Every client's skin responds differently to these treatments, and this information acts as a guideline only.
What is Microblading?
What should I do before my appointment?
Do not drink alcohol for at least 8 - 10 hours before the procedure
Avoid medications that will thin out the blood (Vitamin E, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc.) for at least 24 hours prior to your microblading appointment.
If you normally get your eyebrows waxed or threaded to maintain the shape, you may get them shaped 3 days prior to your microblading appointment
If you would like your artist to use as much hair as possible, you may let your eyebrows grow until your microbladingappointment. Your artist will pluck any stray hairs that you wish to remove after the mapping of your new eyebrows.
Avoid tanning two weeks prior to your microblading appointment.
Do NOT come to your microblading appointment with a sunburn on your forehead or flaking skin around your eyebrows. In this case, email your artist at least 48 hours prior to your appointment to reschedule.
Avoid chemical peels at least 4 weeks prior to your microblading appointment.
All facials & skin treatments must be done 4 weeks prior to your appointment of 4 weeks after your appointment.
You can get Botox & fillers 4 weeks prior to your appointment or 4 weeks after your appointment.
You MUST stop using Retinol 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in colorand more sharply defined. This will last 3-4 days. Do not panic! It is normal.
Swelling and redness is minimal with most clients,and will disappear within 24-48 hours. In some cases, it may last around the eyebrow area for up to 3 days, but will not prevent working or socializing. The treated area may feel a bit like a sunburn afterwards but there should only be minimal discomfort.
You may shower or bathe normally, but avoid using any soaps or cleansers on the treated area for the first week as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis.
Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the tattooed area.
Keep the tattooed area clean by rinsing with lukewarm water and patting dry with a disposable paper towel 3 times a day for the first week. Keep cleaning them with lukewarm water twice a day for the second week.
Avoid any kind of moisturizer, oil and Vaseline for the first two weeks. Only apply a very small amount of the provided ointment in the morning after cleaning the eyebrows with warm water. Apply using a disposable cotton swab. The goal is to have your tattoo flake off naturally, rather than form into large scabs. You may use the ointment for the first 7 days.
You must avoid working out for 5-7 days following your cosmetic tattoo appointment. Light exercising is allowed (minimal sweating), but you MUST clean the tattooed area with lukewarm water as soon as you are done exercising. The salt in the sweat will fade the pigment very quickly and give poor results.
Avoid direct sun exposure for the first 14 days. You MUST wear a hat while outside during the healing process.
Do NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment. IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It will appear as though the eyebrows are gone. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.
Do NOT apply make-up to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Chemicals of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo. You can wear makeup around the area after 7 days.
Once the treated area is completely healed, any changes or additions that need to be made can be done at your follow-up appointment.
The complete healing process takes about 4-6 weeks, at which time the true colorof the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Wait at least 4 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength, and it is only after 4 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done. Keep in mind that microbladedbrows healed up to 30% softer than the initial color.
Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discolorationof the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
Glycolic Acid, retin-a, face peels and exfoliation must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could lighten the pigment.
If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolorthe tattooed area.
Some clients may not be suitable for various treatments, you can find more information below. Clients have the option to have a separate consultation before the treatment or the option to send pictures to establish if the treatment can be done. We request that these pictures are filter-free, with no makeup on the area and un-cropped to allow us to zoom in if necessary.
- Under 18 years of age.
- Pregnant or nursing clients.
- Previously tattooed by another technician.
- Recieving Chemotheraphy.
- Keloid Prone.
- On blood thinners.
- Have heart conditions or using heart medications .
- Have diabetes (will require a physician's note)
- Have skin disease or irritations .
- Had Botox in the last 2 weeks *
- Has had a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks.
- Using Accutane .(You must have been off Accutane for at least 12 months)
- Using Retinol.(You must stop using Retinol 2 weeks prior to your appointment and avoid using it 2 weeks following your appointment)
- Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine .
- Anyone who has any serious medical conditions (will require a physician's note)
*You can get Botox & fillers 4 weeks prior to your appointment or 4 weeks after your appointment. Please remember that Botox lifts the muscles, so we recommend you book your botox appointment before your initial appointment. This aids with symmetry and skins firmness. If you are looking for a much higher arch or “lift” with your microbalding design, please understand that this is only achieved through a combination of botox and cosmetic tattooing.
What is the process?
Every treatment is performed with disposable sterile tools, and the pigments used are produced to the highest standards (phi brows microblading pigments)
The shape of the eyebrows is designed and measured according to the face.
The pigment is chosen on the day to match the natural eyebrow colour, taking into consideration skin tone and style.
Strokes are always etched in the direction of the natural hair growth to achieve the most natural look.
We use anesthetic throughout the procedure, and will top up the application so you can remain numb for the duration of your procedure.
What is the healing process?
The area will go through quite a bit of changes throughout the healing process. At first they will be very dark, within the first 2 weeks or so they will lighten up about 40%. In the first 10 days, you will notice mild scabbing and flaking. Scabs will naturally fall off and it is crucial you do not pick at the scabs. During week 3, the skin is going through its regeneration phase as the ink is settling and it may appear that the tattoo has vanished. In week 4,the true color will reveal itself as it begins to heal, it is very important that you schedule any necessary touch ups after.
A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and the outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up the ink during the first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!
Risks and complications
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-2 years, depending on skin type i.e. (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.
Is it painful?
Microblading is considered uncomfortable but not painful, this depends on each client’s threshold. We use anesthetic throughout the procedure, and will top up the application so you can remain numb for the duration of your procedure. After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Paracetamol but not aspirin or ibuprofen after.
Do I have to shave my eyebrows off?
Not at all. We map out the shape based on facial structure, current brows, and symmetry of the client’s face. Any unwanted hairs that are not desired in the new brow look will be removed. Please do not shave off your eyebrows, that is never encouraged.
Can I wear makeup to my appointnent?
Yes, you can wear makeup to the appointment – we will wipe the area with an antiseptic wipe before placing on the anesthetic.
Can I exercise after getting a cosmetic tattoo?
You must avoid working out for 5-7 days following your appointment. Light exercising is allowed (minimal sweating), but you must clean the tattooed area with lukewarm water and pat dry as soon as you are done exercising. The salt in the sweat will fade the pigment very quickly and give poor results.