What is Microblading?
Microblading (or eyebrow embroidery) is a relatively new, manual method which does not use a normal permanent makeup machine. Manual Microstroking, sometimes referred to as Brow Micropigmentation, Manual Technique, Hand Method Eyebrow Permanent Makeup, Feather Brows, 3D-6D Brows, Cosmetic Tattooing, Micro shading, originated in Asia and has become very popular in the last few years all across the world!
Microblading is done by using a unique hand instrument with a small row of very fine micro needles that deposit pigment into the surface of the dermis (skin) creating feathering strokes. The pigment is implanted in the basal membrane, which divides the epidermis from the Dermis layer of the skin. This creates very crisp, fine hair strokes intended to provide a more defined beautiful look to your brows.
What is MicroShading?
MicroShading is a relatively new technique that has become extremely popular in the Permanent Makeup Industry. This advanced technique is created using a manual hand tool or a PMU machine which gently inserts the pigment underneath the Dermis layer of the skin creating a beautiful, more defined powder effect to the brows compared to old fashion tattoos. MicroShading is commonly referred to as Powdered Brows, Shaded Brows, and Ombre Brows and is recommended for individuals who desire a more pronounced make-up look.
How long does it last?
Everyone is different; it can last 1-3 years. Certain factors such as density of pigment, environment (UV light, tanning) and overall health, physiology of the skin, impact how long microblading results last. Retention of pigment varies with each person, a color boost touch-up is usually recommended yearly, some clients require a touch up every 6 months depending on their skin.
If you have oily skin, the pigment tends to fade faster. It is very important to follow aftercare instructions carefully for best results.
Does it hurt?
This is designed to be a gentle procedure with minimal discomfort. The degree of discomfort will depend on several factors, such as if you opt for anesthetics, the location of the treatment, and your pain threshold. In the beginning, you will feel a scratching feeling while we are marking the shape and design of the brow. A numbing cream is then applied which is absorbed into the skin within a few seconds. Once the cream has absorbed, you will have very little or no feeling.
Who is a candidate for Microblading & MicroShading?
- Microblading is great for those who desire fuller brows
- Individuals who suffer from alopecia and hair loss from medical treatments
- Those who suffer from bad eyesight and have trouble applying brow makeup
- People who have bald spots in the brows area or desire a different eyebrow shape
- Those who are always in a rush and feel that applying makeup is a luxury they just don’t have time for
- Individuals who desire a more defined natural look
- Or simply someone who is tired of spending their time applying brow makeup and just wants to wake up with flawless brows
Who is not a good candidate for Microblading & MicroShading?
- Pregnant or nursing
- Patients with uncontrolled Diabetes, if DM is controlled- a doctor’s note is required
- Is on blood thinners/heart medications of any sort
- Skin diseases/problem skin in treated area such as broken capillaries, Acne, Moles, Keratosis, Psoriasis, excessively oily skin, Seborrhea, Dermatitis, excessive sebum
- Directly after Botox treatment (after 2 months is allowed)
- Use of Accutane, Isotretinoin, or other retinoids typically used for facial treatments (after 6 months is allowed)
- If you have a pacemaker, this manual method can be used, but any machine use is not allowed.
- Very sensitive and pain intolerant
- Sunburn or frostbitten (allowed after symptoms are gone)
- Is prone to Keloid Scars
- Has an active Viral infection (cold/flu)
- Thyroid/Graves disorder (medications may cause pigment to not retain properly)
- On Chemotherapy or any therapy for autoimmune disorders (consult with your doctor first)
What if I have a history of allergies?
If you are sensitive and have a history of severe allergic reactions, a patch test can be completed if desired. Patch test must be completed 48 hrs before your treatment, or you can sign a waiver prior to the procedure. Patch test available only upon request.
What if I am under medical care?
If you are under a physician’s care for a medical condition, you will need to bring in a release form stating that it is safe for you to have microblading performed. Your physician will know best if you will heal without complications, if you are prone to infections, or have a compromised immune system.
If you are not certain that you are a candidate or have questions/concerns, a consultation is recommended.
What happens during the initial consultation?
The brow design is drawn in pencil so you get an idea of shape and form.
A photo is taken of you so we can study the symmetry of your features. No one is exactly the same, and what we see as your ideal brow might not be what you want, we want to achieve your perfect brow. Our goal is to obtain symmetry and communicate realistic expectations. Please remember we can’t make you look like your favorite celebrity, we are brow artists, not plastic surgeons but we can definitely make your brows looks amazingly beautiful!