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FAQ 2017-08-22T01:43:05+00:00

The correct terminology is Paramedical Micropigmentation. Micro blading or 3D Feather stroke and Soft Tap are procedures performed to produce a very natural eyebrow that emulates real hairs. Shading is a procedure that gives a more dynamic statement and Integrated Artistry is a combination of both procedures. These techniques deposit coloured pigments into the upper reticular layer of the dermis. (There is a more defined explanation of terms at the end of this article).

Whilst you will get an idea of the results after your first treatment, (and may vary from person to person) there is a healing process involved with cosmetic tattooing. We offer a free touch-up included in your price to ensure your treatment is refined and perfect.

We only use superior inks that are pre-sterilized and Medical grade specifically made for cosmetic and facial tattooing purposes.

PLEASE Never go to a “Tattooist” who offers you any type of facial /makeup procedure using inks that are used in body Tattooing. This can cause serious, hazardous and long lasting devastating results that are often permanent. While the tattooist may be very skilled they are seldom trained in Cosmetic Tattooing. There are distinct differences in skin depths that vary even on different areas of your face, other considerations are;

  • The facility where body tattooing is performed is also not a suitable environment for facial tattooing. The room should be sealed to other areas and not performed in an open room where other clients are present and people freely move about.
  • Airborne contaminants present a range of issues that can impact your procedure and result.
  • Traditional Coil Tattoo Machines– These popular “traditional” tattoo devices use electromagnetic coils to rapidly move a barred needle grouping up and down. Designed more for body tattoos than permanent makeup application, the results may be good, but may not last as long as other methods.

It is very comfortable. Specific numbing agents are used for Cosmetic tattooing and I regularly have clients sleep through some of these procedures.

It is not considered painful during the procedure and you may experience some very slight discomfort after for 1 day. It is certainly much less discomfort than a regular tattoo.

Depending on which treatment, how many treatments you are having done, appointments take 1.5 -2.5 hours Please allow at least 2.5 hours for your initial appointment.

You can expect some redness for a day or two. The pigment will be quite dark for approximately a week , you may also experience some very slight tenderness and light flaking a few days post treatment. Colour fades in the first week and your true colour will be present after 3-4 weeks.

  • You must not get the area wet for 5 days, IF YOU DO- Do not rub just lightly pat the area dry.
  • Do not rub, scratch or pick the area this will cause patches and pigment may be lost completely or be much fairer than the rest of the area.
  • Do not use sunscreens or moisturizers other than the after care product you will be given on completion of your procedure.
  • Try to avoid excessive activity that will cause sweating. (Aftercare instructions will be provided at the completion of your visit)

Yes, we do touch ups if required at 3-5 weeks and this is included in the price as long as it is not after 3months

There is no difference at all. It is purely terminology. Some councils/countries do not allow the advertising of PERMANENT make up. This is largely due to the variations in results from person to person.

Depending on what type of procedure you have done and the colour of the pigment, you can expect your tattoo to last 18 months –five years + for eyebrows and eyeliner can last up to 5+ years or longer.  Skin types particularly an oily skin can sometimes affect colour absorption and permanence. Lifestyle, after care and skin types may also affect your result.

Nothing, if you intend to colour/ tint your brows please do this before coming at least 24 hours. Do not tint for 7 days after the procedure. It’s best to come with clean freshly washed skin and no moisturiser or sunscreen.

If you are used to pencilling in your brows it can be helpful to do this so that the technician can discuss what your used to.

That’s fine, as long as it’s not on the same day. No waxing or tinting for 3-4 weeks post procedure.

Ultimately the technician is trained in selecting and mixing your colours and advising on the correct shape for you. While I always advise you accordingly taking into account Age, Hair colour, Eyebrow density, Face shape and your own personal desires. It is you that has the final say in your look, your involved throughout the entire process.  Conversely, most well-trained technicians will not perform a procedure if the design and/or colour requested by the client is not reasonable.  If your requests are turned down by one or more technicians, then perhaps you may need to reconsider what you are asking for.

If proper sterilization and disinfection guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe. Professionals in the permanent cosmetic industry routinely attend Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) classes to become well versed on safety principals.

These guidelines include, but are not limited to the following: IMPORTANT things to look for;

  1. All Needles should be new and sterile for each client. Unopened new and sterile needles should be opened in your presence.
  2. Disposable sterilized one-time use machine parts should be purchased by the artist and disposed of in a sharps container immediately after the procedure has been completed.
  3. Personal protection equipment such as disposable one-time use gloves should be new for each client and changed during the procedure when needed.
  4. The technician should be clean and neat.
  5. Disposable or One-time use chair/bed covering should be new for each client.
  6. The room or treatment area should be in an area free from other contaminants. The SPCP has taken a position against permanent cosmetic procedures conducted at trade shows and in salons where nail dust, aerosols or other chemicals are present.
  7. Your technician should possess a current Infection Control Certificate in the state where the clinic is located.
  8. Your technician should not be a body tattooist working in an open studio or with inks used for body tattooing.

The tattooing of eyebrows is the most popular and comprehensive, of all the Permanent or Semi-Permanent make up procedures, however  it can also be the most confusing when deciding on which method best suits the look you want. Unfortunately it is often up to the authors interpretation and ability to describe the methods satisfactorily. That said I will do my best to explain to you the differences. It is helpful to keep in mind that there really are essentially 3 methods to choose from and the rest are simply variations on those methods.

Eyebrow tattooing takes on several different techniques/ methods. Each technique has its own unique aspect and deciding which of the techniques is best for you depends on a few factors that you will be involved in at the time of your consult.

To help your understanding of these techniques here is a list of some different eyebrow tattoo techniques:

Hand Methods

Encompass the following terms. 3 D, Feather Stroke,(feathering) Soft Tap and Powdery fill.

These hand methods use hand tools alone with no electric or motorized parts to tap pigment into the skin with great detail.  This method is primarily based in more traditional tattoo techniques (eg. Tebori in Japan), and is preferred by those who are uncomfortable with the buzzing sensation of the powered machines and those whom would like a more subtle natural looking result.

  • Feathering Technique, 3D – This is a precise hand bladed and highly skilled hair stroke technique, whereby strokes are made closer to one another other creating a shaded dimensional appearance. This term is usually used where there is no or almost no real hair present. The 3d eyebrow tattoo is an extremely popular method for brow enhancement and beautification.  Delicate strokes done in little sections (applied from the inner to outer corner of the brow), are created to replicate natural hair using complimentary mineral pigment. This helps to define and strengthen sparse or thin areas of the brow, that together create a completely natural looking 3d appearance.
  • Soft Tap Permanent Makeup Technique – The Soft Tap technique is a manual method of tattooing because there is no power, electricity, or machinery involved. The tool itself is a hand held device containing several “single use” needles. The needles are dipped in pigment (which is much thicker than ordinary cosmetic tattoo ink), and inserted into the brow using a rhythmic rolling motion.  The results are subtle, accurate, and brilliant, and great way to fill in what is lacking from an already existing brow.
  • Powdery Filled Technique –The “powdery filled” technique involves a filling in or thickening  of areas that already have eyebrow hair present with both soft and darker colours (variegated) which varies in transparency.  As opposed to creating hairline strokes to cover bald or thinning areas, the powdery filled technique is best for those simply wanting shaping and/or a light enhancement

Machine Techniques

Soft Fill Technique – The soft fill method uses a round configured needle to fill in the entire surface area of the brow completely with pigment. It is performed with a machine to cover the area evenly. This technique is most beneficial for individuals who already have hair on their brows, but have gaps in between the hairs needing to be filled

Machines used in Tattooing Facial – Permanent Make up procedures.

  • The Rotary Or Pen Machine– The Rotary Tattoo Machine is powered by regulated “rotary” motors (rather than electromagnetic coils) that rapidly move the ink needle up and down. Although beneficial for shading, and stippling, this method is used least to tattoo eyebrows with exception of shading techniques, but is popular for other facial features such as lips and eyeliner.
  • Traditional Coil Tattoo Machines– These popular “traditional” tattoo devices use electromagnetic coils to rapidly move a barred needle grouping up and down. Designed more for body tattoos than permanent makeup application, the results may be good, but may not last as long as other methods.

Integrated Artistry Techniques

  • Soft Shading Technique – is sometimes applied in combination with other techniques such as Soft Shading and 3D hand bladed hair stroke techniques. This creates either a soft background or a more dramatic background depending on the desired outcome from one area of the brow to another by “sprinkling” or “brushing” pigment just below the epidermis.
  • Soft Hair Stroke Technique –The soft hair stroke method is ideal for those who have very little to no eyebrow hair to begin with.  Very fine hairline strokes are created to visually replicate individual natural hairs (as opposed to a “block” of solid ink- Shading). Light shading is then applied to give the brows dimension.
  • Full Created Hair Stroke Technique– The full created hair stroke eyebrow tattoo is a combination of techniques, first by creating a shadowing background of the entire brow (either powdery, soft shading,  or soft fill), layered on top with natural looking hairs (soft hair strokes) of different pigments creating dimension and depth. This option is optimal for people with sparse to no hair over the brow area.

The effectiveness and success of these various eyebrow tattoo techniques will depend not only on your own understanding of them, but more importantly, on the training, experience, and natural talent of your chosen certified permanent cosmetic professional. Look for artists who have an in depth knowledge of as many techniques as possible, and offer a variety of options.

  • Make sure they take the time with you to understand your personal needs, and realistic brow outcome goals.
  • They should assess your skin compatibility and individual eyebrow characteristics including hair type, Age appropriateness, Hair pattern, and amount.
  • They should also help you determine the ideal brow shape and arch suited to your face by measuring symmetry and outlining arch thickness, height, etc.

Ultimately, the goal of having a better understanding of these different methods and techniques, is to create perfect eyebrows that not only look natural and completely undetectable, but enhance your appearance, simplify your life, and make you feel confident about your choice to tattoo eyebrows.

  • Really anybody who desires an enhancement to their appearance. Whether it be a soft, natural or more dramatic affect.
  • Anyone who has experienced hair loss or over plucking, thinning eyelashes and lips.
  • People who do not wear or cannot wear traditional cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities.
  • Swimmers and other forms of exercise where “sweating off” or reapplying cosmetics is an issue.
  • The vision challenged who have difficulty applying their cosmetics
  • People with dexterity related conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke survivors.
  • Busy people who don’t have time to spend applying and refreshing makeup throughout the day and evening.

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