What is Microblading?
Microblading originated in Asia and is also known as eyebrow embroidery. It is considered to be semi-permanent. It is done using a very fine blade to deposit pigments into the epidermis. Because we're impacting color closer to the surface, the strokes appear crisp and very fine. There is no 'spilling' under the skin. This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. People suffering from alopecia, trichotillomania, or any other condition that causes hair loss, benefits greatly from Microblading as do people who simply aren't happy with their eyebrows. The pigments used in this method have been formulated to match your original eyebrow color, and if the eyebrows are still present, blend perfectly into them. The results are a natural, flawless, fuller looking brow. Initially, the brows appear darker but fade significantly over a two weeks period. It is absolutely crucial to have a touch up done, because it is very difficult to predict how well the skin will retain the pigment. The results can last anywhere from 1 to 2 years depending on different factors affecting the procedure. However, a touch up once a year is recommended to retain the shape and saturation of pigment.
What is the Microblading Procedure?
I start the procedure by shaping your brows to your face's natural curve, hair growth, and bone structure to design a perfectly accenting brow. Once I have drawn the shape of your new brows on both the left and right side with a brow pencil, I will show you my design. We will work together to make the shape exactly what you want. If you want a thicker or thinner design, I will work with you to achieve the desired shape. I use a topical numbing agent to reduce any discomfort that comes with the procedure. Then we will choose the matching color together. Once the skin is ready, I will go to work on applying the Microblading technique. The entire process takes one and a half hours to two hours depending on skin type, correction of shape, and symmetry. The art of eyebrow Microblading is a process, the follow-up appointment is necessary to perfect your brows after initial treatment.
What is the typical healing process?
Your new semi-permanent eyebrow will go through several phases during the healing cycle. The pigment will appear very sharp and dark immediately after the procedure. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin, and has not yet settled in completely. The color of the pigment will soften gradually. Do not be alarmed if you see some pigment on the cotton swab, as this is excess pigment and or body fluid that is naturally exiting your skin. Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the color pigment is fading too quickly; however, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows. Once completely healed, you should apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly.
How do you choose a color?
I have a large variety of colors available. I use only the highest grade of pigment and will work with you to achieve the desired color of brow for a symmetrical and complimentary look to your natural hair color.
Can I have my brows microbladed if I am pregnant?
No, you may not under go microblading if you are pregnant.
Who is not ideal for this procedure?
- Someone with large pores on their forehead.
- Someone with severely oily skin. (Pigment will look more solid than like hair strokes)
- Diabetes type 1 or 2 (Prone to slow healing and infection)
- Thyroid/Graves’ disease (Medication may cause pigment to not retain properly)
- If you are pregnant or nursing.
- Pre-existing skin disease, skin irritations such as sunburns, frostbite, waxing or chemical peels.
What should I do before my treatment?
- No caffeinated drinks such as coffee, energy drinks day of or prior to treatment.
- No Botox or fillers in the procedure area two weeks prior or two weeks after.
- No waxing or tanning 2-3 days before treatment.
- No chemical peels, microdermabrasion 2-3 weeks before treatment.
- Do not take aspirin or Ibuprofen 24 hours prior to and after your enhancement.
- Discontinue Retin A skin care products close to the enhancement area two weeks prior and after your procedure.
- Discontinue use of AHA skin care products close to the enhancement area one week prior to your procedure.
- No waxing, laser or electrolysis one week prior to procedure.
What should I do after my treatment?
- The area treated may show redness and swelling and that the color looks dark and intense. This is normal.
- Additional treatments cannot be undertaken until the area has completely healed. A 4-6 week healing time is required before any more work can be undertaken.
- In order to let your brows heal well, avoid water on the brow area, make up to the brow area, the gym, sauna or pool for 7 days
- Once the area has healed completely, approximately one week, consider using a waterproof sunscreen when going out in the sun to stop the color fading.
- Strong chemicals or glycolic acid, or peels of any kind may cause the pigment to lighten. Always telephone and check with your consultant if in any doubt.
- Do not pick or pull at the treated area as it will result in pigment loss. You will go through three healing phases: 1 heals 2 peels and 3 fades.
- You may notice whiteness or blanching around the area, this is normal and will subside within 12 hours. If you find any lymphatic fluid or blood weeping you can gently clean the area with saline, cool sterile water, and gauze blotting gently dry to remove any moisture.
- With clean hands and a cotton bud apply a fine layer of aftercare to the treated area. Repeat this procedure up to 3 times a day if the area feels tight.
- After the fine scabbing has sloughed away you will see a different hue to the color implanted.