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What is the expected downtime for non-laser eyebrow tattoo removal?

The extent of any downtime for non-laser eyebrow tattoo removal depends on the individual as well as the particular factors involved. In general, the extent of downtime depends on how heavily implanted the ink is, the amount of surface area the ink covers, and the length of time the ink has been in the skin. […]

Can I get non-laser tattoo removal if I am breastfeeding?

Since the non-laser tattoo removal method is via manual extraction and not laser, it wouldn’t be incompatible with breastfeeding. The only concern would be the slim chance of getting an infection soon after the procedure due to improper after care when the affected skin is healing as any infection could theoretically be transferred through breast […]

Can you help with brows that have faded warm?

For anyone who has ever gotten an eyebrow tattoo (including by any other name such as microblading), it’s observable that the pigment will gradually fade over time. In some cases the fading seems to be either too quick or not so gradual, and in other cases the fading seems to entail a dramatic alteration in […]

Do you offer numbing for your paramedical tattooing procedures?

Always! Proper preparation of the skin is a must for all procedures and this includes the numbing step. Ample topical numbing solution (4-5% lidocaine) is used prior to any procedure and is usually sufficient for most people. However, for the particularly sensitive, it may be helpful to take Tylenol or acetaminophen ahead of the procedure. […]

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 […]