Frequently Asked Questions
Micro Needling FAQs
What exactly is Micro-Needling?
Micro-Needling is a technique performed using a specially designed electric device called a Derma Pen. It is a simple procedure that uses very fine needles to slide over the skin surface to break down old scar tissue and stimulate collagen production, which is the key to new and youthful skin. New collagen leads to the formation of new skin tissue which will plump and smooth the skin surface.
How does Micro-Needling work?
The Derma Pen slides along the skin at different depths, penetrating the upper layers of the skin to create numerous invisible micro-punctures. The procedure prompts the body to respond through the creation of new collagen and elastin fibers. In response, the skin firms and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines, loose skin, stretch marks and wrinkles.
Who can benefit from Micro-Needling?
Men and women looking to address skin problems associated with acne, scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, and melasma. This type of treatment is even more versatile then laser treatments, dermabrasions, and chemical peels, has less risk involved and can be performed virtually anywhere on the body.
Does Micro-Needling hurt?
Micro-Needling is virtually painless! The application of a topical numbing anesthetic prior to the treatment will reduce any feeling of discomfort during the procedure. The sensation is frequently compared to the feeling of acupuncture needles.
What effects does Micro-Needling have on the skin?
- Micro-Needling improves skin texture
- Improves appearance of stretch marks
- Reduces and improves the look of fine lines and aging
- Reduces visible scars and acne scarring
- Evens out discoloration and pigmentation issues
- Prevents new fine lines and wrinkles from forming
- Tightens and firms loose skin
- Shrinks pore size
What will my skin look like after treatment?
Most people will notice redness and very mild swelling similar to a slight sunburn for 24-48 hours. There may be slight pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Skin will be noticeably smoother and more radiant within a week or two. Full results may take a month or two to appear.
What is the downtime of Micro-Needling?
Inflammation of the skin is very temporary and reduces greatly within a few hours. It may remain slightly pink for up to 48 hours after treatment. Using hyaluronic acid after the procedure can help reduce inflammation, and sunscreen can be used to protect the skin. Makeup should be avoided for a minimum of 12 hours.
What should I avoid on my skin after treatment?
AHA’s (glycolic acid), retinol, alcohol based products, acidic or “active” ingredients should not be used for 2-3 days after treatment to maximize healing and lessen irritation. Direct sun exposure is not recommended for ten days and sunscreen is encouraged.
How many treatments will I need?
Some patients only require a single treatment once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 3-4 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.
Am I a candidate for Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling is safe on all skin types and colors because the epidermis is not damaged during treatment. The chance of change in pigmentation or post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation is minimal. Skin micro-needling can be used on sensitive and fragile areas (eyes, neck, back of hands) that cannot be treated easily with other procedures. Micro-needling is not suitable for patients who have used Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last three months, have open wounds, cuts or abrasions, have had radiation skin treatment within the last year, are suffering from any skin infection, condition, or herpes simplex in the area of concern, are pregnant or breast feeding, have any history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing.
How much does Micro-Needling cost?
Each session is $250.00.
Can I book a consultation and is there a charge?
Yes, you can book a complimentary consultation at any time. A consultation is not required before the procedure however, if you prefer meeting with our technicians beforehand to discuss the treatment we would be more than happy to meet with you!
Does it hurt?
We apply a Bliss topical numbing agent to the brows before your appointment. This numbing cream contains 7% lidocaine and we do a full 30 minutes to ensure it’s working at its full potential. Some clients may still experience sensitivity so we also apply another numbing agent during the procedure. You will still ‘feel’ it but it shouldn’t be painful, if a client starts to feel more sensitive the technician will apply more numbing cream on the eyebrows and let it sit for a longer length of time to ensure the client is not uncomfortable.
How do you know what shape to do for Eyebrows?
Your technician will take into account your face shape and will follow your natural muscle and bone structure. In some cases they will draw two slightly different shapes to see which one you prefer. We will not begin the microblading process until we have created the perfect shape that you’re looking for! We also use a specially designed Bliss ruler that is carefully designed to ensure your brows are shaped correctly for your face.
Is this like a regular Tattoo?
It’s the same concept of a traditional tattoo but we don’t use traditional tattoo pigments or go the same depth into the skin as a traditional tattoo. The skin is being broken therefore it is classified as a permanent treatment, however the pigment is semi-permanent and does fade away over time unlike a traditional tattoo.
Why don’t you use traditional tattoo pigments?
We have had lots of clients request a permanent pigment option because they don’t want to have to touch them up. This sounds wonderful and if it was possible, we would do it! The skin on the face is so much different than the skin on the body. As we age, the face shape changes and unfortunately everything begins to move south. Eyebrow shapes that were once high and beautiful have dropped down bringing the eye downward for that ‘tired’ look. Semi-permanent pigments give us the ability to always adjust the shape, color, and size over time so the brow shape and color is one best suited to our clients. Permanent pigments (like the ones that are used in traditional tattoos) also change color over time so what was once a nice dark brown brow becomes one with blue, grey or purple undertones, which is very unnatural looking.
What colors do you have?
We have a very wide variety of different pigments to choose from! We often customize and blend colors to best suit you and if you happen to have that favorite lip stick or brow pencil you use, bring it with you and we will color match it!
What are the main things to look for when finding a Permanent Makeup Artist?
By far the most important thing with permanent cosmetics is you need to do your research! You need to check the credentials of the technicians, how many certifications do they have? Who were they certified by? How many hours were their courses? (Many technicians in Canada are trained in 2-day courses which is not a sufficient length of time) How long have they been working as a permanent makeup artist? Look at their work closely and make sure to view lots of before and after photos. Ask about their location; clinic setting? Tattoo shop? Out of their home? Do they sanitize and disinfect the procedure room after each client? Are their tools sterile one-time use or do they sterilize their tools themselves? Is that technician certified with recent safety courses? Do they have current blood borne pathogens training to protect their clients? These are just a few of the questions you should ask before going ahead with a permanent makeup procedure. The hardest thing we witness is people come to us asking for corrections of their previous permanent makeup because they are very unhappy with the work they received from an under-qualified artist.
What is the pigment made of?
Our pigments are made up of organic and inorganic pigments which are safe for the skin. They’re manufactured in the United States, therefore, we feel confident in knowing the company is meeting all the correct health and safety standards. The pigments have been manufactured for 30 years and have been winning awards for over 25 years. They are tested every 18 months for heavy metals, etc. They are without a doubt the safest pigments in the industry to be deposited into the skin.
How long do Eyebrows last?
Semi-permanent treatments will fade over time and on average will need a color touch up every one to two years. Typically, darker colors will last longer a bit longer than the lighter toned colors and using a shaded method will last longer compared to a hair stroke look. Typically, microblading touch-ups are every 12-15 months. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors such as sun exposure, skin type (thin or oily skin typically fades quicker), facial treatments, skin products, etc. Following the aftercare very closely is crucial and failure to follow instructions fully will result in substandard results.
No tattoos are the same as no skin is the same. It is very important to understand that results vary with each individual client & NO guarantee will be made. That being said, we stand beside our work and strive to ensure each client is satisfied with the work they receive.
Can you get previous work corrected or touched up?
If you have previous work done and are unhappy with it we would need to see a photo of the area or schedule you a consultation to see if a cover-up can be done or if you are better suited to a removal before we can do a procedure. If you would like someone else’s work touched up we would also like to see a photo or book a consultation and examine the work before agreeing to a touch up.
If the work cannot be corrected due to the shape being too unnatural or too dark, we do have a removal product which is used to fade/remove tattoo pigment. This method is a lot easier on the body compared to a laser treatment as that can sometimes change the texture of the skin which makes it more difficult to tattoo over.
What is the aftercare process?
All details of the aftercare will be explained and provided the day of your appointment. The most crucial part of the healing process is you want to avoid the area getting wet for 10-14 days. That means, no water, no soap, no cleanser, etc. touching the area for at least 10 days. We also ask you avoid heavily sweating for at least a week. No tanning, or beaches for 3-4 weeks after your appointment.
Can I get permanent makeup while pregnant?
Unfortunately, we cannot perform this service during pregnancy. During pregnancy, facial tissues can be distorted and stretch due to swelling and fluid retention. This means that makeup tattoos applied during pregnancy can change in shape once the baby has been born and the swelling subsides. When you are breaking the skin, there is a risk of infection as well, and we would never want to put you or baby at risk. If you’re nursing, the worst-case scenario would be in the event that you get a secondary infection from your tattoo it could then possibly pass through breast milk and onto the baby. Yet however small that risk may actually be, there are other factors that can negatively affect the outcome of a cosmetic tattoo for a pregnant or nursing mother. Because hormones affect the growth and appearance of the skin, hair and nails, hormonal changes during pregnancy and the postpartum period have been known to bring about noticeable changes in appearance for some women, which are usually temporary but sometimes not. Breast feeding while getting permanent makeup done can also affect the color retention. It is recommended to wait 6 weeks after you are done breast feeding to let your hormones level out.
Can I book a consultation and is there a charge?
Yes, you can book a complimentary consultation at any time! Permanent cosmetics don’t necessarily need a consultation unless you have previous work done and are looking for a correction. However, if you feel you would be more comfortable with having a consultation first, then of course we can set one up!
Why choose a Bliss Accredited location?
Bliss Canada technicians are specialists in Micro Pigmentation. Our technicians are constantly training and improving their skills to assure clients that they are experts in their field. Bliss Canada has a high level of standards when it comes to Permanent Makeup and Corrective Services. Bliss Canada locations are set up like a clinic, this makes for a very clean and sterile environment to ensure the safety of our clients.
Unfortunately, Canada has no regulations when it comes to Permanent Makeup which is a scary fact for the consumer. Bliss Canada has taken it upon themselves to do it the correct and safe way and follow all the health and safety standards of a medical clinic. Please don’t risk your health and appearance, come to a Bliss technician where safety and quality is our top priority.
What is the difference between microblading and micropigmentation?
Technically it is the same thing. Everyone gets confused by this. Micropigmentation is the deposit of pigment into the dermis layer of the skin. Microblading is the technique done to create little hair like tattoos in the skin using a hand tool method. You can also create hair strokes using a machine method but we prefer the hand tool for a more ‘fine and crisp’ hair stroke. A machine vibrates constantly, there for when doing a hair stroke it will automatically heal a little thicker than a hand tool with no vibrations would. Microblading is still classified as micropigmentation as it’s still depositing pigment into the skin, microblading is just the tool and technique used to achieve those hair strokes.
I have sensitive skin will I be allergic?
Thankfully, our pigments are the safest in the industry! They are made right in the United States meeting only the highest level of safety in the industry. If you have sensitive skin are concerned about an allergic reaction, we can do a patch test on the body and see if any reaction occurs. That being said, we have never experienced an allergic reaction with any of our many clients.
How long after Chemotherapy can I get my brows done?
Typically, we want to wait 1 year after Chemotherapy to get your brows done. If you would like to get your eyebrows done sooner, we do recommend consulting your doctor.
Can I get my eyebrows done before I start Chemotherapy?
Yes, you can definitely get your eyebrows done before you start chemotherapy treatments. We have many ladies who loved having that option so when their eyebrow hair did fall out, they still had very natural looking eyebrows there. Many women tell us it’s not the hair on the head that bothered them, it was losing their eyebrows, as this is such a crucial part of our facial features.
Should I wax/thread/tweeze my eyebrows before my appointment?
You definitely can clean the eyebrows up before your appointment but don’t do it the day of your appointment as the skin can be more sensitive to work on after and more irritation can occur.
Do I need to come in for a consultation?
Consultations are always complimentary but not mandatory. Permanent cosmetics don’t necessarily need a consultation unless you have previous work done and are looking for a correction. However, if you feel you would be more comfortable with having a consultation first then of course we can set one up!
Can we do a patch test at a consultation?
Yes, a patch test is available, we apply a small amount of pigment either behind the ear or behind the toes (the most sensitive part of the body) we will wait and see if any reaction occurs in a two-week period.
Scalp Micropigmentation FAQs
What is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?
SMP is short for Scalp Micro Pigmentation. It is a medical grade technique of depositing pigment (colour) into the upper dermal layer of the skin on the scalp. This technique allows the replication of hair follicles in the scalp, which gives the appearance of having a “buzz cut” or recently shaved head. SMP hair follicles can range from hundreds to thousands of pigmented dots per square inch. The SMP method gives the appearance of having a full head of hair, rather than having a receding hairline, thinning hair line, the classic horse shoe balding pattern, or being semi or permanently bald. The SMP method color matches the pigment to be used with your skin complexion, thus, this treatment works for clients with pale to dark skin tones. This treatment is invasive and requires no surgery. Whether you have red hair, blonde hair or grey hair, the SMP method can benefit you!
Does an SMP Treatment look real?
Absolutely! By placing the correct amount of pigment and “dots” per square inch and color matching the pigment to your skin tone, the results are a realistic, full head of hair. The result looks like a freshly shaved head of hair, or a “buzz cut.”
Can the SMP Treatment cover scars on the scalp?
Yes! By color matching the pigment to your skin tone, we are able to cover most scars with real looking hair. The results, of course, depend on the amount of scar tissue formed, age of scar, location, etc. Consultations are always free, and we encourage you to come in and speak to us about your concerns, and we will better be able to advise you on the results we expect to see after the treatment.
How long does an SMP Treatment last?
Depending on your age, immune system, metabolism, etc, an SMP treatment can last anywhere between 1-5 years before ever needing a touch up. We, nor ANY provider, can guarantee how long the SMP treatment will last because everybody is different and no one can estimate how long the pigmented dots will last before needing a touch up. However, with proper aftercare (i.e. applying sunscreen, etc.), SMP will last many, many years.
Is SMP for women too?
Of course! Women can experience thinning hair, baldness or bald spots, and alopecia. As with men, we are able to tattoo the scalp to camouflage thinning hair and hair loss, or if your hair loss is permanent, we are able to give you the buzz cut look – which is becoming very popular in today’s world.
How long will the procedure take?
Depending on the clinical degree of baldness the SMP procedure can take between 1 hour and 4 hours. The human head contains approximately 2000 hair follicles per square inch of scalp. Each SMP follicle must be placed by hand, so you can see that the procedure time directly depends on how much work needs to be done.
How many SMP Treatments will I need?
Scalp Micropigmentation should never be considered a one treatment process. Most SMP treatments require 2-3 sessions of 1-4 hours, again depending on the degree of baldness, you may need less or you may need more. Your first treatment requires the application of pigment to the scalp. The second treatment, usually 5-7 days after the first treatment, allows us to touch up any spots and to continue to add density to the scalp. Your third treatment, which is 5-7 days after your second treatment, allows us to ensure that you are happy with the results and to do a final touch up and continue to add density to the scalp, if needed.
How much is an SMP Treatment?
What are the benefits of having a SMP Treatment?
- The appearance of a full head of shaved hair or a fresh buzz cut
- Simulate realistic hair follicles and recreate your hairline
- Increase Self confidence
- Increase Self esteem
- Hide scars, burns, hair transplant scars, birthmarks
- Restore hairline for all types and levels of baldness
- Camouflage thinning hair or bald spots for men and women
- Increase hair density for men and women
What types of balding can SMP help with?
- Crown balding
- Receding hairline
- Semi or complete baldness
- Thinning hair for men and women
- Hair transplant scars
- Medical scars
- Accident or injury related scars
Does the SMP Treatment hurt?
Although pain management and your comfort is our ultimate goal during the treatment, most Men and Women rate the treatment between 2-4 on a pain scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst pain ever! We use the most powerful topical anesthetic possible to increase your comfort, and decrease the amount of pain involved in the procedure.
You can also purchase a numbing cream from Bliss Cosmetic Clinic beforehand to apply before your appointment. During the treatment your technician will apply numbing cream to the area as well.
Is there pain after the SMP Treatment?
Clients report sensitivity on the scalp; however, any pain subsides minutes after your treatment has ended. Usually by the time we discuss your after care, and the client is ready to leave the clinic, there is no pain. You can expect to feel scalp sensitivity or tenderness, swelling, and redness after the treatment, however, these side effects resolve on their own completely.
What is SMP aftercare?
Although we thoroughly discuss aftercare with each and every client, we will give you a summary here so that you know what to expect in regards to days and weeks after your SMP Treatment. Aftercare is just as important, if not more important, than the actual treatment for long lasting results. For the first few days after your treatment, we ask that you rest your scalp and avoid: sweating, no use of any scrubs or abrasives on the scalp, no shampooing or washing of the scalp, no running or exercising, etc. Regular office work activities, shopping, and other light activities are perfectly fine. By day 4 post treatment, most clients can resume regular activities. Again, your aftercare will be discussed in detail post treatment.
Who is not a candidate for SMP?
The following list are contraindications to having an SMP treatment:
- Blood clots
- Infectious diseases
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- High blood pressure
- Undergoing antibiotic therapy
- Undergoing blood thinner therapy
- Undergoing chemotherapy
**Bliss Cosmetic Clinic does not perform SMP treatments on clients with the above noted conditions because of the possible risk of infection and/or chances of not achieving the most optimal results.**
Can I book a consultation and is there a charge?
Consultations for Scalp Micro Pigmentation are mandatory. If you cannot make it into the clinic a consultation can be done over e-mail/phone, but pictures must be provided via e-mail or Facebook.
All consultations at Bliss Cosmetic Clinic are free of charge.