Curious about microblading?
Here’s all the microblading information you’ll ever need!
What is microblading?
Microblading is a form of tattooing. Unlike a regular tattoo, pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine. This allows for immense precision. Together you and the artist design your perfect brows. Then artist draws hair-like strokes with the tool to mimic natural hairs in your brows. This eliminates the need for powders, gels and pencils to fill in your natural brows.
How long does microblading last?
Depending on your skin type and care, the pigment will fade slowly over 18-24 months.
Does microblading hurt?
Microblading is like a tattoo in that it deposits pigment under the skin, but it does not go as deep. Whether microblading hurts or not depends on your own pain tolerance. For some, it can feel like tiny scratches, however, a topical numbing agent can help to reduce or eliminate any pain associated with the procedure.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my service?
• Do not drink coffee, alcohol or energizing drinks on the day of treatment.
• Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 hours before treatment.
• Do not take omega3 (fish oil) 1 week before treatment.
• Do not tan or have intense sun exposure 3 days before treatment.
• No chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser or any other intense treatments 2 weeks before treatment.
• Shower and fix your hair as you need to take extra care not to get your brows wet for several days.
Are there any pre-existing conditions that interfere with consideration for a microblading treatment?
• Breastfeeding (treatment is possible, though anesthetic will not be possible)
• On keloids or if you have tendency to keloid, birthmarks or moles.
• Serious diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, autoimmune disorders (doctor’s note is required)
• Circulatory disorders (doctor’s note is required)
• Any bleeding disorders (doctor’s note is required)
• You’re taking blood thinning medication
• Currently on Accutane or other strong retinoids (must wait until 6 months after treatment ends)
• If any skin diseases symptoms or irritation appears on the area.
• You’ve recently had Botox or Disport treatment (must wait 2 months)
• You have a broken capillaries in the eyebrows area
• If you have a sunburn.
• After chemical peels (must wait two weeks)
Is there any after-procedure care?
Yes! Make sure to avoid ALL of the following for 7-10 days while healing:
• Increased sweating, practicing sports, swimming, hot sauna, hot bath or jacuzzi, sun tanning or salon tanning.
• Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycol Acid on the face.
• Picking, peeling or scratching of the micro pigmented area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment.
• Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris.
• Drinking alcohol in excess as it may lead to slow healing of wounds.
• Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles or motorcycles to avoid airborne debris.
• Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a clean cotton swab.
• Before showering apply a layer of post-care cream to protect your eyebrows from moisture. During the shower keep your face away from the shower head. Itching and minor flaking may appear during the first seven days post microblading procedure, However, experience has shown that by following these aftercare instructions these symptoms are very minor if at all and pass quickly.
• Once completely healed, try to remember to apply a layer of sunscreen on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Excessive sun exposure can cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly.
What happens during the touch up?
The perfecting touch up is included in the procedure and is recommended 4-6 weeks after initial treatment. During your touch up, the artist will fill in missing hairs, add or make hairs longer or just achieve a darker color if desired.
What’s the microblading healing process like?
Your new eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle. True reflection of healed color can only be assessed 3-4 weeks after treatment. Touch-ups and/or correction of the shape/design is recommended at least 4 weeks after initial treatment. It will go from too dark, to too light, to just right!
Immediately after the procedure, the pigment will appear very sharp and dark. This is because the pigment is still seating on top of your skin and has not yet settled in completely. The color of the pigment will soften gradually (do not be alarmed if you see some pigment on the cotton swab as this is excess pigment and/or body fluid that is naturally exiting your skin).
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.
Your eyebrows will be the lightest tones during days 5-12 because the color is absorbed in the deeper layers of the skin. Later skin cells push it back to the upper layers. Once the healing is completed, you will enjoy a pair of beautiful, new, natural looking eyebrows.
Here are a few microblading before and after photos of past clients:
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Krystal and Avery are currently providing microblading at Live Love Lash. You can find more photos of their work on our Instagram account @livelovelash or theirs @krystal_livelovelash or @averi_livelovelash