Microblading is the skill of semi-permanent tattooing in which artists use a handheld tool to create realistic, hair like strokes to enhance your natural brows. The small blade, created by tiny micro needles, inserts pigment into the skin. Pigments are placed in the upper dermal layer of the skin, more superficial than a normal tattoo which in turn fades over time.
Clients get microblading for many different reasons. Some clients get microblading in order to cover, correct and fill in sparse eyebrows or missing hair, others simply want to acheive a more defined brow even if they have fairly full natural brows.
The initial healing process takes 10 to 14 days, in which time your brows will go through a variety of healing stages. Your brows will likely appear very dark immediately after and increasingly dark over the next few days as scabs begin to form. RESIST THE URGE TO PICK! These scabs need to fall off naturally in order to achieve desired results. Your brows may then look very light or milky for a few days (we promise, your beautiful new brows did not, in fact, disappear). Full healing can take up to 6 weeks.
After the initial procedure 30% - 50% of pigment may fade and disappear. Don't worry! This is normal, and where your Perfection Touch-Up appointment comes in. You should have a touch-up appointment scheduled with your artist 6 weeks after your initial procedure in order to go over any strokes that may need a little boost to truly finalize your perfect brow!
Some factors contributing to healing and healed results are out of the artists control and are different for every person. Skin quality, type, texture and lifestyle (sun exposure, exfoliants) will affect how well pigments are recieved and last in each individual client.
The feeling of microblading is typically described as annoying or uncomfortable, though some clients feel no discomfort at all. With the Phibrows technique, artists will apply numbing directly after the "first pass" of strokes. If numbing is applied before the first pass, skin texture and elasticity changes and can create less precise, smooth stoke results.
Microblading typically lasts 1 to 3 years depending on skin type, sun exposure and lifestyle. This is different for every person. Those with more oily skin types will likely have pigments fade quicker than others and require more frequent touch-ups. A touch-up is recommended every 6 months to 1 year to keep brows looking beautiful and fresh. Going beyond a year without a touch-up is not recommended and this may result in a new full procedure being necessary.
An initial, full procedure of microblading can anywhere take 2.5 - 3.5 hours. Your 6 week touch-up will take an additional 1 - 2 hours.
When creating truly customized, natural looking brows it's necessary for artists and clients to take their time with every step. If someone tells you a full procedure will take less than 1.5 hours, RUN!
Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.
Short answer, sometimes. This will vary depending on many things including the artist, your old tattoo coloration and skin type. Many times, the old tattoo or microblading will need to be faded enough to allow the artist to create new, desired results and hide the old tattoo. If you have old tattooing, or want old microblading corrected or re-done, please submit a picture or schedule a consultation with an artist to determine if you are a good candidate.
No. Microblading is not recommended when you are pregnant or breast feeding in case of infection.
Prices will vary depending on the artist and procedure.
Your artist will review aftercare instructions thoroughly with you before (via email) and after your procedure. A few of the most important aftercare instructions are: do not pick, be patient, stay out of the sun, do not engage in heavy exercise (sweating) for the first 7-10 days. Proper aftercare is a BIG factor in the success of microblading treatments so be extra cautious in strictly following your aftercare instructions.
Shading is a skilled microblading technique that is combined with microblading in order to achieve a more dense, "filled in" eyebrow result. This may be useful to those who have little to no eyebrow hair, those who like the look of filled in brows, and those who have very little but dark hair. Ask your artist for advice and further details on shading if interested.
Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during 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!
Those using Accutane
Anyone with a heart condition or is using heart medications
Anyone with diabetes will need a physician’s approval.
Anyone with skin diseases or inflammations.
Anyone who had Botox in the last two weeks.
Anyone who has gotten a deep tan or chemical peel in the last two weeks.
Anyone who requires anesthetic and is allergic to lidocaine, tetracaine, or epinephrine.
Anyone with serious medical conditions should consult with their doctors and obtain their approval.
Anyone pregnant or nursing should get their doctor’s approval.
Anyone on blood thinning medications.
Carefully choose your practitioner. Compare the work of various artists before choosing. Discuss your expectations and desired outcome, including the shape, style, and color you wish with the artist. Realize that faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Adjustments may be made during touch up, such as pigment discoloration and color correction. Remember that Microbladed brows will eventually fade away if touch ups are not done.
Prior to the start of your session, avoid alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen and any vitamins for seventy-two hours. Sometimes these have the effect of thinning your blood.
Avoid tanning to allow your natural skin tone to be assessed.