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Here you can find answers to most of your questions regarding getting your eyebrows microbladed or shaded.
I want you to have the best experience possible! Please read through this valuable information to better prepare yourself for the procedure and what to except. Message me with any other questions!
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT?
- 24 hours prior to your appointment, DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL or CAFFEINE... I know, I know this part is very hard for most of us and REALLY STINKS! But at least try, as this may make you bleed more and effect the outcome of your brows...you don't want that!
- 24 hours prior to your appointment, DO NOT TAKE ADVIL or other blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Niacin or Vitamin E unless medically necessary. Tylenol is the best option as it will not thin your blood. If you are prescribed other medicines that thin your blood such as aspirin or ibuprofen please let us know before you make your appointment.
- Refrain from taking supplements such as Fish Oils (Omegas) a week from the procedure. It will thin your blood an increase inflammation and swelling during the procedure.
- Botox should be done 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after the procedure.
- Avoid booking during your menstrual cycle as it can increase your pain.
- No waxing, tanning or tinting 3 days before. If you are sunburnt the pigment will not take well, the results will not be desirable and cause more time and money spent.
- Unfortunately you will not look like an Instagram model after your 1st procedure since we have worked the skin. Be prepared for your brows to look red and really dark! – don’t worry, they will fade in color 30-50%.
You are NOT a suitable candidate for this procedure if you are:
- History of Keloids or Hypertrophic scarring
- Diabetic (require doctor’s clearance)
- Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
- Viral infections and/or diseases
- Pacemaker or major heart problems
- Organ transplant
- Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
- Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
- Accutane in the past year
- Heart conditions, Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure, Poor general health.
- Any treatment, medication, or illness that compromises the immune system / healing would make you NOT a good candidate for micropigmentation procedures.
How long does a microblading treatment take?
Microblading is a 2 step process, usually 5-8 weeks apart. It is important to complete both the initial procedure and touch up. 1st procedure we will find the perfect shape and color, touchup is the protection stage.
The initial procedure takes approximately 3 hours. During this time, a
consultation is done where we discuss your desired brow look, map the points of your face for symmetry and draw the perfect shape for your approval. We'll also pick out the perfect color using your natural hair color, skin undertones and brow hairs.
Though our faces are NOT perfectly symmetrical (one side is usually flatter than the other and have dominate muscles on either side), we do our very best to create as much symmetry as possible!
As we like to say BROWS ARE SISTERS, NOT TWINS.
Once you are satisfied with the basic shape and symmetry, the area is numbed with a powerful numbing cream then traced over and pigment is applied with 1 time use disposable tools.
The second stage of the treatment is a TOUCH-UP appointment.
The touch up that takes about 2 hours and is an additional cost. Touch ups are done no earlier than 5 weeks of your initial procedure and no later than 10 weeks.
It is IMPERATIVE you complete the touch up treatment. Without it, the results will not be optimal. Color will fade significantly within 5 weeks as the skin heals, peels and fades.
The touch up corrects any irregularities in the microbladed hair strokes, color tones and finishes the process.
**Occasionally a third touch up (5-8 weeks later) is necessary for certain clients where the pigment does not take as well to the skin.**
You will also be given aftercare products to use and strict instructions to guide you through the healing process.
It is VERY important to follow these instructions as it will determine how your brows will heal and turn out in the long run.
Most likely you are giving yourself this gift of brows to make yourself feel better and it is an investment. Once you are home, the rest is up to you and how you will take care of them. It's just a hard fact that if you choose to go out to sun or pick them then don't expect good results.
Are Semi-Permanent Eyebrows deemed permanent?
Technically, semi-permanent micro-pigmentation is considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off.
However, the pigment is implanted more superficially than a traditional tattoo, so it naturally fades over time.
Does it hurt???
I think this is the most asked question, and to be expected!
It doesn’t hurt as such, it is more a sensation. The process itself is not painful thanks to the numbing creams that are applied.
I take every precaution necessary to ensure the procedure is as pain free as possible. A strong topical anaesthetic cream is used prior to and during the procedure to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Some clients find the procedure a little uncomfortable, and compare it to getting waxed or threaded, while others report no discomfort at all. And in all honesty, I have had a few clients who have fell asleep and snore! zzzz
I've found that it's usually our own anxieties that get the best of us and makes us nervous. We don't know what to expect and think it's going to hurt. I HATE that our brains do this to us...no fair!!
Don't worry, I got you...I make it my mission to make sure you are most comfortable and explain everything the entire way, step by step. And honestly, by the time we get to the actual proceedure, it really isn't so bad.
How long is the recovery or healing time?
Immediately after your procedure and in the first 10-14 days, your brows will appear significantly darker and defined than perhaps your desired look. It may continue to get darker over the next few days as scabs begin to form, however this is not an accurate indication of the finished and healed result.
Some clients even experience "BROW SHOCK" which is a normal reaction and the course one needs to take to get used to their new healing brows.
30-50% of your brow color will fade as the scabs fall off within 7-10 days. In some cases, the scabs may take longer to heal and fall off. EVERYONE HEALS DIFFERENTLY.
DO NOT PICK YOUR SCABS!!
The pigment is within the scab and you do not want to pull any pigment out of your skin prematurely. We all heal differently and what works on one client may not be effective on another so please do not compare your results.
The complete healing process takes approximately 6 weeks.
How do you choose a color?
We choose a color together by applying small amounts of different pigments to the skin and selecting the best match for your skin tone, brow, hair color and personal preference.
As a rule of thumb, we closely match the color of your brow hair rather than your current hair color for the most natural results.
What types of pigments do you use?
We use iron oxide pigments that will fade over time and are naturally absorbed by the skin. Iron oxides are innocuous, harmless and perfectly safe for your skin.
Can I have my brows microbladed if I’m pregnant?
No you cannot have this treatment done if you are pregnant in case of infection.
Does it hurt afterwards?
The area can be a little sore for the first few hours and tender to touch for a couple days. And if you adhere to the aftercare you should have minimal problems.
Can you microblade over an existing brow tattoo?
Microblading can be done over an existing brow tattoo, however the old tattoo must be significantly faded for the hair strokes to show through and look natural. If the previous color is too saturated then you cannot have microblading done anymore since the hair like strokes will not show up.
If this is the case then a powder brow and shading will be done.
Please advise if you have had previous work done - submit a picture so we can come up with a plan and pick out the appropriate procedure If you don't and just come to the appointment, then we may not be able to do any work if your old color is too saturated. We would have to explore tattoo removal at that point.
Will my brows look fake?
NO! Semi-Permanent makeup is done using a cosmetic tattooing process and the pigmentation should reveal soft, natural looking eyebrows after their healed.
Actually implanting semi-permanent makeup pigment in the skin gives the appearance of more natural looking brows than topically applied cosmetics.
DO RESULTS VARY?
Yes - color retention and overall results are different for each individual. Factors such as sun exposure, skin type, aftercare, lifestyle and skin tone determine how your brows heal.
OILY SKIN - tends to 'push out' the ink quicker, and may need more frequent touch ups and heal extra powdery.
DARKER SKIN - will have less contrast and may heal even more powdery or solid looking than lighter tones. The darker the skin tone, the less detail you will see.
MATURE SKIN - is very fine, delicate and thin. It tends to heal more powdery and lines can heal on the thicker side. Results are very unpredictable.
The final results are not guaranteed to replace makeup- you may still need to use a pencil or powder to create your own unique, desired look. The ultimate goal is to have natural looking, more filled in and balanced brows.
Are there any side effects during or after the procedure?
During the procedure there may be some minor bleeding. This depends on the
client. If you take blood thinners on a daily basis, then some slight bleeding
Bruising is rare but can occur. There is usually some tenderness for a few days.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER - INITIALLY, THE BROWS WILL APPEAR DARKER BUT FADE SIGNIFICANTLY OVER A TWO WEEK PERIOD.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL TO HAVE A TOUCH UP DONE.
IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO PREDICT HOW WELL YOUR SKIN WILL RETAIN THE PIGMENT. DUE TO THIS AND MANY OTHER VARYING FACTORS, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR RESULTS.
JUST ALWAYS REMEMBER TO "TRUST THE HEALING PROCESS" AND YOU WILL HAVE A GOOD BROW EXPERIENCE!