Welcome to the next level of brows! MICROBLADING!! This is an amazing semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing procedure specialized just for the eyebrows.
Please read through this guide, it will tell you everything that you need to know. This treatment is not ideal for everyone, so please read this carefully and if you still have questions, then please feel free to contact me. This guide acts as a pre-consultation.
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading (also known as eyebrow embroidery, microstroking, featherstroke, and hairstroke tattoo) has actually been around for many years in Asia. The US is just catching on to this amazing technique.
This is a manual brow tattooing method, a type of permanent cosmetics. With Microblading, the thinnest hair strokes are created with pigment using hand held disposable sterile microneedles. The pigment is deposited beneath the surface of the skin, which makes the hair strokes appear very crisp and realistic. Microblading is considered a corrective brow enhancement. The goal of Microblading is to create a very natural looking brow. This technique may not eliminate the need for brow powders.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COSMETIC TATTOOING AND TRADITIONAL BODY TATTOOS?
The purpose of cosmetic tattooing is to enhance the natural features of a client. Cosmetic tattooing is softer, more subtle and natural-looking. Body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years as client’s natural coloration and facial changes occur.
HOW LONG DOES MICROBLADING LAST?
No guarantee can be made as to how long results will last. That said, Microblading is considered a semi-permanent brow procedure that can last about a year. The pigments are designed to gently fade over time. Microblading is an art, NOT a science. Client results will vary from person to person. Although it is effective and can last up to a year in most cases, no guarantee can be made about the length of time they will last. Everyone’s skin is different, it is very important that each client understands that we cannot guarantee how long the pigment will be retained in your skin. Retention depends on your skin type, texture, oiliness, and aftercare. Most clients will need 12-18 month touch-ups, but results will vary from person to person.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE? WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
I book 2.5 hours for everyone’s initial procedure. The consultation is a huge part of your appointment. During your appointment, first you will complete the paperwork, then we consult, draw your perfect shape, take before pictures, choose your ideal color, get your final approval, then start the procedure.
WILL I STILL HAVE TO TWEEZE OR WAX MY BROWS?
Yes. Your hair will continue to grow. Your maintenance will be a lot easier, though.
WILL I STILL NEED TO WEAR BROW MAKE-UP?
You might, depending on your desired look. Microblading is meant to enhance your natural brows, creating fine hair like strokes. If you prefer a filled in look, YES you will still need make-up to achieve that.
DOES IT HURT?
Pain threshold levels vary from person to person. It is a slightly uncomfortable procedure, but worth it! I use a numbing gel throughout the procedure to help you remain comfortable. Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity. If you have a very low tolerance for pain, this procedure may not be for you.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE HEALING PROCESS?
***READ THIS THOROUGHLY*** A complete Aftercare form is attached below. Review thoroughly BEFORE your appointment please.
Healing can be a very hard process for some. Everyone’s skin is different. Although eyebrow Microblading is effective in most cases, no guarantee can be made that everyone will benefit from the procedure. Microblading heals about 20-30% lighter than the initial service. If you have very dark hair please know the pigment may heal lighter than your natural hair color. Generally, the results are excellent but it very much depends on your skin texture, oiliness, and aftercare. There are many factors that could affect your healing.
Your new Microbladed eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle.
- FIRST- The pigment will appear very sharp and dark immediately after the procedure. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin, and has not yet settled in completely. Your brow area may be slightly swollen and your brows may look/feel slightly larger. While some are ok with this, some have a very hard time – Just breathe, give it time and trust the process.
- NEXT – The color of the pigment will soften gradually, for some, the pigment may seem to disappear. Again, just breathe and trust the process. Do not be alarmed if you see some pigment on the cotton swab, as this is excess pigment and/or lymph exiting the skin. Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the color pigment is fading too quickly, however, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally sloughed from your eyebrows. Your brows may develop some undesirable scabbing. DO NOT PICK! I cannot stress this enough, DO NOT PICK.
- AFTERCARE – Although I will give you a thorough aftercare form with strict instructions for you to follow, I want to mention a few things here, so you are prepared. Your brows cannot get wet for the first week of healing (no water – sink, shower, pool, ocean- no sweat, steam, no moisture at all). You will be spending a lot more time washing your face for the first week. You’ll be washing your face with cotton wipes, pads, or washcloths, very carefully for the first 7 days. You are not to apply make-up to your brows until they are completely healed – at least 4 weeks. Once completely healed (at the 4 week mark), I recommend applying a layer of sunscreen (SPF 30 up to SPF 50) on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the pigment to fade quickly.
*Plan accordingly, please allow at the very least a week if you have an event or special occasion coming up!
DOES EVERYONE NEED A TOUCH-UP?
Microblading is considered a two step procedure. Everyone will need a touch-up or perfecting appointment.
Book your touch-up/perfecting appointment no sooner than 4 weeks after your initial Microblading appointment. DO NOT WAIT LONGER THAN 8 WEEKS FOR A TOUCHUP.
Please note again that everyone’s skin is different and will experience different results with this procedure when it comes to retention.
CAN MICROBLADING BE DONE ON ANYONE/EVERYONE?
Microblading is NOT for everyone. PLEASE READ THE CONTRAINDICATIONS CAREFULLY. If any of the following apply to you, this procedure is not recommended…
…You have extremely oily skin and/or very large pores on your forehead (pigment may not retain properly-they may fade quickly or strokes will appear fuzzy and blurred).
…You have dark/solid existing permanent makeup. Microblading can NOT be done immediately after cosmetic tattoo removal, you must wait at least 8 weeks.
IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUS COSMETIC BROW TATTOOING, SEND AN EMAIL (BEFORE BOOKING!!) WITH A PICTURE OR BOOK A 15 MINUTE CONSULTATION BEFORE BOOKING YOUR MICROBLADING APPOINTMENT. YOU NEED MY APPROVAL BEFORE BOOKING, THIS IS FOR THE GOOD OF YOUR BROWS!
…You are a smoker (pigment may not retain properly, colors may distort).
…If you have a history of MRSA
…You have psoriasis in the treatment area.
…You have an auto-immune disease.
…You have Diabetes type 1 or 2 (due to slow healing and infection, color may or may not retain well).
…You have thyroid/graves disease (medication may cause pigment to not retain properly).
…You have anemia (pigment may not retain properly).
…You have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring.
…You are currently undergoing chemotherapy.
…You are pregnant or nursing. (You cannot have this service. No exceptions.)
…If you are under a doctor’s care and have questions at ALL about being able to have this procedure, it is your responsibility to meet with your doctor and get written approval.
** Please note…. even if none of the above apply, Microblading cannot be guaranteed. This is a semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing procedure, the skin can be unpredictable, it is up to your skin to retain the pigment. Generally, results are successful, however, due to skin type, healing or bleeding during procedure, some results can differ** IF YOU SHOW UP TO YOUR SCHEDULED SESSION AND DECIDE NOT TO PROCEED BECAUSE ONE OR MORE OF THE ABOVE IS PRESENT, YOUR DEPOSIT IS STILL NON-REFUNDABLE.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY MICROBLADING SESSION?
BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT:
Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oils, vitamin E, niacin, or drink excessive alcohol at least 48 hours prior to and after your procedure.
Do not take any prescription blood thinners at least 48 hours prior to and after your procedure.
Discontinue any vitamin A skin care products (Retin-A, retinols) close to the enhancement area at least two weeks prior to your procedure. **I recommend NOT using these products over or around the brow area after you receive Microblading. It could cause fading and distortion of hairstrokes.**
Discontinue use of AHA (chemical exfoliation) skin care products close to the brow area at least one week prior to your procedure.
No laser or electrolysis on or around the treatment area one week prior to procedure.
Do not have any chemical peels, dermabrasions, mesotherapy, or any other intense treatments which will cause faster skin cell rejuvenating and cause skin irritation 3-4 weeks before procedure.
No Botox or fillers in the procedure area four weeks prior.
If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please do so at least 3 days before your appointment.
Plan trips or events a minimum of 14 days after the procedure.
Limit the amount of caffeine you consume the morning of your appointment.
If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this procedure.
It is highly recommended that you avoid SUN and TANNING BED exposure for 30 days BEFORE and AFTER your procedure. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule and will forfeit your booking fee. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn, it will take the pigment with it.
If you have an ideal shape and color in mind, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment.
You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so we can take into consideration the shape you desire.
If you have existing cosmetic tattooing you need to contact me BEFORE booking your appointment.
**If you don’t take into account these instructions and we need to cancel your appointment day of, you will be charged the deposit.
Please be realistic with your brow expectations, although symmetry is always our goal, no one’s face is 100% perfectly symmetrical. IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR EYEBROWS TO BE PERFECT MIRROR IMAGES OF ONE ANOTHER, you’ve heard the saying “brows are sisters, not twins”, that applies here too.
Regular $650 Hands On Healing Intro Price is $550 (Includes 4-8 touch up)
TOUCH-UP PRICES ARE ONLY FOR CLIENTS WHO HAVE HAD THEIR INITIAL MICROBLADING SESSION AT HANDS ON HEALING.
In some instances, additional touch-ups are needed to achieve your desired look. Pricing is as follows:
3-5 month touch-up: $175
6-11 month touch-up: $295
12-17 month touch-up: $395
18-23 months touch-up: $595
2 YEARS AND BEYOND BOOK AS INITIAL PROCEDURE: $650
TOUCH-UP PRICES ARE FOR HANDS ON HEALING CLIENTS ONLY. IF YOU HAD YOUR ORIGINAL MICROBLADING SERVICE DONE SOMEWHERE ELSE, YOUR FIRST VISIT WITH HANDS ON HEALING IS FULL-PRICE.
MICROBLADING POLICIES – READ THOROUGHLY
**Please note: We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
BOOKING FEE (DEPOSIT)
A $400 non-refundable booking fee is required to book your microblading appointment. The fee is 100% NON-refundable and is credited towards your appointment. Please be aware that you will forfeit the fee if you cancel your appointment, no exceptions. If you miss an appointment and want to reschedule, you will be required an additional $100 deposit.
Why do we charge a Deposit? We have to book out 2.5 hours of our time and the spas time in order to schedule your appointment. If you don’t show up, Hands On Healing loses out on other clients that are trying to schedule appointments.
We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise that could force you to reschedule your procedure. Please understand that such changes affect not only us, but other clients as well. If you choose to reschedule your appointment, we request at least 48 hours notice, but a MINIMUM OF 24 HOURS ADVANCED NOTICE IS REQUIRED, otherwise you will lose your booking fee and need to pay a late cancellation fee of $100.
If you choose to NOT reschedule, you will lose your booking fee and any other future appointments will require balance owed for the treatment.
To avoid unfair delays to other clients, if you are more than 15 minutes late to your scheduled appointment, your procedure will need to be rescheduled and you will lose your booking fee.
If you “no-show” your appointment, you will lose your deposit of $400, AND you will not be able to book another appointment without payment in full.
NO CHILDREN OR PETS ARE ALLOWED AT YOUR APPOINTMENT. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you show up with children or a pet, your appointment will be cancelled and you will lose your deposit
**IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUS BROW TATTOOING OF ANY KIND, YOU MUST GET MY APPROVAL BEFORE BOOKING!! IF YOU SHOW UP TO YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH A BROW TATTOO THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED, I HAVE THE RIGHT TO TURN YOU AWAY AND CHARGE A LATE CANCELLATION FEE OF $100.**