Q: What is Microblading?
A: Also known as Embroidery Microblading, 3D Microblading and semi-permanent makeup, Microblading is the art of applying tiny, individual hairlike strokes, following the directional growth of natural eyebrow hair, using a manual tool with fine blades on it and customized pigments. That creates super realistic natural look. The epidermis is 'scratched' and pigment is deposited in more shallow way - unlike a tattoo, the pigments break down and partially fade with time.
Q: Am I a good candidate?
A: This procedure is not right for you if:
you are under the age of 18
are pregnant or nursing
you are using Accutane or have used it within the past year
you are allergic to Lidocaine
your skin is very fragile, sensitive or problematic or you have eczema, psoriasis, acne, sun damage. 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
you are allergic to Lidocaine
you are highly prone to scarring or keloids
you are epileptic
you have diabetes, a history of hemophilia/abnormal bleeding, hair loss, or any medical condition that might affect healing of the procedure area.
you use blood thinners/heart medications of any sort
you have had Botox in the past 3 weeks,
If you have very oily skin and/or very large pores on your forehead the hair stroke pigment may be rejected or it may heal very powdery and fuzzy with loss of detail and may need frequent touch ups. Ask me about powder /ombre brows, or a combination brows.
I strongly advise prospective new clients to book their first Microblading appointment at least 3 months in advance of Vacations, Weddings, and special occasions. This allows adequate time for healing of both your Initial Microblading Appointment as well as a Touch-Up Appointment 4-6 Weeks after.
Q: What is the process?
A: *1st Appointment - "INITIAL SESSION” - Brow mapping and collaborating together on the perfect shape according to your facial features, desired thickness and desired ‘look'. Application of a natural hair stoke pattern. Strokes are applied with a single use disposable tool and the area is numbed for minimal pain. This appointment takes approx. 2 hours.
*2nd Appointment - “PERFECTING SESSION"- recommended 4-6 weeks later - to touch up any light spots, build additional texture, add hair strokes or tweak and perfect the shape. This appointment usually takes approx. 1-1.5 hours.
Q: Is one session enough?
A: No. Microblading is a 2-step layering process. Everyones skin is different, some people will retain a lot of color, others will heal very light or patchy. Although some eyebrows heal very good, first appointment is not meant to heal perfectly.
Sometimes it is necessary to do a 3rd touch up session - this is entirely at the discretion of the client and is only needed if they would like a few strokes here and there to even things out - we do not go over the whole brow again.
Q: Will it hurt?
A: Everyone has different sensitivities as far as discomfort goes, however in most cases clients feel no pain to minimal pain. I have even had a few clients fall asleep. You can expect to feel a scratching sensation and hear a "velcro" sound. It is uncomfortable, but by no means unbearable.
Q: What to expect through healing process?
A: Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color, more sharply defined or even have a more filled in appearance. This can last up to a week after the treatment while the initial healing process takes place. The treated area may feel a bit like sunburn afterwards but there should be minimal discomfort and minimal redness.
During the initial healing period, there may be scabbing, flaking or peeling of the skin. If that happens, do not pick, and allow the scab or dry skin to come off on its own. This is very important! If scabs come off prematurely, the pigment will come out with it!
The complete healing process takes about 4-6 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating.
Q: What is the proper aftercare?
A: It is essential that you follow these instructions after your microblading session:
NO MOISTURE! NO WATER! NO SWEAT! NO SUN! For 10-14 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 10 days! Keeping them dry makes them retain more detail, better color, and more crisp strokes, so it's worth it.
Day One (day of the treatment): You must rinse your eyebrows with clean distilled water with neutral soap (childrens) half an hour after the procedure and apply thin layer of post-care cream. Repeat this procedure 3-5 times in this first day. Apply the post-care cream with a cotton swab and use no aggressive movement and/or manipulation of the skin. Wash your hands with a disinfectant soap before washing your eyebrows and/or applying the post-care cream.
Day Two – Nine:
Dry, Normal skin: Do not rinse the skin. You must apply the post-care cream in your eyebrows 3-5 times a day. Apply a tiny bit of post-care cream with a cotton swab and use no aggressive movement and/or manipulation of the skin. Make sure your hands are completely clean before caring for your eyebrows.
Oily skin: Keep the brows as dry as possible for the 2 weeks following your procedure. If your skin starts to feel tight and dry , gently pat a small amount of aftercare cream on the area with a q-tip once a day, on day 4 or 5 post treatment (preferably not earlier).
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
Use product free blotting paper 3 times a day for normal skin, and 6 times a day for oily skin directly on top of the brows and then the surrounding area for the first 10 days as well.
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, such as Cetaphil.
Q: How long will microblading lasts?
A: Depending on your skin type, you can expect the look to last anywhere from 6 months to up to 2 years. Remember, this is a semi-permanent procedure. Microblading will fade softly.
If you have oily skin, the strokes will fade quicker and may take on a more powdered "makeup" look. If you have dry skin, the strokes will last longer and heal sharper. Both looks are an improvement on patchiness, unevenness and will reduce the amount of time you spend drawing your brows each day.
Q: How much do they fade after the initial session?
A: About 20-40%. They will become softer and lighter - this is normal.
Q: What else can cause them to fade faster?
A: Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, it's recommended to apply sunscreen daily on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
Glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, and chemical face peel products must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could lighten the pigment (stay away for at least a month after treatment).
If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Continue at your own discretion. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.
Q: What is "Brow Shock"?
A: So you've gone from no brows to wow brows - and you don't look like you anymore! If you've been looking at your brows in the mirror every day for years and are used to seeing yourself a certain way, suddenly having dark, full brows can be a little...shocking. But don't worry. Give it a few days and the shock will wear off - this is a completely normal reaction. And don't forget, your new brows will soften and shrink within 14 days.