What is Microblading?

What is the Process?

Microblading is a semi-permanent micro tatted (tattooed) embroidery of trompe l'œil strokes that look just like real hairs. No more time-consuming penciling-in perfect brows!

The Microblading process is done in 2 separate sessions. The first is your full brow Microblading session and the second session is 4-6 weeks later to refine, define, and perfect!

Microblading is perfect for those who want to fully refine, darken, reconstruct, define, cover gaps, or fill-in over plucked brows. It is also perfect for those who want that slight arch or pitch to their brows extending into that perfect fine hair tip on the end!

During the Microblading process we use a special Microblading pen to blade in very fine individual meticulous strokes one by one. The whole process takes about two hours to complete.

The results last about a year to a year and a half. Please note that people with oily skin tend to lose color pigment more quickly, where people with dryer skin can go much longer than average before losing color pigment. However, your brows can be easily touched up as time goes by to always keep the perfect brows going!

The first hour at your initial session is spent discussing the process, answering any questions you may have, filling out the necessary paperwork, measuring and outlining as you and I work together as a team drawing the exact shape and look that you are wanting with a removable pencil. That’s the longest part and the most important step! Once we have chosen your customized shape we will begin the microblading process! This is not a rushed procedure.

Before the Microblading begins, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic. If you're worried that the process is painful, some clients may feel a slight discomfort at first, but it's relatively painless once the liquid anesthetic numbing has done its job!

The best part about Microblading is that there is no down time. Your new set of brows will be ready for a selfie immediately after the process. However, the reason you need the follow-up/touch-up/defining session after 30 days is because everyone heals differently and it's impossible to accurately predict how a pigment will be affected by a client’s undertones. The skin moves and changes as it heals. So, we require the FREE follow-up REFINING and PERFECTING touch-up session 4-6 weeks after your initial appointment.

Once you are completely healed we'll be able to see if any additional fine hair lines are needed or perhaps you want to go a little darker or maybe you want them even fuller once you've been used to having your amazing brows for a few weeks!

The reason we must wait at least 30 days before doing any touch-ups is because your skin needs enough time for the ink in the epidermis to naturally slough off, and the color to settle into your skin. In the touch up appointment, we'll be able to see how your skin has received the ink and make any necessary corrections.

Sometimes a client’s skin undertones may have unexpected effects on the ink's color, and we may need to add color to adjust. These kinds of corrections are completely normal with any microblading artist and an essential part of the process, as everyone’s skin is different and receives ink differently.

Personally, the refining free touch-up session is where the magic happens and is my most favorite part! This is the time of perfecting!

The healing process is different for everyone, and it takes 4-6 weeks for the full healing process. It is recommended to always use sunscreen when outdoors avoid the damaging rays of the sun and tanning beds as they can draw out the color. After healing, you can rub them, clean them normally, and enjoy all your normal activities. No special care is required, except for maybe a brief maintenance touch-up around 10 to 18 months.

Take it from one who had to go through the process of drawing my eyebrows every day for most of my adult life, waking up every morning with perfect brows is totally worth it!!!

After Care

Microblading post-care is very important to the appearance and longevity of your new eyebrows. Try not to let any water, lotion, soap, or makeup touch your eyebrow area during the first 7 days after your procedure. Wash your face carefully around the eyebrow without getting water on the treated area. During the shower, keep your face away from the showerhead or take a bath.

After 5-7 days, make sure your hands are completely clean and gently apply the post-care ointment with clean hands. This can be done once at nighttime, but be sure to use the ointment sparingly as your skin needs to heal itself. Please continue to apply the ointment for 7 days.

Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-microblading procedure. However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.

If you have any unexpected problems with the healing of the skin, please contact us immediately, to discuss further instructions.

Contact a physician if any signs or symptoms develop such as the following: fever, redness at the site, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, elevated body temperature, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, and/or any green/yellow discharge that is foul in odor.

What to Expect During and After Your Microblading Session

The complete healing process will take from 4-6 weeks depending on your body regeneration and age. Your new eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle.

The pigment will appear darker and possibly fuller than expected yet very natural looking immediately after the procedure. The color of the pigment will appear much darker the day of service and following day. Note that because of natural skin regeneration, after recovery period (peeling), brows might appear lighter than original. This might give you the impression that the color is fading too quickly. Often even with proper care, clients may lose original hair strokes which make brows look uneven. All of these things are normal. Which is another reason the touchup and refining session after 4-6 weeks is needed.

Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. However, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows. The final look of your eyebrows will be apparent approximately 30 days after your procedure. Never rub, scratch, or pick-at the treated area as it will disturb the skin from natural healing.

After completely healed, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly. When using foundation, be aware when applying to avoid your healed eyebrows.

If foundation covers healed brows, your eyebrows will appear lighter. If your eyebrows appear too dark and thick after a Microblading procedure, don't worry! Some uninformed clients who have undergone Microblading get overwhelmed and disappointed with the results after the procedure. While it seems an annoying situation, this is very common for all. You do not need to worry, in every procedure the eyebrow area will look slightly red, appear very dark and thick, this is a typical situation and a part of the healing process. Usually, darkening and thickening occur immediately after a procedure and in the first ten days. Just relax and leave it as it is and continue with the aftercare instructions to achieve complete eyebrow healing. Usually, the dark and thick color will fade by 30-50% by day 7 as it heals. Perfecting and defining will take place at your second session 4-6 weeks after your initial Microblading session.

Who Should Avoid Microblading?

While microblading is great for most people, there are some people who are ineligible for microblading:

• Those prone to keloids or post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. Unfortunately, since microblading punctures the skin as we add ink, we cannot work with clients with these conditions.

• If you have a transmittable blood disease such as HIV or Hepatitis. Again, microblading artists cut the skin so it is our policy not to work with these conditions.

• If you’ve had any type of fillers in that area. Depending on the timing, we recommend to get microblading first! Otherwise, check with your doctor. We may request a note from your doctor first.

• Patients undergoing chemotherapy. Although microblading is great for restoring eyebrows, we would require a doctor’s note in order to perform the procedure for anyone undergoing chemotherapy.

• If you have any kind of skin condition on or near your eyebrows. This includes eczema, shingles, rashes, or anything else near eyebrows.

• Microblading is for adults only! We do not do microblading on anyone under the age of 18. (A copy of your ID is required and retained at our office.) Pre-Appointment Restrictions! The following restrictions are to ensure your skin is in the best possible condition for an amazing microblading procedure. Please read carefully:

• Please do not work out the day of the procedure as the body heat will expands the pores.

• Avoid heavy sunlight and especially sunburn 3 days before procedure. Skin should not be in process of healing before procedure!

• Do NOT drink coffee or anything with caffeine the day of procedure.

• Do NOT take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen, omega-3, unless medically necessary, 48-72 hours prior to the procedure. (Tylenol or acetaminophen is okay!)

• Do NOT drink alcohol 24 hours before the procedure.

• You will not be allowed to donate blood for 1 calendar year following your procedure, per the guidelines of the American Red Cross.

Here is a list of other things to avoid for complete eyebrow healing after Microblading:

• Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds

• Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles

• Swimming • Participating sport activities that increase sweating

• Increased sweating

• Spicy foods

• Performing heavy tasks

• No rubbing and scratching the Microbladed area

• Touching eyebrow unless when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab

• Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi

• Sun tanning or salon tanning

• UV/UVA Rays or chemicals as they have been known to cause a shift in color and premature fading

• Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the face or neck

• Picking, peeling, or scratching of the micro pigmented area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment

• Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris

• Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab

Candidates who are seeking permanent makeup and who may be contraindicated (meaning those that I cannot treat) are:

• Those under 18 years of age

• People with diabetes

• Pregnant and lactating women

• People with glaucoma and people who are taking blood thinning medicines (e.g., aspirin).

• People with skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema and undiagnosed rashes or blisters on the site that is to be treated.

• People with allergies to makeup or colors dyes

• Those with easily triggered post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are not good candidates

• Those with transmittable blood conditions like HIV or Hepatitis

• Active skin cancer in the area to be tattooed

• Are a hemophiliac

• Have healing disorders, on blood thinners, uncontrolled high blood pressure or had mitral valve Disorder.

• Those on any skin medication such as ro-accutaine, steroids which thin and oversensitive the skin

Please be sure to let me know if you have ever had any allergic reactions to topical anesthetics or dyes.

Other Contraindications:

• AHA’s (lactic, glycolic, citric, retinoic and tartaric acids) or any OTC creams and lotions for tone correcting, anti-aging, exfoliating, fading can discolor your permanent makeup.

• Flu or Cold: Please stay home and call to reschedule your appointment if you have cold or flu or sinus/respiratory infection.

• Coumadin: Amount of bleeding and response to topical epinephrine will determine coverage per appointment. If excessive bleeding occurs, extra appointments may be necessary for desired outcome or procedure may not be effective.

• Cancers/Chemotherapy: Doctor's clearance may be necessary.

• Laser eye surgery: Wait about 3 months before getting Microblading.

• Shingles (varicella): If you have shingles on your face, wait several months to get permanent or semi-permanent makeup.

• Eyelift or blepharoplasty: Wait about 3 months before getting Microblading.

The following treatments should be avoided within four weeks of the procedure:

• Botox or other fillers

• Chemical Peels

• Laser treatments

The aftercare procedure is very important to insure your best results. Microblading takes time to heal and requires patience. Unexpected results make occur as described above but please know these are normal things that happen to almost every client who does Microblading.

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