What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo procedure where color pigment is implanted beneath the surface of the skin by using a special hand-tool which houses a row of micro sterile, disposable needles forming a blade that creates the appearance of hair where it is sparse. Microblading creates fullness enhancing the appearance of the brows.
What is used to minimize pain?
A topical anesthetic cream or gel is used to numb the area before and during the procedure. Pain level may vary depending upon each individual. Please note heightened sensitivity may occur during menstrual cycle.
How long does it last?
Microblading procedure is considered semi-permanent and fades over time. It is important to schedule a follow-up appointment after your initial treatment in 30 days for final evaluation and additional treatment to perfect your brow shape. After the 2nd treatment, touch-ups may be needed every 6-12 months depending upon each individual.
*Pregnant or Nursing
*Major Heart Problems
*Accutane used in the past year
*Botox used in the past month
*Allergies to Lidocaine, Tetracaine or Epinephrine
*Skin Conditions such as Psoriasis, Rash or Sunburns on or around the treated area
For women who are pregnant and breast feeding:
With all the hormonal changes you encounter during your pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding is completely understandable that you deserve to pamper yourself with something that will save you some time getting ready and making you feel good and attractive. I have a lot of my clients who are pregnant and breastfeeding inquiring about microblading services. It is not recommended and if you are receiving services, please consult with your doctor first.
Here’s the run down on why:
All Cosmetic Tattoo / Micropigmentation procedures carry some risk of infection because the skin is being broken. While all measures are taken to prevent any infection during the procedure is a very slight possibility you can get an infection if not cared for correctly after the procedure (for example if the client wears makeup or touches the healing work done). If this happens, then the baby could pick up a secondary infection.
During pregnancy, facial tissue can be stretched due to swelling and fluid retention. This means that makeup tattoos applied during pregnancy have the potential to change in shape once the baby has been born or no longer suit.
Facial skin may be more susceptible to pigment darkening (especially for those who get Melasma, commonly known as the “mask of pregnancy”) and so the trauma to the skin during the procedure may result in hyper-pigmentation in that area. So basically your skin would get pigmented and darker in some areas.
On the other had in some women find their skin may also be resistant to accepting the tattoo pigment due to the increase in hormonal changes and fluctuations
There is also a slight possibility that some ladies can faint while being pregnant and this would not be ideal while tattooing
Most cosmetic tattooists will use some form of anesthetic and numbing cream prior and during procedures. These will absorb into the skin and may enter into the blood stream.
There is not enough known about the tattoo pigments on the growing baby to ensure safety
It's always best to be cautious during your pregnancy and or breastfeeding and just wait those extra few months. A good Cosmetic Tattoo Artist will want the best for you and your baby.
Before Microblading Procedure
Please arrive with brows filled in (how you fill them in daily) so I can better assess your ideal perfect brow. My priority is to make you feel comfortable with your microblading result.
*Do not work out on the day of the procedure
*Do not drink too much coffee on the day of the procedure
*Do not tan (no sun) for one week prior to the procedure
*Do not take aspirin, niacin, vitamin E or ibuprofen 24 hours before procedure
*No alcohol the night prior or on the day of the procedure
*Any waxing or tinting of the brows should be done 3 days prior
*No botox for 4 weeks prior to the procedure
*It is best to do a scrub 3 days prior to the procedure
*Stop using any Retin-A or AHA products for 2 weeks prior to the procedure
*No lasers or chemical peels for 1 month prior to the procedure
*No microdermabrasion or dermaplaning for 2 weeks prior
Aftercare Healing Process
Thirty days after your microblading procedure, you can expect the healing process to go through several phases.
Your microbladed brows may intensify in color and appear darker within the first and second week. This is normal so you should not be alarmed. It will gradually lighten by 30-40% and shrink slightly in size during the complete healing process. The shape on the surface may slightly change or shift due to pigment dissolving and will disappear as skin cells shed. You will experience portions of the brow scab or flake, please refrain from picking as this may alter the look of your desired brows.
*No water exposure on the treated area for 72 hours. After 72 hours, carefully wash treated area in warm water with mild antibacterial soap and clean fingertips.
*Apply a small amount of Grapeseed Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil or Aquaphor with a Q-Tip (no fingers) when needed. Proceed with applying a generous amount when itchy or flaking.
*Avoid strenuous activity for 3 days to avoid sweat being in contact with the treated area
*Do not use any cosmetics over treated area during the healing process (10 to 14 days)
*DO NOT scrub, pick, rub, wipe, scratch or cleanse the area. Use patting motion only allowing the scab to flake off naturally. DO NOT peel or pick at the scab, this will result to pigment loss, scarring and delayed healing. Keep area clean.
*No sun exposure, saunas, or tanning beds during healing period
*Do not swim in fresh, salt, chlorinated water for 2 weeks. Warning: Chlorine, exfoliation creams and exposure to sun will cause color to fade.
*Products that contain glycolic, lactic, AHA and retinol acids will fade the pigment faster over time
*Avoid pet exposure and gardening for 3 to 7 days
*As the healing progresses, color will soften to its true color. Lightly rinsing the face and shower with low pressure water is recommended.
*Use sunblock after healing process. This will prevent premature fading.
*If you are experiencing excessive redness, swelling or tenderness, elevated temperature, or purulent drainage from the procedure site, contact your physician as the area may be infected.