Microblading Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is microblading?
Microblading is a form of semi permanent make up which is implemented using a handheld tool compromised of various micro needles in the shape of a blade. It is achieved with two sessions (Sometimes a third is needed depending on clients skin type and aftercare). The second session is approx 6 weeks after the initial procedure.
2. How is Microblading Different than tattooed eyebrows?
Microblading is the process of implanting pigment into the basal membrane (which divides the epidermis from the dermis layer of the skin) with a handheld tool. This results in ultra fine lines that simulate hair strokes, unlike eyebrow tattooing which is done using a motorized device (causing the ink to be deposited in deeper layers of the skin) and ink which tends to “spill out” over time under the skin.
Microblading artists use pigment vs ink. Pigment has a thicker consistency while ink is more watery in texture and tends to have more staying power. Microbladed brows can last up to 3 years before fully fading out. The longevity of your brows will depend on skin type and lifestyle. People with oily skin and/or big pores will need touch ups more often as well as people who are more frequently exposed to the sun and/or tanning booth.
3. Does it hurt?
Topical numbing cream is applied before the treatment begins to minimize discomfort. A secondary numbing gel is also applied during the procedure. Majority of my clients fall asleep during the treatment!
4. What happens at my first session?
During your first session (approx. 2 and a Half to 3 hours for combo brows, 2 hours for microblading only). I will map out and design your brow shape based on your bone structure, eye placement, face shape and other factors. Once your brow shape is agreed upon, I apply the topical numbing cream. We wait 20 minutes for this to work, you fill out the consent form while we wait, I will go over the aftercare instructions and once the 20minutes is up, I will begin Microblading!
5. What happens at my touch up session?
At your touch-up session I will only go over strokes and shading that need darkening and perfect the brows now that they have healed. I will also fill in any spots that the pigment didn't have full retention. It is completely normal to have some strokes that have “disappeared”, meaning the skin did not have good retention in that particular part of the brow or just that particular stroke after your first session.
6. Will I have to hide away while my brows heal?
Your freshly bladed brows will appear darker before they get lighter, so prepare to see your brows 30% darker for the first 3-5 days and then they will lighten to your desired color of choice. Other than that, they will just be red and irritated immediately following treatment but that will go down within a few hours. Most clients continue on with their day as usual.
It is not advised to get microblading done right before any big events such as weddings, holidays etc. This is because it is a two step process and your brows will not truly be complete until after the 2nd session which is 4-6 weeks later. If you are looking to get your brows done for a big future event, it is recommended to book about 2 months in advance.
7. What is the maintenance like?
As stated before, Microblading is known to last about 1-3 years depending on your skin type and lifestyle. Certain skin types (oily and/or larger pores) may need touch ups more often. I offer a touch up/colour refresh when needed.
8.How do I care for my new brows?
Following careful aftercare will give you the best possible results and longer lasting brows! An after care pack is given to each client with instructions on how to take care of your freshly bladed brows. The aftercare is pretty simple and will yield great results as long as you don't break any rules! Remember it is a process, and to trust it! See below for the "Phibrow Emotions" that you will go through!
9. What can I do to prepare for my appointment?
24 hours prior to your appt DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL OR CAFFEINE,
72 hours prior, DO NOT TAKE blood thinners such as ibuprofen, aspirin unless medically necessary.
Botox should be done 2 weeks before or after the procedure.
Avoid booking during your menstrual cycle.
No waxing, tinting or tanning 3 days before.
Arrive with no makeup as a lot of wiping of pigment takes place so it can get ruined.