This blog is written for those considering eyebrow microblading and/or shading, to screen yourself for contraindications, which makes this service inadvisable, to eliminate an in-person consultation. If you do not have any of the contraindications listed in this blog, and are able to completely follow your after-care instructions, you are ready to book!
If you have had previous eyebrow tattooing done by someone other than us, you are required to book the free color correction consult so we can see you in person and evaluate what the following steps will be before you book online.
If this is your first time, this blog is required reading before going to the "Book Now" button to reserve your service through our online booking system. We require microblading appointments to be booked online because they are a large time slot and we ask that you consent to our cancellation policy upon booking. Additionally, we do not have a receptionist so we have designed this for ease of use for you and us, and you can find a time slot that works with your schedule and ours.
So there are a few things to consider before making your microblading appointment that can effect how well your skin holds the pigment. Therefor there is a time-frame you will want to wait if using any of these medications listed below, any of these topical skin treatments, and a few miscellaneous things you want to avoid/cannot do before and after microblading for the best results (every one of these items WILL effect your healed results if you follow through to booking but you have a listed contraindication):
PERMANENT MAKEUP CANNOT BE PERFORMED AND/OR INADVISABLE FOR ANY CLIENTS WHO ARE OR HAVE:
-Pregnant or Breast Feeding
-Have Cancer or undergone Chemotherapy/radiation within the last year (consult your doctor)
-Current Viral infections and/or diseases
-Been on Accutane within the last year
-A Pacemaker or major heart problems
-Had an organ transplant
-Skin irritations, Excema, or Psoriasis on or near the treated area (rashes, sunburn or peeling, severe acne, etc)
-Sick (cold, flu, etc) You want your immune system strong and healthy for your healing process
-History of MRSA
-Severely sun damaged or couperous skin
-Allergic to Iron, Lidocaine, Tetracaine, Epinepherine, Dermacaine, Benzyl alcohol, Carbopol, Lecithin, Proplyne Glycol, Lanolin, or Vitamin E Acetate
-Cannot have used ANY hair growth serum on the eyebrows for at least 6 weeks, otherwise the healed color will be discolored and splotchy
-Cannot have brows waxed for at least 3 days prior to appt.
-If receiving Botox or Dysport, full paralysis of the muscles treated needs to be in effect, so a minimum of 2 weeks prior to Microblading appointment.
-Have used Accutane in the past year
-No laser resurfacing or chemical peels 60 before OR 60 days after (brows will peel quicker due to chemicals traveling under the skin)
-Do not take Aspirin, Vitamin E, or Ibuprofen or alcohol for 24 hrs before procedure (thins the blood and affects how well you numb up) Best if not taken for 3 days before.
-Regular illicit drug use will also effect how well your skin responds to the lidocaine
-Do not work out the day of the procedure (or for 2 weeks after) Sweating opens the pores, allowing bacteria in and pushes the pigment out
-Cannot be tanning, have a sunburned face or peeling anywhere on forehead or around eyebrows
-No Retinols/Retin-A, glycolic acid, or other creams and serums containing AHA's or BHA's on or around brows, as these will fade the pigment prematurely and potentially discolor them
-Excessively oily skin does not hold microblading pigment well and can also blur the hairstrokes, therefor a shaded "powder" brow or "ombre" brow may be recommended based on healed results or skin analysis.
-Moderate to severely sun damaged, couperous, or extremely thin skin does NOT respond well to microblading due to the way the pigment is implanted. However, tapping in pigment manually with a shading needle is accepted by all skin types.
-If your natural brow hair has dense patches of hair and not evenly distributed, microblading alone may not provide adequate blending, therefor an ombre brow (a mix of microblading and shading) may be required for an even flow of color throughout the brow to blend an dense areas of hair.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
Immediately after treatment, your skin is freshly cut into and healed color results are not visible for a minimum of 14 days. This is because the pigment takes around 7 days to enter the deeper layers of the skin. Your eyebrows will continue to darken as your scabs fully develop. After 7-10 days, your skin loses its top layer of skin, your scabs start sloughing off, leaving a softer and lighter color below. The result is a very natural looking enhancement, 40-50% lighter than what you saw while you were healing. As the treated area is settling down, itching may occur and simply means the skin is healing. You cannot pick, pull or rush the scabbing process. Your brows dry heal from days 2-14 to allow the scabs to come off naturally. Failure to do so, results in poor pigment retention and a 3rd session may be required.
EYEBROW Microblading AFTER-CARE:
On a side note, I always aim for perfection with every service I provide, but everyone's skin is different and will react differently to the procedure. Some skin will heal faster than others, some skin will retain pigment longer, all skin is aging, some of us will be harder on our skin than others; swimming, tanning, and weather all have a negative effect on our skin. My goal is to make them match as closely as possible, but this is an art, not a science! And nature does play a role in our facial contouring and healing of our brows and skin.
-Cannot have an MRI during the 2 weeks of healing
-Do NOT get the brows wet during the healing process from day 2-14
-Do NOT put anything ( WATER make-up, lotion, etc) on the brows for 14 days (and preferably not your forehead either) , **Except what I specifically give you in your aftercare kit and instruction sheet**
-Do NOT sweat for 14 days-this may be the hardest one for some people that love to work out, but body heat expands the pores. Sweat has salt and will prematurely fade, blur, or CAUSES PIGMENT NOT TO TAKE AT ALL
-Stay out of the sun for 2 weeks, then be sure to use sunblock hourly on the healed brow to prevent fading.
-Do Not use any retinols or glycolic acids on the brow during or after healing
-Do not use a tanning bed for 1 month afterward, your pigment WILL discolor...preferably, never!
REMEMBER: Eyebrows will appear darker and bolder at due to the natural scabbing and healing through the first 10 days... but do not worry! They shrink and fade 40-50% upon healing. Healed microblading is very soft, light and natural. I want you to be thrilled with the results for the months ahead, so FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS!!
Your 2nd session touch-up is booked for 6-10 weeks out from your initial 1st session. ($375 for 2 sessions or split into two payments $250/$125). Your touch-up is when we perfect and refine any areas that didn't take or need to be tweaked. Color may be darken then, but not lightened. Shading can also be added with extended time if your skin did not respond well the the microbladed hairstrokes.
**Failure to follow after-care instructions may result in infections, pigments loss and/or discoloration, which may lead to needing a 3rd session, priced at $75**
Yearly maintenance sessions will be required to maintain their color and shape ($250). Skin is constantly renewing and sloughing on our face. The pigment fades over time. How you to care of your skin, with the guidelines provided above, will dictate when you need your yearly session and whether or not you need 2 sessions again. Some people can go 14 months, some people will only make it 9 or 10 months before needing a yearly. If you burn your face during the summer or tan throughout the year your microblading will not last as long. Using the AHA's or BHA's listed above on your forehead or eyes, will migrate to the eyebrows and effect color and retention as well. Extra exfoliation or peeling of the skin around the brows, fades them quicker and alters the pigment color. It is up to you when you come in for your "yearly", but you want to come in soon enough that you don't need 2 sessions, saving you the extra time and money.
If you have a question on one of these contraindications that may prevent you from having the service, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or submit your details on the "contact" tab and we will get back to you within 24-48 hours.
If you do not have any of these restrictions and can successfully follow your 2 weeks of aftercare (required after every session), you are ready to book!! Please follow the steps from our Online Booking tab or the "Book Now" button on JoHanna's Service Menu.