Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure where thin strokes of pigment are inserted into the dermal layer of the skin to mimic the appearance of eyebrow hair. It is a form of body art/tattooing. With the right technique, microblading can create fuller, thicker, more even looking brows. It is a two step process. The first appointment is for consultation, brow mapping and design, color selection, and full microblading procedure. The second appointment is to make any adjustment to color or shape depending on how your brows heal.
HOW LONG DOES MICROBLADING LAST?
Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure that generally lasts 12 to 18 months. Initially the color will appear much more vibrant or darker compared to when it is healed. When the pigment heals it is a lot softer and more natural looking. Since the pigment is semi-permanent, you will need to have it touched up around a year. It's also important to protect your microbladed eyebrows from the sun and wear an SPF to prevent premature fading of the pigment. Clients' eyebrows who have oily skin typically fade faster.
ARE THERE ANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT EXCLUDE ME FROM MICROBLADING?
Yes, microblading cannot be performed on individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding, diabetic (unless you have a doctor's note) or people with cardiac valve disease. People with certain skin conditions such as keloid scarring shouldn't have microblading done. People with certain allergies, such as allergies to alcohol or heavy metals, should be apprehensive about having this procedure preformed. If you have a question regarding your eligibility, please contact Michelle.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
Immediately after your appointment, your brows may feel sore and appear slightly swollen or red. For the first couple of days following your appointment, your skin will feel tight and will lightly scab. Please refrain from rubbing or scratching at your healing brows, as you risk the chance of taking off the pigment prematurely. 7-10 days following your appointment, the scabs will flake and peel off. Your brows will appear lighter as the skin heals, and after 2-3 weeks, the pigment will "reappear". However, fading is normal and the pigment will not be as vibrant as the first day. The outcome of how your brows will look healed depend GREATLY on how well you follow the aftercare instructions.
DOES MICROBLADING HURT?
The pain associated with microblading is very subjective. I numb my clients twice (once before the procedure and a second time once the skin is broken) to ensure maximum comfort. Some people are very sensitive and experience pain, and others feel nothing at all and even fall asleep during the procedure! Either way, your comfort is extremely important to me, so I will make sure the process is as smooth and comfortable as possible.
WHY DO I NEED A SECOND APPOINTMENT?
Microblading is a two step process. A second appointment, or touch-up session, is required to make the finishing touches, shape and color adjustments, and to add more hair strokes. Everyone's skin heals differently, so the second appointment is required to make the appropriate adjustments. Your brows aren't considered finished until the touch-up appointment.
CAN I HAVE MICROBLADING IF I GET BOTOX?
Yes, however if you have botox please wait at least 2-3 weeks before getting microbladed. Also please refrain from any sort of laser treatments or chemical peels 4-6 weeks before being microbladed.
I'M NOT SURE WHICH TYPE OF MICROBLADING APPOINTMENT TO BOOK?
I offer quite a few types and styles of microblading for your brows and it may be a little confusing to some. Which type you book for depends on: 1) Your skin type 2) How much eyebrow hair you naturally have, and 3) Your lifestyle/Goal of having your brows microbladed (If you just want a little added definition, or if you want to never have to do your eyebrow makeup again.) Basic microblading is great for clients who already have a decent amount of natural eyebrow hair, are looking for a very natural look, and have dry/normal skin. Oily skin is not a good candidate for basic microblading. Microblading & Shading is for clients who need more fullness to their brows if they have sparse or little natural eyebrow hair, want a natural look, and have dry/normal skin. Combo Brows are for clients who want more defined looking brows and don't want to have to do their eyebrow makeup again, while still achieving a natural looking brow. Combo Brows are a good option for oily skin, and for dry/normal skin. Ombré brows are all shading, and look like powder brow makeup when healed. Ombré brows are for clients with very oily skin and can't retain any hairstrokes, or for those who like that powdery and contoured style of brows. If you are still unsure of which one to book for, we can always switch up your decision at the appointment after consulting with me!