Here you will find some basic Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic Tattooing. Please contact us should you have a question that you is not listed here and we will be happy to answer!


+ Am I a good candidate for cosmetic tattooing?

Who is a good candidate? The simple answer is, anyone that wants to have full, beautiful brows all day, every day! That would include busy parents or business people who don’t have much time to apply brow make up, active people who don’t want to worry about sweating off makeup while working out or swimming, or any person who struggles with getting that perfect shape that the celebrities and YouTube makeup artists always seem to have. Other clients include those suffering from scarring, Trichotillomania, Alopecia and Cancer, or other diseases and disorders that have led to natural hair loss.


Individuals with oily skin and large pores – pigment has a harder time retaining

Individuals with previous permanent makeup

Individuals who have used retinoids within the last 2 weeks

Individuals who have had deep chemical or laser peels within the last 6 weeks

Individuals who have had Botox within the last 2 weeks

Individuals on blood thinners – excess bleeding can cause the pigment to not retain (may receive a note from doctor to stop blood thinners for a period of time prior to service)

CONTRAINDICATIONS (Depending on severity of medical condition, some individuals may still be able to have the procedure with a note from their doctor):

Individuals with diabetes type 1 or 2

Individuals with thyroid disease

Individuals with auto-immune diseases

Individuals with high risk of infection or slow healing time due to any medical condition

Individuals currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation

If you are pregnant or nursing

+ What technique is used at Altered Aesthetics?

Microblading: A microblade tool looks similar to an exacto knife, but instead of there being one big blade, there is a series of micro needles. The microblade is dipped into a selected color of pigment and then used to make a fine cut, or microstroke, in the skin. This process results in the pigment being implanted into the skin, which is known as micropigmentation. With the proper technique, microbladed eyebrow results look beautiful and completely natural. The best possible healed results require strict adherence to the microblading instructions and understanding the microblading healing process.

Ombré Powder Brows: We use a rotary tattoo machine for creating the Ombré Powder Brows, along with a cartridge needle grouping based on the size of the brow we are creating. This process results in a soft powder affect that gives the illusion of makeup

Combo Brows: When creating Combo Brows, we utilize microblading and a tattoo machine. By using both of these we create a brow that gives the illusion of natural makeup look.

+ Does the process hurt?

We use Zensa Numbing Cream, which is a highly-effective, topical anesthetic cream that is 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.

Zensa Numbing Cream is an FDA and Health Canada approved product with 5% Lidocaine that desensitizes skin for painful procedures including tattooing, laser hair removal, waxing, and injections. Also containing health conscious ingredients like purified water and Vitamin E, which provide anti-inflammatory properties, it has a neutral pH and is the most natural numbing cream on the market. Backed by a three-year shelf life, it is also the most stable topical anesthetic available.

+ What should I do before the procedure?

If you have an ideal shape and color in mind, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment. If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please let me know. If there are any stray hairs that fall outside of our final shape, we can remove them. You may fill-in your eyebrows prior to your appointment if you wish. This will allow us to get a sense of what your daily makeup routine is like. If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days after the procedure.

+ How many treatments are needed?

Creating your brows, wether it is Microblading, Ombré Powder Brows or Combo brows is a two-step process, at least 4-8 weeks apart. Sometimes just one treatment is sufficient, but a perfecting session is offered just in case. With most procedures, the color looks dramatically lighter after the first week. Some clients prefer this, while others opt for a bolder look. At the second treatment, we will assess the color retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly the first time, don't worry! We can always go darker and add more density at your next appointment. Read all about Trusting the Process on our blog here.

+ What should I do after the procedure?

We will provide you with aftercare instructions following your procedure. It is highly beneficial to follow these instructions to ensure a comfortable healing process and to achieve the best results. The most essential aftercare is to keep the treated area moist, DO NOT rub or pick the healing area as the color will peel off prematurely, and avoid extreme heat and contaminated bodies of water (such as saunas, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, pools, lakes, places with hot humidity). If you do have any questions, comments or concerns during your healing process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

+ How long does cosmetic tattooing last?

Cosmetic tattooing is considered permanent and will not wash off, however, it will fade over time and may need a touch-up every 1-3 years. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including: the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure) and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Each unique skin-type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates, so final results cannot be guaranteed. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any changes necessary.

Touch-ups are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring the initial procedure followed by a free touch-up procedure approximately 4-8 weeks later. Previously tattooed eyebrows may require one or two additional appointments.

+ How will my cosmetic tattoo look in the future?

During your appointment, we will analyze your skin's undertone to anticipate how pigment colors will fade in the future. We will also mix pigments to ensure color remains in the same tone. The majority of our clients' cosmetic tattoos stay true to color. There are some cases, however, where colors 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 follow up appointment, we will re-analyze how your body has responded to the initial color. Special formula alteration to correct the color and to prevent further color change is made at this time.

+ What factors will affect my cosmetic tattoo?

Sun exposure: The sun fades the pigment faster so sun block may be used 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 color: Some colors fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde color will fade quicker than a dark brown color.

The area of treatment: Enhancements to the face, for example, fade more quickly due to constant exposure.