Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers!

Below you will find our FAQ, Aftercare, and policies which is everything you’ll need to know before booking an appointment to ensure you feel at ease with the service you are about to receive. 

You may NOT have this procedure if :

  • You are under 18
  • You get Keloid scars (consult your doctor)
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding (Our topical anesthetic enters the bloodstream and is toxic for your baby. Furthermore, your hormones are imbalanced and could affect the healed outcome of your tattoo)
  • You have been on Accutane within 1 year
  • You have chronic skin conditions and irritation on the area of any kind such as blemishes, pimples, rash, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, or sunburn on the area of procedure.
  • You are on Retin-A or Retinols. Be off 30 days before appointment and avoid 30 days after procedure.
  • Diabetic (consult your doctor)
  • Have HIV or Hepatitis or any other viral infections and/or diseases
  • Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
  • Epilepsy (consult your doctor)
  • A Pacemaker or major heart problems (consult your doctor)
  • Had an Organ transplant (consult your doctor)
  • You are on any medications that may affect the condition of your skin and how it responds to blood clotting and healing.
  • You have unhealthy skin, generally don’t heal well and develop infections easily
  • If your old tattoo is too dark (please send a picture to determine if we are able to do a cover-up or if removal is necessary)

Please be aware:

  • Do not consume caffeine for 12 hours and alcohol for 24 hours prior to your appointment to prevent excessive pain and bleeding.
  • Do NOT TAKE ADVIL or other blood thinners such a Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen unless medically necessary, 48-72 hrs prior to your procedure. Extra strength Tylenol can be taken if you have low pain tolerance.
  • If you have recently tanned this will affect the outcome of the healed colour.
  • If you’ve had laser removal of previous work done by someone else, the treated area has now more scar tissue and can affect the outcome of the result. More treatments may be necessary for your skin take the pigment.
  • Avoid exercising the day of procedure as this will open up the pores.
  • Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.
  • No waxing, threading or tinting 3 days before ( for eyebrows)
  • No chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, strong exfoliants, vitamin E, retinols, fish oil, or anything that will thin out your skin in the treated area at least 4 weeks before your appointment.
  • Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined. Over the next 2 days it will appear darker and thicker as scabs begin to form. You must let the scabs naturally flake off bit by bit. It will take up to 14 days for scabbing to be over. Then 6 weeks to be able to come back for a touch-up. Please arrange your schedule accordingly.
  • You may NOT sweat/get the area wet for too long/apply any kind of products (except what I provide for your aftercare) until scabbing is completely over. Please arrange your schedule accordingly.

For Lip Blush:

  • You may NOT receive this treatment during an outbreak of cold sores. Please be aware that you have herpes, you may awaken an outbreak following this treatment. To prevent or minimize such breakouts, please take Anti-herpes medication such as Zivorax 5 days before, then the day of. Then 5 days after or as advised by your doctor or pharmacist.
  • No injections 4 weeks before and after this treatment.
  • You will experience dry peeling lips for up to 2 week.

For Eyeliner:

  • You must discontinue use of Lash growth serums one month prior to treatment.
  • You must remove all lash extensions prior to this treatment
  • You may NOT receive this treatment if you have an eye infection or stye.
  • In rare cases, you may develop a histamine reaction and the area around your eyes will be very puffy and swollen. This is easily alleviated with an over-the-counter antihistamine medication.
  • Your vision is not affected by Eyeliner enhancements, but you may wish to have someone drive you home.

For Eyebrows:

  • Botox should be done 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after the procedure.
  • If your natural eyebrows are dramatically uneven, you may have to give up a significant amount of your eyebrow hairs or choose a much thicker shape to achieve better symmetry. If those options are not desired and symmetry is not a concern for you, you may opt to tattoo over the natural flow of each eyebrow.
  • If we are covering up an old tattoo previously done by another artist, please come with realistic expectations of what is possible to achieve. If the former tattoo is extremely uneven or dramatic in shape, we may not be able to achieve your exact desired shape or symmetry. Any hairstrokes done within the old tattoo may blend in and will not be as crisp, giving an appearance of unevenness in color and the old tattoo will still show through the new hairstrokes. You may opt to do removal to achieve desired results.

All options best suited for you will be discussed during the consultation, and tattooing will not start until the final design is agreed upon. Therefore, please come prepared with an idea in mind of how you would like to design your eyebrows. Having pictures available will help us have a clear vision of what you are trying to achieve. We have the right to refuse service to anyone who is too unsure or indecisive about choosing a shape and a new consultation fee will be charged in order to rebook.

Microblading works BEST on these types of skin:

  • Dry skin type with tiny pores. Skin that’s thin but not super thin (I like to compare this skin to a grape). This type of skin is usually not very sensitive with non-translucent fair ivory skin tone and doesn’t bleed easily.
  • Normal to combination skin-type with small pores can be abit oily to dry and sensitive or not sensitive (I like to compare this skin to an apple). This type of skin is usually non-translucent and can range from light to dark skin tones, young or mature skin and doesn’t bleed easily.
  • Normal to Oily skin with medium pores. Skin that is thicker and abit oily ( I like to compare this skin to a lime). This type of skin is usually non-translucent and can range from light to dark skin tones, young or mature skin and doesn’t bleed easily.

Microblading will NOT WORK WELL for these types of skin and should opt for Powder Brows instead:

  • Thick oily skin with large pores, tends to bleed easily (I like to compare this skin to an orange peel or grapefruit). The skin texture and constant production of oil will cause hair strokes to heal with a thicker diffused look and will not last as long as with Powder Brows.
  • Super-thin, soft, hypersensitive, skin with barely any upper skin layer that is crepey and lacking in collagen (I like to compare this type of skin to an over ripened tomato). Usually translucent tiny pores and can have rosacea or dermatitis. This type of skin bleeds VERY easily and has a harder time healing. Hair strokes will appear more ashy, blurred and patchy. Powder Brows will sit in this type skin a lot warmer and heal more evenly.
  • If you have an old tattoo that is still quite dark, the strokes will blend right into the old tattoo and results will not look as crisp as going over blank skin (see ” Can we cover up or remove my old tattoo done by another artist?”). If removal is not an option for you, Powder Brows may be a better option to cover up/ color correct/ blend in your old tattoo.

In General:

  • 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.
  • If you generally have unhealthy, problematic skin, bleed excessively, get infections easily, and do not heal well when cut or injured, you may want to reconsider having this procedure as the results are extremely dependant on the healing process.

PLEASE SEND A CLEAR PHOTO OF YOUR OLD TATTOO FRONT ON AND WITH GOOD LIGHTING PRIOR TO BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT SO WE CAN DETERMINE WHICH TREATMENT WILL BE BEST FOR YOU!

Note: Your old tattoo must be quite faded in order to achieve good results with a cover-up. Going over an old tattoo that is very saturated or has an extremely bad shape will give you disappointing results, so it is best to do Removal on the old tattoo first, before getting a new tattoo done.

If we are covering up an old tattoo previously done by another artist, please come with realistic expectations of what is possible to achieve. If the former tattoo is extremely uneven, dramatic in shape, or very dark, we may not be able to achieve your exact desired shape, symmetry, or color.

For Microblading: Any hairstrokes done within the old tattoo may blend in and will not be as crisp, giving an appearance of unevenness in color and the old tattoo will still show through the new hairstrokes. Therefore, specifications on an exact color after healed is not guaranteed. If there is a build up of scar tissue, the strokes may not hold as well in those areas. If you want to correct the color of your old tattoo (that has faded to red/orange/blue/gray) so it doesn’t end up showing between the hairstrokes, color correcting can be an option by shading in the area with a color correcting pigment. Hairstrokes will still not be as crisp with color correcting. Please keep in mind that the pigments we use are semi permanent and do fade over time which means that the color of your old tattoo will still be there as our pigment fades. You will need touch-ups regularly to maintain a neutralized color. Powder brows may be a better option for your cover up and we can decide at your appointment what will work best for you.

For Powder Brows, Lips, and Eyeliner: If you are choosing a different color than the old tattoo, it may result in a 2 toned effect. Therefore, we must color correct the old pigment to try and blend in the new color. Color correcting will not make a dark tattoo much lighter, we can only adjust the tone of the old tattoo to warmer or cooler. Specific color requests are not guaranteed depending on the color of the old tattoo. Of course, doing Removal first will give you better results. Removal can NOT be done on old eyeliner tattoos.

For optimum results, Removal is always the best option to achieve the shape and color you want. Please visit our Removal page under Services for more info.

All options will be discussed during the consultation, and tattooing will not start until the final design is agreed upon.

Immediately after:
Your new tattoo will be quite bold and feel tender.

Next Day:
The tattoo will appear reddish as your scabs begin to form

Next few days:
The scab will develop and turn very dark making it appear thicker than it originally was.
Day 5-14 (depending on your skin):
Scabs will slowly flake off and reveal a muted foggy milky color underneath.

During the scabbing phase, you may not get the area wet for too long, sweat heavily, wear makeup on the area, or anything that would cause the scabs to lift off prematurely.

Week 2-6:
Your pigment color will slowly become more vibrant and will be fully healed at 6 weeks. You must avoid sun exposure for at least 4 weeks before and after your appointments.

Please see review the entire Aftercare and plan your schedule accordingly

You will be able to get them wet because you must clean the area regularly. BUT you must avoid getting the area wet for prolonged periods of time. This will cause the scabs to get soggy and lift off which will increase the chance of scarring and loss of pigment. When you get them wet, you must pat them dry immediately to avoid complications and undesired results such as patchiness, scar tissue, and uneven pigment.

You must avoid sweating in that area for at least 10 days. Salt draws out pigment and you will be left with undesirable results.

We use a topical anesthetic with 5% Lidocaine for numbing before and throughout the procedure for maximum comfort as pain tolerance will vary from person to person. Some say it feels like threading or scratching, while others feel more sensitive.

If you require something stronger, you may purchase Emla at a pharmacy and we can apply that for you at your appointment.

You may also take 1-2 Extra strength Tylenol 30 minutes before your appointment.

  • All needles and hand tools are single-use, come in a sterilized package, and disposed of after each client.
  • Machines or anything non-disposable are completely covered with disposable coverings and disposed of after each client.
  • Implements such as gauze, cotton swabs, etc. are single-use and disposed of after each client.
  • Gloves are worn at all times during the procedure and disposed of after each client.
  • All stations are thoroughly disinfected with Caviwipes after each client

The first appointment is about structure, design, and building a layer of layer of pigment for a very natural look and a more defined shape.
In a lot of cases, only a minor touch-up is necessary to fill in areas that may not have healed properly.

To keep a more subtle look, some do choose to skip having a touch-up appointment after the first session.

If you are opting for a bolder, more filled-in look, or need more layering for dimension, then a touch-up is recommended to layer more pigment into your skin

Some may need a 3rd session to complete the process. Especially if you have little to no hair to begin with, have scar tissue, oily skin type, didn’t follow aftercare properly, or we are trying to cover up an old tattoo.

After you have completed your perfecting sessions, it is recommended that you should wait until after one year to go over the area again. Even if it has faded before one year, you can fill in with makeup and wait at least a full year before coming back. Getting touch-ups too often, too soon is not good for your skin in the long run.

They do fade over time and should be refreshed every 1-3 years for maintenance. However, this does not mean that your semi-permanent makeup will completely disappear. Depending on your skin and health, overtime your semi-permanent makeup may still leave a soft haze of residual pigment behind. It is recommended to refresh them every 2-3 years and no sooner than 1 year. If they have faded before a year, you may fill them in with makeup and wait after 1 year to come back for additional touch-ups to avoid too much trauma to your skin.

These factors will cause your semi-permanent tattoo to fade faster:

  • Oily skin
  • Lightening / Brightening ingredients in skin care products
  • Iron deficiency
  • Sun exposure
  • Exfoliants
  • Strong immune systems
  • Exposure to salt water
  • Benzoyl Peroxide, Hydrogen Peroxide, Glycolic acid, Apple cider vinegar, Vitamin E and C, and retinols that can be found in Anti-aging / skin lightening/ skin brightening / acne products must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could deteriorate the pigment resulting in a bleached out color.
  • Wear Sunscreen!!! Exposure to the sun over time can cause premature fading and discoloration of the pigment. You can wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection.
  • Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine or salt water.
  • If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Continue at your own discretion. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.
  • This treatment does fade after 1-3 years depending on your skin and lifestyle. Touch-ups will be necessary for maintenance.
  • If you are a smoker, have oily skin, an iron deficiency, or a very strong immune system, your pigment will not last as long as others.

You may NOT have this treatment if :

  • You are under 18
  • You get Keloid scars (consult your doctor)
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have been on Accutane within 1 year
  • You have chronic skin conditions and irritation on the area of any kind such as blemishes, pimples, rash, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, or sunburn on the area of procedure.
  • Pigmented lesions in the skin
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Diabetic (consult your doctor)
  • Have HIV or Hepatitis or any other viral infections and/or diseases
  • Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
  • Epilepsy (consult your doctor)
  • A Pacemaker or major heart problems (consult your doctor)
  • Had an Organ transplant (consult your doctor)
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours to prevent excessive bleeding and pain.
  • Make sure the area is exfoliated, clean and shaved for your new tattoo.
  • Wear loose breathable clothing that is appropriate for the area you will be getting tattooed.
  • Avoid tanning for 4 weeks before and after.

This is simply a process of tattooing done by hand without the use of a machine. It uses the same professional sterile tattoo needles and ink which is “poked” into the skin by hand therefore, it is just as permanent as a tattoo done my machine.

Because handpoked tattoos are gentler on the skin, most people find them to be much less painful and heal faster than machine tattoos. Some places on the body hurt more than others and everybody has a different threshold for pain. Try to avoid drinking the night before as hangovers can make the skin more sensitive.

Try your best to arrive without any eye-makeup and avoid oily products around the eye area. This will minimize the cleanup time during the appointment and allow more time for applying the extensions. It will also help the adhesive bond better.

Lash extensions are applied while you are lying down with your eyes closed on a spa bed. First, we shampoo and cleanse your lashes then apply a primer to ensure proper adhesion. We protect your bottom lashes with a gel eye pad, then apply synthetic lashes with medical grade adhesive. It is a really relaxing, non-invasive treatment and most of our clients use the time to nap!

Your lashes generally last between 2 to 3 weeks depending on your lash growth cycle, daily activities, and skincare routine. We recommend avoiding oil based products around the area and getting a touch up every 2 to 3 weeks. A good indicator of when to be in for a fill is when your extensions are 50% gone. If you wait too long your eyelash extensions will fall out and you will require a full set. During your touch-up appointment, we will remove any makeup residue, remove grown-out extensions, prime your lashes and apply extensions to new lash growth.

Yes. The bonding agent we use is waterproof and allows you to shower, swim, exercise etc. It is advised to keep your lashes clean by gently shampooing the area with an oil free cleanser to avoid build up and premature shedding. Special care is required by being careful and not rubbing your eyes aggressively, but overall maintenance is low.

As long as you treat your lash extensions with care, Lash Extensions will not hurt/damage your own natural lashes when it is done properly. Your extensions will not cause your natural lashes to come out, but when your natural lash has reached the end of its cycle, the extension will come off with your natural lash.You can expect your own lashes to naturally shed about 2-5 lashes a day.

Yes, however you must only apply water based mascara and eyeliner. DO NOT use waterproof mascara and/or eyeliner! Any waterproof or oil based eye makeup will dissolve the bonding agent of the extensions and cause them to fall out sooner. Although you are able to apply mascara, we recommend not to because it will cause your extensions to clump together and lose that voluminous fluffy look.

You may NOT have this treatment if :

  • You are under 18
  • You get Keloid scars
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have been on Accutane within 1 year
  • You have irritation of the skin of any kind such as blemishes, pimples, rash, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, sunburn on the area of procedure.
  • You are on Retin-A or Retinols. Be off 30 days before appointment and avoid 30 days after procedure.
  • Diabetic (consult your doctor)
  • Have HIV or Hepatitis or any other viral infections and/or diseases
  • Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
  • Epilepsy
  • A Pacemaker or major heart problems
  • Had an Organ transplant
  • You generally don’t heal well and develop infections easily
  • Make sure the area is clean.
  • Wear loose clean clothing for body tattoo removals.
  • You must buy from your local pharmacy;

    1. Witch hazel
    2. Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Pure Castile Soap or Cetaphil (At the Shoppers Drug Mart across the street from us, you can find travel size Cetaphil in Aisle 4 on the left side. And small bottles of Witch Hazel in Aisle 7 on the right side at the bottom of the very back).

Please read through the Aftercare for Removals for details on what to expect and plan your schedule accordingly.

Results and number of treatments necessary are extremely dependant on how deep and saturated the old tattoo is. Because this method of removal works by activating your skin’s natural fluids to push the pigment out to the surface, one session may make the old tattoo appear darker and brighter because we have brought it up to surface. It is important to stay committed to the process and continue with treatments to achieve desired results.

During the treatment, the feeling is like a rough scratching similar to microdermabrasion. By the end of the treatment, the area may sting a bit. This method is MUCH less painful than a tattoo, laser treatment or any other removal treatment currently available.

After the treatment, it will feel like a sunburn and appear quite red.

In rare cases for eyebrow tattoo removals, you may develop a histamine reaction and the area around your eyes will be super puffy and swollen. This is easily alleviated with an over-the-counter antihistamine medication.

This non-laser, non-saline, and non-acid removal method is different because we are only penetrating to the last layer of the epidermis and not into the dermal layer where the live tissue is. Therefore making it much less invasive than other techniques.
Less invasive means:

  • Less chance of scarring
  • Less downtime between sessions
  • Better results after removal is complete

This method can also target any color that laser will not remove. And is safer to use on people with darker skin tones.

  • Tattoos with thick dark script and outlines. It would be best to remove with 2 sessions of laser before proceeding with our removal method.
  • Large tattoos over 3”x 3”. Over such a large area would take too many sessions and product therefore not a time/cost efficient way to remove a tattoo.
  • We DO NOT remove eyeliner tattoos.

Aftercare Resources

Everything you need after your appointment.

Following your aftercare is the most important step to healing properly and prolonging the life of your treatment. Through experience and research, we have developed the most effective aftercare methods for optimum results.

Policies

Booking Fees for all services

  • A Booking fee is required in order to book and confirm your appointment. This fee will be deducted from the total cost of your service.
  • 48 hours notice is required to reschedule or cancel your appointment. Booking fees are non-refundable if you choose to cancel or reschedule your appointment within 48 hours from your appointment.
  • For TRAVEL DATES the booking fee is non refundable.

For Cosmetic Tattoos, Body Tattoos and Removals

Please read the FAQ section to determine whether you are a good candidate for the service you are booking for. If upon arrival we determine that you can not go through with the service because of a condition listed in the FAQ section, your booking fee will be non-refundable.

Contraindications

You may not book for services if:

  • You are under 18
  • You get Keloid scars (consult doctor)
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have been on Accutane within 1 year
  • You have chronic skin conditions and irritation on the area of any kind such as blemishes, pimples, rash, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, or sunburn on the area of procedure.
  • Pigmented lesions in the skin
  • You have any blood clotting disorders
  • You are on Retin-A or Retinols. Be off 30 days before appointment and avoid 30 days after procedure.
  • Diabetic (consult your doctor and make sure it is stabilized)
  • Have HIV or Hepatitis or any other viral infections and/or diseases
  • Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor and provide doctors note)
  • Epilepsy
  • A Pacemaker or major heart problems (consult your doctor and provide doctors note)
  • Had an Organ transplant (consult your doctor and provide doctors note)
  • You have unhealthy skin, generally don’t heal well, and develop infections easily

Results for Eyebrows, Cosmetic Tattoos, and Body Tattoos

  • Although we use premium products and provide quality services, every client heals differently and many factors can lead to varied results. Results are extremely dependant on how one heals and will vary with each individual client.
  • Successful results and specific colour requests for tattoos are not guaranteed (especially on those with problematic skin and/or covering up an old tattoo) and additional sessions, at a minimum charge, may be required to obtain desired results.
  • All services provided are non-refundable.

Results for Removals

  • Results and number of treatments necessary are extremely dependant on how deep and saturated the old tattoo is. Because this method of removal works by activating your skin’s natural fluids to push the pigment out to the surface, one session may make the old tattoo appear darker and brighter because we have brought it up to surface. It is important to stay committed to the process and continue with treatments to achieve desired results.

Touch-Ups

  • For all cosmetic tattoos, services are paid per session and some may need more than one session to achieve desired results whether it may be to fill in gaps, create more density, changing color, etc.
  • Microblading is not an exact science to create completely identical brows on each side. It’s an art form to help simulate hair strokes to make your eyebrows appear fuller and more even. Many different factors can lead to different results such as sleeping on your face, sun exposure, harsh ingredients in your skin care products, or difference in hair growth on each side. Therefore, it is mandatory to read though all of the information provided in the FAQ section so you know what to expect and follow your AFTERCARE properly.

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