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Frequently Asked Questions

Microblading


Microblading, a process where pigment is manually 'scored' beneath the surface of the skin using tiny microneedles attached to the end of a pen-like instrument, has been increasing in popularity due to several factors:

  • It creates beautiful, realistic and incredibly natural-looking results with it's hair-like strokes and 3D appearance. 
  • The natural, 3D looking appearance of the hair like strokes are, for some individuals, more preferable to the machine-based method of having them completely shaded in with a 'powder' effect, which instead gives a more dramatic, definitive, and sculpted look. Both procedures give beautiful results and truly depends on your individual preference. 
  • The microblading technique and pigments used are considered semi-permanent and are designed to fade out over a course of 1-2 years (depending on your individual skin type and other factors), creating a minimal commitment to 'permanency' of your tattooed brows. For some people, it can be quite nerve-wrecking to make the decision to permanently tattoo something onto your face and can create the fear that you'll be 'stuck' with your decision and brow shape/style for the rest of your life. If you desire a different shade of color or would even like to alter the shape of your brow, it is much easier to do so with microblading. 


Following are commonly asked questions regarding the process and what to expect before, during, and after you have your brows microbladed. 


What is Microblading, and how is it different from other cosmetic tattooing techniques? Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow cosmetic tattoo procedure used today where pigment is ‘scored’ into the dermal layer manually using a small pen-like hand held tool that has tiny sterile needles on the end of it. It is less invasive to your skin than the machine-based method of cosmetic tattooing and is designed to gradually fade out over the course of 1-3 years. Typically, microbladed brows will need to be refreshed with a refresh appointment once per year, whereas with machine-based cosmetically tattooed eyebrows, a refresh appointment isn't expected for 3-5 years following your procedure.


How long does it take? Your first appointment will be your longest appointment. This will include your consultation, brow shaping, shade selection, numbing, and the actual procedure itself - and can be expected to last anywhere from 2.5 - 3 hours. After that, you will be required to come in for a necessary touch up appointment 6-8 weeks after your procedure and is usually shorter in length, in the 1-1.5 hour range.


Does it hurt? There can be some discomfort, usually more so towards the end of your procedure, however a topical numbing anesthetic is used prior to starting and if needed, during the process, that will help ease the level of discomfort you may experience. Many people liken the feeling of microblading to that of tweezing your eyebrows or a scratching sensation, and since the procedure is usually only 30-45 minutes in length, is considered tolerable to most individuals. 


How long will it take to heal? How will they look? From start to finish, your brows will take about 6-8 weeks to fully heal. Please read more about the aftercare instructions here. For the first few days, your brows will appear much darker as the pigment is oxidizing on and in your skin and setting in, after which they will begin to lighten, the skin will flake, and sometimes form scabs, which should all fall off naturally over the course of 7-10 days. Following, as your skin generates new cells, a layer of skin will sometimes form over your tattooed brows and it may appear to have lost most of it's pigment. This is common, and as the tissue heals and regenerates 6-8 weeks following that, the pigment will reappear softer and in a lighter shade, revealing its finished healed results. The hair strokes will appear much more soft and will be much lighter, with the hair strokes showing a more 'powdered' and natural effect. At this time you will be required to come in for your touch up appointment, where your final shade, shape, and pigment retention will be re-assessed and altered as necessary.


It is important to note that every single person and their skin type will present a different case; results will ALWAYS vary and are not always guaranteed. In some cases, due to many factors (described in more detail below and in the aftercare instructions), your skin may not retain the pigment as well and may take up to 3 or even 4 appointments to fully reach your desired results. While it's easy to get discouraged by this, know that it is normal and common for fading and pigment loss to occur, and depending on your skin type and other factors, may be completely unavoidable. Microblading is a MINIMUM two-part process. 


How long will it last? Many factors, such as sun exposure, skin type, and lifestyle choices to name a few, will contribute to the overall life span of your newly tattooed brows. After your final shape and shade is achieved, it is recommended to come in once per year for a refresh appointment to keep your brows looking fresh, as fading can start to become more prominent anywhere from 10 months to 2 years following your procedure.


What factors will affect my results? Individual results will ALWAYS vary. Following are points to keep in mind on the life expectancy, what to expect of your semi-permanent brows, and the factors surrounding them:

  • Sun exposure will cause your brows to fade faster. Once healed, it's recommended to use high SPF sunscreen on your brows to prolong pigment retention.
  • Please follow the aftercare instructions provided to you (and also detailed here) to ensure the best possible results. This cannot be stressed enough. 
  • If you have excessively oily skin, you may NOT be a good candidate for microbladed brows. Oily skin will cause the hair strokes to heal out much more soft and lighter than expected and desired as oil tends to repel pigment absorption, as well you may also find they will fade out much faster than expected. 
  • The younger your skin, the faster your brows will fade, as your skin generates cells more frequently. Alternatively, more mature skin will have longer lasting results as the skin regenerates less frequently.
  • Bleeding during your procedure may cause less pigment retention as blood interferes with the pigment absorption in your skin. It's important to avoid ANY blood thinners (Vitamin E, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, fish oil supplements, alcohol, and other medications) 72 hours prior to your appointment. 
  • It is recommended to avoid any vacations or holidays (read: sun exposure) for a minimum of 14 days after your procedure, as well, use a high SPF product on them (AFTER healing) to protect them from fading. 
  • ​Lighter shades (blonde/light brown) will fade out faster than the darker ones. 
  • Skin procedures and treatments, such as chemical peels, facials/exfoliation, and microdermabrasion, can cause your brows to fade faster. 
  • If you have been on Accutane, you will have to wait a minimum of one year after taking it to consider having your brows cosmetically tattooed.
  • If you are pregnant, nursing, or under 18 years of age, you will NOT be eligible for any cosmetic tattoo procedure. 
  • ​If you are a smoker, your brows may fade faster.
  • If you are anemic or have an iron deficiency, your brows may fade faster. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you have an existing cosmetic tattoo, you must schedule a consultation or email with a clear picture of your existing tattoo before you can be considered for a procedure. 


More information on cosmetic tattoos, what to expect, factors to consider, and how to prepare for your appointment can be found here. If you have any other questions that haven't been addressed on either page, please feel free to email me at celinanataliecosmetics@gmail.com or contact me here