500 Plaza Drive, Folsom, California 95630, United States

CALL (916) 619-6126 OR TEXT (916) 272-6338


PMU *Microblading, Micropigmentation* and CRYOTHERAPY
for Women and Men

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Contraindication means something (such as a symptom or condition) that makes a particular treatment or procedure inadvisable.  Contraindications of Microblading are:

  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding, it is advisable that you do not go ahead with this procedure.
  • If you are prone to Keloid Scarring.
  • If you are diabetic
  • If you have any allergies to hair dyes, makeup or jewellery
  • If you are taking certain medications for example roacutan an acne treatment, and certain blood thinners.
  • If you are currently undergoing Chemotherapy treatment, you will need your Doctor's approval, and a letter from your specialist.
  • We advise not to consume Aspirin, Ibuprofin or alcohol 24-48 hours prior to your procedure. However, do not discontinue any medications before consulting your Doctor.
  • Tattooing will not be performed over blemishes, sores and moles around the brow area.
  • If you are sick with a bacterial or viral infection, you will need to call us immediately to reschedule your appointment.

If you have any of these contraindications, you must phone us for a personal consultation on (916) 272-6338.

Microblading FAQ

What is Microblading?

Microblading, also known as Feather Stroke Tattoo, is a form of Cosmetic Tattooing.  In this process, we implant tiny hair like strokes into the top layer of the Dermis of the skin, using a one use sterile hand tool.  This is a semi – permanent process, as pigment is implanted on a superficial layer of the skin, which lasts up to 3 years, depending on your skin type.

Is Microblading suited everyone?

The short answer is no.  Those with large pores and oily skin tend to be more challenging.  For these skin types shading is a must.  Pigment tends to not hold well or heal in a crisp manner with these types of skin.  Also note that light, pale white, white and fair skin (Fitzpatrick skin types 1-2) have a higher chance of not being able to hold pigment well.  A different technique may be more compatible with their skin type.  At Maya Microblading we try microblading at client's first session and switch to powder or ombré at touch up, if necessary.

Does it hurt?

Everybody is different when it comes to sensitivity.   We apply an anaesthetic/numbing cream prior to your procedure, and continue to keep your brows numb during your procedure to keep you comfortable.  Pain thresholds differ from person to person; however, every effort is made to keep you as comfortable as possible.

How many treatments are required and long does it last?

For most clients, a minimum of two treatments are usually needed, at least 6-8 weeks apart.

Microblading is a 2-step process; your Initial Session is used to build the foundation of your brows, and create symmetry and balance to the face.

Your Touch-Up or Perfecting Session, is to perfect the brow shape, and add more substance to the brow. We do this by adding more hair strokes, and re-establishing any pigment that has not held.

If you have had previous tattoo work on your brows you must book in for a consultation for assessment.

On average, each appointment is about two to three hours.  In most cases, mapping out the design takes longer than the actual process. We make sure clients don't feel rushed. We assure them that they can take as much time as they need to decide on a shape and make as many modifications as they see necessary.

What is the healing process?

Straight after your first treatment, your new tattoo will look amazing, with no swelling and minimal redness and discomfort.

On day 2 – 5 your brow tattoo will appear bolder and darker, as the area that was treated will slightly scab.

During day 1 – 4 you must apply the ointment that we provide to the area, morning and night, and when showering to protect the area from infection, and to quicken the healing process.  This means you cannot wet your brows in the shower or when cleansing your face for the first 4 days.

On day 5 you can treat your brows as you would normally – cleansing, makeup etc.

During week 2 – 4 your brows may appear to have lost some hair strokes! This is normal, and just part of the healing process. These hair strokes re surface during the 4th week after treatment.

Check the healing process video here (courtesy of  StarletSquad).

What will affect my new microbladed eyebrow?

Sun exposure, the regeneration of skin cells over time, skin type, the choice of color, and bleeding during the procedure will affect the final result of your treatment.

When the skin bleeds more during the procedure, pigment is pushed out of the skin, therefore retention is poor.  To avoid this make sure you avoid alcohol 48 hours prior to treatment, and if you are on blood thinners to let us know prior to treatment.

Long term, your new brow tattoo will fade and shrink over time, therefore yearly touch ups are advised to keep your tattoo looking fresh.

How long does it last?

Permanent makeup will last anywhere from 1-3 years - depending on certain factors like skin type, age, and ethnicity.  In addition, certain other variables like aftercare can seriously affect the staying power of the pigment in the skin.  We recommend that clients come back yearly for a color boost to freshen it up and define the shape.  This helps to keep it looking good as new.

Can you change or fix the shape of my eyebrows?

It depends on your natural brow shape and fullness as they exist now.  The idea behind microblading is to give you a natural looking eyebrow.  We want to keep as many of your existing eyebrows as possible.  The only time we would shave or remove hair would be to change the shape of your natural brow line.

Can you just fill in certain spots, add arch or make my brows symmetrical?

We can fully customize exactly what you want for your eyebrows.  Your requirements will be discussed during the consultation.  We will also recommend improvements on shape, thickness and measure your brows to gain a symmetrical eyebrows.

What about color for my eyebrows?

We will match the color (pigment) to the color of your existing eyebrows.  This is the best method in getting the most natural outcome.  It is a rule of thumb to go two shades darker than the desired outcome as the color will fade as it heals.  The natural tone of your skin is also taken into account.  Based on Color Theory, people with red undertones need a pigment with a green base so that the pigment does not turn pink after 6 months.  On the other end of the spectrum, people with natural olive or dark skin tone need a pigment with orange undertones so that the pigment does not turn blueish.  This is a tricky concept to grasp.  During consultation, we will explain and show you what pigment we are choosing and why.

Why does it fade during the healing process?

During the healing process, your may scratch your brows.  Your body goes through a natural process of healing in order to generate new skin cell growth.  With new skin cells, a new fresh layer of skin covers the wound.  Using a pigment two shades darker allows for the new skin to heal and still result in the desired color once the skin is fully healed.   

What is the differences between microblading, powder/ombré, and combo (microblading & shading)?


This the most natural form of permanent makeup. Microblading mimics fine hair which is why it looks so natural. This is perfect for those who want just a base for an everyday look with the option to enhance a dramatic look with makeup. 


A makeup look that gives you the “Instagram brow”. This is a form of powder that replicates the look of your eyebrow pencil. Ombre has a gradient where it goes lighter at the center of the eyebrow and gradually gets darker towards the center and ends of the brow; while powder is the same color throughout the brow. 

Combo (Microblading & Shadow):

Combo brows give you the best of both worlds. You can have a natural look while having some shading throughout the brow. The center of the eyebrow is strokes and the rest of the brow is shaded to look like your eyebrow pencil.

Why do you have two pricing structures?

We know that people have different budgets, so we offer two tiers of service based on your specific needs. We broken down our pricing for individual* and complete** pricing/services.

All microblading and permanent makeup is a multisession process, meaning, touch ups are necessary. 

I can get cheaper price elsewhere, why should I use your service?

Remember, this is your face! There is no room for compromise. This is your investment. You will receive a first class experience with stunning results.


We have procedures in place to maintain a sterile safe environment for our clients.

We only use one use disposable needles and supplies.

Our pigments are non-toxic and contain no artificial preservatives 

We are licensed body art professional and bloodborne pathogens certified.

BB Glow Therapy FAQ

We are in the process to gather the FAQ for BB Glow Micropigmentation Therapy.

Watch this space!

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) FAQ

Why Maya Microblading for Scalp Micropigmentation?

Maya Microblading utilizes various needle clusters, depths, density, and color matching techniques to give the appearance of real natural stubble using actual keratin protein in the pigments themselves.   We use custom made needles and proprietary pigment mixture.

We use the patented DermiMatch Hair Follicle solution.

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