FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is microblading?
Microblading or feathered brows is an artistic form of eyebrow brow tattooing that creates a natural 3-D looking brow. Fine hair strokes are created to mimic the look of natural hairs to fill out uneven or spares hair, add fullness and definition.
How long will the eyebrows last once they are done?
It depends on your skin. Everyone’s skin heals differently; some hold pigment better than others. It usually last 6-18 months, sometimes longer. There is no guarantee how long it will last for you. Factors such as smoking, sun exposure, facial treatments and active face care products, all reduce the life of your brows.A refresher top up is recommended around the first 12 months, after 18 months it is a brand new set.
How long does the treatment take to apply?
Please allow 1.5 hours for treatment, this includes your consultation, choosing colours and designing the shape. Sarah is very thorough and a perfectionist, this can be seen in her results. For lip and eyeliner treatments, please arrive 20 minutes early for numbing.
I have an old eyebrow tattoo, can you go over it?
You must let Sarah know if you have ever had previous cosmetic tattooing done before. A lot of old work that has been done many years ago was most likely done with a machine and a different type of ink. This has left many of you with heavy scar tissue and faded out to funny colours. If your eyebrows have not faded enough Sarah will not work on you. The problem with going over some old work is that the skin may have lots of scar tissue which will not hold onto the new pigment implanted.
Which appointment do I book?
If you are unsure which type of brows, please book Powder Brows and I will go through the different types during the consultation. Please have an idea of what you are hoping to achieve.
All new clients, even if you have a previous tattoo done elsewhere, will still need to book a full appointment not a touch up. A full consultation is still required. Touch up appointments are for existing clients only.
Do you draw them on first?
Yes, always. Your eyebrow area is measured and an outline is drawn on to follow as a guideline, you may bring in photos of how you would like them but please remember that what may look good on one person may not be suitable for you as everyone has different eyebrow and facial features.
Who is best suited for eyebrow tattoos?
Anyone wanting fuller brows, has no eyebrows at all, wants a better shape or perfect outline!
Anyone with the following can have problems holding feather brows and powder brows would be recommended. Sarah will discuss this with you during your consultation, although Powder Brows would be my advice for most people as Feather Brows do not age as well as Powder Brows and we also need to think what they will look like in time, not just immediately.
Wrinkly skin around brow area
Sun damaged skin
Any other issues with facial skin
Who is not suitable?
Suffering from cancer/undergoing chemotherapy
Suffers from major heart problems such as stroke/heart attack
Has diabetes type 1 (type 2 will require a medical clearance from your doctor)
Problems with skin healing
Auto immune disease
Suffering from severe anxiety, if you are very unsure and having doubts, or overly worried that you may not like them, then it is advised not to get this procedure done. If you turn up to your appointment and decide you no longer want to go through with it you will forfeit your deposit.
What to do to prepare for appointment?
Limit caffeine 24 hours before
Limit alcohol 24 hours before
If you are on blood thinning medication it can impact pigment retention - please see your doctor for advice.
Will it look natural? Do I still have to tint my eyebrows?
The more hair you have the more natural it will look. The colour used is matched with your natural eyebrow hairs. If you would like really thick eyebrows it is best that you naturally have a good amount of hair to start with. If you naturally have very light or blonde eyebrows and wish for much darker brows, you may still have to tint your eyebrows for it to blend in, eyebrow tattooing does not replace tinting. Also keep in mind that eyebrows are sisters not twins. Colour is usually darker immediately after treatment and will fade about 30% after skin heals.
Will I still have to wax/pluck my eyebrows?
Yes you will still have to maintain your eyebrows; your hair is still going to grow.
I am pregnant or breastfeeding, can I get this done?
No. You will have to wait.
How do I look after them?
You will be given special aftercare instructions on how to care for your new eyebrows.
The Plasmedic device creates a voltage difference between the device and the skin resulting in a small millimetre size carbon spot where the excess skin has been evaporated. Using our reduction grid method and the formation of new Collagen and Elastin the skin becomes tighter, lifted and wrinkles smoothed out and reduced.
Areas that can be treated are but not limited to: Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty, Forehead, Frown lines, Crows Feet, Nasolabial Folds, Marionette Lines, Top Lip (Smokers lines), Chin, Jowls, Cheeks, Neck.
Even though Plasmedic offers less downtime then surgery there is still a healing process with certain things to expect post treatment.
Before making an appointment please inform us if you have any of the following:
You are Pregnant, Possibility of Pregnancy or Breast Feeding
You have a Pacemaker or any electrical implants
Any Metal implants in or close to the area being treated
If you have Diabetes – Slow healers ask for doctor’s consent
If you have Herpes – Do not treat if active in the area being treated
If you have any Infectious Diseases
If you have Epilepsy
If you are prone to Keloid Scarring
Any Eczema, Dermatitis or Psoriasis – Do not treat if active in the area being treated
Have had Botox or Fillers in the area being treated
Have olive skin or prone to tanning very easily (pre-treatment is required)
Straight after the treatment you will see small scabs and the skin on the area treated will be pink/red and warm. You will be instructed how to care for your skin at home by your Plasmedic Therapist.
Day 1 (the day after the treatment) your skin will feel tender, red and scabs will appear darker. If you have had the treatment on your Eye Lids or Under Eyes expect quite a bit of swelling. The amount of swelling varies from person to person. Some clients swell up more then others. This is normal and lasts 2-4 days. Occasionally vision can be a little difficult due to swelling so we advise taking the first 2 or 3 days off work. When having other areas of the face or neck treated swelling is not as bad and time off work is usually not needed unless you prefer to rest at home.
As the days progress scabs will appear bigger and darker as they heal and will naturally fall off after 5-10 days.
A mineral foundation can be worn if needed to help camouflage scabs however keep in mind you cannot wash the area that has been treated until scabs have fallen off so foundation cannot be cleansed off.
If you suffer from cold sores/herpes infections and are having a treatment around the mouth, you should inform your technician before treatment. You will be advised to purchase from the pharmacy Famvir anti-viral tablets to prevent an outbreak. If you have a cold sore at the time of your treatment the treatment will be cancelled.
You MUST adhere to the practitioner’s aftercare advice given to you following the treatment. This is very important and will reduce the risk of post procedural infection upon leaving the clinic. You must let the treated area heal properly. Avoid picking, plucking or knocking as this will hinder the healing process and could make the treatment appear uneven thus requiring further work.
If you have had botox or injectable fillers the treatment should not be carried out until 2 weeks after.
It is very important to be consistent with sun protection! For your safety you should avoid sunbathing and solariums
for at least 3 months, as hyper or hypo-pigmentation can occur.
Inform your practitioner in advance if you are taking antibiotics, anti-coagulants, suffer from cold sores, have a virus or metal implants in your body or pacemaker, as you may be required to get your doctor’s approval before treatment is carried out.
How does this process work?
It works through the process of Osmosis : By introducing a high concentration of saline into the dermis of the skin where unwanted pigment resides, water in the cells beneath and surrounding the pigment (which contain lower concentrations of sea salt) will create osmotic pressure and will rise to the areas containing the higher concentrations of sea salt. With this process of equalisation, pigment is forced from the dermal layer upward to the epidermal layer by osmotic pressure.
Lactic acid removal is NOT used due the severe level of scaring that can be caused.
What can the client expect during and after each treatment?
During the treatment you should expect bleeding and some mild swelling. There will be slight tenderness of the area for a day or so. Scabs should begin to form after 24 - 48hrs. Pigment may be visible in the scab, the scab is critical and exactly what we want to achieve! It cannot be touched, picked or wet in the shower. The results will not be known for at least thirty days after your removal session.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
The tattoo is lighter and could possibly fade completely over time. This removal technique is safe for most skin types. The saline removal method is safer and has less risks of hyper/hypo pigmentation, blistering, and scarring than laser removal treatments. The skin may be tattooed over once the area has sufficiently healed. Most clients find once having laser tattoo removal on their brows they will not be able to get any success in retention of colour due to the scar tissue caused by the laser. This is NOT the case with saline removal. The area can definitely be tattooed again with great success in retention.
Who are the best candidates?
Clients who are patient and willing to follow the strict aftercare instructions are good candidates. Clients on blood thinning medications who have obtained a Doctors note and have no healing issues may be good candidates as blood flow during the procedure is both beneficial and desired for a good outcome.
How many treatments will I need?
This all varies on the type of tattoo we are trying to remove, how deep the pigment was placed and how well you heal. For correction work the tattoo doesn't need to be removed entirely. As long as we can lighten it enough to go over it again that may only require 1 - 2 sessions, in some cases clients have needed 4 - 5 sessions. This will be further determined at your consultation and after we have seen the healed results of your first treatment.
Does it hurt?
Everyone experiences different levels of pain; ranging from slight discomfort to painful. Due to state legislation of anesthetics, I will not be providing or facilitating the purchase of such drugs.
Please purchase numbing cream from a pharmacist and apply at least an hour before you arrive.
Complete the form at the attached link below and arrange your own strong cream. Chemist will contact you and take payment, then post cream out. This needs to arranged ASAP as it can take 10 days to arrive.
1ml of each for Brows and Eyeliner, 5ml of each for Lips.
Please arrange delivery to your own address. I will not be responsible for delivery.
If you are having eyeliner, fibroblast or really nervous about the pain, I highly recommend the stronger cream.
** NUMBING CREAM IS NOT PROVIDED **
Do you require a deposit?
Yes, a $50 deposit is required to secure your booking. It is non-refundable. Your booking is not confirmed until you pay this deposit.
Do you accept EFTPOS?
I accept VISA, Mastercard, cash and Afterpay (instore only).
Cosmetic Tattooing and Fibroblast, please make sure you have read the FAQs before booking an appointment.
If you suffer from any of the conditions which would prevent you from having the treatment on the day, please do not book an appointment. If you arrive on the day and it is determined you cannot receive the treatment due to those listed in FAQs, you will forfeit your deposit.