What is Microblading?
Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each 'hair' is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrow and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color; skin tone will also be taken into consideration.
Is it painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure the specialist will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, it will also be reapplied during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetics; depending on the client the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn.
How long does it take?
For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 2 hours. During this session the specialist will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval and follow with pigment color selection. Once the client is satisfied with the choices, the procedure will begin.
The client is to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second Microblading session takes place 4 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete.
How long does it last?
Since Microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal/oily/dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, use products with AHA or Glycolic Acid will fade faster as your skin will be rejuvenating faster. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the Microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.
How long does it take to heal?
The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. However, in the days following the procedure eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the Microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after a Microblading procedure. It takes approximately 5-7 days for the brows to heal, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light right after the healing process, this is expected. The skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it, this is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing due to the tissue still healing from the inside out, even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.
Is the touch up session necessary?
A touch up session after 4 weeks is necessary, everyone heals differently and outcomes will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year! We will continue to retouch you for up to 3 months if we agree your color isn't holding. This is where before and after photos are crucial. Any touch ups after 3 months are priced at regular touch up fee discussed during consult.
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:
Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.
Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.
No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.
Feel free to come in with brow makeup on so the technician can see the every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect eyebrows!
After your procedure I will provide a list of post care instructions.
Who is not suitable for the procedure?
Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:
Have heart conditions or using heart medications
Have diabetes (will require a physician's note)
Have skin disease or irritations
Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician's note.
Pregnant or nursing clients who want to Microblade can be done at your own discretion. Bella Beautique suggests discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.
* Bella Beautique LLC reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who we deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. I, the Certified Specialist, will make the decision to Microblade an individual based on my own discretion. *
Risks and complications?
Bella Beautique LLC follows all proper procedures and precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment, new needles and in a sanitized environment. Should clients follow the pre and post care instructions, there should be minimal risks or complications . Although allergic reactions to the pigments are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals. I suggest a pigment patch test for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive to:
Topical makeup products
Gold, silver and nickel
Patch tests should be performed 5-7 days prior.