What is Microblading?

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS MICROBLADING?

Microblading also referred to as Eyebrow Embroidery, 3D Brows, Feathering or HD Brows, is the manual process of enhancing your eyebrows by using a very fine sterile blade to deposit pigment right above the dermis right into the basal layer (bottom layer) of the epidermis, to produce the look of natural hair strokes. 


Microblading is ideal from anytone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. Are you currently filling in sparse spots, having problems with symmetry, or just not happy with your brows? Our goal is to produce ideal symmetrical brows for your face that you will love, and eliminate the need to fill in those sparse spots and save you a lot of time! The results are natural looking hair-like strokes regardless of the amount of hair you currently have. Imagine getting out of bed, the pool or finishing a long workout knowing that your brows are still perfectly intact!


Microblading can be beneficial to people from all walks of life, regardless of age or sex. We find it is especially beneficial to those who are affected by alopecia, menopause, cancer (chemotherapy), vitiligo, and scars. In addition, other medical conditions can make it difficult to apply makeup, including clients who have difficulty seeing and maintaining a steady hand.   


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICROBLADING AND MICROBLADING + SHADING?

Microblading is a standard classic procedure that will enhance your natural brows with fine, natural, hair-like, semi-permanent strokes. This technique is meant to look like natural brows.


Shading is a technique used in combination with Microblading that provides a more dense, full brow look. This is a great option for many people including those who fill in their brows on a daily basis or just want that fuller defined look, and those with little to no eyebrow hair. The denser look is created by combining the hair-like Microblading strokes with hundreds of tiny dots worked between the hairs to provide a fuller look. This is a natural combination that can be adjusted and customized during your appointment. 


WHAT IS MICROPIGMENTATION?

Micropigmentation, or permanent make up (PMU), is an innovative cosmetic procedure that enables both men and women to enhance the shape of their hairline, scalp, eyes, eyebrows, lips and more. Through the process of depositing pigment into the skin's dermal layer using an ultra-thin needle, this smudge-free treatment lasts for years and is a great way to restore confidence and self-esteem in those with Alopecia, hair loss, chemotherapy patients, and more.


The pigments used for permanent makeup are introduced less deeply into the skin layer, and have a different composition than tattoo inks. Micropigmentation devices are also more refined than tattoo machines, and the techniques that are used are very different.


Natural, soft or intense: are all possible with micropigmentation, no matter the skin type. Micropigmentation is performed with a refined digital device with 20+ needle formations to choose from. The pigment penetrates the skin efficiently, which makes the pigment last longer. Specialized needle formations can create crisp, natural hair strokes for an amazing result. It is a misconception that a natural result can only be achieved by microblading.

  • Micropigmentation eyebrow procedures range from individual hair strokes for a very natural look to a Shaded Powder or Ombre' effect.
  • Permanent eyeliner can give natural eyelash enhancement or even create an elegant smokey eye.
  • Natural lips can get more defined with a basic lip liner whereas full pigmentation gives the lips a luscious 3D effect.
  • Derma pigmentation procedures can be performed perfectly too; alopecia, scar camouflage, tattoo removal, breast restoration, cleft lip, camouflage, scalp pigmentation and more!


HOW IS PERMANENT MAKEUP PERFORMED?

Permanent makeup is performed by inserting a small, thin needle and hypoallergenic mineral pigment into the second layer of the skin to lightly contour and enhance the eyes, eyebrows, lips and more. This procedure differs from cosmetic tattoos in that it uses a different pigment than tattoo ink, and is also less invasive. 


WHO ARE GOOD CANDIDATES FOR PERMANENT COSMETIC MAKEUP?

Permanent makeup is great for both males and females who wish to improve the appearance of their hairline, scalp, eyes, eyebrows, lips and more. It is also great for clients with allergies to traditional makeup and with physical limitations, such as severe arthritis. Or clients who struggle to hold a steady hand may also benefit from permanent makeup, including people who wear glasses or contacts and have a hard time seeing.


Since permanent makeup is often used for medical purposes, known as derma pigmentation, it can also be used to treat scars, correct cleft lips, and restore areola pigmentation in those who have undergone chemotherapy or breast reconstructive surgery.


IS MICROBLADING & MICROPIGMENTATION PAINFUL?

The discomfort is relative as everyone has a different level of sensitivity. A topical anesthetic is applied to numb the area and every effort will be made to ensure you remain comfortable for the duration of the procedure. Clients are usually pleased to discover that it is no more painful than tweezing or threading your brows.


HOW LONG IS THE HEALING PROCESS? 

The initial healing process is about 10 days, and the final results of your brows or permanent cosmetic makeup may not be fully seen until the completion of the healing time, which varies for each client. In the first week following your treatment, your brows will appear darker and thicker. As you continue to heal, your brows will lightly scab and begin to lighten. 


During this time, allow the skin to exfoliate naturally. Keep in mind that as your brows heal, you may lose 35-40% of the color and intensity, and any pigment loss will be corrected during the enhancement session. Please be patient during the healing process. Keep in mind that everyone heals differently, and factors such as skin type and how well a client follows the aftercare instructions will determine the final result of your brows.


CAN I GET PERMANENT MAKEUP IF I AM PREGNANT OR NURSING?

​As a precaution, we do not perform permanent cosmetic makeup on pregnant or nursing women.


HOW LONG DOES MICROBLADING LAST?

​Generally,  Microblading can last anywhere from 12-18 months before a touch-up is needed. This depends on your skin type; however, no guarantee can be made as each individual has very different skin types and lifestyles.


HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?

Your initial Microblading appointment includes a complementary enhancement session 6-8 weeks after the first treatment. During the enhancement session, we will assess the color retention and make any necessary adjustments. Everyone heals differently therefore, the outcome varies. If your permanent cosmetic makeup does not heal perfectly the first time, do not worry, during the enhancement session adjustments will be made to your satisfaction.


WHO IS NOT A CANADITE TO HAVE PERMANENT MAKEUP OR MICROBLADING? 

Those who may not be good candidates include people with diabetes, pregnant and lactating women, people with glaucoma, people who are taking blood-thinning medicines (e.g. aspirin), Cortisone, Steroids, Acutaine, Retin-A, Renova. You must have written permission from your physician if you are taking Coumadin or Heparin. People with skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, undiagnosed rashes and blisters and those with easily triggered post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are not good candidates. Also, those individuals who are attempting to cover or camouflage Telangiectasia or birthmarks.


WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY PROCEDURE?

Prior to your appointment, avoid alcohol, caffeine, and blood-thinning medication for a minimum of 48 hours. This includes Vitamin E, Aspirin, Niacin, fish oil supplements, and Ibuprofen. Please click HERE to review the detailed Pre-Care Instructions.


WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

​Please click HERE to review the detailed Post-Care Instructions. It is highly beneficial to follow these instructions to ensure a comfortable healing process and to achieve the best possible results.

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