What is Microblading?
The art of semi-permanent makeup through a process of using a fine blade and pigment deposited in the top layers of skin to mimic hair strokes. This is a very natural look.
Recommended for someone looking for a natural-looking brow to fill in volume from years of over-plucking, the aging process, or lightly /sparse brows.
Another look that can be achieved using the Microblading technique. is to deposit fine strokes along with a powder technique to give the brow a fuller, colored-in look. This technique is used either for someone who wants a fuller, more dramatic brow yet has little to no natural brow or shape left. Or someone who typically wears full face makeup and prefers to fill in their brows. I like to refer to this technique as the “wake up with makeup” look.
Recommended for someone who prefers a full, filled-in brow or wears full face makeup daily.
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How Is Microblading Different From Tattooing?
Unlike a tattoo, pigment for Microblading is deposited into the top layers of the skin (epidermis). Therefore, the color is not permanent and will fade within 18 months.
Who Is A Candidate For Microblading?
Most people seeking a fuller brow are candidates for Microblading. Whether it’s from overplucking, the aging process, status post-chemotherapy, fading permanent makeup from years ago, or those who have alopecia are excellent candidates.
Who Is Not A Candidate For Microblading?
Unfortunately, not all individuals are candidates for Microblading. Provided below is a list of situations that could limit your ability to receive this treatment.
- Patients who are immunocompromised, have an autoimmune disorder, or are diabetic should check with their physician prior to the procedure.
- A patient should wait at least 6 months after completing chemotherapy before considering Microblading.
- Pregnant patients are not a candidate due to the anesthetic that is used.
- A patient with extremely bold permanent makeup that is unable to be corrected using the Microblading technique.
- Any patient with an open wound or skin infection would be deferred until cleared by a physician.
Do I Need A Consultation For Microblading?
If there is any question of whether or not you are a candidate for Microblading, then I encourage you to make a consult appointment. Consultations are complimentary and although they are not mandatory they are always welcomed. Whether you have had a consult or not, we will spend the first portion of your initial application discussing your expectations and brow dreams.
What are the Benefits of Microblading?
Microblading deposits pigment to the brow area so you don’t have to. There are several benefits to gain from this technique, including:
- You save time to do other things than your brows
- Your brow shape and color are consistent all day every day
- The pigment placed just beneath the skin’s surface is waterproof and sweatproof
- Treatment is convenient and virtually painless
- Microblading can enhance the appearance of sparse brows or restore lost brows
- The results of your treatment can last 18 months to two years or longer
How Long Do the Results from Microblading Last?
The results of microblading have been measured to last as long as about 30 months. That said, there are factors that can influence the longevity of the pigment in the epidermis. For example, if you tend to have oily skin, your pigment may fade sooner than it would if you had normal or dry skin. Your lifestyle habits may also affect the pigment over time. Fortunately, you can visit your provider once or twice a year for touch-up treatments.
How Do I Know What Color is Best for My Eyebrows?
Your provider can help you with this process. During your consultation, your provider will observe your complexion, including your hair and skin tones. Using this information, it’s relatively easy to determine which shade of pigment would look best. You are an important part of this process, so your provider will include you in making the right choice.
Will My Eyebrows Scab After Microblading?
You can expect some scabbing to occur after your microblading treatment. This is natural because a tiny needle penetrates the skin to deposit the pigment across the entire brow line. Scabbing is usually pretty minor and lasts three days to a week. The scabs will fall off naturally. Don’t try to help them. Doing so could create scars. As your scabs slough off, your brows will lighten somewhat, resulting the beautiful, natural results you expected.
Can I Wash My Face After Microblading?
You should wait at least one week after microblading to return to your normal skincare routine. As your scabs are sloughing off and the pigment is integrating into the skin, you mustn’t get your eyebrows wet. This means no sweating, no swimming, careful showering and hair-washing, and no standard face-washing. What you can do instead is wipe your face clean using pre-treated facial wipes or a sterile cotton pad wetted with a gentle cleanser.
Can I Wear Makeup After Microblading?
You can wear most makeup right away after your microblading treatment. The exception is that you cannot wear eyebrow pencil or any other product applied directly to the brows, including serums or creams, for two to three weeks. All else is fair game. If you have questions before or after your microblading treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact the office.
Are There Any Microblading Pre-Procedure Instructions?
On the day of your procedure, it is recommended that you avoid NSAIDS and caffeine prior to your brow application.
What Should I Expect The Day Of And The Day After?
You should expect to spend around 3 hours with me at the time of your initial application. Your brows may be slightly tender after your application but no pain should be involved post-procedure. Remember Microblading is a multi-step process and your brows will go through a healing cycle of looking too dark to not dark enough.
Microblading Before And After Photos
Post Care Instructions?
- You will be provided with products to help your brows heal at the time of your initial appointment.
- Avoid showering for the first 24 hours following application
- Apply the provided Epidermal Repair to your brows up to 2x a day for the first week (PLEASE use it sparingly, it’s better to use too little than too much)
- ALWAYS wash your hands prior to touching your brows
- After 24 hours, you may use a small amount of Vaseline on your brows prior to showering. This will help to provide a barrier and minimize the chance of them getting wet.
- Do not wash your brows for 2 weeks or until all of the flakes are gone and healing is complete
- Resist the urge to pick, rub, or scrub after the flakes have formed
- Avoid using any makeup on or near your brows for 5-7 days
- Try to avoid sleeping directly on your brows and change your pillowcase to minimize the chance of an infection during the healing process.
- Avoid excessive sweating, exercise, or hot steamy showers for 3-4 days.
- Do not use any other aftercare products besides what is provided to you
- Do not prematurely wash them (prior to 2 weeks) with soap in an effort to lighten the color, they will do this on their own.
What Can I Expect When It Comes To My New Brows As Far As Follow Up?
- You may notice too dark or slightly uneven appearance after your initial application, this will be addressed during your “perfection” appointment
- Up to 50% pigment loss during your first round of pigment healing
- Needing a touch up 6-18 months after your initial and “perfection” appointments
- Microblading is designed to be very natural. If a fuller more solid brow is what you desire, then you may need to add makeup to your brow when applying full-face makeup.
After My Initial Microblading Appointment When Do I Follow Up And How Often?
After your initial application, you will follow up in approximately 45 days for a “perfection” appointment. At that time, we will make necessary adjustments to your brows to ensure they are exactly what you want for the next year. Your skin type, sun exposure, medications, skincare habits, etc. will play a huge factor in how long your brows will actually last. This procedure is meant to be temporary and the longevity of your brows depends on each individual.
Aspen – Esthetician
Aspen is a licensed esthetician with four years of experience in the industry. A Clinton County native, she went to school and became licensed in Washington before returning to the area. Becoming a Certified Microblading Artist has been the perfect way for Aspen to use her artistic talent and esthetic license. The reaction that she receives from patients when they first see their brow transformation is what she loves the most about Microblading.
What If I Don’t Like The Results?
The first and most crucial step of Microblading is the planning and drawing process. At this time, it is essential, to be honest about what your expectations are. Bring photos of what you do or do not want your brows to look like. My goal as your technician is to give you the brow that you want. Of course, I will always recommend making them anatomically correct but we will go through the planning process together to make sure you are satisfied with your final product. AND remember, this is a multi-step process. Your final product will not be achieved until after your perfection appointment.
Does Microblading Hurt?
My goal is to make it as painless as possible for you. I use a pharmaceutical-grade topical numbing prior to starting the procedure and a lidocaine gel throughout the process. If at any time during your application process you are not reaching a level of comfort, we also have Pro-Nox available.
How Often Will My Brows Need A Touch Up?
After your initial application and perfection appointment, your brows will fade within 18 months. Your lifestyle, sun exposure, skin type, and skincare habits will directly affect the longevity of your brows. If you are someone who prefers an extremely bold brow you may desire to have them retouched more frequently.
My Brows Are Too Dark, Will They Stay This Way?
No. The day after your initial application your brows will definitely be too dark for your liking. As you go through the healing process, they will lighten up to your desired color. Someone who sees you on a consistent basis will be your biggest critic! Remember to tell them too that this is a multi-step process and your brows will lighten over time.
Do I Need To Have My Old Permanent Makeup Removed Prior To Microblading?
Possibly not. In this situation, we may be able to microblade over the old pigment. In this situation, I would highly recommend a consultation so we can discuss color correction prior to your application appointment.