WHY DO YOU RECOMMEND MICROSHADING OVER MICROBLADING?
Over time microblading is not as effective because as resilient as the skin is, it is just not possible for it to naturally heal over scarring. Since the process of microblading is essentially lacerating the skin over and over, the skin may have serious adverse effects that can create permanent scarring, scar tissue, and/or keloids. A good and professional technician will always advice their clients of these possible side effects and recommend microshading instead of microblading after two/three touch-ups.
The effects of thin hair-like strokes can also be achieved by using a micropigmentation machine and single ball-point needles or micro-needles. The microshading technique is also much safer since its implanting ink on the skin instead of leaving open cut wounds and it tends to heal faster, easier, and better because it retains the ink and effect longer. Microblading requires more touch-ups leaving more scarring, is not for all skin types, and not good for cover-ups. Microshading or a hybrid combination is great for added density, a makeup look, produces minimal to no scarring, and is great for all skin types/tones and cover-ups.
ARE COSMETIC TATTOOS PERMANENT? HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST?
Because of the procedure remaining between the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin, typically the semi-permanent procedure will last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Many variables affect this timeframe: your diet, skin care regime, and exposure to sun all affect the lasting effects of the procedure. You want to ensure you stay hydrated since hydration is key to activating your natural skin healing properties and of course maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet is essential to the overall wellbeing of your skin. Avoid skin products that contain harsh and toxic ingredients that may irritate and dehydrate your skin’s protective barrier. The continued use of hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), and sensitive skin products are recommended to achieve the best possible long lasting effect. Each individual may heal differently and healing time may vary.
Remember that semi-permanent cosmetics is made to enhance your features and not to replace makeup. In each procedure the appearance of your pigment will be much darker than the final results. We suggest waiting at least 30-60 days for full healing before getting any touch-ups.
IS TOUCH-UP MANDATORY?
Touch-ups are required for every client. The first procedure we like to stay thinner and lighter and let you get accustomed to the shape, design, color, and the overall aspect. You will notice certain areas have healed darker than others, that is normal and very important so that we know which areas are more sensitive and will be able to correct and redesign during the touch-up procedure (minimum 1 month, not more than 2).
I HAVE HAD A COSMETIC TATTOO BEFORE, CAN YOU FIX IT OR TOUCH IT UP?
It depends on each case. Please send us photos of your current tattoo via mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOES COSMETIC TATTOOING HURTS?
A topical anesthetic containing lidocaine (a numbing agent) is applied before the procedure and after the first pass once the skin is open to allow the product to penetrate deeper into the skin and provide enough numbing to take the edge off. Some people may have a higher tolerance and these anesthetics may not have any effect on them while others do not feel anything at all. It is highly recommended that clients have something to eat and drink before the procedure.
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE THE DESIGN?
We use several tools that help me mark the symmetry of your face and we design the shape following your natural brow bone. We will show you every step of the way and we do not start until we both agree on a natural looking design.
WILL MY BROWS BE TOO DARK?
Large selections of hypoallergenic pigments are available and I will go over the details of each one and pair the correct one based on your undertones (warm/cool) and your natural hair color. Keep in mind that it will always be darker during the first two weeks and it will fade as it peels and heals. We avoid using super dark colors or over processing the skin to avoid the “sharpie” effect and trauma to the skin.
WILL I BE ABLE TO GO TO THE BEACH?
Yes, you may enjoy the beach but you will need to cover the area with a wide-rimmed hat and sunglasses and please do not forget to wear SPF. It is not recommended that the area be exposed directly to the sun or submerged in water for at least the first three weeks.
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