What is microblading?
Microblading is a type of eyebrow architecture. It is all about creating the best shape for each face. It can also be know as feather brows or eyebrow embroidery. The process is very precise thanks to the tool that is used which is effectively like a pen with the tip being a U-shaped blade with 18 micro needles at the end - needles that don’t penetrate the skin but just delicately scratch the superficial layers of the skin, which is what makes the method semi-permanent. The needles very finely implant featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer for the skin, creating fine, realistic and natural hair strokes.
What is microshading?
Microshading is a blending of two techniques. The microblading is done first, and then a machine is used for filling the the areas of the brow in the middle and tail where they would naturally be more full.
How do you create a custom brow shape for my face?
I use a combination of measuring techniques; the string method and golden ratio calipers.
I'll measure up your eyebrows to choose the perfect shape of brow which is individual to each client. Based on this, I'll freehand the final shape. This process can sometimes take more time than the microblading itself. I am creating the outline, or map to follow during the microblading. Taking extra care and time at this step ensures results that you’ll love. Nobody knows your brows better than you. With your input along the way and final approval of the shape at the end, we will create the perfect custom brow for you.
How do you select the color that’s right for me?
People come in and tend to want darker than I suggest, but it's always better to go a little more natural – you can always select a darker color at our touch up session.
I'll look at your hair color, eye color and skin tone using the Fitzpatrick Chart, which also takes into account how your skin will change with sun exposure etc., to ensure the correct color pigment choice. The pigments I use can also be mixed together to create the perfect custom shade for you.
What are the pigments made of?
I use only high quality, plant-based pigments.
There are people who are sensitive and allergic to some pigments, but in my experience this is extremely rare. If you choose, I will always perform a patch or scratch test to check you are not allergic prior to the treatment.
Does it hurt?
It doesn’t hurt as such, it is more a sensation. The process itself is not painful thanks to the two numbing ointment that is used. I also apply a second level numbing liquid half way through the process. It's sometimes the sound of the blade which people find worse – a small scratching sound. However, you may notice some discomfort after the procedure as the area heals. In the days following, your brows may feel tight or even itchy as they heal.
What is involved in the process?
The whole process is very quick – it's actually the numbing (30 minutes) and mapping which takes most of the time, you aren’t under the needle for the whole 2 hours.
Your first microblading treatment will take the longest. Initial appointments can last 1.5 to 2 hours. This includes paperwork, consultation, and developing a plan for the brow shape you’d like to go for. You’ll have a numbing agent (like lidocaine) applied to the brow area and then the procedure itself will take 30 to 45 minutes.
How long does it last?
It is semi-permanent makeup; it doesn’t last forever, and the color will fade. While microblading can last up to two years, the results differ depending on the person and their reaction to the ink. Typically, people are advised to touch-up the color and shape when you notice it fading. This could be in six months or 2 years depending on your lifestyle, natural skin oils, and how frequently you exfoliate. There is no scaring or discoloration with the pigments used, so you wouldn’t know if you left them to fade out completely.
How often will I need a touch up?
The touch up session happens after 6-8 weeks. This is the time where I can assess the first steps, and add in any further strokes and add a darker pigment if preferred.
After that your eyebrows should last you 12-24 months depending on how naturally oily your skins is and how frequently you exfoliate. I recommend avoiding your eyebrows when you exfoliate.
Who is a good candidate for microblading?
People with healthy skin are good candidates for microblading. If you have naturally sparse brows, have over plucked or waxed, or just have very light colored brow hair. If you enjoy the look of your brows after having filled them in with makeup or having them tinted.
Is there any reason I can’t be microbladed?
If any of the following apply to you, you may not be microbladed:
If you are under 18, you must have your parents consent. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have glaucoma, an autoimmune disease, thyroid dysfunctions, or are diabetic. You must also not not be taking any blood thinners. If you have psoriasis, eczema, hemophilia, or active skin cancer, you can not be microbladed. If you have healing disorders or uncontrolled high blood pressure. If you are taking medications such as Accutane or steroids. If you and undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy. If you use Retin-A, you must discontinue its use at least 2 week prior to your appointment. You must not have gotten Botox in the last 3 weeks.
That’s a long list—and still, there are more medical conditions and lifestyle factors (recent waxing or chemical peels) that can compromise skin healing. Always talk to your doctor before seeing a microblading artist; when you go in for treatment, be honest about your current medical history.
What should I do/not do before my appointment?
Let your eyebrows be free! Do not pick, tweeze, tint, wax, or have electrolysis at least one week prior to you appointment. Avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds for at least two weeks. Don’t have any type of facial or peel two weeks prior. Stop using any retinols (Retin-A) or Vitamin A, and E or fish oils (natural blood thinners) one month prior. No exercise on the day of your appointment. Do not get Botox at least three weeks before.
Avoid alcohol 24-48 hours before your appointment. Do not drink coffee 2 hours before your appointment. Do not take aspirin 24 hours prior to your appointment.
Is there any downtime?
No! You might feel slight discomfort or light swelling immediately following your appointment, but you can resume most of your normal activities following the procedure. As long as you follow all the guidelines in your post procedure instructions.
What is the healing process like?
Immediately following treatment you may apply ice to the treated areas for 10-30 minutes. Ice helps to reduce swelling and aid in the healing process. Dry heal; which means NO added moisture to the brow area while healing. There should be absolutely no lotions, cleansing creams, or chemicals used on the eyebrow area. Only apply a very thin amount of AQUAPHOR or COCONUT OIL sparingly to the treated areas ONLY if it becomes too dry or itchy for you to bare. Do not touch, rub, or pick the epithelial crust, allowing it to flake off on its own. Picking will remove the deposited pigment strokes. Gently rinse the treated area with a mild anti-bacterial soap twice a day. Rinse with water and lightly pat the area dry. Do not expose the treated areas to the full water pressure in the shower until the area has completely healed. Do not soak treated area in a bath, swimming pool, or hot tub. Do not swim in fresh, salt, or chlorinated water for at least 2 weeks following the procedure. Failure to follow post procedure instructions may result in loss of pigment, discoloration, or infection.
Remember that the color will appear darker immediately following the procedure and will soften as the healing process occurs. After the first few days the pigment may fade so much that it may even look as if it has disappeared. It is completely normal because new skin is forming on top of hair strokes. After 4-6 weeks the pigment normally reappears as the skins natural cell turnover takes place. During our 6-8 week post procedure follow up appointment the lost pigment will be re-implanted.
An additional touch up procedure outside of the 2-step initial procedure may, or may not be necessary depending on the final result, which can be determined after healing is complete.
You will not be allowed to donate blood for 1 calendar year following the procedure, per guidelines of the American Red Cross.