- LINDSEY -
Licensed Esthetician and tattoo artist
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is a semi permanent tattoo procedure that uses pigment that is designed to slowly fade over time. It is the process of implanting pigment into the skin that resembles the appearance of hair with a specialized, sterile, hand controlled tool. Microblading is meant to be subtle and natural while achieving the illusion of fuller brows. The best possible healed results require strict adherence to aftercare instructions and understanding the microblading healing process.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Your initial appointment will take about 2-3 hours. During the session I will shape and design brows for you, with you! Then we will select a color for you. I will not proceed without your approval first on everything. Once you are satisfied we begin with the procedure. Included in cost, your first follow up appointment should take about 1-2 hours where I will make minor touch ups to what is needed.
WHAT KIND OF TOOL AND PIGMENT DO YOU USE?
A microblade tool looks similar to a blade, but instead of their being one big blade, there is a series of micro needles. The blades I use are completely disposable so you know you are not getting a tool that has been used on someone else. The micro blade is dipped into a selected color of pigment and then used to make a fine cut in the skin.
The type of pigment I use for microblading has an iron oxide base. Iron oxide has been a popular ingredient in cosmetics for a long time and is completely safe. Unlike the inks used in body tattoos, an iron oxide base allows the color to softly fade over time and ultimately vanish, not fade into unnatural shades of blue and pink like old permanent makeup! Not animal tested!!!!!
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Microblading is NOT permanent. Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will fade overtime. A lot of factors come into play when discussing the longevity of microblading. It typically lasts 6 months - 1 year depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age, and skin routine. Oily skin tends to fade faster than someone with normal/dry skin. If you are a client who tans or uses products on your face with AHA, the area will fade faster. Everyone’s skin is different therefore retention varies from person to person.
WHAT IS THE HEALING PROCESS LIKE?
The full healing time for microblading is 4-6 weeks. Immediately after your service the eyebrow area will be slightly red and color will appear dark, but there is no down time! In the following days you can expect the area to get darker as it scabs. Yes, your brows will scab as they heal themselves. Do not pick the scabs as this might damage the skin and greatly affect the retention of the pigment. The color will fade about 40% as they heal. It takes about 2 weeks for the brows to fully heal over but a full 4-6 weeks for the true color to reveal itself. At this point if you would prefer darker brows we can always add more color during your touchup.
DOES IT HURT?
Pain tolerance varies from client to client. Topical anesthetics are used during the procedure for your comfort. The feeling of the procedure has been stated as a 0 to 3 on a scale of 1-10, but totally worth it! Once the anesthetics wear off after the procedure tenderness is completely normal.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?
It is best not to get your eyebrows threaded or waxed before you appointment. If you prefer to, please do so at least 48 hours before
Avoid tanning prior to your appointment in order to assess your natural skin tones
Must stop using AHAs and Retin-A near the tattooed area a week prior
Botox must be administered at least 2 weeks before getting microblading
Avoid alcohol, aspirin/ibuprofen, and any vitamins that may thin your blood 72 hours before your appointment. Doing so may cause bleeding, which will affect pigment retention
Feel free to come in with makeup on your brows or bring pictures for reference
I recommend showering before your appointment so you will not need to immediately following your appointment. Getting your brows wet can also affect pigment retention.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF THEM AFTER?
2 hours following your appointment, take a moist cotton round or q-tip with water and lightly clean your brows. This will remove any blood or lymph from the area and help with scabbing. Lightly dry with tissue.
Before bed apply a light layer of aftercare ointment on brows
Do not oversaturate brows with aftercare ointment
Apply aftercare morning and night the next day until day 10
Do not use fingers to apply aftercare, use a q-tip to keep from getting dirty or infected
No steam, heaving sweating, or getting them wet for 10-14 days
It is recommended to wash your face like normal below your eyes and makeup wipes on your forehead to keep your brows from getting wet. When showering, make sure to avoid getting your brows wet.
Avoid putting makeup on your brows from a minimum of 10 days or until you see your skin has fully healed
It is normal for your brows to feel slightly itchy as they heal and scab. Do not peel or pick the scabs
CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR MICROBLADING (WHO IS NOT SUITABLE FOR MICROBLADING)
Under 18 years of age
Pregnant or nursing
Using Accutane or have used Accutane in the last year
Someone with very dark existing permanent makeup (consultation first)
Diabetes type 1 or 2
Severely oily skin (See powder ombre brows;))
Skin diseases such as Psoriasis and Eczema or Rosacea on area being treated
On thyroid medication
Transmittable blood conditions like HIV or Hepatitis
On blood thinners
Freshly tanned/ sunburned face
Please make sure you are healthy enough to be tattooed before scheduling your appointment! If you still have any concerns whether or not you are a good candidate for microblading please consider booking a consultation with me first!
I HAVE HAD MICROBLADING/ OLD PERMANENT WORK DONE, CAN YOU FIX/ TOUCH THEM UP?
Consultations are a must if you have had work done from another artists. I will then asses if I can correct the work. All consultations are free.
DO I NEED A CONSULTATION?
No you do not need a consultation first but if you feel more comfortable have a consultation first then absolutely.
Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined. This can last up to a week after treatment while the initial healing process takes place.
The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During the process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and it is only after 6-8 weeks that your touch-up can be done.
Swelling and redness is minimal with most clients and will disappear within 24-48 hours.
The day of your appointment every 3 hours after your service until bedtime, deb your brows with a moist cotton round to clean lymph and blood.
At this time you will begin dry healing for 10 days meaning no heavy sweating, pools, ocean, lotions or creams, soaps, etc.
A few days later and ONLY if necessary, you may begin to lightly moisturize the area as it begins to dry out. Be sure to use mall amount of aquaphor on a q-tip IF needed once daily. The goal is to have your skin flake off naturally.
DO NOT pick or scratch at the scabs, let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and ruin the retention. IMPORTANT: once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It may appear as though the tattooed area has completely disappeared. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.
D NOT apply makeup to the tattooed area until your brows have fully healed. Chemicals of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo.
Once your brows have fully healed it is recommended using SPF.
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