Microblading is one of the fastest growing trends in the beauty industry as we speak! This technique involves a manual blade made up of multiple needles that is used to insert semi-permanent tattoo ink just below the epidermis. It is done to create realistic eyebrow hair-srokes to fill in, shape or reconstruct eyebrows.
The main difference is that Microblading is done manually with a blade to create small hairtrokes, while Micropigmentation uses a machine to help deposit ink deeper and faster into the skin. This is why microblading is less permanent, because it is only in the epidermis layer, and micropigmentation reaches the dermal layer. Machine work will always lay more pigment as it is stronger, darker and bolder.
The procedures here at Pinup Ink these days are painless. Cosmetic tattoo anesthetics have come a long way. Everyone is unique when it comes to different forms of tattooing on different parts of the face and body. When Kati performs permanent makeup, due to it's unique and manual technique, she uses only a thin layer of numbing cream if needed and suitable for the first pass. This is because she likes to avoid overly compromising the skin and keeping it as clean and taut as possible to start off blading or tattooing. This helps put clients at ease. Once the skin is opened up, very good numbing is applied and the remaining time of the procedure is 100% painless!
Permanent makeup and it's longevity range from client to client. There are many factors that go into healing a tattoo and it's proper care over the years. Microblading tends to be the most semi permanent form of tattooing, sitting at about 1 year. Micropigmentation can last up to 2-3 years depending on the client and this is when they return for a color boost session with these techniques. Once your tattoos start to fade out is when you want to come back to Pinup Ink for a color boost touch-up session!
Kati is an expert at creating what permanent makeup style is best for her clients. She uses many different techniques, measurements and guidelines on each unique person to provide the best most realistic and custom permanent makeup for their face. "A good cosmetic tattoo should always catch someone's eye and think, "Is that real? It look's so natural!" -Kati
This is where permanent makeup can be challenging. The skin is not only the largest organ of the body, but it is the most unique genetic makeup of a human being. When we talk about skin we have different types, tones, textures, pore sizes, ethnicities, etc. This is why choosing an artist with proper education is important. Microblading is not recommended on those who struggle with oily skin, thin skin, or larger pores as the strokes will not heal "crisp" enough, or there is too much trauma to the area. Micropigmentation is always recommended as this technique is suitable for almost anyone, including those with minor skin conditions.
To prepare for your cosmetic tattoo procedure, its very important to abide by the following:
Avoid caffeine the day of procedure
Avoid alcohol 24-48 hours prior, maximize your WATER intake.
Avoid blood thinners, skin medications or supplements (besides antivirals for lips) 24-72 hours prior
Avoid hair removal 2 weeks prior
Avoid BOTOX/FILLER 2 weeks to 1 month prior
Avoid major sun exposure 2 weeks prior
No chemical peels/intensive facials/creams 2 weeks prior
No Retinol/Retin-A products 2 weeks to 1 month prior
Come to Pinup Ink with a clean and fresh face, free of makeup, ready for a tattoo!
If you are receiving Pinup Lips, please exfoliate and hydrate your lips prior to your procedure. The smoother, the better!
ATTENTION ALL LIP BLUSHING CLIENTS!
WHETHER YOU SUFFER FROM COLD SORES/HERPES OR NOT, ALL CLIENTS MUST ADVISE THEIR DOCTOR TO OBTAIN ANTIVIRAL MEDICATION (ACYCLOVIR, ZOVIRAX, VALTREX) OR OBTAIN LYSINE OVER-THE- COUNTER ONE WEEK BEFORE AND ONE WEEK AFTER THE PROCEDURE AS A PREVENTATIVE MEASURE. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS, OTHERWISE THE PROCEDURE WILL NOT BE PERFORMED! THIS IS FOR YOUR PROTECTION!
The average downtime and healing for permanent makeup is similar to that of a tattoo. This process takes about a week to heal up. A tattoo needs natural and free healing with a little bit of TLC during this time frame. Aftercare is VERY important to the appearance and longevity of your new tattoo. Outside of daily rinses, you will want to avoid activities that involve any water, oil, sweat or heat. You will only use what is directed by Kati to care for the tattoo. Here are a few things to keep in mind before scheduling your appointment:
NO makeup, lotions, oils, creams, etc. in the tattoo area
aside from what is given to you
NO facials, peels, acids, hair removal, Botox treatments for
NO workouts and/or sweating until healed
NO indoor/outdoor sun exposure for 2 weeks
NO Alcohol/Smoking post procedure,
WATER intake is better for faster healing.
*You may shower and wash your face,
just be cautious of the tattoo area.
You will be given more information post procedure by Kati on proper aftercare including instructions and products to ensure perfect healing. If these instructions are not followed strictly and properly, results may vary.
Unfortunately, there are times when there is a client that is NOT a suitable candidate for permanent makeup. Otherwise known as a contraindication, when a condition or factor that serves as a reason to withhold a certain medical treatment, due to the harm that it would cause the patient.
Pre-existing health/skin conditions or factors can heavily compromise the effectiveness of microblading and other permanent makeup tattoos. If you suffer from ANY health or skin condition, please contact Pinup Ink directly to find out if our procedures are fit for you. If you are considering permanent makeup, regardless of concern, please consult your doctor.
Some examples of Contraindications:
Eczema, Psoriasos, Dermatitis, or Rosacea
Chronic Acne/Taking Accutane
Pregnant or Nursing
Prone to cold sores/herpes
Prone to keloid scarring
Prone to hypo/hyper pigmentation
Major sun exposed/vacationing client
Compromised Immune System
Please contact with questions or concerns for further assistance.
When it comes to correcting other artist’s work, it can be challenging to get a sufficient healed result. It depends on the current state of the permanent makeup if Kati is able to do a “Cover up” tattoo. If it is faded/light enough, in a proper shape, no dark/discolored/muddy strokes, then you may book a consultation to potentially proceed with a procedure. If your permanent makeup reflects any of the factors above, you may contact us for routes on removal options.
Ladies and gentlemen!
With the permanent makeup industry increasing at an exponential rate, along comes many untrained artists out there with lack of education when it comes to proper microblading/tattooing. Keep in mind this is your face, and that should make your decision on choosing an artist that much more important! Remember, good tattoos aren‘t cheap and cheap tattoos aren't good!