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

JuvEssentials’ online scheduling platform is now Booksy

Dear Valued Clients, I recently learned that Genbook, the online scheduling platform I’ve been using for well over a decade, has been acquired by Booksy, which is a much larger company with a worldwide presence in over 40 countries. (Sounds like they must be doing something right.) So even though I’m brand new to Booksy, […]

My credit card was canceled/expired/deactivated. What will happen to the refund of my deposit?

Regardless of what happens to your credit card, banks typically always allow refunds to process because the card issuer and bank account remains the same. (Sometimes the bank may take up to 3 business days to process the refund so you may not see it in your account immediately.) So if your card was canceled […]

What can I use to fade the redness left after a tattoo removal procedure?

After a successful non-laser tattoo removal procedure, the affected skin may still be somewhat reddish or pink while all or much of the ink is at least gone. This is a normal response after disrupting the skin’s epidermis which may heal with some superficial scabbing. Underneath the scabs (which act like a temporary, self-timing Band-aid) […]

Is there any scabbing with microblading tattoo removal?

A successful non-laser tattoo removal procedure will have the ink expel from the skin not only during the office procedure but also continue over the course of the next 3 days. You can then expect to see it accumulate into a hardened crust on the surface of the skin which eventually disengages similar to a […]

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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