SOFT-FILLED/FEATHERED PERMANENT MAKEUP EYEBROWS FAQ
Eyebrows are the key to first impressions...
Our signature "feather-stroke" and "powdered-filled" eyebrow techniques result in very natural-looking and flattering permanent eyebrows!
Ladies...toss your pencils!
Our permanent eyebrows are definitely the most popular of all of our procedures and they look much more natural than penciled-on eyebrows!
Q) How do you know how to shape them?
A) First of all, and very importantly, we are makeup artists. We know how to shape eyebrows according to individual facial features which will be extremely flattering to your face.
Q) Will you be shaving off my existing eyebrow hair?
A) Absolutely not! We will work with your existing eyebrow hair by incorporating it into the "custom" eyebrow shape which we will design for you.
Using your natural brow bone as our guide, we will beautifully create eyebrows which will instantly define your face, lift your eyes and literally take years off of your face!
Whether you choose the "feather-stroke" or "powder-filled" eyebrow technique, or a combination of each, your new permanent eyebrows will be beautiful. You will love them right away!
Q) I have pretty nice natural brows, but they aren't perfectly even and I have a few sparse areas. Am I a candidate for permanent eyebrows?
A) Yes, many women only really require an eyebrow enhancement. This means that we can gently fill in any "gaps" and create symmetry and balance of your eyebrows for you.
Q) I have a "hair-loss" condition...either caused by chemotherapy, alopecia, or trichotillomania...am I a candidate for permanent eyebrows?
A) Most definitely! This particular procedure will provide you with the most beautiful eyebrows along with much needed confidence!
Q) I am a man, not a woman, but am in need of eyebrows. Am I a candidate?
A) Yes, of course! Everyone needs eyebrows! Obviously, we shape a man's eyebrows differently from a woman's eyebrows. We will draw them on first to be sure you feel comfortable with the shape, and once you approve of the shape, we can fill in the shape with natural looking hairstrokes. We generally start with very subdued, discreet colors during the initial appointment. Then, we can darken them up, as desired, during the second/"touch-up" appointment. You will love your new eyebrows too!
Q) Can I have permanent eyebrows done if I have had Botox?
A) Yes, although it is best to have your permanent eyebrows done PRIOR to having a Botox injection in the brow area. This recommendation based on the fact that Botox may alter the placement of your natural eyebrows. Obviously, when we permanently color your brows, it is best that we work with your "natural" placement, rather than an "altered" placement. It is then recommended to wait about two (2) weeks following your permanent eyebrow procedure before having your Botox injection(s) in the brow area.
Q) I've had my eyebrows done someplace else and am uhappy with the results. Can you hep me?
A) You may e-mail a picture of your current eyebrows with no makeup on, so that we may actually see them, along with a picture of the way you'd like them to look. With these two pictures, we can provide you with some feedback as to whether or not we can help you. In some instances, we can help. In other cases, unfortunately, we cannot.
Q) Can you explain the permanent eyebrow procedure process?
A) Once you have scheduled your appointment, you may choose to come into your appointment with your eyebrows "drawn" on so that you can "show" us how you typically wear your eyebrows. This information provides us with a baseline as to what you personally find appealing in regard to your own eyebrows, such as size and color.
Of course, you may choose not to wear your eyebrows into your appointment. This is absolutely fine, too.
We will look at various eyebrow designs and techniques and discuss which eyebrows you feel you like best. With this information, we will draw them on you and have you look at the varied designs. We will continue the alter the drawing(s) until you "approve" of the shape. Once you've "approved" of the eyebrow shape, we follow this shape with the permanent color. This way, you will know in advance what the shape will be even before we start the procedure. We will also discuss the "technique" you desire. Most likely, you'll want the technique which will look most natural for your particular eyebrows. We can help you make this decision during your consultation.
We also discuss appropriate color(s) selection. Only high quality pigments are used. Our pigments can be custom-blended, as desired. We generally start with lighter, conservative pigment colors, knowing that we can always darken the colors during your second/"touch-up" appointment.
Throughout the procedure, you will be provided with a hand-held mirror so that you may have the opportunity to take a look at anytime during the tattooing process. So, basically, throughout the entire procedure, from start to finish, we work as a "team" with you.
Throughout the procedure, we'll continually keep your eyebrow area numb and comfortable. There is generally no bleeding at all. Or, if there is any, it is just a pinprick. As a result, following the procedure, you'll be able to go out into public and feel very confident with your new look! You will love your new eyebrows right away!
Q) Is there any down-time following the eyebrow procedure?
A) No. You can go right out into public with confidence. The surrounding eyebrow skin may be a little pink for an hour or so, then will disappear. You'll have to apply a thin layer of healing ointment 2x/day for one week...a very thin film, barely noticeable. Nobody will notice that you've had your brows done unless you tell them. They'll look fabulous right away!
Q) Does the color lighten up during the healing process?
A) Yes, it does. During the healing/ointment week, you'll lose about 30-40% of the color. This occurs because the top layer of our skin exfoliates, and with that, the top layer of pigment sloughs off, too. As this happens, you'll notice the color soften and lighten.
A second color/"touch-up" application should be scheduled 4-8 weeks following your intial appointment so that we can replenish lost color. At this time, we can also tweek the shape, if desired.
PERMANENT EYELINER FAQ
Lynn's signature "soft smudging" and "custom-designer" eyeliner techniques are "world-renowned".
(By the way, ALL of our Gallery pictures are our work and are copyrighted...and NONE of our Gallery pictures are photoshopped!)
Permanent eyeliner is a must for women who ae allergic to conventional makeup, wear contact lenses, have poor eyesight, shaky hands...or simply are unable or don't have the time to apply beautiful eyeliner! Lynn's eyeliner procedures include an "eyelash enhancement". This procedure mimics thousands of single lashes while creating a full and youthful lash line.
Q) Is it safe?
A) Yes, speaking for ourselves, it is safe.
Lynn has twenty (20) years of experience in permanent makeup and has been an international/national permanent makeup instructor just a few years after she opened her doors for business. Lynn's training portfolio includes training many physicians how to perform permanent makeup, including permanent eyeliner. In fact, when Lynn started her permanent makeup business, Lynn's husband, a medical doctor (M.D.), worked as a team with Lynn in order to establish the utmost sterile, sanitary, and safest standards anywhere within the world.
To explain further, we ONLY use all pre-packaged, sterile and disposable needles and needle casings. With the highly technologically advanced digital implantation system we use, only medical-grade needles, which are encased in a sterilized permanent makeup cartridge. This patented cartridge system contains a special device which prevents bodily fluids from entering into the system. This system ensures that you will receive the most advanced, safest and most sterile form of permanent makeup tattooing available.
Each and every time a client comes into our office for their appointment, we use a brand new set-up and "show" our client their individual set up prior to starting their procedure for their own reassurance.
So, yes, it is safe, speaking for ourselves.
Q) Does it hurt?
A) We use a highly effective topical anesthesia to numb the eyelids prior to starting your eyeliner procedure. We also continue to keep our clients numb throughout their entire procedure. Again, speaking for ourselves, there is not even a pinprick of bleeding during the eyeliner procedure.
Q) Is there a lot of bleeding and swelling?
A) Again, speaking for ourselves, for most people, there is no bleeding at all, not even a pinprick of bleeding. As a result of no bleeding, there is no visible swelling afterwards. You will be amazed with your appearance as soon as your procedure is completed, you will look like you've applied your own eyeliner...even better!
Q) I've already had my eyeliner done by a different technician. It was a horrible experience and I do not want to go back there. It was painful with much bleeding and I was swollen for days. Will I experience the same with you?
A) Due to the fact that we've had many years of experience not only doing permanent eyeliner procedures, but also instructing physicians and others how to do permanent eyeliner, we can assure you that your experience with us will be much different ...in a "good" way! We've heard over and over again from many of our clients that their experience with us is very tolerable. Again, years of experience as a "specialist" in this field, does matter and does make a huge difference! And, by the way, people who run "group-on's" for any permanent makeup is a red flag...run!
Q) What if I've had my permanent eyeliner done by a different technician and it didn't stick at all? Is something wrong with my skin?
A) No, there's nothing wrong with your skin. We've never had one client in twenty (20) years who have not been able to accept permanent eyeliner pigment into their skin. Unfortunately, many people who call themselves permanent makeup technicians have not been properly trained and/or properly qualified and/or lack experience in this field. You just chose the wrong person. And, by the way, beware of "group-ons"! People who run groupons are desperate...and probably for good reason.
Q) What if I'm not sure how much eyeliner I'd like to have applied?
A) It's always a good idea to have a "natural" and "conservative" amount of permanent eyeliner applied, at least during your first color application. You will be returning for a second color application, about a month later, at which time you may desire to add more. This two step color application is a great way to live with a certain amount following the first application to analyze it in order to assess if you'd like more color added the second time you come back in.
Q) What if the eyeliner style I choose goes out of style?
A) It's highly recommended that you choose a "natural" or "conservative" style which will always enrich and emphasize the natural beauty of your eyes to enjoy on a daily basis. You can always add more by using your "conventional" eyeliner makeup for special occasions or events. Just because you have permanent makeup done doesn't mean you can't change your style around with the use of your own makeup at any time.
Q) What if I am planning to have eyelift surgery or facial plastic surgery in the future?
A) As long as we stay within your natural lashline and/or stay right next to your natural lashline it will be fine. You may want to refrain from having eyeliner "tails".
Q) Is there any down-time?
A) Speaking for ourselves, not other technicians out there doing permanent makeup, you'll be able to go right out into public immediately following the permanent eyeliner procedure and look fine. You'll love your permanent eyeliner as soon as the procedure is completed!
Again, speaking for ourselves, when we do your eyeliner procedure, there is no bleeding, not even a pin-prick of bleeding. As a result, there is no visible swelling. This is why you'll look so good right away!
However, you may be puffy along the upper lids the following morning as a result of your head being low while you sleep the evening of the procedure. You may wish to keep your head elevated by sleeping in a recliner to help keep the swelling at bay. Otherwise, a couple extra pillows to keep your head elevated higher than your heart may be helpful, as well. However, if you do have very sensitive skin, you may have some swelling the next morning. Everyone is an individual.
Q) What are the after-care rules?
A) For one week, you'll need to apply a very thin film of ointment (which we will provide) over your new permanent eyeliner.
-Also, during this week, you should not rub your new eyeliner either. This just means when you wash your face, avoid washing your eyes (which would rub your new eyeliner). You may take a shower, shampoo, etc., just gently rinse your eyeliner, and gently blot dry.
-Contact lenses must be kept out of the eyes for a minimum of 24 hours. Although, it is always recommended to check with your eye doctor as to when he/she thinks it is best to resume contact lens usage.
You may wear mascara (from a new, fresh tube) on the tips of your eyelashes during the healing ointment week, along with all of your other makeup, as long as it does not touch your newly applied permanent eyeliner. When you remove your mascara, you will take a piece of kleenex, with makeup remover within the kleenex, and gently "roll" your eyelashes with the kleenex. This way you are not rubbing your newly applied permanent eyeliner during the healing ointment week:)
Q) If I am using an eyelash enhancing serum, similar to Latiesse. Can I still have my permanent eyeliner done or is this a problem?
A) It is a problem unless you stop using it at least 3 - 6 months prior to your permanent eyeliner procedure. The reason is that those types of serums are very harsh on the eyelids and make your lids quite fragile for cosmetic tattooing. As a result, your eyelids will bleed and bruise. Again, when we do your eyeliner procedure, we will not see even a pinprick of bleeding during the procedure (again, speaking for ourselves) as long as you refrain from using eyelash enhancing serums 3-6 months prior to your permanent eyeliner procedure. After your eyeliner procedure is completed, you should wait 2-4 weeks to start your serum usage again.
Q) I wear eyelash extensions. Can I still have my permanent eyeliner done with them on?
A) No, you must have your eyelash extensions removed one week prior to coming in for your permanent eyeliner appointment. And, since "new" permanent eyeliner procedures involve two color application sessions, one month apart from eachother, it is recommended to schedule your eyelash extension appointment one week post your second color application.
Q) May I wear contact lenses to my scheduled permanent eyeliner appointment?
A) No, contact lenses must be kept out of the eyes for 24-48 hours post permanent eyeliner procedure. It is always recommended to check with our eye doctor when he/she suggests you resume contact lens usage. It would be important to either wear or bring your eye glasses with you to your permanent eyeliner appointment.
Q) What if I have had lasik surgery or other eye surgery in the past?
A) As long as the surgery is over three (3) months ago, and you are fully healed, it is fine. If you are not fully healed or have had any surgical complications, you must contact your physician for his/her "written" approval for you to have permanent eyeliner.
Q) Am I a candidate for permanent eyeliner if I have an eye disease or condition?
A) Yes, as long as you provide "written" documentation from your eye doctor that you may have your permanent eyeliner procedure done prior to your scheduled appointment, if you are currently under a doctor's care for treatment of such a disease/condition.
Q) What if I am fearful that I may be allergic to your permanent eyeliner pigment?
A) To date, I have never had anyone who incurred an allergic reaction to the pigment that I use. The pigments I use are well researched and of superior quality. I can do a patch test 1-2 weeks prior to your appointment for a fee of $50 which will be applied toward your procedure fee. I can also provide you with a small vial of pigment for you to take to your own allergist for specific testing, if desired.
PERMANENT LIP COLOR FAQ
Q) How popular is lip color these days?
A) Most popular are eyebrows, then eyeliner...third in line is lip color (which is really lip "tint," not color).This is simply because the honest truth is that when I first started doing permanent makeup, about twenty (20) years ago, the permanent lip tint was basically the only choice for lasting lip color. Now, these days, I'd be less than honest if I didn't first tell you that.
I recommend that my clients "try" the long-lasting lip tint, and if not happy with it, to then schedule a permanent lip tint appointment with me.
Q) Does it hurt?
A) Of all permanent makeup procedures, lip tint procedures are most sensitive. However, I do numb your lips prior to and throughout the procedure with an excellent topical anesthesia for your comfort.
Q) How long does the procedure take?
A) The appointment is scheduled for 1-1/2 - 2 hours. Applying lip color is the most laborious of all permanent makeup procedures. Lips are muscles, different than skin.
Q) What if I can't decide on a lip tint color?
A) I strongly recommend only "natural" lip colors. You can always enhance or change the color of your lips at anytime with conventional makeup, if desired, for special occasions. Days when you don't feel you want an actual lipstick look, your "natural" permanent lip tint will be your best choice."
Q) How will I look immediately following the procedure?
A) Your lips will look slightly larger than normal and look as though you may have had a slight lip filler injection. The "natural" lip color, however, will look quite dark, like lipstick. You need to know that the size of your lips will shrink back to about normal and the color will significantly fade up to 50% within the first 3 days. You will lose color on the inside of your lips first, the edges last.
Just remember...all procedures must HEAL, PEEL and FADE! This process may take up to 10 days.
Q) If I have had a lip filler injection already, am I still a candidate for permanent lip color?
A) No, I do not do permanent lip tinting over lips which have had lip filler injected into them. This is because you must realize that the lip filler and the lip color will be sharing the same space within your lips. If the filler has taken up most of the space, or even some of the space, your permanent lip tint will have little space for implantation, and you will have poor results.
It is recommended that you do the permanent lip tinting first and then the lip filler injection.
Q) Can you enlarge my lips with permanent tinting by tattooing outside the natural lip line?
A) I do not recommend that any lip procedure should be tattooed outside the "natural" lip line for best results. If you choose to have your lips tattooed fuller than they actually are, then be prepared to come back every 6 months or so for a "touch-up" in order to "color boost" the color on your skin above the natural lip line or else the color outside of your lip will begin to fade and look like a "kool-aid" mustache. Not pretty.
Tattooing the vermillion border (the place where your lips meet your skin) will alone enhance the size of your lips and will also look very natural.
Q) How do I prepare for the lip procedure?
A) You MUST understand that if you have EVER had chicken pox, a fever blister, or a cold sore, you MUST take Zovirax, Famvir or Valtrex or other anti-viral pre and post procedure to help prevent the outbreak of cold sores. There are NO exceptions to this rule! If you do have an outbreak, it will usually occur on the third (3rd) day following lip color application. This rule holds true for each and every time you have any amount of permanent lip tinting applied.
You will need to call your physician in order to obtain your prescription strength anti-viral medication. You must inform them of your decision to have your lips permanently tinted and they will need to call your prescription in for you to pick up at your pharmacy.
Q) How often is a color boost or a touch-up procedure needed?
A) Lip color requires frequent color boosts or touch-ups as compared to other permanent makeup procedures due to the fact that the lips are very vascular and the body metabolizes the lip color at a rapid rate compared to other body parts which are not as vascularized.
Q) What if I hold off on my lip color boost or touch-up procedure too long?
A) It turns into a new procedure again, and priced accordingly. It is best to stay current, once a year, for lip tint maintenance procedures.
Q) Permanent lip tinting seems like a "high maintenance" type of procedure, am I right?
A) Yes, definitely, as compared to other permanent makeup procedures.
Q) What are the after-care instructions?
A) You will need to continue your anti-viral medication (if you are using one) until the end of the prescription.
— You must stay out of intense sunlight for six weeks post lip tinting application. Then, afterwards, it is recommended to wear an SPF over your lip tint to help prevent the color from fading prematurely.
— Drink through a straw for the first few days. Do not eat citrus fruits and juices, greasy, salty, oily or spicy foods until your lips are completely healed (about 2 weeks).
— While eating, do not constantly wipe your lips with a napkin or keep licking your lips at this will impede the healing process. DO NOT PICK dry healing tissue or you WILL remove the pigment color!
— Before brushing your teeth, apply ointment over your lips first to act as a barrier against toothpaste from touching your new lip tint. Also, do not bleach your teeth while your lips are healing (about 2 weeks).
— Keep your new lip tint well lubricated for a minimum of two (2) weeks or longer. Petroleum products are excellent choices.
— After the intial healing period, you should apply a total sun block that is also waterproof 3-4 times daily to help prevent fading. Chapsticks with SPF is an excellent choice.
— No smoking while your lips are healing (approximately 2 weeks).
— No kissing, rubbing or friction on your newly tinted lips until the area is totally healed or else you will lose tinting (about 2 weeks).
3-D MICROBLADED EYEBROWS FAQ
"Beautiful eyebrows can make your eyes smile"
Kristin's "signature" "3-D Microbladed Eyebrows" are the most natural-looking and most flattering permanent eyebrows imaginable.
Kristin's beautiful 3-D hairstroke microblade technique is unique to her particular style of microblading and she is an expert in this field. Kristin is one of the first in this country who has perfected this artistry and skill.
ALL of our Gallery pictures are of our work, including Kristin's " signature" 3d microbladed permanent makeup eyebrows, and are fully protected by COPYRIGHT laws.
NONE of our Gallery pictures have been photoshopped.
Q) Will my natural eyebrow hair need to be shaved off or removed before I have the procedure done?
A) NO!!! Your eyebrow hair will be incorporated into the eyebrow design which Kristin will create for you. Kristin is a makeup artist and will be able to naturally create a beautiful shape and arch within your natural brow line. Even though Kristin is a makeup artist, you will approve of the shape prior to starting the actual procedure.
Using your brow bone as a guide, Kristin is able to beautifully create eyebrows which will define your face, lift your eyes and literally takes years off of your face! The combination of Kristin's shaping artistry and 3-D microblading technique will result in amazingly natural-looking and flattering eyebrows!
Q) What are 3-D microbladed permanent makeup eyebrows?
A) 3-D microbladed permanent makeup eyebrows is a simulated hairstroke technique used to resemble actual eyebrow hair. Some women or men who have either no eyebrow hair, or sparse eyebrow hair, may want to choose this particular technique for themselves.
Q) What if I have had a permanent eyebrow procedure done already and now I want to have the 3-D microblading done?
A) If Kristin did not do your original 3-D eyebrow procedure, then you must wait until your old permanent eyebrow color is gone, or almost gone. Coming in with "virgin" brows is best. This is vital to the results of the 3-D microbladed permanent makeup procedure.
In order to remove the old permanent makeup eyebrow color, you may choose to either allow the (slow) passage of time to fade your brows, or else you may choose to have the color lasered off.
Please be aware of the fact that if you choose not to do any removal of your old permanent eyebrow color, and still would like to have a new, fresh eyebrow procedure done, we can most definitely create either a feather-stroke eyebrow procedure or a soft powder-filled eyebrow color procedure, as shown on our "gallery" of eyebrow pictures (which are of our own work.. all of our gallery pictures are fully protected with "copyright laws" and none of our gallery pictures have been photoshopped.)
Q) How will I know if enough color has been removed from my existing permanent eyebrows since I really do want to have the 3-D microblade eyebrow procedure done?
A) We can help you decide if you are a candidate for the 3-D microblade eyebrow procedure by e-mailing a picture of your existing eyebrows to us.
Q) Does the 3-D microblade eyebrow procedure always "take" when going over existing permanent makeup eyebrow color?
A) There is no guarantee that it will "take". However, since this is a "two-step" procedure which means that you'll need to be seen again for your "touch-up" procedure, if the 3-D microblading technique does not take well, it can be easily changed into a beautiful feather-stroke or soft powder-filled eyebrow. In the end, whichever eyebrow procedure you end up having done, they will turn out beautifully shaped and colored.
Q) Is the 3-D microblade eyebrow procedure for everyone?
A) No, of course not. First of all, everyone likes something different. And, everyone has a different type of eyebrow situation. This means, sometimes people have enough natural eyebrow hair that will not be greatly enhanced with the 3-D microblade technique, but may be more properly enhanced with the feather-stroke or soft powder-filled technique.
Also, people who have "oily" skin will notice that the 3-D microblade strokes will not "heal" into crisp hairstrokes, but rather "soft/blurred" hairstrokes. Also, people who have darker skin will not notice as "defined/bold" hairstrokes as compared to someone with lighter colored skin. Red-heads and fair-skinned blondes with light colored eyes will notice that their brow area will be red and swollen due to the sensitivity of their skin. These individuals with sensitive skin (or roseacia) will also most likely have to have additional microblading sessions as their skin will not retain the pigment as well as medium or darker-colored skin.
Q) How do I prepare to have the 3-D microblade permanent makeup eyebrow procedure done?
A) You may NOT have any permanent makeup done at all if you are pregnant or nursing and must also wait at least three (3) months post delivery and/or breast-feeding in order to allow your hormonal level to get back to a more normalized state prior to having the procedure done.
- Also, avoid aspirin, niacin, fish oil, Vitamin E or Advil/Ibuprofen (Tylenol is OK) unless medically necessary, for 48-72 hours prior to your scheduled procedure.
- Avoid using any eyebrow enhancing serums at four (4) weeks prior and then four (4) weeks post procedure.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine 24 hours prior to your scheduled procedure.
- Botox around the eyebrow area should be done at least two (2) weeks prior, and two (2) weeks post your 3d microblade permanent makeup eyebrow procedure.
- No sun or tanning for one week prior to your procedure and not for 30 days post procedure. And, in order to protect your investment, use a good sunblock over your eyebrows to prolong their color or else you will encounter premature fading. If you come into your appointment with tanned skin, the pigment will not hold well and most of it will exfoliate away with your tan. Also, the pigment color will not heal true to color. Therefore, if your skin is too tan, you may be asked to come back at a later date for an appointment to take place after your skin is back to normal.
- Do not work out the day of your procedure or for ten (10) days post procedure. This includes no pools, saunas, steam rooms, and long, hot showers.
- You MUST be OFF of Accutane, or any product similar to Accutane, for at least one (1) year! (Accutane is a prescribed medication to treat severe acne). This is critically important!
- Discontinue Glycolics, Chemical Peels and Retin-A on the forehead or around the brow area for four (4) weeks prior to procedure.
- Discontinue Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products close to the brow area two (2) weeks prior and two (2) weeks post procedure.
- You must be off of Retin-A or Retinols for seven (7) days prior to your appointment and avoid using these products on or around the area for thirty (30) days following your 3d microbladed permanent makeup eyebrow procedure. If used before the thirty (30) day period, you may experience premature fading of brow pigment. If you resume the use of Retin-A or Retinols after the thirty (30) day waiting period, please know that the continued use of these products on or around the brow area will fade the color prematurely.
- If you have any blemishes, pimples, active cold sores, irritation of the skin of any kind, moles or other skin imperfections in or around the area of the brows, you will not be able to have your 3d microblade permanent makeup eyebrow procedure done until your skin clears up and back to normal. Moles need to be removed and healed.
-All waxing or tinting of the eyebrows should be done at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to your appointment and you must wait to resume waxing and/or tinting for seven (7) days following your procedure.
- Avoid electrolysis around the brow area for four (4) weeks prior to and four (4) weeks post procedure.
Q) How shall I prepare for my scheduled 3-D microblade eyebrow permanent makeup procedure for the day of the actual procedure to be done?
A) You may choose to come in with your eyebrows penciled on (optional) if you woud like to "show" us how you typically wear your eyebrows, i.e., size, color, design, etc. Or, you may rather choose to come in with a clean face with no eyebrows drawn on. Either way, your consultation will take place prior to your actual procedure. Your consultation will include the discussion of many things, such as facial features, eyebrow shape(s), color, lifestyle, etc. You may also want to bring in your own eyebrow pencils/powder with you. (optional)
Q) What are the after-care instructions for the 3D microblade permanent eyebrow procedure?
A) You will need to apply a healing ointment 2x/day for seven (7) days to your eyebrows. (We will provide your healing ointment)
- You must avoid rubbing, picking or scratching your eyebrows during the 7 day healing period or else you will lose color and may cause scarring.
- You must avoid touching your eyebrows with your hands unless they are thoroughly washed.
- You must avoid sweating, exercising or exertion which results in perspiration for 7 days post procedure. This includes no pools, saunas, steam rooms and long, hot showers.
- You must avoid using any cleansers, creams, makeup or any other products on the treated area for 7 days. You may wear other makeup immediately after the procedure, just not on the treated area for 7 days.
- You must avoid sleeping on your face for 7 days.
- You must avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for four (4) weeks post procedure. Direct sun exposure can cause pigment color changes, hyperpigmentation and scarring.
-You must avoid facials, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion for four (4) weeks post procedure.
.....You will notice approximately 30-40% color loss during the healing process. You may notice some flaking of color occurring and this is to be expected. You may use your eyebrow pencil to fill in your brows after the 7 day healing period, if desired. As a result, be sure to schedule your second/"touch-up" application 4-6 weeks following your initial procedure.
After your second color application, you will no longer need to use your eyebrow pencil.
.....Everyone is an individual with a different skin type, body chemistry and lifestyle. There is no guarantee as to the healing results in advance of the procedure being done. When you leave, the strokes will be intact. Following the pre/post care instructions will help to promote the best healing results.
Q) How will my 3-D microbladed permanent makeup eyebrows look during the healing process?
A) You will notice that your hairstrokes will appear bolder and crisper immediately following the procedure. During the healing process, you will notice the color soften (as a result of your skin sloughing cycle). Also, you may notice that some areas may have faded more than other areas. This is all normal and to be expected. This is why it is recommended that you schedule your "touch-up"/second color application approximately 4-6 weeks post your initial appointment.
You may wear your makeup immediately following and during the 7 day healing period however, you must avoid putting any creams, moisturizers, lotions or pencils over your eyebrows. After the 7 healing period is over, you may resume using your conventional makeup over the eyebrow area (taking care NOT to use those products listed above in the after-care section).
Q) What is the recommended amount of time to wait before a "color refresher" or "maintenance" procedure is needed?
A) The 3-D microblade eyebrow procedure will most likely require a maintenance procedure approximately every 1-3 years in order to maintain it's natural appearance. Over time, the hairstrokes will begin to fade and/or blur together giving the appearance of a soft, powder-filled eyebrow. A "color refresher" or "maintenance" procedure will freshen up the hairstrokes again to make them more apparent.
Last but not least...
Q) Would there be a problem if I went somewhere else to have a "color refresher" or "maintenance" procedure after you've done them?
A) Yes, depending upon the work that was done to your eyebrows will determine whether or not I will be able to continue working on them in the future.
Areola / Nipple Reconstruction FAQ
Lynn Duncan is a Wisconsin State-Licensed & Registered Occupational Therapist.
Lynn Duncan is Physician Referred & Preferred
Following reconstructive breast surgery, most women opt to follow through with the finishing touch of para-medical tattooing in order to restore an areola and/or nipple to their newly constructed breast(s).
When the reconstructive surgical process is complete, there is a nice breast mound/implant, oftentimes with a surgically created nipple.
However, no color is found in the areola/nipple complex.
By using skin tones as a guide for a natural color selection, along with the careful shaping of each areola, Lynn Duncan is able to achieve
an amazingly realistic areola/nipple on the newly constructed breasts, using a specialized process of shading and highlighting.
Also, Lynn Duncan takes into account that the breasts will be most beautiful when much of the scarred tissue can be created into the natural shaping of the areola and this process is taken into account as she makes sure both areolas are symmetrically balanced.
This process is the "final" process that women tell me is the "icing on the cake" following their
long journey of the emotional healing process, as well as the physical restoration of their breasts.
Your areola/nipple para-medical repigmentation procedure will be done in a very private, relaxed, warm and sanitary environment.
Lynn Duncan is a Wisconsin Registered and State-Licensed Occupational Therapist which most health insurance companies
recognize for health insurance reimbursement. Lynn will provide you with all of her
Wisconsin State License Numbers, billing codes, diagnosis codes, etc. needed for your insurance reimbursement.
Commonly Asked Questions:
Q) How is the procedure done?
A) First, we will numb the breasts prior to starting the procedure. Even though most women explain that they have no or very little sensation in their newly recreated breasts, the numbing process ensures their comfort throughout the procedure.
We will then select the proper/desired color of the areola/nipple. If there is only one areola to be done, we will match the color as closely as possible to the existing areola. Otherwise, if both breasts require an areola, you have the freedom to choose how light or dark, pinkish, tannish, brownish, etc. you would like them to be. The same holds true for shaping as well. You can choose between a smaller, medium or larger sized areola.
After the areolas/nipples are numbed, Lynn will draw on the areola shape with a surgical marker to be sure YOU APPROVE of the shape prior to starting the procedure. Again, care will be taken to cover as much scarring as possible while symmetically matching the areolas with the desired areola size.
Will it look natural?
A) Yes, it will look very natural. Initially, the color will be too dark and intense. However, during the following two weeks, you'll notice the color softening into a very natural tone.
Lynn uses a "stippling" method of color implantation which makes the areola look even more authentic, as a natural areola is not just one color.
In order to avoid a "cookie-cutter" areola shape, Lynn shades/softens the edges of the areola, again mimicking a natural areola.
Following the initial application of color, you will return for a touch-up appointment, approximately 6-8 weeks later. During this touch-up procedure, we will add another layer of color and/or tweek the color or shape, as desired. They will look amazingly natural and beautiful.
Is the procedure safe?
A) Yes, again, Lynn Duncan is a Wisconsin Registered and State-Licensed Occupational Therapist. Most health insurance companies (depending on your personal health insurance policy) recognize Lynn Duncan's qualifications as being reimbursable.
Also, Lynn Duncan only uses 100% one-time use, disposable equipment. Lynn's methods are of the safest, most sterile form of cosmetic tattooing available today.
Q) How long will the color last?
A) Various factors affect the longevity of color, including, but not limited to: the skill of the technician, the quality of pigments used, the individual's skin type, chosen pigment color (darker lasts longer), and some lifestyle variables including sun exposure, the use of skin-exfoliating products and frequent swimming in chlorinated pools.
Over the years, when the color becomes too light, you may wish to schedule a "maintenance" procedure at that time.
Q) My natural areolas have faded over time, am I a candidate for this process?
A) Yes, absolutely. Many women choose to darken their natural areolas and/or increase the size of their natural areolas with areola repigmentation. This procedure is for anyone desiring a more youthful-looking set of areolas.
Q) Is there a color choice?
A) Yes. Natural areolas are vary in color. You can choose between different natural areola color tones and can have them pigmented as lightly or dark as desired.
Q) I have had a breast augmentation and would also like to enlarge the size of my areolas to match my new breasts, is this possible?
A) Yes, of course. Breast augmentations are extremely popular these days and many women feel the need to "complete" the process by either adding more color to their existing areolas and/or enlarging them.
Q) Permanent lip color seems like a "high maintenance" type of procedure, am I right?
A) Yes, definitely, as compared to other permanent makeup procedures.
Q) How long does this procedure take?
Approximately 1-1/2 - 2 hours, in and out the door.
Q) Will health insurance companies cover areola repigmentation?
A) Yes and No. Yes, if you've recently had breast reconstruction post mastectomy and only if it is written into your doctor's treatment plan for you to have areola repigmentation.
Yes, also because Lynn Duncan is currently State-Licensed (in Wisconsin) as a Registered Occupational Therapist and is recognized as a Health Care Professional with most insurance companies. Lynn Duncan does accept referrals from many plastic surgeons to perform this service for their breast reconstruction patients, following surgery.
No. If this procedure is not written into your doctor's treatment plan for you at the time of breast reconstruction, or if this procedure is only desired for only cosmetic reasons.
Q) How do I prepare for this procedure?
A) If you are being referred to me by your physician, it is recommended that you first call your insurance company to make sure you inquire as to proper protocol for coverage.
Once an appointment is scheduled with me, you may wish to bring in a picture(s) of areolas you feel you would like to have pigmented. If you do not bring any pictures, I have pictures in my office we can review and discuss together during your consultation. It would be a good idea to start thinking about color and size prior to your appointment.
Q) Is there down-time?
A) No. There is no down-time. You may go about all of your daily activities without hesitation. However, your breasts may be a bit sensitive during rigorous activity during the first 24 hours.
What after-care instructions must I follow post procedure?
It is important to follow these after-care rules for best results:
— Do apply ointment to your areolas 3x/day for one week. (ointment will be provided)
— Do not rub your areolas for one week. This means do not wash them; washing is rubbing. Stand with your back to the shower head and allow the water to gently run off of your newly pigmented areolas.
— Apply a piece of gauze over your ointmented areolas within your bra for one week, following your shower. Approxiately 50% of the pigment will exfoliate during the healing ointment week and the gauze will prevent your bra from becoming soiled with remnant pigment.
— For the first three (3) nights, keep your bra on while sleeping. However, starting the fourth (4th) night, sleep with no bra. Instead, after applying your ointment (which you should do for an entire week), sleep with an older night garment and allow your areolas to breathe.
— Toward the end of the week, you will notice that the color will have softened and lightened into a natural color and you may discontinue all after-care instructions.
— Be sure to schedule your "follow-up" appointment 6-8 weeks following your initial procedure.