What is microblading?
Microblading is a manual process of drawing eyebrows hairs to enhance brow volume and shape. The brows are measured according to the client's facial structure and the golden intersection (phi 1.618). The pigment is drawn into the skin using sterilized single-use implements. All clients’ results will vary. The use of makeup such as a brow pencil or powder may still be needed. This is not a “no maintenance” treatment but a “low maintenance” one.
How does the process of microblading work?
First, the consultation requires a specific measuring technique to ensure that the client's eyebrows are enhanced according to the individual facial structure. The client's eyebrows are drawn on and the client will provide feedback on how he or she would like to adjust the brow shaping. Second, the client's skin will be disinfected before the microblading begins. Third, the pigment is custom mixed to match the client's complexion and hair color. A topical anesthetic is applied to the skin to minimize discomfort. Pain sensitivity can differ from person to person so this procedure will not be ideal for those who are extremely sensitive. Fourth, the eyebrows hairs will be drawn on in the direction of natural hair growth to mimic real eyebrow hairs. Hairs will be drawn on until gaps or areas of correction are sufficiently addressed. Finally, the pigment sits on the skin for the last few minutes of the procedure to ensure the color penetrates. The entire appointment lasts approximately three hours.
What happens after the first microblading appointment?
For the first 5-7 days after your appointment, your eyebrows will be extremely dark. After 7 days the intensity of the brow color will subside. Do not try to remove the color on your own or you will create scarring which cannot be corrected. You can only apply distilled/sterile water and balm on your brows for the first 7-10 days. After 30 days you will need to return for a second appointment. A second followup appointment is done one month after the first treatment. 10-30% of the microbladed eyebrow hairs will disappear after the first appointment because the body metabolizes some of the pigment. This can vary person to person. This treatment is repeated for 2-3 appointments in a layering process. All skin heals differently so clients should be prepared for the commitment.
How long do the results from microblading last?
After your skin has healed from the second appointment you will need a touch up every year. This can vary depending on if you have oily or dry skin. The oilier the skin the shorter the color lasts because your body metabolizes the ink quicker. Those with oily skin may need a touch up every 8 months to maintain the microbladed brows. The use of SPF protects your skin and may extend the life of the pigment. The use of anti-aging products such as retinol, acids, peels, and other exfoliants may shorten the life of the pigment with improper use. Pigment retention is determined by skin type, aftercare, immune system, age, medications used, and skin care products.
How should I prepare for my first appointment?
BEFORE THE TREATMENT:
You have to be off Accutane or any prescription acne medications for 1 year. NO Exceptions!
Do not take Aspirin, Fish Oil, Niacin, Vitamin E, and/or Ibuprofen or blood thinners, unless medically necessary, 72 hours prior to your procedure. Tylenol is fine.
Do not drink coffee, alcohol, or energizing drinks on the day before and of the procedure. This will minimize any oozing/bleeding or swelling after the procedure.
If you are used to getting your brows tinted, do at least 1 week prior to the permanent makeup procedure.
Do not tan or sunbathe 30 days before and after the procedure.
If you get your eyebrows waxed, threaded, or tinted, please have this done at least 72 hours prior to your scheduled procedure. It is recommended to wait at least 14 days to have them waxed or threaded and 30 days for tinting after the procedure.
Do not have any chemical peels, microdermabrasion, mesotherapy, or any other intense treatments which will cause faster skin cell rejuvenating and cause skin irritation 3-4 weeks before the procedure.
Wash your hair before the procedure.
How do I care for my brows after the microblading appointment?
AFTER THE TREATMENT:
No sweating (of any kind), gym, yoga, swimming for the 10 days. If you work out regularly results may heal more to a powdered look due to the oils the body produces when it gets heated and sweaty.
Clean the area with a small amount of sterile water on a cotton pad every hour for the first day and apply balm. This will help remove any excess lymph, blood, and pigment that may appear after the procedure.
Clean the area with a small amount of sterile water on a cotton pad 2-4 times a day for days 2-10 and apply balm.
After 10 days you may use a gentle soap or non-greasy facial cleanser to keep the eyebrows clean.
Do not use other ointments, cream with vitamins or antibiotics on eyebrows during the healing process.
No sunbathing or tanning for 4 weeks. No direct sun exposure.
No Retinols, AHA’s, exfoliating treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, botox, and any other strong treatments for 6-8 weeks after your procedure.
Smoking WILL cause the pigment to fade prematurely and anesthetics will not last as long.
DO NOT USE growth enhancement products such as Latisse, Revitabrow, or Grande-Lash one month prior and after treatment has fully healed as it may shift your color.