What is Microblading?
Microblading, also known by a variety of names such as embroidery, microstroking, feather touch and hair like strokes, is a form of Semi-Permanent Makeup that provides a means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. Over time the strokes can blur and fade and will need to be refreshed.
This technique is a process that may be used to improve or create eyebrow definition, to cover gaps of lost hair, to extend the eyebrows, or may be used as a full reconstruction if the brows have little/no hair. Each microblading stroke is applied individually, allowing the tattoo artist/beauty therapist to control the shape, color and density of the completed eyebrows.
The treatment begins with developing the desired shape, then using individual hair strokes or 'feathers' in the area to plot the shape and style requested. The color choice is patient-specific and is mixed using a natural selection of micropigments to complement hair color and skin tone.
How long does it last?
Microblading last anywhere between 12-18 months depending on lifestyle, skin anatomy and aftercare. Oily skin, individuals who sweat a lot will need touch ups sooner. Ideal skin type for the best results are normal to dry skin. The aftercare is vital to the final outcome, 70% of the whole process depends on your part as for aftercare. I can’t stress how imperative it is to follow the guidelines after procedure is done, this can make or break your whole procedure, Clients who are exposed to the sun daily will find that your brows will fade faster. It’s highly recommended that you use sunscreen on your brows after they are fully healed to help the longevity of your microblading service.
Does it hurt?
Pain is relative per individual, some people refer to the initial pain as if someone is tweezing them really slow or an annoying scratch. Clients who are close to the menstrual cycle, during, or ending it will be more sensitive then ones who aren’t. Once all hair strokes are mapped out and topical anesthetic is applied there will be little to no pain at all. Anesthetics used contains either lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or Epinephrine cream/liquid, if you are allergic to any of these inform me prior to service.
How long is the appointment?
Appointments are booked for 3 hours. The longest process in the whole treatment is drawing the shape and measuring out the brows and making it the most symmetrical as we can. It can take up to an hour to map out the shape, once you approve we will start the process. Once done, brows are masked with an ink mask for about ten minutes and then wiped cleaned and pictures will be taken.
What should I expect for my first visit?
1) Mini consultation about your desired shape of your brows and what the ultimate goal is for this procedure.
2) Map out and draw the outline of your brows, a surgical marker will be used to make sure the guidelines don’t disappear while microblading. (I will use an app to make sure both sides are symmetrical. You will get to see and approve the shape before we start)
3) Individual hair strokes are now added on each side and then anesthetic is applied before pigment filling. (At this point you will feel nothing)
4) Two passes will be made on each eyebrow penetrating between the epidermis and dermis and filling the hair strokes.
5) Mask both brows with final ink mask and let sit for approximately 10 minutes and then wipe and clean.
6) Final reveal and pictures!
Can I go out and see people right after? Will it be swollen or red?
Yes! Definitely! Most husbands don’t even notice it BECAUSE it looks so natural! Some people bruise more then others due to thin or sensitive skin. Ice packs are suggested on the night of the service. If you happen to swell, it will reside between 1-4 days. A little redness is normal.
How long does it take to heal?
It takes 7-10 days after procedure for the outer layer of your skin to be healed so that you can wear makeup and sunscreen but to fully heal from the inside out, it will take 4-6 weeks.
Can you make my Microblading permanent?
The answer to that is no, and it shouldn’t be. The reason that Microblading is called semi-permanent is based on the depth of the blade and how far it goes into the skin. The deeper the strokes the darker they will be and with the pigment mixing with the body’s natural oil, it can become blurred in time resulting in hair strokes that aren’t defined and crisp. The perfect depth allows the hair strokes to remain thin, realistic and more true to color.
When do I go back for my perfection session?
The perfection session is done at 6 weeks to fill in the areas that might not have taken at the first session. At this time, we only go over hair strokes that might not be that visible or if you want a shade darker we can do It at this time. For first time clients I always suggest the lighter color as we can go darker, it’s tougher to go lighter.
Can I get microblading if I’m pregnant or nursing?
Microblading is not done for clients who are pregnant or nursing.
Who is not a good candidate for Microblading?
- Clients who have previous dark pre-existing dark eyebrow makeup
- Clients who have used Accutane within the past year.
- Clients who are on blood thinners and can’t stop taking it 7 days prior to appointment.
- Clients prone to keloids
- Individuals under the age of 18
- Clients who are undergoing chemotherapy. If you would like to proceed with service, a note from the doctor is needed.
How much does it cost?
Microblading is $450, if you want to add HD shading it will be an additional $100. Your six week perfection session is included with the initial price but yearly refresh sessions will be $275+ depending on the retention and the months since your last session. If you come back after 2 years and there’s no retention, then we will have to map out and start over it will then be considered a new session.
What if I used Retin A, Alpha Hydroxy or Glycolic Acids products?
These products should not be used on treated areas, as they will alter the pigment and cause premature exfoliation of the pigment.
How do I make an appointment?
Click on the book now link below (please choose the desktop version on browser if you are using a mobile phone) and enter in your contact information and I will send over your forms for you to fill out prior to your appointment. There will be a $225 non-refundable retainer is required to book your 3-hour window appointment time and the additional payment is due at the time of your appointment. The retainer is non-refundable but is transferable as long the appointment is rescheduled within 72 hours. For all touch up appointments 50% of service fee will be due to hold your appointment. You can also call/text me at 928.300.5626.