WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is also known by a variety of names such as embroidery, microstroking, feather touch
and hair like strokes, is a form of permanent makeup that provides a means to partially or fully
camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of
cosmetic tattoo pigments.
1. Is it permanent?
No. Microblading is semi-permanent, with results typically lasting between 12 and 18
months. Cosmetic tattooing, unlike body art tattooing, is much more superficial to the skin.
The inks are also much more degradable. Your own immune system will digest the ink and
also push out the pigment. Over time these looks tend to fade. Microblading requires
touchups either yearly or bi-yearly, depending on the technician and your lifestyle.
2. Is one session all it takes?
The number of sessions required to achieve the perfect brows depends on your skin, how
drastic the transformation you’re hoping to achieve is, and the technician you are working
with. Most people require two sessions, the initial session and a touch-up about a month
3. Is my skin type compatible with microblading?
Very oily skin types tend to be difficult to work with, technicians have found.
They’re at risk of rejecting the pigment, and more concerning, they are prone to pigment
hydration, which is where the pigment fans into each other. If you have skin that scars easily
or retains keloids easily, microblading might not be the best option for you, either.
4. How long does the procedure take?
Most technicians need between two and three hours to complete the process. Perhaps the
most tedious, but important, part of the process is drawing the brow shape on prior to the
actual tattooing. Once the technician completes the shape, he or she will then work with the
client to tailor the shape to their liking.
5. Will microblading give me perfectly identical brows?
No. It is important for people to understand so that they have realistic expectations.
Nobody’s eyes are equidistant from the bridge of their nose so the starting points of your
eyebrows are a little different.
She added that there is a lot to account for as far as bone and facial structure, which makes
it nearly impossible to achieve completely identical eyebrows, even through microblading.
6. Will it hurt?
Being that microblading is essentially a tattoo on your face, the process does involve some
discomfort. Most clients, though, find the pain to be very minimal, describing it as pressure
and a scratch-like sensation. Of course, pain thresholds differ from person to person, so
everyone has a different experience.
Many technicians use a topical numbing gel on clients, but you can choose to have the
procedure done without.
7. Will my brows lighten at all after the procedure?
Yes. When you first walk out of the salon, your eyebrows will be much darker than you
anticipated, but don’t fret! The color will lighten significantly throughout the healing process.
8. Can my eyebrows be fixed after the procedure?
If the technician makes a stroke that either one of you doesn’t like, it can be fixed, usually, at
your follow-up session, a minimum of 4 weeks later.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR MICROBLADING?
Who is a good candidate? The simple answer is, anyone that wants to have full, beautiful
brows all day, every day! That would include busy parents or business people who don’t have
much time to apply brow make up, active people who don’t want to worry about sweating off
makeup while working out or swimming, or any person who struggles with getting that perfect
shape that the celebrities and YouTube makeup artists always seem to have. Other clients
include those suffering from scarring, Trichotillomania, Alopecia and Cancer, or other
diseases and disorders that have led to natural hair loss.
• NOT IDEAL FOR:
o Individuals with oily skin and large pores – pigment has a harder time
o Individuals with previous permanent makeup
o Individuals who have used retinoids within the last 2 weeks
o Individuals who have had deep chemical or laser peels within the last 6 weeks
o Individuals who have had Botox within the last 2 weeks
o Individuals on blood thinners – excess bleeding can cause the pigment to not
retain (may receive a note from doctor to stop blood thinners for a period of
time prior to service)
• CONTRAINDICATIONS (Depending on severity of medical condition, some individuals
may still be able to have the procedure with a note from their doctor):
o Individuals with diabetes type 1 or 2
o Individuals with thyroid disease
o Individuals with auto-immune diseases
o Individuals with high risk of infection or slow healing time due to any medical
o Individuals currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation
o If you are pregnant or nursing
WHAT FACTORS WILL AFFECT MY COSMETIC TATTOO?
Sun exposure: The sun fades the pigment faster so sun block may be used to prolong your
The regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment
The speed at which the skin absorbs the pigment: The slower the absorption, the longer the
pigment will hold.
The choice of color: Some colors fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde color will fade
quicker than a dark brown color.
The area of treatment: Enhancements to the face, for example, fade more quickly due to
RISKS INVOLVED IN TATTOOING
The following are the primary complications that can result from tattooing:
• Infection. Unsterile tattooing equipment and needles can transmit infectious diseases, such as
HIV, hepatitis, and skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (“staph”) and other bacteria*.
Tattoos received at facilities not regulated by your state or at facilities that use unsterile
equipment (or re-use ink) may prevent you from being accepted as a blood or plasma donor for
twelve months. Infections also have resulted from contaminated tattoo inks, even when the
tattoo artist has followed hygienic procedures. These infections can require prolonged treatment
• Removal problems. Despite advances in laser technology, removing a tattoo is a painstaking
process, usually involving several treatments and considerable expense. Complete removal
without scarring may be impossible.
• Allergic reactions. Although FDA has received reports of numerous adverse reactions
associated with certain shades of ink in permanent makeup, marketed by a particular
manufacturer, reports of allergic reactions to tattoo pigments have been rare. However, when
they happen they may be particularly troublesome because the pigments can be hard to remove.
Occasionally, people may develop an allergic reaction to tattoos they have had for years.
• Granulomas. These are nodules that may form around material that the body perceives as
foreign, such as particles of tattoo pigment.
• Keloid formation. If you are prone to developing keloids — scars that grow beyond normal
boundaries — you are at risk of keloid formation from a tattoo. Keloids may form any time you
injure or traumatize your skin.
• MRI complications. There have been reports of people with tattoos or permanent makeup who
experienced swelling or burning in the affected areas when they underwent magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI). This seems to occur only rarely and apparently without lasting effects. There have
also been reports of tattoo pigments interfering with the quality of the MRI image. This seems to
occur mainly when a person with permanent eyeliner undergoes MRI of the eyes. However, the
risks of avoiding an MRI when your doctor has recommended one are likely to be much greater
than the risks of complications from an interaction between the MRI and tattoo or permanent
makeup. Instead of avoiding an MRI, individuals who have tattoos or permanent makeup should
inform the radiologist or technician.
A COMMON PROBLEM: DISATISFACTION
A common problem that may develop with tattoos is the desire to remove them. Removing tattoos
and permanent makeup can be very difficult.
Although tattoos may be satisfactory at first, they sometimes fade. Also, if the tattooist injects the
pigments too deeply into the skin, the pigments may migrate beyond the original sites, resulting in a
Another cause of dissatisfaction is that the human body changes over time, and styles change with
the season. The permanent makeup that may have looked flattering when first injected may later
clash with changing skin tones and facial or body contours. People who plan to have facial cosmetic
surgery are advised that the appearance of their permanent makeup may become distorted. The
tattoo that seems stylish at the time may become dated and embarrassing later on. And changing
tattoos or permanent makeup is not as easy as changing your mind.
Consult your healthcare provider about the best removal techniques for you.
EYE BROW – AFTER CARE
Apply after care ointment supplied; for 7 to 10 days. DO NOT let the brows get dry and crusty. Some
swelling, redness or itching is normal and to be expected. Apply ointment twice a day with a clean Qtip.
Only a small amount is needed to occlude the eyebrow area. Keep clean and avoid sun, pools
and direct water pressure. DO NOT pick or rub the area. Brows will oxidize and get darker before
they soften in healing. This is normal. DO NOT wear any makeup for 72 hours on brow area.