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 achieved using the microblading technique to deposit fine strokes along with a powder technique to give the brow a fuller, colored in look. This technique is used for someone who wants a fuller, more dramatic brow yet has little to no natural brow or shape left. -Or someone who typically wears a 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 a full face makeup daily.
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 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.
Are There Any Microblading Pre-Procedure Instructions?
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 to 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, skin care 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.
- Eye Design University, New York, New York
- I chose Eye Design for Nadia’s expertise in microblading techniques and the importance she stresses on safety standards. Fashion trends tend to happen first in New York City, hence why NYC was recently named the fashion capital of the world. I wanted to train with someone who has been in the business for years and is consistently educating themselves on new trends. Although microblading continues to be increasingly popular in the Midwest, it has been a growing trend in NYC for years. Nadia is by far the best in the business gaining national and international recognition for her work. Her knowledge and expertise are invaluable. She was able to share knowledge on what techniques and products have worked and what has not while providing continued support to me even after I completed her Master Class.
What made you decide to pursue the training and what do you enjoy about performing it?
- As a nurse, I find it extremely gratifying to help someone feel like their best self. I love handing a patient the mirror and seeing the look on their face when they see themselves with their new eyebrows for the first time! They gain confidence that they haven’t had before or haven’t felt in a long time.
There is a wide range of prices in our area. In your opinion, why is that?
- Microblading is arguably the #1 most requested cosmetic procedure in 2018. Therefore, it is a vastly growing field and many people see it as a great opportunity to make a profit but do not have the best interest of the patient at heart. Proper training and certification are not cheap. In my opinion, technicians set their prices based on the training and continuation of education that they received.
What would you tell patients to be aware of when selecting their facility and provider?
- Safety and Training. When you choose a technician you are choosing them because of their talent and technique. I know it is easy to get excited about photos of beautiful brows on Instagram and other social media outlets BUT it is just as important to do research on the facility where the procedure is being performed. With microblading becoming increasingly popular, “brow shops” are popping up everywhere with artists/technicians who are eager to make a buck. Proper training and safety standards are not a priority to everyone and are definitely an ongoing effort. It’s important to check out their training and certification for your own safety.
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 on 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.