Here is everything you need to know before your first brow tattoo appointment.
Many people ask, how can I make my thin brows seem fuller? Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique used to create the illusion of fuller brows. This method can create almost any look, from a very natural light finish to a beautifully bold brow. First, our Permanent Makeup Artist and Licensed Medical Aesthetician Monique, consults with clients about the best brow shape for their face and selects a color that matches the natural hair color and skin undertone. The brow area is then cleansed and numbed for treatment. Instead of using a tattoo machine, she uses a little handheld tool to manually draw in hair strokes. Lastly, she applies an ointment like After Inked or Brow Doctor Aftercare/SPF to lock in the pigment and help with the healing process.
This treatment can take up to an hour, depending on how full you want your brows to look. Clients are encouraged to schedule a follow up appointment six weeks after to make sure they are happy with the results and to perfect the brow. Remember the 1st session is implanting the pigment and the 2nd session is perfecting the look. All permanent makeup is a two-session process. Results can last anywhere from 2 to 3 years, depending on your skin type (ink fades faster on oily skin, products, and lifestyle). Its best to touch up before fading starts typically every 1-2 years. Microblading is also not the same price as getting your brows waxed: typically, microblading in the surrounding area can range anywhere from $350-$600 per session. Monique truly loves what she does and sees this more as her passion and hobby, she chooses to remain affordable and enjoys promoting daily deals with her makeup so everyone can benefit and feel beautiful. Monique has been In the industry for 5 years and she understands that everyone’s vision of beauty is different. Not everyone is into bold dramatic brows, some like them thin, some like them round and not square. Monique enjoys spending time drawing you out and going over the best shape that you find beautiful. For those looking for a more permanent solution to improving the appearance of their brows, microblading is certainly the way to go and well worth the money spent.
When you go to a trusted and experienced brow artist, there shouldn't be any major side effects. No matter what, it is a tattoo, so the procedure isn’t painless, but we do use medical grade numbing to make you comfortable. Monique says the risks with all incisions, are rare but could be infection and sometimes even scarring, when you don't follow proper aftercare procedures! HOW YOU CARE FOR BROWS IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE ARTIST YOU CHOOSE.
A common misconception is that every microblading artist is the same. Monique understands that a lot of artists only take a two-five day course to get certified and many brow artist are awesome in this industry, but It really takes time to understand the science of skin, depth and how colors work and heal. 5 days just isn’t enough time to grasp the concept. Monique was apprenticed for a year by a 20-year veteran in both modalities of tattooing and permanent makeup. She makes sure she attends a few tattoo conventions and conferences every year to ensure she’s using the latest technology, pigments, and techniques. Monique suggests that before you choose an artist and come to your first appointment that you talk with your artist, read Facebook, Yelp, and Instagram reviews, look at before and after pictures as well as fully healed pictures. Monique also says to follow your brow artists after care instruction. After care is the most important part of the treatment. Picking or peeling off the healing skin can cause pigment to lift and skin to scar. Brows look a little dark and ugly after the procedure. Once they go through the shedding stage and you have your perfecting session you will be more than happy. Don’t pick, keep them clean and wear sunscreen. That’s it. Doing this will insure you have the prettiest results and the most pleasant 1st time experience.
The most important product you can use after a microblading treatment is sunscreen. Like other tattoos, sunscreens helps extend the longevity of your brows and prevent against fading from the sun.
Also, its required that you be off any Retin-A or retinol products about a week before an appointment and 30 days after getting your brows done, as those ingredients can cause pigments to fade prematurely. Don’t drink caffeine the day of your procedure as it is a stimulant and can cause you to feel more pain. Stop taking any fish oils a week prior and if you have oily skin, treat your face and brows with a witch hazel astringent at least a week before your appointment to help dry up your oils. Oily skin and microblading pigments do not mix well. After your procedure don't wet your brows for the first 24hrs, push upwards with an estee wipe immediately after the procedure to remove excess sebum, should it be present. After 24hrs you can use a Non oily and alcohol-free molecular water to wash with. Garnier Nutrious is a good brand. Keeping them clean is very important. Don't use any makeup on the area for at least a week. Once the skin is completely healed, it's okay to go back to a normal skin and makeup routine. Mineral makeup is always best to use. Stay away from steam and do not pick or pull flaking scabs or pigment as you can pull the pigment up with it and scar yourself. Ultimately after care is fairly simple, less is more, cleanse, protect. and enjoy.
Here are a few before, after and fully healed pics by Monique you can see more by going back and clicking on the gallery page. Please Note Microblading single stroke technique is not for everyone. Some skin my not tolerate that technique due to porous skin. Skin must be smooth and young with moisture. Monique likes to give 3 examples of skin. A hard-boiled egg with no shell, smooth and very plump. A banana, still smooth but a little thicker in texture and an orange. Orange peel skin is porous and thick. This type of skin is not a good candidate for microblading due to the lines becoming blurred. Combo or ombre shading is best for porous skin. Coming in for a complimentary consultation is always best so the artist can spend time with you and find the best option for you and your skin type.
Below is an example of the microblading healing process. All photos are live happy clients who stay in contact and show Monique how much they enjoy the process of revealing the final outcome. Before is unsymmetrical and sparse, after is really dark and swollen. Fully healed is “on point”. Totally natural looking and 30% lighter then the original color and thinner in size. This process is what you can expect.
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To see more before and after pictures please go back and visit our gallery page here on Advanced Medical Aesthetics.