IS IT TATTOOING??
With the sudden popularity and media attention to the term microblading or “semi-permanent cosmetics”, many are led to believe microblading is not a tattoo process. Permanent cosmetics, micropigmentation, microblading/micro-stroking, eyebrow embroidery, and semi-permanent cosmetics, are all different names for the same procedure – cosmetic tattooing. Any time color is placed into the skin with any device, it is a tattoo process.
IS A BLADE OR NEEDLE BEING USED TO PERFORM THE PERMANENT COSMETICS PROCEDURE??
Microblading is performed with a grouping or configuration of needles affixed to a handle to manually create lines that resemble eyebrow hairs. Manual methods of tattooing have been used through the ages, and the tools have gone through changes over time from pre-historic sharpened stones to the hand tool devices currently being used. When permanent lips, eyeliner, or powder-brows are created, an electric tattoo pen is gently glided across the skin to create different line stroke or boldness of tattooing pigment into the skin.
IS IT SEMI-PERMANENT
Some are promoting microblading or eyebrow embroidery as a semi-permanent process; and that the color only reaches the epidermal (outer) layer of the skin. A careful review of basic skin anatomy and physiology would reveal this is not true. By definition and tattoo industry standards, color is tattooed/implanted into the dermis of the skin. If pigment particles do not reach the dermis, they will disappear during the healing phase of the skin, during normal regeneration of cells at the epidermal level. Pigments do fade in the skin over time, but that does not make the process semi-permanent. It is impossible to predict how much pigment will fade away and how long it will take to do so with any measure of consistency or reliability.
WHY DOES FACIAL PERMANENT COSMETICS NOT LAST AS LONG AS OTHER BODY TATTOOS??
This is simply because a much smaller amount of pigment is inserted (tattooed) into the skin as compared to fully or solidly filled eyebrow tattoos. Some clients need/want a 6 month touch up, some clients would like yearly touch ups, and other may go a couple years before getting there permanent cosmetics touched up. The face is constantly being hit with UV rays and external environmental factors. The best thing to do to keep you eyebrows and lips colorful is wear a SPF of 30, every 2 hours while out in the sun.
IS PERMANENT MAKEUP PAINFUL??
Most people experience some discomfort. This will vary according to each individual's pain threshold. There are different methods available, however, to help with discomfort management, including various topical anesthetics there are specifically developed for our industry. To put this in perspective, thousands of body art tattoos are performed annually, possibly millions. As a rule, traditional tattoo professionals do not use any anesthetics for their tattoo procedures. Anesthetics for permanent cosmetics are more of a tattoo service luxury because of the nature of the tattoo location and the fact that permanent cosmetics falls into the beauty treatment category.
WHAT IF I DONT LIKE MY PERMANENT COSMETICS??
Although the procedure is considered permanent, these procedures do have flexibility in changing color and shape to some extent, depending on the expertise of your technician. Colors will appear darker immediately following the procedure, but will soften and lighten 20-50% during the healing process. The healing time is different for each individual and procedure. It’s very important to realize that often the new procedure represents something somewhat different; at times, color where there was no color at all or very little. It takes time to become acclimated to a new look (very often this applies to eyebrows which were sparse and unnoticeable before the permanent cosmetic brow procedure.). Eyeliner color is more evident due to the contrast to the skin color. Lip color can take up to six weeks to reflect the final color. Be patient. After the procedure has healed, and you are able to make an informed decision about the healed version of the procedure. Meraki Skin Spa has a color-lift liquid solution to help pull out old, unwanted, pigment.
HOW DO YOU FIGURE OUT MY BROW, EYELINER, AND PERMANENTN LIP COSMETICS COLOR AND SHAPE??
During your consultati0n, we go through what shape of brow, lip, or eyeliner your are going after. Also making sure you are properly numbed!!! The body has a natural occurring symmetry of pi, meaning everything is equal and proportionate to another body part. After we have mapped out your correct shape of brow, lip, or eyeliner, we will go through many colors and color theory. Everyone has different skin tones of warm and cool. Color theory can be tricky. You might think, “well this is the color I want and usually the color of makeup I use”. Pigments change slightly and vary under each individuals skin tone. Don't worry if its too dark when its healed, we can lighten pigment during your 4 week FREE touch up. If pigment is to light we can darken during your 4 week FREE touch up as well. We go through many colors to match the best for each client.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN MICROBLADING, POWDERBROWS, & SOFT-TAP??
Microblading-single use, sterile, tiny, needles, pressed together in a line, to create a “blade-like” instrument. 7-18 needles can be pressed together to get desired “hair-stroke-line”, thickness,and shape of brows. Microblading is a good starting point for clients. Less dramatic and resembles hair.
Powderbrows/soft-tap-single use, sterile, tiny, needles ranging and usually in circular design (1-21 needles in round shape). Pigment an be poked manually into the skin “soft-tap” or an “electric-tattoo-pen” is used, filling in the eyebrow with more pigment. Pigment is usually watered down with a dilution liquid to soften the overall pigment color, creating a powder effect.