Frequently Asked Questions
What is Microblading?
Microblading, also known as “eyebrow embroidery,” “3-D brows,” and “microstroking,” is semi-permanent brow art meant to mimic real brow hairs. Microblading typically lasts 1-2 years depending on sun exposure, sweat, skin type, skincare routine and other factors. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra-fine needles and each “hair” is gently etched into the skin to provide realistic hair-like strokes.
How long does it take?
Your first microblading session should take about 2-2.5 hours. The session includes a thorough consultation, grooming, shaping/mapping, numbing and color matching. A complimentary touch-up service is included 6 to 9 weeks from the first session; this session takes approximately 1-1.5 hours.
What's the healing process like?
Directly after the procedure: Many clients love their brows directly after treatment, however, depending on your skin sensitivity, the skin may appear pink/red and the pigment may be a bit darker.
Days 2-4: Brows will appear dark.
Days 5-7: Scabbing will start to lift off of skin. As scabs shed, they will take pigment with them if pulled off too soon so NO PICKING. Please follow proper aftercare for best results.
Days 8-10: Pigment will "disappear."
Days 14-28: Pigment will start to resurface but will appear patchy in some areas and be approximately 40-60% lighter than initial application.
At the 6-9 week touch-up we will perfect the final look.
Microblading is only semi-permanent so after healing is complete the pigment will continue to fade and eventually disappear if no touch-ups are done. Skin type, facial products and lifestyle are all factors that effect how the pigment will fade. Oily skin, sweat, sun exposure, facial treatments, using AHAs, glycolic and lactic acids are all examples of factors which would cause faster pigment fading.
Is the 2nd touch-up session necessary?
Yes! The first session lays the foundation for the final outcome. The healed results will be significantly lighter and some areas will not take the pigment as well as others—resulting in gaps. Once we see the healed results, we can adjust color, shape, and fullness as needed, and the pigment will hold better as well. This touch-up session will perfect your look and help your results last longer.
Can I get my touch-up session sooner than 6 weeks?
Touch-ups can be made no sooner than 4 weeks’ post-procedure. However, the recommendation is 6 to 8 weeks to ensure your skin is fully healed. Touch-ups scheduled past 9 weeks will be no longer be complimentary and be charged the appropriate touch-up price. Please see the Services list for current pricing.
Is it painful?
The pain level for microblading procedures is considered mild to none. A numbing topical anesthetic is applied to the area before and during the procedure to keep you as comfortable as possible. However, each person’s experience will vary depending on their pain tolerance and receptiveness to numbing agents. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine, and epinephrine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area are normal. Clients compare the feeling to a light sunburn. You may take pain relievers AFTER the procedure, but not 24 hours before.
How long does it last?
Because microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade over time. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years and each individual’s color retention will vary based on skin type, facial products, health and overall lifestyle. To maintain fresh-looking brows, maintenance touch-ups are recommended every 6-12 months. Without touch-ups, your pigment will eventually fade away.
Risks and complications?
I take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment and new tools in a sanitized environment. When clients follow the prep and aftercare instructions, there will be minimal risks or complications. Although allergic reactions to the pigments are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals. A pigment patch test is suggested for individuals who have skin sensitivities or are specifically sensitive to:
Topical makeup products
Gold, silver, and nickel
Patch tests should be performed at least 48 hours prior to the procedure. If you are concerned about sensitivities/allergies, schedule a consultation for a complimentary patch test.
What if I don’t like it?
As with all cosmetic procedures, it is recommended that you do your research and take your decision seriously. We will work together to thoroughly go over your shape, color, and overall desired look to realistically set expectations and ensure that you are happy with your new brows. Every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance (i.e., tone/color/shape); however, please keep in mind that faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Uneven appearance can be corrected during the touch-up session.
Color correction can also be done during the touch-up session. Microbladed brows will eventually fade away if no additional touch-ups are done. If you are unhappy with your results after the second session has healed, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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