Frequently Asked Questions & The Answers You Need
Who is eligible for cosmetic eyebrow tattoos?
Microblading and Ombre Powder Shading is for women and men who are 18 years and older looking to enhance their brow shape and/or fill in missing sparse areas of their brow.
If you have any of the below contradictions, please consult with your doctor first:
Taking Blood Thinning medication
Diabetes (Doctor's note required)
Directly after a strong chemical peel and /or botox treatments
Herpes (around procedure area)
Using Retin A or Accutane
History of Keloid or Hypertrophic scaring
Makeup, pigment, and/or topical anesthetic allergies
Pregnant or Nursing (no exceptions)
Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation that is easily triggered
Skin diseases such as psoriasis, shingles, or eczema on the procedure area
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup. Using a handheld tool consisting of 18 micro-blades, small incisions are created to mimic real eyebrow hair strokes. These small hair like incisions sit within the most outer layer of your skin, known as the epidermis. High quality pigment/ink is deposited into the incisions to create natural looking eyebrow hair. It is great for those who have Normal to Dry skin and prefer a natural look. Oily skin may require multiple sessions to achieve desired look.
What is Ombre Powder Shading?
Ombre Powder Shading is another form of semi-permanent makeup. An Ombre Powder Tattoo machine with a single needle is used to implant pigments into the epidermis. This technique gives your brows a 24/7 filled in makeup look without the worry of them smudging off. Ombre Powder Brows are suited for all skin types (Dry/ Normal/Oily) and can be customized to suit your preference, from soft and powdery to sharp and bold.
What is Microshading?
Microshading is a combination of Microblading and Shading. It is usually done two ways; Ombre Powder Shading with some strokes in the front or full Microbladed brows with light manual shading to fill in sparse areas. The amount of shading can be adjusted to suit your desired look. Typically recommended for those who have normal to dry skin and have little to no hair or with extremely sparse areas on brows.
Is Microblading or Ombre Powder Shading permanent?
No. It is semi-permanent, lasting on average 1-2 years. Pigments are designed to fade over time. Client results will vary from person to person. Retention of the pigment is out of our control, as it is determined by the patient's skin type (oily skin will fade faster), how well they follow after-care procedures, lifestyle, as well as their immune system, therefore no guarantee can be made as to how long results will last. We do recommend that you get your 1st touch up within 4-10 weeks after your initial session to perfect your brows. After that, annual touch up for color boost can be done to keep color looking fresh.
Does Microblading or Ombre Powder Shading hurt?
Pain threshold varies from person to person. However, with the right technique and topical anesthetic, there should be minimal discomfort. Most customers experience minimal pain while others may be slightly uncomfortable. Some compare the sensation to minor paper cuts and eyebrow tweezing. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most painful, majority indicate pain level is about a 3.
Are cosmetic tattoos such as Microblading and Ombre Powder Shading safe?
Yes, if conducted by a trained & permitted professional following proper safety measures. Miroblading and Shading is considered Body Art Tattoo, therefore in addition to being certified in a Microblading/Shading course, your Artist should also be Bloodborne Pathogen Certified (BBP) and have a valid Body Art Practitioner Permit from their respective County's Environmental Health Dept. BBP Certification ensures your Artist have the proper knowledge of how to handle & dispose of bodily fluids, bloodborne diseases, and avoid cross contamination. The County's Environmental Health Department regulates and enforces appropriate safety measures. At Dreamscape Brows, we adhere to the strictest of sanitation and sterilization protocols. We use only sterile, single-use tools at the onset of each session, and our treatment area is sanitized prior to and after each session to protect against cross contamination.
What if I have sensitive skin or prone to allergies?
Although allergic reactions to pigments are very rare, we do offer an allergy patch-test prior to procedure, when requested. This must be done at least 48 hours prior to your appointment
What is the healing process?
Day 1: Right after the procedure the pigment will appear very natural looking. Light swelling and redness immediately after the procedure is normal and will subside within 24 hours.
Day 2 - 7: The pigment color will appear darker as brows start to heal and will lightly scab over. Do not pick at the scabs as it will remove the pigments.
Day 8 - 14: Brows should have healed externally and finished peeling, leaving you with a much lighter color.
This is NORMAL, so do not worry.
Day 20 - 30: The implanted pigment will begin to resurface as your brows heal internally. This will bring back more color to your brows allowing us to see the final result of the initial session.
Day 30 - 60: During this time, your follow up session should take place to perfect your brows. Additional touch-up sessions may be required to achieve your desired look.
Please ensure you follow the Post Care Procedure to heal properly and achieve the best results.
Can I bring a friend/guest?
You're welcome to bring one guest over the age of 15 with you. No pets and no young children/babies due to sanitary and safety reasons. Please ensure you have childcare arrangements as needed. This will be a time for you to enjoy and relax for a couple hours.
Do I need to come in bare faced or with makeup on?
The decision to come in with makeup or a clean bare face, is entirely up to you. We will be taking before/after photos for our records and with your written consent we may use some photos for social media/advertisement. Either way, we will clean off your brow area before your procedure.
Do I need to wax, thread, or clean up my brows before my appointment?
It is not required for you to wax, thread, or shape your brows prior to your appointment. The more hair you have, the better we can see your natural hair flow. After we shape your new brows, we will clean up the eyebrow hair outside of the new shape.
RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH COSMETIC & BODY TATTOOS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Infections can happen from improper sanitary procedures or from anyone touching the procedure area. Infections also have resulted from contaminated tattoo inks, even when the tattoo artist has followed hygienic procedures. These infections can require prolonged treatment with antibiotics. We uphold ourselves to the highest sanitation standards to prevent infections and cross contamination. In addition, we use pre-sterilized single use needle cartridges & blades. The procedure area will be considered an open wound. You will want to keep the area clean and avoid touching your procedure area without thoroughly washing your hands first.
- Allergic reactions to pigments, tattoo ink, numbing cream, soap, after care cream is rare, but can happen. A skin patch test can be done at least 48hrs prior to your appointment. Skin patch testing is not required but is available upon request. Occasionally, people may develop an allergic reaction to tattoos they have had for years.
FDA currently does not require inks for tattoos to be approved before use in human skin because it considers them a cosmetic, unlike drugs and other products that typically require FDA review before going on the market. Tattoo inks are not regulated by the FDA, meaning the extent of risk is not fully known.
- Scarring, inconsistent color and spreading, fanning or fading of pigments. Artists unfortunately do not have full control over how your skin retains pigments. We do our best to choose proper color and depth. Your aftercare, skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, health and medications can all affect your short term and long term healed results.
- Removal problems. Despite advances in laser technology, removing a tattoo is a painstaking process, usually involving several treatments and considerable expense. Complete removal without scarring may be impossible.
- Keloid formation. If you are prone to developing keloids -- scars that grow beyond normal boundaries -- you are at risk of keloid formation from a tattoo. Keloids may form any time you injure or traumatize your skin.
- MRI complications. Per the FDA, there have been reports of people with tattoos or permanent makeup who experienced swelling or burning in the affected areas when they underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This seems to occur only rarely and apparently without lasting effects. There have also been reports of tattoo pigments interfering with the quality of the MRI image. This seems to occur mainly when a person with permanent eyeliner undergoes MRI of the eyes. However, the risks of avoiding an MRI when your doctor has recommended one are likely to be much greater than the risks of complications from an interaction between the MRI and tattoo or permanent makeup. Instead of avoiding an MRI, individuals who have tattoos or permanent makeup should inform the radiologist or radiologic technologist.
Please contact us if your question was not included or addressed in the information provided. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.