FAQ

What is cometic tattooing?

Cosmetic tattooing, also referred to as Micropigmentation, microblading, or permanent makeup, is the process of implanting color pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of tiny, sterile, disposable needles to produce the appearance of hair strokes, makeup or hair follicles to naturally enhance your features.

 Scalp Micropigmantation, or SMP, uses micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp.  The result creates the appearance of hair follicles, these deposits can replicate the look of a closely shaven head.  Scalp Micropigmentation is an ideal, non-invasive solution to hair loss.  

 Microblading is a manual method and micropigmentation is done with a tattoo machine.  
 
What is the difference between cosmetic tattooing and standard body tattooing?
 
The purpose of cosmetic tattooing is to enhance your features in a natural way.  Maybe create a nice arch or reinforce a sparse tail.  Eyeliner can be very subtle with a lash enhancement or more of a defined line.  Scalp Micropigmentation can restore receded hairlines, thicken remaining hair, camoflague scarring and create the look of closely shaved hair.  Traditional body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. 
 
Who is cosmetic tattooing for? 
 
If you want to effortlessly look your best anytime, then a cosmetic tattoo is for you!  If  you are busy or have an active lifestyle you’ll save hours every week not having to stand in front of the mirror.   Not to mention, you won’t have to worry about sweating it off during a workout or melting by the end of an evening out. 
 

Does it hurt?

Everyone has a different level of sensitivity.  Every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the duration of the procedure.
* If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long.

How long is the healing process? 

It is normal to experience minimal swelling and tenderness following your procedure. Your semi-permanent makeup will appear darker and bigger than expected for the first few days.  
This will gradually lighten during the healing process.  Around week 2, the surface color naturally exfoliates to leave a softer color.   During weeks 3 & 4,  when the skin completes healing, you will see the pigment darken a bit.   A follow-up visit, 6-8 weeks after your initial appointment, is necessary to achieve that richness of color and density in the shape.  

Scalp Micropigmentation has a different healing process than eyeliner and eyebrows.  You may experience minimal redness and swelling - many describe it as feeling a little sunburnt.  During the first 4-5 days avoid heavy sweating, no shaving the treated area,


How old do I have to be to get tattooed?

You must be 18 years or older to receive any cosmetic tattoo services.
 
Can I get tattooed if I am pregnant or nursing?

As a precaution, I do not perform cosmetic tattooing on pregnant or nursing women.

How long does a cosmetic tattoo last?

The treatment is considered semi-permanent and will fade over time.  You may need a touch-up every 1-3 years.  Scalp micropigmentation may need to be touched-up every 4-6 years.   Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including: skin type, pigment selection, lifestyle (sun exposure), iron deficiency (your body absorbs iron-oxide as a supplement), chemical peels, etc.  Final results can not be guaranteed as each individual skin type will hold and metabolize pigment(s) differently.  We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any necessary changes.     


How many treatments are needed?

Two appointments are needed, at least 6-8 weeks apart.  For scalp micropigmentation the 2nd session takes place 10-14 days after the initial procedure.   During the second treatment, we will assess the color retention and make necessary adjustments.   Everyone heals differently and at different rates.  If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly the first time, do not worry!   We can always go bolder and fine-tune shape at your next appointment.