MIcroblading is the hottest eyebrow treatment around. It involves creating hair-like semi-permanent tattoos that fill in thin eyebrow areas or darken extra light eyebrows.
About the Procedure
This procedure is performed by our esthetician, Tracy Ward, in the office under local anesthetic. You have your choice of topical anesthetic or a novocaine injection. First, the anesthetic of your preference will be applied to your brows area. It will take approximately 20-30 minutes for the anesthetic to numb your skin. During this time, Tracy will consult with you to determine the thickness, shape, and look you desire for your eyebrows. Once your brow area has been numbed, Tracy will take measurements and place guide marks on your brows. The technique, pattern, and methods used are completely unique to each patient and designed to deliver a natural, defined arch for your brow.
There is no recovery time needed following microblading. The skin will be slightly red for approximately 24 hours. You will be provided with a topical antiseptic cream that should be applied at least 3 times a day for the first 4 days. The microbladed hair lines will scab slightly and eventually flake off. You should avoid picking at or trying to remove the scabs before they fall off as that will remove some of the tattoo dye prematurely.
The microbladed eyebrows will lighten about 20-30% over the course of a month. After 6-8 weeks, a touch-up session should be scheduled to ensure the best and most natural-looking results. MIcroblading is a semi-permanent procedure and the effects will last up to 2 years, depending upon skin tone and sun exposure. Yearly touch-ups will keep the look fresh.
How long does it take?
For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 2.5-3 hours. The client will come in for a follow-up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second Microblading session takes place after 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete.
How long does it take to heal?
The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No downtime is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You’ll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.
Is a touch-up session necessary?
Yes! A touch-up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcomes will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during the first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch-up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!
Is microblading painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure, Tracy will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and also reapplied during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.
How long does it last?
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade over time. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual’s color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.