How long does it take?
The first Microblading session takes about 1.30-2.30 hrs. In this session, the client’s eyebrows would be shaped and styled and num and then pigment color selection would take place. The second Microblading session in about 4-6 weeks after the first one and will take about 1.30-2.30 hrs.
How long does it take to heal?
After the procedure is done, the area of the eyebrow will be slightly red and the eyebrow color will be dark. However, this is normal and part of the healing process. The dark color will fade in as it heals up to 40%. You would observe scabbing but do not pick them as they may damage the microblade area. It takes about 1 week to 2 weeks for the eyebrow to heal and around 1 month for the color to lighten and adjust.
Is the touch-up session necessary?
Yes. Everyone heals differently; however, a touch-up session is needed after around 5-6 weeks. During the first session, some areas may not pick up, the pigment color may need to be adjusted, and more strokes could be added. Oily skins may require deeper shades during the touch-up session since the oil lightens the pigment. It is significant to make sure the final shape of the eyebrow looks perfect in this session.
How long does it last?
The area that was microbladed would fade overtime since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos. Depending on different skin types and age, it lasts approximately about 1-1.5 years. Skincare is also an important factor to help the pigment last longer. For example, tanning, and using products with AHA or Glycolic Acid would fade faster. To keep the eyebrows looking fresh, a touch up is recommended every 6-12 months.
Is it painful?
The pain level is mild or none. Some form of anesthetic would be applied to numb the area before and during the session. Everyone would respond differently to anesthetic; however, redness and swelling is normal in the area. Clients may take Tylenol but not Ibuprofen or Aspirin.
What are the pre and post-care procedures?
In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post-care instructions.
Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:
•Do not tan two weeks prior or have sunburned face.
•Discontinue Vitamin A/Retinol products one month prior to treatment.
•Do not work out the day of the procedure.
•Do not have any type of facial/peel 2 weeks prior to treatment.
•Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before procedure.
•Do not tint your eyebrows 3 days before the procedure.
•Do not have Botox 3 weeks prior.
• Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior (natural blood thinners).
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:
• Avoid aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.
• Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your tattoo
• Do not drink coffee before your procedure
• Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so our technician can see the everyday look you prefer.
Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows!
After your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:
• You may take shower normally, but avoid getting any soaps, shampoos or other cleansers on the treated area for the first five days.
• DO NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment. 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.
• NO swimming pools, Jacuzzis or other bodies of water for two weeks.
• Do not soak your face underwater in a bathtub or allow the shower to spray directly in your face for two weeks.
• No anti-aging products or facial products containing Alpha Hydroxyls (AHAs), Retin-A, Lactic or Glycolic Acids
• DO NOT apply make-up to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. It may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo.
• DO NOT use Vaseline, Neosporin or other petroleum-based products while healing.
• DO NOT bleach, tint or dye the tattooed area for one month following the procedure.
• DO NOT apply any anti-acne products (e.g. Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Proactive, etc.) or lightening creams (skin bleaching creams) such as hydroquinone to the treated area while healing.
• Do not thread, wax, or use hair removal products on the treated area while healing.
• NO exercising and/or sweating for a few days prior to getting tattooed and for one week after.
Who is not suitable for microblading?
Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:
•Hepatitis or HIV
•Have diabetes (will require a physician’s note)
•Have heart conditions or using heart medications
•Have skin disease or irritations
•Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
•Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
•Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
•Pregnant or nursing clients who want to microblade can be done at your own discretion. I suggest discussing with your doctor first.
• Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician’s note.
Notice- Even if one of the above applies, microblading is not guaranteed. Normally, results are different for everyone due to their skin type, age, healing and bleeding during the procedure.
Risks and complications?
We will try our best to have a safe session by using sterilized equipment. Clients should follow the pre and post-care instructions to help minimize the risks. The allergic reaction is rare; however, it may happen for some people. We can try pigment patch test for people who are sensitive to makeup products, hair dyes, silver, and gold. The patch test should be done 5-7 days prior.
What if I do not like it?
I recommend clients to research in order to understand the procedure and be able to compare different artist’s work. I will try my best to shape and form the eyebrows to satisfy the client prior to the procedure; however, it is important to know that faces are not symmetrical and uneven appearances, as well as pigment correction, could be fixed in touch up session.