Microblading (or eyebrow embroidery) is a relatively new, manual method. It is considered to be semi-permanent, as compared to the traditional hairstroke technique.
It is done using a very fine blade to deposit pigments into the epidermis. Because we’re impacting color closer to the surface, the strokes appear crisp and very fine. There is no “spilling” under the skin.
This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. The results are natural looking, hair-like strokes, regardless of the amount of hair present.
People suffering from alopecia, trigonometrical or any other condition that causes hair loss benefit greatly from Microblading, as well as people who simply aren’t happy with their eyebrows.
The pigments used in this method are medical-grade and have been formulated to match your original eyebrow color, and if the eyebrows are still present, blend perfectly into them.
The results are a natural, flawless, fuller looking brow. Initially, the brows appear darker, but fade significantly over a two week period. It is absolutely crucial to have a touch up done, as it is very difficult to predict how well the skin will retain the pigment.
The results can last anywhere from 11 to 18 months, depending on different factors affecting the procedure. However, a touch up once a year is recommended to retain the shape and saturation of pigment. The average cost for the procedure in the United States market varies from $400 to $1200.
At TRU Esthetics the cost starts at $495. This includes your 8 week touch up session. If you return for your touch up within 14 months, it will be $249. Anything after 14 months will be the initial cost $495.
Frequently Asked Microblading Questions
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a manual method to create natural looking hair strokes. Small amounts of pigments are deposited in the superficial layer of the skin.
How long does it last?
Your brows will last as long as it’s maintained. Untouched, the pigment will last 6-18 months.
How often do I need a touch up?
Touch ups are recommended once a year, to keep the color fresh and the strokes crisp.
Does it hurt?
There is minimal discomfort associated with the procedure. A topical anesthetic is used to numb the area to make you comfortable during the procedure.
What should I do to prepare for my procedure?
There’s no prep required. Leaving your eyebrows alone for a week (no tweezing, waxing or otherwise removing the hair) is preferred. Please refrain from injectibles in the treatment area and do not take any aspirin, 2 weeks prior to the procedure.
What should I do after the procedure?
Other than make sure your skin is dry and clean – not much.
How long does it take?
The procedure takes roughly about two hours, sometimes more sometimes less. Please allow a solid two and a half hour window for your appointment. We likely won’t need that much time, but this isn’t something we want to rush.
Do I need to take a day off work?
No. There’s no downtime associated with the treatment. Redness and swelling will dissipate within an hour after. Your brows will appear darker initially, but not so dark that you will be prevented from your activities of daily living.
How long does it take to heal?
Healing time varies from individual to individual. Usually, it takes about a week to ten days for the epithelial crust to form and slough off. Your skin will be considered healed after that happens. Then, the pigment takes some time to settle into the skin. A good month should pass before we consider the process complete.
Can you guarantee your work?
No. I can guarantee that your face is important to me and that I will act in accordance with my experience and expertise to give you my absolute best. I can guarantee that I will strive to make you gratified and content every time. But there are no guarantees in this industry.
What’s the process like?
Microblading is a TWO STEP TREATMENT, consisting of an initial procedure and then a touch up eight weeks after. After we take your before photo, we shape your eyebrows and decide on the color. Shortly after that, a topical anesthetic will be administered to ensure comfort. Once you’re numb, the pigment is deposited.
During healing, it’s normal to experience some pigment loss; this is why we have the touch up in place. The process is considered to be complete 8 weeks after the first touch up.
What can’t I do after the procedure?
You are advised to keep the skin clean and dry – that means no swimming, sweating or otherwise getting the area wet; no tanning or prolonged sun exposure; no picking or peeling of the treatment area. You can still wash your hair and face and once they’re healed up, you treat them as your own.
The Microblading Procedure
Microblading is a TWO STEP PROCESS. The first step is the initial procedure and the second step is your 8 week follow up visit!
After the procedure, the area treated will be darker and more intense, this is normal. This will last a few days until the skin heals and peels and naturally exfoliates and the true color emerges.
In the 1st week as the scabs form in order to heal, they may look even darker/thicker due to some swelling.
Second and Third Week:
The 2nd and 3rd week you may think they even disappeared all together (this is due to the new skin forming over the treated area).
Week 4 is where natural exfoliation has happened and the color emerges. Generally, only the client will notice the changes. It will look like you had your eyebrows tinted that day (which looks darker initially).
Other people may notice ‘something’ is different, but they are unlikely to identify the source of the difference. The brows may also appear thicker than you might like, however, this settles after 10 days, as swelling recedes and the hair stroke will shorten as a result. Swelling/edema is really very minimal, however it must be mentioned that some swelling happens.
It’s a TWO STEP PROCESS and the two visits MUST be completed to achieve the semi permanent brow. If you do not return for your 2nd visit it is half a job done and a less than satisfactory result obtained, which is a waste of your money.
A few days after your procedure you may feel that the strokes are hard to see. DON’T PANIC! This is a normal healing process and fully expected. After your second visit you will love your new eyebrows and are set for about a year.