FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

These Q & A will help you better understand the nature of permanent makeup and what to expect.  Give yourself some time to review before booking an appointment.



GENERAL

WHAT IS MICROBLADING?

Microblading is a new permanent makeup/cosmetic tattoo technique that creates the look of realistic hairs, by using non-electric manual needles to tattoo individual hairstrokes onto your eyebrows.

HOW LONG CAN PERMANENT MAKEUP LAST?

With minimum of two sessions (Regular and Follow-Up) and proper After Care, your permanent makeup can last 1+ years but varies with each individual.  Some clients are happy with the results for 3+ years. Permanent makeup is semi-permanent and will naturally start to lighten/fade over time.  Clients that prefer bolder and darker eyebrows may want to get a Touch-Up sooner to maintain their looks.

WILL PERMANENT MAKEUP WORK WELL FOR ME?

Permanent makeup should work well for most clients.  But for some conditions, it will not work well.  To find out if permanent makeup will work well for you, verify by reviewing the information on Am I a Candidate? page.

IS THE STUDIO AND EQUIPMENT SAFE?

As safe as it gets.  Keeping the studio space clean and using only quality products is my top priority.  I comply with Fairfax County Health Department and DPOR Regulations, and aim to exceeds standards of practice.  Always use new, sterile, disposable, and individually sealed needles and supplies.  The workstation is thoroughly disinfected after each procedure.  For additional protection, I also use disposable barrier products and PPE (personal protective equipment) during the procedure.


DURING PROCEDURE

WHAT IS THE PROCESS AND DURATION?

Microblading/Microshading Brows appointment takes approximately 3 hours, and the process includes consultation, custom eyebrow design, prepping and numbing your skin, precise and detail tattooing, and aftercare.  Tattooing is the main part of the procedure, and takes 1-1.5 hour to complete.

DOES GETTING PERMANENT MAKEUP HURT?

To ensure that you're comfortable from start to finish, highly effective topical anesthetics cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure.  Some clients described the feeling during the procedure being similar to eyebrow tweezing or scratching of the skin.

For the ladies, please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.

WILL MY EYEBROWS BE REMOVED DURING THE PROCEDURE?

Not necessary.  I will incorporate as much of your natural eyebrow hairs as possible.  Any hair that lay outside of the desired eyebrow shape/design will be removed.


AFTER PROCEDURE

HOW WILL I LOOK IMMEDIATELY AFTER?

Your permanent makeup will appear darker than expected.  Keep calm and the pigment will gradually lighten over the next 1-2 weeks during healing process.

ARE THERE ANY AFTER EFFECTS?

After procedure effects will vary.  There may be minimal redness, swelling, and tenderness.  Follow the After Care instructions to ensure proper healing.


RESULTS

WHAT FACTORS WILL AFFECT MY PERMANENT MAKEUP?

How fast your skin cells regenerate/renew

How your skin absorbs the pigment

The choice of pigment color

Bleeding amount during procedure

Aftercare routine

Lifestyle:  Sun exposure, skincare routine, exercise routine

Skin health and genetics

HOW WILL MY MICROBLADING/MICROSHADING EYEBROWS LOOK IN THE FUTURE?

Your Microblading/Microshading eyebrows will naturally fade over time, appearing less defined.  This is absolutely normal.  That's why getting your Touch-Up is a recommended step in keeping your eyebrows looking fresh!


CARE

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE AND AFTER PROCEDURE?

Detailed instructions for before and after procedure care are provided on Care page.  Following these instructions closely will ensure that you'll have a comfortable procedure, smooth healing process, and best possible results. A complete Aftercare Guide will also be provided for you after your appointment.


FOLLOW-UP/TOUCH-UP

WILL I NEED A FOLLOW-UP AFTER MY INITIAL APPOINTMENT?

For most clients, Follow-Up session is required to obtain optimal results and ensure that your permanent makeup will last longer.  Appointment can be booked within 2-6 months after your initial session.

HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE NEEDED?

For most clients, a minimum of two sessions (Regular and Follow-Up) is required to obtain optimal results.  For clients with little or no natural eyebrow hair that want more density, additional session(s) may be recommended.

To maintain the look of your permanent makeup, a Touch-Up is recommended every 1-2 years.


BOOKING

HOW CAN I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?

Appointments for Microblading/Microshading Brows can only be booked online via the booking system.

HOW CAN I BOOK A FOLLOW-UP OR TOUCH-UP?

To book a Follow-Up or Touch-Up appointment, please email your request to touchup@jeaniecaballes.com at least 1-2 weeks prior to your desired date.  Guaranteed appointment date will be based on availability.


SPECIAL REQUESTS

CAN I HAVE MY PERMANENT MAKEUP EYEBROWS DONE BY ANOTHER ARTIST CORRECTED OR COVERED UP?

For some moderate cases, a cover-up can be done for you. To find out if your eyebrows can be covered-up, email your request and pictures to contact@jeaniecaballes.com for approval first. For correction, unfortunately no.  Correcting a bad work requires specific training and complex work.  You will need to wait at least 1 - 2 years, or until your permanent makeup significantly fades. 

DO YOU TATTOO MEN'S EYEBROWS?

Of course!  For men's eyebrows, I like to keep it simple.  Less is more in this case.  Please email your request and idea of desired look to contact@jeaniecaballes.com before booking.

DO YOU TRAVEL FOR APPOINTMENT?

I currently do not travel.  Any changes in the near future will definitely be announced.


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