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WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
In a nutshell, microblading is a cosmetic tattooing procedure that allows people to have beautiful eyebrows 24/7. You can wake up every day with effortless, beautiful eyebrows without a stitch of makeup. This is the hottest thing in beauty in Los Angeles and New York. Book with Liesl, it will change your life!
The microblading procedure itself involves the process of delicately implanting pigment into the skin via tiny, sterile, needles lined up horizontally called a “microblade” to simulate the appearance of natural hair. Microblading is meant to be a subtle, natural enhancement and creates the illusion of fuller eyebrows. It’s perfect for people who have thin, over-tweezed eyebrows or for those who want to define, darken and reshape their eyebrows.
Microblading originated in Asia over 20 years ago and has gone by many names: eyebrow embroidery, feather touch, micro-stroking and even “the Japanese Method." In 2015, microblading gained popularity in the United States and continues to grow. It’s amazing to see how eyebrow tattooing techniques have evolved from an intimidating “drag-queen” look to very natural, real-life beauty.
Unlike traditional tattooing, which uses a machine, microblading artists apply individual hair-strokes. This produces very fine hair-like lines that resemble real hair. Each individual hair-stroke can be blended in with the client’s existing eyebrow hair. With a strong artist at the helm, the results can be amazing. If you have very little or sparse eyebrow hair, results may appear more 2D and it’s possible that you will need more than two sessions to achieve your desired results.
There are many techniques and approaches to microblading. 2D Eyebrows, are created with hair-strokes that all go in one direction. We create 3D Eyebrows, where the hair-strokes are laid out in a specific pattern across the eyebrow ridges, creating a 3D effect. There are even “6D Eyebrows” where the actual depth of the microblade varies on each individual hair-stroke. This creates an even more dimensional and natural result, however, we do not perform 6D eyebrow applications at this time.
Microblading typically takes two appointments to complete. During your first appointment, a frame will be drawn around your eyebrows that compliments your facial structure and personal style. Once you approve of the look of the frame, your eyebrow area will be numbed with a topical anesthetic for over 20 minutes. Hair like strokes will then be microbladed onto your eyebrows. There will some mild scabbing and aftercare required, but your microblading should be completely healed in 30 days.
The second appointment is considered a touch-up and should take place approximately 6-8 weeks after the first session. This allows enough time for the ink in the epidermis to naturally slough off and for the color to settle into your skin. During the touch-up appointment, we'll be able to see how your skin has received the ink and make any necessary corrections. Once in a while, a client’s skin undertones may have unexpected effects on the ink's color and additional color may be needed to adjust the look. This is completely normal and an essential part of the process, as everyone’s skin is different and receives ink differently.
Please note that those with oily skin may need an additional touch-up after the second appointment.
IS MICROBLADING PAINFUL?
A topical anesthetic is placed on the eyebrow area for over 20 minutes before beginning the process which leaves most clients numb during the procedure. After the first microblading pass (there are 3), a secondary anesthetic is applied that works in seconds. The average person will feel about the same level of mild discomfort as going to the dentist. If you are ultra-sensitive, we can perform your microblading in two sessions. Please contact us for more information.
WHAT KIND OF ANESTHETIC DO YOU USE?
We use lidocaine, tetracaine, and epinephrine to help prevent swelling. Please let me know if you are allergic to any of these medications.
WHAT KIND OF PIGMENT IS USED FOR MICROBLADING?
Unlike body tattoos, which are made using carbon based ink, cosmetic tattoos are made using iron oxide-based pigments. These pigments are safe to use and are created to slowly fade over time. The pigments we use do not contain organic material (i.e. vegetables) as these have a higher risk of causing allergic reactions. If you are not allergic to everyday cosmetics, the occurrence of allergic reactions are highly unlikely.
HOW LONG WILL MY MICROBLADED EYEBROWS LAST?
Cosmetic tattooing is considered semi-permanent as it does not wash away, however the pigments are designed to fade over time. Factors such as skin type, iron deficiency, pigment color (lighter colors fade faster) and sun exposure can affect the rate at which these pigments are broken down. For best results it is recommended that you follow the aftercare instructions and touch-up your eyebrows every 1-2 years (or as needed).
Please note that final results CANNOT be guaranteed as everyone retains and breaks down pigment differently. A touch up appointment is recommended at 6-8 weeks where we can assess your pigment retention and make any necessary changes. People with lighter hair, correction work or sparse eyebrows may require more than one touch up to reach their desired look at an additional cost.
WHAT FACTORS WILL AFFECT MY MICROBLADING?
- Bleeding during the procedure: Excessive bleeding during your procedure will greatly affect how your body retains pigment. While this is not entirely in our control, it is important that you follow prep instructions to help minimize bleeding. This includes avoiding blood thinning medications and alcohol before your procedure.
- Oily Skin: Increased oil production can cause hair strokes to blur and heal lighter and more powdery than you would expect. For example: Liesl has oily skin and although the strokes are not sharp looking on her eyebrows, she is still really happy with the results.
- Smoking: Smokers may notice that their microblading fading faster.
- Anemia and iron deficiency: Your body will absorb these iron oxide-based pigments more quickly.
- Sun exposure: Increased exposure to the sun will cause premature fading.
- The color of pigment: Lighter colors fade more quickly than darker colors
IS MICROBLADING RIGHT FOR ME?
Microblading heals best on normal to dry skin types. Microblading may not work well on oily skin types, those with large pores or those who have skin that has gone through a laser procedure. For oily skin types and larger pores, results may appear softer and more powdery.
WHO SHOULD AVOID MICROBLADING?
While microblading is great for most people, there are some people who are ineligible for microblading:
- Those prone to keloids or post-inflammatory hypo-pigmentation.
- If you have a transmittable blood disease such as HIV or Hepatitis.
- If you’ve had Juvederm or other fillers in that area. Depending on the timing, we recommend that you get microblading first. Otherwise, please check with your doctor.
- Patients undergoing chemotherapy. Although microblading is great for restoring eyebrows, I require a doctor’s note in order to perform the procedure for anyone undergoing chemotherapy.
- If you have any kind of skin condition on or near your eyebrows. This includes eczema, shingles, rashes, or anything else near eyebrows.
- Children. We do not recommend microblading for anyone under the age of 18.
- Clients with thin skin or Rosacea should not receive microblading.