microbladeBeautique is proud to offer this exciting, new semi-permanent eyebrow restoration service as an alternative to traditional brow tattooing. Microblading is a technique using a “blade” comprised of multiple small needles to delicately implant a pigment just below the surface of the skin. Instead of the thick shading and coloring of the brows consistent with more traditional tattooing techniques, microblading consists of crisp, clean individual strokes resembling actual brow hairs. The result from microblading is a more natural, realistic, and almost three dimensional look for the brow! Microblading is considered a semi-permanent service due to the placement of the pigment in the more superficial layers of the epidermis. Over time the results will fade if never maintained with a touch-up. Results and pigment retention vary from client to client and can be affected by procedure aftercare, skin type and the client's skin regimen. Color retention time may range anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, with most clients needing touch ups only once a year or so.
To determine if this service is right for you please see our FAQ’s and complete this questionnaire.
Still unsure whether or not this service is right for you? Please call to book a complimentary in-person or over the phone consultation with our artist.
If you have already scheduled an appointment, please make sure you refer to the Pre & Post Care section to avoid any complications to your service.
All microblade appointments require a credit card and deposit to hold your appointment. All cancellations and rescheduling of appointments require 48 hours notice. Failure to do so will result in a fee/forfeiture of deposit. Please see our cancelation policy.
FAQS FOR MICROBLADE SERVICES:
Q: What is semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing/microblading?
A: Microblading is a manual method for cosmetic pigmentation of the eyebrows to create the illusion of a fuller, more defined brow by using tiny, sterile needles to insert pigment into the epidermal layer of the skin. The “blade” is a hand-held, disposable tool with which small amounts of pigment are deposited into the skin with fine hair-like strokes. These strokes will blend perfectly with your own hairs or will create a three-dimensional brow for those with little to no brow hair.
Q: What kind of pigment is used in microblading?
A: Unlike body tattoos, which require the use of carbon based ink, cosmetic tattooing uses iron oxide based pigments. These pigments do not contain organic material and are therefore more stable, predictable, longer lasting, and safer than pigments containing organic materials which carry a higher risk of allergic reaction.
Q: How long will it last?
A: Microblading is considered a semi-permanent service and pigments are designed to fade over time. Other factors such as skin type, sun exposure, skin care or health regimen, and sun exposure can all affect the rate at which the pigments fade. Results vary by client and as such, we cannot predict or guarantee the longevity of each service. The initial microblading service requires a minimum of two sessions. On average a touch-up is only needed once every year.
Q: What factors will affect my micropigmentation?
A: Bleeding during the procedure: Excessive bleeding during your procedure will greatly affect how your body retains pigment. It is important that you follow prep instructions to help minimize bleeding. This includes avoiding blood thinning medications and alcohol before your procedure.
Oily Skin: Clients with an oily skin may notice that their hair strokes blur and heal lighter than expected.
Smoking: Smokers may notice that their pigments will fade faster. Smoking can also be detrimental to the healing process.
Anemia and Iron Deficiency: Your body will absorb these iron based pigments more quickly.
Sun Exposure: Increased sun exposure and failure to use an SPF over the brow area will cause premature fading.
Color of Pigment: Lighter colors tend to fade more quickly than darker colors.
Q: How often do I need a touch-up?
A: After your first microblade appointment you will need to book your complimentary perfecting session for six weeks later. Please be aware that some clients may still need an additional touch-up after their complimentary session to achieve the desired result. In order to keep the strokes crisp and the color fresh after your first fully completed service, touch-ups are recommended anywhere between 10-18 months.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: There is minimal discomfort associated with the procedure. A topical anesthetic is used during the service. On a scale of 1-10 most clients rate the pain at around a “3”. After the numbing treatment is applied, the number decreases to a “0” or “1”. Please note that we do not “pre-numb” as this can affect color retention.
Q: Is microblading right for me?
A: Microblading heals best on normal to dry skin types. Microblading may not work well on clients with more oily skin types, large pores, heavy scarring, or over previously tattooed or lasered skin.
You cannot receive microblading if you are:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
- Under 18 years old
- Currently using Accutane or have used Accutane within the past 12 months
- Freshly tanned or sunburned on the face
- On blood thinning medications or supplements
- Diagnosed with Rosacea or have very thin skin
Q: My brows have existing/old cosmetic tattooing, can you fix/touch them up?
A: At this time any corrective and touch-up work is on a limited basis and requires a consultation ahead of time. Please do not book an appointment without a consultation and approval from our artist if you are in need of corrective work.
Q: How long does microblading take?
A: The initial appointment takes between 2.5 and 3 hours. The six week touch-up takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
Q: What should I do to prepare for my microblade appointment?
A: It is best to be able to work with a natural brow so that we can utilize as much of the natural brow hair as possible. Try to avoid waxing or tweezing for at least one week prior to your appointment. Once your brow shape has been determined, all stray hairs outside of the area to be tattooed will be removed. If you prefer to wax or thread your eyebrows, make sure this is done at least 48 hours prior to your microblade appointment.
You must not go tanning or have prolonged sun exposure for 30 days prior to your procedure.
Apply a daily moisturizer to the face and brow area, to prevent any overly dry or flaking skin.
Do not use Retin-A near the brow area before or after the procedure.
Refrain from any injectibles (i.e. Botox) or chemical peels in the forehead area for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks post procedure.
Refrain from taking any medications that may thin your blood for 72 hours before or immediately after your procedure (i.e. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, fish oil, Vitamin E).
Do not drink alcohol the night before or the day of your procedure.
Avoid caffeine the day of your appointment.
Q: What should I expect during my microblade appointment?
A: Please arrive on time to your appointment. From there you will have an initial consult with the artist who will then take your “before” photos, thoroughly clean the area, design your brow shape, and determine your pigment color. Once the design has met your approval, the application process begins. Using a new, disposable microblade tool, your artist will lightly etch the pigment, one hair stroke at a time, into the superficial layers of the skin.
**Please note that microblading does not necessarily replace the need for makeup, eyebrow pencils, and powders. Depending on the look you want, makeup may still be needed to achieve more dramatic brow looks once you have healed.
Q: What can I expect after my microblade appointment?
A: You will be given a copy of our recommended aftercare regimen and you can also find it here. You are advised to keep the skin clean and dry. That means no swimming, sweating or otherwise getting the area wet; no tanning or prolonged sun exposure; no picking or peeling of the treatment area.
Following your procedure your brows will appear much darker and bolder than they will actually heal to. Your pigment also may appear warmer in color. You may experience some redness or swelling in the area, though this typically will disappear within 48 hours.
For the next 5-10 days you will notice some scabbing or flaking on the tattooed area. Brows may appear spotty or patchy until the entire brow has finished healing and exfoliating. You may notice that some areas may appear very light or even to have lost pigment entirely after they have peeled. The epidermis will be thicker causing muting, hiding or diffusing of pigment underneath. The epidermis will normalize over the next 4-6 weeks and softened pigment will resurface.
During healing it’s normal to experience some pigment loss, which is why microblading is considered a two part service and a 6 week touch-up is necessary. Some clients have 20-30% retention after their first service while others have 80-90% retention. This is normal and does not mean that the service was performed incorrectly! Any faded or missing strokes will be addressed at your six week perfecting session.