Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it considered semi-permanent? How long will it last?
Low quality pigments and poor application can lead to undesirable results. Ashley's Esthetics prides itself in using ink that is non toxic, vegan, animal cruelty free and of the utmost quality! Our chosen pigment line is comprised of the absolute highest quality pigments with the highest lightfastness rating for maximum colour stability and performance over time = no changing colours, only becoming lighter versions of themselves! They are considered to be the leading ink choice in the permanent makeup industry, backed by the masters in permanent makeup and the tattoo industry worldwide.
These common factors should be noted as they can make your cosmetic tattoo fade faster:
Certain skin care products containing high exfoliant properties, like Retin A & glycolic acid.
Strong immune systems
Excessive exposure to salt water
Who may not benefit from certain techniques?
It is not ideal for a client to have specific expectations surrounding a certain technique. Always be open for suggestions from your artist as I have learned what techniques work best for certain cases.
Example: Certain client's with a lot of dense/thick brow hair already present will not get the density expected when adding a brow tattoo to build a shape outside of the dense hair that's already present. Instead consider adding shading or microblading behind what you currently have to add as a coloured shadow that can also slightly enhance the shape you currently have.
Clients with very oily skin, and large pores, must take into consideration that the end result of hairstrokes will not be defined like on a client with normal to dry skin and more frequent touchups overall may be required due to the skin's constant oil production. A powder brow, or possibily combination brow, will be better suited for your skin type.
Blonde pigment fades the fastest. A powder, combination or nano brow may be better suited for longer pigment retention.
Sun exposure fades pigment. It is always recommended to wear a sunhat, sunblock &/or mineral makeup with sun protection properties for best pigment retention after the initial healing period is over.
It should be noted that final results cannot be guaranteed as every skin type holds pigment differently. Any adjustments can be made 6-8 weeks afterwards - contact me for details.
Does it hurt?
All methods are very tolerable if done correctly! Considering everyone handles pain differently, I use an amazing topical anesthetic before and during the procedure which will allow you to relax and enjoy your treatment. I frequently see clients that have come to me after having an undesirable experience elsewhere and have mentioned my procedure to be very comfortable and enjoyable.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
Avoid tanning two weeks prior.
Do not work out the day of your appointment.
Discontinue Fish Oils & Vitamin E for one week prior to treatment (natural blood thinners).
Before your LASH LINER enhancement or eyeliner treatment please:
Discontinue the use of lash serums for one month prior and post treatment.
Please remove lash extensions, and ensure to not have a lash lift within 2 weeks of your appointment.
Please do not wear mascara or eye makeup to your appointment and do not use mascara or eye makeup for 7 to 10 days after your appointment.
In certain cases, 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.
Before your LIP treatment:
If you are prone to cold sores, please start your medication prior to your appointment to prevent an outbreak.
Please ensure no injections/fillers for 4 weeks before and after this treatment.
Please use a natural lip exfoliant, like equal parts of olive oil (or coconut oil) & brown sugar & honey, for 1-2 weeks prior to your appointment.
Important information to take into consideration during the healing phase.
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.
Day 2-5: A scab will develop and turn very dark making it appear thicker than it originally was. It is also common for the pigment to appear a warmer shade then originally chosen. This will pass.
Day 5-14 (depending on your skin): Scabs will slowly slough off and reveal a muted and foggy color underneath. During this phase, you should not get the area wet for too long, sweat heavily, wear makeup on the area, or anything else that could introduce bacteria or 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 - 8 weeks.
What is hyper tonic saline tattoo removal?
With this method of tattoo removal we can focus on improving previous cosmetic tattoos with poor shape, improper thickness, too dark of pigment retention, or cloudy pigment.
After the use of a topical anesthetic we use a digital tattoo machine and a sterile hyper tonic saline removal solution with a specialized technique to help the body rid itself of a previous permanent makeup session.
2-3 sessions are typically recommended, it is common to require more if the previous pigment is very dark. A consultation is a requirement to ensure we can get your desired results.
This is a great alternative to those who do not want to undergo laser tattoo removal to improve undesirable work.
What is your sanitization/disinfection/sterilization process?
Ashley's Esthetics is certified in Blood Borne Pathogens and is Approved and Certified by Westbank First Nations Interior Health. Being properly trained and inspected is vital to any personal service establishment!
We only use sterile, single-use, disposable needles and supplies. This means that each set-up for each client is discarded safely afterwards.