Cosmetic Tattoo Faq

Permanent makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized technique used for permanent cosmetics is often referred to as “micropigmentation”. “Microblading” is also a form of permanent makeup, it is a cosmetic tattoo just like the other techniques. The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis. Please make sure that you’re comfortable with the permanence of facial tattooing. Like with any form of tattooing, pigment colors change in the skin over time and become duller. Cosmetic tattooing is somewhat less permanent than body tattooing but traces of pigment will more than likely always remain in the skin and need ongoing annual touch-up sessions. 

Please check Marina’s work and style at www.instagram.com/www.repigment.me. You should look at both the fresh work and the healed one because it will not look the same. If you expect your eyebrows/lips to heal like the freshly done ones you see online, you will be very disappointed. This is not how it works. Pigments fade after your skin heals and look lighter and softer under the skin. Marina doesn’t do unnatural eyebrows, round eyebrows, eyebrows double the size of your natural ones, eyebrows above your brow bone, extremely thin eyebrows, etc. Find the artist whose style speaks to you, don’t expect them to change their style for you.

Please come with the realistic expectations. This is cosmetic tattooing procedure, not magic. If you don’t have much hair, unfortunately, your eyebrows will not look the same as on clients with lots of hair. When looking for the before and after pictures, look for the before eyebrows/lips that look similar to yours (the amount of hair, the thickness of the hair, skin color, skin texture, brow bone structure, lip size and color) because we are all different and will have different results. 

Most clients go to work the same or the following day. All procedures do look bold initially and will be their darkest in the first 48 hours following the procedure. Please ensure you read the “healing agenda” for your procedure prior to booking and prepare yourself accordingly.

State of Virginia requires all individuals performing permanent cosmetics, including Microblading to hold a valid Permanent Cosmetics Tattooer License and the procedure can only be performed in the salon that holds a valid Permanent Cosmetics Tattoo Salon License.  Marina holds both of the licenses that can be looked up on the Virginia’s Government Website http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/LicenseLookup/. Our licenses numbers are 1236000556 and 1238000117. In addition to the mandatory licenses Marina holds Permanent Cosmetics Tattooer Instructor License 1250000066 and Master Permanent Cosmetics Tattooer License 1237000029.

All needles and hand tools are single-use only, come in a sterilized packaging, and disposed of after each client.

Machines or anything non-disposable are completely covered with disposable coverings and disposed of after each client.

Implements such as cotton swabs, wipes, brow razors etc. are single-use only and disposed of after each client.

Gloves are worn at all times during the procedure and disposed of  after each client.

All stations are covered with disposable plastic and then thoroughly disinfected with a cleaning spray after each client

The touch-up is only on work done by Marina, there is no touch-up rate for the work done by another artist. In 99% of the time Marina doesn’t work over previously done eyebrows by another artist unless the pigment is 100% faded or removed first without any scar tissue left behind.

MARINA DOESN’T WORK ON EYEBROWS/LIPS PREVIOUSLY DONE BY ANOTHER ARTIST UNLESS IT IS 100% FADED OR 100% REMOVED FIRST WITHOUT ANY SCAR TISSUE LEFT BEHIND. NO EXCEPTIONS!

In person consultation will be required to determine if your eyebrows are workable because scar tissue is not detectable on the pictures in most cases. 

GOING OVER AN OLD TATTOO WILL GIVE YOU DISAPPOINTING RESULTS. If you come to your scheduled appointment and you have a previous eyebrow/lips tattoo that wasn’t mentioned in your booking email, even if you have just few hair strokes left or you think is faded, your appointment will be canceled and you will forfeit your $300 non-refundable booking fee. 

If you are interested in a removal, we do offer saline solution tattoo lightening procedure. Our saline removals are the least invasive type of removal and lighten the ink by breaking the pigment particles and pulling it to the surface of the skin. Unlike laser tattoo removal, it doesn’t affect the existing eyebrow hair.
 
Clients typically need at least 3 sessions to move forward. The entire lightening process could take up to 10 sessions, 6 weeks apart depending on how deep your previous artist deposited the ink into the skin and how saturated it is.
 
After the first lightening session, the pigment will actually appear darker since the ink is being pulled to the surface of the skin. The pigment will then become lighter after the second/third removal.
 

For each person you refer, you’ll receive $25 off your next service! There is no limit on referrals, so if you refer 4 people, you’ll receive $100 off your nest session.

Brows faq

In order for us to determine if you are a good candidate for the eyebrow cosmetic tattoo procedure, we will need some information. 


*Must be at least 18 years old (No exceptions)
 
*Ever had permanent makeup (microblading included) on your eyebrows before

Marina doesn’t work over eyebrows previously done by another technician unless it is 100% faded or removed first without any scar tissue left behind (will need to email a clear picture of your eyebrows to info@repigment.me for approval, in-person consultation might be required since scar tissue is undetectable on the pictures).

*Pregnant, nursing, harvesting eggs or trying to get pregnant. (
No Exceptions)

Must wait 3-6 months after delivery &/or 3-6 months after nursing to schedule

 

*Prone to keloids (No exceptions)

*Any scars or experienced any head trauma in the brow area
(Will need to email a clear picture of your eyebrows to info@repigment.me for approval)

*Heart Conditions/Pace Maker/Defibrillator (No exceptions)


If you are any of these medications, you will bleed and the pigment WILL NOT retain:
Triflusal (Disgren)
Clopidogrel (Plavix)
Prasugrel (Effient)
Ticagrelor (Brilinta)
Ticlopidine (Ticlid)
Cilostazol (Pletal)
Vorapaxar (Zontivity)
Dipyridamole (Persantine
Coumadin
Pradaxia (dibigatran)
Xarelto (rivaraxaban)
Eliquis (apixaban)
Savaysa (edoxaban)

*Surgical Forehead/Browlift (scar on the brow area)
(Scar tissue will prevent proper healing)

*Alopecia Areata (Hair loss due to autoimmune disease)

(Will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure)


*Trichotillomania (Compulsive pulling of body hair)
(Due to constant pulling, scar tissue is prominent and pigment will not heal properly)

*Shingles-Have you EVER had shingles on your face (No exceptions)

PMU will not be performed as the procedure could cause a flare up

* Eczema, Psoriasis or Dermatitis in or around the brow area (No exceptions)
(Constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)

*Retin-A/Retinol use or Vitamin A Oral Supplements
(Must stop use 30 days before the procedure)

*Large pores on your forehead & in the brow area
 (Pigment might heal more patchy)

*Hemophilia-Bleeding Disorder (No exceptions)

*Menopause (Considered)
If you have hot flashes during the procedure, the pigment will not retain and Marina may have to stop.  
(You will be required to sign an addendum prior to procedure)

*Platelet Disorders-Aggregation Disorders
An aggregation disorder is when platelets do not bind with fibrinogen and other proteins in order to stick to other platelets. As a result, the platelets cannot form a plug to stop the bleeding from a damaged blood vessel.

*Moles/raised areas in or around the brow area
(Pigment will not be put into anything raised. Same goes for pimples) 

*Piercing in the brow area
(Scars can cause the pigment to migrate)

*Deep wrinkles in the brow area
(Pigment will not lay properly in the creases, giving  the brow an uneven look)

*Hair transplant for your eyebrows
(Pigment will not take in the scar tissue where the plugs were placed)

*Thyroid conditions 
(Hypo, Hyper Thyroidism – pigment might not retain or may fade faster. No additional touch-ups will be performed earlier than 12 months from last procedure to avoid skin trauma if it happens;

Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroidism- will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure).

*Rosacea (diagnosed severe reddening of the face)

Due to hypersensitivity, the skin does not take the pigment well 

*Fitzpatrick Skin types I & II (redheads/natural blondes/light skin/light eyes) 
Due to hypersensitivity, the skin does not take the pigment well 

*On Accutane (acne medicine) within the last 12 months (No exceptions)

*Auto Immune Disorder of any kind (Multiple sclerosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Type 1 Diabetes or the like)
(Will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure)

 

*Cancer of any kind or if you had chemotherapy/radiation within the last 6 months

(Will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure)

*MRSA (can be very contagious) 

*Extremely Thin skin (Transparent or Translucent or very vascular)

Due to hypersensitivity, the skin does not take the pigment well 

*Frequent Exercise (5-7 days per week) 

Due to the frequent production of sweat (salt), the pigment WILL NOT retain, fade very quickly or change in color. THIS WILL HAPPEN! No additional touch-ups will be performed earlier than 12 months after the last procedure to avoid skin trauma if it happens.

Unfortunately, hair strokes is not a good technique for everyone. But even if you are a good candidate for hair strokes (Microblading or Nano Brows) you should still consider soft shading (Powder Brows/Ombré Brows) for multiple reasons. To learn more please check Marina’s recent blog post on this subject https://www.repigment.me/why-powder-ombre-brows-technique-is-better-than-microblading-hair-strokes/

While an individual’s threshold for pain will vary from person to person, there are a few ways we can minimize your discomfort. Typically eyebrow area is the least sensitive to tattoo unlike lips.  

  • A topical anesthetic is used during all procedures
  • Avoid caffeine & alcohol the day of your appointment
  • Avoid booking your appointment during your menstrual cycle

Do not pick/tweeze/wax/tint/dye/perform electrolysis one week before the procedure
Do not tan two weeks prior or have a sunburned face
Do not have any type of facial/peel/laser treatment on your face 2 weeks prior to treatment
Do not work out the day of the procedure.
Do not have botox 3 weeks prior 

In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:
Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before the procedure
Do not consume caffeine before your procedure (yes, no coffee before your appointment)
Do not take an aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief (this thins the blood)

Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E two weeks prior (natural blood thinners)

Discontinue Vitamin A/Retinol products one month prior to treatment, both creams, and supplements 

If you took any antibiotics or steroids, you have to wait a minimum of 30 days after you stop taking it before your procedure

On average it takes around 28 days for our skin to heal after any trauma but it could be longer for some clients. That’s why touch-ups are scheduled no earlier than 6 weeks after the first session to make sure the skin is completely healed. This is what you might expect during those days:

DAY 1-2 

What you see is about 20-40% darker, bolder and more solid than what your healed result will present. Under the pigment, the skin is red and pigment has been deposited into the layer of skin containing dead skin cells; combined giving the appearance of darker color. There may be minimal swelling but because typically the eyebrow area does not retain much fluid, the swelling will be limited. The top layers of skin will begin to shed on about day 3-5, and you will see a loss of color. This is normal, and the pigment that was deposited superficially will come off with the skin it is embedded within. DO NOT HELP IT! Let it peel on its own. To pull the skin off, you will remove ‘plugs’ of dermal pigments as it has not detached itself completely at this point.

DAY 3

Your eyebrows may begin to itch and the pigment may appear somewhat raised. Don’t scratch them. 

DAY 4-6

The skin is now in the throes of rapid exfoliation and if left alone, will shed evenly.   The color under the exfoliating skin will continue to appear light until the epidermis takes on its more transparent characteristics.

DAY 30-40

Now is the time to critique your brows as you have had a full cycle of cellular regeneration in which the tattoo has now become part of the dermis, seen under the epidermis.

* Every individual is different and this approximate timeline is just that, an approximate and can vary from person to person

Touch up is a follow up procedure which takes place a minimum six weeks after your initial visit, after your skin is fully healed. How much work you will need on a touch up will depend on several factors such as:

Your desired results

Your body’s healing capabilities, and ability to retain pigment

Your dedication to following post procedure instructions

Lips faq

In order for us to determine if you are a good candidate for the lips cosmetic tattoo procedure, we will need some information. 


*Must be at least 18 years old (No exceptions)
 
*Ever had permanent makeup on your lips before

(Marina doesn’t work over lips previously done by another technician unless the pigment is 100% faded or removed first without any scar tissue left behind (will need to email a clear picture of your lips to for approval, in-person consultation might be required since scar tissue is undetectable on the pictures).

*Pregnant, nursing, harvesting eggs or trying to get pregnant. (No Exceptions)

Must wait 3-6 months after delivery &/or 3-6 months after nursing to schedule

 

*Prone to keloids (No exceptions)

*Any scars or experienced any head trauma in the lips area
(Will need to email a clear picture of your eyebrows to for approval)

*Heart Conditions/Pace Maker/Defibrillator (No exceptions)


If you are any of these medications, you will bleed and the pigment WILL NOT retain:
Triflusal (Disgren)
Clopidogrel (Plavix)
Prasugrel (Effient)
Ticagrelor (Brilinta)
Ticlopidine (Ticlid)
Cilostazol (Pletal)
Vorapaxar (Zontivity)
Dipyridamole (Persantine
Coumadin
Pradaxia (dibigatran)
Xarelto (rivaraxaban)
Eliquis (apixaban)
Savaysa (edoxaban)

*Shingles-Have you EVER had shingles on your face (No exceptions)

PMU will not be performed as the procedure could cause a flare up

* Eczema, Psoriasis or Dermatitis in or around the lips area (No exceptions)
(Constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)

*Retin-A/Retinol use or Vitamin A Oral Supplements
(Must stop use 30 days before the procedure)

*Hemophilia-Bleeding Disorder (No exceptions)

*Platelet Disorders-Aggregation Disorders
An aggregation disorder is when platelets do not bind with fibrinogen and other proteins in order to stick to other platelets. As a result, the platelets cannot form a plug to stop the bleeding from a damaged blood vessel.

*Thyroid conditions 
(Hypo, Hyper Thyroidism – pigment might not retain or may fade faster. No additional touch-ups will be performed earlier than 12 months from last procedure to avoid skin trauma if it happens;

Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroidism- will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure).


*On Accutane (acne medicine) within the last 12 months (No exceptions)

*Auto Immune Disorder of any kind (Multiple sclerosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Type 1 Diabetes or the like)
(Will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure)

 

*Cancer of any kind or if you had chemotherapy/radiation within the last 6 months

(Will require a note from your doctor giving consent for the procedure)

*MRSA (can be very contagious) 

*Fitzpatrick skin types IV, V, VI (darker skin types) – high risk of hyperpigmentation. Lips trauma may cause extreme hyperpigmentation and this procedure can only be performed by an experienced artist who works with darker skin types on the lips.

 

*Ever had a fever blisters/cold sores on your lips in the past, even when you were a child

(Must get a prescription antiviral medication from your doctor for prevention)

Lip trauma may cause a cold sore out-brake and it can look pretty bad.

Yes, as long as you prepare yourself by taking a prescription antiviral cold sore medication prescribed by your doctor. You will need to take it prior to your appointment and continue to take it until you are done healing. Without taking this precaution, the procedure may cause a flare up, even if the last time you had cold sores when you were a kid. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus. This virus is very common, an estimated 3.7 billion people under age 50 (67%) have HSV-1 infection globally so it is always advices to take antiviral medications before any lip tattoo procedures.

“Lip Blush” tattoo also knows as “Watercolor/Aquarelle Lips” lips technique will enhance the natural beauty of the lips by slightly improving the lip size, definition, color and by correcting the shape. There are many colors to choose from ranging from natural tints to vibrant colors. Lip blush tattoo brings back your natural lip contour. Just add a little clear lip balm and your lips will look subtle & natural, just like your own lips but better. It will not look like you are wearing a lipstick, lip stain at most. There is no separate outline. Since there is a lot less pigment implanted in the skin, annual touch-ups are recommended to keep the color from fading.

“Lipstick effect” will give you more saturated color, more defined shape and will look like you are wearing a lipstick all the time. Color can be light and natural (which will give you more options if you like to wear a different lipstick color over the tattoo sometimes) or bold and bright (pinks, reds, etc). Since the pigment is more saturated this technique will last longer than a lip blush tattoo. Annual touch-ups could be done every 2 years or even longer for some clients. 

Lips is the most sensitive area on the face to perform a cosmetic tattoo, so some level of discomfort is completely normal even when anesthetic gel/cream is used before and during the treatment. If you are extremely sensitive and don’t numb easily this procedure might not be for you. Lips usually swell right after the treatment, but the swelling goes away completely by the next day.

The lip appointment doesn’t require any special preparation however, exfoliating before the appointment is always a must. Keep your lips hydrated so they don’t feel dry by applying a lip balm of your choice. Drink more water.

In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:

Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before the procedure
Do not consume caffeine before your procedure (yes, no coffee before your appointment)
Do not take an aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief 24 hours prior (this thins the blood)

Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E two weeks prior (natural blood thinners)

Discontinue Vitamin A/Retinol products one month prior to treatment, both creams, and supplements

Try not to schedule your lip appointment around your period

If you took any antibiotics or steroids, you have to wait a minimum of 30 days after you stop taking it before your procedure

On average it takes around 28 days for our skin to heal after any trauma but it could be longer for some clients. That’s why touch-ups are scheduled no earlier than 6 weeks after the first session to make sure the skin is completely healed. This is what you might expect during those days:

RIGHT AFTER THE PROCEDURE

Lips will be swollen, feel slightly sore and color will appear brighter and bolder. Redness around the lips can be present.

DAY 1

What you see is about 50% darker, bolder and more solid than what your healed result will present. Pigment has been deposited into the layer of skin containing dead skin cells; combined giving the appearance of darker color. Swelling should subside completely. The top layers of skin will begin to shed on about day 3-5, and you will see a loss of color. This is normal, and the pigment that was deposited superficially will come off with the skin it is embedded within. DO NOT HELP IT! Let it peel on its own. To pull the skin off, you will remove ‘plugs’ of dermal pigments as it has not detached itself completely at this point.

DAY 3

Your lips may begin to peel and the pigment may appear somewhat raised. Don’t scratch them. 

DAY 4-6

The skin is now in the throes of rapid exfoliation and if left alone, will shed evenly. The color under the exfoliating skin will continue to appear light until the epidermis takes on its more transparent characteristics.

DAY 30-40

Now is the time to critique your lips as you have had a full cycle of cellular regeneration in which the tattoo has now become part of the dermis, seen under the epidermis.

* Every individual is different and this approximate timeline is just that, an approximate and can vary from person to person

Touch up is a follow up procedure which takes place a minimum six weeks after your initial visit, after your skin is fully healed. How much work you will need on a touch up will depend on several factors such as:

Your desired results

Your body’s healing capabilities, and ability to retain pigment

Your dedication to following post procedure instructions