FAQ - Microblading, Powder or Hybrid Brows
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a technique in which a small handheld tool made of several tiny needles is used to add semi-permanent pigment to the skin. Each stroke creates a fine stroke into the skin to enhance or reshape the brow. This technique is better used on people with dry skin.
What are Powder Brows?
Powder Brows can be bold or very natural looking. This technique is done by a machine and leaves behind soft pixels, which gives you a very natural look. If you want a more bold look, more layers can be added and the edges can be very defined. This is perfect for oily, mature and any skin type.
What is a Hybrid Brow?
Hybrid brows are a combination of Microblading on the front strokes and shading through the rest of the brow to the tail.. Shading is a technique done with a digital machine which implaments pigment into the skin creating a very soft and powdery look after healing is complete. This technique is great if you have mild oily skin, combination skin, mature skin, or if you work out a lot..
How long does it last?
The pigment used in microblading is semi-permanent and can last between 1-3 years. The pigment will begin to fade over time. It can also depend on skin type (normal, oily or dry), age (youthful/mature) and your aftercare. In order to keep your brows looking fresh, a touch-up is recommended every 18-24 months. Honestly how you take care of them during the healing period (10-14 days post procedure) has a lot to do with them. If you are a sun worshiper, then apply sunscreen on them. Also, don't use lighting or brightning type of lotions, or Resin-A or Retinol.
What is a Combo Brow?
Combo Brows are a combination of Microblading and Shading throughout the brow. This technique is great for those that have very to little no hair and have dry to normal skin. Creates a beautiful fuller look. Not good for those with oily or mature skin.
Does it hurt?
Honestly, the discomfort level is relative as everyone has a different level of sensitivity. On a scale of 1-10, my clients may say "a 3". It doesn't hurt as such, it is more a sensation. The process itself is not painful thanks to the numbing ointment that is applied several times during your appointment. Sometimes the sound of the blade (if you are doing microblabing) is what people find worse - a small scratching sound. To me it sounds like when you are separating velcro.
Who is microblading for?
Both men and women who want to effortlessly and naturally look their best anytime.
Who is not a good candidate for microblading?
Anyone nursing or pregnant should not have this procedure done. I will take on a client six months post nursing. You must be 18 years old. If you know that you are going to need chemo and have at least 6 week before starting your treatments, then I would get microblading done immediately and then you have time for your 6 week touch up. If you have gone thru Chemo you need to steer clear for at least 6 months.
What products do you use?
I use Brow Daddy, Permablend, Evenflo, Tina Davies and EverAfter pigments. I use these pigments for both microblading and shading. These pigments are ultra-concentrated, enabling artists to place the target color over old, faded PMU. They are 100% safe, cruelty free, vegan and sterile.
Do my eyebrows need to be shaved off for microblading?
This is actually something I get asked often. Please DO NOT! Prior to your appointment, do not tweeze, thread, wax or modify your brows in any way for as long as possible (for up to 2 weeks if you can handle it lol). This will allow me to create a custom design that blends in with the natural hair growth. I will be doing facial measurements, and a custom brow design outline for you to preview and approve. Regular brow maintenance of waxing, threading, and tweezing may still need to be continued once your brows are healed.
How many microblading appointments are needed?
Microblading is a multiple-step appointment process. Your new brows will NOT be complete after just one service. At least two appointments are needed initially. Each of these appointments being 6-10 weeks apart. During your touch-up appointment we will assess the pigment retention and make any adjustments necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. We can also add more density and go bolder if desired at your touch-up appointment..
How long is the microblading healing process?
The entire healing process will take 4-6 weeks, depending on your body's regeneration time, age and skin type. The initial time right after the procedure is anywhere from 10-14 days. They will go thru several different stages, until you are ready to come back for your 6 week touch up. I would say 95% of my clients only need one six week touch up, but there have been cases, usually if they have an autoimmune disease, their age or other factors, where I feel that caution and a soft approach will heal better in time, if I do an addition appointment.
What do I need to do to prepare for my appointment?
To have optimal results your pre-care instructions are very important. To prevent any complications relating to your overall well being, please review all the information below; microblaindg requirements; contraindications, and medications to avoid before your appointment.
Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to lie down for 2.5-3 hours, I like to take my time and work slowly. Make sure to eat prior to your appointment. Babies and children can't be present during your appointment, so please make the necessary arrangements in advance.
REQUIREMENTS BEFORE MICROBLADING:
- No Botox treatment 2 weeks prior to procedure or 2 weeks after
- No Chemical peels 60 days prior to procedure
- No Retinols/Retin-A or other anti-aging/acne creams, or serums containing acids as these will fade brows prematurely
- Stop using any brow growth serum 6 weeks prior to your appt. This will cause the brows to heal an ashy color
- No exercising or sweating heavily day of procedure
- No waxing, tinting, tweezing, or threading 5 days prior to procedure
-No tanning or sunburned face day of procedure
-Stop taking aspirin, niacin, vitamin E, fish oil, CoQ10 and ibuprofen 48 hrs before procedure
- No caffeine or alcohol 24 hrs before procedure
- Pregnant or nursing
- Under 18 years old
- Skin irritations including: sunburn, rash, eczema, shingles, acne or psoriasis near the treated area
- Had botox within 2 weeks of your appointment.
- Undergoing chemo
- Prone to keloid scarring
- Used Accutane in the past year
- Sick with cold, flu or sinus/respiratory infection (please reschedule your appointment)
- Transmittable blood disease, HIV or Hepatitis
A-Z MEDICATIONS TO AVOID BEFORE MICROBLADING
A - Actron Advil Aggrenox Aleve Alka-seltzer Anacin Anaprox Anexcia w/Code Anodynos Ansaid A.P.C. Artrotec A.S.A Ascriptin Aspergum Aspirin Axotal
B - B-A-C Bayer Bexophene Bextra Brilinta Buffered Aspirin Buffaprin Bufferin Buffinol
C - Cama Arthritis Strength Cataflam Celebrex Cheracol Capsules Clinoril Clopidogrel Combunox Congespirin
D - Damason-P Darvon Dasin Daypro DHC plus Dia-Gesic Diclofenac Dipryridamole Disalcid Dolabid Dolprin #3 Doxaphene Dristan
E - Easprin Ecotrin Emagrin Forte Empirin Equagesic Equazine Etodolac Excedrin
F - Feldene Fenoprofen Fiogesic Fiorgen PF Fiorinal 4-Way Cold Tablets
G - Ginko Biloba Gemnisyn
I - Ibuprofen Indocin Indomethacin
K - Ketoprofen Ketorolac
L- Liquprin Lodine Lortab
M- Magnaprin Marnal Measurin Meclofenamate Mefenamic Meloxicam Meprobamate Midol Mobic Momentum Motrin
N - Nabumetone Naprelan Naprapac Naprosyn Naproxen Norgesic Nuprin
O - Orudis Oruvail Oxaprozin
P - Pabalate P-A-C Percodan Persantine Persistin Piroxican Plavix Pletal Ponstel Prevacid w/Naprapac Presalin Profen
R - Relafen Robaxisal Roxiprin Rufen
S - Salsalate Saleto Salocol Soma Compound Sprix Nasal Spray St. Joseph Sulindac Supac Synalgos-DC
T - Talwin Ticagrelor Ticlopidine Ticlid Tolectin Tolmetin Toradol Trental Trigesic Trilisate
U - Ultraprin Uni-Pro
V - Vanguish Vicoprofen Vimovo Vitamin E Voltaren
Z - Zipsor Zorpin