what is microblading?
Microblading, also known as microstroking, microshading, microfeathering, is an advanced form of semi-permanent eyebrow makeup, or cosmetic tattooing. This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. The results are natural looking, hair-like strokes, regardless of the amount of natural brow hair present. As opposed to permanent cosmetics, microblading will fade out naturally over roughly 1.5-3 years.
What is the process of microblading?
The initial process can take anywhere from 2-3 hours. During this time, a consultation is done where we discuss the procedure and the desired outcome with your shape and color as well as create an outline for your approval. Our faces are NOT perfectly symmetrical (one side can be higher, flatter or longer) so I do my best to create as much symmetry as possible. Once you are satisfied with the basic shape and symmetry, I then trace over the area and apply semi-permanent pigment with a disposable microblading hand tool. This procedure uses a manual hand tool and not a machine.
The second stage of the treatment is a touchup appointment. This touchup takes approximately 1-2 hours and is included in your service. Touchups are done no earlier than 6 weeks after your initial procedure and no later than 8 weeks. If you do not schedule your touchup within 8 weeks, you will be required to pay a touchup fee of $100.
It is IMPERATIVE that you complete the touchup treatment. Without it, you will not achieve optimal results. Color will fade significantly within 4 weeks as the skin heals, peels and fades. The touchup corrects any irregularities in the microbladed hair strokes and color tones and finishes the process.
**Occasionally a third touchup (4-6 weeks later) is necessary for certain clients where the pigment does not take as well to the skin.**
does microblading hurt?
I take every precaution necessary to ensure the microblading procedure is as pain-free as possible. A strong topical anesthetic cream is used prior to, and during the procedure to keep you as comfortable as possible. Some clients find the procedure a little uncomfortable while others report no discomfort at all.
how long does microblading last?
This will be based on your Cellular Turnover Rate (how fast you shed skin). The pigment used in microblading is semi-permanent and can last between 1-3 years depending on differing factors. The pigment will begin to fade within 18 months. In order to keep your brows looking fresh, a touchup is recommended every 18-24 months. If you schedule a touchup appointment within the 18-24 month timeframe, the service will be considered a Microblading Enhancement and will only cost $200. Anything after 24 months since your initial microblading procedure, is no longer considered to be a touchup and you will need to receive the full-price Microblading procedure again. After 24 months, there will most likely not be enough existing strokes to work with which will require full mapping and shaping. I say “most likely” because each person will be different. Some may not hold pigment as well as others but don’t fret, i’m happy to work with your skin’s timeline!
NOTE: For clients that choose a softer look and lighter color shade initially or those who did not follow the aftercare instructions properly may require more frequent touchups.
48 hours prior to the procedure, you should not:
- Drink alcohol or caffeine
- Take aspirin or ibuprofen
- Tan or get excessive sun exposure
1 week prior to the procedure, you should not:
- Have eyebrow waxing, tinting, or threading done
2 weeks prior to the procedure, you should not:
- Have microdermabrasion, lasers, or peels done
- Use alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), chemical exfoliants or “brightening” skin care products
1-2 months prior to the procedure, you should not:
- Have any Botox or filler on the forehead, temple, and eye area
NOTE: You will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.
what should I avoid prior to my procedure?
While microblading is great for most people, there are some people who should avoid having the procedure done including those with:
- Pregnant or lactating women
- Psoriasis, eczema and/or undiagnosed rashes/blisters on the site to be treated
- Allergies to cosmetic tattoo pigment, lidocaine and other topical anesthetics, alcohol
- Those prone to keloids and scarring or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Transmittable blood conditions like HIV or Hepatitis
- Active skin cancer in the area to be tattooed
- Healing disorders
- Uncontrolled blood pressure
- Medications: thyroid medication, blood thinners, antibiotics, Accutane, steroids
- Extremely oily or problematic skin
- Juvederm or other fillers in that area within the last two months
- Dark pre-existing eyebrow tattoo or permanent makeup