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HOW LONG IS THE PROCEDURE?
Microblading is a 2 step process, usually 6-8 weeks apart. It is VERY important to complete both the initial procedure and touch up. Topical numbing cream is applied for 30 mins for your comfort.
The initial procedure takes approx. 2 hours.
During this time, a consultation is done where we will discuss your desired brow look, choose a colour tone and draw the initial outline of the procedure area for your approval. Though our faces are NOT perfectly symmetrical (one side is usually flatter than the other), we do our very best to create as much symmetry as possible! As the saying goes BROWS ARE SISTERS, NOT TWINS.
Once you are satisfied with the basic shape and symmetry, the area is then traced over and semi-permanent pigment is applied with a disposable microblading hand tool. This procedure uses a manual hand tool and not a machine.
The second stage of the treatment is a TOUCH-UP appointment, which is approx 1 hour.
The touch up is included in your service. Touch ups are done no earlier than 5 weeks of your initial procedure and no later than 10 weeks. If you do not schedule your touchup within 10 weeks, you will most likely need to completely start from the beginning again.
It is IMPERATIVE you complete the touch up treatment. Without it, the results will not be optimal. Colour will fade significantly within 4 weeks as the skin heals, peels and fades. The touch up corrects any irregularities in the microbladed hair strokes, color tones and finishes the process.
**Occasionally additional touch ups is necessary for certain clients where the pigment does not take as well to the skin.**
WHO IS NOT A SUITABLE CANDIDATE?
Just like some things in life; what works for you may not work for others and vice versa. So rather than telling you who this is for, it is better to tell you who is not suited for this procedure as some of it is pretty specific.
Below are a list of contraindications:
• Pregnant, breastfeeding
• History of Keloids or Hypertrophic scarring
• Diabetic (require doctor’s clearance)
• Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
• Viral infections and/or diseases
• Pacemaker or major heart problems
• Organ transplant
• Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
• Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
• Accutane in the past year
• Botox done within 4 weeks
• Heart conditions, Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure, Poor general health.
• Any treatment, medication, or illness that compromises the immune system / healing would make you NOT a good candidate for micropigmentation procedures.
*I will add that if you have oily skin, this may not be suitable for you either. The constant production of oil will cause the hairstrokes to heal with a diffused, softer look. Your end result will look more powdered instead of a crisp hair stroke appearance. You will also require more touch-ups than the norm.
**Also, if you are a frequent smoker, your pigment will fade sooner.
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading also known as Microstroking, Eyebrow Embroidery, Feather Stroke Brows, 3D Brows, micropigmentation, etc is the process of manually implanting color pigment beneath the surface of the skin, into the epidermis, by means of tiny, sterile, disposable needles to produce the appearance of hair strokes.
While it falls under the permanent makeup category it’s much less invasive than getting an actual tattoo and it’s only semi-permanent. The pigment is implanted more superficially than a traditional tattoo, so it naturally fades over time.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
The pigment used in microblading is semi-permanent and can last between 1- 2 years. The pigment will begin to fade within 12 months. In order to keep your brows looking fresh, a touch up is recommended every 8 -10 months maximum.
For clients that choose a softer look and lighter color shade initially or those who did not follow the after care instructions properly may require more frequent touch ups.
Factors that will cause your microbladed brow tattoo fade faster:
• Iron deficiency
• Sun exposure
• Strong immune systems
• Exposure to salt water
HOW LONG IS THE HEALING PROCESS?
Immediately after your microblading procedure and in the first 10 days, your brows will appear significantly darker and defined than perhaps your desired look. It may continue to get darker over the next few days as scabs begin to form, however this is not an accurate indication of the finished and healed result.
30-50% of your brow color will fade as the scabs fall off within 7-10 days. In some cases, the scabs may take longer to heal and fall off. DO NOT PICK YOUR SCABS.
The pigment is within the scab and you do not want to pull any pigment out of your skin prematurely. We all heal differently and what works on one client may not be effective on another so please do not compare your results.
The complete healing process takes approximately 6 weeks.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT?
• 24 hours prior to your appointment, DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL or CAFFEINE.
• 72 hours prior to your appointment, DO NOT TAKE ADVIL or other blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Niacin or Vitamin E unless medically necessary.
• Botox should be done 4 weeks before or 2 weeks after the procedure.
• Avoid booking during your menstrual cycle as it can increase your pain.
• No waxing, tanning or tinting 3 days before.
• No sun bathing or activities that will make you perspire 2 weeks after the procedure.
• Be prepared for your brows to look a little red and really dark! – don’t fret, as previously stated they will fade in color 30-50%.