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What is microblading?
Microblading is a new form of semi-permanent make-up for your eyebrows. It is a manual process performed with a handheld tool that permanent make-up artists call a microblade.
Using a microblade, permanent make-up artists deposit pigment into the upper layers of the skin in hair-like incisions to enhance, reshape or fill in your eyebrows. The results give you breathtaking and natural looking eyebrows!
Microblading is perfect for those with fine brow hair and over-tweezed for the purpose to add volume and illusion of hair texture for a natural appearance.
Microblading is truly an art and requires a trained and licensed detail-oriented permanent makeup artist to perform the procedure.
How long does it last?
Microblading lasts 1-2 years depending on skin type, skin care routine and lifestyle. A yearly touch-up is recommended for maintenance.
Does it hurt?
Pain is minimal! We use a topical anesthetic to numb the skin before beginning to Microblade and during the procedure also if needed. Most clients feel very little discomfort during the procedure. The discomfort is often associated to scraping. It all really depends on each client’s threshold of pain, whether they followed all pre-appointment instructions, whether client is on their menstrual cycle, etc. Whatever the case is, it is very important to relax and stay still during the procedure. Some clients have actually taken naps too!
Who should avoid microblading?
Those under 18 years old.
Those who are pregnant or nursing.
Those who smoke - their microblading will fade faster.
We do not perform male microblading - we are not specialized in male shapes and hair-stroke patterns.
Those who are under the influence of alcohol and drugs during the appointment - we will ask you politely to leave.
Those with epilepsy.
Those with hemophilia.
Those with viral infections and/or diseases.
Those with allergies to alcohol or numbing agents like lidocaine as these are used during the procedure.
Those who have skin conditions on or near eyebrows. This includes rashes, psoriasis, eczema, melasma, rosacea, shingles, varicella, open cuts, wounds, sores, scar tissue, etc.
Those who have auto-immune disease, thyroid disorders, diabetes, other healing disorders, pacemaker, mitral valve disorder, other major heart conditions, high/uncontrolled blood pressure, etc. Any medical condition that affects your skin, prevents your blood from clotting or affects how your body heals will lead to unpredictable healed results (ex: blurry hair-strokes, migration of the color, extreme fading, etc).
Those who have darker skin tones as they may be more prone to Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation or keloids. With Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation the microbladed skin may produce melanin and become darker in color (grey, blue, brown or black) and the pigment may heal patchy or may be hidden by the melanin completely and not be visible at all.
Those who are going through chemotherapy or have active cancer - we will request a doctor’s note before we can perform the procedure on you.
Those who have had plastic surgery done in the eyebrow area, please wait 3 months at least before scheduling an appointment.
Those who are taking hormones, steroids, blood thinning medications, thyroid medications, anxiety medications or antidepressants.
Those who are using AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), Retin-A, or other acids and products for exfoliating, anti-aging, brightening, tone correcting or fading. They will discolor the microbladed eyebrows so make sure you stop them at least 2 weeks before your appointment.
Those who have had Juvederm, Botox or other fillers done in the eyebrow area. Please wait at least 4 weeks before scheduling your appointment.
Those who are taking skin medications like Accutane, which thin and make the skin more sensitive. Please wait 6 months after getting off any skin medication before scheduling your appointment.
Those with extensive asymmetry of the eyebrows due to uneven brow bone, soft tissue, or facial structure.
Those with hyper elastic/lax/loose skin.
Those with acne/very dry/thin/sensitive/flaky/mature skin as they will bleed more during the procedure and have poor color retention. They are also at more risk of scarring over time.
Those with more oily skin and larger pores. The microbladed hair-strokes will not heal as crisp, they can heal thicker/blurrier, more patchy and lead to migration of the pigment.
Those with thick/coarse eyebrow hair. You must have fine eyebrow hair for the most natural microblading results as the hair-strokes will blend in better with the eyebrow hair. Combo brows (microblading and shading) is more recommended for clients with sparse or coarse eyebrow hair as the shading will help fill in the eyebrows more.
Previous work on the eyebrows (tattoo, microblading or other permanent make-up):
We do not perform corrections or removals.
We do not touch-up another artist’s microblading work as we all have different styles and patterns for the hair-strokes.
The previous work must be faded by at least 80-90% for us to be able to microblade hair-strokes over it. You must not have any scare tissue from your previous work as this will affect your healed results.
If you have previous work done and it’s very faded, please email us a clear, close-up photo of your eyebrows with no make-up on so we can evaluate first before you book an appointment. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long does the appointment take?
It usually takes 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes. Most of the time is spent numbing and filling out consent forms, going over colors and drawing the eyebrow shape. The Microblading portion only takes about 45 minutes to one hour.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
The best way to prepare for your appointment is to follow all pre-appointment instructions to ensure you bleed minimally and your skin retains the pigment well.
- NO caffeine 24 hours before the procedure
- NO alcohol 48 hours before the procedure
- NO Vitamin E, Fish oils, Niacin, 14 days before the procedure
- NO Ibuprofen, Aspirin or any other blood thinning medication, 48-72 hours prior to the procedure (Tylenol is ok)
- NO exercising the day of the procedure as it expands the pores
- NO extensive sun exposure or sunburn at least 14 days before the procedure
- NO plucking, waxing or threading at least 7 days before the procedure
- Avoid scheduling the procedure around the menstrual cycle as it will make the client more sensitive to pain and they will bleed more during the procedure
- Avoid the following treatments within 4 weeks of the procedure: laser treatments, micro-needling, derma-planning, any other facials, Botox or other fillers, and chemicals peels
- Avoid Accutane and/or steroids which thin and make the skin more sensitive. Please wait 6 months after getting off any prescription medication for the skin before scheduling an appointment
- Avoid AHA’s or any creams/face washes for exfoliating, anti-aging, tone correcting and fading – they must be stopped 14 days prior to the appointment as they may discolor the Microbladed eyebrows
Also, you can bring a photo or you can look through our gallery and see which shape/style/color you like better. These will also be discussed with your artist during your appointment in order to customize your best eyebrows that frame your face beautifully.
What are the aftercare instructions?
Aftercare is very important to the longevity and appearance of your eyebrows post procedure.
For the first 7-10 days after your appointment:
- NO water, soap, lotion, or makeup on your eyebrows. Be careful when you take showers to not get your eyebrows wet. If you do get water on them by accident, tap your eyebrows immediately with a dry cloth. You may gently clean the eyebrows with a baby wipe once or twice a day if they get too oily throughout the day.
- Apply sparingly the aftercare ointment given once a day with a Q-tip in the morning or at night.
Please avoid the following during the first 14 days after your appointment:
- Scrubbing or picking at the treated area
- Sweating and exercising
- Swimming, hot sauna, hot bath, Jacuzzi
- Touching the eyebrows except when cleaning the area and applying ointment
- Excess alcohol
- Dirty places or heavy cleaning where there is lots of airborne debris
Please avoid the following at all times after your appointment:
Chemical peels, laser treatments, facials, acne or anti-aging skincare containing Retin-A, glycolic acid or other acids and chemicals on the eyebrows. These will fade your color faster and may discolor your eyebrows.
Sun tanning or salon tanning. Always apply sunscreen on your eyebrows to protect your color from changing or fading.
What is the healing process like?
Day 1 - the eyebrows are approximately 30% bolder and darker in width than they will be when healed. Expect light to moderate swelling and redness. The skins redness causes the color of the pigment to appear darker. There is some swelling, although difficult to actually see due to the thickness of the skin in the eyebrows area. This will subside. Exfoliation, which begins in a few days, will cause the excess pigment surrounding the eyebrows to flake away and a more narrow appearance will result. New skin will heal over the pigmented area and result in a softer appearance of your eyebrows. Don’t be concerned that your eyebrows initially appear darker and heavier in size than you desire. This is all part of the process.
Day 2 - conditions remain the same.
Day 3 - eyebrows start to itch and will appear a bit thicker in texture. Exfoliation begins.
Day 4 - the skin begins to flake, peeling from the outside edges first.
Day 5 - color finishes flaking off and appears softer and grayer for a few days until color clarifies.
Day 6 - the color has lightened from its initial overly-dark appearance. For the next few days, the color may now be lighter than what the final color will be.
Day 10 - the final color begins to stabilize and show through. The color will continue to soften as the healing process completes. Depending on your age and body regeneration, the complete healing process may take 4 to 6 weeks. The exact color and shape can only be seen after the 4 to 6 weeks.
If you experience any unexpected issues during the healing process please contact us for more instructions. Contact your physician immediately if you experience any of the following: fever, redness, swelling, tenderness, elevated body temperature, and/or any green/yellow discharge that is foul in odor.
Failture to follow the post-procedure instructions above may result in a loss or discoloration of pigment resulting in a need for more frequent touchups.
What should I expect after my first microblading appointment?
It’s important to understand even before your appointment that the final results can only be seen after two appointments. While you will see great results right after the first procedure, little parts of the eyebrows may naturally slough off during the healing process or the color may heal slightly lighter. Results depend on each client’s undertones, whether they have very oily skin, how much they bleed during the procedure, etc. It is very hard to accurately predict how the ink will heal for every person. That is why we recommend coming to a touch-up appointment 6 to 8 weeks after your initial appointment to retouch the parts that need more work done and match the color as much as possible to your natural eyebrow hair. This is also the perfect time to add more thickeness if desired.
Can microblading cover-up an eyebrow tattoo or other permanent make-up?
Microblading can often not cover-up an eyebrow tattoo or other permanent make-up unless the color is extremely faded. A combination of Microblading and shading will have to be used to cover it up completely but this differs from case to case. We will need to see a photo of your eyebrows first so we can determine if we can do the correction/cover-up for you. Please send us a very clear and close up photo of your eyebrows to email@example.com. This photo is private and will not be shared or used in any promotional material.
What is ombre shading?
Ombre shading is a new technique for those looking for a more natural soft powder make-up look. Ombre brows give a light to dark ombre effect, lighter at the beginning of the brow and going darker toward the tail. This technique is very different than an eyebrow tattoo although it's done using a machine. Ombre brows provide the best results for those clients who need to cover-up an existing Microblading/tattoo or for those with oily skin, large pores, more problematic/acne/thin skin, coarse eyebrow hair, etc. Results last longer with ombre brows.
What are combo brows?
Combination brows is a beautiful technique that provides microblading and shading (a technique that simulates the make-up/powder look). This technique provides a natural but fuller look. It is perfect for those with sparse eyebrow hair.