WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is a manual brow tattooing method where the thinnest hair strokes are created using a hand held disposable sterile tool to create cuts in the skin, NOT A MACHINE. Pigment is deposited beneath the surface of the skin (yes this is a form of tattooing). The goal of Microblading is to create a very natural looking brow. Please be aware, this technique may NOT eliminate the need for brow make-up. The pigments used for microblading are designed to fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows for changes to color and shape over the years as client’s natural coloration and facial changes occur. Regular touch-ups are required to maintain your desired look.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR MICROBLADING?
Microblading is NOT for everyone. You CANNOT have microblading if any of the following apply to you…
You are under 18 years old.
You are pregnant or nursing.
You have a history of MRSA.
You have psoriasis or other skin condition on or around your brows.
You have uncontrolled high blood pressure.
You are on blood thinners and cannot stop their use for 2 weeks.
You have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring.
You are currently getting cancer treatments (must wait 2 months post treatment).
You are currently using Accutane (must be off for at least 1 year).
You have dark/solid existing permanent makeup. Or old microblading that has changed colors (tattoo lightening/removal may be necessary - or a Powder brow could be considered). *If you are interested in correction work or lightening, schedule a consult now. Microblading will NOT cover or correct.
Microblading will NOT heal well if any of the following apply to you…(Please note: if Nicola does not think you are a good candidate for microblading, she will not perform the service on you.)
You have oily/combo skin and/or large pores on your forehead, a rough or ruddy skin type (pigment will not retain properly- causing fading & fuzzy/blurred strokes). OILY/COMBO/ROUGH & RUDDY SKIN? AN OMBRE POWDER BROW IS A BETTER OPTION FOR YOU!
You are a smoker (pigment will not retain properly, colors may distort).
You have an auto-immune disease.
You have Diabetes type 1 or 2 (due to slow healing and infection, color may or may not retain well).
You have thyroid/graves disease (medication may cause pigment to not retain properly).
You have rosacea or anemia (pigment may not retain properly).
**Please note: if you are under a doctor’s care for ANY condition, it is highly recommending that you meet with your doctor and get verbal and written approval.
***IF ANY OF THE ABOVE APPLY TO YOU, YOU ARE BETTER SUITED FOR ANOTHER TECHNIQUE OF BROW PMU. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OMBRE POWDER BROWS AND COMBO BROWS!
HOW LONG DOES MICROBLADING LAST?
Regular touch-up are required to maintain your desired look. NO GUARANTEES can be made as to how long results will last. Microblading is an art, NOT a science. That being said, the average person would need to have their microbladed brows touched up/color boosted in about a year. The pigments are designed to gently fade over time. BUT results will vary from person to person. Everyone’s skin is different, it is very important that each client understands that we cannot guarantee how long the pigment will be retained in your skin. Retention depends on your skin type, texture, oiliness, aftercare and lifestyle.
IS MICROBLADING A TEMPORARY OR SEMI-PERMANENT TATTOO?
Microblading has been marketed as a semi-permanent tattoo. That is because it will fade in time and periodic touch-ups are needed to maintain it. Using the word temporary is wrong in my professional opinion. Microblading is cosmetic tattooing. I am using a tool to open your skin and pigment is being deposited into the skin. Will your microblading fade completely if not touched up? It is hard to say. And most likely there will always be color left after having a cosmetic tattoo of this sort.
WILL I STILL HAVE TO TWEEZE OR WAX MY BROWS?
Yes. Your hair will continue to grow.
WILL I STILL NEED TO WEAR BROW MAKE-UP?
You might, depending on your desired look. Microblading is meant to enhance your natural brows, creating fine hair like strokes. If you prefer a more defined or filled in look, YES you will still need make-up to achieve that. OR CONSIDER AN OMBRE POWDER BROW or COMBO BROW for a more filled look.
DOES IT HURT?
Pain threshold levels vary from person to person. Any tattooing can be uncomfortable. I use a numbing liquid throughout the procedure to help with comfort. Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity. If you have a very low tolerance for pain, this procedure may not be for you.
WHAT IS AFTERCARE LIKE?
I will provide you with very specific aftercare instructions. You are required to follow these to the best of your ability. (Click here to read the complete aftercare.) In short, you will keep your brows clean and dry while they heal. Your new brows cannot get wet for 10-14 days (avoid water/moisture at all costs! No shower stream, no pool, no sauna, no steam, no excessive work outs, no sweating). You will put NOTHING on your brows unless specified by your aftercare until they have NATURALLY shed any flakes or scabs, typically day 10-14. Obviously, you’ll want to allow 2 weeks if you have an event or special occasion coming up!
DOES EVERYONE NEED A TOUCH-UP?
Microblading is a two step procedure. Everyone will need a touch-up from 6-12 weeks after the initial session. To qualify for touch-up pricing ($150) you must have your touch-up completed by 12 weeks. If, for ANY reason, you do not receive your touch-up by 12 weeks, your touch-up beyond 12 wks (up to 6 months) will cost $225. NO EXCEPTIONS. It is your responsibility to book your touch-up appointment.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY MICROBLADING APPOINTMENT?
To plan for the best outcome for your brows, please follow these directions closely. *If you don’t take into account these instructions and we need to cancel your appointment day of, you will lose your booking fee and be charged a late cancellation fee of $100…
NO BLOOD THINNERS for 48 hours before your appt! NO aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oils, vitamin E, niacin, etc.
NO alcohol for 24-48 hours before.
NO prescription blood thinners at least 48 hours prior to and after your procedure (you must get your doctor's approval).
NO vitamin A skin care products (Retin-A, retinols) for at least two weeks prior to your procedure.
NO AHA/BHA (chemical exfoliation) skin care products close to the brow area at least one week prior to your procedure.
NO laser or electrolysis on or around the treatment area at least one week prior to procedure.
NO chemical peels, dermabrasions, mesotherapy, microneedling, or any other skin treatments which will cause faster skin cell rejuvenating and cause skin irritation 3-4 weeks before procedure. Your skin needs to be in good condition the day of your appointment - no breakouts, rashes, irritations, peeling. If you arrive to your appointment with peeling irritated skin, you will be turned away and charged a $100 late cancellation fee.
NO Botox or fillers in the procedure area 2-4 weeks prior.
Limit the amount of caffeine you consume the morning of your appointment.
NO SUN or TANNING BED exposure for 30 days BEFORE and AFTER your procedure. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule & forfeit your booking fee & need to pay a late cancellation fee.
Keep your eye out for brows that you like and bring a couple reference pictures on the day of your appointment.
If you’d like, you may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would the day of your appointment.
WHAT ABOUT LONG TERM MICROBLADING UP-KEEP? WHAT AM I IN FOR?
In the long term, you will always apply sunscreen to your brows. The sun WILL fade and distort the color. You will NEVER use chemical exfoliants (retinols, alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acid ect) on your brows - it will prematurely fade and distort the color. You will treat the brows kindly once healed, using gentle cleansers & mild physical exfoliants only, keeping them hydrated and healthy. No strong facial treatments over the brows, especially laser (always let your clinician know that your brows are tattooed so they can avoid the area). You will get periodic touch-ups and color boosts to maintain your desired look.
NOTE: Please be realistic with your brow expectations, although symmetry is always our goal, no one's face is 100% perfectly symmetrical. IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR EYEBROWS TO BE PERFECT MIRROR IMAGES OF ONE ANOTHER, you've heard the saying "brows are sisters, not twins", that applies with this treatment. Microblading is a very delicate and intricate technique, your results depend on your skin and lifestyle, results cannot be guaranteed. **We reserve the right to refuse service to ANYONE at any time- please have realistic brow expectations. Symmetry employs a no refund policy for work performed.