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Microblading/Microshading

Microblading your eyebrows involves a procedure that claims to improve the appearance of your eyebrows. Sometimes it’s also called “feather touch” or “micro-stroking.” The procedure, which uses a special tool to draw in the brows, essentially cuts into the skin of your eyebrows and implants pigment into the cuts. It involves hundreds of tiny strokes. 

Microshading, also referred to as ombre brows, is a milder application of permanent makeup procedure that is used to fill in sparse and light brows using a fine pen to allot tiny dark dots in a gradient-like appearance. This eyebrow filling technique requires smaller incisions that are unlikely to irritate the skin. The semi-permanent dots created during the procedure will give your brows a fluffy and fuller look. 

This is a semi-permeant appearance for your eyebrows. The pigments used fades over time. Touch-ups can help with maintenance, though you may choose to wait until the pigment has almost completely faded and opt for the procedure all over again. This is a more expensive option than regular touch-ups where color is filled in as it fades.

Results can last anywhere between 18 and 30 months.

The Procedure 

  Microblading involves the use of needles attached to a tool that creates lines resembling eyebrow hairs. During the procedure, pigment is manually (through the tool) placed on the dermis, the inner layer of skin.

  In a way, it’s like getting a tattoo, but it’s not permanent.

  Some people say it feels like eyebrow threading — a little uncomfortable but not painful.

  The procedure typically takes about an hour, though it depends on both the individual’s eyebrows and the technician.

Contraindications

What is a contraindication? 


A contraindication is a condition or factor that either renders a medical treatment inadvisable under any circumstances or increases the risks involved in carrying out a medical procedure. Absolute Contraindication: hemophilia, blood thinners on prescription. Relative Contraindications: diabetic on the needle (increased risk of infection & slow to heal), allergies, blood thinners like Aspirin or Vitamin E.

 

You know the state of your health better than anyone. If you have any medical issues that you feel might be a contraindication, then we suggest you get clearance from your doctor. 

 

Below are some contraindications that can alter your results and/or put you in danger.

- Patients who have epilepsy, diabetes, hemophilia or a hart disease of any kind should have a physician’s approval prior to any tattooing procedure.

- PREGNANT or NURSING - Although there are no medical evidence that tattooing would have any effect on an unborn child, we don't know for sure. So we suggest you err on the side of caution and come back after the baby is born and you are no longer nursing.

- UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE

- ON ACCUTANE, RETINA - Topical steroids thin the skin. Depending on the stage your skin is at, it may be too fragile to undergo procedure. You should get clearance from your doctor before considering permanent make-up. You must be off Retina-A or Retinols 7 days prior to appointment and avoid or around the area for 30 days after. If used before 30 days, it can cause the pigments to fade prematurely.

- ON PRESCRIPTION STRENGTH MEDICATION OR TREATMENTS that affect the dermal layer of the skin can affect the permanent make-up.

- ON ANTICOAGULANTS (blood thinners) long-term use of aspirin, ibuprofen and some herbs reduce clotting time resulting in increased bleeding and bruising, which will affect the implantation of pigment as well as increase the healing time.

- DIABETIC -If you are insulin dependent, you are not a candidate for permanent make-up. Healing could be compromised and take longer than average. Otherwise, if your doctor feels your condition is under control you may request a letter stating that you are able to undergo cosmetic tattooing.

- GLAUCOMA -You may not have eyeliner. Increased intra ocular pressure combined with pressure placed on the eye to apply eyeliner could be damaging. It is important to have this condition under control and/or refer to your physician for further consent to the application of eyeliner.

- HAVE ANY OTHER HEART CONDITIONS - uncontrolled high blood pressure and poor general health would be special concern, you will need to see your physician and discuss the procedure to gain pre-approval.

- HERPES SIMPLEX - People who get fever blisters and/or cold sores may experience an outbreak after procedures. It's imperative that you discuss the procedure with your physician before the procedure and receive proper instructions how to prevent an outbreak post procedure. Most physicians will offer a prescription for Zovirax or Valtrex to take prior to and after procedure.

- KELOID OR HYPERTROPHIC SCARRING - Persons with tendencies for this type of scarring have the same risk with tattoo also. The risk is mainly in the torso area, however, we may decide to do a patch test to insure that you do not scar in this manor.

- If there are any blemishes, pimples, active cold sores, irritation of the skin of any kind, moles or other skin imperfections in or around the area of the procedure, we will NOT be able to do the procedure until the blemish or area of concern is gone or the mole is removed and healed.

Prep For Appoinment

Prepare For Your Appointment

Before your microshading treatment, here is a list of things you should do:

  • Avoid alcohol, strenuous activities, ibuprofen, aspirin, and caffeine at least a day to an hour of the appointment

  • Avoid sun exposure

  • Avoid hair removal through waxing, tweezing, or touching the face for at least 5 days before the treatment

  • Wear comfortable clothing

  • Bring along some earphones or a book to keep busy during the process so you won’t feel restless.

 

We also recommend that you steer clear of acids, retinol, and any facial ointments. Doing this will reduce the chances of skin irritation during and after the microshading procedure.

Aftercare

Aftercare Instructions:

Aftercare for the skin is similar to tattoo care, but a bit more intensive.

The pigment immediately following the procedure will appear quite dark, and the skin underneath it will be red. After all, needles are used to cut into the skin, so it’s typical to experience some redness and sensitivity immediately following.

 

About 2 hours after, you should run a cotton swab dipped in sterilized water over the area. This will get rid of any excess dye on your brows. It will also keep the area sterile.

It takes anywhere from 7 to 14 days for the skin to begin to appear healed and for the pigment to fade to its intended shade.

Follow these steps to take care of your skin after microblading:

  • Avoid getting the area wet for at least 7 days. This includes keeping your face dry during a shower.

  • Don’t wear makeup for at least a week. This is because the pigments are still settling into the shallow cuts in your skin caused by the blading.

  • Don’t pick at scabs, tug, or itch the eyebrow area.

  • Avoid saunas, swimming, and excessive sweating until the area is completely healed and you have a follow-up appointment.

  • Keep your hair away from your brow line.

  • Apply any medicated cream or healing balm provided by your technician as directed.

 

After your skin is fully healed, you’ll want to protect your microblading investment by taking care of your skin. Applying a sunscreen to the area may help prevent fading.

 

During the post-treatment period and final session, you may experience fading of the brow and some skin peeling. This will be very noticeable but perfectly normal. After a while, your skin will regenerate and will appear natural again.

 

We recommend that you attend your touch-up session which is usually scheduled between four to six weeks after the first treatment. To achieve the best results, you should follow the process accordingly.

Aftercae

Side Effects

If you want to undergo the procedure, there are several things you should consider. No doubt, this technique is safe and effective for everyone; however, there are a few unique scenarios where it may not be the best option for you.

Below are some reasons why it may irritate your skin:

  • Severe acne

  • Skin rashes like psoriasis and eczema

  • Overly delicate skin

  • Breastfeeding or pregnancy

  • Production of excessive sebum (oily skin)

  • Previous microblading or tattoo that hasn’t faded in that area

  • Allergies to tattoo pigment and numbing ointments

  • History of hypertrophic scarring or keloids

Following your procedure, the chances of experiencing side effects are quite low. If you suffer from any of the conditions listed above, you may be more likely to have some reactions, although the side effects of microshading are mild compared to other permanent brow techniques. Here are some of them to name:

  • Temporary redness and tenderness in the area

  • Itchiness of the skin

  • Bruising and sunburn

  • Skin swelling and puffiness

  • Scabbing of the brow

Side Effects

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