Microblading Treatment: What is Microblading?
It doesn’t matter if you like your brows thin, thick, arched and feathered or straight and bold. Eyebrows are a major part of your face. If you’re not satisfied with the ones you have, there’s a very natural option that allows you to wake up and go without having to use brow pencils, powders or gels. Unlike the sometimes sharpie effects of permanent makeup, microblading is more of an embroidery of strokes that look just like real hairs.
Imagine going to the gym or swimming without having to worry your brows will wash off. This is a huge deal for people with brows that have become thinner over the years, have developed uneven or bald patches, who have over plucked brows which never grew back, trichotillomania, recovering from cancer or alopecia. Microblading is also perfect for people who want to change or add to their shape and we are happy to work with you to create a natural and long-lasting look you’ve always wanted.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
Here’s what you can expect during a microblading appointment at Concept Medical in Ottawa.
- You are very much a part of the process and together we design and create your unique shape starting with the initial consultation
- Freezing of the brow area normally takes around 15-20 minutes
- A customized mixed colour based on your skin tone and hair colour starting off with a small spot on your forehead so you can see for yourself
- Ink implants into your skin using a sterile one-time-use micro thin blade which creates hair-like strokes for a beautiful and long-lasting natural look. This usually takes between 60 to 90 minutes
- A barrier cream is applied to your brows for protection
- Before/after photos taken so you can see the results
How to Prepare for a Microblading Appointment
For the very best results and for your own health and safety…
- Do not workout 24 hours before your procedure
- Do not moisturize forehead for 48 hours
- It would be preferable to wash your hair right before your appointment
- Do not consume any alcohol or caffeine 24 hours before procedure (Yes, there is caffeine in decaf coffee and tea!).
- Avoid sun and tanning one week prior to procedure
- Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Advil/Ibuprofen 24 hours before procedure
- Avoid power shakes and power greens, Fish Oil, and “Hair, Skin, Nail” supplements 24 hours prior to procedure
- Discontinue Glycolics, Chemical Peels and Retin-A 4 weeks prior
- Refrain from use of any Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products close to the eyebrow area 2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after your procedure
- Check your moisturizer, facewash and makeup primers for anything that says acid
- No brow waxing or tinting one week before
- You have to be off any kind of Accutane for 1 year. No exceptions! NO LATISSE ON BROWS -Lash hair growing serum (Discontinue for min of 3 weeks)
- Please Note: You will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle as well.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding then this procedure is not for you at this time. No exceptions.
- If you need to, brow waxing/shaping (2 days in advance)
- Brow tinting (1 week in advance)
- If you have Botox, it should be given at least 2 weeks before microblading or 2 weeks after treatment.
- If you have oily skin, your results will appear softer (eyebrows can look solid) in appearance and may require additional procedures
- Dark Skin types please note that your permanent makeup will not appear as bold as lighter skin types. (Indian, African American, Filipino, etc.) Plan on scheduling your touch-up within the first 6 months
- Clients with darker skin (Indian, African American, Filipino, etc.), please know that the hair strokes will not appear as defined or as dark as lighter skin types due to the skin colour already being naturally darker
- Come to your appointment with your eyebrows pencilled the way you like them (optional) if you like & bring your eyebrow pencil with you
When Microblading is NOT Recommended
The Conditions Below Will Prevent You From Microblading
If you have any of the following conditions, permanent makeup is NOT recommended for you:
(The Hair Strokes will not lay properly in the creases, giving the brow an uneven look)
(Scar tissue will prevent proper healing)
- Heart Conditions/Pace Maker/Defibrillator (No exceptions) – If you are any of these medications, you will bleed and the pigment WILL NOT retain
- If you “keloid” scar, you need to ask your doctor (raised scarring)
- Diabetic – (a doctor’s note will be required)
- Autoimmune disorders – (Lupus, Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia)
- Sunburn – (it is advised to wait until your skin has healed)
- Previous PMU may need removal treatments
- Dermatitis of the skin
- Cirrhosis of the Liver – (Susceptible to infection)
- Trichotillomania(Compulsive pulling of body hair) – (Due to constant pulling, scar tissue is prominent and pigment will not heal properly)
- Shingles-Have you EVER had shingles on your face – (No exceptions…PMU will not be performed as the procedure could cause a flare up)
- Eczema, Psoriasis or Dermatitis in or around the brow area – (Constant flaking/itching/irritation/shedding of skin)
- Oily or severely oily skin – (The hair strokes will appear more blended, solid or not retain at all. Powder brow is recommended in this case.)
- Large pores on your forehead & in the brow area – (Pigment will blur/blend in large pores looking powdered therefore powder brow fill is recommended)
- Menopause (Considered) -If you have hot flashes during the procedure, the pigment will not retain and Mary may have to stop. (You will be required to sign and addendum prior to procedure)
- Platelet Disorders-Aggregation Disorders – An aggregation disorder is when platelets do not bind with fibrinogen and other proteins in order to stick to other platelets. As a result the platelets cannot form a plug to stop the bleeding from a damaged blood vessel.
- Moles/raised areas in or around the brow area – (Pigment will not be put into anything raised.)
- Hair transplant for your eyebrows -(Pigment will not take in the scar tissue where the plugs were placed)
- Thyroid condition and taking medication for this condition – (Hypo, Hyper Susceptible, Graves Disease, Hashimotos) *Healing can be unpredictable (pigment can fade much faster or heal ashier)
- Rosacea (severe reddening of the face)
- Any type of Organ Transplant or Anti-Rejection Medications
- Deep wrinkles in the brow area
- Surgical Forehead/Brow lift
If you are on any of these medications, microblading and permanent makeup are not recommended:
- Triflusal (Disgren)
- Clopidogrel (Plavix)
- Prasugrel (Effient)
- Ticagrelor (Brilinta)
- Ticlopidine (Ticlid)
- Cilostazol (Pletal)
- Vorapaxar (Zontivity)
- Dipyridamole (Persantine Coumadin Pradaxia (dibigatran)
- Xarelto (rivaraxaban)
- Eliquis (apixaban)
- Other medications may be asked to be confirmed by your doctor in order to proceed.
- Savaysa (edoxaban)
After the Microblading Procedure
MICROBLADING EYEBROWS IS A “DRY HEAL” DO NOT GET WET, AND NO SWEATING FOR 10 DAYS DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate off. Picking can cause scarring and pigment loss!
COMPLETELY avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds for a minimum of 4 weeks after your procedure. Direct sunlight can cause the pigment to change colour while it is healing and can also cause hyper pigmentation and scarring.
Avoid pool, sauna, steam rooms, hot showers and/or hot baths for 3 weeks. Avoid sweating for a full 10 days. Any physical effort, gym, hot weather, any other activity that may cause sweating through or on the brows will cause the “hairstrokes” to blur under the skin, there is no fixing this. Avoid sleeping on your face/brows for the first 10 days.
NO makeup or skincare products to be used on the treated area for two weeks, including brow tinting. NO facials, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion for 4 weeks. After 10 days, once the area has healed completely, consider using sunblock when going out in the sun to stop the colour from fading. Eyebrow tinting should not be undertaken for 2 weeks after your procedure. Avoid Retin-A, Chemical Peels and Microderms around the brow area once healed.
AVOID ANY SKINCARE THAT HAS THE WORDS: “ACID” “RETIN A” “GLYCOL” ON THE AREA TREATED! Look in your foundations and primers too, it’s in things that say “long lasting” or “Forever”
Microblading post-procedure day-by-guide guide. What can you expect in the days following permanent makeup application?
Days 1 and 2
The eyebrows are approximately 20 to 25% darker and bolder in width than they will be when healed. Your skin is red under the pigment which causes the colour of the pigment to appear darker.
There is some swelling, although difficult to see due to the thickness of the skin in the eyebrow area. This will subside.
Exfoliation, which begins in a few days, will cause the excess pigment surrounding the eyebrow procedure to flake away and a more narrow appearance will result.
New skin will heal over the pigmented area and result in a softer appearance of your eyebrows. Don’t be concerned that your eyebrows initially appear darker and heavier in size than you desire. This is all part of the process.
Eyebrows will start to itch and will appear a bit thicker in texture. Natural exfoliation begins., do not exfoliate yourself.
The skin begins to flake- peeling from the outside edges first.
Colour finishes flaking off and appears softer and greyer for 8 weeks until colour clarifies.
AVOID ANY SKINCARE THAT HAS THE WORDS “ACID” “RETIN A” “GLYCOL” ON THE AREA TREATED!