What is Microblading?

Microblading is a method of cosmetic tattooing using a manual hand tool. It is done using a grouping of fine needles to create a “blade” to deposit pigments into the epidermis (second layer of skin) and creating realistic looking hair strokes. Eyebrow Embroidery & 3D Feather Hair Stroke methods are all forms of Microblading. It is considered to be semi-permanent. This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of his or her eyebrows. 

People suffering from alopecia, or other conditions that causes hair loss benefit greatly from Microblading, as well as people who have lighter hair or dislike having to draw them in every day. After the consultation, the new brow shape is measured multiple times, with the final outline then penciled on when the client and technician are happy. From there, the area is numbed, and then the pigment is implanted into the skin with manual tool. These strokes are feathered into the new brow shape, and the area gradually made denser with lots of tiny hair strokes, depending on the desired result. Initially, the brows appear darker, but fade significantly over a two-week period. It is very important to have a touch up at 6-8 weeks, as it is very difficult to predict how well the skin will retain the pigment. A touch up once a year to a year and a half is recommended to keep the brows looking fresh.

What is Cosmetic Tattooing or Micro pigmentation?

Cosmetic Tattooing or Micro pigmentation also referred to as semi permanent make-up is a process where natural inorganic pigments are implanted beneath the epidermis (top layer of skin), into the dermal layer (second layer of skin), by needle. Semi permanent cosmetics are a safe and natural-looking alternative to the expense and daily routine of applying makeup. Cosmetic Tattooing Procedures include microblading, powder-fill brows, ombre brows, eyeliner, eyelash enhancement, lips, and freckles. Eyebrows and Freckles last up to 2 years while lips, eyeliner, and lash enhancement can last 3-5 years. When properly applied by an experienced technician, micro pigmentation will be more natural and realistic in appearance compared to makeup. The pigments we use from Biotouch are designed to fade with time and to not change to any drastic colours.

What’s the difference between a Body Tattoo and Cosmetic Tattooing?

Body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattooing uses pigments. Pigments are designed to fade over time while ink is not. The fading is important because as it allows the artist to make changes to shape and colour over the years as client’s features and styles change with time.

Does Cosmetic Tattooing Hurt?

A topical aesthetic cream of 5% Lidocain is used before, and a gel is used during your procedure. Pain sensitivity is different for every person, but for most people it is minimal pain. Lips and Eyes are usually much more sensitive than eyebrows. Getting a tattoo during your menstrual cycle may increase your pain sensitivity during your procedure. Having a hangover or too much caffeine can also increase pain sensitivity. If you are smoker, the topical aesthetic used may not last as long. Also having Fibromyalgia may affect your sensitivity. If you require something stronger, you may ask your doctor for a prescription of 10% Lidocain numbing cream (must NOT be oil based). Extra strength Tylenol before the procedure may help if you have a low pain tolerance.

How old do you have to be to get tattooed?

At least 18 years old.

How long does Cosmetic Tattooing Last?

Cosmetic tattoo treatments are semi-permanent and will fade over time and may need to be refreshed every 1-2 years. Lips and eyeliner can last much longer. Final results are NOT guaranteed because every person’s skin type affects how the long the pigments last. The amount of sessions required depends on the amount of sun exposure the tattoo had, how light the pigment was, chemical peels, and if you are trying to treat Alopecia with Rogain shots. People with Alopecia may need a third touchup at least because the shots can make the pigment fade. Having various sessions is normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures. Your second session has to be booked at least 6-8 weeks after the initial appointment and you cannot wait longer than 3 months to touchup. Additional sessions will be charged at our current rate.

Can you cover-up an old eyebrow tattoo?

If covering up an old tattoo done by another artist the tattoo must be significantly faded. A pic of the tattoo must be emailed before the appointment to see if it is doable. Also please understand it may not be possible to completely cover up the old tattoo, but we do our best. Any hair strokes done over the old tattoo may not be as sharp, and some of the old colour will show through the hair strokes. Expectations of an exact colour after healed are not guaranteed.

Is the studio and supplies safe and sterile?

100%. All needles and supplies are single-use, come in a sterilized package, and disposed of after each client. A procedure mask and gloves are worn at all times during the procedure and disposed of after each client. All stations are thoroughly disinfected with Cavicide before and after each client.

What should I expect during healing?

Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will be darker and bolder in colour than after the healing is done. The tattoo can feel like a sunburn afterwards but there should be very little discomfort. Taking a Tylenol or Advil right after the procedure helps.

The tattoo will be very dark up to day 5 and then by day 7 they should start to flake a bit. DO NOT pick the scabs; this will pull the pigment off the area. Some people report no flaking; it just depends on the person. If the tattoo is tight and itchy, apply a small amount of light moisturizer.

Around day 10-14 you will think your tattoo fell out and did not work. This is not true, you just have to be patient, and see that by 4 weeks, when the skin regenerates, the colour will come back. If there are any spots that are too light or maybe did not hold from oily skin, health conditions, or not following the aftercare directions, the second touchup is when we fill in the gaps and perfect.

The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, at which time the final color of the tattoo is exposed and the touchup can be completed.

How to Prepare for your procedure:

Do NOT drink alcohol at least 24 hours before the procedure and caffeine the day of
Do NOT take blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Fish Oil, Niacin, Vitamin E at least 48 hours before procedure
You must not be taking Accutane for 6 months at least
Do not use tanning beds 4 weeks before procedure
Inform technician if you have had laser hair removal where tattooing will take place. It can affect how well the skin takes the ink and may need more treatments
Botox should be done either at least 2 weeks before or after the procedure.
Do not exercise the day of the procedure
Do not have tinting or waxing the week of the procedure
Bring reference pics the day of the procedure

You cannot have cosmetic tattooing if:

You are pregnant or breastfeeding
​You are sick with a cold or flu
You have been on Accutane in the last 6 months
Skin is irritated in an area where tattooing will occur (blemishes, sun burn, rash etc.)
Are under 18 with out a parent
You have a pacemaker/heart problems
You are undergoing chemotherapy
Have had a organ transplant
Have not been off Retin-A or Retinols for at least 14 days
Have sunburn.