lighter once healed.
Remember: There is no guarantee on your results. Results will vary based on skin type, lifestyle, and how you care for your tattoo. The final result of your cosmetic tattoo is EXTREMELY dependent on how you take care of it after you leave the studio. Poorly cared for tattoos may result in uneven lines and loss of colour. Please follow the aftercare instructions very carefully. Keep in mind that this is a minimum 2-session procedure! Results may not be perfect after your first session as we do not want to overwork the area. If you have oily skin, it is common that the lines will no be as sharp or as pigmented as those with dry skin. Some clients may require additional appointments to achieve desired results. Once the scabs shed, about 1-2 weeks after your appointment, you may notice a loss of pigment. Be patient - your skin is still in healing mode. Over time, the epidermis will heal and become more transparent, allowing the strokes to look more crisp and develop over the 6-week healing period.
Don't forget to book your perfecting appointment 5-12 weeks after your initial appointment!