What is Microblading?
Microblading is a tattooing technique and a form of semi-permanent makeup that can partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair. In the procedure, the artist inserts color pigment into the skin through a set of single-use sterile needles or fully disposable tools, producing the look of natural hair strokes and enhancing the natural features of the face. This technique is typically used on the eyebrows to create, enhance, or reshape their appearance in shape and color.
How does Microblading work?
Microblading differs from standard eyebrow tattooing because each hair stroke is created by hand using a blade, made up of up of small “micro” blades; which creates fine slices in the skin, whereas eyebrow tattoos are done with a machine and single needle. It deposits pigment into upper region of the dermis, so it fades more rapidly than traditional tattooing techniques, which deposit pigment deeper. Microblading strokes on the skin feel like a tugging or a pulling motion. Numbing cream is applied before the procedure and helps the patient feel more comfortable. After the 1st pass of strokes throughout the brow, a numbing liquid is applied truly making the sensations much less noticeable.
Benefits of Microblading!
This technique can be used to improve or create eyebrow definition, to cover gaps of lost hair, to extend the eyebrows, or as a full reconstruction if the brows have little or no hair. Each stroke is applied individually, allowing the artist to completely control the shape, color and density of the completed eyebrows.
Microblading Color Selections!
The color choice is patient specific and mixed using a natural selection of micro pigments to complement hair color and skin tone. Color is determined the day of the procedure and it is confirmed and consented with the patient before moving on to the next step.
Microblading is NOT for the Following Patients; those with/that are:
-Skin that keloids
– Chemotherapy treatments or currently have active skin cancer in the area to be treated
– HIV or Hepatitis
– Eczema, psoriasis, or skin disorders on the site to be treated
– Moles or Birthmarks on the brows
– An open wound
– Excessive oily skin
– Allergies to makeup or colors
– Pregnant or lactating
– taking blood thinner medication
– Easily triggered post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
What is the Shading Procedure?
Shading often accompanies Microblading but it is the art of creating a powder filled look on the brows by using a stippling method, it feels like you are tapping on the skin. This technique opens the skin, deposits pigment into the skin giving the brows a more solid look on the tail, on the bottom, or throughout (ombre). The shading procedure is a different yet similar but sometimes lumped together when we talk about Microblading; but it is different. Microblading shading is usually NOT included in the price quoted for the Microblading procedure and considered an add on.
Microblading, since it is a semi-permanent makeup, will last anywhere from 1-3 years. The initial visit will maintain its vibrancy once the patient comes in for their 2nd and highly recommended FREE touch up (must be scheduled 4-10 weeks after the initial procedure). If you want long lasting results you will need to do BOTH visits.
The initial visit allows for the placement of the pigment, but the touch up “seals” it in making the results last a LONG time.
The touch up also gives your artist the opportunity to make your brows pristine by making any changes that you may not have liked on the initial visit.
Microblading Post Treatment Instructions:
30-60 minutes after the treatment (or when you get home), rinse the eyebrows with neutral soap (children’s). Remove all the lymph (a colorless fluid containing white blood cells, which bathes the tissues and drains through the lymphatic system into the bloodstream), by gently blotting the area with clean paper towel to absorb excess lymph fluid. After that, apply a very thin layer of the healing balm (or Aquaphor).
Repeat this procedure 3-5 times during the first day of treatment. If the treatment was done late in the afternoon and you do not have time to do it 3-5 times, put a plastic wrap square over the eyebrows you previously applied the cream on, so that you protect the eyebrows from drying and wiping off overnight.
FOR NORMAL SKIN: In the next 7 DAYS, APPLY HEALING BALM for 2-3 times a day and maintain facial hygiene and apply the balm after washing your face or taking a shower. The healing balm can be used on all skin types, due to its natural active components that regulate oiling.
FOR OILY SKIN: Only apply healing balm for the next 2-3 days (not 7 days).
What Do You AVOID???
Must avoid during ALL 7-10 days POST MICROBLADING procedure:
- Avoid getting the area wet for 10 days
- All makeup (foundation, etc) in the eyebrow area
- Avoid workouts that involve a lot of sweating, sauna, facial massage, and steaming (inhalation)
- Swimming (face down) for 10 days
- Sun tanning or salon tanning (including spray tans on the face)
- Picking, peeling, scratching of the microbladed area to avoid scarring and removal of the pigment
- Drinking alcohol in excess (may lead to slow healing)
- Driving in open air vehicles (bicycle/boating/motorcycle, etc)
- Touching of the microbladed area (except when for rinsing and applying the post care balm with a cotton scab)
Itching and flaking may appear during the first 7 days post-Microblading procedure. DO NOT pick at the flaking areas!! Please follow the aftercare carefully and these symptoms will disappear quickly.
AVOID IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS…
Sunbathing, solarium (tanning beds, rooms filled with ricocheting sunlight, etc), light therapies, chemical peels, facials, fruit acids, microdermabrasion, cream and skincare products containing regeneration factors.
Always avoid laser treatments over the treated area (fraxel, laser, IPL) because they can destroy the pigments and cause burns. Use of antibiotics and hormonal therapy can lead to a faster pigment fading. Always protect the eyebrows from the sun with SPFs (NOT DURING THE FIRST 7 DAYS)
What to Expect During the Healing Process
Your new Microbladed eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle.
- Eyebrows look amazing immediately after Microblading appointment
- Pigment gradually gets darker throughout the day
- Pigment reaches darkest level on day two
- Light scabbing develops where Microblading strokes occurred
- Scabbing from Microblading strokes begin to peel and flake off, sometimes revealing no definite, visible color in skin. After 2 weeks!!!!!… If your eyebrows appear to be uneven or have missing hair strokes (spots) due to healing, it is NORMAL. You may fill your brows in with brow pencil until touch up session.
- Pigment in skin continues to oxidize and Microbladed strokes begin to reappear in color intended from the beginning, but some strokes come back looking patchy
- Eyebrows fully healed and ready to undergo the finishing effects of touch-up appointment
- Beautiful eyebrow enhancement/transformation is complete after final touch-up
Important to know!! Initially your brows may seem to be too red and too large. Don’t be alarmed. We have just worked the skin and it is natural for it to be red and swollen. It will calm down in a day or two.
- The pigment will appear very sharp and dark immediately after the procedure. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin, and has not settled in completely. The color of the pigment will soften gradually.
- The scabbing process will also make the brows appear dark. Stay calm, all of this will lighten within a week.
- The color will eventually be 30%-50% lighter.
- Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the color pigment is fading too quickly; however, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows.
- Some strokes will disappear and re-appear in 2 or 3 weeks. Not all strokes will remain. It is natural to lose 10-15% of your strokes; they will get replaced at the touch up session.
- You may feel some itching, please try to resist. If you find yourself unable to resist itching you may apply some Bactine to the area for relief. DO NOT PICK YOUR SCABS!!
- Once all the scabbing has naturally fallen off and skin is healed, you may apply vitamin E oil to the brow a few times a day, until it is time for your touch up session.