The art of Permanent makeup is a cosmetic technique which employs tattoos (permanent pigmentation of the dermis) as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup, such as eye lining and other permanent enhancing colors to the skin, lips, and eyelids. It is also used to produce artificial eyebrows, particularly in people who have lost them as a consequence of old age, disease, such as alopecia, chemotherapy, or a genetic disturbance, and to disguise scars and white spots in the skin such as in vitiligo. It is also used to restore or enhance the breast’s areola, such as after breast surgery.
Most commonly called permanent cosmetics, other names include micropigmentation, PMU, and cosmetic tattooing, the latter being most appropriate since permanent makeup is applied under sterile conditions similar to that of a tattoo.
You may still need to powder and or pencil in even after the healed results. The goal is for you to not have to use a pencil, but when working with skin it is not all under my control. This is meant to be a natural enhancement for your brows and will never look solid or bold, those who prefer more solid-colored brow may also want to continue to fill them. When working with skin, the skin is very unpredictable, and there is no such thing as perfection.
The first 20-30 minutes of our session together are spent drawing and discussing your desired look until together we decide on the brow shape you love that also suits your face accordingly. You will approve the shape before I start the Tattooing process.
If at anytime you choose to change or add to the original drawing after your first appointment you must understand that this could mean more sessions as well as additional charges. It is my job as a permanent make up professional to give you a well-balanced and properly shaped brow for your facial bone structure as well as a symmetrical brow.
I do not use stencils. I do measure and show you the measurements before proceeding. The word perfect is not a term used in this profession. Once healed, everything softens and blends and any little discrepancies are not noticeable. All details will be taken care of at your follow up appointment and not before. This is a process be patient. Trust your artist.
The aftercare is equally as important as the actual procedure. You can greatly affect and or ruin your artwork by not following your aftercare instructions. The healing process continues even after the procedure is complete. The end result depends greatly on your own proper aftercare in your home up to 30 days after your procedure.
You will need a color boost every 2-4 years. Fading is very specific to each client and WILL happen. This is an enhancement to your natural brows, this is NOT a permanent solution. Think of your new brows as low maintenance not no maintenance.
The Hair Stroke Technique, more commonly coined on social media as “Microblading”, is just one technique of many when it comes to permanent makeup or cosmetic tattooing. This technique is done by implanting pigment into the skin in fine hair-like strokes, giving the appearance of a natural hair. I perform this technique manually (without a machine) by tapping pigment into the skin. to ensure each hair stroke is meticulously and properly placed for the most natural healed look possible. It is meant to be a very soft enhancement to your natural brow.
While most clients find their hair stroke brows ideal for them, some desire more boldness or a more defined shape. We spend a good amount of time together at the beginning of your session drawing and discussing the right fit for you, no pressure.
For these clients I can combine techniques to create a more acceptable visual and tattoo for their desired results. Techniques such as “Powder” or “Shading” techniques enhance the density of my work and create more realism for many clients. Each client is a fresh and unique canvas for me. Be sure to check out my gallery on the home page!
A specialized, all-natural saline solution (we use Li-FT by Li pigments) is implanted over your existing permanent makeup or small tattoo. Li-FT contains finely milled sea salt, purified water, lemon seed extract, orange seed extract, and aloe. Implanting the solution into the skin breaks up the healed pigment, and begins to lift the pigment out of the skin by osmosis.
The pigment is slowly pulled to the surface of the skin and heals into a scab. When the scab falls off, that pigment falls off with it, leaving a lightened tattoo.
How is this different than Laser?
Laser tattoo removal works by an entirely different mechanism. A laser is just an intense beam of monochromatic light. When we see color, we are really seeing certain wavelengths of light bouncing off the surface of an object. The rest of the wavelengths are absorbed by the object. So, each color of your tattoo will need to be targeted with the correct wavelength of laser to penetrate and break up that particular color of pigment. Over time, your body’s immune system will absorb the pigment and you will see the lightened tattoo.
A topical anesthetic cream will be applied to numb the area before the procedure. A second topical anesthetic gel is also applied during your procedure to ensure you remain comfortable. There are certain factors that may affect your sensitivity to the procedure such as being a smoker, if you are on your menstrual cycle, or if you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. The client’s comfort is a priority and additional anesthetic may be applied to ensure it is effective for the client’s sensitivity.
A cosmetic tattoo can make a big difference to a person’s life. It can greatly increase your confidence in your appearance and save you valuable time. Tat being said, there are certain factors that may affect your cosmetic tattoo and should be considered before proceeding.
If you have an idea of the look you would like to achieve, please bring in reference photos.
You can fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so I can take into consideration the shape you prefer.
Be advised, your artist has the right to refuse service if she feels the look you desire is not fitting for your facial shape, completion, and or brow structure. Creating a natural look that will last and suit you as styles change is our goal.
The aftercare instructions provided have been refined over years of study to help your tattoo heal as crisp and defined as possible.
Failure to follow the aftercare instructions can result in an unsatisfactory tattoo. Your artist will go over aftercare instructions with you at the time of your appointment and you will receive a copy to take home with you.
Following the procedure, the tattoo will appear to be darker and bolder. This is normal and the tattoo will lighten and soften 30-50% as it heals the first two weeks.
While the first two weeks are the most important, the full healing process takes approximately 7-8 weeks. During this time, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient. You may feel as though too much color has been lost, but your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating.
During week 3-6 of healing, you will see the color in your tattoo take on new strength and will start to reappear and settle.
After 6-8 weeks (no earlier), you will come in for your follow up appointment (included with your initial procedure cost) and we can make any final adjustments that may be desired to perfect your brows.
After the pigment is implanted, the body needs to do its job and repair itself. Tiny flakes of excess pigment will form on top of the skin. The pigment underneath the skin will be retained. When the flaking finishes, the skin underneath may look light and milky leaving you to wonder where your tattoo went. Please keep in mind this is normal and as the cells regenerate, the color will start to reappear.
The tattoo will appear dark and more bold. Don’t be concerned that your eyebrows may initially appear darker and heavier in size than you desire, this is all part of the process.
You may experience some swelling – this is normal.
The treated area may feel similar to a sunburn.
Eyebrows will start to itch and will appear a bit thicker in texture. Natural exfoliation begins.
Do not pick or scratch the tattooed area.
The skin begins to flake, peeling from the outside edges first.
Do not pull off any flaking yourself.
The tattoo finishes flaking and the color underneath appears softer and less visible for a few weeks. Color will slowly reappear during weeks 3-6 of healing.
* Healing time frame may differ for each client
Over time, exposure to sun can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once fully healed, you should always apply sunscreen to the tattooed area.
Anti-aging creams, retinol products, proactive acne products, glycolic acid, and face peel products must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could fade/discolor the tattoo.
Always inform your laser technician if you are having laser treatments around the tattooed area. Continue at your own discretion as laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the pigment in your tattoo.
Maintaining the integrity of your skin over time is important. The longer you wait between boosts the crisper and better your artwork will look each time. Framed Face Studios recommends waiting as long as you can between color refreshes, ideally a minimum of 2 years for most skin types. This will allow your body to break down the pigment particles appropriately in order to make room for new color, as well as keep your skin healthy and clear of scar tissue over the years.
A deposit is required to book each new appointment. This deposit will be deducted from the total cost of your session on the day of your appointment.
Deposits will be processed at the time of booking by credit card and are nonrefundable. They hold the spot that you have booked, multiple cancelations or reschedules will require a new deposit.
24 hours notice is required to reschedule your appointment. Should you decide to cancel, your deposit will be forfeited.
No Shows and day-of cancellations may result in a $100 penalty fee and will forfeit the deposit. Please respect the artist’s time and let them know if you cannot make your appointment.
Healed results will vary for each individual client. Final results are not guaranteed as each individual will hold and break down the pigment differently. To obtain optimal results, additional sessions may be required (not common). Additional charges will apply.
All initial appointments include a follow-up session to perfect your tattoo. Follow up appointments will be booked 6-8 weeks from your initial appointment depending on your skin type and within 3 months from the initial appointment.
To book your follow up appointment, if not done at the initial session, simply email me.
Individuals who fail to follow the aftercare procedure, have difficult and/or compromised skin, or a previous eyebrow tattoo may require an additional follow up appointment.