As we age, many of us find that our eyebrows become lighter, thinner and more sparse. Many women tire of having to pencil in their eyebrows every day. The highly trained esthetician at Amethyst Wellness in Palm Coast, Fl, is pleased to offer Microblading, semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing to help you look and feel your best.
What is it?
Microblading (or 3D eyebrows), is a semi-permanent tattoo that creates “hair-like” strokes by using a unique manual hand tool which contains a small row of very fine needles. These needles deposit pigment into the basal membrane (bottom layer) of the epidermis, which divides the epidermis from the dermis layer of the skin. This method produces crisp hair strokes that will not blur after healing in comparison to the traditional permanent makeup method.
Is it painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild. Two topical numbing agents will be applied during the procedure to combat any discomfort. The first numbing agent is 5% Lidocaine which is applied prior to the procedure for 40 minutes. The second numbing agent which is used during the procedure is 4% Lidocaine and 2% Tetracaine. Everyone has a different pain threshold and response to anesthetic. The feeling of the procedure ranges from being described as light scratches, to not feeling anything at all. After the procedure, you can expect redness and slight swelling. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but NOT aspirin or ibuprofen.
Who should avoid it?
- Those prone to keloids or post- inflammatory hypopigmentation.
- If you’ve had Juvederm or other fillers in that area. Depending on the timing, we recommend to get Microblading done first.
- Patients undergoing chemotherapy.
- Those who are on Accutane must wait 6 months after completion to receive treatment.
- If you have any kind of skin conditions on or near your eyebrows, including; eczema, shingles, or rashes.
- Those with extremely oily skin.
- Those with dark pre-existing eyebrow tattoo or permanent makeup. The tattoo or permanent makeup must be light enough to draw hair strokes onto.
- We do not recommend Microblading for anyone under the age of 18.
- Woman who are pregnant or nursing.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
- Keep yourself well hydrated.
- Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E, Omega 3s, or Ibuprofen 24 hours before.
- Do not drink coffee, alcohol, or energy drinks on the day of treatment.
- If you tint your eyebrows, do it at least 48 hours prior to treatment.
- Do not expose yourself to the sun, if you have color of any kind (spray tan included), you will be asked to reschedule.
- No waxing, depilatory creams, or electrolysis 5-7 days prior.
- No chemical peels, dermabrasion, or other intense facial treatments. This will cause skin cells to rejuvenate faster which will result in skin irritation. It is recommended that these procedures be done 2-3 weeks before Microblading.
- It is advised to wash your hair and face before the treatment. You will not be able to have direct contact with water on eyebrow area for 7 days.
During my visit what should I expect?
A typical Microblading Appointment lasts 2-2.5 hours. Here is what you can expect:
- Consultation discussing treatment, shape, and pigment color.
- The shape outline will be carefully measured and drawn on with a soft pencil, which will serve as the guide for the procedure.
- Topical numbing cream will be applied: This takes approximately 30-40 minutes to take effect.
- Microblading begins and the pigment is applied with a manual tool.
- Pigment is left to absorb for 3 minutes.
- Any excess ink will be wiped off.
- “Before” and “after” photos will be taken to ensure satisfaction.
- A healing balm will be applied before you leave.
- Do not wet for the first 7 days. Be very careful when showering and washing face not to get water in treated area. It is advised that you put a layer of healing balm over eyebrows and cover with saran wrap before you hop in the shower.
- Days 1-10 keep a thin layer of Aquaphor© on eyebrows no less than twice a day. Be sure to wash hands before application and gently apply with clean cotton swab, no vigorous motions.
- No itching or rubbing! To avoid infection and/or bald spots on the brow, it is important not to pick or rub at the pigment that may start to peel or flake. Let this occur naturally.
- No working out, saunas, or steamy showers for 7 days.
- No direct sun exposure for 2 weeks.
- Many brows will need up to 1 month to fully heal. Touch ups with be scheduled 4-6 weeks out to retouch any bald spots and to ensure brows are perfectly even.
- Your new brows will go through many stages: Appearing very dark at first, very dull after dryness/flaking has subsided and new skin has formed, in the days following this dullness, pigment will re-emerge and as the new skin settles in, you will be left with completely healed brows.
- When eyebrows are all healed, don’t forget to always apply a layer of sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher). Sun damage will accelerate fading of the pigment.