FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Cosmetic Tattooing?
Cosmetic Tattooing is a form of tattooing that will enhance your natural beauty and enhance your features you wish to me more noticeable. This is done by implanting pigment into the dermis to appear like natural looking makeup, Cosmetic tattooing can also be referred to as permanent makeup, or micropigmentation.
Is Cosmetic Tattooing Permanent?
All permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent as pigment is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin. As with any tattoo or implanted pigment, fading does occur, requiring periodic maintenance referred to as color boosts or touch ups.
What is the difference between Microblading and Powder Brows?
Microblading mimics hairstrokes, and has a more natural filled in appearance. Powder brows resembles more of a powdery makeup look. Microblading is not a good procedure for anyone with oily skin, or sensitive skin or for someone for very little brow hair, or over previous permanent makeup on the brow area. Powder brows works for most skin types.
Are traditional body tattoos the same as Cosmetic Tattooing?
They both share the same principles for implanting pigment into the skin. Cosmetic tattooing pigment is meant to fade over time as the structure of our faces change and skin matures. Fading is necessary to allow for reshaping to be done as we age or desire a different look. Pigment is ink, and ink is pigment. Pigment used for cosmetic tattooing is simply a more diluted version of body tattoo pigment.
Is Cosmetic Tattooing safe?
Yes. We use nonporous surgical grade stainless steel work trays that are properly covered. All of our needles are one time use and pre sterilized with EO gas. All of our needles have a sterilization report, and proof of sterilization. All of our cartridge needles have a protective membrane to prevent back flow. All of our Microblade handles and needles are also one time use and always properly disposed of in sharps container. Client safety and practicing proper blood borne pathogen protocols is something we take very seriously.
How old do I have to be to get a Cosmetic Tattoo?
You must be atleastt 18 years of age or older to receive any cosmetic tattoo in the state of Oklahoma.
How often should I get a maintenance session?
We recommend that you have your brows maintenenced every 18-24+ months . The more time allowed between maintenance sessions will be better for your skin. The skin cannot be overworked, as this can cause too much trauma to the skin. Permanent makeup will not replace makeup for all clients. This all will depend on clients natural skin color, health of skin, skin type.. For those that like a bolder look, will need to apply conventional makeup to enhance to your desired look.
What can fade my permanent makeup?
The health of your skin, sun exposure, anti aging skin products including any acids like glycolic, salicylic, retinol, retin-A. laser facials, chemical peels, immune system, medications, previous permanent makeup. We recommend using SPF to protect your skin and keep your permanent makeup from fading as quickly, and to wear a hat if out in the sun. If you are to continue to use any medical or professional grade skincare with any aforementioned ingredients, we recommend putting a barrier product(Vaseline, or Aquaphor) over permanent makeup when using, and simply wiping off area when done to keep any product from penetrating skin in treated area. Oily skin can also have a softer appearance than someone with dry skin, and can fade more quickly.
Every persons skin holds pigment differently, and I cannot guarantee final results. Each new client will need a touchup 8-10 weeks after initial appointment. At touchup appointment, I will evaluate your skin and discuss with you any adjustments that need to be made. After the initial procedure and initial touchup, any additional touchup/maintenence sessions will be charged according to current pricing.
How long does an appointment last?
Appointments are booked out for three hours, from the minute you walk in, and walk out. This includes paperwork, consultation, brow mapping, numbing and procedure. We ask that clients do not show up extra early, as there is limited seating available, and appointments are booked back to back.
What is your cancellation policy?
For all new appointments, we require a $100 nonrefundable appointment retainer fee, as long as the cancellation policy is followed. The remaining balance, not including the initial touchup appointment fee is due at initial procedure.
In the event you would like to reschedule your appointment, you may do so up to 72 hours(3 days) before your scheduled appointment to be able to transfer appointment retainer fee to another appointment request
Appointments occurring within the next 72 hours may not be rescheduled. If you need to cancel your appointment within 72 hours, your deposit will be forfeit and WILL NOT be transferable to another appointment. To book another appointment, you will need to pay a new appointment retainer fee.
You will receive a text and email reminder approximately 3 days prior to your appointment, as well as 24 hours prior to your appointment time.
What are things I can do to prepare for appointment?
We ask that you come to your appointment with no makeup on. The only makeup we will allow you too wear for appointment, is mascara, or lip gloss. We need to be able to see your natural skin color, and this allows us to choose the correct color for your skin tone. We also that you do not wear any makeup on procedure day, as this skin get into treatment area and cause an infection. The canvas being worked on needs to be a clean canvas. If you show up with makeup on, you will be asked to remove it before appointment starts.
If you have an idea of what you are wanting for your shape, or color, feel free to bring any pictures of brow makeup to show to me during consultation. You will be shown the outline and shape, and will approve it before the numbing process starts. You will be walked through the entire process, and every effort will be made to ensure you are happy with shape before starting procedure.
We recommend that you book your appointments well in advance, 4+ months or more before any special events in your life, to allow for time to heal and for touchup procedure to finish.
We also recommend not booking your appointment close to any vacations in the sun, or other events, like a race, fitness competition or any other goal you are trying to achieve. If you cannot follow the pre procedure guidelines, or aftercare, we recommend you wait to book your appointment after any event that can conflict with your attention to aftercare and pre procedure guidelines.
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:
Do NOT drink alcohol 24-48 hours before your appointment.
Do NOT consume coffee or caffeine day of your procedure. This is includes soda, tea, energy drinks, health teas, etc.
Do not take any Aspirin or Ibuprofen or any other NSAIDS 24-48 hours before appointment.
Do not perform electrolysis one week before procedure.
Do no wax, pluck or tint your eyebrows 3 days before procedure. We prefer that you leave your brows unmainteneced for the procedure, so full potential of brow shape can be seen.
Do not tan two weeks prior to procedure or show up to appointment with a new suntan or burned skin.
Do not have any type or facial/chemical peel 2 weeks prior to procedure.
Do not work out the day of the procedure no during the healing process (7-14 days). Sal is used in saline tattoo removal, and sweat contains salt. This can push the pigment out during the healing process.
Do not have botox 2 weeks before or after initial procedure or touchup.
Do not take Cod liver oil, fish oil (topically or orally) . St. Johns Wart, Vitamin A, or Vitamin E for 4 weeks prior. These are natural blood thinners and will cause you to bleed during the procedure, as well as affect pigment deposit and retention.
Can I bring a guest to appointment with me?
We ask that you have your guest sit in waiting room during procedure. No children are allowed in treatment room, or waiting area on second floor during the procedure. If this is not followed, we will ask that you reschedule your appointment. We ask that all distractions be at a minimum to provide you with the best service possible.
Can you work on me if I am pregnant or nursing?
No. You will need to wait until you are done nursing or being pregnant to have any services done with Browhaus Tulsa. It is a risk for the mother and child in rare case of an infection or adverse reaction to products being used or anesthetics.
Will you shave my eyebrows off?
No. Once your brow shape is made, a brow razor will be used around the outline of brow. If natural brow pattern falls out of the decided shape, you will be asked for permission to remove any hair out of the agreed shape.
Will I still have to have my brows waxed or shaped after having my permanent makeup done?
You will be free to do any brow maintenance once the healing process is finished for initial appointment or touchup. It is up to you if you still want to have your brows waxed, tinted or plucked. For fair skin tone clients with very light eyebrow hairs, we recommend tinting your brows as it typically blends better with tattoo, since the light eyebrow hairs can reflect more light off of the brow area.
I only have a missing patch on my eyebrows, can you only work on that section of my brow and nowhere else?
We do not offer " spot treatment" on brows. This will not look natural, and they will appear unfinished.
I had my eyebrows done somewhere else, can you touch them up?
We do not offer touchup/ maintenance pricing to clients that have never been to Browhaus Tulsa. If you have had your brows done by another artist, we ask that you let us know and also send us a picture before we decide to work over previous work. We do not microblade over previous artists work, and can only do powder brows over them. If the brows are too saturated in color, we will let you know and recommend that they are lightened. If unable to assess in picture, we will ask that you come in for a consultation to assess color saturation and shape by other artists before taking you on as a client.
If your brows are too saturated with pigment from previous work, this means there is no room in the skin to add more pigment. It is a common misconception that more pigment can simply be added, but this is not the case. The pigment molecules take up space in the skin. If you take a jar full of beads , with the beads representing the pigment, you simply cannot add more beads to the jar, because it is full. This is why removal must be performed, to be able to add new pigment. There must be room made in the skin for the skin to hold on to the new pigment. Typically, to work over previous tattoos, the pigment needs to be 50% transparent for successful deposit of color.
What can I expect for the healing process, and is there any downtime?
Detailed instructions and aftercare kit will be given to you before you leave your appointment and touchup appointment. There is no downtime for permanent makeup. Any swelling or redness will subside within 24-48 hours of procedure. Day of procedure the color can sometimes appear bold. A few days after, the color can appear even darker. After about 4-7 days, the skin will start to flake. It is normal for it to appear like there is color attached to dead skin, and like the color is much lighter underneath. The color can blossom in and out up until 3 weeks from initial appointment, as well as touch up appointment. Any adjustments or changes will be made at touchup appointment. Final results cannot be expected to see until 6-8 weeks after touchup appointment.
Will permanent makeup work for me?
If you have oily skin, microblading will not heal well on your skin. It will heal blurry and resemble more of a powder brow, and not in a crisp hair stroke. Powder brows would work best for this skin type, but can appear softer once healed than someone with dry or normal skin. Oily skin can also cause permanent makeup to fade more quickly than someone with dry or normal skin.
If you have any type of autoimmune disorder, permanent makeup can sometimes not heal with optimum results.
If you have extremely sensitive skin, microblading is not going too work well for your skin. Powder brows will work better for this skin type. If you have any type of rosacea, exzcema or psoriasis, this can effect desired healed outcome.
If you are on many different medications, this can effect how the pigment heals in your skin.
If you are prone to keloids, microblading is not an option. Powder brows could be an option, but it depends on severity of keloid history.
If you have little to no eyebrow hair, the permanent makeup will appear less realistic. The more natural hair in your eyebrow area, the more natural permanent makeup will appear, as its give it more dimension and appears more 3D rather than 2D.
If you are a smoker, in the sun/ tanning bed frequently, and do not follow the pre-procedure guidelines and post care instructions, this can fade your brows more quickly, and also may not have the best healed results.
If you are diabetic, the healing process can take longer than usual.
If you think or know you have an allergy to lidocaine, or alcohol, you could have a reaction, as these are used in our treatments.
If you have sun damaged skin, the skin can bleed more and not have best healed results possible.
If you have taken Accutane, you will not be able to have permanent makeup until one year after last use of accutane.
If you have had cancer and have any chemo treatments, you must wait a full year from last chemo treatment.
What do I need to know about long term care?
Any type of sun exposure or chemical peels/ exfoliants, or laser treatments on treatment area will fade your brows faster.
We recommend that you apply SPF daily, to prolong the color of your brows. Any type of retinols, exfoliating acids etc, glycolic, salicylic, hylouronic, lactic acids or exfoliating enzymes in your skincare will fade your brows. We recommend that you apply a barrier cream, such as vaseline or aquaphor over that area, to keep product from penetrating skin, and simply wiping off area when finished.
Any type of laser facials(IPL, BBL photofacial, or fraxel), or exfoliating facials, will fade your brows. Be sure to tell your technician that you do have permanent makeup, and to cover area properly depending upon treatment you are having done.
If you are unsure of any ingredients in your skincare, or treatments you are wanting , let us know and we will tell you if it can affect your permanent makeup.
Results vary by each client. Healed results cannot and will not be guaranteed.
What form of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, and all major credit cards. No personal checks.