Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for permanent cosmetics are often referred to as “micropigmentation”. “Microshading/Combination Brow” and “Ombre/Powder Brow” 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 hence it being referenced as “semi-permanent” than body tattooing but traces of pigment will more than likely always remain in the skin and need ongoing annual touch-up sessions.
The initial appointment includes consultation, brow mapping, customized color matching, the ombre’/powder or microshading/combination brow service and complimentary touch-up session to be performed no sooner than 6-12 weeks after the first appointment. The initial appointment lasts approximately 3.5 hours so please plan your time accordingly and book your complimentary touch-up appointment when booking the initial one.
Your brows pigment retention varies by person, lifestyle, aftercare and etc. However, your brows can last between 1-3 years. We recommend our clients return for a touch-up session every 12-24 months since last service date.
While an individual’s threshold for pain will vary from person to person. Typically, most client’s experience minimal discomfort. Here are a few ways we can minimize your discomfort.
- A topical anesthetic is used during all procedures
- Avoid caffeine & alcohol the day of your appointment
- Avoid booking your appointment during your menstrual cycle
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 process 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 evaluate your brows as you have had a full cycle of cellular regeneration in which the tattoo has now become part of the dermis.
* Every individual is different and this approximate timeline is just that, an approximate and can vary from person to person