Since Microblading is a newer eyebrow treatment many people have questions.
Below I answer the most frequently asked questions and provide wisdom based on my training, practice and experience.
While Microblading is not considered permanent and the color will fade over time, with proper care and depending on your skin type, we recommend a color refresh in 6-18 months. Microblading enhances the brows - but you may need to use powder or pencil to achieve your final result.
Two treatments are needed to complete the Microblading process. The first treatment will take 2 hours and then we allow the skin to heal. The second treatment will take about an hour. The results are not immediate but with realistic expectations and patience they will be worthwhile!
We will guide you through a consultation process to find the color that best matches your skin tone and preference.
Tenderness, swelling and redness, along with blanched whiteness from the anesthetics will subside over the next 12 hours. The strokes will remain darker in the first week and will fade to a natural beautiful color.
We use a combination of a topical anesthetic, as well as a local anesthetic once the procedure is underway. Some clients report little to no discomfort, while others say it is somewhat uncomfortable. We make every effort to keep you as comfortable as possible. Please keep in mind that having the procedure done during your menstrual cycle, may make your skin more sensitive. Anesthetics do not last as long for smokers and patients with Fibromyalgia, so they may experience more sensitivity during the procedure.
You can take Tylenol for mild soreness in the first 24 hours. Wait at least 24 hours to take Aspirin, Advil or Ibuprofen as they are blood thinners.
It will take 7-10 days for treated area to heal. You may notice scabbing as the brows heal - do not pick at scabs! In the first month the treated brow may peel, then continue to lighten, and have a milky opaqueness that is all part of the natural healing process.
Yes. At 6 weeks we do the 2nd session and this is vital to achieve a beautiful result. Your skin-type will determine how your skin absorbs the color so we fine-tune the brows to ensure even color, brow thickness and natural strokes.
Yes. It is necessary to allow the brows to heal fully so that the final result is achieved and the touchup is accurate. Also sensitivity is minimized during the 2nd session, and scarring is avoided when the brow is fully healed after initial treatment.
We have had expert training and experience to ensure a beautiful result without skin damage or scars. Microblading is a gentle scratching of the skin and when done by TRAINED PROFESSIONIALS is considered less traumatic than use of a device.
Microblading is NOT recommended for skin that has been altered with injectables or fillers. The face should be in its natural state - so clients should allow the effects of injectables to completely wear off.
We recommend a patch test for dark skin. There are challenges associated with healing and skin injury for black skin. Hyper pigment, where the skin produces more melanin can create darker pigmented areas. Hypo pigment can happen where the healing skin produces less pigment and thus white areas can result. We recommend a consultation and expert analysis of your skin type to determine if Microblading is appropriate for you.
Yes - but we recommend a consultation. Depending on the scar tissue in the eyebrow from previous treatments you may require more procedures to achieve the result you desire. Previously done eyebrows from another technician may take 1 to 3 treatments to achieve the desired results.
Due to the stages of healing - we recommend doing your Microblading 3-4 months before a big event.
Clients with oily skin are not ideal candidates, as they tend to bleed more and the production of oil causes the healing brow to have a less defined, softer look. We recommend a consultation and patch test.
The Red Cross recommends waiting 6 months.
Consult with your radiologist as the procedure shows up as an artifact. You may also experience a tingling sensation at brow area.
It is important to consult your Laser therapist as lasers can cause permanent color change.
Microbladed Eyebrows will eventually fade away if no additional Touch-Ups are done.
BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT:
- DO NOT Exercise 24 hours before procedure as the body heat expands the pores.
- NO Caffeine 24 hours before procedure, this will minimize any oozing/bleeding or swelling after the procedure.
- AVOID Sun and Tanning one week prior procedure.
- DO NOT take: Blood Thinners, Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, Advil, Ibuprofen, Fish Oil, Prenatal Vitamin and Hair/Skin Supplements 48 hours prior to procedure.
- DO NOT discontinue any other medication.
- DO NOT Wax, Thread, Tweeze or Tint Eyebrows 1 week prior to procedure.
- PLEASE NOTE: Getting a procedure during your menstrual cycle can make you hyper-sensitive at the procedure.
IMPORTANT AFTER CARE:
- Residual pigment, blood etc, can arise from the open wounds, so during the first 24 hours, we ask the client to “wash the skin gently” to remove/prevent build up and dust particles, you should dab this away 2-3 times in the first day. You can use cool water with a damp cotton pad to prevent drying out and scabs forming. Don’t panic if dry patches or scabs appear as this can be taken care of in the second touch-up appointment.
- Apply Bacitracin or A&D Ointment over your treated area up to 2 times a day after the 1st day to avoid scabbing. Do not wash the skin after the 1st day.
- A follow up touch-up is recommended in 6 weeks. The healing process is different for everyone and it takes 25 to 30 days. Microblading is low maintenance and looks very natural looking, with hair-like strokes regardless of the amount of hair present.
Post Care during the 10 Day healing period: You will be given written instructions with guidance on how to care for your brows during the initial healing period, this includes:
- NO Sun Beds, NO exposure to the sun at least 2 weeks.
- NO swimming or hot tub at least 2 weeks.
- NO Exercise; SWEAT IS SALT and WILL prematurely fade, blur or cause the pigment NOT to take at all.
- NO Makeup on the treated area
- NO Anti-Aging creams on the treated area..
- DO NOT pick scabs if any appear.
- DO NOT itch the treated area or pull the scabs away.
- SHOWERS; Avoid direct shower water on the treated area after the procedure. Apply the product given to you prior to showering to prevent soaps and shampoos from getting on the treated area.
- FLAKING; Everyone's skin heals differently and most clients develop patchy/flaky areas or the appearance of fading after the procedure. This is 100% normal. Please DO NOT PICK. Usually the exfoliation (peeling) process occurs about 4 to 5 days after procedure and will be complete at about day 7 to 10.
- ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ON THE TREATED AREA... Leave your treated area alone and let them heal totally for at least 10 days... NO WATER, NO MAKEUP, NO LOTIONS, NO SOAPS for at least 7 to 10 days.
- AVOID scrubbing the treated area until everything heals.
- Avoid Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline during your healing period: Anything with a Petroleum or Vaseline base can cause a reaction and can cause crusting and scabbing. Expect to see a little flaking but not scabbing. Vaseline/Petroleum can also cause sweating as the skin is not able to breathe.
- Use sterile bandage(s) or other sterile dressing(s) when necessary.
- Color Refreshing: The results can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months for Microblading, and 2-3 years for Ombre' Powder Brows, Eyeliner & Lip tattooing, depending on different factors affecting the procedure. However, a touch-up once a year is recommended for Microblading and 3 years for Eyebrow, Eyeliner & Lip tattooing to retain the shape and saturation of pigment.
*** THERE ARE NOT IMPLIED OR WRITTEN GUARANTEES IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THE ABOVE PRE AND POST CARE INSTRUCTIONS!***
- Consult a healthcare practitioner at the first sign of infection or allergic reaction.
- Report any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction or adverse reaction to Texas Department of State Health Services at 1-888-839-6676
Use of sunscreen will prevent the sun from fading your results.
Lighter brow colors fade faster than darker colors.
The longer your skin takes to regenerate cells the longer your results will last.
Bleeding reduces the color absorption, so blood thinners (caffeine and certain medications) should be avoided before procedure.
The longer it takes for your skin to absorb the color - the longer skin will hold the color.