Microblading Questions and Answers

What is microblading?
Microblading is a tattooing technique in which a small handheld tool made of several tiny needles is used to add semi-permanent pigment to the skin. These needles don’t actually penetrate the skin but just delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut. The microneedle deposits featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer for the skin, creating fine, realistic, and natural hair strokes. Microblading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of skin, but more on the surface. Because the color is not permanent, the color usually starts to fade in about 18 months.

Can you be allergic to microblading?
It is extremely rare to be allergic to the pigment used in microblading but sometimes people may experience sensitivity. A patch test can be done before the treatment to determine if there may be an issue.

How much does microblading cost?
A microblading treatment starts around $500. This includes a consultation, the initial treatment, as well as a follow-up treatment for approximately 6-8 weeks.

What happens when you get your eyebrows microbladed?
The entire process takes about 2 hours. You start with a topical numbing cream. It has to sit about 30-45 minutes. While its working, color, and shape are decided upon. Your esthetician will begin to measure around the brow area taking into account the shape of your face and its features.

Once you are numb, the needling process will begin. The color will be deposited with each featherweight stroke into the skin. Your esthetician will continue the process until the brows have taken on the perfect shape.

Next, a final layer of pigment will be added for just a few minutes. Then the area is cleaned up and your beautiful brows are ready for you to see!

Why is there a follow-up session and when does this happen?
A follow-up session will be scheduled approximately 4-6 weeks after your initial treatment. The follow-up session allows us to fill in any areas that need additional strokes as well as a darker pigment if desired.

Is there any follow-up treatment?
You will leave with follow up care. Below is a list of instructions: Need to add Keep a vaseline type ointment on your brows for 7-10 days post-treatment to promote healing.

No picking is always at the top of the list especially if they start flaking.
No facials, botox, or peels for 4 weeks
Avoid exercise for 1 week
Avoid direct sun for 1 week
Avoid long, steamy showers for 10 days
Avoid swimming for 10 days
Don’t wear any make-up or use skincare on your brows until they’ve healed.
These eyebrows are not the finished product. You have a follow-up session.

How long does microblading last?

Microblading lasts anywhere between 12-18 months depending on your skin type. People with slightly oily skin will tend to last about a year before needing a touchup while others with normal skin may last up to 18 months. Regardless of your skin type, all eyebrows will return to their pre-microblade appearance if none of the recommended maintenance is performed.

For more information or to schedule a consultation for Eastside Skin Care and Laser Center’s eyebrow microblading treatment, call 586-480-0480 or reach out to us on our contact form.

Proper care following your procedure is necessary to achieve the best results. Keep in mind that in many cases, some unevenness of color is to be expected. This is the purpose of the second visit. Please review the following directions and refer to them as necessary. If during your healing process you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office.

If needed, ice eyebrows, place ice in a plastic bag 5 minutes on and 20 minutes off, a few times on the first day, and the second day if needed.

Apply recommended Vaseline daily after cleaning the eyebrow area, keep moist 7 to 10 days.

No perfumed soap in the affected area.

Sleeping slightly elevated helps alleviate swelling sometimes seen in the morning after facial procedures.

Wash your hands before touching any treated area. Cotton tipped applicators may be used to gently cleanse the area (Use cool or lukewarm water).

Do not expose the area to dirty or unsanitary conditions.

Some itching is normal. DO NOT PICK, PEEL, OR SCRATCH the treated area or your color may heal unevenly and you risk scarring and infection. No make-up is to be applied for 72 hours after the procedure.

Do not expose your healing skin to direct sun, tanning beds, hot tubs, saunas, saltwater, chlorinated pools, direct shower spray, hot water, skin creams, ointments, or lotions other than what you have been instructed to use for two weeks following your procedure.

Do not resume any method of hair removal for at least two weeks after the procedure.

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