Microblading is a technique used to achieve full, beautifully-sculpted brows with results lasting up to two years. During this procedure, our brow technician will shape and style your brows and then use a microblade technique to fill them in with semi-permanent pigment deposited under your skin to give your brows the appearance of fullness. Learn more about the benefits and results here.
- First Session
- Second Session (4-6 weeks later)
*This is an estimate based off our average service cost. Your final price will be discussed during your consultation.
Source: Salon Secrets Spa
How long does it take?
Your first session will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, and your second follow-up session will last 1.5 to 2 hours.
What can I expect in my first session?
During this session, the brow technician will shape and style your brows to your desired look, followed by pigment color selection. Once you are satisfied with the choices, we will numb the area and begin the procedure. No downtime is required after a microblading procedure, though your eyebrow area will be slightly red and/or swollen, and color will appear very dark.
How long does it take to heal?
In the days following the procedure, the eyebrows will continue to be dark, and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs, as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The color will fade by up to 40% during healing, and it takes approximately 7 to 14 days for the brows to heal over, and about one month for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light following the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque, milky-looking quality to it. This is known as “milk skin” and is common in tattooing. This results because tissue is still healing from the inside-out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.
Why do I need a second session?
A touch-up session is necessary after 4 to 6 weeks to check your healing progress and perform any touch-ups, as everyone heals differently and outcomes will vary. Certain areas may not pick-up during your first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, and brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch-up session, as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch-up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year! This session will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.
Is it painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild-to-none. Prior to the procedure, your brow technician will repeatedly apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area throughout the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine. After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal, and our clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol to relieve any discomfort, but they should not take Aspirin or Ibuprofen.
How long does it last?
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade over time. Microblading typically lasts 1 to 2 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), and age (youthful/mature). Skin care routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment—patients who tan or use products with AHA or glycolic acid will fade faster, as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary as well. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch-up is suggested every 12 to 18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but a slight shadow may remain.
What are the pre and post-care procedures?
In order to achieve optimal results, it is best to follow the pre and post-care instructions below.
Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:
- Avoid alcohol and Aspirin/Ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 48 hours.
- Avoid tanning, so we can assess your natural skin tone.
- No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.
- Feel free to come in with your brow makeup on so our technician can see the everyday look you prefer; all makeup will be removed prior to service to assess natural skin tone and prepare for procedure.
Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows!
After your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:
- Avoid touching eyebrows for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, clean brow GENTLY, wiping in the direction of hair growth twice daily with gentle non-abrasive cleanser (like a baby wash or facial cleanser); follow with thin layer of after-care serum.
- No direct sunlight or any form of UV rays for one month.
- Do not immerse brow area in water for 14 days (no swimming or saunas). When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around them.
- Do not allow sweat from exercise to reach the eyebrows for 14 days.
- Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Microbladed area is an open wound; using makeup may cause infections.
- Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab over. Do not peel or pick at the scabs, as this can affect the color outcome and/or scar the skin.
Can anyone get this procedure?
Microblading is not suitable for candidates who:
- Use Accutane
- Have heart conditions or use heart medications
- Have diabetes (will require a physician's note)
- Have skin disease or irritations
- Have had Botox in the last two weeks
- Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last two weeks
- Are allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
- Have any serious medical conditions that may require a physician's note
- Is pregnant or nursing. Those who want to microblade while pregnant can do so at their own discretion. We suggest discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who we find is not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. Our brow technicians make the decision to microblade an individual based on their own discretion.
What are the risks or complications?
We take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment, new needles and performing your procedure in a sanitized environment. As long as you follow our pre and post-care instructions, there should be minimal risks or complications. Although allergic reactions to the pigments are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals. We suggest a pigment patch test 5 to 7 days prior to the service for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive to:
- Topical makeup products
- Gold, silver and nickel
- Hair dyes
What if I do not like the results?
As with all cosmetic procedures, you should not make this choice lightly. We always recommend doing your own research to fully understand the procedure and results. Our brow technicians will do their utmost to shape and style eyebrows to your satisfaction prior to the procedure. Every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Uneven appearance can be fixed during the touch-up session. Pigment discoloration and color correction can also be fixed during the touch-up session. Microbladed brows will eventually fade away if no additional touch-ups are done.