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Microblading

What’s Microblading?

Microblading is the art of making realistic hair strokes with pigment to create the illusion of fuller eyebrows. This is a semi-permanent procedure, with results that last up to twelve to eighteen months, depending on your skin type.

You will be advised and shown examples of brow shapes which will work with each clients face shape and brow type.

HOW TO PREPARE BEFORE
  • If you have reference photos please feel free to bring these to your appointment
  • Do not thread/wax/tweeze your brows prior to your appointment. Your specialist will shape your brows for you during your appointment
  • Do not work out the day of your appointment
  • You cannot take any medications that can thin your blood (i.e. Asprin, Ibuprofen, fish oil, Vitamin E) 48 hours before or immediately after your procedure
  • Stop using Retinol Products 72 hours prior to your appointment
  • Do not drink alcohol for at least 48 hours before your procedure
  • Avoid caffeine the day of your appointment
DOES IT HURT?

The golden question!  Everyone’s pain tolerance is different and everyone’s skin reacts differently to products.  Which is why I carry a diverse supply of Lidocaine and numbing agents used before, during, and after care.

If you have any concerns, I will be happy to address them and help you decide on a treatment plan that will work for you.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

Your body metabolizes at different speeds and your skin texture may not have the ability to hold pigment as long as someone else’s.

The average for your pigmentation to last is approximately 12 months before touch up.

WHO SHOULD GET AND AVOID MICROBLADING
  • Individuals prone to keloids, super thin skin, Rosacea or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Unfortunately, since Microblading punctures the skin with tiny needles, I cannot work with clients with these conditions. Powder technique is sometimes suggested as an alternative method on a case by case basis.
  • Individuals with  transmittable blood disease such as HIV or Hepatitis. Microblading artists cut into the skin so it is best to not work with these conditions for the safety of our clients as these conditions greatly impact the immune system and healing process of individuals.
  • If you’ve had Botox/filler in the brow area. We recommend to get Microblading first!  Or we generally recommend clients wait 4 weeks after botox/filler before getting Microblading done.
  • Individuals undergoing active chemotherapy.
  • If you have any kind of skin condition near your eyebrows.  eczema, shingles, rashes, or anything else near eyebrows.
  • Individuals under 18 years of age
  • Individuals who are pregnant or nursing
  • Individuals with dark pre-existing eyebrow tattoo. I require anyone with a previous eyebrow tattoo to send an email with a picture of their eyebrows with no makeup
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE PROCESS

Your entire Microblading process should take approximately 2-3 hours.Step 1: We take photos of your bare brows
Step 2: Then we sanitize the brow area with an alcohol pad
Step 3: Your specialist will then take a photo using a brow symmetry app to measure the brows
Step 4: Then your desired brow shape will be mapped onto your brows using an eyebrow pencil
Step 5: You and your specialist will come to an agreement on your new perfect shape!
Step 6: Photos will be taken and then your brow area will be pre-numbed (you can opt out of this step)
Step 7: Wait time for the numbing cream is 30 minutes. At this time, your specialist will go over the Aftercare procedure.
Step 8: The Microblading procedure begins and it will take approximately 1 1/2 hour for completion
Step 9: Done! Your photo will be taken of your new brows and you are out the door!

TOUCH UP SESSION

I do not consider your treatment complete until you receive your touch up. Therefore, we only provide 2 session packages.

The Touch-up session is performed after 4-6 weeks from your initial appointment.  At this appointment, we will assess how your skin has healed and will perfect your brows accordingly.

Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure. Therefore, it will gradually and naturally fade over time, to varying degrees—this is the nature of Microblading. A touch up or “Refresher Session” is recommended at least once every year to keep brows looking their best.

RECOVERY TIME

7 to 14 days to full heal

There is no downtime, however the brows will take about 7-14 days to fully heal.  Please read my Microblading Healing Process  for the full breakdown of your healing process.

The final result will appear after 5 to 10 weeks

As the skin goes through it’s natural healing process, your brows will look patchy and the color more muted. This is completely normal and expected. The color of your new brows will soften by up to 40 to 50%. This is why it is crucial to come back for your touch-up session within suggested time!

AFTERCARE

Microblading post-care is very important to the appearance and longevity of your new eyebrows.

INSTRUCTIONS

• Until all scabbing is gone, do not scrub or rub brows in the application area. For seven days, do not use any cleansing creams, anti-aging serums or cleansers with acid on the face or eyesbrows. After the seventh day, use a gentle cleanser; we recommend Jan Marini. Pat on and rinse, and then pat dry.

• Apply a thick coat of antibiotic ointment in the evening for first 48 hours. For five days, Aquaphor ointment may be applied as often as needed (at least three times a day) to keep area moist.

• Wash your face carefully around the eyebrows without getting water on the treated area. While showering, do not expose the treated area to full water pressure until all epithelial crust flakes off.

• Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-procedure. Symptoms may disappear more quickly by following all after-care instructions.

• After healing, do not use products containing alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acid or salicylic acid; these products will lighten the color over time.

• An appointment for a touch-up procedure must be made within four to six weeks following the initial procedure; the touch-up appointment is complimentary, provided it is made within the four to six weeks.

WHAT TO AVOID

Avoid the following for seven to 14 days after the procedure:

• Water, lotion, soap or makeup touching your eyebrow area

• Increased or heavy sweating; sweat is salt and can prematurely fade the treated area

• Swimming, hot sauna, hot bath or hot tub

• Sun tanning or tanning beds

• Any laser or chemical treatments; any creams containing Retin-A, retinols or acids on the face

• Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning (i.e., garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris)

• Drinking alcohol in excess; this may lead to slow healing of wounds

• Driving or riding in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles or motorcycles

• Touching of the eyebrow area except for applying the post-care ointment; use a separate cotton swab for each eyebrow to avoid infection

• Picking, peeling or scratching of the micropigmented area; this may lead to scarring of the area or removal of pigment

• Tinting brows for two weeks

Also avoid using growth enhancement products such as Latisse or GrandeLASH 30 days prior the procedure and until after the area has fully healed, as these products may alter the color.