It is best to plan your treatment away from your menstrual cycle as this will heighten any pain that may be involved and can increase chance of bleeding. However, please note, a 24-hour cancellation policy will be in effect even for circumstances such as this.
There is a chance of mild swelling and inflammation. There will be some minor epithelial crusting (scabbing), due to breaking the skin to implant the pigment. Although the healing process is generally not visible, it is best to plan your procedure at least 1 week away from any major events such as vacations, weddings, showers, photo shoots, etc.
You will want to avoid excessive sun exposure and water contact for about a week following your appointment.
An aftercare kit will be given to you at your appointment with aftercare instructions.
It is up to YOU to read over ALL information regarding the appointment and to ensure you do not have any conditions that render the treatment undesirable prior to the procedure. If you arrive to your appointment, but are unable to follow through for any reason you will be subject to pay 50% of the balance that would have been owed.
Prior to your appointment:
- Do not drink coffee or energy drinks the day of your appointment.
- Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen 72 hours before and after your microblading appointment.
- Do not tan 72 hours before your procedure.
- Waxing and tinting must be done at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
- No chemical peels, dermabrasion, mesotherapy, or any other intense treatments that will cause faster skin cell rejuvenation or skin irritation for 2-3 weeks prior.
- Make sure to fix/wash your hair before the treatment as you will want to avoid water contact with your brows for 5-7 days following treatment.
- One week before your procedure stop taking the following supplements: Vitamin E, B6, Omega 3, Gingko Biloba and St. John’s Wort, as they contribute to thinning the blood and may affect anesthetic efficacy. You may resume taking your vitamins 72 hours after. (If taking them under the direction of a physician, please check with the physician prior to stopping any vitamins).
- Do not work out the day of your appointment.
What to expect during the healing process:
Everyone’s healing process is different. Due to the fact that we are implanting the pigment with small blades, you will end up with several paper cut sized scratches on the eyebrows. This will cause some epithelial crusting (scabbing). These scabs will fall off naturally over the next week or so and are often not very visible.
You may experience some minor swelling. This typically lasts no more than 24-48 hours and will not be overly noticeable, but your brows will temporarily look slightly bigger and bolder than the desired result.
There is no down time and most people return to work the very next day; however, due to the healing process it is best not to plan your treatment within 7-10 days of major events (vacations, weddings, photo shoots, etc).
You will be given an aftercare kit with instructions to help care for your new brows.
A consultation is mandatory for all clients. It is advisable that the consultation is done a few days prior to the initial treatment so a scratch test can be done to eliminate chances of allergic reaction (although allergic reaction is extremely rare) to products used. If for certain circumstances a separate consultation cannot be done (ex: you are traveling from out of town), we will combine this into the initial procedure and you will be required to sign a waiver declining the patch test.
What happens at the initial procedure? During this 2-3 hour visit, we will start by anesthetizing the area to be microbladed and a colour tone will be chosen with the client. Measurements are taken again, and the outline of the procedure area is drawn on for the client to approve. Once the client is satisfied with the basic shape and symmetry the microblading will begin. The area is then filled in with the semi-permanent pigment using a hand held tool. There can be some discomfort, but due to the topical anesthetic used, pain is minimal. Some minor bleeding may occur depending on the person’s inflammatory response. There will most likely be some mild swelling for 24-48 hours after the procedure. The look of the brows in the first 10 days will be extremely bold and defined and no indication of the finished result.
What happens at the touch up? The second stage of the treatment is called a ‘touch up’, and takes around 2 hours. This usually happens 4-8 weeks after the initial procedure to ensure that the pigment from the initial procedure has had time to settle into the skin. It is IMPERATIVE you complete the touch up treatment, as without it, the job will only be half done and the results will not be optimum. In the 30 days since the initial treatment, colour will have faded significantly and some hair strokes may be gone completely now that the area has healed. At this appointment we correct any irregularities in colour tones/shape, and it makes the look more permanent.
Do I need more than one touch up? Occasionally a third visit (or more) is needed for certain clients. This is not uncommon and would be done in another 4-8 weeks from the previous ‘touch up’ appointment. More frequent touch ups may be required for a client who chose a soft lighter shade initially, if a client’s skin does not hold pigment well, or for clients who did not follow after care advice regarding sunblock, etc.
How long can I expect it to last? The brow is semi-permanent, so it will gradually begin to fade. Most clients find they want a touch up at least once a year in order to keep the look “fresh”. With proper care you can extend the life of your brow pigment as much as possible, but at the end of the day it is ultimately up to you and your body. Yearly touch ups are generally less of a process, therefore will be less of a cost than the initial treatment.
Are Semi-Permanent Eyebrows deemed a permanent ‘tattoo’?
No. Technically, the semi-permanent Eyebrow Embroidery procedure is considered “permanent” because the colour is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be simply washed off. However, the pigment is implanted more superficially than a ‘ tattoo’, so unlike a tattoo, it naturally fades over time. This semi-permanent method has been gaining popularity over the past few years due to the fact that fashion changes, brow hair grows back, etc. Most people are finding that the permanence of the old fashioned tattoo is less appealing. Unlike a tattoo, a client can just let the Embroidery fade off over time – however a faint shadow will most likely remain. In addition, plant based pigments are used for Eyebrow Embroidery instead of tattoo ink which can fade out to undesirable tones. Some refer to this process as a very long lasting “henna” tattoo.
Can I guarantee my work? I will guarantee that my work and your face are important to me and I will do what I can to give you the look that you desire, but due to variable circumstances I cannot guarantee what the exact outcome will be. Therefore, I cannot guarantee your results and you choose to have this cosmetic procedure done at your own risk. This is an art and not an exact science.
Do I get to pick the shape and colour of my eyebrows: The client is involved in the procedure as much as possible; however, if the client is requesting an eyebrow shape that does not suit the clients face/facial structure and/or the client would like a pigment colour that does not suit the tones of the clients face the brow artist will not comply regardless of client pressure.
Please note that our eyebrows will never be exactly the same as our faces are NOT symmetrical; however, as brow artists, we aim to create as much symmetry as possible. Eyebrows are sisters, not twins.
Conditions that render the treatment undesirable:
Microblading is a procedure suitable for most, however you are NOT a suitable candidate for this procedure if you:
- Are pregnant or nursing
- Have a history of Keloids or Hypertrophic scarring
- Have diabetes (require doctor’s clearance)
- Are currently undergoing chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
- Have viral infections and/or diseases
- Are epileptic
- Have a pacemaker or major heart problems
- Have an organ transplant
- Have skin irritations or psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
- Are sick (cold, flu, etc.)
- Have had Botox in the past 2 months
- Have used Accutane or other strong retinoids in the past year
- Have any heart conditions, uncontrolled High Blood Pressure, or poor general health.
* Any treatment, medication, or illness that compromises the immune system/healing would NOT make you a good candidate for micropigmentation procedures.
* It is advised that you avoid scheduling the treatment during your menstrual cycle as this will heighten any pain that may be involved and can increase chance of bleeding.
- Do not have contact with excessive water or any other liquids around the treated area for 7 days after treatment (even small amounts of water which may seem unimportant will expand a wound and the scab will appear bigger).
- Avoid working out for 2 days after the treatment.
- You may apply face makeup immediately after the treatment, just do NOT apply makeup to the treated areas while healing is underway. If you apply makeup in the first week post-treatment, it would be at your own risk.
- You may cleanse the treatment area with sterile isotonic solution 2-3 times per day, if needed.
- Apply your aftercare cream with a cotton swab only. If you choose to use your fingers make sure they have been cleaned thoroughly.
- Do not pick or peel off scabs. Healing will take at least 1 week and it is perfectly normal for the treated area to scab during this time. These scabs will fall off within a few days. Picking the scabs will cause loss of pigment, enlarge the scabs, and in some cases scar.
- Should any sign of infection occur, seek medical attention immediately.
During the post treatment period, please avoid the following:
- Touching the treated area.
- Using soaps, cleansers, creams, or makeup on the treated area.
- Facial treatments, including eyebrow tinting, tweezing, electrolysis, waxing, etc.
- Any abrasive products, rough towels, or similar items.
- Taking a hot bath, hot tubs, saunas, steam or any other hot treatment, as the treated area should be kept as dry as possible.
- Sunbathing, using sun beds, or swimming.
- Using any form of bleach or depilatory products (such as Nair).