EYEBROW MICROBLADING

WHAT’S MICROBLADING?

Obviously we don’t live in a perfect world, if we did then puppies would stay puppies forever, and everyone would have naturally perfect eyebrows.

As nice as that dream sounds, puppies always grow, and naturally perfect eyebrows are about as common as winning the lottery.

The truth is, eyebrows are not created equally. Some eyebrows require little effort to look perfect while others require the help of a small miracle just to get by.

Even though naturally perfect eyebrows are few and far between, eyebrow microblading makes it possible to transform any brows into the closest thing to naturally perfect as possible.

ORIGINS OF MICROBLADING

Eyebrow microblading goes by a few different names like, microstroking, micropigmentation, eyebrow embroidery, eyebrow feathering, and 3D eyebrows.

No matter the name, the procedure of microblading eyebrows is relatively new here, but it has been popular in parts of Asia and Europe for roughly 25 years.

Microblading eyebrows continues to grow in popularity in the United States, and even though it looks like the party might have arrived a little late here, it’s actually a good thing as it has allowed the techniques to improve since its origin.

A microblade tool looks similar to an exacto knife, but instead of there being one big blade, there is a series of micro needles. The microblade is dipped into a selected color of pigment and then used to make a fine cut, or microstroke, in the skin.

This process results in the pigment being implanted into the skin, which is known as micropigmentation. With the proper technique, microbladed eyebrow results look beautiful and completely natural.

The best possible healed results require strict adherence to the microblading aftercare instructions, and understanding the microblading healing process.

MICROBLADING VS PERMANENT MAKEUP

The procedure sounds a lot like a tattoo, because that’s exactly what it is. More specifically, microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo.

However, microbladed eyebrows are nothing like grandma’s permanent tattooed eyebrows that sort of look like they were drawn on using a sharpie, and then fade into unnatural shades of blue and pink over time. We’re definitely not talking about grandma’s eyebrows.

There are two major differences that make microblading more natural looking compared to the results permanent cosmetics are known for.

First, the type of pigment used for microblading has an iron oxide base. Iron oxide has been a popular ingredient in cosmetics like foundation, blush, lipstick, and eye shadow for decades. An iron oxide base allows the color to softly fade over time and ultimately vanish, unlike the inks used in permanent cosmetic tattoos.

Second, the pigment used for microblading isn’t implanted into the skin as deeply compared to the depth used for permanent cosmetic procedures. The proper depth for the color to be implanted during the microblading procedure is the upper layer of the dermis. If the microstroke doesn’t go deep enough, the color retention will be poor, and if it’s too deep, it causes scarring and the healed strokes look blurry instead of fine and crisp.

The pigment being implanted to the correct depth, combined with its iron oxide base is what gives microblading results the appearance of natural looking eyebrows. The semi permanent qualities of the microblading pigment prevent it from fading into unnatural shades that are so common with permanent cosmetics.

GOODBYE TO BROW ROUTINE

Not only microblading results look amazingly natural, but they also require no daily upkeep, so kiss the daily eyebrow routine goodbye.

There won’t be any love lost when saying, “see you later” to the daily eyebrow routine. Although microbladed brows won’t require daily maintenance, because the results are semi-permanent, they typically last somewhere between one to three years depending on skin type and lifestyle.

We recommend a touch up 12-18 months later to keep the color looking vibrant, and the microblade strokes looking crisp.

Semi-permanent eyebrows are actually one of the benefits of microblading, considering how skin changes with age, and eyebrow trends can differ with time. The eyebrow shape and color can be adapted to fit changes in skin and eyebrow trends, and there is never any worry about having a permanent faded color like grandma.

BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT

Microblading results create amazing looking eyebrows, however the procedure is not recommended for everyone. To prevent any complications related to your overall well being, please review the suggestions/requirements and contraindications below.

***Appointments typically last 2 hours; babies or children can not be present during your appointment, so please make the necessary arrangements in advance.

SUGGESTIONS / REQUIREMENTS BEFORE EYEBROW MICROBLADING:

– No Botox treatments should be done 3 weeks prior or 4 weeks after procedure
– No chemical peels 60 days before or after procedure (brows will peel quicker due to chemicals traveling under the skin)
– No Retinols/Retin-A or other anti-aging/acne creams, or serums containing acids as these will fade brows prematurely
– Do not work out or sweat heavily the day of the procedure (Or 2 weeks after)
– Do not tan or have a sunburned face the day of the procedure
– Do not take aspirin, niacin, vitamin E, or ibuprofen 48 hours before procedure
– No waxing or tinting 3 days before procedure
– No alcohol or caffeine 24 hrs before procedure

MICROBLADING CONTRAINDICATIONS

MICROBLADING IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE WHO IS OR HAS THE FOLLOWING:

– Sick with cold, flu, or sinus/respiratory infection (please reschedule your appointment and stay home to recover)
– Skin irritations including: sunburn, rash, eczema, shingles, acne, or psoriasis near the treated area
– Pregnant or nursing
– Under age 18
– Skin irritations (sunburn, rash, eczema, shingles, acne) or psoriasis near the treated area
– Had Botox within 3 weeks from scheduled appointment
– Used Accutane in the past year
– Diabetes
– Epilepsy
– Undergoing chemo
– Prone to keloid scarring
– Pacemaker or major heart problems
– Had an organ transplant
– Viral infections and or diseases
– Transmittable blood disease, HIV or Hepatitis

We recommend that a touch up is performed 12-18 months after your initial appointment to keep the color looking vibrant and the microblade strokes looking crisp. Skin cells turn over more frequently on oilier skin types causing the color to fade quicker than drier skin types. For oilier skin types more frequent touch ups may be required which are not included in the original price.

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THE MICROBLADING PROCESS

MICROBLADING PROCESS:

It started when you saw the perfect set of eyebrows, but then quickly realized there’s been a big mistake… those perfect brows aren’t on your face where they belong, they’re on someone else’s face. You were hit with some eyebrow-envy, but more than anything you were inspired to transform your brows by taking them to the next level.

That’s where we come in, Brows by Liana Nunes has mastered the microblading process to give you the brows you deserve. There is never a rush during any part of the microblading process, so it’s important to know beforehand how long microblading takes for planning purposes. The average microblading appointment usually takes two hours from beginning to end. We make sure that you’re comfortable through every step of your eyebrow transformation. The steps we follow for a microblading appointment are listed below.

***Feel free to come to your microblading appointment with your full makeup on, especially your eyebrow makeup. It can be helpful to see your made-up brows for a color reference when choosing the right ink color for your brow transformation.

THE BROWS:

Pictures – Microblading before and after pictures (link to gallery) are a great way to see your brow transformation, so we snap a few quick pictures of your eyebrows before getting started, and then a few more after they’ve been microbladed.

Consultation – We both have to be on the same page in terms of eyebrow shape, and color, to give your brows the look you want, so there is heavy emphasis placed on understanding your expectations, and also helping you understand what results are possible through microblading.

Brow Shaping – Shaping eyebrows correctly is the foundation to getting perfect eyebrows. Using what is called the golden ratio, your facial features, and some measuring, we draw the perfectly shaped eyebrows for your face directly on your skin for you to see.

Approval – You take some time to examine your newly shaped eyebrows. We won’t move forward with anything until you are completely happy with your brow shape, and if that means some adjustments need to be made, then so be it.

Numbing – At some point you’ve probably wondered, “does microblading hurt?” After a topical anesthetic is applied by using a specialized technique, pain is not an issue. Some clients have actually fallen asleep during the microblading process, so yeah, we make sure you’re comfortable.

Paperwork – While your skin is numbing you’ll review and sign consent forms, followed by completing a brief medical history to ensure the microblading procedure won’t interfere with your overall well being.

Microblading – All the skills of technique from Liana Nunes come together to transform your eyebrows into a masterpiece. Using a microblade, ink is implanted into your skin by making microstrokes that resemble hair to give you the brows you’ve always dreamed of.

Care Instructions – As you’re looking in the mirror obsessing over your new brows, you’ll be instructed on the microblading healing stages, and how to take care of your microbladed eyebrows. We supply you with a special aftercare cream to help your brows during the microblading healing process, and then schedule your touch-up appointment for six to ten weeks later.

The microblading process is finished and you have fallen in love with your eyebrows. People will notice your brows, and whether they say it or not, you’ll be the reason behind their eyebrow-envy. Your brows will inspire them to take theirs to the next level, and that’s when your eyebrow transformation is truly complete.

***Please note skin cells turn over more frequently on oilier skin types causing the color to fade quicker than drier skin types. For oilier skin types more frequent touch ups may be required which are not included in the original price.

AFTER THE MICROBLADING PROCEDURE:

To help minimize scabbing, use a clean cotton-ball to lightly dab the microbladed area with distilled water a few times per hour for the remainder of the day.

DAYS 1-7:

Wash the microbladed area twice per day followed by applying the microblading aftercare ointment.

  • At the start and end of each day, use your clean fingertips and a mild antibacterial soap, like Cethaphil, to gently cleanse your eyebrows for 10-15 seconds.
  • Avoid using any cleansing products that contain exfoliants or acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA).
  • Keep in mind the cleansing shouldn’t be a thorough scrub-down, it just needs to be done by rubbing the microbladed area in a soft, smooth manner.
  • When rinsing, be sure to rinse every trace of soap from the microbladed area.
  • Dry the entire eyebrow area completely by blotting it with a clean tissue.
  • Use a clean finger to apply a small amount of the microblading aftercare ointment to the microbladed area. Do not apply the ointment unless the area is dry.
  • Less is more when considering how much ointment to apply; the amount applied to each eyebrow should be comparable in size to half of a grain of rice.
  • Microblading aftercare ointment should only be applied twice per day following the washes to avoid suffocating the skin and interfering with the skin’s natural healing process.

DAYS 8-14:

The aftercare ointment no longer needs to be applied, but continue to gently wash the microbladed area each morning and night.

THINGS TO AVOID:

***It’s critical to avoid the following for 14 days after your microblading procedure.

  • Touching the microbladed area except when washing or applying aftercare ointment.
  • Scratching, picking or peeling the microbladed area, as it can cause scarring and/or color loss.
  • Applying any makeup, moisturizer, lotion, or sunscreen to your face.
  • Sun exposure – sun tanning – salon tanning
  • Laser or chemical peels, and any other form of exfoliation.
  • Exercise – participating in sports and activities that induce perspiration
  • Long, hot baths or showers – jacuzzis – saunas – swimming
  • Applying any creams to your face or neck containing retinol or glycolic acid.
  • Engaging in tasks like heavy household cleaning where airborne debris can become prevalent.
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, as it can cause wounds to heal slower.
  • Transportation in open-air-vehicles where strong wind is likely, for example; driving in cars with windows down, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, and boats.
AFTER DAY 14:

Resume your normal activities except, continue to avoid laser or chemical peels and forms of exfoliation, and any creams containing retinal or glycolic acid until after the completion of your microblading touch up appointment, and its healing process as well.

TRUST THE PROCESS:

Healed microblading results are the most beautiful and natural looking way to enhance eyebrows, but the path leading to those anticipated healed results can be a little bit surprising. In addition to following the microblading aftercare instructions, understanding the microblading healing process is essential to avoid undue worry and stress while going through the different stages of healing.

When it comes to understanding the microblading healing process, the best way to start is by emphasizing the word “process.” Since microblading involves cutting into the skin, clearly there’s going to be a healing process, just as there is for any other wound. However, unlike those other wounds, the fine cuts made by microblading are expected to heal in a way that the healed microblading results mimic the appearance of natural eyebrow hair; which heightens the concern for correctly healed results for anyone going through the healing process.

There are stages of the healing process that can cause many, especially those who aren’t prepared with what to expect, to wonder if eyebrow microblading was a mistake. To help reduce the drama, the microblading healing process is described below:

*PLEASE NOTE: EVERYONE HEALS DIFFERENTLY SO THESE TIMES ARE ONLY A GENERAL GUIDELINE.

MICROBLADING HEALING TIMELINE:

DAY 1:

  • Eyebrows look amazing immediately after microblading appointment
  • Pigment gradually gets darker through out the day

WEEK 1:

  • Pigment reaches darkest level on day two
  • Light scabbing develops where microblading strokes occurred

WEEK 2:

  • Scabbing from microblading strokes begin to peel and flake off, sometimes revealing no definite, visible color in skin

WEEK 3-4:

Pigment in skin continues to oxidize and microbladed strokes begin to reappear in color intended from the beginning, but some strokes come back looking patchy

WEEK 6:

Eyebrows fully healed and ready to undergo the finishing effects of touch-up appointment

  • Beautiful eyebrow enhancement/transformation is complete after final touch-up
MICROBLADING TOUCH-UP APPOINTMENT:

Gorgeous microblading results are best achieved by dismissing any doubts while undergoing the healing stages of microblading, and continuing to follow the microblading aftercare instructions. Not only is healing a process, but microblading itself is as well. The initial microblading appointment is essential for laying a good foundation, but the final touch up appointment is where the process is completed. Trust the process!

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