Common Questions and Answers

Microblading Questions

What is the procedure for microblading?

Before the procedure I work with you to choose the ideal color and create the shape for your brows. The shape is then drawn onto the face prior to the tattooing procedure. I use a topical anesthetic to reduce any discomfort you may experience. The microblading technique itself is a semi-permanent form of tattooing. I use a manual pen consisting of very fine needles to implant pigment in the epidermis of the skin. This process takes around 2 hours. After the initial appointment, at least one additional touch-up is necessary to achieve optimal results.

Whats the difference between microblading and traditional permanent cosmetics?

With traditional permanent makeup the brow area is outlined and completely filled in with color resulting in a uniform look. Microblading applies hair like strokes into the skin. Visually you cannot distinguish the difference between real hair and hair strokes from microblading.

The microblading procedure is less painful than traditional eyebrow tattoo. The strokes are applied by hand, rather than by machine, as in traditional tattoo, which makes microblading more comfortable. Both procedures use a topical analgesic to reduce pain during treatment.

The pigment used in the microblading procedure is thicker, is semi-permanent and can last between 1-3years. The pigment will begin to fade within 12 months. In order to keep your brows looking fresh, a touch up is recommended every 12 months to 24 months maximum. After 2 years, it will likely have faded enough to require a complete refresh.

Are there any reasons to not have microblading done?

Microblading or tattooing cannot be performed on clients who currently have any of the following:

  • Pregnant or nursing (treatment is possible, though anesthetic cannot be used)
  • Diabetic
  • Undergoing chemotherapy
  • Viral infections and/or diseases
  • Circulatory or bleeding disorders
  • Taking any blood thinning medications
  • Epilepsy
  • A pacemaker, or major heart problems
  • Had an organ transplant
  • Skin irritations or psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)  
  • Birthmarks or moles in the treated area
  • Generally not feeling well (cold, flu, etc.)
  • Botox treatment in the past two months
  • Used Accutane or other strong retinoids in the past year
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis

How long does microblading last?

Depending on your skin type, microblading can last anywhere from one to three years. A yearly touch-up is recommended to maintain optimal shape and color.

How long does microblading take to heal?

Brows will appear to be healed around two weeks after the procedure. They are not considered fully healed until six weeks after the procedure.

Is a touch-up necessary?

The first session lays the groundwork for your perfect brows but requires a second session for ideal and lasting results. A touch-up fine tunes the color and shape of your brows. At this session we can address any adjustments you may desire. The skin may not retain all of the pigment from the initial session and a touch-up is required to ensure even and ideal color.

Can I get my touch-up sooner than 6 weeks?

No. The skin will still be too delicate to perform a touch-up. It takes 6 weeks for the area to be fully healed and the true color to be set.

What is the pain level during and after tattooing?

I use a topical anesthetic that makes the procedure relatively painless. The healing process should be pain-free.

Can I come into the salon with my brows done?

Absolutely! This allows me to see your everyday brows and get a better idea of your ideal shape. Bringing along reference pictures can also help us work together to find your ideal brows.

Before Microblading

  • Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.  

  • Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.

  • No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.

  • Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so I can see your every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows!

Microblading Aftercare

After your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:

  • Within 2 hours after the procedure, clean brows using a q-tip and lightly moisten with distilled or cooled downed boiling water. Gently wipe away the old healing balm and any lymphatic liquid (clear yellowish liquid) that may have built up. Lightly pat dry with tissue and using a new q-tip, re-apply healing balm to the brows.

  • Make sure to apply a light layer of healing balm morning and night to brows for at least 5-7 days.

  • Do not over apply healing balm.

  • Do not immerse brow area in water for 14 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around it.      

  • Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections.

  • Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours.    

  • Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will 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 14 days.

  • No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after.