What is Microblading?
Eyebrow Microblading, also known as "eyebrow embroidery" or "3D hair stroke brows", is the newest and hottest technique in permanent makeup. This tattoo technique and its results are not to be confused with the more traditional brow permanent makeup service referred to as "solid brow" tattooing. Microblading is considered semi permanent. Contrary to traditional brow tattooing methods, the pigment is inserted into the more superficial layers of the epidermis causing it to fade over time, if never maintained with a touch up. Some clients may fade entirely, while others hold onto some strokes for years. This unique manual tattoo technique allows for each stroke to stay crisp and detailed resulting in a natural, 3 dimensional look. Results and pigment retention vary from client to client and can be affected by procedure aftercare, skin type and the client's skin regimen. Color retention time may range anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, with most clients needing touch ups only once a year or so. Microblading is a manual method of cosmetic pigmentation that provides natural looking hair strokes in the skin. These strokes will blend perfectly with your existing brow hair or will create a 3 dimensional looking brow for those who have little to no existing brow hair. Small amounts of pigments are deposited in the superficial layer of the skin using a manual pigmentation tool. It actually consists of several tiny micro needles in a row and is not a “blade”.
How much does it cost?
The average across the US ranges from $450-$850 with some areas reaching as high as $1,200. Our cost is $595 and this includes the 6 week touch up. If you wait longer than 12 weeks to book your complimentary touch up, our touch up fees will apply.
*up to 6 months ($150)
*up to 12 months ($250)
*up to 18 months ($350)
*full price after 18 months
if you cancel your complimentary touch up with less than 24 hours notice, you will forfeit your “free” touch up.
How long does it last?
Every client has different skin and daily regimens so results can vary. On average a touch up is only needed once a year.
How often do I need a touch up?
Touch ups are recommended once a year, to keep the color fresh and the strokes crisp. Some clients like to keep them fresh looking and come in before their 12 month mark while others wait 12-18 months in between.
Does it hurt?
There is minimal discomfort associated with the procedure. A topical anesthetic is used before and during the service. Most clients are comfortable throughout the entire procedure and some even fall asleep.
What should I do to prepare for my procedure?
There’s not much preparation required. Leaving your eyebrows alone for a week (no tweezing, waxing or otherwise removing the hair) is preferred so that we can utilize as much of your natural brow hair as possible. Please refrain from injectibles in the brow or forehead area 2 weeks prior to the procedure and for 2 weeks after. Also, refrain from blood thinners and alcohol 48 hours prior to service. You may want to wash your hair or shower before your microblading appointment because you must avoid contact with water for 24-48 after treatment.
What should I do after the procedure?
Make sure your brows stay clean and dry for 7-10 days and apply your ointment as directed by your brow artist (1-3 times a day) depending on your skin type. You will want to try to keep your brow area as dry as possible when washing you hair and face. Use a wash cloth to wipe around your brows when cleansing. No steam, saunas or complete water submersion for 7 days.
How long does it take?
The procedure takes about two hours. The first hour consisting of a thorough consultation and brow shaping. The second hour is devoted to the art and service itself. Please allow a solid three hour window for your appointment. We encourage clients to not have a strict time constraint as this is not a service that we can stop short. So please make arrangements and schedule your day accordingly.
Do I need to take a day off work?
No. There’s no downtime associated with the treatment. Redness and swelling will dissipate within an hour after. Your brows will appear darker initially, but not so dark that you will be prevented from your activities of daily living.
How long does it take to heal?
Healing time varies from individual to individual. Usually, it takes about a week to ten days for the epithelial crust to form and slough off. Your brows will be dark for the first few days and then will lighten dramatically after the initial healed skin comes off. Your skin will be considered healed after that happens. Then, the pigment takes some time to settle in. A good month after your 6 week touch up should pass before we consider the process complete.
What’s the process like?
Microblading is a two step treatment, consisting of an initial consult and service and then a touch up six weeks after. After your consult we take your before photo, we shape your eyebrows and decide on the color. once we have your approval we begin the pigmentation part of the service. We lightly etch the pigment, one hair stroke at a time, into the superficial layers of the skin.
During healing, it's normal to experience some pigment loss; this is why we have the touch up in place. Some clients have 40-50% retention after the first service while others have 80-90% retention. If you are one that does not have great retention, DO NOT WORRY! That is what the touch up is for. From time to time, there may be an individual that may have skin that requires even a third touch up to get the pigment to take evenly on each stroke. In these rare cases, after the free touch up, if a third touch up is required, there will be a touch up fee of $150.
What can’t I do after the procedure?
You are advised to keep the skin clean and dry - that means no swimming, sweating or otherwise getting the area wet; no tanning or prolonged sun exposure; no picking or peeling of the treatment area. You can still wash your hair and face and once they’re healed up, you treat them as your own.
Can you guarantee your work?
A guarantee should never be promised in this industry due to many contributing factors outside of our control. One’s skin type, skin undertones, skin texture, skin regimen and medications are just a few. Your face is important to us and we are extremely experienced and qualified in the art of cosmetic pigmentation. We can guarantee that we will make every effort to reach your desired cosmetic goals but again, there are no guarantees in this industry.
Taking Care of Your Eyebrows
It is essential that you follow these instructions after your microblading session:
Day 1 (Day of treatment): Keep silicone band-aid on for 24 hours. After 24 hours, wash gently with lukewarm water and mild soap.
Day 2 to 9: Either leave dry (recommend for oily skin) or apply the post-care cream (Aquaphor or grapeseed oil) with a cotton swab, and use no aggressive movement and/or manipulation of the skin. Wash your hands with a disinfectant soap before washing your eyebrows and/or applying the post-care cream.
The following must be avoided during all nine days post-microblading procedure:
- Increased sweating
- Practicing sports
- Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi
- Sun tanning or salon tanning
- Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic Acid on the face or neck
- Picking, peeling, or scratching of the micropigmented area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment
- Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris
- Spicy foods
- Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds
- Driving in open air vehicles such a convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles
- Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab
Before showering apply a layer of post-care cream to protect your eyebrows from moisture. During the shower keep your face away from the showerhead.
Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-microblading procedure. However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.
The healing of deeper wounds might last between 14-21 days. Touch-ups and/or correction of the shape-design is recommended only after this period.
If you have any unexpected problems with the healing of the skin, please call your artist immediately to discuss further instructions. Consult a health care practitioner at the first sign of infection or an allergic reaction, and report any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction, or adverse reaction resulting from the artist and to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Drugs and Medical Devices Group at (1-888) 839-6676.