F.A.Q. / Microblading
What is Microblading?
Microblading is the process of implanting color pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of a small, sterile, disposable needle. The primary focus of Microblading is to create the appearance of fuller eyebrows or to enhance the natural features of the face.
Is this a tattoo?
No. The only similarity is that color is applied into your skin, so if you see ANY tattoo parlor or artist offering a similar service, run the other direction. Microblading & SMP are both totally different techniques practiced by trained professionals using totally different pigments as well as different techniques with state of the art equipment.
How do I prepare for my Microblading session?
Before your appointment, I highly encourage my clients to check out my Instagram and "shop" for eyebrows on my feed. Eyebrows comes in many shapes and styles, from feathered to bold, arched to straight. I will work with you to customize your best brows. Please read through some important reminders below:
If you normally get your eyebrows waxed or threaded to maintain the shape, you may get them shaped 3 days prior to your microblading appointment.
I would like to use as much of your natural hair as possible, you may let your eyebrows grow until your microblading appointment. I will pluck any stray hairs that I wish to remove after the mapping of your new eyebrows.
Avoid tanning two weeks prior to your microblading appointment.
Do NOT come to your microblading appointment with a sunburn on your forehead or flaking skin around your eyebrows. In this case, email me at least 48 hours prior to your appointment to reschedule.
Avoid chemical peels at least 4 weeks prior to your microblading appointment.
All facials & skin treatments must be done 4 weeks prior to your appointment of 4 weeks after your appointment.
You can get Botox & fillers 4 weeks prior to your appointment or 4 weeks after your appointment.
You MUST stop using Retinol 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
AVOID alcohol, flax, ibuprofen or any medication that thins the blood 24 hours prior to your microblading appointment.
Who is ineligible for Microblading?
Microblading is not recommended for those with oily skin or large pores. If that's you, you may want a shading or combination shading and microblading technique. I also do not provide microblading for people: under 18 years old, pregnant or nursing, if you have diabetes, glaucoma, skin diseases such as Shingles, psoriasis or eczema on the area of treatment, allergies to makeup, Keloid disorder, HIV/Hepatitis, skin cancer, hemophilia, or if you're taking skin medications like ro-accutaine and steroids. If you are in remission from cancer, please provide written permission from your Doctor.
How long does Microblading last?
The treatment is considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, it will fade over time and may need a touch up every 1-2 years. Frequency of touch ups depends on a number of different factors including: the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), iron deficiency (your body absorbs iron-oxide as a supplement), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Please note that final results can not be guaranteed as each unique skintype will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. The tattooed hair strokes tend to have a more crisp look once healed on dry skin compared to more blurry strokes on oily skin. I will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any changes necessary.
Touch ups are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring 2 visits.
How will I look immediately following my Microblading session?
Your semi-permanent makeup will appear darker and bigger than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the complete healing process. Please view the detailed aftercare below.
What is the aftercare procedure for Microblading?
Post-care is very important to the appearance and longevity of your new eyebrows. Do not let any water, lotion, soap, or makeup touch your eyebrow area during the first 7 days after your procedure.
After 5-7 days, make sure your hands are completely clean and gently apply the post-care ointment with clean hands. This can be done once at night time, but be sure to use the ointment sparingly as your skin needs to heal itself. Please continue to apply the ointment for 7 days.
The following must be avoided during all 14 days post-microblading procedure:
Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi
Sun tanning or salon tanning
UV/UVA Rays or chemicals as they have been known to cause a shift in color and premature fading
Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the face or neck
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
Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab
Please wash your face carefully around the eyebrow without getting water on the treated area. During the shower, keep your face away from the showerhead or take a bath.
Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-microblading procedure. However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.
If you have any unexpected problems with the healing of the skin, please contact Microblading LA immediately, to discuss further instructions.
Contact a physician if any signs or symptoms develop such as the following: fever, redness at the site, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, elevated body temperature, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, and/or any green/yellow discharge that is foul in odor.
What to Expect During and After Your Microblading Session
Entire healing process will take from 4-6 weeks depending on your body regeneration and age. Your new eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle.
The pigment will appear very natural looking immediately after the procedure. The color of the pigment will appear much darker the next day.
Note that because of natural skin regeneration, after recovery period (peeling), brows might appear lighter than original. This might give you the impression that color is fading too quickly. Often even with proper care, clients may lose original hairstrokes which make brows look uneven. It is absolutely normal. That’s is the reason why most clients need a touchup after 6 weeks.
Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. However, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows. The final look of your eyebrows will be apparent approximately 30 days after your procedure.
Never rub the treated area as it will disturb the skin from natural healing.
Once completely healed, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly. When using foundation, be aware when applying to avoid your healed eyebrows. If foundation covers healed brows, your eyebrows will appear lighter.