Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Microblading and Hair Stroke Nano Brows?
The Main difference is the tool used to implant color into the skin. The goal of Both techniques is to create realistic soft feathery hair strokes. microblading is done with a hand tool with needles sautered together in the shape of a ‘blade’ hence the term microblade. The microblade is then dragged across the skin creating multiple cuts throughout the brows. Color is then scrubbed over the cuts and allowed to sit, seeping down into the cuts made by the microblade.
This technique is not suitable for many skin types due to the trauma it causes to the skin (bleeding oozing) and can result in scar tissue developing. It is also difficult to control how the color will heal, often the trauma will result in a large scab forming over the freshly done brow and then fall out once the scab falls off, resulting in patchy color.
Hair stroke/Nano brows is performed with a digital hand held device with a very small needle or needles in the tip. The needle goes in and out of the skin at an adjustable rate. The pigment is implanted into the skin via tiny pinpricks. Soft realistic Hair strokes are then drawn into the skin to mimic real hair. This method can be done on almost all skin types due to the fact that it causes way less trauma to the skin. Resulting in a better-healed result. It looks great immediately after the procedure as well because the lack of trauma also results in no swelling, no bleeding and no pain during the procedure. This method is by far superior to microblading but is not as common simply because it requires much more skill to perform than microblading.
Here at Restorative Permanent Makeup, we only use machines to apply pigment to the skin because we feel that is the most efficient method and has the best-healed results.
Why do tattoos on the body last but permanent makeup has to be touched up?
We hear this question a lot and the truth is that there are certain areas on the body that don’t hold the pigment as well as other areas. Especially if it is an area that exfoliates more rapidly like the face. It is also true for tattoos applied to the hands and feet and most tattoo artists don’t like to tattoo those areas because of the fact that it fades so much. Having said that, it is also important to note that certain colors last longer than others. For example an eyeliner tattooed in black pigment is going to last longer than medium blonde brows that are applied with soft earth tones because the body absorbs lighter colors faster. We tell our clients that it is better to have soft natural results that need to be touched up every 2-3 years than harsh unnatural looking results that last forever.
Does it hurt?
Everybody has a different pain tolerance but having permanent cosmetics applied should NOT be likened to torture. The area to be tattooed is prepped in advance with a topical numbing cream to alleviate discomfort. The lips, being more sensitive due to the nerves surrounding the mouth, can be totally numbed with an injection of lidocaine by a medical professional. However, most of our clients are fine with just the numbing cream. Most permanent makeup procedures should take around an hour. If it’s taking much longer than that then it’s not being applied efficiently and the skin runs the risk of being overworked. Overworking the skin can be painful as well as cause unnecessary trauma to the treated area, resulting in poor results and sometimes scar tissue.
Does it bleed?
Properly applied permanent makeup does not need to be inserted into the skin more than the width of a dime. In general tattoos applied using too much pressure causes scarring which gives the tattoo a raised waxy look. When permanent makeup tattooing is done correctly, it rarely causes bleeding and the area should only slightly swell with a mild redness around the treated area that usually only lasts for a few hours.
Is there any down time?
If the permanent cosmetics have been applied with the technique that causes the least amount of trauma necessary to achieve desired results, then you should expect to be completely healed in less than a week. You do not have to discontinue any of your normal activities just as long as they don’t include sweating or swimming. The only area that may look a little swollen is the lips so we typically tell people not to make social plans the day of their procedure if they are having their lips done.
What is the aftercare?
Your skin has just been punctured hundreds of times by tiny needles so you want to make sure the area stays clean and protected for at least 5 days after the procedure. We recommend washing the area with a mild soap the day after the procedure and we give our clients an after care ointment to use to keep the area protected and speed up the healing process. It is important to avoid swimming in pools, lakes or oceans for bacteria reasons and also because salt and chlorine may pull out the color which may affect your results. You're also going to want to avoid using any skin lightening or exfoliating skin care products such as Retin A and Glycolic acids. Avoid prolonged sun exposure as this can also cause premature fading of the pigment.
How soon will I need a touch up?
We typically do our procedures in 2 sessions, the reason for this is because no two skin types are the same and individual results may vary. While one person only fades 1 shade lighter after healing another person may lose up to 50% of their color in the healing process. It is for this reason that we prefer to start out conservatively for the first application of permanent makeup. It is easier to add a little more color at the 6 week touch up than to have to lighten up color. This also gives us a chance to check in with our clients and make sure they are happy with their results. Once a client has had both the initial and follow up procedures their permanent makeup should last anywhere from 2 to 3 years depending on the depth of color and the clients individual skin type.