We are here to answer all of your questions and curiosities about microblading! Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.
Q1. What is Microblading?
Microblading is the skill of semi-permanent tattooing in which artists use a handheld tool to create realistic, hair like strokes to enhance your natural brows. The small blade, created by tiny micro needles, inserts pigment into the skin. Pigments are placed in the upper dermal layer of the skin, more superficial than a normal tattoo which in turn fades over time.
Clients get microblading for many different reasons. Some clients get microblading in order to cover, correct and fill in sparse eyebrows or missing hair, others simply want to acheive a more defined brow even if they have fairly full natural brows.
Q2. How Long is the Healing Process?
The initial healing process takes 10 to 14 days, in which time your brows will go through a variety of healing stages. Your brows will likely appear very dark immediately after and increasingly dark over the next few days as scabs begin to form. RESIST THE URGE TO PICK! These scabs need to fall off naturally in order to achieve desired results. Your brows may then look very light or milky for a few days (we promise, your beautiful new brows did not, in fact, disappear). Full healing can take up to 6 weeks.
After the initial procedure 30% - 50% of pigment may fade and disappear. Don't worry! This is normal, and where your Perfection Touch-Up appointment comes in. You should have a touch-up appointment scheduled with your artist 6 weeks after your initial procedure in order to go over any strokes that may need a little boost to truly finalize your perfect brow!
Some factors contributing to healing and healed results are out of the artists control and are different for every person. Skin quality, type, texture and lifestyle (sun exposure, exfoliants) will affect how well pigments are recieved and last in each individual client.
Q3. Does it Hurt?
The feeling of microblading is typically described as annoying or uncomfortable, though some clients feel no discomfort at all. With the Phibrows technique, artists will apply numbing directly after the "first pass" of strokes. If numbing is applied before the first pass, skin texture and elasticity changes and can create less precise, smooth stoke results.
Q4. Am I a Good Microblading Candidate?
While microblading is considered a typically safe a reliable procedure for most people, certain conditions and skin types can prohibit clients from being a good candidate. First, there are certain skin types that are the best, and the worst for microblading.
THE BEST skin type for microblading:
Dry skin type with tiny pores. Skin that is not too thin, and not too thick. This type of skin has low sensativity, with non-translucent fair ivory skin tone and doesn't bleed easily.
Normal to combination skin with small to normal pores; slightly oily to dry, and normal sensativity. 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 is NOT IDEAL for these skin types:
Thick, oily skin with large pores tends to bleed easily and can negatively affect the absorption of pigment (this skin type is sometimes compared to an orange peel). The skin texture and constant production of oil will cause the hairstrokes to heal with a thicker, diffused, softer look, or even bleed together and cause strokes to become blended or blurry. Retention of pigment and strokes in general is much harder for this skin type. Certain artists may agree to work on this skin type, however clients must understand that their results may end up looking softer, powdery, or more blended than expected.
Super-thin, soft, hypersensative skin (sometimes compared to a hard boiled egg or marshmellow). Usually translucent/pale with invisible pores and can have rosacea or dermatitis. This type of skin is highly prone to developing scar tissues, bleeds very easily, and has a harder time healing, and pigment can appear blurred and blotchy.
Lifestyle and certain medical conditions or circumstances also need to be taken into consideration to determine if you are a good candidate. Some of these include:
-Pregnancy / Breastfeeding -Keloid prone skin -Cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, autoimmune disorders, viral infections -Chemotherapy within the last year -Bleeding disorders -Organ transplants -Recent illnesses (these will affect the healing process and you should wait at least a week to reschedule) -Broken capillary or raised bumps in the eyebrow area -Accutane within the last year -Use of retinols (must stop use at least one week prior to appointment) -Recent botox (must wait 30 days) -Sunburns (must not be sunburnt, or wait for sunburn to disappear) -After waxing (must not have had a wax for at least 3 days) -After Chemical peels -If you take blood thinning medications or heavy alcohol within 72 hours of procedure -Athletes or those who work out and sweat very frequently (pigment can fade quicker and blur) -Those who use exfoliants or retinols (these can make your pigment fade quicker) -Those who have heavy sun exposure (this will make your brows fade quicker)
If you have any questions or concerns in regards to if you are a good candidate, please reach out to your artist to confirm!
Q4. How Long Does Microblading Last?
Microblading typically lasts 1 to 3 years depending on skin type, sun exposure and lifestyle. This is different for every person. Those with more oily skin types will likely have pigments fade quicker than others and require more frequent touch-ups. A touch-up is recommended every 6 months to 1 year to keep brows looking beautiful and fresh. Going beyond a year without a touch-up is not recommended and this may result in a new full procedure being necessary. Please note that final results CAN NOT be guarenteed as everyone has a unique skin type, all of which breakdown pigment differently. If you do not maintain your touch ups, you may be left with a slight haze in the area where you had microblading done, which still can act as a nice outline for filling in your brows.
Q5. How Long Does the Microblading Session Take?
An initial, full procedure of microblading can anywhere take 2.5 - 3.5 hours. Your 6 week touch-up will take an additional 1 - 2 hours.
When creating truly customized, natural looking brows it's necessary for artists and clients to take their time with every step. If someone tells you a full procedure will take less than 1.5 hours, RUN!
Q6. Can I Get My Touch-Up Session Sooner Than 4 Weeks?
No. This is not recommended as the skin and brows have not had proper time to completely heal and settle. The absolute minimum is 4 weeks depending on your artist and specific case.
Q7. Can I get Microblading Over an Existing Tattoo?
Short answer, sometimes. This will vary depending on many things including the artist, your old tattoo coloration and skin type. Many times, the old tattoo or microblading will need to be faded enough to allow the artist to create new, desired results and hide the old tattoo. If you have old tattooing, or want old microblading corrected or re-done, please submit a picture or schedule a consultation with an artist to determine if you are a good candidate.
Q8. Can I Get Microblading When I'm Pregnant?
No. Microblading is not recommended when you are pregnant or breast feeding in case of infection.
Q9. How Much Does Microblading Cost?
Prices will vary depending on the artist and procedure.
Q10. What is Aftercare Like?
Your artist will review aftercare instructions thoroughly with you before (via email) and after your procedure. A few of the most important aftercare instructions are: do not pick, be patient, stay out of the sun, do not engage in heavy exercise (sweating) for the first 7-10 days. Proper aftercare is a BIG factor in the success of microblading treatments so be extra cautious in strictly following your aftercare instructions.
Q11. What is "Shading"?
Shading is a skilled microblading technique that is combined with microblading in order to achieve a more dense, "filled in" eyebrow result. This may be useful to those who have little to no eyebrow hair, those who like the look of filled in brows, and those who have very little but dark hair. Ask your artist for advice and further details on shading if interested.
Q12. Does Microblading Work for Everyone?
Unfortunately, no. Not everyone is a good candidate for microblading (see Q4) . The Archery is committed to the safety, health and happiness of our clients. Certain medical conditions, skin problems or allergies, recent botox injections etc., can make you unqualified for treatment. Please consult with an artist to discuss in further detail if you are a good candidate for microblading.