Microblading & Facial Micropigmentation
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. Microblading typically lasts 1-2 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each 'hair' is gently etched into the skin after dipping the blade into pigment, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrow and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.
DO I NEED A CONSULTATION BEFORE MY FIRST MICROBLADING APPOINTMENT?
No, not always. At the beginning of every new Microblading session, a full consultation including brow design and color selection will happen. If you desire to have a separate appointment for a full consultation, please be advised that you will not be able to have your microblading done immediately after your consultation due to scheduling. You will have to make another appointment to do your microblading appointment which could result in a delay in getting your brows done. If you are not sure if you need a consultation please call and ask questions.
HOW LONG IS A MICROBLADING SESSION?
For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 2 hours. During this session, the brow technician will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval after numbing the area. Then, follow with pigment color selection. Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure.
The client is to come in for a follow up visit 4-6 weeks post initial appointment in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second Microblading session takes place after 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1 hour to complete.
CAN I DO ANY MICROBLADING OR MICROPIGMENTATION SERVICES WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING?
The short answer is no. Please wait until you are finished breast feeding to schedule your appointment
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear about 20-30% darker than how it will heal. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 20-30% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be darker and you will notice slight scabbing or flaking. Do not pick at the scabs/flakes as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 5-7 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.
IS A TOUCH UP SESSION NECESSARY?
Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!
DOES IT HURT?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure your brow technician will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and also reapplied during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn.
WHAT ARE THE PRE & POST CARE INSTRUCTIONS
In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions.
Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:
Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.
Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.
No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior. In addition no retinol type products due to thinner skin.
Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so our technician can see your every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows!
After your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:
Make sure to apply a light layer of healing balm morning and night to brows for at least 5-7 days. A&D ointment, Aquaphor or vasaline are the only approved healing ointments to be used
Do not over apply healing balm. Apply the size of a grain of rice to each brow 2 times per day. Dab with a tissue after applying to make sure they are not shiny
Do not immerse brow area in water for 5-7 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around it.
Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections.
Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours.
Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab over. Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation.
Do not go swimming, hot tubs, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days.
No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after.
Apply sunscreen to brows after they have completely healed if in the sun.
Do not use any "Acid" or "Retinol" type ingredients in or around the brow area...ever. This will cause premature fading. Check your cleanser's ingredients too!
If you accidentally got them wet, quickly dab/press until dry with a clean cloth or tissue. Never rub the brow area while healing.
WHO IS NOT SUITABLE FOR MICROBLADING/MICROPIGMENTATION?
Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:
Currently Using Accutane- Need to be 1 year post Accutane
Currently Pregnant or breast feeding
Have heart conditions or using heart medications due to epinephrine in anesthetic. The procedure can be done without this product if notified in advance
Have diabetes (will require a physician's note)
Have skin disease or irritations
Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician's note.
Not currently doing chemo-therapy treatment
Extremely oily skin is not a great candidate for microblading but can do other micropigmentation.
* We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who we deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. Our brow technicians make the decision to microblade an individual based on their own discretion. *
WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE THE RESULTS?
As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly. We always recommend clients do their research, understand the procedure and compare different artists' work and portfolio when making their decisions. Our brow technicians will do their utmost to shape and style the eyebrows to the clients satisfaction prior to the procedure. Every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Uneven appearance can be fixed during the touch up session. Pigment discoloration and color correction can also be fixed during the the touch up session. Microbladed brows will eventually fade away if no additional touch ups are done.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
Clients are able to reschedule appointments at anytime with a minimum of 3 days notice prior to the appointment time, otherwise a half the service will be charged to the card on file. To book a reservation, you must provide a valid credit card that is in your name. No charges will be made at time of booking but only if you cancel your appointment within 3 days of your scheduled time or if you were to no show for your scheduled time. Clients can also changed their appointment by selecting the 'View Appointment Details' button on their confirmation email to reschedule themselves online if the appointment is more than 72 hours before the original scheduled time. We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who have cancellations or rescheduling of appointments 3 times in a row.