What is Microblading?
Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery or semi-permanent tattooing is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type, lifestyle and skincare routine. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each hair-like stroke is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrows and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows, or over tweezed brows. Pigments are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone.
How long does it take?
For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 2 hours. During this session, Q Styles will shape and style your brows for approval. We then follow with pigment color selection. Once you’re satisfied with the choices, the microblading will begin.
You must come for a follow up appointment 4-6 weeks after initial visit for any minor touch-ups and perfecting.
How long does it take to heal?
It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in.
The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. 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. However, you should maintain a normal schedule and minimize any highly stressful activity the first week after appointment. You'll notice your brow color may become lighter after the two weeks of healing; your skin may 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 tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.
Is the touch up session necessary?
Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Your 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, at your touch-up session Q Styles will refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!
Can I get my touch up session sooner than 4 weeks?
Touch-up (perfecting appointment) sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.
Is it painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to medium. Prior to the procedure, Q Styles will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and will also reapply during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine. Please advise if you are allergic to topical anesthetics or latex gloves.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area are normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a mild sunburn.
How long does it last?
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, use products with AHA or Glycolic Acid will 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 18-24 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.
What to Expect - pre and post care procedures?
In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre-care and post-care instructions.
Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:
- Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.
- Avoid tanning so Q Styles can assess your natural skin tone.
No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.
Feel free to come in with your brow makeup on so Q Styles can see your every day look you prefer.
After your procedure, we strongly advise clients to follow these instructions for a successful healing of your new brows:
Upon completion of your first appointment you will receive an after-care kit depending on your skin type (normal, combination or oily).
For all clients however during the first week after the procedure you should avoid:
Direct sun exposure for long periods of time, any water directly on the brows which includes, but not limited to hot showers, saunas, swimming, excessive sweat, etc.
- Do not immerse brow area in water for 14 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around it.
Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections.
- Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours.
- Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab. Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation.
- Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days.
- No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2-4 weeks after initial procedure.
Who is not suitable for the procedure?
Microblading is not suitable for candidates who:
- Use Accutane
- Have heart conditions or using heart medications
- Have diabetes (will require a physician's note)
- Have a skin disease or irritations
- Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
- Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
- Are allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
- Have any serious medical conditions may require a physician's note.
- Pregnant or nursing clients who want to microblade can be done at your own discretion. We suggest discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.
* We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who we deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. *
Risks and complications?
Q Styles will take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment, new needles and in a sanitized environment. Should clients follow our pre-care and post-care instructions, there should be minimal risks or complications. Although allergic reactions to the pigments are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals. We suggest a pigment patch test for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive to:
- Topical makeup products
- Gold, silver and nickel
- Hair dyes
Patch tests should be performed 5-7 days prior.
What if I do not like it?
As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly. We always recommend clients do their research, understand the procedure and compare different artists' work and portfolio when making their decisions. Q Styles will do her utmost to shape and style the eyebrows to the client’s satisfaction prior to the procedure. Every effort will be made to achieve a symmetrical appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Pigment discoloration and color correction can also be fixed during the touch-up session. Please note, microbladed brows will eventually fade away if no additional touch-ups are done.
policies and cancellations
There is only a 15-minute grace period for each appointment. Any client arriving more than 15-minutes after their appointment time will be considered a missed appointment. Please understand that the salon has to honor and respect client appointment times, so this policy is strictly enforced.
In order to accommodate all clients wishing to be seen, the cancellation policy is as follows:
Please provide a cancellation notice 24 hours prior to your appointment. This is required in order to avoid the cancellation fee of $35.00.
Clients giving 2 hours or less notice to cancel their appointment will be charged the full amount of service.
No-show clients will not be re-booked until full payment of missed service is received.
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