Microblading 

FAQ

Q: What is Microblading?

A: Also known as 3D Microblading, Eyebrow feathering and semi-permanent makeup, Microblading is the art of drawing hairlike strokes on the brows using a manual tool with fine blades on it and customized pigments. The epidermis is 'scratched' and pigment is deposited within the first 3 layers of the skin - unlike a tattoo which goes 7 layers deep, the pigments are able break down and partially fade with time. This also allows for more customization and realistic looking brows instead of the one dimensional flat brows you get with traditional tattooing.


Q. What is Microshading?


Microshading also uses a manual tool but instead of blades, small bunch type needles are used, this technique leaves small, pin-point dots. I recommend Microshading for clients with oily or darker skin because the Microshading technique takes better to their skin type. Sensitive skinned clients can benefit as well, because this technique is less traumatic to the skin than Microblading. MicroShading is the latest semi-permanent makeup technique that gives you a very natural powder filled look, combined with Microblading Hairstrokes (called Combo Brows)  your brows will look like you just left the makeup artists chair with perfectly arched brows!! This technique helps to close the bridge between your existing brow hair and Microbladed strokes to help give your brows a more dense, full look, especially those missing their brow tails!


Q: Will it hurt?

A: Everyone has different sensitivities as far as discomfort goes, however I have never had anyone tell me to stop. If a tattoo is 10/10, Microblading would, on average, be a 3 or 4 on the discomfort scale. I pre-numb as well as numb throughout the process, I have even had a several clients fall asleep.

You can expect to feel a scratching sensation and hear a "velcro" sound that may intensify by the end of the procedure. It is uncomfortable, but by no means unbearable. The sound you will hear is actually a good thing, it lets me know I am at the "sweet spot" and not deep in the skin. 

Q: What are the risks?

A: As with any invasive esthetic procedure, the biggest risk is infection. Infection will almost always be the result of improper after care in the first 10 days following the procedure. I use one-time, sterile disposable tools and disinfect and wash everything (including the towels and sheets) after each session.

Sleeping on dirty pillows, picking at the strokes, applying makeup to the area and constantly touching, rubbing or wiping your brows (among other things) can result in an infection, which could lead to scarring and other complications. As long as you follow my after care instructions this risk is nearly eliminated.

Q: How long does it take?

A: You can expect to be with me for around 2 hours, depending on how long it takes to draw your shape. Shaping takes about an hour, numbing half an hour, and Microblading about 20-30 minutes. If we do combo brows which is a mix of Microblading and Microshading it will take 3-4 hrs. 

Q: What is "Brow Shock"?

A: So you've gone from no brows to wow brows - and you don't look like you anymore! If you've been looking at your brows in the mirror every day for years and are used to seeing yourself a certain way, suddenly having dark, full brows can be a little...shocking. Compare it to having really long hair and cutting it all off, or bleaching your hair. But don't worry. Give it a few days and the shock will wear off - this is a completely normal reaction. And don't forget, your new brows will soften and shrink within 14 days.

Q: Is one session enough?

A: No. Microblading is a 2-step layering process. Some strokes will heal out and that is normal, therefore you must come back to complete the process or risk walking around with unfinished work....and neither of us want that.

Sometimes it is necessary to do a 3rd touch up session - this is entirely at the discretion of the client and is only needed if they would like a few strokes here and there to even things out - we do not go over the whole brow again.

Q: How long will it last?

A: Depending on your skin type, you can expect the look to last anywhere from 6 months to up to 2 years. Remember, this is a semi-permanent procedure. Microblading will fade, but for some of us it will never completely fade away and you may be left with a shadow. It is up to you how long you want to maintain the shape and crispness.

If you have oily skin, the strokes will fade quicker and may take on a more powdered "makeup" look. For this skin type Microshading is highly recommended! It retains better on oily skin than Microblading. If you have dry skin, the strokes will last longer and heal sharper. Both looks are an improvement on patchiness, unevenness and will reduce the amount of time you spend drawing your brows each day.

Q: What about down time afterwards?

A: You will notice that your brows may feel sunburned or be a little red after the procedure - this is normal and will fade away within 24 hours. You can carry on your normal activities provided you carefully follow the post-procedure aftercare. It takes up to 14 days for your brows to complete the flakey/fading part of the healing process and a minimum of one-month before you can come back for your touch up. I recommend 6-10 weeks for your 2nd appointment. 

Q: How much do they fade after the initial session?

A: About 20-30%. They will shrink, become softer and much lighter - this is normal, and the end result is natural looking brows. 

Q: What else can cause them to fade faster?

A: Suntanning, exfoliation, excessive sweating (working out) or improper aftercare. All these things can cause the pigment to fade faster, so if you want your treatment to last longer, take care of your brows as if they were tattoos. 

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