Microblading FAQs

FAQ

How do I prepare for my microblading procedure?


If you have an ideal shape and color in mind, bring a few reference photos with you to your consultation appointment. You may fill in your eyebrows as you usually would so I can take into consideration the shape you desire. If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded, or tinted, please do so at least three days before your appointment. If any stray hairs fall outside of our final shape, I can remove them. If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days after the procedure. I require my clients to avoid any blood-thinning medication for a minimum of 72 hours before their appointment. This includes Vitamin E, Aspirin, Niacin, fish oil supplements, and Ibuprofen. Do not drink any alcohol the night before or day of your appointment and limit the amount of caffeine you consume. If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this procedure. It is highly recommended that you avoid SUN TANNING and TANNING BED exposure for 14 days BEFORE and 30 days AFTER your procedure. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn, it will take the pigment with it.




How do I care for my brow after microblading?


HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW MICROBLADED EYEBROWS:

THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE DONE UNTIL FLAKING BEGINS. Dab your brows gently with a lukewarm, clean, disposable paper towel. Dry to Normal Skin: Dab every 2-3 hours, Combination to Oily Skin: Dab every 1-2 hours. Note: Individuals will experience flaking at different time and some might not experience it at all. Always use a new disposable paper towel to dry your brows. It’s important to prep the skin and have it completely dried for the next step so that your skin can fully absorb the aftercare balm.

THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE DONE THE ENTIRE DURATION OF THE HEALING PROCESS (10-14 DAYS): Appy a thin layer of the aftercare balm with a clean finger or a cotton swab each time you finish dabbing the area dry - be sure to apply the aftercare to the skin and not just the brow hairs. Continue to apply the aftercare regularly once the brows have begun to flake.

Avoid sun exposure, sweating, and do not apply any cosmetic products on the treated area - a clean and breathable area is key to a successful result.

Do not apply any facial products (cleanser, serums, moisturizers, etc.) on the brow or forehead- transference of product can diffuse the strokes. Please review all skin care products on your own time and be sure they do not contain the following: Hyaluronic Acid, Salicylic/Glycolic Acid, AHA’s/BHA’s, Retinoids (Retinal/Retin-A), Vitamin C.

Stay hydrated! The more hydrated you are the less sebum/oil your skin produces. I recommend drinking 8oz of water every 2-3 hours.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Immediately following your procedure, the eyebrows will appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined. This can last up to a week after the treatment, while the initial healing process takes place. The treated area may feel a bit like sunburn, afterward, but there should be minimal discomfort, redness and swelling.

During the initial healing period, there should be minimal flaking of the skin. If there is some flaking, do not pick, and allow the dry skin to come off on its own.

The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, at which time the true color of the microblading is evident. During this process, your brows will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Please wait at least 8 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength, and it is only after 8 weeks that your touch-up can be done.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

You may shower or bathe normally, but avoid getting any soaps, shampoos, or other cleansers on your brows for the first five days as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis.

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. 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 microblading has completely disappeared. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.

DO NOT apply make-up to the brow area for the first two weeks. Cosmetics of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your microblading.

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.

DO NOT exercise or sweat for two weeks after.

DO NOT get into swimming pools, jacuzzies, 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.

ONCE HEALED:

Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.

Glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, and chemical face peel products must be kept away from the area as continued use could lighten the pigment.

Once the treated area is completely healed, any changes or additions that need to be made can be done no sooner than 8 weeks later.

Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure. Like Botox or hair color, you have to maintain the results; therefore, touch-ups are recommended yearly to maintain shape, color, and detail.

Contact me with any questions or concerns at 478-731-8298.

Enjoy your new brows!




How long does microblading last?


Microblading will not wash off. However, it will fade over time and may need to be refreshed every 1-2 years. The frequency of sessions depends on many factors, including the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), and if any chemical peels or anti-aging products or treatments come into contact with your brows. Please note that final results CAN NOT be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your second session and make any changes necessary. *Multiple sessions are standard for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring a minimum of 2 visits. Your second session can be booked no sooner than 2 months after the initial appointment. *Additional sessions may be needed and will be charged according to current pricing. For most clients, a minimum of two treatments are usually needed, at least 8 weeks apart. With most procedures, the color looks dramatically lighter after the first week. Some clients prefer this, while others opt for a bolder look. At the second session, we will assess the color retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly after the first session, do not worry! We can always go darker and add more density at your next appointment




What will my microblading look like in the future?


During your appointment, I will analyze the undertone of your skin to anticipate how pigment colors will fade in the future. I will also mix pigments to ensure color blends well with your existing eyebrow and hair color. The majority of my clients' microblading stay true to color and lighten naturally over time. There are some cases, however, where colors may fade to different tones according to the individual's response to the pigments (like lifestyle and iron deficiencies). Many factors affect these changes. At your second appointment, we will re-analyze how your body has responded to the initial color. Special formula alteration to correct and prevent further color change is made at this time. Your microblading will eventually look softer and have more of a "powdered" look. This happens with all clients as the skin ages. To keep your hair strokes looking good, a refresher appointment is suggested every 1 to 2 years. Results vary with each client. A good sunscreen should be applied daily AFTER healing and is required to help keep color true. As with any tattoo, sun exposure will make the color soften faster. Fading speed depends on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment color used, and if any chemical peels, anti-aging products used or treatments were done after your procedure. If you are planning a chemical peel, laser treatment, or other medical procedure, please inform the technician that you have had microblading. Careful application must be taken to avoid affecting the brow area.




Will microblading work for me?


If you have extremely oily skin, the microblading technique will NOT work well for you. The constant production of oil will cause the hair strokes to heal with a diffused, softer look. Your end result will look more powdered than you would expect. If you have little to no existing hair, the microblading technique may not be your best option, your tattoo will appear more 2-dimensional than those clients who have more hair naturally. If you are a frequent smoker, your pigment may fade sooner. If you are iron deficient or Anemic, your pigment may fade sooner, and bleeding/bruising may occur during and after the procedure. PLEASE NOTE: If you have had your eyebrows previously tattooed, I cannot guarantee results for cases such as these. In some instances where the previous work is too dark, dense, discolored, or large, tattoo removal will be highly recommended before my services will be considered. Previously tattooed areas will almost always require additional sessions and will be charged accordingly.




What are some contraindications to consider?


A list of skin conditions that may cause poor results during or following microblading.

Ingrown hairs and opened bumps on the eyebrows

Injured/inflamed skin cannot be tattooed.

Eczema

Flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of the skin cannot be tattooed.

Psoriasis

Flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of the skin cannot be tattooed.

Dermatitis

Flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of the skin cannot be tattooed.

Rosacea

Acne-like skin indicated by redness. The skin bleeds easily and will not retain pigment well.

Moles/ raised areas on or around the brows

Anything raised will not retain color.

Deep wrinkles in the eyebrow area

Hair-strokes will not lay properly in the creases, giving the eyebrows an uneven look.

Hair transplant in the eyebrows

The pigment may not take where the plugs were placed.

Fitzpatrick Skin Type 1

Redheads/translucent skin/light eyes

Due to the hypersensitivity and thinness. This skin type bleeds very easily and does not take the pigment well.

Accutane (acne medication) within the last year

Skin will not heal well. Must wait one year.

Retinol or Vitamin A/Tretinoin use

Must discontinue use 1 month prior to the procedure.

Extremely thin skin

Transparent or translucent skin bleeds easily and cannot hold pigment due to its thinness.

Tanned/Sunburnt skin

Avoid sun and tanning bed exposure 2 weeks prior to microblading

Use of Latisse or eyelash/eyebrow growth conditioner

Hair follicles are sensitive and will bleed easily. Must discontinue for 1 week prior to the procedure.

Face or body dysmorphic disorder

Expectations cannot be met

A list of medical conditions that may cause poor results during or following microblading.

Pregnant or nursing

At-risk and sensitive due to change in hormone levels

Hemophilia

High risk - cannot stop bleeding

Heart conditions/pacemaker/defibrillator

High risk - on blood-thinning medications

Body runs hot

Increased bleeding which prevents pigment deposit

Bleeding disorder

Increased bleeding which prevents pigment deposit

Thyroid condition and taking medication for this condition

Hypo/Hyperthyroidism, Graves’ Disease, Hashimoto’s, etc. The skin is thicker and compromised.

Trichotillomania (compulsive pulling of hair)

Due to constant pulling, scar tissue is prominent and pigment will not heal evenly or properly.

If you are any of the following medications you may have excessive bleeding and the pigment MAY NOT retain.

  • Accutane
  • Retina-A - Retinol - Tretinoin
  • Zioptan
  • Latisse
  • Coumadin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Xalatan (latanoprost)
  • Ticlopidine (Ticlid)
  • Cilostazol (Pletal)
  • Ticagrelor (Brilinta)
  • Travaton Z (Travopost)
  • Trifusal (Disgren)
  • Dipyridamole (Persantine)
  • Xarelto (Rivaraxaban)
  • Savaysa (Edoxaban)
  • Pradaxia (Dibigatran)
  • Eliquis (Apixaban)
  • Prasugrel (Effient)
  • Vorapaxar (Zontivity)




What is Microblading?


Microblading, also referred to as semi-permanent makeup, is the process of implanting color pigment beneath the surface of the skin using tiny, sterile, disposable needles to produce the appearance of hair strokes. The purpose of microblading is to enhance the natural features of your brows. Microblading is softer and more subtle. It is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement. Microblading involves the use of pigments that are designed to fade over time gently. Fading is desired as it allows your artist to change the color and shape over time as your natural color and facial changes occur. A highly effective topical anesthetic cream and gel are used for numbing before and during your procedure. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person, and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure. Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity tolerance to the procedure.





 

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