What is microblading?
Microblading is the process of manually creating hair-like strokes under the skin with a handheld tool and pigment rather than a machine. Where it is considered a form of tattoo, it is not as deep as a regular tattoo and doesn’t last as long.
Do I have to get a consultation prior to my appointment?
No a consultation is not mandatory unless you have previous work.
How do I prepare?
1 month prior: Avoid facial peels and anything abrasive in the eyebrow area.
3 weeks prior: Do not have botox any closer than 3 weeks
2 weeks prior: Avoid retinol or retin-a at least 2 weeks prior
1 week prior: Tweeze, wax, electrolysis .
3 days: Tint brows
48 Hours: Do not drink alcohol, take aspirin, ibuprofen,
Day of: Do not drink caffeine or workout
If you CURRENTLY or have had any of the following in the last 6 months please ensure to disclose this to me prior to your appointment: Anemia, Artificial Heart Valve, Diabetes, Hemophilia, Liver Disease, HIV, Hepatitis, Cancer, Keloid Scars, Healing problems, Autoimmune disease, Epilepsy or some other major medical condition.
If you’re currently taking or have taken medication outside of over the counter medicine especially those that could cause skin sensitivity or excess bleeding, please disclose to me prior to your appointment as well.
If you have been on accutane you must wait at least 1 year prior to getting microblading.
What if I have a previous tattoo?
Some tattoos can be covered but a lot of times removal is required prior to microblading.
How many microblading sessions do I need?
A typical individual requires two microblading sessions to have perfected brows. However, some individuals only require one session.
How will the shape be decided?
Prior to starting the microblading process, your technician will pre-draw the shape/size that will work with the measurement of your face as well the eyebrow hair you currently have and give you the opportunity to provide your final approval.
Does microblading hurt?
Your technician will do everything possible to make the process painless (i.e. applying topical numbing cream and top-ups throughout), however, pain levels vary by person. Some people only feel nothing or a mild scratch while others experience mild to medium pain (most commonly towards the end of the session).
How long does microblading take?
The total microblading appointment takes approximately ~2 hours (numbing and pre-draw take ~1 hour and the actual microblading takes ~45-1 hour).
What do I do for aftercare?
Aftercare is essential for the most optimal outcome. This includes protecting your newly bladed brows from water, sweat and sun as well as using an aftercare balm such as grapeseed oil, or aquaphor to keep your brows moisturized. It is common for your brows to itch, peel and have some redness during the first couple of weeks. DO NOT SCRATCH, PEEL, RUB or PICK as this may cause scarring, instead gently tap to relieve any discomfort. For the first 24 hours blot gently with clean cotton pad. After 24 hours apply a very thin layer of healing balm. 2 Days after the procedure you should start gently washing the area with a gentle cleanser (Cetaphil, Cerave, Dial for oily skin) by wetting fingers, rubbing cleanser between fingers & gently tapping it on the area. Gently remove cleanser by tapping a wet, clean cloth on brows. At this point you will gently tap dry with clean cloth and apply a very thin layer of balm with Q-tip. Repeat this process morning and night for up to 14 days.
How long will my eyebrows last?
Microblading typically lasts between 12-36 months but varies by individual and can be affected by the following: sun exposure, retinol, retin-a, chemical peels, or any aggressive skincare products. Also, those on the oilier side will fade quicker than those with dry skin.
What is the healing process like?
Healing varies by individual but with many it is very mild with nothing more than a slightly darker brow than normal. Those with more sensitive skin tend to have a more intense healing with swelling and redness which tends to go away within a week. It is also common for your brows to be too dark initially (they will fade up to 50%), larger than the healed brow, uneven, disappear for a period of time and look patchy at certain points. This is all part of the healing process.
Can I get my eyebrows wet?
Initially during the healing process (between 1.5-2 weeks) you must avoid getting your brows wet. Once your brows are healed, it is perfectly fine to get them wet.
Is there anything that may disqualify or cause problems?
Yes. If you have certain medical issues or are on certain medications you may not be a good candidate or at least require a Dr note.
Conditions that disqualify you from Microblading: Some Autoimmune diseases, Infection, currently on antibiotics, breastfeeding, pregnant, Chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis.
Conditions that require a Dr letter: Anemia, Artificial Heart valve, Heart problems, Blood problems, Diabetes, Hemophilia, Liver Disease, Epilepsy, Tumors, growths or cysts in the brow area, chemotherapy within 6 months.
Please let your technician know of any health conditions or medications you have had within the year prior to your appointment to ensure that you are able to proceed with your appointment.
Lastly, if you have any previous work i.e. microblading or a tattoo please make sure to send a pic or come in for a consultation so I am able to determine if removal is needed prior. Also, for old tattoos that I am able to go over an additional cost will apply.