What is microblading?
Microblading is the process of implanting color pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of a small, sterile, disposable needle to produce the appearance of fuller eyebrows or to enhance the natural features of the face.
How long does it last?
The treatment is considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, it will fade over time and may need a touch-up every 1-2 years. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including: the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), iron deficiency (your body absorbs iron-oxide as a supplement), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Please note that final results can not be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. The tattooed hair strokes tend to have a more crisp look once healed on dry skin compared to more blurry strokes on oily skin. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any changes necessary.
How many treatments are needed?
Two treatments are usually needed, at least 6 weeks apart. Sometimes just one treatment is sufficient, but a touch-up appointment is offered at low cost if needed. 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 treatment, 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 the first time, do not worry! We can always go darker and add more density at your next appointment.
Touch-ups are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring 2 visits. The initial procedure is followed by a touch-up procedure if needed about 6-12 weeks later.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT?
– If you normally get your eyebrows waxed or threaded to maintain the shape, you may get them shaped 3 days prior to your microblading appointment.
– If you would like your artist to use as much hair as possible, you may let your eyebrows grow until your microblading appointment. Your artist will pluck any stray hairs that you wish to remove after the mapping of your new eyebrows.
– Avoid tanning two weeks prior to your microblading appointment.
– Do NOT come to your microblading appointment with a sunburn on your forehead or flaking skin around your eyebrows. In this case, email your artist at least 48 hours prior to your appointment to reschedule.
– Avoid chemical peels at least 4 weeks prior to your microblading appointment.
– Avoid alcohol, ibuprofen or any medication that thins the blood 24 hours prior to your microblading appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How will I look immediately after? What is the healing process?
Your semi-permanent makeup will appear darker and bigger than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the complete healing process.
- Can I exercise after getting a cosmetic tattoo?
You must avoid working out for 5-7 days following your cosmetic tattoo appointment. Light exercising is allowed (minimal sweating), but you MUSTclean the tattooed area with lukewarm water as soon as you are done exercising. The salt in the sweat will fade the pigment very quickly and give poor results.
- Can I get a cosmetic tattoo if I have a history of keloid scarring?
If you have a history of keloid scarring, you MUST have a written consent from your doctor for your appointment.
- Can I get tattooed if I am on Accutane?
No, you must have been off Accutane for at least 12 months.
- Can I get tattooed if I use Retinol?
You MUSTstop using Retinol 2 weeks prior to your appointment and avoid using it for the 2 weeks following your appointment.
- Can I get tattooed if I have an iron deficiency?
You MUSTbe taking iron supplements 6 weeks prior to your appointment and 6 weeks following.
- When can I get Botox/fillers?
You can get Botox & fillers 4 weeks prior to your appointment or 4 weeks after your appointment.