Microblading 101

Whether you are looking to fill in existing brow area or reconstruct entirely new brows, a happier you is only one microblading appointment away.

portrait of a womanFor people with thin, fine eyebrows who are looking to get thicker brows, microblading might be an option. Here are some things that you should know, including facts, costs, pre- and post-care instructions, and some FAQs.

What Is microblading?

Essentially, microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattoo for your eyebrow. The procedure makes use of a nanoblade dipped into a pigment matching your natural hair color and skin tone. This nanoblade is then used to create hair-like incision strokes along the eyebrow to either reshape, enhance, or create a fuller, natural-looking appearance of the brows. While the pigment doesn’t go as deep as a regular tattoo, it’s still considered a tattoo as the pigment is implanted under the skin.

How much does it cost?

Get the results you deserve with quality microblading, and at an affordable price too! Allexa will pay close attention to detail and receptiveness to the unique needs of each client.

  • First treatment with complimentary touch-up between 4 and 6 weeks: $350
  • Touch-up after six weeks: $50
  • Touch-up after six months – year: $150

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Pre- and Post-Care Instructions

Here are some things that you should take note of before and after the procedure:

  • Pre-Care Instructions
    • For at least 72 hours before the procedure, avoid consuming alcohol, ibuprofen/aspirin, or any vitamins that may thin your blood.
    • No chemical peels or face scrubs at least 2 weeks before the procedure.
    • So that we can assess your natural skin tone, please avoid tanning.
    • You can come in with your brow makeup on – this will help us see the day-to-day look that you prefer. You can also bring images of brow shapes and colors for reference.
  • Post-Care Instructions
    • Within 2 hours after the procedure, wash your hands, gently wash brows with a light soap like Cetaphil, patting dry with a cotton pad. Do not rub or strongly wash, or soak brows in water. This is just to wipe away any unwanted lymph, bacteria, dirt, etc. Let brows dry out for ten minutes. Apply a thin layer of aquaphor with a q-tip. Only enough to make them shiny, because too much will make the brows scab, as well as not having on enough. This process should be done twice a day, for five to six days after microblading.
    • For a minimum of 10 days, do NOT apply any makeup on the brow area. Please remember that the microbladed area is an open wound, therefore, it is prone to infections.
    • As it heals, the brow area will feel slightly itchy. It will start to lightly scab over as well. Don’t pick or peel the scabs since this can affect the pigmentation and overall outcome.
    • Do NOT immerse the brow area in water for at least 7 days. When showering, make certain that the brow area does not get wet by applying a thick layer of aquaphor, placing a dry folded up wash cloth over your brows, and tipping your head back as far as you can. It isn’t the end of the world if your brows get wet, but it is pretty close to it! Best healed results are seen with people who don’t get brows wet.
    • No chemical peels or face scrubs for at least 2 weeks after the procedure.

FAQs

Here are some commonly asked questions:

Q: Does microblading hurt?
A: Numbing agent is used, but there still may be pain or discomfort. On a scale of one to ten, microblading is about three or four.
Q: Will my skin be red or swollen after?
A: Depending on skin type, the skin will most likely be slightly red and irritated after the procedure. The redness subsides in a couple hours, and in some cases, 1-3 days. You will still be able to go about everyday activities and be seen in public just the same.
Q: How do you choose the right shape and color for each client?
A: Every clients’ face shape is different, meaning there are no cookie cutter brows. Each face is measured out with special tools and techniques, paired with clients’ special requests, it is the microblade artist’s judgment call on what shape and size look best. Judging what color is very simple- there are different shades of pigment already mixed, which can be used alone or combined to make the perfect color. Pigment is usually matched very close to the original eyebrow color for most natural results.
Q: How long is the procedure?
A: Appointments normally last around two hours.
Q: How important is aftercare?
A: Aftercare is VERY important. Without proper aftercare, your brows will not have the full potential to heal perfectly. It will be difficult to keep your brows out of water and the sun for at least a week, but the results are very worth it. When a client comes in for a touch-up, it is apparent how well they followed aftercare.
Q: How long does microblading last?
A: Depending on skin type (sun damaged, oily, dry, aged, etc.) and lifestyle, microblading can last up to about four years. Touchups and color boosts are recommended.
Q: How long does the healing process take?
A: The skin isn’t considered fully healed until 30 days after the procedure (a full cycle of cellular regeneration). Microbladed areas will feel and look normal after 8-10 days.
Q: Will my brows fade?
A: Brows will fade 30% to 50% after the first couple of weeks of healing. The color you see after the first month is most likely the color it will remain. Sunscreen is recommended before leaving the house to prevent fading. Touch-ups and color boosts over time are suggested, especially to clients with oily skin.
Q: Is microblading safe?
A: If a client has answered the prerequisite questions honestly (such as if they are allergic to nickel or iron, use Retin-A products, scar easily, etc.) and follows proper cleaning aftercare to make sure no infection begins- the answer is YES, microblading is safe! Certain regulations are followed by the microblade artist to ensure safety. It has been proven safe over time, as tattooing has been performed over hundreds of years and is becoming more common and accessible. Like any medical or cosmetic procedure though, there are risks of an allergic reaction. It is very uncommon but possible.

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