Frequently asked questions
What is Microblading?
Microblading, also known as eyebrow embroidery or 3D brows, is a relatively new manual method for enhancing eyebrows and is considered permanent makeup. Compared to the traditional shading technique done by a machine, microblading is done using a very fine blade to deposit pigment into the epidermis. Because the color is closer to the surface, the strokes appear crisp and very fine. There is no spilling under the skin.
The difference with this and ordinary permanent makeup is that microblading is not done by a machine. The pigment is manually placed into the skin. The manual microblading pen is equipped with sterile packaged blades. The blade glides with gentle pressure over the skin and creates fine cuts, as fine as a paper cut, leaving a trace that can hardly be distinguished from real hair. Depending on the drawing technique, microblading creates an individual look perfect for your face and the style you are trying to achieve. Above all 3D, or HD, eyebrows absolutely do not appear as a tattoo.
Microblading is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. The results are natural looking hair-like strokes, regardless of the amount of hair you currently have.
People suffering from alopecia or any other condition that causes hair loss would benefit greatly from microblading, as well as people who simply aren't happy with their eyebrows.
How long will it last?
There are many factors that contribute to the duration of your microbladed or microshaded brows. Your aftercare, the condition of your skin, the oiliness of your skin and your daily routines can all affect how long your microblading lasts. Taking these factors into account, your new brows can last 18-24 months. Yearly touchups are required thereafter. Clients that have oiler skin may not retain the pigment as well. Everyone will respond to the precedure differently. Results are not guaranteed.
How long will treatment take?
Usually, Microblading is done in two sessions. The first takes two to three hours. In the first session, the brow is shaped and styled to the client's preference. Pigment is applied six to eight weeks later during the second session touchup which takes one to two hours. Remember that the final result isn't determined until after your second appointment which is why it is called the "perfection session". At this appointment we will assess the color, re-evaluate how your skin is reacting to the pigment and make any changes necessary. Additional touchup appointments may be necessary for customers with very oily skin, problematic skin, darker pigmentation or customers that did not follow the after care procedures correctly.
Is Microblading painful?
The level of discomfort is relatively minor. Some liken it to tweezing two to three hairs at the same time. Usually a topical anesthetic is used to numb the area being worked. Topical anesthetics are safe and may contain lidocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.
Redness and slight swelling in the area is common after the procedure. Often clients liken the feeling to a slight sunburn. Frequently Tylenol is used to deaden any discomfort.
Is Microblading for everyone?
YES! Microblading is an amazing treatment for everyone! It is fantastic for all styles of brows. Some have it done to make their makeup routine easier everyday, while others have it done to enhance their natural brows and frame their face. Some have it done when they have no brows at all due to age, over-plucking or as a result of illness.
However there are some situations where microblading isn't suitable.
Treatment is not suitable for:
- Those using Accutane
- Anyone with a heart condition or using heart medications
- Anyone with diabetes, unless having received a physician's approval
- Anyone with skin diseases or inflammations
- Anyone who had Botox in the last two weeks
- Anyone who has gotten a deep tan or chemical peel in the last two weeks
- Anyone who requires anesthetic and is allergic to lidocaine, tetracaine, or epinephrine
- Anyone with serious medical conditions who have neither consulted with nor obtained the approval of their doctor.
- Anyone pregnant
- Anyone on blood thinning medications
- Chemotherapy patients
- Anyone with Hepatitis
- Anyone with extremely senistive or acne prone skin
What to expect during your Microblading treatment
During your first treatment we start by spending time measuring, designing and drawing your perfect brow shape. There will be a discussion about picking the desired color which will be custom blended perfectly to the pigment that suits you. Once the above results are determined then we microblade this pigment through the brow. Microblading is not painless but it is bearable and we use a topical anaesthetic to help you feel comfortable.
Looking after your brows is simple! There will be a conversation about aftercare in detail after your treatment, but for now, please understand that it takes about a week for your new brows to heal. On the first day, you will be required to rinse brows a certain number of times after leaving the studio and follow with the aftercare ointment that is provided.
We offer a complimentary consultation so please get in contact with us to organize a time and date that suits you. This only takes 5-10 minutes and it is when we can discuss the shape and style you want for your new brows.
What is Lip Blushing and what to expect?
Lip Blushing is used to enhace the lips' natural shape, symmetry, and color. A customized pigment is applied to add definition to your lips and conceal imperfections based on your skin tone and personal preference.
Your lips will look like lipstick on the first day, and soften as they heal to become a very subtle, natural looking lip tint. Apply a little gloss or balm and your lips will look beautiful 24-7!
If you are prone to cold sores, lip tattooing can cause outbreaks. We ask that our clients take their prescribed anti-viral medication a few days prior to their appointment and after the procedure to prevent any cold sores.
If you have an outbreak, or any other type of scratch on or around the lip area, we ask that you reschedule your appointment.
- There may be moderate swelling, redness and bruising for the first 3 days.
- If you experience swelling, use an ice pack for no more than 15 mintues at a time to reduce inflammation.
- During the initial healing period there should be minimal scabbing or flaking of the skin. If there is some scabbing or flaking, do not pick, and allow the scab or dry skin to come off on its own. This usually takes place within the first 3 days.
- Expect the color to lighten up to 50-70% once the healing process is complete.
- Color may appear uneven at different stages of healing. Be patient. This is a process that does not yield immediate results.
- Permanent makeup ink is not the same as body art ink, and by design it does not last as long as body art ink. Lip Blushing does fade and is expected to last 2-5 years before requiring a touchup. Maintenance touchups are suggested for best results.
- It can take 2 sessions prior to achieving the level of saturation you may desire.