What To Expect
Is Micropigmentation Right For You?
Long Term Care
• Immediately following the procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker, more defined, and bolder in color. This can last up to a week after the treatment. immediately following the procedure there is little to no discomfort. If at all can be compared to a slight sunburn feeling with minimal redness usually subsiding within hours for br.
• During the healing period, there may be scabbing, flaking or peeling of the skin.
• The complete healing process takes about 4-6 weeks, with a minimum of 10 days to about two weeks of extra care following all instruction given. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. requiring patience as your skin is regenerating and naturally exfoliating from week 2-4.
• Week 4 of healing color slowly starts coming to the surface and after 5 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done. Your second appointment is to tighten up your shape, touch up any light spots and also to assess how your skin reacts to the process, and the chosen color. We note everyones pigment blend, in case we need to layer in a different shade or adjust the tone :) Each procedure is customized just for you!
• If this is your first visit or it’s been over a year since your last visit- This is a two step process. shape and color can't be fully judged until 6 weeks after your follow-up visit.
To better explain the eyebrow process you will notice healed photos in the gallery of Monica's work. These healed photos show normal initial fading and gives you a realistic idea of the illusion these simulated hairstrokes create when healed below the surface of the skin. Results vary- skin tone, type and proper healing can always change the outcome which is what makes this procedure very much a process.
Monica's end goal is always to keep the brows looking as natural as possible keeping as much of the clients hair to incorporate into the new shape. The process of adding these cosmetic hair strokes is also known to stimulate hair growth which she has seen with many of her clients, Always lighter and less to leave room to grow, add or darken.
Simulated Hairstrokes are layered each visit to get the client to their desired look gradually, keeping the brows natural instead of healing overdone. With at least 5-6 weeks between procedures and a two week healing time following aftercare instructions such as (no direct sun, water- especially chlorine and salt, sweat, steam, excessive heat) This being said micropigmentation does not take you to perfect brows over night but it is Permanently Pin-ups mission to get you there.
Unfortunately, pre-existing skin conditions and skin treatments can heavily compromise the effectiveness of micropigmentation. So, before you go ahead and book your appointment, read the pointers below to find out if micropigmentation is a right fit for you.
SKIN CONDITIONS (FACE ONLY)
If you have skin which is prone to complications with eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis (i.e., your skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated), chances are your skin is in a is in a constant state of unrest and shedding and is not suitable for tattooing and therefore won’t hold the pigment well.
The same goes for conditions like chronic acne and rosacea. The inherent nature of this type of skin causes easy bleeding, which once again means your skin will not retain the color very well and intended effect of microblading. Additionally, excessively oily skin can cause those tattooed hair strokes to blur together and give off an unwanted solid effect instead of a naturally feathered look.
STATE OF SKIN
If your skin is sensitive, it is likely to be easily aggravated and bleed easily. A good way to know if your skin is sensitive is if turns pink very easily from a little scratch. If your skin has large pores, specifically in the region of the eyebrows and forehead (aka the T-Zone), the color will blur and result in a powdered look. Along similar lines, tattooed hair strokes will not lay properly on skin with deep wrinkles, which can make the overall look appear uneven. Moles, bumps, piercing, and generally raised skin around the eyebrows will also not be able to retain color.
If you have Fitzpatrick Skin type 1 (i.e., you are a redhead, have thin, translucent skin with light eyes), your skin is very likely to be hypersensitive and your skin will not be able to tolerate micropigmentation well. The same applies if you just have generally very thin skin - it will bleed easily and not retain color.
sunblock/ Clear zinc stick - applied daily and frequently, paired with hats or sunglasses when outdoors can help prolong the time between visits.
• Retinol or Retin-A, Glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, chemical face peel products and laser treatments must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could lighten or discolor the pigment.
• If having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Continue at your own discretion. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.
What is Micropigmentation?
Micropigmentation is a cosmetic tattooing procedure. It is also called "permanent cosmetics," "cosmetic tattoo", "permanent makeup", and most recently "microblading". They all mean the same thing. As with any tattoo, inert colored particles are implanted in the dermis, beneath the surface of your skin, called the epidermis. In cosmetic tattooing we use Iron oxide ink designed specifically for the face to create a softer more natural look when healed. This procedure is called "semi-permanent" in Europe and Australia because they want you to remember that all tattoos fade progressively from UV exposure, body chemistry, and macrophage activity. But we call it "permanent" in America because we want clients to know that unwanted work may not be completely removable if they don't like it without risk of scarring, if then. Because it will affect how you feel about yourself as well as how you look, you should take great care to select the right person to apply your permanent makeup. It should not be taken lightly and is not for all ages.