What licensing requirements should I look for when choosing an artist?
In the state of Virginia both the artist and the building they work out of should be licensed by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations (DPOR) specifically for the art of tattooing.
An individual with a license to perform cosmetology, esthetics, or nails can legally perform microblading and cosmetic tattoo services ONLY if they have a ‘Permanent Cosmetic Tattooer’ license as well. Having proper licensure guarantees that your artist has successfully completed proper training at a state approved school, that they have passed a written theory examination, and that they are certified in Blood Borne Pathogens as well as First Aid and CPR.
What Do I Need To Know Before My Procedure?
- All clients should avoid alcohol and caffeine 24 hrs before any procedure.
- Having the procedure during your menstrual cycle may make you more sensitive to discomfort.
- All clients should avoid blood thinning supplements and medications (always consult with your doctor before discontinuing any prescribed medication) I.e.: Coumadin, Aspirin, Vitamin E, Fish oil, Niacin, St. Johns Wart, and Gingko Biloba.
- All clients should avoid sweating for several days following the procedure. Sweat contains salt, which can prematurely fade the pigment in the skin.
- It is highly suggested that you avoid sun exposure prior to your appointment. If you arrive to your appointment with a sunburn, you will need to reschedule. As your skin exfoliates from sunburn, it will take the pigment with it.
- If you arrive for your procedure with any abrasion, skin irritation, bruising, scabbing, or skin rash I will not be able to perform the procedure. No exceptions.
- If you have ever taken ACCUTANE, you must be off of it for ONE YEAR prior to your procedure.
- I am not able to tattoo women who are pregnant or nursing, those with diabetes who are insulin dependent, or those who are on prescription blood thinners.
What Do I Need To Know After My Procedure?
- Post procedure, avoid touching the area with your hands and always use a clean cotton swab to apply your aftercare ointment.
- DO NOT RUB, PICK OR SCRATCH THE AREA FOR ANY REASON!
- The pigment color may fade 10–60% before your first touch up appointment.
- Your follow up procedure should be performed 4-8 weeks following your initial appointment. A follow up is necessary to achieve the best possible final result and gain the longevity you want from your permanent makeup procedure. Touch-up visits that are booked longer than 8 weeks from the initial procedure date will be subject to additional fees.
- Avoid dirt and sweat for the first few days post procedure. And swimming in pools or open bodies of water for 2-3 weeks.
- You will need to keep the area dry from water for the first 24 hours post procedure. Please plan your showers accordingly.
- Post Procedure and Long Term Care: the use of Retin A, Retinols, Glycolic acids (or any type of acids meant to resurface your skin), lightening products, and treatments such as Fraxel, Hydroquinone, Chemical Peels or Spa facials, Microdermabrasion, Laser treatments on the face, Photo Facials (IPL’S) etc. will all contribute to premature fading of your pigment. Please have your technician avoid areas where you have permanent makeup. Additionally it is recommended that you use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher with zinc as the sun is the number one factor in tattoo fading.
What is Microblading?
Microblading (also known as micro-stroking, eyebrow embroidery, and feathered brows) is a relatively new, manual method of tattooing. It is done using a very fine blade to deposit pigment into the upper layers of the skin. Many clients are falsely under the impression that microblading is not a tattoo. Anytime pigment is implanted under the skin with any device, this is precisely the definition of a tattoo. Microblading is a great option for those who are seeking an ultra natural look. Because this is a manual technique, the color that is implanted is extremely superficial and touch ups are recommended biannually.
What About Fading?
All tattoos will fade over time. Applying sunscreen to your treated areas and being mindful while having aggressive skin treatments will help preserve the vibrancy of your color. On average most clients have their permanent makeup touched up approximately every 5 years or so depending on their lifestyle.
As mentioned above, the use of Retin A, Retinols, Glycolic acids (or any type of acids meant to resurface your skin), lightening products, and treatments such as Fraxel, Hydroquinone, Chemical Peels or Spa facials, Microdermabrasion, Laser treatments on the face, Photo Facials (IPL’S) etc. will all contribute to premature fading of your pigment.
Organic vs. Inorganic Pigments
We all seem to think that organic is better, especially when it comes to our food and cosmetics. While this may be true in those areas, organic isn’t always best when it comes to tattoos. Generally speaking, organic pigments are derived from plants. Plant based pigments can be extremely dangerous to implant into an individual’s skin due to so many life threatening food allergies that individuals have developed. Additionally, they are not as stable as inorganic pigments, which contain iron oxide.
Iron oxides have been used for over a century in traditional and permanent cosmetics; because iron is the most stable and the most common of all of the elements. It is also nontoxic and has a variety of colors. In short, using inorganic pigments is not only safer, but the pigment will last longer too.