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What is Microblading?
Microblading is essentially the process of tattooing tiny lines under your natural brow hair to give the illusion of a thicker, more even, natural eyebrow. Where micro blading is essentially the same as a traditional tattoo, there are a few key differences. Microblading is done with a tool that is equipped with a series of very fine and very sharp needles that create tiny cuts in the skin, while implanting pigment at the same time. Unlike a traditional tattoo, this is done manually rather than with a machine, this allows for more control and makes it possible to get those super fine and crispy lines! Each microblading tool is single use, and sterilized before use. Just because microblading is considered a cosmetic procedure, doesn’t mean your artist shouldn’t be held to the same standards as a regular tattoo artist is. We work with biohazardous material, just like everyone else. Make sure to do careful research before choosing your artist! Another key difference between traditional tattooing and microblading, is microblading is considered a “semi-permanent” tattoo. Where traditional tattoos go deep into the dermis with large amounts of ink, microblading only scratches the surface of the dermis, with much less pigment and finer lines, making it easier for your body to break down. If your microblading has been done at the proper depth, you should need a touch up every 1-3 years.
Can anyone get microblading done?
Microblading is essentially safe for everyone, but there are definitely a few things that will make you want to wait, or go with a different method. If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, you will want to wait at least 6 months after giving birth to have this procedure done. Pregnancy takes an enormous toll on the body, and its always best to let your body get back to normal before throwing it more curve balls. If you are on, or have been on the acne medication Accutane, or something similar, you will want to wait at least 6 months after you have stopped taking it to have your procedure done. Accutane weakens the skin and makes it incredibly hard to heal, and with the delicate nature of microblading, we want to give you the best opportunity to heal them right the first time. If you have gotten any botox or fillers in your forehead or cheeks, we recommend waiting at least a month before having any semi-permanent makeup procedures performed. The tissue can sit crooked after injections and may result in crooked or uneven eyebrows. Generally in people 60 or older, the skin has thinned and lost a lot of its elasticity. In these cases microblading can heal like open gashes in the skin, rather than fine cuts. This can result in damaging the skin, blow outs, and an all around, not very good look. If you’re in or around your 60’s, consider a consultation with your artist before booking. Some other things to discuss with your artist before your appointment would be: If you are on any blood-thinning medications, or are anemic; if you’re prone to light-headedness; if you have any skin conditions such a eczema, or psoriasis; suffer from excessively oily skin, or enlarged pores. None of these things mean you cannot have microblading done, but they are things your artist must know about before your appointment so you can discuss the risks and conditions of moving forward.
How will microblading change my life moving forward?
After having your microblading procedure done, there will be a few things you will want to do, and not do in order to keep your eyebrows looking crisp. You will want to avoid using any retinol, chemical peels, or ant-aging products on your brow area, as these can change the colour of your brows, generally turning them to a dull, ashy grey colour. You will want to limit your eyebrows’ exposure to UV rays, whether it be the sun or tanning booths. Get used to using SPF and wearing hats in the sun. Exfoliating isn’t necessarily bad for your brows, but should be done at a seriously decreased frequency. I recommend exfoliating your brow area no more than once a month, less if you have very sensitive or oily skin. Exfoliating once a month can scrub off the dead skin and make your brows appear brighter, where as any more than that can start to affect the pigment. That being said, feel free to do these things as you please on the rest of your face, just avoid the eyebrow area. After your initial 2 sessions, you will generally need a touch up every 1-3 years depending on how you heal, remember- microblading is not as permanent as traditional tattoos!
How should I prepare for my appointment?
Before your appointment you will want to grow out your eyebrows as much as possible, this makes it much easier for your artist to work with the natural shape of your brows. If you tan or go out in the sun a lot, make sure to wear plenty of SPF, or cover your face for roughly 2 weeks before your appointment. Your artist cannot work on sun-damaged skin, and excessively tanned skin will give them an unrealistic idea of your natural skin tone. Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks before your appointment. Do not tint your eyebrows one week before your appointment, and make sure to let your artist know if there may be some residual tint left on your brow hairs from before that as well. Do not work out the day of your appointment, or do any excessive sweating. If you take any fish oil or vitamin E supplements, stop taking them for 2 weeks prior to your appointment if possible, as they are natural blood thinners.