What is Microblading?
Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. Microblading typically lasts 12-18 months depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each 'hairstroke' is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrows and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows. Also thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.
How long does it take?
For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 1.5-2 hours. During this session, the brow technician will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval. We then follow with pigment colour selection. 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. The second Microblading session takes
place after 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete.
How long does it take to heal?
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 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you may notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in colour as it heals. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. True color will reveal itself once healed.
Is the touch up session necessary?
Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and 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. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!
Can I get my touch up session sooner than 4 weeks?
Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.
Is it painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure your brow technician will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and also reapplied during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, benzocaine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn.
How long does it last?
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 12-18 months, depending on skin type .Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: clients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid will fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's colour 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.
What are the pre and post care procedures?
In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions.
Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:
Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.
Aviod caffeine i.e coffee , enegry drinks
Avoid tanning so we are able to match pigment to your natural skin tone.
No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.
Feel free to come in with your eyebrow makeup on so we can see your every day look you prefer. We will then work together to create the perfect brows!
After your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:
NO soap or cleansers to be used until the treated area has created its own natural
For the first 24 hours try to gently blot the area using a damp cotton wool pad with
saline/sterile water. Apply a fine film of the aftercare ointment given (coconut oil) using cotton bud .
The area treated MUST BE KEPT MOIST for successful healing, with minimal
scabbing. Only a thin layer is required - DO NOT OVER APPLY. Continue for 7-10
days or until the area has healed.
Brow area might feel slightly itchy as it heals and may start to lightly scab over. Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation.
Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 2 weeks
When showering please try and avoid the water jets hitting the treated area.
NO make-up to be applied for at least FIVE DAYS, as the area is still healing and can cause infection.