What is microblading?
Microblading is the process of delicately implating pigment into the skin via a tiny, sterile needle to simulate the appearance of natural hair. Hairstroke brows are meant to be a subtle, natural enhancement and to create the illusion of fuller brows.
What kind of pigment is used in cosmetic tattooing?
Unlike body tattoos, which are made using carbon based ink, cosmetic tattoos are made using iron oxide based pigments. These pigments are safe to use and are created to slowly fade over time. The pigments I use do not contain organic material (i.e. vegetables) as these have a higher risk of causing allergic reactions.
Who is microblading good for?
Microblading is good for someone who is trying to fill missing patches from their natural eyebrows for a more natural looking eyebrow. It will not replace your brow pencil but it will give you more of an option not to use it. Normal to dry clients tend to have better healing results than someone with oily skin. Oily skin sheds faster therefore the pigment does not stay as long. Remember, just because you are oily does not make you a bad candidate. It just means that there could be different healing results.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
If you have reference photos please feel free to bring these to your appointment.
If you prefer to have your eyebrows waxed/threaded please do so at least 3 days before your appointment, otherwise we can remove stray hairs after we feather your brows.
- Avoid direct sun exposure at least 2 weeks before procedure
- You must not use Retin-A near the tattooed area before or after the procedure
- You cannot take any medications that may thin your blood (i.e. Asprin, Ibuprofen, fish oil, Vitamin E) 72 hours before or immediately after your procedure.
- Do not drink alcohol the night before or day of your procedure.
- Avoid caffine the day of your appointment.
Doing any of the above may cause bleeding, which will affect how well your body retains pigment.
Expectations for your first visit:
You will arrive and fill out a consent form.
I will trim and clean your eyebrows and apply a topical anesthetic.
While you are numbing, we will discuss the brow that is desired.
Once you have finished numbing I will start mapping/designing your new eyebrows. We will finalize the brow stencil together to make sure that it fits your face, bone structure as well as what you are looking for. It is important to keep in mind that Microblading is very different from applying makeup. Depending on your brows and bone structure, makeup may still be needed to achieve more dramatic brow looks once you have healed.
How long can microblading last?
Pigment durability depends on the skin type and aftercare. The durability of the pigment also depends on sebum ejaculation (for mixed and oily skin type the procedure is completed only after one touch up or rarely two, because this type of skin does not absorbs the pigment as easily as dry and normal skin ), hormones, sun exposure and solarium, using the creams with active ingredients, various abrasive face treatments, using laser, using inadequate powder or existing permanent makeup which is more or less faded…Also, the durability of the pigment depends on the severity of the skin disorder, whether the skin is problematic or prone to acne and inflammation, or the eyebrows are afflicted with seborrhoeic dermatitis, keratosis etc. Keep in mind that retention is not always 100% for everyone. This means that instead of one touch up, you may need an extra.
Post care procedure:
Apply the balm given twice a day for 3 days after the brow feathering procedure. Because the specific balm I supply you with is so concentrated, there should only be the thinnest of layer applied. Do NOT substitute balm for anything else. It is important to avoid sun exposure, saunas and pools 10-14 days after the procedure. If your brows scab.... DO NOT PICK,SCRATCH OR RUB! And if you do by accident, please let your technician know. Since the brow strokes are so fine, there is a chance of you pulling the pigment right out of the skin. For Oily skin type clients, you may be asked to "dry heal" your eyebrows which means nothing will be applied to them. They will naturally heal themselves. No makeup or skincare should be used on your brows for at least 2 weeks following the procedure.
Do I need a touch up appointment?
All microblading procedures require two sessions, an initial session to establish shape and a perfecting session 4-8 weeks later. During your 4-8 week follow-up we can assess your pigment retention and make any adjustments needed. This follow-up also increases the longevity of your semi-permanent tattoo. All appointments, including touch-up appointments, are first come, first served. It is your responsibility to book your follow-up at least 4 weeks in advance. If you would like your brows fuller, darker or a slightly different shape, this is also a good time for such.
What to expect after your procedure:
Color is 20-40% darker than what it will look like healed. Color is more solid. Strokes are more crisp. Mild swelling, light bruising, redness and discomfort will subside. Apply balm with q-tip, do not touch otherwise.
Outer skin healing and exfoliation begins where top layers of skin shed causing excess pigment to flake away. Don't pick at peeling skin or scabbing. Skin will start to itch. Don't scratch, tap lightly around the area to alleviate itching.
Flaking is in final stages. Color may look gray, light or spotty in some cases, may temporarily disappear only to reappear later.
Skin begins to take on normal characteristics again
Inner skin healing begins. Color starts to come back after disappearing or looking gray, light and patchy. Color and strokes begin to soften.
Inner skin healing reaches its final stages. Color and strokes continue to soften. Time to schedule a touch up.