WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is an advanced technique of cosmetic tattooing that is done by a process of implanting color pigment beneath the surface of the skin with a row of micro sterile, disposable needles that form a blade which will produce the appearance of hair where there isn't any, or add more to enhance and create fullness where hair already exists. This is with a manual hand tool, not a machine.
DOES MICROBLADING HURT?
Topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure. Most clients say it does not hurt at all! However, please note you will be more sensitive on your menstrual cycle.
How long does it take?
Microblading eyebrows will generally take about 2-3 hours to complete. Keep in mind this includes approximately twenty to thirty minutes to fully anesthetize the area for you comfort.
The treatment is split into 2 appointments which are 4-8 weeks apart in order to allow the healing process to complete.
- The initial application appointment consists of several stages:
- completing consent forms
- brow design consultation
- ‘before’ photos taken
- actual microblading
- ‘after’ photos taken
- given after care package
- Your second perfection/touch up appointment takes around 2 hours. This is when the thickness can be added to your eyebrow’s and the color darkened if required.
- results are reviewed
- touch up where needed (This is when the thickness can be added to your eyebrow’s and the color darkened if required.)
- Occasionally a third session is required. This generally applies to full reconstructed brows.
How long does it take to heal?
Entire healing process will take from 4-8 weeks depending on your body’s regeneration ability and your age.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
As a general rule, microbladed eyebrows can last from 1-3 years. This varies from person to person as everybody's skin is different and retention of pigment therefore varies. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is required 4-8 weeks after the initial procedure and then every 12-18 months. This keeps the brows full looking and refreshes any faded pigment. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including sun exposure, chemical peels (glycolic, lactic, etc.), how active the client is, and how fast each individual's cell turnover is. Please note that final results and time frame cannot be guaranteed as each skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates.
What is a touch up and when will I need one?
Microblading and permanent makeup procedures often require touch-up appointments. The touch-up appointment is a fine-tuning session to make any adjustments that may be needed or desired to the shape, fullness, and color.
Is there a fee for a touch up?
One complimentary touch up (4-8 weeks after initial appointment) is included in your microblading treatment fee. Each procedure has a different cost for the 12-18 month refresh touch-up. Please visit our "Services" tab for the full list of prices.
WHAT WILL AFFECT MY NEW BROWS?
- Sun exposure: The sun fades the pigment faster so sun block & hats should be your new essentials!
- The regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment holds
- Not following aftercare instructions
- Exfoliating Acids
- Excessively Oily Skin Types
Who is not eligible for microblading?
- Women who are pregnant, nursing, or trying to get pregnant. (Must wait 6 months after delivery & 6 months after nursing (no exceptions).
- Women in Menopause (If you have hot flashes during the procedure, the pigment will not retain and we will have to interrupt the procedure).
- People with a heart conditions/pace maker/defibrillator (no exceptions).
Sick: (cold, flu, etc.)
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Viral Infections/ Disease
- Botox in the Past Month
- Sunburn on or Around Treated area
- An Allergy to Lidocaine, Tetracaine or Epinephrine.
- Hemophilia-Bleeding Disorder.
- Trichotillomania (Compulsive pulling of body hair, due to constant pulling, scar tissue is prominent and pigment will not heal properly)
- Shingles – If you have EVER had shingles on your face (procedure could cause a flare up).
- Eczema, Psoriasis or Dermatitis in or around the brow area.
- Oily or severely oily skin (The hair strokes will appear more blended, solid or not retain at all).
- Large pores on your forehead & in the brow area (Pigment will blur/blend in large pores looking powdered).
- Moles/raised areas in or around the brow area (pigment will not be put into anything raised).
- Piercing in the brow area (Scars can cause the pigment to migrate).
- Deep wrinkles in the brow area (The Hair Strokes will not lay properly in the creases, giving the brow an uneven look).
- Hair transplant for your eyebrows (Pigment will not take in the scar tissue where the plugs were placed).
- Rosacea (severe reddening of the face).
- Fitzpatrick Skin types 1 (red heads/white skin/light eyes - due to hypersensitivity the skin does not take the pigment well).
- On Accutane (acne medicine) within the last year.
- Extremely Thin skin (Transparent or Translucent or very vascular).
- Alopecia (hair loss due to auto immune disease (patient’s consideration: hair strokes will appear more blurred or blended).
- Thyroid condition and taking medication for this condition – check with Doctor for permission
What is the minimum age?
You must be 18 years of age or older.
Is eyebrow Microblading for men as well?
Absolutley! For all the same reasons. Fill in thinning brows or ones that have simply disappeared. Wendy uses a different pattern of strokes to make it appear more masculine.
CAN I BRING A GUEST TO MY APPOINTMENT?
You are more than welcome to bring one friend or family member with you to your appointment, however the county Health Department does not permit infants/toddlers or pets as we are considered a tattoo shop where client's open skin and blood is exposed.
HOW WILL I LOOK IMMEDIATELY AFTER?
AMAZING! A lot of people think they will leave red and swollen but microblading doesn't usually cause swelling since its less invasive than a tattoo. You may feel your new brows look darker and thicker than expected for the first few days. Color will gradually soften by 30-50% and shrink slightly in size during the complete healing process (30 days).
Prep: Before Appointment
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY PROCEDURE?
It all starts with a good canvas! The eyebrow area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive, and non-irritated. Here’s how to get your skin ready for the procedure:
- If possible please come to your appointment with your brows filled in the way you do them daily so we can get a general feel of how you'll be comfortable with your microblading result.
If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 7 days after the procedure.
It is best to do a scrub 3 days prior to the procedure
Do not tint/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before the procedure
- Do not tan two weeks prior to the service, or have a sunburned face
- Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to the procedure
- Do not have botox 1 month prior to the procedure
- Do not work out on the day of the procedure
Stop using any Retin-A or AHA products for 2 weeks prior to the procedure
No lasers or chemical peels for 1 month prior to the procedure
No microdermabrasion or dermaplaning for 2 weeks prior
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:
- Do not drink alcohol 24 - 48 hours before your tattoo
- Do not consume coffee before your procedure
- Do not take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen for pain relief (these also thin the blood)
- Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners)
Now that you know what NOT to do, it’s time to share my secret recipe for getting amazing microblading results! It's all in the aftercare.
I love a good acronym so here’s one to help you out, just think of: A - W - M which stands for Absorb, Wash, and Moisturize!
The day of the treatment: Absorb
After the procedure, gently blot the area with clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid. Do this every 5 minutes for the full day until the oozing has stopped. Removing this fluid prevents hardening of the lymphatic fluids.
Days 1-7: Wash
Wash daily to remove bacteria, build up of product and oils, and dead skin. (Don't worry, THIS DOES NOT REMOVE THE PIGMENT!)
Gently wash your eyebrows each morning and night with water and an antibacterial soap like Dial Soap or Cetaphil. With a very light touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the eyebrows. Rub the area in a smooth motion for 10 seconds and rinse with water ensuring that all soap is rinsed away. To dry, gently pat with a clean tissue. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or exfoliants.
Days 1-7 Moisturize
Apply a rice grain amount of aftercare ointment with a cotton swab and spread it across the treated area. Be sure not to over-apply, as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin. NEVER put the ointment on a wet or damp tattoo.
How to properly wash the brows
One must wash the brows daily to prevent bacterial build-up. I recommend that my clients wash the area twice a day (morning and evening) using a gentle soap or cleanser such as Cetaphil and apply aftercare product 3-4 times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before bed is a pretty good guide). First, wash the hands with soap and water then using tepid water, gently cleanse the area in a circular motion using the fingertips. The client should also be mindful of not getting the area too soggy or wet with activities such as swimming, long hot showers, and hot yoga. Remember, the wound needs to dry up.
Please remember that washing the brows is NOT going to cause pigment loss during the healing process. You know how tattoo artists always advise clients to gently cleanse the tattooed area a couple of times a day when it is in their first days of healing? It’s the exact same thing.
Although people say that microblading counts as a semi-permanent tattoo (because it’s a super fine tattoo with tiny, paper-cut like incisions that can fade more quickly than the average tattoo), microblading IS a tattoo. Applied properly, it’s not going to wash away - the pigment has been deposited right into the dermis, just like any other tattoo, so don’t worry about washing it away.
- Use a fresh pillowcase while you sleep.
- Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of color.
- No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
- Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for one week.
- Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after the procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors.
- Avoid long, hot showers for the first 10 days.
- Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.
- Avoid face-down swimming, lakes, and hot tubs for the first 10 days,
- Avoid topical makeup and sunscreen on the area.
- DO NOT rub, pick, or scratch the treated area.
Important note about showerinG
Limit your showers to 5 minutes so that you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/procedure area out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. Your face should only be getting wet only at the end of the shower. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.
Remember, with the proper prep and aftercare routine, you will have much better results with your microblading procedure. Don’t forget your new favorite acronym: AWM - Absorb, Wash, Moisturize!
HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
Appointments can be made by texting, calling or emailing Audrey directly. Phone number and email address is located under the "Contact" tab. Appointment will last approximately 2-3 hours. If you have to reschedule please do so within 48 hours.