Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the common most as questions about our BeautyInk® You can find more info on our pre and postcare page:
1) How long does the procedure take?
On the first procedure we always book out for 3 hours to allow for the following and the follow up is generally 2.5 hours or less:
– 30 minutes to 1 hour for consultation, questions and creating your new look.
– 5 to 10 minutes for paperwork and questions.
– 30 minutes numbing cream for your comfort… most people just nap, but your welcome to read a magazine or play on your phone, whatever makes you the most comfortable.
– 30 minutes to 1.5 hours for procedure, depending on the clients comfort and response to anesthetic.
– 10-15 minutes to explain after care and to answer questions.
2) How much does it cost? Our price list is on our SERVICE & PRICING page. Brows start at $500 for a single session and $800 for the package, Liner $500 package etc, check it out for more info.
3) Will black always appear “black” or will it fade? All BeautyInk® will fade with time depending on the procedure and aftercare some will fade faster than others depending on your life style..ie sun, swimming, face creams used etc. A follow up sessions will ensure more longevity. Black will never look as dark once it heals in because the layer of skin over the top will soften the colour also if you have cool skin towns the colour will look much greyer in the skin so dark brown’s are recommended.
4) How long will the tattoo last for? The work can last 1 to 3 years, depending on the style and technique all things we discuss during your consultation. Hair microstrokes look the most natural but fade much faster ie 1-2 years, powder fill can last up to 3 years and a solid fill which is a much heavier and dense of a look can last up to 3-5 years, but refresh work will be needed before hand to enhance the faded colour for sure.
5) Will it ever need to be retouched? Yes, absolutely most people come in every 1-3 years for a refresh. Lighter colours fade faster so if your blonde your retouches will generally be annually, the warm and light molecules of colour will fade first and you will be left with a greyish looking colour. At that time you’ll know it’s time for a refresh to put the warmth back in.
6) Do you offer free touch ups within the first little while? When you purchase a package, 1 follow-up is included within 6 months. A follow up is not included in single session pricing.
7) What is the healing process? The healing process for everyone is different, depending on your body and health. Some people will heal faster than others, some people will have swelling, and some people won’t. It’s as individual as you are, and the healing process takes on average 10-14 days, but could be less or more depending on your body’s healing rate. You basically will not get them wet and limit anything in your life during this time that will cause you to sweat.
8) What CAN’T you do during healing?
– No touching… that’s how you will get and infection. Only washed hand with soap for 30 second can touch your new work and this is just to apply the after care.
– No Make up of any kind on the area treated until it completely heals in.
– No soaking in water. So no showers at all costs, we recommend bathing until your work has healed.
– No heavy sweating. Avoid heavy work outs and bacteria filled gym or yoga environments.
– Avoid the sun and tanning beds and any spa or hair services until it’s healed.
– No plane travel while healing, to avoid bacterial infections.
– Treat it like an open wound. Keep it clean, dry, and moist with the aftercare provided.
– No other product on treated area, except what’s given in the aftercare. Antibiotic ointments should NEVER be used, this may cause festering and unwanted reactions as we are trying to put a foreign element into the skin, not heal an infection and the body will respond negatively.
9) Will the colour change over time? Yes with most people the colour will change over time….generally it will fade to a softer, cooler version or depending on the acidity of your blood may ash out (goes greyish) over time and then you know it’s time for a refresh where we put back the warm tones that leave the skin faster than the dark tones. Black can turn to blue over time and this can be corrected…. we strongly recommend you refresh your work annually, but that completely depend on you. All pigments are semi permanent and fall out of the skin as the skin naturally sheds, because the pigment molecules have different sizes the lighter ie yellow or orange fall out first, so if your a blonde you colour will fade faster than someone who has dark drown hair.
10) Do you have a payment plan? No we unfortunately don’t, but we do however take Visa or MasterCard as well as Debit.
11) Can we do the consultation before the appointment? Yes of course…we encourage it, whatever is most comfortable for you. We will however do the consultation again prior to any procedure to make certain you receive the look you want. You will be asked to wear your make up as you did in the first consult so we can be certain of the look you desire, just better!
12) Does it hurt? Our most popular question….Lol. We do everything in our power to make the experience as comfortable as possible for you, from cozy slippers, to fuzzy blankets, you comfort is paramount to the success of your work. We use multiple anesthetics pre and during so you should feel minimal sensation. Most people describe it as pressure, tickling or a slight sting after much like a sunburn, so your welcome to bring any pain management you see fit to take after once the freezing has worn off. I personal tattoo my own face and there would be no way I could do my brows or liner if it hurts, but that being said all people respond differently and that’s why we take our time. Exercise, spicy foods, omega oils and anti inflammatory like advil will hinder your freezing response, so prep accordingly.
13) How Long Does it Last? Our procedures vary depending on the look your desiring. Feather brows 1-2 years, powder brows up to 3 years, solid fills up to 3-5 years. Liners… in the lash line 1 session a year with the follow up 2-3 years. Fancy over liner to look like make up 2-3 years and this requires the package with a follow up. Think of your nail polish and how it layers. BeautyInk® is very much the same the more layers the denser the colour.
14) Please read through the pre and post care notes at the bottom of the pricing link so you are well informed as to what is required from you to complete a successful procedure.
15) Do you have parking? Yes there is street parking with meters but because it is limited to 2 hours, we ask you pay $3 with coins first, then take a pic of your plate and meter number and we can add any additional time with the Pay By Phone app! If you use the app first you can not extend the time and will need to disrupt the procedure and go move your car or you will be ticketed!
16) What is Microblading? This is the written definition by our president according to my affiliated organization the SPCP ( Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals).
Is it tattooing? Fact Sheet: Microblading
With the sudden popularity and media attention to the term microblading, many are led to believe microblading is not a tattoo process. Permanent cosmetics, micropigmentation, dermal implantation, microblading/microstroking, eyebrow embroidery, and long-time/long-lasting makeup, are all different names for the same procedure – cosmetic tattooing. Any time color is placed into the skin with any device, it is a tattoo process as defined by many well- informed regulators, the medical community, and dictionary sources. Denying this process is a tattoo can be problematic for those who would, for religious or other personal reasons, normally refuse to have a tattoo.
Is a blade being used to perform the microblading tattoo procedure?
Microblading is performed with a grouping or configuration of needles affixed to a handle to manually create lines that resemble eyebrow hairs. Manual methods of tattooing have been used through the ages, and the tools have gone through changes over time from pre-historic sharpened stones to the hand tool devices currently being used. An actual scalpel or cutting-type blade should not be used under any circumstances as these are considered medical devices and cannot legitimately be used for this process. Any hand tool device (i.e., both handle and attached needles) used for microblading should be pre-sterilized and fully disposable.
Is it semi-permanent?
Some are promoting microblading or eyebrow embroidery as a semi-permanent process; and that the color only reaches the epidermal (outer) layer of the skin. A careful review of basic skin anatomy and physiology would reveal this is not true. By definition and tattoo industry standards, color is tattooed/implanted into the dermis of the skin. If pigment particles do not reach the dermis, they will disappear during the healing phase of the skin, during normal regeneration of cells at the epidermal level. Pigments do fade in the skin over time, but that does not make the process semi-permanent. It is impossible to predict how much pigment will fade away and how long it will take to do so with any measure of consistency or reliability.
Why does microblading not last as long as other eyebrow tattooing techniques?
This is simply because a much smaller amount of pigment is inserted (tattooed) into the skin as compared to fully or solidly filled eyebrow tattoos.
Is there less training needed to learn microblading as compared to learning permanent cosmetics?
No; if someone is new to the industry and does not already have a minimum of 100 hours of training in permanent cosmetics, they need to have a similar amount of training in microblading, even if it is for just that one type of procedure. There are many areas of study when learning these techniques, which include facial morphology and bone structure, brow shaping and design, color analysis, color theory, proper handling of equipment, prevention of cross-contamination, as well as practice work and the opportunity to observe procedures before actually performing them under supervision. Anyone interested in pursuing training in cosmetic tattooing, including microblading, should first check with state and county regulating agencies. This would also include verifying the qualifications of any trainer, in addition to checking with regulatory agencies for trainer compliance with local health, safety, or permit requirements if the trainer is travelling from another state or country to offer training.
How can I get more information?
You can also contact the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) at email@example.com.