Microblading Q & A
● Microblading is semi-permanent makeup tattooing. The process that involves tiny, fine-point needles that make up a small disposable blade and handle. To scratch and deposit pigment simultaneously under your skin. The result? Realistic looking brow hairs that don’t wash off.
● Yes, but also, no. Unlike tattoos that last forever, microbladingis a form of semi-permanent tattooing. For microblading, Kathy uses a hand tool that lets her create thinner, more precise, hairlike strokes that aren’t as deeply ingrained into the skin. The pigment also differs from that of a tattoo because it’s only semi-permanent, which means your body eventually ends up metabolizing it so it fades away, and the dye particles are less concentrated in microblading ink than in the ink of a traditional tattoo
● Microblading lasts anything between 12-18 months, but the longevity of the pigment will depend on your skin type.
● People with slightly more oily skin will tend to last around the 12 month mark before needing a touch up, but those with normal skin can last up to 18 months. Your brows will eventually fade away if you don’t continue with touch ups every
18 months or so. There is no scarring or discolouration with the pigments used, so you wouldn’t know if you left them to fade out.
● We highly recommend everyone to start with a consultation with the specialist. At consultation, the artist will suggest the perfect fit to your brows and determine if you are a great candidate for semi-permanent makeup. Different styles will have different pricing
● There are people who are sensitive and allergic to some pigments, but in my experience this is extremely rare. I will always perform a patch or scratch test to check you are not allergic prior to the treatment.
● If you do decide to get your brows done, this part is super important: For a week after your appointment, do not get your brows wet or sweaty. And if you do absolutely need to work
out, we highly recommend covering them with ointment first to protect the pigment and keep the cuts clean and bacteria-free. We recommend you use an antibacterial ointment on your brows for the first 14 days, and then reduce ointment for 1-2 times a day up to your touch-up session at 6-8 weeks. No picking of any scabs that form from the tiny cuts, and avoid using any acids or retinoids while they heal, since they could fade the pigments.
● The top up session happens after 6-8 weeks. This is the time where I can assess the first steps, and add in any further strokes and add a darker pigment if preferred.
● You’ll need to follow the after care instructions and avoid any picking or scratching. Your eyebrows will start to heal over, much like a tattoo, which might cause irritation but is totally normal. In the next ten days or so your eyebrows will change colour, might become flaky and look like they’ve faded but this is totally normal. They’ll reveal their final colour and shape after around 30 days. This can then be a touch up at the second session.
● Patients are welcome to bring in images of the style of brow they like, or come in with the brow make up they normally wear on a day to day basis, but I’ll determine the colour and shape to use from my years of experience.
● People come in and tend to want darker than I suggest, but it’s always better to go a little more natural, you can always add more into the touch up session for a darker colour. I’ll look at your hair colour, eye colour and skin tone using the Fitzpatrick Chart, which also takes into account how your skin will change with sun exposure etc., to ensure the correct colour pigment choice.’
● It doesn’t hurt as such, it is more a sensation. The process itself is not painful thanks to the numbing ointment that is applied. It’s sometimes the sound of the blade which people find worse than a small scratching sound.
● The whole process is about 3 hours – it’s actually the numbing and mapping which takes most of the time, you aren’t under the needle for the whole 2 hours.
1. Do not pick, tweeze, wax or have electrolysis one week prior.
2. Do not use sunbeds or sit in direct sunlight two weeks before.
3. Do not have any type of facial or peel two weeks prior.
4. Stop using any retinol or Vitamin A products one month prior.
5. No exercising on the day.
6. Do not have botox four weeks before.
7. Do not take fish oil or Vitamin E one week prior (these are natural blood thinners).
8. Do not wax or tint your eyebrows three days prior.
On The Day…
1. Do not drink alcohol 24-48 hours prior to your appointment.
2. Do not drink coffee 2 hours prior.
3. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen 24 hours prior. ( Please consult with your primary doctor)
● Use a clean pillowcase
● No picking!
● No facials, botox, or peels for 4 weeks
● Avoid exercise for 1 week
● Avoid direct sun for 1 week
● Avoid long, steamy showers for 10 days
● Avoid swimming for 10 days
● Don’t wear any make-up or use skincare on your brows until they’ve healed.
● Remember, your eyebrows aren’t finished until after the second session.
Her compassion for others steered her to become Certified in Paramedical Tattoo Treatments. Clients who had reconstructive breast surgery or have scar marks from surgeries, uneven skin tones, radiation marks or de-pigmentation of skin can benefit from these treatments and her artistic eye.
Cancellation Policy: Please provide 48 hours notice of cancellation/reschedule. “No Show” or cancellation without rescheduling without 48 hours prior notice will result in a fee of $150.
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