FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions 

A Basic Primer on Permanent Makeup / Micro-Blading

By Carol Wingate, Founder - FreshFaces.co

Fresh Faces Studio is an approved and licensed thru the San Bernardino County Health Dept.

Certified for Blood-borne Pathogens for you Safety.  Be confident Fresh Faces is an approved facility.  Licensed, Certified, & Insured.  Carol a State Licensed Esthetician, Licensed Practitioner Permanent Makeup, Certified Master Permanent Makeup Technician since 2004 started in 1997.  Micro-blading Certified in 2017. In beauty industry professionally since 1985.     

What is Microblading / Permanent Makeup?

Microblading is a manual tattoo method which does not use a normal permanent makeup machine. Microblading is done by using a unique hand instrument with a small row of very fine needles that deposit pigment into the Epidermis with slicing, feathering strokes. Traditional Permanent Makeup is applied using a machine device that is approved for use, using sterile one time use needles.


How long does Microblading last?

Micro-Blading can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years. You may need to come in for touch-ups yearly, and some clients require a touch-up every 9 months. Everyone is different. Traditional Permanent Makeup can last longer with proper sunscreens and good skin care.


Does Permanent Cosmetics / Microblading hurt?

This is designed to be a gentle procedure with minimal discomfort. The degree of discomfort will depend on several factors, location of the treatment, and your pain threshold. In the beginning you will feel a scratching/ pressure feeling while we are marking the shape and design of the brow, eyeliner, lips. A second numbing agent is then applied once the skin is open which is absorbed into the skin within a few seconds. Once it has absorbed, you will have very little feeling.


Permanent Cosmetics / Microblading Treatment Steps

Duration: Approximately 90 Minutes – 2 Hours 

  1. Numbing cream is applied to the skin; this takes approximately 20-30 minutes to take affect
  2. Consultation discussing treatment, shape, and pigment color
  3. Shape is drawn with a soft pencil for approval / photo documented
  4. Pigment is applied with a manual tool using our technique or machine application depending on procedure
  5. We clean the area and apply a healing cream.
  6. Take a look at your new, gorgeous brows, eyeliner, or lips



  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
  • Diabetic patients, Dr. signed permission acceptable in some cases
  • Skin diseases- Psoriasis near the treated area (Eczema, Dermatitis, rashes, sunburn, frostbitten (allowed after symptoms are gone) acne on treatment area, ingrown hairs and open bumps on eyebrow-injured skin, etc.) *Shingles/ flare ups possible, Keratosis
  • Pacemakers- If you have a pacemaker, manual method can be used, but machine use is not allowed
  • Major heart problems * organ transplant * Hair transplant for eyebrows
  • HIV, Hepatitis, or any other viral infections and/or diseases
  • Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
  • If you do not generally heal well and develop infections easily
  • Directly after Botox treatment (after 1 month is allowed)
  • Use of Accutane, Isoltretinoin, or other retinoids (after 3 months is allowed)
  • Very sensitive and pain intolerant
  • Excessive sebum / oily skin is not recommended for Micro-Blading, consultation determination per procedure
  • Problem skin broken capillaries in procedure area
  • Deep wrinkles in the brow area- the hair strokes or shading will not lay properly in the creases, giving the eyebrows an uneven look
  • Fitzpatrick Skin types 1 (red heads/ translucent skin/ light eyes) due to hypersensitivity and thinness, this skin type does not take cold well.
  • Body runs hot (increased bleeding which prevents color deposit) *Bleeding disorders (increased bleeding which prevents color deposit)
  • Thyroid condition and taking medication (Hypo, Hyperthyroidism, Graves’ Disease, Hashimotos’s = thicker skins
  • Trichotillomania (Compulsive pulling of body hair) Due to constant pulling, scar tissue is prominent and color will not heal evenly/ properly.
  • Eyeliner; Using Glaucoma eye drops (eyelash follicles and eyelids are hypersensitive and will bleed easily and color will not retain)
  • Eyeliner; Upper or lower eyelid surgery (eyelids are thin and will bleed easily, color will not retain well)
  • Moles on treatment area
  • Very dry or peeling skin on treatment area
  • Medications; if currently taking these you will have excessive bleeding and the color will not retain well:

Accutane, * Retin-A, Triflusal (Disgren), Clopidogrel (Plavix), Prasugrel (Effient), Ticagrelor (Brilinta), Ticlopidine (Ticlid), Cilostazol (Pletal), Vorapaxar (Zontivity), Dipyridamole (Persantine), Coumadin

*If you fail to disclose any of the above skin conditions/ medical conditions/ medications, you will have a poor outcome and further touch-ups to improve the results will be at an additional cost or treatment may be declined.

Possible Risks, Hazards, or Complications:

  • Pain: There can be pain even after the topical anesthetic has been used. Anesthetics work better on some people than on others.
  • Infection: Infection is very unusual. The areas treated must be kept clean, and only freshly cleaned hands should touch the areas. See “After Care” for instruction on care.
  • Uneven Pigmentation: This can result from poor healing, infection, bleeding, or many other causes. Your touch-up appointment will likely correct any uneven appearance.
  • Asymmetry: Every effort will be made to avoid asymmetry, but our faces are not symmetrical so adjustments may be needed during the follow-up session to correct any unevenness.
  • Excessive Swelling or Bruising: Some people bruise or swell more than others. Ice packs may help reduce the swelling. The swelling or bruising typically disappears in 1-5 days. Some people don’t bruise or swell.
  • Anesthetics: Topical anesthetics are used to numb the area to be tattooed. Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Benzocaine, Tetracaine, and/or Epinephrine cream and/or liquid are used. If you are allergic to any of these, please inform me now.
  • MRI: Because pigments used in Permanent Cosmetic procedures contain iron oxides, a low-level magnet may be required if you need to be scanned by an MRI machine. You must inform your MRI Technician of any tattoos or permanent cosmetics.
  • If you are a blood donor, do not donate for 1 year following your procedure. (according to American Red Cross guidelines)

Microblading / Permanent Cosmetics Candidates must be screened prior to the procedure. Approvals are based on the criteria listed above. No Exceptions.

Additional information:

Please be aware that the results of the procedure is depending on the following:

Medication and health conditions, skin conditions (I.e. oily , enlarged pores skins, sensitive skin, very dry/flaky skin, sun-damaged skin, loose or laxed skin) skin undertones, alcohol intake and smoking, general stress, immune system, often sun exposure, age, poor diet and not following the aftercare instructions may affect your healed results.  

Antacids, thyroid and anxiety medications have been reported as interfering with permanent makeup either by affecting retention or shifting the pigment to an undesirable tone.  With that info, an educated client may have a better expectation and know that she / he may need more frequent adjustments. The better condition your skin is in, the better the final results.

Long term care

  • Use a quality UVA/UVB sunscreen after 10 days, sun exposure will fade your permanent makeup.
  • If you are planning a chemical peel, skin care treatments, or an MRI scan, inform the technician that you have had permanent makeup procedure.
  • Retin A / Tretinoin, chemical peel, acid peels etc. or any other rapid skin exfoliation products used on the forehead or eyebrow or lip area will cause premature fading, Inform you Skin Care Therapist.

A consultation is required before any permanent makeup service. A scheduling deposit is required for all Permanent makeup services. Call for more Information.

Refund Policy: We do not currently offer any Refunds for Services.

Please Note; We have a no refunds policy in place. We have the right to refuse service to anyone.  Covid-19 regulations are being followed as per the County of San Bernardino Health Dept.
Deposits  will be forfeited due to no shows or without 48 hr.’s notice reschedule. Balance is preferred in cash, Venmo/ Zelle, all major cards accepted includes a 3% process fee. 


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