1. What is Microblading?
Microblading, also known as Eyebrows 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 1-3 years, depending on kin 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, 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 will also be taken into consideration.
2. How long does it take?
For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 2.5 – 3 hours. During this session the brow technician will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval. We 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 in order to have any minor necessary touch-ups. The second Microblading sessions takes places after 4 – 6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1.5 – Hours to complete.
3. How long does it take to heal?
The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microblade area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You will 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 tissue still healing from the inside out even the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.
4. Is the touch up session necessary
Depends. 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 tends 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.
5. Can I get my touch up session sooner than 4 weeks?
Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.
6. Is it painful?
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 respond differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients described the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.
7. How long does it last?
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oil, dry) age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individuals color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the micro-bladed area fade over time, but please not a slight shadow may remain.
8. What health conditions would prevent me from getting Microblading?
We can NOT perform Microblading if you:
- Pregnant or nursing;
- Are undergoing chemotherapy or undergone chemo in the past 12 months;
- Are sick or unwell;
- Have a distinctive previous tattoo, a skin disorder or rash in the brow area;
- Are under the age of 18;
- Have Keloid scarring anywhere on your body;
- Are on any acne medications, such as Accutane;
- Are under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Have had or are planning to have botox, fillers, or injections within 2 weeks before or after your appointment;