Frequently Asked Questions
Cosmetic tattooing is not recommended if you are:
Pregnant or nursing
Have any autoimmune disease
On blood thinners/heart medications of any sort
Have viral infections and/or diseases or sick (cold/flu)
Have thyroid/graves disease (pigment may not retain properly)
Are on a pacemaker or major heart problems
Had an Organ transplant
Have skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
Prone to keloid scars
Had Botox in the past 3 weeks
Used Accutane in the past year
Have excessively oily skin and large pores
What is Microblading?
Microblading is aform of semi-permanent make-up done with a small sterile, disposable needle, Hairstrokes are manually tattooed into the eyebrows, to produce the appearance of fuller looking brows, and to enhance the natural shape of brows. Pigment is implanted into the surface layer of the dermis and will last from 1-2 years.
What are the benefits?
Provide fuller brows while still remaining natural looking
Reduces time spent filling in brows daily
Brows are waterproof and sweat proof
Perfect shape is calculated by morphology of face and the golden mean φ (1.618)
Who is a candidate for microblading?
Those with over plucked eyebrows.
Those suffering from hair loss due to a medical condition.
Those who have difficulty applying makeup
Those who are in a rush and don’t have time to always apply makeup.
Is Microblading permanent?
Microblading is semi-permanent, during microblading the pigment is put into the surface layer of the dermis. Depending on skin conditions and as well as other external factors the pigment may last from 1-2 years. Individuals who spend a lot of time in the sun, sweat a lot, have excessive oiling or sebum, have abrasive facial treatments such as chemical peelings, will have pigment disappear faster then individuals who do not. Following aftercare instruction properly is crucial, and will yield the best possible result with the best pigment retention.
Do I need a touch up?
A touch-up should be booked within 2 months of having your brows initially microbladed. This is an additional appointment and is charged separately.
How often do I refresh color?
Refreshing color can be done as soon as 6 months after initial treatment, but is recommended annually.
Does it hurt?
The sensation of microblading is said to be similar to that of tweezing eyebrows, anesthetic will be used after the first pass, so the beginning of the appointment can be somewhat painful depending on your pain tolerance.
Note if you are on your menstrual cycle you may be more sensitive to pain.
What will it look like?
After the initial microblading session, the brows will be approximately 10-15% thicker, and 40-60% darker for the first 7-10 days following the treatment. Over the first week after brows have been tattooed your skin may go through many changes, the strokes may even disappear and reappear. After the first week your brows will lighten up to their true result. After 4 weeks you will come back in for the touch up appointment where any changes can be discussed.
Do I get to choose how my brows are shaped?
The shape of eyebrows is calculated according to the morphology of the face and the golden mean, the number φ (1,618). This relation of harmony can be found in our surrounding from nature to architecture, and without exception the human face and body are measured in this proportion.
Symmetry is determined digitally when the facial muscles are relaxed (when the client’s eyes are closed).
Do I get to choose the color?
The color is determined according to the natural color of the hairs in the eyebrows.
I already have permanent makeup and want to change the shape or color. Can you help?
Depending on how your permanent makeup looks and how much it has faded, you may be able to have your brows microbladed,
however you will need to send a picture by email so we can see how your brows look currently. Pictures can be sent to
How old do you have to be?
You must be 18 years of age or older to be tattooed at Arch Studio
Can this treatment be done if I am pregnant or nursing?
This treatment cannot be performed on women who are pregnant or nursing.
Is Arch Studio safe and sanitary?
Arch studio is Alberta Health Services approved, and the health and safety of our clients is extremely important to us, this means sanitizing the workstations and surrounding area before appointments and between each treatment, as well as having single use, disposable tools, and sterilizing everything else.
We are Blood Borne Pathogens certified, Phibrows certified, and insured.