What is microblading?
Microblading (also known as feathering or eyebrow embroidery) is a form of semi-permanent makeup. The pigment is inserted into the first layer of the skin using a handheld, manual tool and sterile needles. Unlike traditional tattooed eyebrows that have a “powder brow” look, microblading creates a more natural effect with strokes that resemble brow hairs.
How long does microblading last?
Microblading can last anywhere from 8 months to two years. Factors such as skin type, sun exposure, and exfoliating can effect how often a touch up is required. Typically, the darker the colour, the longer it’ll last.
Does the procedure hurt?
Pain tolerance levels vary from person to person, however a topical anesthetic gel is applied before the procedure to numb the area and can be reapplied throughout. Most people just feel a “scratching” sensation.
Certain factors such as smoking, having this procedure done during your menstrual cycle, or being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia may increase your sensitivity during this procedure.
Will I have to have a touch up?
Yes! Microblading is a two step process. The touch up session after 4-6 weeks is required to fill in any areas that did not hold pigment and refine the brows to ensure it retains the colour for the maximum amount of time. Pigment colour and thickness may also be adjusted at this time.
Am I able to do my touch up appointment earlier than 4 weeks?
The touch up session cannot be done earlier than 4 weeks after the initial appointment. The brow should be completely healed in order to see what spots need to be touched up. More importantly, this will prevent damage to the skin as the skin requires time to fully heal.
Is microblading safe for everyone?
This procedure is suitable for most people. However, if you have any of the following conditions, we will not be able to perform this procedure:
- Pregnant and/or breastfeeding
- Are taking accutane or have taken accutane within the past 12 months
- Have gotten botox/fillers in the forehead or brow area within the past month
- Are taking blood thinner medications
- Undergoing chemotherapy
- Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area
What do I need to do to prepare for my appointment?
There are a few things that are we suggest not to do leading up to either your initial or touch up procedure:
- Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before procedure
- Do not tan two weeks prior or have sunburned face
- Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to treatment
- Do not work out the day of the procedure
- Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior
- Do not tint your eyebrows 3 days before the procedure
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:
- Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your tattoo
- Do not consume coffee before your procedure
- Do not take an aspirin/ibuprofen/advil for pain relief (blood thinner)