Eyebrows Treatment Specific FAQ
Do I have to have all my eyebrows shaved off?
No. It’s better to keep your own brows, I advise not to even tweeze them before you come in so we can review your natural shape. I always try and work with what you have there already and subtly integrate the design to suit your natural brow style.
Can I have my brows waxed before having a brow treatment?
Yes, but any waxing should be performed at least 48 hours before the treatment.
Can I have electrolysis on my brows before having a brow treatment?
Yes, but you should wait a minimum of five days after having electrolysis before attending the brow Semi-Permanent Makeup treatment.
Should I bring my brow pencil or wear my usual make up?
Yes, it can be useful to see what colour tones and shape you usually choose for your brows, but you don’t have to.
Will you need to remove any of my natural brow hairs?
The idea is to work with whatever brow hairs you have. It’s often incorrectly assumed that brow hairs need to be shaved off for Permanent Cosmetics treatments. This is not the case! The only time brow hairs may need to be removed (tweezed) is if there is any errant growth which needs tidying up, either through tweezing or plucking.
Will my brows look very dark after the treatment?
The color intensity will be significantly sharper and darker immediately after the treatment. This will subside and become lighter as the skin heals. This process can take up to 10 days.
Will I need to tweeze and/or tint my brows in the future?
You might need to, depending on what’s there already, as you must remember that Semi-Permanent Makeup does not affect the hair growth or color of your own hair in any way. It only colors the skin under the hair.
How long does "Permanent" Makeup Last?
Permanent makeup is considered permanent in the sense that it does not wash off. There are many factors that determine how long your permanent cosmetics will last. Genetics, sun exposure, and skincare are all major factors. Typically it is recommended to have touchups annually-eighteen months to keep your permanent cosmetics looking their best.
How long does the healing process take?
Immediately after your procedure, you will have some swelling and redness, should subside within 1-2 days. The pigment will appear darker than the final color. Every person heals differently but typically flaking starts around 5-7 days and lasts about 2-3 days. It takes a full 30 days for the pigment to settle and see the final results. It is normal to have patches of color missing or lighter. The touchup session is performed within 6-12 weeks of the original appointment. (No more than 3 months.)
Why do I need touchups?
There are several reasons why permanent cosmetics require multiple sessions and touchups.
1. The depth at which the pigment is implanted. Permanent cosmetic pigments are implanted into the upper layers of the dermis versus typical tattooing is implanted into the mid to lower layers of the dermis. This means more of the pigment may be lost during the healing process, and any pigment on the upper layer of your skin in the epidermis is shed during the flaking.
Due to the shallow depth, over time it is pushed out of the skin more easily through natural cellular turnover, as well as bleeding during the procedure. However, they do stay more crisp and look more natural than those placed at more depth.
2. The size and composition of the pigments used. Permanent makeup pigments are made with a smaller molecular size as well as a proper balance of organic and inorganic colors to achieve a natural result when healed. I use an iron oxide pigment. It fades beautifully and gives a very natural result.
Tattoo ink has a large molecular size making them more visible in the skin, lasts longer and is typically carbon based. The downside of tattoo pigments is that they have a tendency to migrate and blur as well as have a blue/gray undertone.