I’m a big believer that brows should look natural. If you notice someone has permanent makeup, then it’s probably not a look you’d want to try. The beauty of microblading is that when done correctly, it truly appears natural and undetectable by others. Plus, how many of you are purchasing brow pencils or fillers and using them on a daily basis? Imagine the time and energy you’d save in your typical beauty routine if you could skip that step? Allow me to answer the most asked questions about the up and coming procedure of microblading…
Q: What is Microblading?
A: Microblading is considered to be semi-permanent, natural brow procedure- as compared to the traditional hairstroke technique. It is done using a very fine blade to deposit pigments into the epidermis.
Q: What is the cost of microblading?
A: My microblading procedure costs $400 and includes a followup appointment for touch ups, one month after the initial procedure to ensure the brows have healed properly and are filled in as necessary.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: Most clients describe the sensation as painless or minimal to slight discomfort. Topical anesthetic is applied and absorbed quickly so the area is numb during the procedure for the client’s comfort.
Q: How long does the procedure take?
A: The procedure length depends on the client’s needs and brow scenario. From either end of the spectrum, you can estimate anywhere from 2-6 hours.
Q: How long does the healing process take?
A: The skin is not considered to be completely HEALED until after 30 days of a full cycle of cellular regeneration, but your procedure areas will appear and feel normal within 8-10 days.
Q: Are there any limitations after having the procedure?
A: You will be given a post procedure care sheet after your brows have been microbladed further explaining the healing process. In short, the week after the procedure you should avoid things like saunas, chlorine, certain chemical face products, brow pencil, etc. After the brows are fully healed, there are no limitations. The pigment is smudge proof and you can resume your regular activities. Sunscreen is recommended to prevent fading.
Q: How long do the semi-permanent microbladed brows last?
A: Depending on the care and your body chemistry, brows can last up to 4 years. Touch ups after a few years are recommended.
Q: Are there side effects?
A: Like any medical or cosmetic procedure, everyone has a risk of reaction. Allergic reactions or rash caused by the pigment or anesthetic is uncommon, but possible. If the area is not cared for properly, following the procedure, infection or scarring is also a slight risk.
Q: When will I see results?
A: The results are immediate. Although it does take 5-7 days for the initial healing process, followed by 30 days for the pigment to fully incorporate.
Q: Am I a good candidate for microblading?
A: Busy, active women who want to save time on their brows are great candidates. Women who have trouble filling their brows or experience hair loss or thinning are also perfect candidates. Individuals with dry, normal to combination skin types make excellent candidates. The brow strokes will show up very crisp and clear. Women with oil to severely oily skin could experience softer lines, as that skin type is not as ideal for the process.
Q: Will my brows fade?
A: There will be slight fading, after 3-6 weeks of healing, the color you see is most likely the color it will remain. Touch ups or color boosts are recommended over time. Individuals with oily skin will most likely need touchups more frequently.
Q: Are there different color options?
A: Of course! Each client receives a custom experience… from brow shape, hair growth pattern, to coloring. The color is based on your natural (or preferred hair color) and can easily be altered to an appropriate shade.
Q: Do I need to schedule time off work?
A: It’s really not necessary. There is no down time following the procedure, but you tenderness and swelling are common on the day following the procedure.
Q: Is the procedure and pigment safe?
A: Yes. It has been proven safe through time. Tattooing has been done for hundreds of years. Microblading techniques have been popular in Asia for the past 30 years and has been practiced in the U.S. for nearly 15 years. It is becoming more accessible and common.