What is Microblading?
Microblading is the process of delicately implanting pigment beneath the surface of the skin by using tiny hand needles to create the appearance of hair strokes. Unlike traditional tattoos that use a machine, the hand needles can create crisp thin lines or “hair strokes”. This technique is meant to be a natural, subtle looking enhancement that creates the illusion of fuller brows. Microblading brows are designed to gently fade over time, allowing the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years, as client’s natural coloration and facial changes occur.
Does Microblading hurt?
Keeping in mind that pain is subjective; most clients say they experience little to no discomfort during Microblading. A topical anesthetic is applied to the brows before and during the procedure to provide the most amount of comfort. Some sensitivity comes immediately after the topical anesthetic wears off and after that, there is minimal tenderness and swelling.
How long does the procedure & touch-up session take?
Once it’s determined that you are a good candidate for Microblading, there is an initial complimentary consultation where you meet with the technician for a patch test to ensure there is no reaction to the pigment.
Following the consultation, Microblading is a two step process: an initial session to establish shape, and a perfecting session 4-8 weeks later, during which we will assess your pigment retention and make adjustments. The first session takes approximately 2.5 hours, with the follow up session being 1 hour and 45 minutes.
What can I expect immediately after the Microblading procedure?
Immediately after treatment, your brows with appear very defined and dark. They will gradually soften as the skin heals, and the intensity will fade about 20%-50% depending on skin type. You may experience some redness and swelling, but it will be minimal and should subside after a couple hours. Slight tenderness may occur for a few days. It is recommended that you follow the aftercare diligently.
How long does it last?
The pigments won’t wash away like your topical makeup but they are designed to fade over time. Different factors including skin type, sun exposure, pigment color (lighter colors fade faster), chemical peels coming in touch with the area, will affect how fast the pigment breaks down. For best results, it is important that you follow up with the aftercare instructions and touch up your brows every 1-2 years or as needed. Most clients come for a color boost after 1.5 years.
We require a 48 hours patch test to ensure the client won’t have an allergic reaction to the anesthetic and pigment. This appointment is approximately 30-45 minutes.