Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup procedure that 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 a natural and realistic look. "Powder fill" or a "powder brow" (see example above - not my work) is also done by hand with a similar tool, but instead of single hair strokes, the brow shape is shaded in for more of a "makeup ready" look. Either of these techniques can correct or fully reconstruct eyebrows and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows, or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows, or over tweezed brows. Together, we will choose a pigment color based on your natural hair color, desired brow color, and skintone. You are a part of the process all the way through!
For the first microblading session, the entire appointment should take about 2 hours. During this session, I will shape and style the client's brow, with the client's approval. Once we agree on a shape, I will apply a numbing cream to the brows, and we will select pigment color. Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure. The client is to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. I call this the "perfecting session". This second session takes place about 4-6 weeks after the initial session. Depending on color retention, this session will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete.
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 50% as it heals. In the following days, the 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 overall outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after the procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light after about two weeks of healing; the skin will have an opaque milky look to it, and it may even look as though your microbladed strokes have completely disappeared. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once FULLY healed.
Yes. A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and the outcome 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 at this time. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for as long as possible. "Perfecting session!".
Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading session because the pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Also, we want to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.
The pain level is considered mild to none. Before we get started I will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, which will also be reapplied during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling has been described as light scratching to not feeling anything at all. 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. You may take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-2 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, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid will fade faster as your skin will resurface 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.