Microblading

Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that creates realistic hairlike strokes to fill in sparse or thinning brows.

Benefits of microblading:

  • Beautiful brows in just two sessions
  • Fills in sparse brows without makeup
  • Give arch and/or correct shape or asymmetry
  • Perfect for people with no brows, blonde or faint brows
  • Looks natural
  • Long lasting results, 1-3 years
  • Saves you time in your makeup routine
  • Your face will look more youthful and brighter while you will be more confident
  • Doesn’t wipe off when sweating or swimming
  • Unlike more invasive procedures, microblading has a fairly low risk

Microblading Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it last?

One to three years depending on your skin and lifestyle

What does it feel like? Does it hurt?

The patient might feel some clients may feel a slight discomfort often described as pressure and a scratch-like sensation. There are numbing agents available to make you more comfortable.

After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.

How long does the appointment take?

On average the initial appointment takes around 2 hours and the follow up sessions that happens 4-6 weeks later usually is about one hour.

Why does it take 2 sessions?

It is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary.
The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. 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!

What is the healing process like?

The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You’ll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.

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