What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure that involves manually placing pigment into the skin with a grouping of needles forming a “blade”. This procedure produces a much more natural looking eyebrow than traditional permanent makeup. Because of the fact that it stays in the layer of skin above where other permanent makeup is placed, it gives it a much more crisp, skinny line that resembles real hair much more accurately.
How long does it last?
Microblading lasts for about 12 months, depending on the person. Each client retains color differently, so no guarantees are made in regards to how long their results will last. Things that can affect your results can be your skin texture, oiliness and your tanning/skin care habits. Diabetes, thyroid issues and any medications that thin your blood or slow your body from healing can also affect your results. We will go over all of these during your appointment.
How long is the healing process?
The healing process generally takes about 7 days. For the first 24 hours, you won’t be able to get your brows wet. After 24 hours, you will only get your brows wet long enough to wash them. These rules are to be followed for 7 days. You will wash your skin with a gentle cleanser (fragrance free) once a day. With clean hands, you will gently apply the cleanser in the direction of your eyebrow hair. You will apply grapeseed oil or aquaphor to your brows as needed (at least twice a day). Whenever your brows feel dry or itchy, make sure to add another application. Apply enough to keep them moisturized, but don’t apply so much that you will be shiny.
How long is the appointment?
The whole process usually takes about two and a half hours. During that time I will numb you with a topical numbing cream, draw out your brow outline, pluck any hairs outside the lines and then we will start on your brows.
Does it hurt?
There is some minor discomfort with the procedure. Some people think it is more uncomfortable than others. We do the initial numbing before we begin, and then we numb again throughout the procedure.
How do you know what color to choose?
I decide on your color based on existing eyebrow hair and the look you are going for. We will agree on a color before we start the procedure. The color will seem dark for about a week and then will fade to it’s normal color. This is because the pigment has not settled yet.
Do you still have to tweeze or wax?
Yes. You will still have normal hair growth and will need to wax or tweeze hairs outside of the micro bladed area.
Do your eyebrows have to be shaved or waxed off before the procedure?
No. In fact, you shouldn’t wax or shave the area at all at least a week before the procedure. Your eyebrow shape will be drawn on with a pencil before the procedure and anything outside that line will be tweezed. Besides that, you will keep all your existing eyebrow hair.
Will I need to have another procedure done?
You will need to have a 6 week touchup after the initial procedure. This is offered at a discounted rate of $50 if done within 12 weeks. After that, you will only need a touch-up once a year. If you get it done within the 12 months, it will only be $250.
What do you need to know before the procedure?
- Do not take any blood thinners (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.) for 24 hours prior to and after the procedure
- No facials or waxing for a week before the procedure
- No facial plastic surgery for six months before the procedure
- No pregnant or breast feeding women can have this procedure done
- No skin care products containing Retin-A, Glycol Acid, or Alpha-Hydroxy on the brows for a week before the procedure.
- No active chemo/radiation patients without a doctors note
- No Botox within two weeks of the procedure. If you have had it done within the last 6 months, it can affect the way your brows are positioned on your face unless you plan on keeping up on the injections
- Please choose an appointment time where you know you will not be doing any heavy sweating in the few days after your procedure. This can result in some loss of pigment.