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Microblading, also referred to as eyebrow embroidery, 3D brows, micro feathering, or feather brows, is a relatively new manual method for enhancing eyebrows. Essentially, it is a tattoo procedure done in the eyebrow area to create, correct, or enhance the appearance of ones natural brows or lack thereof.
The difference between microblading and typical permanent cosmetics is that it is done using a handheld tool instead of a machine. The tool has very fine needle groupings that are lined up in a row to make a very sharp blade. With gentle pressure and tension on the skin, the trained artist etches a pattern of hair like slits into the upper dermal layer of the skin. These slits are as fine as a paper cut, leaving a trace that can hardly be distinguished from real hair. High quality pigments that match your natural hair color are then inserted. Above all, the work does not resemble a typical tattoo.
People suffering from alopecia, trichotillomania or any other condition that causes hair loss benefit greatly from microblading, as well as people who simply aren’t happy with their eyebrows.
Unfortunately microblading is not available to those under the age of 18. It is also not ideal for those with oily, large pored or mature skin types. In these cases, it is best to discuss the powder/ombre brow service.
Microblading is done in two sessions. The first takes two to three hours. Thes second anywhere from 30mins-2 hours.
In the first session, the brows are shaped and styled according to clients preference and facial morphology then pigment is inserted. Four to eight weeks later, the client returns for the second session for touch up.
It takes about ten days for healing. In that time any redness will fade and the initial darkness of the eyebrows will begin to lighten. The color will lighten over about thirty days as it completely sets in.
Touch up is necessary because everyone heals differently and therefore the outcomes vary. Sometimes it is necessary to adjust the color and brow thickness by adding more strokes. In the touch up session, the final adjustments are made to assure the client’s satisfaction.
This is not recommended because the healing needs to be completed before the final results are seen. Final adjustments should only be done after the initial work has stabilized.
The level of discomfort is relatively minor. Some liken it to tweezing two to three hairs at the same time. After the initial pass of hair like slits, 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.
Generally microblading lasts six to eighteen months, depending on skin type…normal, oily, or dry and age…young or mature.(sometimes longer) Skincare also affects the duration of the pigments. To maintain the brows, touch-ups may be done every six to eighteen months.
Regular use of sunscreen, hats, and visors will help extend the life of your microblading
When pre and post care instructions are followed, the risk of complications are rare. However, should you suspect an infection, it is necessary for you to contact your health care provider immediately to avoid any complications. Angela is not qualified to diagnose or treat any medical issues that should arise.
If you have sensitive skin or allergies to topical makeup products, gold, silver, nickel, or hair dyes you should contact Angela to set up a patch test a few days in advance of your procedure. There is a nominal fee for the supplies used. (generally under $10) Should you chose to skip this step, Angela can not be held liable for any reactions you may experience.
Angela is licensed, inspected and approved by the state to preform such services to the general public. Your health and safety is of utmost importance to her therefore, she uses high quality single use sterile tools, maintains a clean service environment, completes bloodborne pathogen training on a yearly basis, and never stops educating herself on her craft. All this being stated, rest assured you are in great hands
The healing process sometimes is difficult for people to adjust to. “Brow shock” is a very real thing. If you find that in the first 24 hours you are regretting your decision based on the current look of your brows, it is very important to remember it takes a FULL MONTH to see the true outcome. The brows WILL be darker and slightly larger in the first week or so. To avoid unwanted results, CAREFULLY choose your practitioner. DO NOT go to the cheapest artist! This is your face. Compare the work of various artists before choosing. Discuss your expectations and desired outcome, including the shape, style, and color you wish with the artist. Realize that faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Adjustments may be made during touch up, such as pigment discoloration and color correction. Remember that microbladed brows will eventually fade away if touch ups are not done. If worse comes to worse, emergency removal can be done within 48 hours of the initial service.