Micro blading FAQ
Are you certified and licensed to operate?
Yes! We are a licensed tattoo studio. We are licensed and insured. We have completed a hands-on apprenticeship and received certification from one or more permanent makeup artists and training academies. We have received extensive training and certification in Blood Borne Pathogens as deemed necessary for tattoo artists by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It’s crucial that you choose not only a certified permanent makeup artist, but also a licensed one to ensure your health is protected!
Do I need to shave or wax my brow hair before Microblading?
No! We will shape your eyebrows as needed with shaving and/or tweezing and choose a color pigment that blends seamlessly with your natural brows. If you have a lot of brow hair it may be useful to have your brows waxed several days before your appointment – but that is optional.
How is Microblading different than a traditional eyebrow tattoo?
The most common type of traditional eyebrow tattoos involves the use of a lot of pigment and a block style brow, which leaves the client with a dark outlined eyebrow and no depth. These often fade to really unflattering colors. Brow Essence services leave the client with natural looking eyebrows that look real! Careful selection of pigment is chosen to give depth and shape so that the natural brow hairs and permanent makeup blend seamlessly.
Note that everything We do looks natural, but all permanent makeup is still a tattoo. There are just dozens of techniques.
Does Microblading Hurt?
Every client is different and pain tolerance varies by client. Most clients describe the pain level as minimal and find tweezing and threading more uncomfortable. At Zoe Grace, We use the best topical lidocaine cream available to minimize discomfort. That being said, this is a still a tattoo. You will typically feel some discomfort. Based on experience, We would describe the feeling a slight burning, astringent like sensation. Very tolerable and worth it!
How long does it take?
The process takes approximately three hours from the moment you walk in the door to completion of your beautiful new brows. The first hour or so is spent designing your new brows and numbing the area. There is no downtime! Occasionally, some clients will have some slight redness and swelling around the area which is very normal and will subside within a couple of hours. Most clients go on about their normal day when they leave their appointment.
What is the healing process for Microblading?
Some swelling and tenderness after the procedure is normal and may last a day or so, depending on the client. Your new brows will appear DARKER, WIDER, AND SHARPER than the way they will heal. This is especially true for days 2-5. This is harder for some clients than others. Clients who rarely wear makeup may find that they don’t like how their brows look on these days because they are too intense. That’s normal! The pigment is sitting on top of the skin and has not yet settled into your face. As your skin heals over the tattoo, your brows with lighten and soften. This process takes about 7 days or so on average. It’s important to follow all after care instructions and to attend the required follow up appointment to make the finishing touches to your new brows! Your healing is only about 50% in our control. Once you leave it’s up to you to be diligent about following the instructions you’re given to get the best result! And no matter how great they look, it’s important to come for your touch up appointment to get the final result.
How long does Microblading last?
This will vary by client. If aftercare instructions are followed diligently, your new brows will last approximately 12-24 months on average before they’re mostly faded; 18 months is average. For some people, their brows will last even longer, and some less. Certain factors such as sun exposure and tanning beds, getting chemical peels, oily skin type, bleeding, etc., will affect whether your brows will last on the higher or lower end of the expected 12-18 months. We recommend one touch up per year to keep them fresh. Coming more often increases the risk for scar tissue or causing your brows to look unnatural.
Will it look natural?
Absolutely! The techniques used at Brow Essence creates realistic, simulated hair strokes and/or powder fill that looks just like a real eyebrow! Your brows can be as big and bold or as soft and subtle as you like!
Are there some clients who cannot retain the pigment?
Yes this does happen. Some people have highly effective immune systems that reject the pigment, and some just have highly effect skin healing. It’s very rare, but it’s important that all clients understand this is a possibility and in most cases, there is no way for us to know if this will take place prior to the work being done. Occasionally, We will recommend a third appointment to further touch the brows up if the client is retaining some pigment after the first touch up, however anything beyond that would likely be too much for the skin and the client would likely not be a candidate for further permanent makeup.
What if my new eyebrows are fading faster than I’d like?
We will revisit aftercare and lifestyle to make sure that is not the issue. If not, it’s likely that you need to go darker and fuller at your touch up, and/or you are ready for a more full coverage, longer-lasting technique like powder brows.
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