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Things to know before you book:
I've heard microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo. Is that true?
Yes and no. Microblading is a tattoo, for sure, but the line between semi-permanent and permanent is thin. Microblading has only become mainstream in the United States within the past 6 years, so we’re just NOW seeing long-term results from microblading. Typically, microblading fades considerably within the first 6 months-2 years, but sometimes there are residual pigment marks/scar tissue that can be present for much longer than 2 years. It is highly recommended that clients do not receive more than 1 touch-up per year to ensure the long-term health of the skin.
Does microblading hurt?
Proper anesthetics are used to ensure the process is as pain-free as possible. Your microblading artist will consult with you before the procedure to make sure your individual requests are honored. That said, those who choose to not receive anesthetic before the procedure have described the feeling as “being scratched,” and the pain level as a 3 on the 10 point scale.
How long do the results last?
Unfortunately, there’s no set answer. The results depend on several factors, such as medication, sun exposure, after-care treatment, and genetics. In addition, microbladed hairstrokes rarely fade evenly, so you might have some hairstrokes outlast others. The average person will experience gradual, uneven fading that lasts anywhere from 12 to 18 months.
Why- and how often- do I need a touch-up?
If you want your brows to have optimal healed results, touch-ups are highly recommended. After the initial treatment, your body will start to heal itself. The healing process will include some fading. It’s even normal to lose anywhere from 40-60% of the pigment. Therefore, 1-2 touch ups may be necessary for a more lasting result.
That said, it should be noted that the position of Highbrow Microblading is that less is more. You have to think about the health of your skin and its ability to retain pigment over the entire course of your life. Each time you receive a microblading treatment, you increase the chance of that delicate brow skin building scar tissue, decreasing pigment absorption capacity, and experiencing subtle color changes.
If you’re relatively pleased with your initial healed results, meaning that you like the color, shape, thickness, and color retention, it may be the best idea to not receive a touch-up session until your brows fade to 30-40% of the original session. In fact, some clients opt for receiving one microblading full session treatment every 3-5 years- knowing they’ll have to fill in sparse areas with makeup during that time- to help keep optimal skin health and pigment absorption capacity.
What type of pigment do you use?
Only the most well-researched, microblading-specific pigments on the market. Highbrow Microblading uses LI brand pigments, Tina Davies Permablend pigments, and PhiBrows SUPE formula pigments. Please note that these mineral-based pigments may include iron, so those with metal allergies should avoid microblading.
Should I be concerned about allergic reactions?
An allergic reaction is extremely rare, but those who are concerned can schedule a patch-test to be performed approximately 1 week before scheduled treatment. Your microblading artist will collect a list of your known allergies, and provide you with a summary of all ingredients used during treatment.
How long does the process take?
Expect the initial procedure to take anywhere from 2-3 hours, but typically closer to 3 hours.
What happens during the initial procedure?
Your microblading artist will ask you several questions about how you’d like your enhanced brows to look. Taking all answers into consideration, your microblading artist will draw an initial brow shape. You will approve and adjust each brow shape until desired shape is achieved. Only then will actual microblading begin.
Do you use a machine?
No. Microblading is done by a disposable, single-use, hand-held “pen.” the pen quite literally draws hairstrokes into the eyebrow template. Very small needles scratch the epidermis, depositing pigment with each stroke. The artist should be very gentle when depositing pigment, as it often requires “surgeon’s hands.”
Is there blood?
Sometimes, but only a very small amount. Each person is different, but generally no more blood than a minor scratch can incite. Those who are on blood-thinning medications may not receive microblading treatment.
What makes someone a non-candidate?
Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, and/or taking blood-thinning medications. Also, those who have had recent severe sun exposure, botox/filler (within the past 2 weeks), eczema, severely oily skin, recent Accutane treatment, and those prone to keloid scarring. Additionally, if you have been diagnosed with/being treated for a compromised or impaired immune system, you must secure a doctor’s note stating you can receive treatment. This is YOUR responsibility.
What if I don’t like the results?
More than likely, if you receive treatment from Highbrow Microblading, you will love your enhanced brows! This is because we take every measure to include you in the brow-creation process- YOU have control over the shape and color. In the rare case that you prefer your original brows, you would simply consult with your Highbrow Microblading specialist to discuss the fading process.
I want microblading, but the process seems intimidating. I’m also seeing conflicting information online when I research my options! Can you help me make sense of everything?
Yes. We recommend you have a phone consultation before committing to any procedure. This is your time to ask the questions that can help you get a feel for your artist. Additionally, be wary of any service that seems too good to be true. It’s your face- be careful and do your research!