Category Archives: Q&A

Lip permanent makeup artist Jeannie Sides, cosmetic lip tattooing resulting in collagen production

Toxic chemicals found in many cosmetics

According to a report recently published by WebMD, a new study found high fluorine levels from a sampling of 231 cosmetic products purchased in the U.S. and Canada from retailers such as Ulta Beauty, Sephora, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Three-quarters of waterproof mascara samples contained high fluorine concentrations, as did nearly two-thirds of […]

Businesses are allowed to reopen (again)

From the San Francisco Office of Small Business: Today, Mayor London Breed and Director of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced that San Francisco will resume some businesses and activities starting January 28 in light of the State lifting its regional stay at home order today. This includes indoor and outdoor personal services, including hair […]

Latest Shelter-in-Place Order Effective Dec 6th, 2020

Without any data to show that Covid is spread through one-on-one personal services, San Francisco County has once again issued a shelter-in-place order shutting down all businesses that offer personal services regardless of the safety protocols in place through at least January 4th, 2021. So it is with deep regret and sincere apologies that any […]

Reopening on September 14th, 2020

So happy to announce that JuvEssentials can finally reopen as of September 14th. Thank you so much for your patience and please bear with us as we navigate under strict new safety and limited capacity protocols. Masks are now mandatory at all times for the technician and whenever possible for the client. The treatment rooms […]

How body art establishments and other personal service businesses are affected by the Coronavirus

On March 20, 2020, San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, which oversees body art establishments and practitioners who perform any kind of cosmetic tattooing – including permanent makeup, semi-permanent makeup and microblading, sent out an email informing us that “the Health Order from San Francisco’s Health Officer . . . . states that all SF […]

Is Microblading Your Eyebrows Safe?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that full eyebrows have been in vogue for quite a while. This is great news for millennials who have grown up in the haze of Instagram and YouTube tutorials that teach you how to lovingly tend those brows. But if you came up through the 90s […]

The Difference Between Permanent and Semi-Permanent Makeup

What’s the Difference Between Permanent and Semi-Permanent Makeup? It’s one of the most common questions cosmetic tattoo artists hear from their clients. At a basic level, permanent and semi-permanent makeup work on the same principle- pigment is inserted into the papillary layer of the dermis, which sits directly under the epidermal surface. However, permanent makeup […]

I’ve already tried everything for my vitiligo. Can melanocyte repigmentation help?

Vitiligo is generally felt to be an autoimmune disorder whose symptoms are characterized by a loss of skin pigmentation that can affect any part of the body. Because its causes are complex and multifactorial, it doesn’t always respond effectively or predictably to treatment. Non-surgical medical options for vitiligo typically include topical corticosteroids, topical calcineurin inhibitors, controlled […]

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Can a tattoo removal be done for just part of the eyebrow or does it have to be for the whole brow?

That depends on your brows and what needs to be removed. Whether it’s the whole eyebrow or just part of the brow, I can’t weigh in with an opinion until I see the situation. So while yes, it is possible to perform the removal on some parts of the brow and not others, as fine […]

What will my skin look like right after a tattoo removal session?

Just like with a typical a cosmetic tattoo procedure, a cosmetic tattoo removal procedure should not negatively impact your skin in any way when done properly, much less require any significant recovery. Some mild redness and swelling should be expected over the next few hours and should greatly subside after the first 24 hours (applying […]

I use Retin-A around 3 times a week right now; is this something I should stop doing, and if so how long before the procedure?

Long-term, daily retinoid users are advised to discontinue using the product for at least a month especially near the areas where the work will be done because it stimulates the skin to shed at a much faster rate which in some skin can impede the pigment from taking. This is not as much an issue for those who use […]

I’ve heard after the 1-3 years of getting your eyebrows microbladed the color can fade into a brassy orange or dull bluish-gray color. Is this true, or is that only with cheap pigments?

Good question. I have also seen first hand the brassy orange and dull bluish gray color of faded old tattoos so I know exactly what you’re talking about. However it think it might be too simplistic to write off the funky faded colors to “cheap pigment.” Cosmetic tattoo pigment is typically formulated with less than […]

Will I look okay the day after getting my brows done?

Eyebrows typically look stronger and more “done” while they are healing, usually over the first 5 days give or take a day or two. (Added bonus: darker and more strongly defined brows tend to look better in photos even if that’s not often the case up close and in person.) Usually this should not a problem […]

Should I wear sunscreen over my tattooed (or microbladed) eyebrows?

Whether your eyebrows are tattooed or “microbladed” (which means that your eyebrows are still tattooed), either way you’ve made an investment that you want to protect by prolonging its longevity. If you have ever seen body art tattoos on an older person who had clearly gotten those tattoos when they were much younger, you will […]

Can I use LED light therapy on tattooed skin?

LED light therapy (especially blue, red, purple, and yellow) has been shown to be effective for a variety of skin conditions, anti-aging, healing, and pain relief with proper and regular use. Even though it does not share the same wavelengths of light with UV rays that are known to fade tattoo color, the long term effect […]

How do eyebrow extensions compare to eyebrow tattoos?

Given the popularity of eyelash extensions, it was only a matter of time until eyebrow extensions became a reality. And as with any type of extension involving hair, they look fantastic immediately after getting them. But then like a delicate cut flower out of water shedding its petals (because you can’t get your eyelash and […]

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How deep do you go in the skin layers with a cosmetic tattoo?

Assuming we all understand that skin thickness varies depending on different areas on the body and also from person to person (e.g., men usually have thicker skin than women, older skin is typically thicker than children’s skin), pigment for cosmetic tattoo is deposited right below the epidermis (usually anywhere from 50 to 100 cell layers […]

Is there any chance of scarring with tattoo removal?

While all clients need to be informed that there is no guarantee of any certain outcome because of the unpredictability of human skin when it comes to any invasive cosmetic procedure, it’s highly unlikely that tattoo removal will generate scarring if performed properly and the client has been screened as a suitable candidate for the procedure. […]

Why may multiple touch up visits necessary?

Any kind of cosmetic facial enhancement is an art form. Minor differences on the face can be made to give off a different first impression. Where a subtle change or minor tweak can make a person look more attractive and youthful, too dramatic of a change in one area can send the opposite message. Multiple […]

Do you tattoo beauty marks?

It is never a good idea to have a tattoo placed too close to or over an existing mole to create a beauty mark. Any changes that can occur in a mole — symmetry, border, color, size, shape, texture — are potential warning signs that the lesion may be evolving into a melanoma or another […]

How do you work on brows that already look dark and heavy?

Even if someone may seem blessed with dark, thick eyebrows, there may still be noticeable gaps or the shape may not be framing the eyes and face as well as they could be. Giving the brows a boost with a nicer shape and adding extra hairs in areas that are sparse or lacking will give them a […]

Can you do a consultation via skype?

Technology certainly make things more convenient, but as of right now, a good old fashioned in-person consultation remains vastly more helpful than a virtual one. A two-dimensional screen does not allow me to fully assess a client’s skin tone, skin condition, and any previously existing color or condition. (Sorry, but even your best close-up shots […]

What’s the difference between 3D and 6D eyebrow tattooing?

What’s the difference between 3D and 6D eyebrow tattooing is a valid question, however I have no idea what the answer is as I do not claim to perform 3D or 6D eyebrows. As far as I know those terms are not technically accurate descriptions that would be applicable to any tattoo because all tattoos […]