Microblading is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less permanent.
Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is performed by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles. Each ‘hairstroke’ is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look.
Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct the lost eyebrow, and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or excessive hair removal. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.
A consultation will best help to determine if you are a good candidate for microblading. However, I cannot perform the procedure on those that are: pregnant, diabetic, taking blood thinning medication. For individuals who have an autoimmune disorder or recently completed chemotherapy, written permission from the overseeing physician is required.
You may not be a good candidate for microblading if:
Please email or call for more information about your health concerns in regard to microblading.
For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 2 – 2.5 hours with our Senior Artist, but expect anywhere between 3-4 hours with an apprentice. During this session, the microblading artist will shape and style the client’s brows using a wax pencil. With approval from the client, they will then follow with pigment color selection. Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure.
The client is to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor, necessary touch ups. The second Microblading session takes place within 6-8 weeks of the initial session. This session will take approximately 30 – 45 minutes to complete with our Senior Artist or up to 1.5 hours with an apprentice.
Directly following the procedure, the eyebrow area may be slightly red and the color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40%-60% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight flaking. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after a microblading procedure.
It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You’ll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.
Prior to the procedure your brow technician will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and also reapply it during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic, but your comfort level is of top priority. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol, but not aspirin or ibuprofen.
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry) and age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with 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 9-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.
If you are taking any fish oils or omega supplements, please stop one week prior.
Do not consume caffeine on the day of your appointment (no tea, coffee, chocolate, Coke, Diet Coke). Avoid any alcohol the night before or day of your appointment. Avoid any aspirin, Advil, or Ibuprofen the day before and day of. Do not use retinol products for 2 weeks prior to your appointment, and avoid the brow area after your appointment indefinitely as it will increase the speed at which the pigment fades. No waxing or tinting at least 3 days before your appointment. Tweezing around is okay.
Any other concerns or questions, please contact us directly. It’s safer to ask than to assume.
In most cases, no. Consultation is part of your regular microblading appointment. However, if you have had previous microblading or permanent makeup, skin issues, scar tissues, or medical issues requiring discussion, a separate consultation may be needed. Please contact us directly with any questions.
Manual and machine shading is a different technique compared to microblading where pigment is deposited into the skin by a hand tool and a needle or machine. It gives an illusion of a “fuller”, more “powdered “ or “colored in” brow, and helps blend areas with very little hair to areas that have thick dense hair.
We can decide on it together by inspecting the natural hair growth and pattern, and if necessary, add the service on the day of your appointment.
Microblading and shading are the exclusive services offered here at Beneath the Surface Skin Studio. We have partnered with local businesses in and around the Greater Pittsburgh area to deliver other specialized services such as tattoo removal, skincare, hair replacement, and makeup artistry. Please, call us for referral information.
Because Microblading is the new rage and unregulated, Microblading artists are popping up everywhere. You will want to consider several factors when selecting your artist.
1. Certification: Because Microblading is unregulated, many local artists are hosting training sessions and giving out personalized certificates of attendance. You will want to ask your artist what company they were trained under, and then research that company and the Master that trained them personally.
2. Tools and Pigments: If the artist is trained by a reputable company, their tools and pigments will come directly from them. Unfortunately, many artists are ordering tools and pigments through Amazon, which puts clients at risk of receiving pigments made with fillers and high heavy metal contents, poorly made tools and blades. This may also put the client at risk for infection.
3. Disinfection: It is absolutely necessary to practice safe and effective disinfection in alignment with the State of Pennsylvania's guidelines for handling, disinfecting, and disposing of tools exposed to bloodborne pathogens.
4. Artistry: Microblading is an art form, so please review the gallery of your potential microblading artist. Choose an artist whose work consistently displays what you are interested in.
5. Reviews: Reading reviews are extremely helpful in deciding where to go and who to choose. Google and Yelp searches will help you to find Microblading in Pittsburgh that suits your desires.
Microblading is NOT recommended for any clients who are or have:
Post treatment care contributes to 70 percent of the treatments success. Following instructions carefully will give you the best possible results and promote good healing.
Please allow eyebrows up to 28 days to heal. Initially, the eyebrows will be up to 40% darker and 15% larger. Please, be patient and understand that this is simply a part of the healing process. After about 5-7 days, the microbladed strokes may begin to flake individually. Do not attempt to remove flaking strokes as this can result in additional loss of implanted hairstrokes. Following the flaking phase, eyebrows may appear to be disappearing or lighter than desired. However, within a few more days to a week the color will begin to resurface. You will be able to return to your normal schedule immediately following your appointment, but should schedule your microblading appointment at least 10 weeks ahead of special occasions and vacation.
To avoid infection and ensure the best possible result it is important to follow the post treatment and apply the correct care to your cosmetic tattoo. Within 30 minutes after your microblading appointment, clear fluid called Lymph will seep from the implanted strokes. Gently remove the lymph using the cotton round and lukewarm water. Wipe in both directions- towards and away from the heads of your brows. After, please apply a thin layer of SkinCandy or Vaseline using sanitized fingers. Repeat this process every three hours until bedtime. For the next ten days, please reapply a thin layer of vaseline to the microbladed areas at least 5 times per day without the use of water. Over the next 28 days:
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