Microblading & Ombre Brows FAQ

Microblading FAQ

Will Microblading work for me?

Microblading works BEST on these types of skin:

  • Dry skin type with tiny pores. Skin that’s thin but not super thin. This type of skin is usually not very sensitive with non-translucent fair ivory skin tone and doesn’t bleed easily.
  • Normal to combination skin-type with small pores can be a bit oily to dry and sensitive or not sensitive. This type of skin is usually non-translucent and can range from light to dark skin tones, young or mature skin and doesn’t bleed easily.
  • Normal to Oily skin with medium pores.Skin that is thicker and abit oily. This type of skin is usually non-translucent and can range from light to dark skin tones, young or mature skin and doesn’t bleed easily.

Microblading will NOT WORK WELL for these types of skin:

  • Thick oily skin with large pores, tends to bleed easily. The skin texture and constant production of oil will cause the hairstrokes to heal with a thicker diffused, softer look. I can work on this type of skin; however, you must be aware that your end result will look more powdered and blended than you would expect.
  • Super-thin, soft, hypersensitive, skin with barely any upper skin layer. Usually translucent and pale with invisible pores and can have rosacea or dermatitis. This type of skin bleeds VERY easily, has a harder time healing, Pigment can appear more ashy, blurred and patchy.

If you have an old tattoo that is still quite dark, the strokes will blend right into the old tattoo and results will not look as crisp as going over blank skin

If you are a frequent smoker, your pigment may fade sooner.

If you are iron deficient or Anemic, your pigment may fade sooner and bleeding/bruising may occur during and after the procedure.

If you generally have problematic skin, bleed excessively, get infections easily, and do not heal well when cut or injured, you may want to reconsider having this procedure as the results are extremely depends on the healing process.

How should I prepare for a Microblading or Ombre Appointment?

The following restrictions are to ensure your skin is in the best possible condition for an amazing microblading procedure. Please read carefully:

  • Do NOT DRINK ALCOHOL or CAFFEINE  before the procedure (at least 24hrs for alcohol)
  • Do NOT  TAKE ADVIL or other blood thinners such a Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen unless medically necessary, 48-72 hrs prior to your procedure. Extra strength Tylenol can be taken if you have low pain tolerance.
  • If you have recently tanned this will affect the outcome of the healed color.
  • If you’ve had laser removal of previous work done by someone else, the treated area has now more scar tissue and can affect the outcome of the result.  More treatments may be necessary to have the skin take the color.
  • Avoid exercising the day of procedure as this will open up the pores.
  • Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.
  • No waxing, threading or tinting 3 days before
  • The following treatments should avoided within four weeks of the procedure:
    • Botox or other fillers
    • Chemical Peels
    • Laser treatments

If you have any questions about these restrictions, please contact me! I am happy to help.

How long will the appointment take?

Up to 3 hours.

What should I expect after my Microblading or Ombre Appointment?

Your eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle.

Days 1-4: The pigment will appear very sharp and dark. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin, and has not yet settled in completely. The color of the pigment will soften gradually. Do not be alarmed if you see some pigment on the cotton swab, as this is excess pigment and/or body fluid that is naturally exiting your skin. Your brows may swell and appear larger also.

Days 5-7: Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the pigment is fading too quickly, however, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from

your eyebrows.

Days 8-12: Your brows may look as though the pigment has completely faded – do not panic – take a deep breath and trust the process.

Days 14 -28: Your brows may still look a little patchy or uneven, but the pigment will start to “reappear” as the pigment settles and the healing continues. You may get your touch-up/perfecting procedure done at the 6 – 8 week point NO SOONER to allow for complete healing of the brows.

Pro-Tip:

Once completely healed, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade quickly.

What are the aftercare protocols for Microblading and Ombre?

It is essential that you follow these instructions after your session:

Day 1 (Day of treatment): You will follow a dry healing process.  A supply of wipes will be given to you at the conclusion of your appointment. You will use a wipe each hour for four hours following your treatment.  This will remove the lymph secreted by your skin. Do not use aggressive movement/manipulation of the skin- be gentle. Make sure your hands are clean before touching your brows. If you continue to see a build up of lymph, repeat this  every 2-3 hours with a small amount of sterile water on a cotton pad to avoid build-up of blood/lymph on the area.

At the conclusion of your service you will also receive a reusable visor to protect your work from water in the shower.  You must use the visor during the entire healing process.

Day 2 – until peeling: When you wake up, gently wipe the area with a small amount of sterile water on a cotton pad. Be extra careful not to rub the brows hard, tug or scrub the brows.

Repeat it every 4-5 hours and right before going to sleep  to avoid any build-up of blood/lymph.

During the peeling: You do not need to clean eyebrows with sterile water.

Please NOTE: Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days after procedure. However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.

The following must be avoided during all 14 days post-microblading and post-ombre procedure:

  • Allowing any water to touch the brows! No shower stream over brows. Wash face CAREFULLY with a washcloth or cleansing wipes, avoid brow area.
  • Sweating
  • Exercising
  • Practicing sports
  • Swimming
  • Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi
  • Sun tanning or salon tanning
  • Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic Acid on the face or neck
  • Picking, peeling, or scratching of the brow area. You will cause scarring of the area or removal of the pigment if you pick or peel scabs prematurely.
  • Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris – now is not the time!
  • Spicy foods
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds
  • Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles
  • Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care with a cotton swab
  • Do not use any cleansers or facial products of any kind, over the brow area for at least 10 days.
  • Absolutely do not use any ointments, antibiotic creams or gels, or vitamin creams over the brow area –it will draw out the pigment.

Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-microblading and post-ombre procedure.  However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.

If you have any unexpected problems with the healing of the skin, please contact me immediately, to discuss further instructions.

Contact a physician if any signs or symptoms develop such as the following: fever, redness at the site, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, elevated body temperature, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, and/or any green/yellow discharge that is foul in odor.

Getting them wet for prolonged periods of time may cause premature lifting of your scabs and increase the chance of infections and loss of pigment. If you get them wet, you must blot them dry immediately to avoid complications and undesired results such as smudgy blurred lines, scar tissue, and uneven pigment.

You also must avoid sweating in that area for at least 10 days. Salt draws out pigment and you will be left with undesirable results.

Can I wash my face or wear makeup following the procedure?

Chemicals found in makeup and cleansers may alter the color of the pigment and affect the healing process so it would be best to wash around it.

No makeup on the brows for at least two weeks but everywhere else is fine

Does the procedure hurt?

Most of our clients report little or no pain. Since the procedure takes a couple hours, some clients have literally slept through it! I  leave a topical anesthetic on the eyebrow area for 20 minutes before we begin the process, so this leaves most clients numb during the procedure. However, if you find that you’re very sensitive, you may report mild discomfort.

Do I need a touch-up after microblading/ombre eyebrows?

The first appointment is about structure, design, and building hairstrokes. The touch-up is about seeing how the skin heals and retains pigment, as well as making any necessary adjustments to achieve better symmetry, definition, or volume.

In most cases, only a minor touch up is necessary to fill in any sparse areas for a very natural look and some do choose to skip the touch-up appointment to keep the look more natural.

If you are opting for a fuller more defined look, then the touch up is recommended to achieve desired result.

Some may need a 3rd session to complete the process. Especially if you have little to no hair to begin with, have scar tissue, oily skin type, or we are trying to cover up an old tattoo.

What pigments do you use?

We use iron oxide pigments. These pigments fade over time as your body will naturally absorb it. They are considered the safest semi-permanent pigments to use for skin.

How long will my semi-permanent makeup last?

They fade over time and should be refreshed every 1-1. 5 years for maintenance. Fading is desired as your skin and facial structure will change as aging occurs. However this does not mean that your semi-permanent makeup will completely disappear. Depending on  your skin and health, overtime your semi-permanent makeup may leave a soft haze of residual pigment behind. It is recommended to refresh them before 2 years and no sooner than 1 year. If they have faded before a year, you may fill them in with makeup and wait after 1 year to come back for additional touch up to avoid too much trauma to your skin.

What is your sterilization/sanitization process?

  • All needles and hand tools are single-use, come in a sterilized package, and disposed of after each client.
  • Implements such as gauze, cotton swabs, etc. are single-use and disposed of after each client.
  • Gloves and mask are worn at all times during the procedure and disposed of after each client.
  • All stations are thoroughly disinfected with CaviWipes after each client

We provide brow extensions, semi-permanent eyelash extensions, teeth whitening, waxing, sugaring, airbrush tans, bridal makeup and airbrush make up, Botox®, dermal fillers to men and women residing in or near Atlanta, Smyrna, Marietta, Acworth, Austell, Mableton, Kennesaw, Powder Springs, Vinings, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Woodstock, GA.

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