Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Am I a suitable candidate for Semi Permanent Makeup procedure?

You may NOT have this procedure if :

  • You are under 18
  • You get Keloid scars
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have been taking Accutane within 1 year
  • Diabetic (consult your doctor)
  • Have HIV or Hepatitis or any other viral infections and/or diseases
  • Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
  • Epilepsy
  • A pacemaker or have major heart problems
  • Had an organ transplant
  • You generally don’t heal well and develop infections easily
  • If your old tattoo is too dark (please contact me to send a picture so I can see how faded your old tattoo is)
  • SKIN CONDITIONS (FACE ONLY)  as below is NOT RECOMMENDED for microblading
    • Skin Complications – If you have skin which is prone to complications with eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis (i.e., your skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated), chances are your skin is in a is in a constant state of unrest and shedding and is not suitable for semi permanent makeup embroidery session and therefore won’t hold the pigment well.
    • Chronic Conditions – The same goes for conditions like chronic acne and rosacea. The inherent nature of this type of skin causes easy bleeding, which once again means your skin will not retain the color very well and intended effect of microblading. Additionally, excessively oily skin can cause those tattooed hair strokes to blur together and give off an unwanted solid effect instead of a naturally feathered look.

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Psoriasis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keratosis Pilaris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dermatitis (i.e., your skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated), chances are your skin is in a constant state of unrest and shedding and is not suitable for tattooing and your skin won’t hold the pigment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chronic Acne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosacea

  • Sunburn – If you are hoping to get microblading done but have gotten a tan or worse, a sunburn, it’s best to wait until your skin has resumed it’s normal colour and wait until your skin has healed before booking in for a procedure.

 

 

2. What do I need to know/do to prepare prior my appointment?

Please be aware:

  • Do NOT DRINK ALCOHOL or CAFFEINE  before the procedure (at least 24hrs for alcohol)
  • Do NOT  TAKE Pain killer tablet or other blood thinners such a Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen unless medically necessary, 48-72 hrs prior to your procedure. This is to minimise the pain during the procedure.
  • If you have recently tanned, this will affect the outcome of the healed colour.
  • If you’ve had laser removal of previous work done by someone else, the treated area has now more scar tissue and can affect the outcome of the result.  More treatments may be necessary to have the skin absorb the colour.
  • Botox should be done 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after the procedure.
  • Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.
  • No waxing, threading or tinting 3 days before.

For Eyebrow Embroidery:

If your natural eyebrows are dramatically uneven, you may have to give up a significant amount of  your eyebrow hairs or choose a much thicker shape to achieve better symmetry. If those options are not desired and symmetry is not a concern for you, you may opt to tattoo over the natural flow of each eyebrow.

If we are covering up an old tattoo previously done by another artist, please come with realistic expectations of what is possible to achieve. If the former tattoo is extremely uneven or dramatic in shape, we may not be able to achieve your exact desired shape or symmetry. Any hairstrokes done within the old tattoo may blend in and will not be as crisp, giving an appearance of unevenness in color and the old tattoo will still show through the new hairstrokes (applicable for 6D Eyebrow).

All options will be discussed during the consultation, and tattooing will not start until the final design is agreed upon so please come prepared with an idea in mind of how you would like to design your eyebrows. Having pictures available will help me have a clear vision of what you are trying to achieve.

 

 

3. What is microblading? And the difference between 6D Eyebrow, Mist Eyebrow and 6D+Mist Eyebrow?

Microblading (also known as eyebrow embroidery or feathering or 6D Eyebrow) originated in Far East Asia. This method is the finest form of eyebrow tattooing, using a pen-like device with a disposable microblade attached to stroke very thin lines of pigment into the skin which is also called hairstroke technique. These thin lines flow in the same direction as your own hairs, and create the most natural results. This method is different than the traditional tattoo done by machine.

Mist Eyebrow is also known as powder eyebrow which will give your eyebrow look like having put on makeup using the eyebrow pencil.

6D+ Mist Eyebrow is the combination of both the hairstroke and also the powder method. You can refer to photos of my works on my clients to further understand on how it will look like immediately after the treatment. You can follow my facebook page (Minsays Image) or instagram (phibrows_Christina) for these info.

If you get keloid scarring, any of this treatment will NOT be suitable for you.

 

4. Will microblading works well for me?

Microblading works BEST on these types of skin:

  • Dry skin type with tiny pores. Skin that’s thin but not super thin (I like to compare this skin to a grape). This type of skin is usually not very sensitive with non-translucent fair ivory skin tone and doesn’t bleed easily.
  • Normal to combination skin-type with small pores can be a bit oily to dry and sensitive or not sensitive (I like to compare this skin to an apple). This type of skin is usually non-translucent and can range from light to dark skin tones, young or mature skin and doesn’t bleed easily.
  • Normal to Oily skin with medium pores. Skin that is thicker and a bit oily ( I like to compare this skin to a lime). This type of skin is usually non-translucent and can range from light to dark skin tones, young or mature skin and doesn’t bleed easily.

Microblading will NOT WORK WELL for these types of skin:

  • Thick oily skin with large pores, tends to bleed easily (I like to compare this skin to an orange peel or grapefruit). The skin texture and constant production of oil will cause the hairstrokes to heal with a thicker diffused, softer look. I can work on this type of skin, however, you must be aware that your end result will look more powdered and blended than you would expect.
  • Super-thin, soft, hypersensitive, skin with barely any upper skin layer (I like to compare this type of skin to a peeled hard boiled egg or tomato, or sometimes like a marshmallow). Usually translucent and pale with invisible pores and can have rosacea or dermatitis. This type of skin bleeds VERY easily, has a harder time healing, Pigment can appear more ashy, blurred and patchy.

If you have an old tattoo that is still quite dark, the strokes will blend right into the old tattoo and results will not look as crisp as going over blank skin (*Please refer to the next question number 5).

If you are a frequent smoker, your pigment may fade sooner.

If you are iron deficient or Anemic, your pigment may fade sooner and bleeding/bruising may occur during and after the procedure.

If you generally have problematic skin, bleed excessively, get infections easily, and do not heal well when cut or injured, you may want to reconsider having this procedure as the results are extremely dependant on the healing process.

 

5. Can we cover up/color correct /remove my old tattoo done by other artist?

** PLEASE SEND A PHOTO OF YOUR OLD TATTOO PRIOR TO BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT!!! NOTE THAT YOUR OLD TATTOO MUST BE VERY FADED IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE DESIRED RESULTS!!! GOING OVER AN OLD TATTOO THAT IS STILL TOO DARK WILL GIVE YOU DISAPPOINTING RESULTS, so it is best to remove the old tattoo first, before getting microblading done!!!

If we are covering up an old tattoo previously done by another artist, please come with realistic expectations of what is possible to achieve. If the former tattoo is extremely uneven or dramatic in shape, we may not be able to achieve your exact desired shape or symmetry. Any hairstrokes done within the old tattoo may blend in and will not be as crisp, giving an appearance of unevenness in color and the old tattoo will still show through the new hairstrokes. If there is a build up of scar tissue, the strokes may not hold as well in those areas. Specifications on an exact color after healed is not guarenteed.

If you want to correct the color of your old tattoo (that has faded to red/orange/blue/gray) so it doesn’t end up showing between the hairstrokes, color correcting can be an option by shading in the area. Hairstrokes will still not be as crisp even with shading. Please keep in mind that the pigment I use are semi permanent and do fade over time which means that the color of your old tattoo will still be there as my pigment fades. You will need touchups to maintain a neutralized color.

For optimum results with Microblading, you may also opt to remove your old tattoo . This option may require several sessions (done before your microblading procedure at least 8 weeks apart) for desired results. It works by implanting a special saline solution to lift out the old pigment. The healing process will be the same as the tattoo treatment. Although great results are achievable in most cases, every case is circumstantial and there is no guarantee for how many sessions it will take to achieve desired results, or that the old tattoo will completely go away.

All options will be discussed during the consultation, and tattooing will not start until the final design is agreed upon.

Please contact to send a picture of your old tattoo prior to booking an appointment for cover up, colour correcting, and removal treatments to eliminate the risk of losing your deposit due to not being able to work over the old tattoo.

 

 

6. What should I expect after my treatment?

Immediately after, the area will be EXTREMELY dark and get darker over the next 3-5 days as a scab forms in the area. 30-50% of your pigment will be in the scabs. Over the next 6-14 days your scabs should flake off bit by bit. Some people scab in light flakes and some develop a thick scab. Everybody is different, but whatever you do, do NOT pick at the scabs and make sure you read through and follow the AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS properly to obtain the best results.

If the scabbing phase is not over by 14 days, please continue your Aftercare instructions until scabs starting to peel.

After the scabbing phase is over, you will see that the color of your pigment appears foggy and muted in color because a layer of skin has grown over the pigment to seal it in. Not to worry, over the next several weeks your skin will regenerate and the pigment will be more vibrant in color. The complete healing process takes at least 6 weeks which is when the true orientation of the pigment will show.

For most people, there shouldn’t be too much of a problem going to work or being out in public, as long as you’re good at following aftercare instructions. However, some people may develop thicker scabs and have minor swelling. You may take Panadol or apply an icepack after your treatment to reduce swelling and discomfort.

 

 

7. Can I get them wet or work out?

Getting them wet for prolonged periods of time may cause premature lifting of your scabs and increase the chance of infections and loss of pigment. If you get them wet, you must blot them dry immediately to avoid complications and undesired results such as smudgy blurred lines, scar tissue, and uneven pigment.

You also must avoid sweating in that area for at least 10 days. Salt draws out pigment and you will be left with undesirable results.

 

 

8. Can I wash my face and wear makeup after that?

Chemicals found in makeup and cleansers may alter the color of the pigment and affect the healing process so it would be best to wash around it.

No makeup on the brows for at least two weeks but everywhere else is fine.

 

 

9. How long does it takes for the embroidery session?

For brows, 2 hours. The consultation takes up most of this time.  Numbing the area takes 30 min. The actual tattooing is 15-30 minutes. Touchups are around 1 hour 30 minutes.

Same goes for Eyeliner embroidery and Lip Embroidery. Just reserve 2 hours including some buffer for the procedure.

 

 

10. Does it hurt?

I use a strong topical anaesthetic cream for numbing before and throughout the procedure for maximum comfort as pain tolerance will vary from person to person. Some say it feels like threading or dull scratching, while others feel more sensitive.

You may need to inform me should you feel sharp pain during the session and I will further re-apply the numb cream for you.

 

 

11. Do you travel to other cities for your services? What about touch-ups?

Yes! I do occasionally travel and offer services in other cities. Please note that prices may increase or vary for travel dates. Complimentary touch-ups are not included with travel dates and are reflected upon the price. Travel expenses and studio fees for my guest spots will be included in the price.

**Please read the policies section about deposits for out of town guest spots.

 

 

12. Do I need touchups?

The first appointment is about structure, design, and embroidery session. The touchup is about seeing how the skin heals and retains pigment, as well as making any necessary adjustments to achieve better symmetry, definition, or volume.

In most cases, only a minor touchup is necessary to fill in any sparse areas for a very natural look and some do choose to skip the touch-up appointment to keep the look more natural.

If you are opting for a fuller more defined look, then the touch-up is recommended to achieve desired results.

Some may need a 3rd session to complete the process. Especially if you have little to no hair to begin with, have scar tissue, oily skin type, or we are trying to cover up an old tattoo.

 

 

13. How long will my semi permanent makeup last?

They fade over time and should be refreshed every 1 – 1. 5 years for maintenance. Fading is desired as your skin and facial structure will change as aging occurs. However this does not mean that your semi-permanent makeup will completely disappear. Depending on  your skin and health, overtime your semi-permanent makeup may leave a soft haze of residual pigment behind. It is recommended to refresh them before 2 years and no sooner than 1 year. If they have faded before a year, you may fill them in with makeup and wait after 1 year to come back for additional touchups to avoid too much trauma to your skin.

These factors will cause your semi-permanent tattoo to fade faster:

  • Iron deficiency
  • Sun exposure
  • Exfoliants
  • Strong immune systems
  • Exposure to salt water

 

 

14. What pigments do you use?

I use iron oxide pigments. These pigments fade over time as your body will naturally absorb it. They are considered the safest semi-permanent pigments to use for skin.