Most frequently asked Microblading questions and answers
WHAT IS MICROBlaDING?
Microblading is a form of semi-Permanent Makeup that provides a means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. Pigment is implanted into the second later of the skin and creates the hair-like strokes that gives the illusion of real hair.
What is MicroShading?
MicroShading is Microblading (definition above) + manual Shading to give density to the eyebrows and brings them to life. MicroShading is recommended to clients who currently have no eyebrow hair or those with very thin brows. This service gives the illusion of real hair plus the density and definition you would need to create fuller brows. MicroShading is also recommended for any clients who've had previous tattoo work on their eyebrows. (Must submit a photo before booking for existing eyebrow tattoos).
How long does Microblading last?
The pigment used in this procedure is semi-permanent, therefore the procedure typically lasts 1-2 years. Because of the unique qualities of each individual’s skin and lifestyles, we are unable to guarantee how long your results will last. You will likely need a touchup within 6-18 months, although we do recommend an annual color boost to keep your brows looking fresh.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is done using a hand tool, with a prepackaged, sterile, single use “blade” made up of a grouping of needles that are 3x smaller than the needles that would be used in a tattoo machine. With the appropriate amount of pressure, the skin is scored and the pigment is deposited into the epidermis (outermost layer of skin). Think paper-cuts!
How long is the procedure?
Your first appointment will take approximately 2-hours, as plenty of time will be taken to assure that we have created the shape you desire before the procedure is performed. Your second appointment (4-8 week touch up) will be between 60-90 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Each individual will have a different experience with the level of discomfort associated with the service. Some say it is relaxing and they only feel the pressure being applied. Others say it feels about as uncomfortable as tweezing. A topical numbing cream is applied 20-mins prior to your procedure which will numb the outer layer of skin. Then we use a medical grade numbing gel throughout your entire procedure which numbs the inner layers of skin and helps most clients not feel a thing. Our numbing system is very effective!
What's the healing process like?
When you leave from your appointment your brow area may appear pink, and the pigment itself will seem darker than you may prefer. The day after your appointment few people would notice anything unusual. Throughout the healing process (1-2 weeks) they will slowly fade to a softer, more natural shade, but they will not be unpresentable.
How do I pick the shape I want?
We choose the shape of your new brows together. Whether you are just looking to enhance the fullness of your natural brow, or create a whole new shape, we will take it one step at a time. Your new shape will be applied with a cosmetic pencil first so that you can see how it will look your face. We will not start the procedure until you are happy with what we have created.
I have no brows, can I still get this procedure?
Absolutely, this is a great option for those who suffer from Alopecia, Trichotillomania, or have been through Chemotherapy. Microblading can even correct past wax catastrophes, over tweezing, or the normal hair thinning that occurs post menopause.
How much does it cost?
3D EYEBROW MICROBLADING $495
3D OMBRÉ BROWS $425
3D MICROBLADING + SHADING $595
All Services include (1) Complimentary 4-8 Week Touch Up
HOW MANY SESSIONS DO I NEED?
Minimum of 2. (10% of clients may need 3). Just like many beauty procedures, permanent makeup isn't a one-and-done thing. We always emphasize the importance of coming in for your 2nd session touch-up 4-6 weeks after your first procedure. If you have higher-maintenance skin (i.e.: oily skin, excessively dry skin, bigger pores around your brows, etc.) you may need more than one touch-up. For your eyebrows, you may also want to consider another method besides Microblading if you experience difficulty holding pigment. If you are not sure what options are best for you, consultations are available.
I'M PREGNANT, CAN I GET THIS PROCEDURE? Before Procedure
Sorry mom, due to your susceptibility to excessive bleeding, we do not recommend this procedure for you.
A few things to keep in mind before your appointment: 1. It's recommended to wash your hair before your Microblading Appointment. This minimizes potential risk of bacteria entering the treated area within the first 48 hours post-procedure. 2. Arrive with a clean face 3. It is ok to have your eyebrows threaded or tweezed before appointment; however, NO WAXING. 4. No alcohol intake 24hrs before your appointment 5. We do have a NO PHOTOGRAPHY Policy in place. 6. Only the person being treated is allowed in the work space. 7. Please refrain from taking blood thinning medication including Asprin and Vitamins such as Fish Oil for at least 3-5 days before procedure. No procedure is recommended for someone who is prone to keloiding. Must not have taken anything with Acutane for 6 months, Taxanac, or Retin-A for at least 2-3 weeks. Avoid taking antibiotics for at least a week before procedure. 8. Please refrain from Botox or fillers in the brow and forehead area 2-3 weeks before procedure. Please advise technician if you have had any LASIK or Glaucoma procedures. 9. As much as we love them, no children or pets please.
MAY WANT TO RECONSIDER PERMANENT MAKE UP IF YOU ARE OR HAVE THE FOLLOWING:
Pregnant or nursing History of Keloids or Hypertrophic scarring Diabetic (require doctor's clearance) Chemotherapy (consult your doctor) Viral infections and/or diseases Epilepsy Pacemaker or major heart problems Organ transplant Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (sensitive skin, rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.) Sick (cold, flu, etc.) Botox in the past 2 months Accutane in the past year Heart conditions, Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure, Poor general health.
Here are some after care instructions on how to take care of your fresh new brows so that you may reap the maximum results.
For Days 1 - 7, keep a thin layer of Aquaphor or A&D ointment on your brows to keep them moist. Use a clean Q-Tip to apply as fingers may have bacteria that could cause infection. Once or twice a day should suffice.
No touching. You do not want to get any potential bacteria that may be on your hands or fingers to get into your healing brows. This could cause potential infection.
Do not wet for 7 days, please wash your hair and face carefully around the eyebrow without getting water on the treated area. If you feel dust or discomfort on the treated area, pat it gently with alcohol wipe and apply a thin layer of ointment with Q-Tip.
No swimming pools for at least 2 weeks.
No rubbing or picking the treated area. As your new brows heal, you may notice some flaking of your skin. This is completely normal. Picking at your newly treated brows may result in unwanted gaps that may have otherwise not have happened.
Avoid prolonged direct sunlight, tanning beds, excessive sweating, and makeup in the brow area for at least 10 days. If you have to be in the sun, please wear a cap to protect your new brows.
After the procedure, the area treated will be darker and more intense, this is normal. This will last a few days until the skin heals and peels and naturally exfoliates and the true color emerges.
During the healing process, you may develop dry, or flaky and itchy skin around the treated area. This is completely normal. It is important not to rub, pick or scratch this area. It is also important to note that even with proper aftercare, your brows can result in patches or fading spots. This is also completely normal as your body is trying to recover and reject this foreign object from your face. This is what your 4-8 week complimentary touch up is intended for. To replace any hair stokes lost during your initial healing process. There are a few factors that determine how your body heals such as age, skin type, and lifestyle. However, the typical healing time ranges between 4-6 weeks.
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