What is Microblading?
Microblading 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 skin type and lifestyle. 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 eyebrows 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.
How long does it take to heal?
No downtime is required after Microblading procedure. It takes approximately 10-14 days for the brows to heal, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in.
After your appointment, your brows will appear darker than desired for the first few days, however, the color will fade about 20-30% as it heals. You may experience some scabbing or flaking accompanied by an itchy feeling. It is important not to pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. After that, you may experience something called “milk skin”, a term used to describe an opaque, milky appearance to the pigment causing the brows to look very light in color. This is due to your body’s natural response to heal itself from the cuts made into the skin during the Microblading process. Those layers of epidermis will exfoliate over the next few weeks, and the desired color will return once fully healed.
Is the touch-up session necessary?
Yes! A touch-up session after 8 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and the outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during the 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!
What if I need an additional touch-up after my follow-up session?
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee 100% pigment retention. Additional touch-up appointments may be needed for oily, problematic skin, those with dark-pigmented skin, and people who do not follow aftercare instructions properly. This is considered a “spot treatment” and will range between $150-200.
Is it painful?
Prior to the procedure a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb the area, and also reapplied during the procedure if necessary. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic, however, the pain level for the procedure can range from no pain to moderate pain. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine, and epinephrine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area are normal. Clients describe the area as feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.
How long does it last?
Microblading typically lasts about 1-3 years, depending on skin type, age, and lifestyle. Clients who have oily skin, or excessively sweat will typically fade faster. Each individual’s color retention within the skin will vary. To keep the brows looking fresh, a touch-up is suggested every 8-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.
Is anyone not suitable for the procedure?
Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:
Anyone using Accutane. Accutane usage must be stopped for at least 1 full year prior to Microblading.
Have heart conditions or using heart medications
Have diabetes (will require a physician’s note)
Have skin disease or irritations on the face
Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician’s note.
Nursing clients who want to microblade can be done at your own discretion. We suggest discussing it with your doctor first.
* We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone whom we deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason.
Can I get Microblading if I have an old tattoo or previous work done by someone else?
We are extremely selective when working over existing tattoos and other tattoo artists’ work. We can confirm your eligibility for Microblading at your in-person consultation.
Risks and complications?
We take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment and new needles in a sanitized environment. Should clients follow our pre and post-care instructions, there should be minimal risks or complications. Although allergic reactions to the pigments are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals. We suggest a pigment patch test for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive to:
Topical makeup products
Gold, silver, and nickel
Patch tests should be performed 5-7 days prior.
What if I don’t like it?
As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly. Every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Brows are sisters, not twins! Uneven appearance can be fixed during the touch-up session. Pigment discoloration and color correction can also be fixed during the touch-up session. Microbladed brows will eventually fade away if no additional touch-ups are done.