What is Microblading?

Microblading is the process of delicately implanting pigment into the skin via a tiny, sterile needle to simulate the appearance of natural hair.  Microblading is meant to be a subtle, natural enhancement and to create the illusion of fuller brows.  


How long will my permanent makeup last?

Cosmetic tattooing is considered semi-permanent as it does not wash away.  However, pigments are designed to fade over time.  Factors such as skin type, iron deficiency, pigment color, skin care ingredients, and sun exposure can affect the rate at which these pigments are broken down.  


Do you do a lip liner or the entire lip?

Generally I recommend doing the entire lip; also known as a lip blush.  This outlines the lip which gives you back that defined line known as the vermillion border.  We can always use 2 colors to add depth but I recommend filling in the entire lip.  


How should I prepare for my appointment?

Please avoid aspirin or ibuprofen for 48 hours prior to your appointment.  If you are having eyeliner done, take an adult dose of Benadryl the night before OR morning of your appointment.  This prevents your eyes from water during liner.  Have Witch Hazel on hand at home.  This is recommended for use to clean the brow after Microblading and also great for reducing swelling after eyeliner or lips.   For eyeliner or lip color procedures, it is great to have an ice pack made up of equal parts rubbing alcohol and water.  Leave this at home for later in the evening.  I will put an ice pack on you in the office after your procedure.  AVOID any and all lash serums on the lashes and brows at least 4 weeks prior to your procedure to prevent increased bleeding, bruising and swelling (only for eyeliner and brow procedures).


What can I expect at my appointment?

When you arrive for your appointment you will be asked to fill out paperwork and I will make a copy of your driver's license.  After paperwork the area we are working on will be thoroughly cleaned and I will apply topical anesthetic and allow it to sit for 20 minutes.  While you are numbing we will discuss color and shape and look at pictures.  Once you are happy with the look I will begin the tattooing process.  Additional anesthetics will be applied throughout the process to help keep you as comfortable as possible.  


What can I expect immediately after my appointment?  

Following the procedure your tattoo will appear much darker and bolder than it will heal due to oxidation in the surface layer of your skin.  Your tattoo will also appear thicker and warmer in color.  You may experience some redness and swelling in and around the area.  This typically disappears within 48 hours.  Within a few days you will notice some scabbing or flaking in the tattooed area.  Do NOT pick at these...doing so can result in loss of pigment in those areas.  You may notice that some areas may appear very light or even to have lost pigment entirely after the sloughing.  This is because the epidermis will be thicker causing muting, hiding or diffusing of the pigment underneath.  The epidermis will normalize over the next 4-6 weeks and softened pigment will resurface and "bloom" back into the surface of the skin.  At your touch up appointment we will address any concerns, add more color or dimension and can even change the color if preferred.