It doesn’t matter if you like them arched and feathered or straight and bold, eyebrows are arguably the most important facial feature. A beautiful set of brows can frame the entire face. But if you’re guilty of over-plucking (oh, if only we could go back and tell our high school selves to put the tweezers down!) or have a naturally uneven set, or if every celebrity photo gives you uncontrollable brow-envy, you may be considering your options for getting a little boost in the brow department.
If you’re not satisfied with the ones you have, there are so many ways to update them, including brow gel, pencils, and even tattooing. But now there’s a very natural option that delivers semi-permanent results. We at Oxygen would like to introduce you to microblading. Unlike the sometimes sharpie-esque effects of permanent makeup/microblading is more of an embroidery of strokes that look just like real hair.
What is the difference between an eyebrow tattoo and Permanent Makeup/Microblading?
-An eyebrow tattoo is a permanent procedure, which uses a machine to penetrate pigment deep into the skin. A permanent eyebrow tattoo is a thick, unnatural-looking solid line. Permanent Makeup/Microblading involves using a hand tool with nine or more tiny needles to create shallower cuts on the skin and then letting pigment seep in. With a microblading needle we have much more control over what we’re doing. The end result is crisp, natural hairlike strokes.
What does the procedure entail?
-A typical appointment is around two hours, but the actual Permanent Makeup/Microblading only happens in the last 30-45 minutes. The drawing is the most tedious part and the huge majority of the session. It takes around 30 minutes per patient just to consult on shape and size. We then draw the brows on before performing the actual procedure.
Does it hurt?
-Before the Permanent Makeup/Microblading begins, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic. You might feel a slight discomfort but it is almost painless. Patients with even the slightest pain tolerance are able to handle the treatment just fine.
How many sessions do I need?
– A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during the first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, 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.
How long do the results last?
-Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-2 years, depending on your skin type & age. Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, 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. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months.
What are the pre & post care protocols?
Prior to your procedure, patients are advised of the following:
- Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 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 specialist can see your every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows!
After your procedure, patients MUST follow these instructions:
- apply provided healing balm to the brows.
- Make sure to apply a light layer of healing balm morning and night to brows for at least 5-7 days.
Do not over apply healing balm.
- Do not immerse brow area in water for 7 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around it.
- Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days.
- Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours.
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 outcome and pigmentation.
- Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days.
- No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after.
Who is not suitable for the procedure?
Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:
- Using Accutane
- Have heart conditions or using heart medications
- Have skin disease or irritations
- Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
- Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
- Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
- Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician’s note
- Pregnant or nursing