FAQ's

Am I a good candidate for permanent makeup/microblading?

You may not be a good candidate for permanent makeup/microblading if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Taking Isoretinoin (Accutane)
  • Pregnant or Nursing
  • Tendency to Keloid scar (please contact me)
  • Botox in the brow area which has altered the placement of your brows (please wait 2 months for the effects to wear off)
  • Under the age of 18
  • Serious diseases that can affect your body's healing process,  such as cancer or autoimmune disorders (please consult with your physician)
  • Bleeding Disorders (please consult with your physician)

If you are taking any medications that contain blood thinners or affect your body's ability to heal, please consult with your physician with regards to getting a tattoo.

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a form of permanent makeup, also referred to as cosmetic tattooing, micro-pigmentation, eyebrow embroidery, feather brows or 3D brows.  It is the procedure of placing colour into the dermal layer of the skin. Pigment is implanted using tiny needles to resemble makeup or to mimic hair where it is lacking in eyebrows or scalp. 

What is a Powder/Ombre Brow?

A Powder/Ombre brow is a form of permanent makeup that gives a similar effect to wearing powder or pencil on your brows.  The procedure is performed using a micro-pigmentation machine. The results tend to last longer than microblading as the pigment is inserted deeper than the manual method of microblading.

How long will it last?

Permanent makeup generally lasts up to two years.  The pigment is placed under the dermis and cannot be washed or rubbed off so in that sense it is considered permanent.  It is often referred to as "semi-permanent" because a touch-up will be required at some point.  The cosmetic tattoo will begin to fade over time.  The longevity of your cosmetic tattoo will depend on many factors such as the colour of pigment used, skin type, lifestyle (sun exposure) and treatment of skin (dermabrasion, chemical peels, etc.). 

Does it hurt?

Some clients describe feeling minimal pain and discomfort comparable to threading or waxing; while others report feeling barely any pain at all.  The amount of pain will depend on the client's pain tolerance and body's reaction to anesthetic. We use two types of very effective topical anesthetic. We always do our best to make sure you are comfortable. Anesthetic can be applied throughout the procedure at any time if needed.

How long does the procedure take?

The appointment generally takes around 2-3 hours from start to finish. This is not a rushed procedure and we ensure ample time is allotted. 

Methods of Payment

We currently accept cash, e-mail transfer and major credit cards. 

What should I do before my appointment?

Do not drink alcohol, ibuprofen or caffeine 24 hours before your appointment.  This can cause excessive bleeding.

You can wear makeup to the appointment if you prefer.  All makeup will be removed from your brows before we start.  

Women should not book their appointment during their menstrual cycle as the body is more sensitive during this time causing the procedure to be more painful.

Do I need to tweeze or thread my brows before the appointment?

Please don't do anything to your brows before coming to your appointment.  We can clean up your brows after we've decided on the shape and before we start the procedure.

What is the process?

We begin by drawing the eyebrow design with an eyebrow pencil.  Measurements are taken to ensure the eyebrows are even and proportional with the rest of the features.  We work with you to achieve your desired look along with the most flattering shape for your face and do not start the procedure until you approve. 

Once the eyebrows are penciled in, we draw an outline with a surgical marker.  This acts as a guide while we are doing the procedure.  

Once we have the outline, we scratch the surface of the skin and apply the topical anesthetic.  We allow the anesthetic to penetrate and numb the area.  Once the area is frozen, we will begin tattooing.

The microblading needles are dipped in pigment and small strokes are made in the skin. The pigment is deposited under the dermis. This is what creates the tattoo.

How do I know the equipment is clean and sterile?

Our needles are sealed and packaged and opened right before starting the procedure. They are only used for one procedure and then safely discarded.  Our trays, beds, and other instruments are sterilized before and after every procedure. 

How long does healing take?

Initially, the cosmetic tattoo will be darker and slight redness and swelling may occur.  IF redness and swelling are present, it tends to disappear within an hour. Although the cosmetic tattoo may appear darker initially, it's generally not noticeable to others. You can return to normal activities immediately. There is no down-time.  The tattoo will start to lighten and look more natural over the following weeks.  Please refer to our aftercare page for more detailed information on the healing process: https://browbeautybymel.com/aftercare

What is the aftercare process?

Please refer to our aftercare page for detailed information: https://browbeautybymel.com/aftercare