WHAT IS PERMANENT MAKEUP (COSMETIC TATTOO)?
Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as “micropigmentation”, “micropigment implantation” or “dermagraphics”. "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 eyebrow 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.
CAN I GET MY EYEBROWS DONE OVER PREVIOUS EYEBROW TATTOO/MICROBLADING DONE BY ANOTHER ARTIST?
MARINA DOESN'T WORK ON EYEBROWS PREVIOUSLY DONE BY ANOTHER ARTIST ANYMORE UNLESS IT IS 100% FADED OR 100% REMOVED FIRST WITHOUT 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 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.
HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH YOUR RESULTS?
Please check Marina's work and her eyebrow style in general on her Instagram page first at www.instagram.com/repigment.me. You should look at both the fresh work and the healed eyebrows because they will not look the same. If you expect your eyebrows 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. 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 have 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 hair. When looking for the before and after pictures, look for the before eyebrows that look similar to yours (the amount of hair, the thickness of hair, skin color, skin texture, brow bone structure) because we are all different and will have different results.
If your before eyebrows look like this They will not look like this after
The reason why they will not heal the same is that the client on the left has very light, sensitive skin (you can see how red it looks), light eyes, strawberry blonde thick eyebrow hair in the bulb only, and very prominent brow done. That means that her skin most likely will get more irritated and angry during the procedure, the pigment will not stay as good and most likely will heal patchy and it will not blend in seamlessly with a thick hair patch in the bulb of the brow.
On the right side, we see a client with beautiful smooth skin, darker eyes, no signs of sensitivity, thin hair throughout the whole brow that will add texture after healing and no prominent brow bone, which makes it easy to create a beautiful new brow shape.
Both can get a procedure done, and both will benefit from it but both will have completely different healed results. You have to have reasonable expectations to make sure you are happy with your end results.
WHAT WILL BE MY AFTERCARE?
A barrier cream will be applied on eyebrows right after the procedure and it will protect the area for the 1st day. After the treatment you will need to rinse eyebrows first night only with neutral antibacterial soap provided. Next day apply Aquaphor (a very thin layer) to the brows in the (2 x a day) morning and evening for the remaining 14 days. If you should experience any scabbing, crusting, or flaking, please let it exfoliate naturally, do not pick it. This will prevent any unnecessary infections or additional pigment loss. If the area is still dry and flaky after the 14 days you can continue the Aquaphor. It is OK to wash the brows after the 2 weeks, avoid scrubbing them. Absolutely no getting eyebrows directly wet (water, pool, ocean), sun (heat), sweating (of any kind), swimming, gym/exercise for 2 weeks after. No tanning & retinols/anti-aging creams for 30 days before the procedure & for 30 days after.
IF YOU DO NOT WAIT THE 14 DAYS, YOU WILL RUIN THE RESULTS. IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THIS AFTERCARE, WE WILL KNOW AND HAVE THE RIGHT TO RELEASE YOU FROM ANY FUTURE SERVICES. IF YOU WORK OUT REGULARLY, YOUR RESULTS WILL HEAL MORE TO A POWDERED LOOK DUE TO THE SWEATING AND OILS THE BODY PRODUCES WHEN IT GETS HEATED/SWEATY.
HOW TO GET MY SKIN READY FOR THE EYEBROW PROCEDURE?
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
HOW LONG IS THE HEALING PROCESS AND WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
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:
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.
Your eyebrows may begin to itch and the pigment may appear somewhat raised. Don't scratch them.
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.
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
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER POWDER BROWS OVER HAIR STROKES?
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/single-post/2018/02/02/Why-I-prefer-Powder-Brows-over-Hair-Strokes