ABOUT MICROBLADING

Microblading, also commonly referred to as feathering, 3D brows, or eyebrow embroidery is a semi-permanent technique to tattooing eyebrows which originated in Asia. This method uses a pen-like device (not electric, so no scary sound or vibration!) with a disposable microblade attached. With this tool I am able to create natural, crisp hair strokes which will help rival the look of real eyebrows. With each stroke I deposit a small amount of ink into your skin. This method is very different than using a traditional tattooing machine and is much less invasive.

The pigment is implanted into the epidermal layer of your skin. The epidermal layer of skin naturally renews and regenerates itself on a regular basis, which is partly why this procedure is semi-permanent. Your body will also absorb the pigment over time, which is completely safe as it is iron oxide based. However, semi-permanent doesn't mean that your eyebrows won’t last. They will last and look great for as long as you maintain them. In order to maintain a fresh, crisp look, regular touch-ups are necessary. Generally, I recommend a touch-up every 9-12 months, although this timeline can vary from client to client. There are many factors that affect how your skin accepts and retains the pigment (aftercare, skin type, lifestyle, etc.). Once the lines look noticeably muted or blurred, it is time for a touch-up.

IMPORTANTPlease carefully read through our entire website carefully to determine whether this procedure is right for you. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to email me PRIOR to booking. Each booking requires a non-refundable $100 deposit. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment we require a minimum of 72-hours notice or your deposit will be deemed both non-refundable and non-transferable, and a $50 cancellation fee will apply.

 

Is microblading right for me?

The results we can achieve with microblading will vary from client to client and are extremely dependant on how you heal as well as how you care for your eyebrows. There are many different factors that can affect the final results of your eyebrow tattoo. Hence, although I can guarantee quality service and premium products I cannot guarantee successful results. It is important to note that not everyone heals with clean, crisp lines. It is possible that your tattoo will look softer and more blurred than others. Some areas of your skin may not retain the pigment and additional touch-ups (charged accordingly) or the continued use of cosmetics may be necessary. II also cannot guarantee that your eyebrows will be perfectly symmetrical as your natural eyebrows as well as your bone structure and muscle movements may not allow it. I am however confident in my abilty to create your dream brows and help you achieve your desired results!

Please note, if you have little to no eyebrow hair, your tattoo will look more 2-dimensional compared to someone who does have eyebrow hair.

I cannot do this procedure if

  • You are under 18 years old

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding

  • You get keloid scars

  • You have Aids/HIV, hepatitis or any other viral infections/diseases

  • You are on blood thinners

  • You have epilepsy

  • You have a pacemaker or heart problems

  • You had an organ transplant (contact us to let us know what and when)

  • You are diabetic (consult your doctor first and receive written consent)

  • You have cancer / are undergoing chemotherapy (consult your doctor first and receive written consent)

  • You have issues with excessive bleeding, healing, scabbing or infections

  • You have any skin conditions/issues on or near the area to be treated: blemishes/pimples, rash, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, sunburn (contact us and provide clear photos)

  • You have been on Accutane within the last year

  • You are on Retin-A or Retinols (must be off it for 7 days before the appointment and avoid use for 30 days after the procedure)

Factors that affect the tattoo:

  • If you are iron deficient or anemic, the pigment deposited into your skin will fade sooner as it’ll be naturally absorbed by your body at a quicker rate, since our pigments are iron oxide based. In addition, you will be more prone to bleeding and bruising both during and after the procedure

  • Oily skin with large pores. Oily skin will cause the hair strokes to heal with a less crisp look; rather it’ll heal with a blurred, softer look due to the constant production of oil. Clients with oily skin may need touch-ups more often. This type of skin tends to bleed easily and therefore it can be more difficult to heal and can cause scarring or even infections (Note: bleeding during the procedure is normal, but excessive bleeding will dilute the pigment and reduce the amount of pigment your skin absorbs, effecting pigment retention and healed results)

  • Extremely thin, hypersensitive skin. This type of skin also tends to bleed very easily and has a harder time healing. The tattoo may appear more diffused/blotchy

  • Sun/UV exposure can greatly affect your tattoo and lead to a softer more blended look. We recommend no prolonged periods of sun/UV exposure for 3-4 weeks before and following the procedure

  • The rate your skin regenerates. The longer the regeneration of skin cells = the longer the pigment is retained

  • The rate your skin absorbs the pigment. The slower the absorption rate = the longer the pigment is retained

  • The colour you choose – lighter colours fade out quicker than darker colours

  • Aftercare. Please follow our recommendations closely

  • For women with darker skin, eyebrow tattoos will not look as bold or sharp compared to lighter skin clients

  • We have found that clients who smoke frequently tend to fade faster than those who don’t

Things to avoid before the procedure:

  • Blood thinners – Advil/Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Omega-3, Vitamin E, Niacin (24 hours prior)

  • Skin treatments/thinners on brow area – glycolic acids, retinol acids, exfoliants, facials, skin treatments, peels, microdermabrasion (2 weeks prior and 4 weeks afterwards)

  • Alcohol and caffeine (24 hours prior)

  • Sun tanning and tanning beds as this will affect the color of the pigment (3-4 weeks prior and afterwards)

  • Waxing, threading, plucking or tinting your eyebrows (72 hours prior to the procedure)

  • Botox (4 weeks prior)

  • Exercising the day of the procedure as this will open up your pores and affect the procedure

Note: during your menstrual cycle your skin will be more sensitive and you will find the procedure to be more painful.

If you have had your eyebrows previously tattooed by another artist you must email me a clear photo of your eyebrows BEFORE booking an appointment. I will need to examine and assess the state of your eyebrows to determine whether they can be revised. If your eyebrows are deemed to be too dark, discoloured or large, tattoo removal is recommended before doing any additional work.

 

If you are approved for an appointment and would like to have microblading done on top of your old tattoo, please come with realistic expectations. I cannot guarantee results and although I will do my best to give you a great new set of brows, what can be achieved depends on how your current tattoo looks. For instance, if your old tattoo is extremely uneven in terms of shape it may be difficult to achieve your desired shape or achieve symmetry. Also, if your old tattoo is dark than it will be harder to cover up. Since we are creating new hair strokes over top of an old tattoo the outcome may not be as crisp and can blend into the old one.

 

THE PROCEDURE

 

1. Planning

We go over what shape and look you would like to achieve (bring photos and examples if possible). We use makeup products to draw in your eyebrows until we have achieved your desired look. This step can take the longest amount of time as we want to ensure you are happy with the shape and thickness before proceeding.

 

2. Preparation

We outline the shape we have created to ensure all of our hard work is not wiped away when we apply the anaesthetic. Once the shape has been outlined we apply a topical anaesthetic to both of your eyebrows and surrounding area which will be tattooed. The anaesthetic sits on your skin for about 30 minutes.

While we are waiting for your skin to be numbed, we discuss which pigment would be best for you based on your skin tone, undertone and hair colour. We have a wide range of colours in our pigment line and will do swatches on your skin to see what would work best for you.

 

3. Microblading

We then begin the microblading procedure. We continue building shape and volume by adding hair strokes until we are completely satisfied with the results!

Note: For your continued comfort we will apply anaesthetic throughout the procedure to ensure the area remains numb.

 

4. Aftercare

We will discuss aftercare with you and provide you with information on how to help your eyebrows heal well. Aftercare and the healing process is extremely important in terms of how well your eyebrows will retain the pigment and look overall.

Please carefully read through our aftercare recommendations prior to your apt.

 

AFTERCARE

Immediately following the procedure (and even beginning towards the end of the session) your brows may feel sore, tender and achy - similar to a sunburn - but this is normal and will subside within a couple of hours. Swelling and redness is minimal with most clients and will disappear within 24-36 hours.

 

For most people it won’t be a problem going to work or being out in public immediately after the procedure. Keep in mind that you will need to keep your eyebrows moisturized for the first 7-10 days (so they will be shiny) and you cannot have any cosmetics, removers, cleansers etc. near the area for 14 days, but it’ll be well worth it! 

 

During the healing process the appearance of your new tattoo will change multiple times. Right after you get them tattooed they will look dark, defined/crisp and larger than what they will heal to. You will likely experience itchiness around 3-5 days after the procedure which is normal as the skin is healing. Do not scratch! If it gets really bad, clean the area gently and apply a new layer of the moisturizer pack.

 

Seven to fourteen days after you get them done the color will lighten and the definition will soften as a new layer of skin grows on top of the pigment. Your tattoo will also shrink in size as your skin heals. You will also notice dry skin and possibly scabs forming over your tattoo. This is completely normal and very much part of the healing process – it is extremely important not to pick the skin off as this can cause premature loss of pigment, scarring and even an infection. Let the scabs fall off naturally. It is important to note that some people scab in light flakes and some people develop a thicker scab – everyone heals differently.​

Once the scabbing phase is over you will notice that the color of the pigment may appear muted, which is because a new layer of skin has grown over top of where the pigment was deposited. Some areas of your brows may appear sparse or even seem like there are gaps in the tattoo/missing hair strokes. Your tattoo may heal unevenly, but no need to worry as this is completely normal. Over the next several weeks the color will become more vibrant and hair strokes can reappear as your skin regenerates. The total healing process takes 6 weeks which is why we do not do touch-ups prior to 6 weeks.

It is rare to achieve the desired results in just one appointment which is why we offer each client a complimentary touch-up session. The initial session is about creating the shape/structure as well as building hair strokes. The touch-up is to examine how your skin healed and retained the pigment and focus on any areas where the tattoo did not hold. If your brows didn’t heal evenly, we will add strokes where the tattoo has faded out and work on achieving symmetry again. We can also make any necessary modifications to the colour, shape, size, volume, etc.

 

Aftercare Instructions – immediately after the procedure

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the tattooed area

  • 2-3 hours after the procedure and 3 times a day after, clean the area with a sterile gauze, cotton ball or cotton pad. Run it under warm water, squeeze out the excess and gently wipe your tattoo. Immediately after, pat it dry with a disposable tissue or paper towel. Do not be alarmed if the gauze turns brown after cleaning the area - that is from the pigment stained on your skin or in your hair. This is completely normal and to be expected!

  • After cleaning your brows, use a Q-tip to apply a thin layer of the moisturizer pack I provide you with. Only use about the size of a grain of rice on each eyebrow. Keep your tattoo moisturized for the first 7-10 days

  • You must keep your skin dry for 10 days (except when you are cleaning the area) as getting the area wet can interfere with healing process and affect the pigment colour. This means you must not get the area wet while showering or washing your face and also avoid any intense physical activities which will cause you to sweat. No hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, pools, etc.

  • Do not apply makeup or any other products (creams, cleansers, etc.) to the treated area for 14 days as chemicals of any kind can interfere with the healing process and affect the pigment colour. Applying makeup or other products can lead to irritation and/or infection. Apply a layer of the moisturizer pack to your brows prior to taking a shower, in order to protect them from shampoo/conditioner/soap residue

  • Do not pick at the scabs – let them fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment and hair and even an infection

  • Avoid direct sun/UV exposure for 3-4 weeks after procedure

  • No facials, exfoliants, retinol acids, glycolic acids, chemical treatments, peels, microdermabrasion or other skin treatments on the area for 4 weeks

  • Do not tint your eyebrows for 4 weeks after the procedure

  • Avoid pet grooming (be very careful around your pets/fur), gardening, dusting, etc. for at least 7 days. We do not want any dust, dirt or dander near your new tattoo. Keep them extremely clean!

  • Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 day

  • If you have bangs clip them back for the first 7 days to avoid irritation and infection

 

Aftercare Instructions – once healed

  • Exposure to the sun/UV lights can cause premature fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, apply sunscreen to your brows anytime you are in the sun

  • Glycolic acid and face peel products must be kept away from the tattooed area as it could lighten the pigment

  • If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed please inform the laser technician. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area

  • If you undergo an MRI you must let the technician know that you have been tattooed with iron oxide pigments

  • If you are iron deficient your pigment may not last as long and more frequent touch-ups may be needed

  • If you are a frequent smoker your pigment may fade sooner

  • Some people’s skin will not accept the pigment as well as others. If this is the case, you may have to come in more regularly for touch-ups (charged accordingly)

  • If you are trying to fix a tattoo done previously by another artist the final results may not completely hide the previous work but will improve drastically. You may need additional appointments to have better results

IMPORTANT: This information acts as a guideline only and we cannot guarantee your results. Unfortunately, some people will not heal clean and crisp, some may require additional sessions (charged accordingly), and/or the continued use of cosmetic products may be required to obtain the desired results. More frequent touch-ups may also be necessary.