What is Microblading anyway?
The technique we perform is a process called microblading. It’s more superficial than tattooing; the strokes of pigment we implant imitate eyebrow hairs, appearing crisp and extremely fine, perfectly mimicking real hair.
What do I need to do before my Microblading treatment?
– Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners, or drink alcohol 24 hours prior to and after your appointment.
– Discontinue Retin-A skin care products close to the area two weeks prior and after your procedure
– Discontinue use of AHA skin care products close to the brow area one week prior to your procedure
– No waxing, laser or electrolysis one week prior to procedure
– And please, no Botox or fillers in the area two weeks prior to appointments
How long does it last?
The semi-permanent procedure usually lasts around 12 months. The key word is semi-permanent and client results will vary based on skin type and lifestyle. Everyone’s skin is different so it greatly depends on your skin composition and your healing process. No guarantee can be made that a specific client will benefit the same as another from this procedure. Aftercare must be taken seriously to ensure the best outcome for your brows. For all touch-up appointments, it is the client’s responsibility to book these in advance. Touch-ups are only available if initial microblading was performed by us, otherwise it will be considered an initial session.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedures are broken up into two appointments; the initial appointment and then a Perfecting Session 4 to 8 weeks later.
Please allow up to 2.5 hours for your first microblading appointment to be completed. Most of this time is spent allowing the numbing cream to take effect and talking about the specifics. After the procedure is done, you will then discuss aftercare instructions. Also, taking of some before and after pictures of your new look.
The Perfecting Session will be scheduled when you arrive for initial appointment. We schedule perfecting sessions 4-8 weeks after your first session. The time between appointments gives the skin time to heal and lets the color settle into the skin. The second appointment will not take as long; plan on about two hours. The Microblading Specialists will see how your skin has retained the pigment and make any adjustments to color or shape as needed. They will also go over some strokes to ensure the best possible retention. To sum it up, really this appointment is exactly as described- it’s all about the perfecting of your new brows.
How long does healing take?
The complete healing process takes up to 4 weeks, but you will have only 7-10 days of specific aftercare following each session. Please allow at least a week if you have an event or special occasion coming up. We will provide you with the necessary aftercare instructions.
MICROBLADED BROWS GO THROUGH MANY PHASES WHILE HEALING! CHECK IT OUT SO YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT….
- Day 1 – finely detailed, slight redness
- Day 2-4 – They become darker and more filled in looking as they form a light protective layer or scab. This is only temporary- don’t panic!
- Day 5-12- the protective layer naturally exfoliates, peels and flakes away over the course of several days as your skin heals underneath it. The freshly healed skin is white and has a waxy coating, making it appear that the brows are too light. Be patient!
- Day 10-30 – After 10 days you may use brow makeup very gently if you need it. The color will slowly come back to life and bloom back to the surface as that new, white skin settles in and heals. Wait at least 4 weeks to see the true color, as it will take on new strength, and it is only after 4-8 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done. Your second appointment is to tighten up your shape, touch up any light spots and also to assess how your skin reacts to the process, and the chosen color. We note everyone’s pigment blend, in case we need to layer in a different shade or adjust the method for the best results.
- This is a two step process. Brows look really finished after the 2nd appointment.
Once completely healed, we advise applying a layer of sunscreen on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun, as sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly.
Does it hurt?
In a word, yes. But not that much. Numbing cream (Lidocaine) is used and it’s more uncomfortable than painful.
How long does Microblading last ?
Everyone’s skin is different so it greatly depends on your skin composition and your healing process. No guarantee can be made that a specific client will benefit the same as another from this procedure. Microblading implants pigment into the basal layer of the epidermis; it is a form of cosmetic tattooing, using fine, delicate strokes to make the brow look as natural as possible. Other factors that play a role in longevity are skin color, skin type, and mostly how aggressive your immune system is in metabolizing the pigment. Factors such as sun exposure, BOTOX, AHA’s (lactic, glycolic, citric, retinoic and tartaric acids) or any OTC creams and lotions for tone correcting, anti-aging, exfoliating, or lightening the skin can cause your Microblading to fade.
How do you choose a color?
The microblading specialists will choose the color that is perfect for you.
Who is not ideal for this procedure?
– Under the age of 18
– Accutane use (within 12 months of appointment)
– On any or has taken any anticoagulants; aspirin, alcohol, other blood thinners in the last 24 hours
– Severely oily skin (pigment will look more solid than like hair strokes)
– Diabetes type 1 or 2 (prone to slow healing and infection)
– Other autoimmune diseases; lupus, graves, etc. (please obtain your doctor’s advice or clearance)
– Thyroid disease (medication may cause pigment to not retain properly)
– If your skin is very delicate, fragile, sensitive or problematic. The older we get the more fragile and thin our skin gets. People aged over 70 may not have the most ideal results, and may experience loss of detail, discoloration, or additional blurring.
– Pregnant or nursing
– Allergic to Lidocaine
– Highly prone to scarring or keloids
FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE RULES FOR THE BEST AFTERCARE RESULTS:
NO MOISTURE! NO WATER! NO SWEAT! NO SUN! For 10 days.
The best results come from the “Do Nothing” or “Dry Healing” method. The absolute best results come from keeping your brows extremely DRY for the next 7-10 days! Keeping them dry makes them retain more detail, better color, and more crisp strokes, so it’s worth it 🙂 It sounds tricky- but can be done if you’re mindful of it. Here’s how…
- Keep your face directly out of the shower stream & do your best to carefully wash hair and keep face as dry as possible. Keep clean, dry paper towels on hand to pat dry if they accidentally get moist. Also keep showers brief, as too much steam can harm brows as well.
- When washing your face, be sure not to splash water onto your face like we normally do. Instead use a washcloth or disposable cleansing wipe to wash AROUND the brows, making sure they stay dry 🙂
- Do not apply any cosmetics on your brows for AT LEAST 10 days.
- No heavy exercising or sweating for at least 10 days post procedure. If you want the best color and detail retention, this is crucial.
- After 10 days you may wash your face normally, including your brows with a gentle face wash.
- DO NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment. IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It may appear as though the tattooed area has completely disappeared. This is just new skin forming. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.