Microblading Procedure Information: What to Expect

Certified Microblading Specialist – Jessica Millman

➢ This form is designed to provide you with the information needed to make an informed choice of whether or not to personally undergo a semi-permanent application of eyebrow makeup known as microblading.

  •  If you have any questions after reading through, please do not hesitate to ask!

➢ What is microblading?

  • Also known as eyebrow embroidery, micro pigmentation, and micro stroking, microblading is carried out by using a manual hand tool or cosmetic tattoo machine which holds disposable microblades that deposits pigments closer to the superficial layer of the skin (within the dermis). This technique creates fine, hair like strokes that appear natural and fine and can partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair, creating a fuller, beautiful and natural appearing brow.

➢ All instruments that enter the skin or encounter bodily fluids are disposable and disposed of after use and cross contamination guidelines are strictly adhered to.

➢ What to expect:

  •  During your appointment, the best color shade to use for your brows will be determined. Your brow shape will be measured and mapped out with a pencil. Once your brows are mapped out, a topical anesthetic cream will be applied for 20-30 minutes to numb the procedure area. A first pass will be made on your brows to get the basic shape and details in. Another layer of numbing cream will be applied to help alleviate any/all pain or discomfort during the process. Up to 2-3 more passes will be made on each brow to add details to each fine hair stroke. After each pass, your brows will be saturated with the ink so your skin can soak in the pigment. Once the process is complete, the procedure area will be cleaned and we will go over after care instructions before you leave.
  • Expect your first microblading session to take anywhere from 1.5 – 3 hours.
  • Initially, after the first session, the color will appear much more vibrant or darker than the end result. Usually within 7 days, the color will fade 50-60%, soften and begin to appear more natural.
  • The skin will lightly scab during the healing process – it is EXTREMELY important not to pick, scratch, or touch the skin in any way while this process takes place. You must keep your healing brows dry and free of oils. Otherwise this will fade the color, making the end result appear blurry and faded.

    Please read through the After Care Instructions.

  • Expect a ​necessary​ follow up session within 6 weeks after the initial healing process is completed (no sooner than 4 weeks, no later than 8 weeks).
  • The pigment used in microblading is considered “semi-permanent” and will fade over time. Your brows may last up to 2 years, however this is not guaranteed. Your brows will likely need to be touched up anywhere from 6 months to 1 year depending on how well you care for them.
cosmetic tattooing before and after

POSSIBLE RISKS, HAZARDS, OR COMPLICATIONS

➢  Pain​: There is a possibility of pain or discomfort during the procedure, even after the topical anesthetic has been used. Anesthetics work better on some people and not so well on others.

➢  Infection​: Although rare, there is a risk of infection. The areas treated must be kept clean and only freshly cleaned hands should touch the areas. ​See the “After Care Instructions” sheet.

➢  Uneven Pigmentation​: This can result from poor healing, infection, bleeding or many other causes. Your follow up appointment will likely correct any uneven appearance.

➢  Asymmetry​: Every effort will be made to avoid asymmetry but our faces are not symmetrical so adjustments may be needed during the follow up session to correct any unevenness and remember: your eyebrows are sisters, not twins.

➢  Excessive Swelling or Bruising​: Some people bruise and swell more than others and some don’t at all. Ice packs may help with this. Bruising and swelling typically disappears within 3-7 days.

➢  Anesthetics​: Topical anesthetics are used to numb the area before being tattooed and can be applied again during the process. Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Benzocaine, Tetracaine, and Epinephrine in a cream or gel form are typically used. If you are allergic to any of these, please inform the microblading specialist ASAP.

➢  Allergic Reaction​: There is a possibility of an allergic reaction to the pigments or other materials used. You may take a patch test 3-7 days before your appointment to determine this possible reaction.

    •  PATCH TEST – a patch test can be performed at least 3 days before the initial appointment to determine if you have any allergic reactions to the pigment. This procedure should be done for all clients that have never had ANY tattoos before.
    • During a patch test, your microblading specialist inserts a small amount of the pigment in the dermal layer of the skin behind your ear, along your hairline, and wait 24-48 hours to see if there is an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction would include redness, swelling, and/or bumps around the area of the pigment.

Microblading results are generally excellent.
However, a perfect result is not a realistic expectation. All skin heals in different ways and processes, therefore some people may need more than one follow up appointment.

It is important to understand that due to different skin types and circumstances, results are not guaranteed and no refunds will be made for any of the services received.

PRE-APPOINTMENT RESTRICTIONS

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

➢  Please DO NOT work out the day of the procedure as the body heat will expand the pores, not allowing your skin to absorb the pigment.

➢  Avoid heavy sunlight and especially sunburn 3 days before your microblading procedure. Your skin should not be in the process of healing before your procedure (this goes for all forms of tattooing).

➢  Please DO NOT drink coffee or anything with caffeine the day of your procedure – this may cause you to bleed more which will make it harder for your skin to absorb the pigment.

➢  Please DO NOT take Aspirin, Niacin, omega-3, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen within 48-72 hours of your procedure UNLESS MEDICALLY NECESSARY – this may cause you to bleed more which will make it harder for your skin to absorb the pigment.

  •  Ibuprofen is okay

➢ Please DO NOT drink alcohol within 24 hours before your procedure – this may cause you to bleed more which will make it harder for your skin to absorb the pigment.

 

The following treatments should be avoided within 4 weeks of your procedure:

➢ Botox or other fillers
➢ Chemical peels
➢ Laser treatments

If you have any questions about these restrictions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to help with any questions or concerns.

 

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for the initial appointment in order to complete the necessary paperwork.

FAILURE TO FOLLOW AFTER-CARE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN INFECTIONS, PIGMENT LOSS OR DISCOLORATION.

Cautions​: If the skin around the eyebrows breaks out in a heat rash or small pimples, this is usually a reaction to the numbing solution and should go away by itself within a couple days. DO NOT PICK. Please call immediately if this occurs so your microblading specialist can make note of the reaction and follow up in a timely manner to ensure this is not a more serious situation.

Warnings​:

➢  DO NOT use any Retin-A or Glycolic Acids in the brow area during or after healing!

➢  DO NOT scrub, itch or pick treated areas!

➢  DO NOT expose area to the sun or tanning beds.

➢  Avoid swimming/submerging in water for ​at least 14 days​.

➢  DO NOT dye, wax or tweeze eyebrows for at least one week after the procedure.

➢  Failure to follow post procedure instructions may result in infection or loss/discoloration of pigment.

What is normal?

➢  Mild swelling, itchiness, scabbing, light bruising, and dry tightness is normal.

➢  Ice packs are a nice relief for swelling and bruising.

➢  Your new brows will appear very dark after your procedure and they may appear uneven. This darkness will fade after 2-7 days and the unevenness will disappear once any swelling dissipates. If it is still a bit uneven after the 4 week healing period, adjustments can be made during the touch up appointment.

➢  Color change or color loss: as the procedure area heals, the color will lighten and sometimes seem to disappear in some areas. This can all be addressed during the touch up appointment which is why this follow up appointment is necessary. The procedure area has to heal completely before we can address any concerns.

➢  A touch up may be needed anytime from 6 months to 1 year after the first touch up procedure, depending on your skin, medications, and sun exposure.

 A follow up (touch up) session is recommended 6 weeks after the first session, which is included in the initial price. If a third session is needed, it is an additional charge. If you do not follow up for your touch up session within 8 weeks of your initial session, it will be an additional charge. ​Think of the initial session as the “foundation session and the follow up appointment as the “perfecting session.”

  • ➢  If most of the strokes have faded, the entire procedure will need to be repeated. A consultation may be necessary to determine if you need a touch up or a repeat of the entire procedure.

REMEMBER:
Because everyone’s skin reacts and heals differently, results are not guaranteed.

Microblading Aftercare Instructions

The day of your procedure​: ​ABSORB
➢ Gently blot the area with clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid. Do this every 5 minutes for the full day until oozing has stopped. Removing this fluid prevents it from hardening.

Days 1-7​: ​WASH & MOISTURIZE

➢  Wash the procedure area daily to remove bacteria and dead skin. (Don’t worry – this does not remove the pigment) Gently wash your eyebrows each morning and night with water and an unscented antibacterial soap like Dial Soap, Cetaphil, or Neutrogena. With a very light touch, use your clean fingertips to gently cleanse the eyebrows by rubbing the area in a smooth motion for 10 seconds and rinse with water to ensure that all soap is rinsed away.

➢  To dry, gently pat with a clean tissue (NO wash cloths or bath towels because they can introduce infection).

➢  DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (such as glycolic, lactic or AHA) and DO NOT use any exfoliants.

➢  Apply a ​rice grain​ size of aftercare ointment with a cotton swab and spread it across the treated area. Do this 3 times daily. Be sure not to over-apply as this will not allow your skin to breathe. Too much lotion can trap in any bacteria that may be on your skin, and will delay healing or create an infection. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin. Never put the ointment/lotion on a wet or damp tattoo.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS​:

➢  Use a fresh pillowcase.➢  DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Let any scabbing or dry skin to naturally

exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of color.

➢  No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.

➢  Avoid heavy sweating and long hot showers for the first 10 days.

➢  Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after procedure (no tanning beds!)

➢  Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.

➢  Avoid swimming in lakes, oceans, pools, and hot tubs for the first 14
days.

➢  Avoid topical makeup including sunscreen on the area for 10-14 days.

Important note about showering​: Try to limit your showers to 5 minutes so you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/treated area out of the water while you wash your body. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.

REMEMBER​: with the proper prep and aftercare routine, you will have much better results with your microblading procedure.

MICROBLADING HEALING TIMELINE

WEEK 1​:

➢  Your eyebrows look amazing immediately after your microblading appointment. They look full and sharp!

➢  The pigment gradually gets darker throughout the day as the pigments soaks into the skin.

➢  The pigment reaches the darkest level on day 2. At this point, the pigment has had enough time to settle.

➢  Light scabbing will develop over the microbladed area.

WEEK 2​:

➢  Scabbing from the microblading strokes begin to peel and flake off.

➢  Sometimes after the scabs flake off, it does not reveal a definite, visible color in the skin. Many times, clients start to freak out that there is no ink. However, this is normal for the ink to fade during this stage of the healing process.

WEEKS 3-4​:

➢  The pigment in the skin continues to oxidize and the microbladed strokes begin to reappear in the color intended from the beginning.

➢  Some strokes may come back looking patchy. Therefore, the necessary follow up session fixes the patchy and light inked areas.

WEEK 6​:

➢ Your eyebrows are now fully healed and ready to add the finishing details/effects of the follow up appointment!

Microblading Emotions Chart

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Microblading = $500
*a $150 nonrefundable deposit is required (this price includes the 6-8 week follow up session)

1st Touch Up = $175
*a $50 nonrefundable deposit is required (between 2-6 months after initial appointment)

Annual Refresher = $300
*a $50 nonrefundable deposit is required
(recommended every 1-2 years to maintain color, shape, and detail)

PAYMENT TERMS

A non-refundable deposit must be made to secure your appointment. The deposit will be applied toward your balance due.

You may call to reschedule ​a minimum of 48 hours​ before your originally scheduled appointment.

If you cancel and do not reschedule, you cannot carry over your non-refundable deposit and will be required to make a separate deposit to schedule another appointment.

If you do not make it to your follow up session within 8 weeks of your initial appointment, you will be charged ​full price ​for the session, as the procedure may need to be done all over again.

FORMS OF PAYMENT ACCEPTED:
Cash​ preferred
Debit/Credit Card ​with a card processing fee
➢ Tax is applied to all fees

Personal checks are not accepted. Payment is due at the time of service.

Prices are subject to change over time.

Minimum age requirement for microblading is 18 years of age.

Please kindly advise that no pets or children are allowed during the day of your service due to safety and sterile purposes.