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Microblading FAQ.

WHAT IS MICROBLADING? 

Microblading is the artistic technique using a manual method of eyebrow tattooing that creates beautiful, individual hair strokes. The results? Gorgeous, natural looking eyebrows, regardless of the amount of hair present. The microblading technique is not recommended for oily skin as the healed results are not optimal. 

WHAT ARE COMBO BROWS? 

Combo brows use two permanent makeup techniques: microblading and machine shading to create a more defined eyebrow. This is good for clients who prefer well-defined brows and or clients who have dark, patchy brows. 

WHAT ARE POWDER BROWS

Powder brows use only machine shading to create a powdered effect. This technique is great for clients who want a well-defined brow tattoo. It is good for all skin types, especially oily skin with large pores. 

HOW LONG DOES MICROBLADING LAST?

Microbladed eyebrows typically last one to two years for most people before they need a touch up. Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered permanent and will not wash off — however, they will fade over time and may need to be refreshed every 11 months to 15 months. Those who do not follow aftercare instructions properly may require more frequent microblading touch-ups. 

DOES MICROBLADING HURT?

At iBrows Studio in Saco, our licensed makeup tattoo artists use two different types of numbing to help alleviate any discomfort. Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during the microblading process.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR EYEBROW TATTOOS TO HEAL?

Your eyebrows will take approximately 10 days to heal. During that week, we encourage you to let them naturally exfoliate off. This means keeping them out of water, sweat, steam, etc. Once the scabbing phase passes, your eyebrows will appear lighter, and their true color should come out after four weeks. As long as you’re good at following the aftercare instructions, there shouldn’t be a problem going to work or being out in public.

HOW LONG IS THE MICROBLADING PROCESS?

The appointment usually takes two to three hours, and most of the time is spent going over drawing the shape of your eyebrows and picking the right color in order to ensure that your eyebrow blading turns out perfect.

CAN I SCHEDULE A MICROBLADING CONSULTATION?

The microblading consultation and procedure are both done in the same day, unless you have existing permanent makeup. In this case, please contact us beforehand to discuss your options. 

YOU'RE TOO EXPENSIVE, I FOUND SOMEONE CHEAPER.

Microblading is an extremely meticulous permanent cosmetic procedure, and microblading costs vary from artist to artist. Remember, this is your face, and the procedure is permanent. Inna has trained with some of the top microblading and permanent makeup artists in the world. When looking for an eyebrow tattoo artist, do not nickel and dime your face. Microblading in Maine is not regulated, therefore anyone can do it.  Please research local makeup tattoo artists, and most importantly, look at their work before you book an appointment. Paying less upfront might end up costing a lot more in the long run to fix.

CAN YOU MICROBLADE YOUR OWN EYEBROWS?

Absolutely not. Performing such an invasive procedure on your own face can scar you for life — pun intended. In order to achieve ideal results with microblading eyebrows, proper stretching of the skin is extremely important, which works together with adequate pressure. Without proper stretching, you will harm your skin and most likely cut too deep and cause undesired scarring. 

IS MICROBLADING PERMANENT?

Because the color is implanted into the upper dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off, microblading brows is considered permanent. However, the pigment is implanted more superficially than a traditional tattoo, making it fade over time and requiring future touch ups. 

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY MICROBLADING APPOINTMENT?

  • Do not work out 48 hours before the procedure.

  • *Discontinue any use on the face of retinol, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and alpha hydroxyls, as well as any chemical anti-aging exfoliants, eyebrow growth serums, or any "brightening" skin care products at least two to three weeks prior to your microblading procedure. These products thin the skin and do not produce good healed results.

  • Botox and dermal fillers should be avoided at least two to three weeks prior to the procedure.

  • Avoid sun and tanning beds at least two weeks prior to your appointment because when your skin exfoliates a sunburn, it will take the pigment with it.

  • Do not take any Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Niacin, or Advil within 48 hours of your appointment.

  • Avoid blood thinning supplements, like garlic, turmeric, vitamin E and fish oils.

  • Do not consume alcohol within 24-48 hours before procedure, and do not consume caffeine the morning of your appointment.

  • No brow waxing, tinting, or threading at least one week prior to your appointment.

  • Come with your brows penciled in so we can see how you like and are used to having them.

*Any skincare products for youth, repair, anti-aging, wrinkles, acne, tone correcting, brightening, etc. are likely to have these ingredients, do not use them anywhere on the face 2-3 weeks prior to procedure.

WILL YOU DRAW THE SHAPE ON FIRST?

Yes, we won’t start the microblading process until you agree with the color selected and the shape.

CAN I WEAR MAKEUP AFTER MICROBLADING?

Do not wear makeup on the brows for at least two weeks after your procedure, but everywhere else is fine.

IS THE SECOND APPOINTMENT NECESSARY?

For microblading, at least two appointments are needed initially, at least four to six weeks apart. Microblading touch-ups are done no earlier than four weeks after your initial procedure and no later than eight. If you do not schedule your eyebrow tattoo touch-up within eight weeks, you will be required to pay the touch-up fee outlined in the touch-up schedule. It is absolutely imperative to complete the touch-up treatment. Without it, the results will not be optimal. At the permanent makeup touch-up, we assess the color retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly the first time, do not worry! We can always go bolder and add more density as well as correct any irregularities in the microbladed hair strokes during the touch-up.

HOW WILL MY EYEBROWS LOOK RIGHT AFTER THE MICROBLADING PROCEDURE? DO I NEED TO GO HOME AND HIDE FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS?

They will look great! They may be a little darker for a couple of days, but you shouldn't experience any bruising and will only have very minimal swelling. You can go out to dinner the same day — just don't drink alcohol because it makes you sweat, bleed (unlikely), bruise, and worse of all, it leads you to make questionable decisions like touching your eyebrows with dirty hands! 

DOES MICROBLADING HURT AFTERWARD?

The eyebrow tattoo area can be a little sore for the first few hours, and it is not uncommon for it to be tender for a few days.

CAN YOU MICROBLADE OVER AN EXISTING TATTOO?

Yes. However, the old tattoo must be significantly faded for the hair strokes to show through and look natural. If you do have an existing tattoo, we recommend that you submit a picture to our permanent makeup artists so we can determine whether you are a good candidate for the microblading procedure. 

I HAD MY EYEBROWS MICROBLADED SOMEWHERE ELSE, CAN YOU DO A TOUCH UP?

If you have been microbladed elsewhere and need a touch-up, the full microblading price will be charged. 

WHAT SHOULD I AVOID AFTER THE MICROBLADING TREATMENT?

  • DO NOT use any retinols, glycolic acids, lactic acid, AHAs, or salicylic acid* 

  • DO NOT use peroxide or Neospirin on ANY areas.

  • DO NOT scrub or pick the treated areas.

  • AVOID working out and/or sweating for the first 14 days.

  • DO NOT expose area to sun or tanning beds for three to four weeks after procedure.

  • DO NOT dye or tweeze eyebrows for at least 10 days after procedure.

  • DO NOT use makeup on the eyebrows for at least 14 days. 

  • AVOID sleeping on your face/brows for 10-14 days.

  • AVOID steam rooms, pools, saunas, hot showers/baths, hot tubs, etc. for at least 10-14 days.

*Any skincare products for youth, repair, anti-aging, wrinkles, acne, tone correcting, brightening, etc. are likely to have these ingredients, do not use them anywhere on the face 2-3 weeks prior to procedure.

MICROBLADING IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ANY CLIENTS WHO ARE OR HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Anyone under 18 years of age

  • Using any skin care products that contain any retinol, glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, or alpha hydroxyls (stop use three weeks prior) 

  • Chemical peels or PRP facial (at least 60 days prior)

  • Facial laser treatment (at least 60 days prior)

  • Pregnant or nursing (we recommend waiting two months after nursing due to hormonal changes for optimal healed results)

  • History of keloids or hypertrophic scarring

  • Epilepsy, MRSA, or lupus

  • Chemotherapy (at least a year out and requires doctor's clearance)

  • Diabetic (requires doctor's clearance)

  • Viral infections or diseases

  • Pacemaker or major heart problems

  • Organ transplant

  • Had botox in the last two weeks

  • Skin irritations or psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)

  • Using Accutane (must be off for one year)

  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure

  • Poor general health

  • Allergy to epinephrine, dermacaine, benzyl alcohol, lidocaine, or tetracaine

  • Currently taking antibiotics 

AFTER YOUR BROWS HAVE HEALED

  • Microblading can last anywhere from one to two, years depending on the client's lifestyle, skin type, and aftercare.

  • Exposure to the sun and tanning beds can cause fading and discoloration of the eyebrow blading pigment. 

  • When you are outdoors, always apply sunscreen to the brows once completely healed.

  • Maintain removal of unwanted brow hair outside of your microbladed shape by tweezing, waxing, threading, or razoring. 

  • Do not laser around the brow area, as some lasers can change the color of the pigment. 

  • Additional brow makeup application may still be required post-microblading to achieve your desired look. 

  • For further sun protection, wear hats and sunglasses. 

  • Yearly eyebrow tattoo touch-ups are recommended to maintain your results.

PLEASE NOTE: The results are natural, fuller looking eyebrows. Initially, the brows may appear darker but fade significantly over the first two weeks. Although our cosmetic tattoo artists use premium products and provide exceptional service, all clients heal differently, and many factors lead to varied results. It is crucial to have a microblading touch-up done, as it is very difficult to predict how well your skin will retain the pigment. Due to this and other varying factors, we cannot guarantee your results.