Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Microblading?

Microblading is a permanent makeup procedure that is comprised of a manual implantation of pigment beneath the most superficial layers of the skin to mimic the appearance of hair strokes. This is also referred to as "feather stroke, 3D brows, and microstroking."

 

Is it permanent?


In all respects, yes, this is a permanent procedure. However, most clients will notice a decrease in darkness of the pigments as the skin accepts and heals above the microbladed hair strokes. All cases are different, and everyone's skin is different. Most clients obtain optimal retention after one initial procedure and one touch up. Yearly touch ups are recommended, however some clients prefer to go longer between maintenance appointments. Without any touch up or maintenance, microbladed eyebrows will eventually fade away completely. 

How does the procedure work?

How is my brow shape decided?


Everything is done with your input. Brows are mapped according to your specific facial morphology. This is the way that your bone structure and skin come together to make your facial anatomy. Following your structure, your eyebrows will be mapped to best compliment all facial features. If you find that any part of your eyebrow is not to your liking, we can augment the shape. However, most clients are pleasantly surprised when they see how their new brow structure compliments them and brings out their features.


Does my eyebrow hair have to be removed fully before being microbladed?


No! Microblading will take place behind and around your natural eyebrow hair. It is meant to enhance and combine with any hair you already have. The eyebrow area may be cleaned up to remove extra hairs outside of the brow shape. 


How long does it take?


Every client is different and some procedures take longer than others. However, most appointments take about 1.5-2 hours total to include consultation, mapping, and microblading.


How long does this last?


Microblading is considered a permanent makeup procedure. It is recommended that clients get an annual touch up to keep their eyebrows looking their best. However, as each skin type is different and everyone leads a different lifestyle, the longevity of microblading cannot be predicted or guaranteed. Clients with more sun exposure or oily skin may notice a decrease in pigment more quickly.


**Please note that final results cannot be guaranteed as each unique skin type holds pigment different and breaks down at different rates. We will re-evaluate your results at your follow up appointment and make adjustments as necessary. 

Will my brows match the way that I pencil them?

This is a very common concern as you have most likely come to be very familiar with how your eyebrows look when filled, or penciled, in. Most likely, you will not be dissatisfied with the way that your eyebrows are mapped to your face, as this is done according to your unique facial symmetry and done in order to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing result. 


Microbladed eyebrows are meant to mimic a natural brow with hair strokes and shading. In most cases, when an eyebrow is filled in manually, it is done without a gradience of color and appears rather solid. In this respect, your new eyebrows are mostly not as heavy as makeup but not jarring in difference. 

What is the pre/post care?

Before Your Procedure:


  • Avoid alcohol or blood thinners for 72 hours before your procedure.
  • Please avoid tanning for at least 2 weeks before your procedure so that we can assess your natural skin tone and your skin is able to retain and heal at its best.
  • Refrain from chemical peels or abrasive skin procedures for at least one week prior to your procedure. 
  • Ensure that if you have received Botox or any similar treatment, it has been at least two months since your treatment.
  • Feel free to come in with your eyebrows as you naturally fill them and bring photos for reference if you'd like, we can work with them together to make your dream eyebrows. 

After Your Procedure:


  • Please follow our aftercare to ensure that your eyebrows retain and heal the best that they can. 
  • Apply the healing (A&D) ointment to the eyebrows 2-3 times a day, ensuring that it is applied before bed as well as before showering. 
  • To wash the brow area, gently use a fragrance free cleanser with clean hands on the brow area. Splash with water to rinse and pat dry with a clean cloth, do not rub or scrub excessively.
  • Do not immerse your eyebrows in water for 14 days, when showering keep your eyebrows out of the stream as best you can. 
    • When washing your face, avoid scrubbing your eyebrow area or wiping with any soaps, removers, toners, etc. 
  • Refrain from putting makeup on your eyebrows for at least 10 days. Microblading is an open wound and makeup application will leave you prone to infections, irritations, and skin issues. 
  • Refrain from alcohol use as well as any aspirin or ibuprofen or any vitamins or supplements that will thin your blood for 72 hours.    
  • Your brow area will scab, itch and peel. Do not scratch, pick, itch, or disturb the area in any way. This will affect your retention and pigmentation. 
  • Avoid swimming, tanning and saunas for at least 14 days.
  • We suggest that you refrain indefinitely from any scrubs, peels, chemical procedures, or any abrasive skin procedure on your eyebrow area. 
    • Specifically refrain from these for 14 days after your procedure.
    • If you do receive any of these treatments, please request that your technician avoid your eyebrows. 
  • Keep bangs and hair out of your face for at least 10 days. 
  • Although we suggest using a sunblock all the time for skin health and protection, after your eyebrows are fully healed (about 10-14 days), use a sunscreen on your eyebrow area to prevent fading due to sun exposure.
  • Tinting of the eyebrow hair should not be performed for at least 3 weeks after your procedure.
  • Avoid Retin-A, Chemical Peels, Laser Treatments, Microdermabrasions, or any skin lightening treatment, etc. around your eyebrow area to prevent fading.

Risks and Complications:


If you are concerned about any complication or allergic reaction, we recommend a patch test to see how your skin will react to the pigment. Patch tests should be performed about 5-7 days prior to the procedure, however in some very rare cases, some people do experience latent reactions to pigment.All pigments used by Boss Brow Studio are cosmetic grade and hypoallergenic and should not disturb most skins. Consider a patch test if you :

  • have frequent allergic reactions 
  • are allergic to topical cosmetics
  • have never been tattooed
  • have had an allergic reaction to any implanted pigment
  • are allergic to dyes, nikel, gold or silver

Who is not suitable for the procedure?

Please note that we reserve the right to deny anyone of a procedure. Make sure to make your technician aware of any and all medical conditions that you have in order to ensure the safety of you and your technician. 


 In most cases, you may not receive microblading if you are/have:



  • Pregnant or Nursing
  • Suffering from a viral infection or disease
  • Epileptic
  • Tendency towards keloids or scarring
  • Eczema or Psoriasis in the area (also includes rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
  • Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
  • Had Botox in the past 2 months
  • Used Accutane in the past year 
  • Allergic to anesthetic (Lidocaine)
  • Extremely Oily or Problematic Skin
  • If you have any open wound in the area, you will have to refrain from microblading until fully healed as the wiping of pigment during the procedure may enter into the wound and cause discoloration or implantation.

What if I do not like it?

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your eyebrows, we can adjust or fix most concerns. As the eyebrows heal after the initial procedure, some lines will not retain as much as others. Your skin may settle causing the appearance of uneven lines. This can be fixed during your touch up. In some (rare) cases, retention of pigment in certain clients leads to a cooler-toned or slightly grey appearance of pigment, this is also able to be corrected during your touch up. All skin is different and everyone heals differently. Moderately to extremely oily skin in most cases affects the appearance of microbladed hair strokes to seem more diffused and softer. In some cases, additional touch ups are required for this skin type to ensure full retention. With no upkeep or touch ups, microbladed eyebrows will eventually fade away completely. 

Permanent Makeup FAQ

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  • WHAT EXACTLY IS PERMANENT MAKEUP?
    Permanent cosmetic makeup is the art and science of implanting color into your skin. It is putting the right color in the right place so you can look better naturally. Specialized instruments allow your practitioner to place color into the layer of the skin known as the dermis. Because the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, is always shedding and renewing itself, you are looking at color through a thin veil of skin. When your procedure is completed, the color will appear darker than the final result. This is because the color is in BOTH the epidermis and the dermis. The color in the top layer will flake off during the healing process

  • WILL I REALLY LOOK LIKE MYSELF ...ONLY BETTER?
    Permanent cosmetic makeup helps replenish what time has taken away and gives back precious time you normally spend “putting on your face”. You can save up to 100 hours in a single year that were formerly spent struggling to draw eyebrows evenly or eyeliner half-way straight. That’s two and one-half weeks of free time plus the money you’ll save buying new and expensive cosmetics that rub off, smear, smudge and disappear during the day. Permanent makeup is not intended to replace cosmetics completely. Because the color is placed “in” your skin and not “on” your skin a more natural, softer look results. When you’re ready for a
    special occasion, you can apply as much additional makeup as you wish.

  • I’M AFRAID OF PAIN...DOES PERMANENT MAKEUP HAVE TO HURT A LOT?
    New topical anesthetics have been developed especially for permanent makeup. These creams and gels are
    applied to the desired area before and during the procedure to assure you of the most comfortable experience
    possible. Some people describe the sensation as a “tingling” feeling. Most people experience some discomfort, especially for lip color procedures. It is common to hear that there was not as much pain as was expected. As the anesthetic wears off after the procedure, cool packs are very soothing to the area. (If you are hard to get numb at the dentist, then you might have a problem getting numb.)

  • HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECOVER?
    You’ll look like you’ve had a good cry for several hours following an eyeliner procedure. It is advised to apply ice for 10 minutes at a time during these first few hours. Also, it is important to wear sunglasses, as your eyes may be temporarily sensitive to light. Eyebrow procedures have the least swelling. Lip color often involves temporary swelling. You must let your technician know if you have a history of fever blisters so your doctor can prescribe medication.

  • HOW LONG WILL MY PERMANENT MAKEUP LAST?
    Permanent makeup is long-lasting. However, as you become accustomed to your new makeup, it’s not uncommon to want more. You will want to freshen up your new makeup every couple of years. The darker the color, such as black, the longer it will stay unchanged in your skin. Natural, delicate colors are oftentimes more vulnerable to the effects of sun, swimming and breakdown by the body. No pigment is FDA approved for tattoos. Both organic and inorganic pigments may be used to achieve the desired color.

  • CAN I REMOVE MY PERMANENT MAKEUP IF I CHANGE MY MIND?
    Because it’s easy to add color and difficult to take away, your technician will be conservative in the initial application of your new color. Take advantage of the consultation to discuss your wants and needs. It’s also time where you and your technician choose the right colors and discuss any special requests you may have. Your cooperation will largely determine the end result of your procedure. Remember it is a team effort.

  • CAN I GET MY PERMANENT MAKEUP CHEAPER?
    Remember the saying,“You get what you pay for...” . It saves you money and embarrassment to do it right the first time! If you already have permanent makeup and wish to make changes, please call for a consult.

  • WHAT IF I HAVE PLASTIC OR LASER SURGERY?
    Cosmetic surgery is desirable for many reasons. It’s best to complete your surgery before having your makeup applied. Laser surgery or resurfacing may result in color loss or darkening of your makeup depending on the laser and the colors in your skin. Advise your laser surgeon that you have permanent cosmetics so that he or she can perform a “spot test” before they proceed. If either cosmetic surgery or laser causes color loss, your technician can replace the color. Your technician can discuss complications of cosmetic tattoos.

  • CAN I TAN WITH PERMANENT MAKEUP?
    Yes, but not 2 weeks before or after the procedure because it will alter the color.

  • CAN I SWIM WITH PERMANENT MAKEUP?
    Yes, but not 2 weeks after the procedure so the color heals correctly.
  • SHOULD I WEAR MY MAKEUP WHEN I GET THE PROCEDURE DONE?
  • If you are getting your eyebrows done and you usually wear a pencil. Pencil them in when you get the procedure done. If you are getting an eyeliner procedure done, wear your pencil when you get the procedure done, so I know how you like it. When you get a lip procedure done, bring your lipstick in that you like, so I can match it. I don't tattoo dark colors like brown or purple. If you have a dark colored lip, you cant get it done. They will heal purple.