We offer several different techniques for eyebrow procedures. Microblading, Soft Powder-Filled, Ombre or a combination of Strokes & Powder-fill. Microblading comes with its own unique set of criteria which will help to determine whether you are a candidate for it or not. If not, rest assured that Soft Powder-Filled Eyebrows or a combination of Strokes & Powder-Fill techniques are also just as beautiful and natural as microblading. We specialize in each one of the different techniques.
The following list of conditions and/or situations are contraindicated for microblading and will determine whether or not you are a candidate:
Eczema (in the eyebrow area)
Psoriasis (in the eyebrow area)
Keratosis Pilaris (in the eyebrow area)
Dermatitis (itchy and flaky skin in the eyebrow area)
Moles/Bumps/Piercings, Raised Skin (in eyebrow area)
Trichotillomania (in eyebrow area)
Botox (must wait 3 weeks following botox if in brow area)
Sunburn/Suntan (in brow area – must wait until the skin returns to normal color)
Vacationing (make sure to plan your vacation at least two weeks following your microbladed eyebrows so that they have time to heal before “fun in the sun")
Blood Thinners (microblading will create excessive bleeding)
Heart Conditions (oftentimes taking blood thinners)
Hemophilia (excessive bleeding if microbladed)
Pregnant (Absolutely not!)
Breast-feeding (Absolutely not!)
Rosacea (skin too sensitive and will not hold color)
Sensitive Skin (skin too sensitive and will not hold color)
Chronic Acne/Excessively Oily Skin (hairstrokes will blur together)
Large Pores (in eyebrow area will cause hairstrokes to blur together)
Deep Wrinkles (the result will appear uneven)
Natural Redhead (skin is too sensitive and will not hold color)
Thin-Skinned (skin too fragile and hypersensitive)
Previous Permanent Eyebrows (microblading will not implant properly)
Accutane (severe acne medication creates tissue-thin skin – must wait an entire year following Accutane usage to regain skin integrity)
Retin-A (creates very thin skin and must wait one year following usage of this product)
Retinol/Vitamin A (discontinue the use of these products on the forehead/brow area for at least 30 days prior to microblading procedure)
Autoimmune Diseases (such as Lupus, Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia – skin health is too compromised for microblading)
Of course, just like you, we only want the best possible results if you decide to have your eyebrows microbladed. This is why it’s important for you to review the above list to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for microblading. Your age, your type of skin, your sensitivity and the quality of your skin all comes into the equation when pre-determining the safety and effectiveness of microblading. Therefore, the end results will vary among individuals.
Microblading is designed to generally last 1-3 years, depending upon your age, skin type, skin health, how well you follow your aftercare instructions, your usual skincare routine and environmental factors, particularly sun exposure. As a result, it will be necessary to include “maintenance" microblading procedures as part of your (approximately) yearly routine.
At the time of your scheduled microblading maintenance procedure, it will be important to again refer to the above list to be sure that you continue to remain a candidate for the treatment.
Your microbladed eyebrows will fade to a lighter color prior to your maintenance treatment. This is absolutely normal and is to be expected. It’s important to understand that like other similar cosmetic treatments, like cosmetic eyebrow tattooing, microblading is permanent, but will fade at a faster rate. The reason it fades sooner is because there is a smaller amount of pigment used. Sometimes, waiting approximately two years without a maintenance procedure, you will most likely have to repeat the microblading procedure in its entirety.
It is recommended to apply a sunscreen over your microbladed eyebrows to help block sun exposure and to also avoid the use of tanning booths. Certain acids found in skin care products can also cause premature fading of your microbladed eyebrows. Microblading maintenance procedures take about half the amount of time as a brand new microblading procedure due to the fact that the shape has already been established and it is just a matter of darkening the hair strokes again with fresh hair strokes of pigment.
How is Microblading Done? Microblading deposits pigment into the superficial layers of the skin in order to resemble eyebrow hair or strokes. This technique incorporates the use of a hand tool with disposable needles or pins (about the size of acupuncture needles). The technician uses the hand tool to etch a pattern of hair “strokes" dipped in pigment which is implanted into the skin. All microblading needles used by the technician are individually packaged, sterile, include batch/lot and expiration dates from the manufacturing companies and are one time use. We are regulated by the health department of the county that the studio is located, the studio is a licensed bodyart facility and each artist is a licensed body art technician. The artists also have First Aid, CPR & Bloodborne Pathogen certifications which are renewed yearly. We attend continuing advanced education at least twice a year.
Is Microblading Permanent?
Technically any time pigment is implanted into the skin in ANY form it is considered a permanent tattoo regardless of the method of implantation (hand tool or machine). However, the reason why many people consider microblading “semi-permanent" is because of the fading factor. It fades faster than a traditional tattoo because less pigment is used and normally the pigment is not embedded as deep as a regular tattoo done with a machine.
Is It Painful?
Most clients report minor pain and slight discomfort but it all depends on your overall pain tolerance. The good news is that we will apply a numbing cream prior to treatment and during the treatment which will make the entire process much more comfortable. However, if you are aware that you have an extremely low pain tolerance and/or do not normally numb with prescribed topicals you may want to reconsider getting the procedure done.