MICRO-PIGMENTATION

What is a cosmetic tattoo/Micropigmentation?


Cosmetic tattooing, also referred to as semi-permanent makeup or micropigmentation, is the process of implanting colour pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of tiny, sterile, disposable needles to produce the appearance of hair strokes, makeup, or to enhance the natural features of the face.




What is the difference between a tattoo and a cosmetic tattoo?


The purpose of cosmetic tattooing is to enhance the natural features of a client. Cosmetic tattooing is softer and more subtle – it is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement. Body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to colour and shape over the years as client’s natural colouration and facial changes occur.




Does is hurt?


A highly-effective, topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure. Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity tolerance to the procedure.




How old do I have to be to get a cosmetic tattoo?


You must be 18 years old.




Can I get a cosmetic tattoo if I am pregnant or nursing?


As a precaution, we do not perform cosmetic tattooing on pregnant or nursing women.




How long will my tattoo last?


Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, they will fade over time and may need to be refreshed every 1-2 years. Scalp micropigmentation can last much longer if proper care is taken. Frequency of sessions depends on a number of factors including: the pigment colour used (lighter colours fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Please note that final results CAN NOT be guaranteed as each unique skintype will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your second session and make any changes necessary. Multiple sessions are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring a minimum of 2 visits. Your second session can be booked no sooner than 2 months after the initial appointment. Additional sessions will be charged according to our current pricing.




How many treatments are needed?


For most clients, a minimum of two treatments are usually needed, at least 8 weeks apart. With most procedures, the colour looks dramatically lighter after the first week. Some clients prefer this, while others opt for a bolder look. At the second session, we will assess the colour retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly after the first session, do not worry! We can always go darker and add more density at your next appointment.




What factors will effect my cosmetic Tattoo?


Sun exposure: The sun will extremely soften the look of your tattoo, so sunblock should be used (once healed) to prolong your enhancement. The regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment holds. The speed at which the skin absorbs the pigment: The slower the absorption, the longer the pigment will hold. The choice of colour: Some colours fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde colour will fade quicker than a dark brown colour. The area of treatment: Enhancements to the face, for example, fade more quickly due to constant exposure. Bleeding during the procedure: Any bleeding during the tattooing procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol and certain medications act as blood-thinners and should not be taken prior to and following your appointment.




What should I do before my eyebrow procedure?


If you have an ideal shape and colour in mind, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment. You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so we can take into consideration the shape you desire. If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please do so at least 3 days before your appointment. If there are any stray hairs that fall outside of our final shape, we can remove them. If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days after the procedure. We require our clients to avoid any blood thinning medication for a minimum of 72 hours prior to their appointment. This includes Vitamin E, Aspirin, Niacin, fish oil supplements, and Ibuprofen. Do not drink any alcohol the night before and day of your appointment and limit the amount of caffeine you consume. If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this procedure. It is highly recommended that you avoice SUN and TANNING BED exposure for 30 days BEFORE and AFTER your procedure. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule and will forfeit your deposit. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn, it will take the pigment with it.




How will I look immediatly after the procedure? What is the healing process like?


Your semi-permanent makeup will appear darker and more intense than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the complete healing process. Redness and swelling is minimal. Please feel free to view the detailed aftercare instructions at the bottom of this page.




What should I do after the procedure?





How will my costmeic tattoo look in the future?


During your appointment, I will analyze your skin's undertone to anticipate how pigment colours will fade in the future. We will also mix pigments to ensure colour blends well with your existing eyebrow and hair colour. The majority of our clients' cosmetic tattoos stay true to color and lighten naturally over time. There are some cases, however, where colours may fade to different tones according to the individual’s response to the pigments (like lifestyle and iron deficiencies). Many factors affect these changes. At your next appointment, we will re-analyze how your body has responded to the initial colour. Special formula alteration to correct the colour and to prevent further colour change is made at this time. Your eyebrow tattoo will eventually look softer and have more of a "powdered" look. This happens with all clients as the skin ages. To keep your hair strokes looking good, a refresher appointment is suggested every 1 to 2 years. Results vary with each client.




What should I know about long term care?


A good sunscreen should be applied daily AFTER healing and is required to help keep colour true. As with any tattoo, sun exposure will make the colour soften faster. Fading speed depends on your skintype, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment colour used, broken capillaries, and if any chemical peels were done after your procedure. If you are planning a chemical peel, laser treatment or other medical procedure, please inform the technician that you have had a cosmetic tattoo. Careful application must be taken to avoid affecting the tattooed area.




Will cosmetic tattoo work for me?


If you have extremely oily skin, the hairstroke eyebrow technique will NOT work well for you. The constant production of oil will cause the hairstrokes to heal with a diffused, softer look. Your end result will look more powdered than you would expect. If you have little to no existing hair, your tattoo will appear more 2-dimensional than those clients who have more hair naturally. If you are a frequent smoker, your pigment may fade sooner. If you are iron deficient or Anemic, your pigment may fade sooner and bleeding/bruising may occur during and after the procedure. PLEASE NOTE: If you have had your eyebrows previously tattooed, we are no longer offering cover-up or re-work services. We cannot guarantee results for cases such as these. In some instances where the previous work is too dark, dense, discoloured, or large, tattoo removal will be highly recommended before our services will be considered. Previously tattooed areas will almost always require additional sessions and will be charged accordingly. Some special cases may be considered. Please contact us with any further questions.




Am I a good canidate?


As an artist, my goal is always to ensure that you receive the best possible results from your treatment. This is heavily reliant on your skin being healthy, strong, and calm. Unfortunately, pre-existing skin conditions and skin treatments can heavily compromise the effectiveness of microblading, leaving both you and I in an unfavorable situation. So, before you go ahead and book your appointment, read the pointers below to find out if microblading is for you... SKIN CONDITIONS (FACE ONLY) Skin Complications - If you have skin which is prone to complications with eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis (i.e., your skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated), chances are your skin is in a is in a constant state of unrest and shedding and is not suitable for tattooing and therefore won’t hold the pigment well. Chronic Conditions - The same goes for conditions like chronic acne and rosacea. The inherent nature of this type of skin causes easy bleeding, which once again means your skin will not retain the color very well and intended effect of microblading. Additionally, excessively oily skin can cause those tattooed hair strokes to blur together and give off an unwanted solid effect instead of a naturally feathered look. State of Skin - If your skin is sensitive, it is likely to be easily aggravated and bleed easily. A good way to know if your skin is sensitive is if turns pink very easily from a little scratch. If your skin haslarge pores, specifically in the region of the eyebrows and forehead (aka the T-Zone), the color will blur and result in a powdered look. Along similar lines, tattooed hair strokes will not lay properly on skin with deep wrinkles, which can make the overall look appear uneven. Moles, bumps, piercing, and generally raised skin around the eyebrows will also not be able to retain color.
Skin Type - If you have Fitzpatrick Skin type 1 (i.e., you are a redhead, have thin, translucent skin with light eyes), your skin is very likely to be hypersensitive and your skin will not be able to tolerate microblading well. The same applies if you just have generally very thin skin - it will bleed easily and not retain colour. Sunburn - If you are hoping to get microblading done but have gotten a tan or worse, a sunburn, it’s best to wait until your skin has resumed it's normal colour and wait until your skin has healed before booking in for a procedure.
Previous Permanent Makeup - People who have previously had permanent makeup may want to change or fix what they have previously had done. Clients may have to consider laser removal prior to a procedure or ask the artist if they can work with their existing permanent makeup to incorporate the old design and colors into the new one. Always disclose if you’ve had previous permanent makeup so the artist can treat you accordingly. MEDICATIONS Accutane/Retin-A - Individuals who have been taking acne medications such as Accutane or Retin-A within the last year have an altered skin condition that will not heal well after the procedure. It’s very important that you wait a year before tattooing the skin. Similarly, Retinol and Vitamin A users should discontinue the use of each a month prior to their procedure.
Latisse - Eyelash and eyebrow growth serum bring extra circulation (aka blood flow) to the area resulting in more growth of hair/lashes. Do not underestimate the power of these products! If you have been using Latisse or any other eyelash or eyebrow growth conditioners, the skin in that area is in a hypersensitive state and will bleed easily. Be mindful to discontinue using these at least 3-6 months before going in for a session otherwise you will instantly bleed profusely.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS Hair Transplant - A commonly unknown fact is that scar tissue will form within the eyebrow transplant site. If you've had a hair transplant for your eyebrows, microblading is not a suitable procedure for you. Irregular State - If your body naturally runs hot or you have a bleeding disorder, this will result in excess bleeding and prevent adequate color deposit. Autoimmune - Even more seriously, if you have an autoimmune disorder such as lupus, or frontal fibrosing alopecia, you will be not a good candidate for Microblading due to your compromised skin health caused by these disorders.
Other Conditions - If you are pregnant, nursing, have hemophilia, a heart condition, , it is absolutely not recommended that you get any form of permanent make up done as this puts you in a high-risk position. People who have heart issues often are on medications that thin the blood which will cause excessive bleeding a poor results with microblading. REACTIONS TO TREATMENTS Below is a list of medical conditions that often cause skin irregularities, making microblading an unsuitable procedure for you: Trichotillomania (i.e., the compulsive pulling of body hair) can causes scar tissue in the skin to be prominent, which does not allow the color to heal properly.
Glaucoma-If you hope to get eyeliner tattooed, the use of glaucoma eye drops makes eyelash follicles and eyelids hypersensitive, causing excessive bleeding and poor color retention.
If you have continued use of Accutane, Retinol, or skin-peeling acids, you may be prone to excessive bleeding due to your altered skin condition, therefore, microblading would not be a viable option for you.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS YOU’VE MIGHT HAVE MISSED....
Botox- Get Microblading done BEFORE you get botox so your muscles will be in a normal state of movement. Alternatively, if you regularly use botox, you will need to wait at 3 weeks after botox before doing microblading in order to allow the botox to settle in at its full effect.
Vacationing- microblading is a tattoo and therefore is a mild injury to the skin which takes time to heal. If you are planning to go hot vacation involving sun, sweating, and swimming, make sure you give your skin two weeks to heal post microblading before showing off your newly microbladed brows on the beach! So, if you’re thinking you’re ready for a microblading procedure, it is important to know that the results of your permanent makeup will be based on the health and quality of your skin. Results will vary from person to person, and if you have a pre-existing skin condition or are on medications, you may still be eligible for a procedure but should adjust your expectations based on your situation. Like any procedure, every person is unique and will react differently.





FACIALS

What is a normal experience post facial?


How do you define "Normal" right? It is common to feel a range of emotions after your facial. Whether it's tingles, warmth, or even just different breathability in your skin - that's all ok. Just be sure to communicate anything that may feel "Off" as soon as possible via email.




What can you do to recover faster?


Lots of water, lots of rest, and avoid any exces heat. Keep your skincare super simple as well since your skin has already basically gone through bootcamp.




What can I do tonight?


First thing you want to remember is to change your pillowcase and face towel at home. If you use the same one as the night before your fresh skin will absorb last nights sweat and buildup. Allow yourself to rest as well. If you sneak in a little dry brushing, followed by an epsom salt bath, plus a cold watch rinse . . . I would be ECSTATIC. Try to avoid makeup so you dont have to touch your skin until the next morning.




What to eat?


An immunity boosting food based meal is ideal. Greens, electrolytes to balance your system and support lymphatic drainage are great options. No greasy foods or anything with large amouns of sugar and salt for at least 48 hours.




Can I go out the same night as my facial?


You never want to expose your fresh skin to too much after a session. I understand you want to show off that glow but late nights, alchohol, and certain envormental factors can really dampen the skins ability to regenerate. If however you cant miss it . . . Make sure to gently wash your face when you get home and drink/apply tons of healing hydrating.




Can I workout after a facial?


Try not to so your skin can calm down a bit. Only for 24 hours. If you really need to move your body, consider something low intensity and restorative.




Will my skin be red after the treatment?


Everyone responds differently based on their immunity, genetics, and current state of skin health. It is completely normal to be a bit flushed after our session. If you notice it taking 3 - 5 days to calm down, please reach out to me directly at meagan@iliketofeelgood.com and together we will get to the core of the issue.




When can I rebook?


Depending on your skin condition and personalized plan, every 2-4 weeks is ideal. Pre-booking will guarentee you the time you want.




What is a Supportive Skin Therapy exactly?


A supportive skin therapy session is a facial custom tailored to your unique state-of-being. No two appointments are ever alike. Through conscientious consultation and two decades of experience, I will assist you in unlocking the mysteries and miracles of your skin and help to interpret what your body is trying to communicate through it. Each highly personalized protocol consists of 100% organic/non-toxic skincare alongside state of the art technologies and highly impactual massage techniques. Our aim is not to tame the skin, but to find it's most vibrant state of health and balance.




Who can recieve a Skin Therapy session?


EVERYONE! My clientle is a diverse group of every age, gender, and ethnicity. Pregnant? Congratulations! You are more than welcome! It is however crucial that you share you stage of pregnancy at every facial and confirm with your primary physician if a facial is recommended. If you are a minor, you simply need a parent or guardian's signature to approve your facial session.




Which facial do I get?


To start your journey, it is required that you book a 90 minute Intro Facial. This initial session allows me to obtain the in-depth health history analysis that will provide you with most effective treatment plan moving forard. After that, feel free to book any time allotment you desire. - 45 minutes goes by fast, but is a wonderful refresher when time is tight. - 60 minutes is most common and can be really powerful with consistency. - 90 minutes . . . You pretty much float home.




What do I bring to the appointment?


Depending on the time time of the day, you may want to bring a hat and water bottle. If bookings are tight, you may be asked to fill out a consultation form before hand. If this is asked of you . . . Please have it filled out before you arrive.




What to tip?


I pride myself on providing superior services with no "Add-on" fees. If you are called to leave a little extra in appreciation, I will recieve it with much gratitude, but will never anticipate anything beyond your time.





GENERAL

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?


The Supportive Skin Therapist works within Pop Society. It is located at 2488 Newport Blvd Costa Mesa CA, 92627. We are located in the furthest building from the street, upstairs in suite C. There is ample parking in the center.




HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?


Appointments can be made via the online booking system or the instagram. Please note that a 20% deposit is required to schedule and secure your appointment. This is deducted from the total price. This deposit is to ensure that you are serious about your appointment and is non-refundable. If you cancel or miss your appointment, you will simply forfeit your deposit.




WHAT TYPE OF PAYMENTS DO YOU ACCEPT?


Credit Card, PayPal, and Cash.




WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT?


At the time of booking please inform us of any medical conditions, allergies, or if your are pregnant so that we may ensure that your choice of treatment is suitable.




WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT?


You can change or cancel your appointment up to 48 hours before your arrival time. After that time frame we have a 20% charge for rescheduled or missed appointments. *Saftey is our first concern at Pop Society, if you must cancel because you are feeling unwell, please do. We will reschedule you at no charge.




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SUGARING

How long should my hair be prior to sugaring?


Generally speaking, four to five weeks of hair growth is perfect. Two weeks minimum.




How long between appointments?


The optimal amount of time between sugaring would be two to four weeks depending on the bady part and natural growth.




Can I get a bikini/brazilian if I am on my cycle?


It is completely up to you. Generally skin is more sensative during this time, but if you are comfertable with it, so am I. Just make sure to be using the proper items for cleanliness..




Can sugaring lead to permanent hair loss?


If done consistently without shaving in-between appointments . . Miracles can happen.




Can I use sugar if I use Accutane or Retin-A?


If on Accutane . . . Nope. If you are currently usuing, or have used Retin-A recently, we cannot sugar the affected area.




What should I do before sugaring?


- Gently exfoliate the areas being sugared. - Your skin should be clean and dry. - Please avoid usuing lotion, powder, or sprays etc. prior to your treatment. - We cannot sugar over sunburns, so be mindfull. - Refrain from wearinf tight clothing to your appointment.