Questions I Had About The Procedure:
What Exactly Is Microblading?
Microblading is a semipermanent technique which uses a small blade to scratch pigment into the skin to mimic fine hair strokes.
So Is This A Tattoo?
Kinda…but not exactly. The main difference is that the pigment in this procedure is put in with a blade instead of needles (although needles can be used for shading using a differnt technique) and the pigment does not go as deep into your skin as it does with a tattoo gun.
What Makes It Semi-Permanent?
In contrast to a traditional tattoo, the pigment in microblading is not being pushed as deeply into your skin. This means that over time the pigment can start to fade from sun exposure, exfoliation, or from natural oils being pushed through the epidermis. It is recommended that you get an annual touchup to refresh the strokes.
Why Is Semi-Permanent A Good Thing?
Pigments that are pushed too deep into the skin have a tendency to not look as natural as the fine hair strokes that can be created with microblading. Microblading also has a lower risk of scarring and damaging sensitive facial skin than traditional tattooing.
Does It Hurt?
Yes and No. Pain tolerance is very differnt for everyone so it can vary depending on the person. The salon I went to used a high quality numbing cream and I personally could not feel anything at all until the very end of the procedure and even then it just felt like a small scratch. Having said that though, they are slicing into your face… so even though numbing cream is used and I didn’t experience pain, don’t be surprised if there is some pain involved.
What Is The Pre-Care?
Don’t drink any caffeine the day of the procedure. Do not drink alcoholic beverages 48 hour prior to procedure or take blood thinners. Discontinue Fish Oils, Omegas, and all alpha hydroxy products one week prior. Let your artist know if you are on Accutane, Antibiotics or Proactive. Botox procedures should not be done 3 weeks prior to microblading. Lastly, It is best to NOT schedule an appointment during your menstrual cycle week and you cannot get microblading done if you are pregnant or breastfeeding!
What Is The Aftercare?
Aftercare can vary by artist and skin type but listed here is the most common aftercare. Every two hours after your initial microblading session, it is recommended that you cleanse the eyebrows with gentle soap or a make up remover wipe(Only the first day). Remove all the lymph to avoid crusting the first day. Gently wipe in direction of hair. This will not remove the pigment. Do not scrub, lightly cleanse. After 24 hours apply Aquaphor to the brows as needed to prevent dry scabbing. Over the next 7-14 days you have to avoid all extreme water exposure, saunas, heavy sweating or working out, steamy showers/jacuzzi, sun tanning, picking/peeling/scratching the microbladed area, sleeping on your face, or touching the microbladed area.
What If I Don’t Like It?
A long as you do your research and go to an experienced artist who uses high quality pigments, trust me you’re going to love it. BUT. If it eases any anxiety you may have, the pigment can be completely dissolved immediately after the procedure if you are unsatisfied with the results.
Step 1: Numbing
Before numbing cream is applied be sure to let your artist know if you have any allergies to Lidocaine or Rubbing Alcohol.
Step 2: Mapping/ Approval
The artists uses measurements to map out the perfect brow for your face and then works with you to ensure you love it before getting started.
Step 3: Blading
The blade is dipped into the pigment and then scratched into the skin mimicking small hair strokes.
Step 4: Masking
Ahh the most attractive step in the process. After scratching the pigment into your skin, more pigment is applied on top to ensure that all the color is absorbed.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 &4 As Needed
Step 3 and 4 combined is called a ‘pass’. Artists will usually do about 3 passes to create your new brow.
Step 6: Check Out Your New Brows!
Heyoooo the best step in the process! It is important to keep in mind that at this point your brows will still be about 20% darker and thicker than the final brow will be since the inflammation makes the initial color appear darker and the strokes will shrink as they heal.