Ask your Artist how long they trained. Do you really want to risk having a tattoo on your face? There are women who are being certified after a 2 - 3 day class and or taking an online course, watching a YouTube Video without ever touching a client. Seek out Artists that conduct consultations and asks questions regarding Medical Health, recent "Procedures" and Medications so that they may assess if now is a good time to proceed, or what needs to be done to prepare for for your permanent makeup. Checking your skin and undertones for choosing the proper color to compliment your skin. Some of us have cool undertones, some have warm. Knowing color theory is important so your eyebrows don't fade to a undesirable shade of pink, green or blue.
Seek out Artists that fully explain procedure, and works together with you regarding realistic design for optimal results.
WHAT IS MICROBLADING & HOW IS IT DIFFERENT THAN PERMANENT TATTOOING?
Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup procedure that can fill in missing or thin eyebrows. Eyebrow Microblading is performed by manual deposit of pigment under epidermal layer of the skin by a hand held manual tool.
HOW LONG DOES THE SESSION TAKE?
For the first Microblading session, the procedure should take about 2 hours. A numbing creme is applied. During the session, the artist will shape and style the clients brows. Before any cosmetic tattooing commences, the client is given the opportunity to approve the design before the procedure begins.
IS IT PAINFUL?
The pain level is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure a topical anesthetic is applied to numb the area and also reapplied during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetics used. The feeling of the procedure has be described as light scratches to not feeling anything.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
It takes 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing. This is due to the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.
The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40%a as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as they will pull out the pigment and may result in lose of color. The eyebrow color will lighten up in color as it heals.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Since Microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, they will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type, age, how much sun exposure you have.
Skincare will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment. Products used such as Glycolic Acid will fade faster as your skin is resurfacing. Each individual's color retention will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12- 18 months.
TOUCH UP SESSION
A 6 week touch up session is necessary. This is the perfection session. This gives the artist the chance to make adjustments to make it a more permanent brow look. Without it the first application will fade and be unfinished.
IMPORTANT BEFORE PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS
*NO alcohol or caffeine 24 hours before procedure.
*Avoid sun and tanning one week prior to procedure.
*Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Advil/Ibuprofen 24 hours before procedure.
*Cut out all sugars
*Do not work out the day of procedure.
*Stop taking Hair, Skin & Nail supplements (Biotin)24 hours prior procedure.
*No Latisse on brows- Lash hair growing serum. Discontinue for a min of 3 weeks.
*Avoid power shakes and power greens.
*Do not have Botox 3 weeks prior.
*Discontinue Glycolics, Chemical Peels and Retin-A 4 weeks prior.
*Refrain from use of any Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products close to the eyebrow area 2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after your procedure. Check your moisturizer, facewash, creams and makeup primers for anything that says acid.
*No brow waxing or tinting one week before.
*You have to be off any kind of Accutane for 1 year.
Who is NOT a good candidate for Microblading?
*There are certain reasons you may not be good candidates for Microblading such as those with:
Warfarin or Aspirin Medication (Blood Thinners)
AHA's or BHA's
Recently had Laser Resurfacing or Dermabrasion
Steroids oral and or topical
Those who shave off brows daily
Previous eyebrow tattoos
Although you may not be a good candidate for Microblading, you may be a good candidate for Machine Permanent Makeup. There is less trauma to the skin and therefore you heal quicker. Instead of a manual hand held pen like device, a tattoo machine with a configuration of needles is used. The results are just as natural looking as microblading. Below are some eyebrows that were performed with a tattoo machine.