Common FAQ

 

 

 

 

What is Microblading?

This is the process of infusing pigment into the skin with a sterile micro needle to simulate the appearance of natural hair.

Hair strokes are meant to be a subtle, natural enhancement and to create fuller more beautiful brows.

What is shading and softap?

This is the process of infusing pigment into the skin to simulate the appearance of  filled in brows. This is a good option for you if you consider yourself a perfectionist!

You have the options to do microblading and shading separately, or combined! Whatever fits your style.

What’s the difference between the traditional tattooing process and permanent makeup?

Where both procedures involve tattooing the skin, in traditional tattooing, pigment is added to the third layer of the skin, where in permanent makeup pigment is added to the second layer of the skin, called the Dermis, creating a final result of a soft blend of color to the tattooed area.

Is this procedure painful?

I use a very high grade Topical anesthetic to make you comfortable during your procedure. Almost all my clients have little to no discomfort. However pain tolerance varies from client to client. Having the procedure done during your menstrual cycle may increase your sensitivity.

Do I have a choice of colors?

Definitely! There’s a wide spectrum of colors you may choose from.

What is involved in recovery?

There will be slight swelling and redness in the skin, which will subside quickly. You may resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. Complete healing takes one to six weeks while the pigmentation matures and reaches its final color.

Why Permanent Makeup?

We all no that living in the hot Arizona desert is a constant battle of trying to keep your makeup looking fresh through out the day without the constant smudging.  With permanent makeup you can wake up ready to go and looking beautiful with little to no work at all. Permanent makeup is a convenient time saver with your everyday lifestyle. Its the perfect solution for anybody who has vision problem, tremors, shaky hands, seasonal allergies and or allergies to topical makeup. The list goes on and permanent makeup is the perfect solution for that.

Is it safe?

Yes! Tattooing has been done for hundreds of years and is very safe if sanitary precautions are followed properly.  I employ proper sterilization and follow strict sanitary guidelines. My room is completely sterilized and wiped down with medical grade antiseptic before and after each client.New gloves are used for every client.  NO needles are ever reused.  EVER!!

How long will it last?

Depending on what procedure you are getting done typically permanent makeup will last anywhere between 2-7 yrs.  However Permanent makeup will soften with time. The rate of the fading is determined by your skin (oily or dry) exfoliating agents , the sun, type of pigment, etc. This is why I recommend that you get it touched up every 2+ yrs (also known as “color refresh” or “retouch”).

*Please note that final results vary and CANNOT be guaranteed due to the nature of skin as it heals. The follow-up appointment is recommended around 6 weeks where we can assess your pigment retention and make any changes necessary. That first time follow-up appointment done within 6 weeks – 3 months is only $25.

What factors will affect my Procedure?

  • Oily Skin: Increased oil production can cause hair strokes to blur and heal lighter.
  • Smoking: Smokers may notice that their Semi-Permanent Cosmetics will fade faster
  • Anemia and iron deficiency: Your body will absorb these iron based pigments more quickly.
  • Sun exposure: Increased exposure to the sun will cause premature fading overtime. You will want to use a good quality sunscreen for your Semi-Permanent Cosmetics after you have healed.
  • Age and metabolism: The Faster your metabolism is, the quicker the pigment will fade.
  • Bleeding during the procedure: Excessive bleeding during your procedure will greatly affect how your body retains pigment. While this is not entirely in our control, it is important that you follow before care instructions to help minimize bleeding. This includes avoiding caffeine 12 hours before, also avoiding blood thinning medications, aspirin, ibuprofen and alcohol 72 hours before your procedure. (If prescribed by a doctor, it is recommended that you consult with them first*)

You cannot receive permanent cosmetics currently if you are: 

  • Pregnant.
  • Have recently had Microdermabrasion, a facial treatment or chemical peel within the past 2-3 weeks.
  • Have a freshly tanned/sunburned face.
  • Are currently using Accutane.
  • Are currently undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Must be off Chemo or Radiation for 6 months.

Do I need a consultation before getting Permanent Cosmetics?

If you have a specific question or concern you are welcome to text or email me. I book enough time to discuss your needs and wants at the initial appointment.  if you are in need of correction work or have had your brows tattooed elsewhere, you will need to in text/email me a photo before booking. This way we can schedule adequate time. Though if you’re very serious about having a consult before scheduling, I can work it into my schedule. 🙂

How To Prepare For Your Appointment:

If you have reference pictures, please feel free to bring these to your appointment. Along with the pencil or powder you are currently using that you like.

If you tint your brows you will want to do so 7 days before your appointment.

Helpful tip!! Wash your hair before coming to the appointment. You will not be able to get your brows wet for 7 days after!! You will have to avoid your brows in the shower, and wash around them with a washcloth or makeup remover wipe when removing makeup.

You cannot use Retin-A or any anti aging products ON OR NEAR the brow area 2 weeks before, or 30 days after the procedure.

You will need to avoid water for 7 days after! This includes excessive sweating, pools, lakes, salt water,  and extreme sun exposure, so plan your vacations accordingly!

No Botox, fillers, Microdermabrasion, chemical peels or anything of the like for at least 2 weeks prior to your procedure, and also 2 weeks after.

Doing any of the following will cause excessive bleeding during the procedure, and will hinder your final result!

  • Do not work out the day of your appointment.
  • Do not drink alcohol within 24 hours of your procedure.
  • You should not take (unless prescribed by a Doctor) any medications that may thin your blood (i.e. Aspirin, Ibuprofen) 72 hours before or immediately after your procedure.
  • Avoid caffeine for 12 hours before your procedure.

What can I expect immediately after my appointment?

In the hours following your procedure your Permanent Cosmetics will appear much darker and bolder than it will heal due to oxidation in the surface layer of your skin. Your Permanent Cosmetics could also appear warmer in color. You may experience some redness or swelling around the treated area, this typically disappears within 48 hours.

Around day 3 you may notice some flaking or light scabbing on the treated area, DO NOT PICK AT IT, doing so can result in loss of pigment in those areas. Brows may appear spotty or patchy until the entire brow has finished healing. You may notice that some areas may appear very light or even to have lost pigment entirely after they have peeled, the epidermis will be thicker causing muting, hiding or diffusing of pigment underneath. The epidermis will normalize over the next 4-6 weeks and softened pigment should appear more clearly on surface of the skin.

At 4-6 weeks your brows will be fully healed. Whatever pigment that does not return will be addressed at your touch up appointment or if you’d prefer darker, bolder brows we can always add more color or dimension during that appointment. 🙂

What will my home-care be?

  • Put on the balm I give you 4 times daily with a clean Q-tip for 2 weeks.
  • DO NOT get brows wet for 7-10 days. ( Includes showers, sweating, hot tubs and saunas )
  • Avoid direct sunlight for at least 14 days. ( Includes tanning beds )
  • DO NOT pick, rub, or scratch procedure area.
  • YOU MUST AVOID THESE PRODUCTS IN OR AROUND THE PROCEDURE AREA FOR 30 DAYS: Anti-Aging products, Accutane or Acne products that actively stimulate lighten, or brighten the skin. These products will lighten and change the pigment color almost immediately, typically turning the procedure area ashy.
  • AVOID makeup, brow tints and other facial treatments on the procedure area until healed (14 days).

 

How long does the procedure take?

Initial appointments take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. This includes discussion with Paige, designing process, numbing the area, and Permanent Cosmetics procedure. Follow-up (“retouch”) sessions take approximately 1 hour.

 

I have had my brows tattooed before, can you fix them/touch them up?

I require that anyone who has had their brows tattooed previously by another artist text or email me a picture before booking an appointment. This way we can discuss price, your options and schedule sufficient time.

 

How can I book an appointment?

Please text/email me or click Contact“.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

I require 48 hours notice to make any changes to your appointment.

 

Forms of payment:

I prefer Cash, and accept Venmo, PayPal or Credit/Debit Card.

 

OTHER FAQs FOR MICROBLADING:

CAN I GO TANNING BEFORE MICROBLADING?

Yes, but please let me know your original/ true skin color, as I will need this information to create the color that is the best match, and ensure results look natural after your tan fades. Also please do not tan the day of your appointment.

SHOULD I DO BOTOX BEFORE OR AFTER MICROBLADING?

Botox should be done 14 days after Microblading.  Your doctor will be able to determine where to place Botox injections without altering the brow position.  Should you decide to cease Botox treatments, brows will settle at original balanced position.

CAN I HAVE A CHEMICAL PEEL OR LASER TREATMENT BEFORE MICROBLADING?

Please avoid chemical peels or laser treatments at least four weeks before Microblading. These treatments can make your skin thinner and more sensitive, resulting in more bleeding which can affect color retention.  Wait 4 weeks to allow area to fully heal.

SHOULD I TINT MY EYEBROWS BEFORE MICROBLADING? 

This is not necessary. Your brow will also be darker than usual immediately after the treatment. You may however tint your eyebrows once their healed (14 days) to match the pigment if desired or needed.

CAN I HAVE A FACIAL BEFORE MICROBLADING? 

Please avoid facials at least 2 weeks before Microblading.  Some facial treatments can make your skin thinner and more sensitive, resulting in more bleeding which can affect color retention.

Address: 4135 S. Power Rd. Suite 101, Mesa, AZ 85212
Permanent By Paige is located inside the office of Arizona Dental Heights.

Text Paige to schedule 480.353.0090

Business Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Thursday: 9am-6pm
Friday: By Appointment
All procedures are by appointment only.

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