Microblading FAQ

What is the difference between permanent makeup and microblading/feathered brows?

Permanent makeup or shading offers and edgy, dramatic look and entails filling in the brows with pigment for a powdered look. Feathering involves using pigment to create strokes that look like real hair resulting in a subtle, natural look.

What are the benefits to microblading?

  • Offers a natural look
  • Creating brows for individuals with hair loss
  • Allowing people with allergies or mobility issues to wear makeup
  • Eliminating the need for the daily application of makeup saving time and money
  • Eliminating smearing as a result of physical exertion, sleeping and swimming
  • Camouflaging scars
  • Camouflaging bald and thinning patches

How is pigment implanted?

Pigment is implanted using hand tools. The advantages of hand tools are that they are faster, more comfortable, involve less trauma to the skin and healing is quicker. The disadvantage is that the pigment may need an annual refresh.

Will the process hurt?

Sensitivity to discomfort is often heightened during a period. A topical numbing cream is applied prior to and during the procedure.

Why are pigments so intense when first implanted?

Like wet clothing is darker before being dried, pigments are brighter and darker when first implanted. One reason is the increase blood flow to the area. The body gradually absorbs the liquid allowing the pigments to return to their original, dry state.

How long is the procedure?

A consultation and treatment may take 1 to 3 hours. A touch-up takes less time.

How long does the pigment last?

Hand tools offer less discomfort, less trauma to the skin and faster healing. Pigments last about 1 to 3 years.
Sun exposure, tanning salons, swimming in chemically treated pools, hot tubs, laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, alpha hydroxy acids and Retin A can impact the length of time that the pigment will stay fresh. Clients should be encouraged to apply sun protections and avoid pigmentaed areas when using exfoliation products or tools.
The pigmentation fades 20-30%, so choosing the right pigmentation is critical, especially if you have permanent makeup.

What pigment do you use?

I use iron oxide pigments. They are considered the safest semi-permanent pigments to use for the skin.

What does semi-permanent mean?

It just means that they will gradually fade and eventually you will need to do them again. With proper care they typically will last 1-3 years depending on your skin and lifestyle. Unlike typical inked tattoos which last forever, they fade over time and should be refreshed every 1-1. 5 years for maintenance.

How many treatments are needed?

I always offer a complimentary eyebrow touch up 4-6 weeks later. Everyone heals differently and at different rates and this gives us the opportunity to make them darker or create more density to your brows the second time.