Are there many pigment colors to choose from?
Yes, there are many shades of gray, blonde, brown and auburn for brows in cool, neutral and warm tones. These can be blended for a customized color. We will try different shades on your skin prior to the procedure to find the color that looks best on you. Eyeliner can be done in black, browns, blue, green and purple tones.
Is it painful?
Two types of numbing cream are used, making the procedure comfortable for most people. For brows, clients say it feels like the brows are being tweezed. Eyeliner and Lash Enhancement can be surprisingly relaxing, as some people do not feel anything at all. Lips tend to numb very quickly and effectively.
How long does the appointment take?
Procedures range from 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the area. This includes filling out paperwork, allowing the numbing to take effect, discussing the color, shape, etc. and doing the procedure.
What is the recovery like?
Brows - You can expect slight redness and swelling around the brows for a few hours after the procedure
Eyeliner - Slight redness and swelling for 24-48 hours
Lips - Moderate swelling for 2-3 days; Lips will be chapped and sore for up to a week.
During the first week, the color will look darker and brighter than the final, healed result. Some people experience mild scabbing or flaking of the surface pigment.
First 10 Days: You will be provided with a gentle cleanser and healing ointment to use twice a day. Avoid facial scrubs, creams, makeup or any other products on the treated area, as well as sleeping on your face, swimming, steam rooms, heavy exercise or outdoor activities that will cause sweating. Sweat contains salt which is what is used to remove tattoos.
First 30 days: Avoid sun exposure (wear a hat and large sunglasses if you must be in the sun), tanning, facials, Botox/Dysport, laser treatments, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion.
A perfecting session is done 6-8 weeks after the initial appointment to ensure the best results. This session is to fine-tune the shape and color and make any small adjustments needed to pigment that may have flaked off during the healing process.
How long does it last?
Semi-permanent makeup fades over time depending on your skin type, metabolism and how you care for your skin. Sunscreen helps prolong the results! Most people prefer to touch up the color every 12 - 24 months for brows and every 3 – 5 years for eyeliner/lash enhancement and lip blushing.
Will the color change over time?
I use only high-quality pigments from Perma Blend that are specifically formulated for use on the delicate facial skin. Perma Blend is a premium product made to perform with a high density load that ensures expert results without color change. These colors will fade to lighter versions of the same color and will last longer than most other brands. These pigments are manufactured in the US without any heavy metals, using the highest quality ingredients, are certified vegan and have 40 plus years of experience behind them. Lighter colors like blonde tend to fade faster than dark brown. It is advised to avoid using skin lightening products on your treated areas, such as hydroquinone or retinols, as this will break down the color more rapidly.
What are the risks?
Anytime you break the skin there is a risk of infection. The procedure uses only disposable, sterile needles and supplies, making infection very unlikely. Only touch the area with clean hands while it is healing to avoid infection. The pigments are mineral-based and hypoallergenic making the risk of an allergic reaction quite low. They have been in use for over 30 years and contain no FD&C or D&C dyes.
How old do you have to be to get microblading done?
In the state of California, you must be 18 years or older to receive any permanent makeup procedure or tattoo.
Can you Microblade over previous permanent makeup?
It depends on how much your previous work has faded. If it is still fairly dark or saturated, a lightening/removal treatment may be needed prior to microblading or a powder brow may be recommended instead. Please text a picture of your eyebrows (in good lighting, without makeup) to Jenny at (408) 816-4164 for a recommendation.
Who is not a good candidate for microblading?
Microblading is not recommended for those with oily skin. For those clients, a powder brow is recommended.
Permanent makeup procedures are not recommended for anyone:
- Pregnant or nursing
- History of keloids or hypertrophic scarring
- Diabetic (unless blood sugar is well-controlled)
- Chemotherapy (must be cancer free and post-chemo 6 months)
- Viral infections (HIV, Hepatitis)
- Organ transplant
- Skin irritations or psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, acne, etc.)
- Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
- Accutane in the past year
- Pacemaker, heart conditions or uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Poor general health or recent surgery
Have additional questions? Not sure which procedure is right for you? Contact me!