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FAQ Brows

How long does it take to heal?

The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear darker. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process.

The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Make sure you do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed/microshaded area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after the procedure. 

It takes approximately 7-10 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You may notice the color is very light right after two weeks of healing, this is due to the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.

 

Is the touch up session necessary?

Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during the first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes or shade can be added. 

 

If you have oily skin, it often requires a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, the touch up session is to ensure it looks perfect and the pigment retains the color for the 2-3 years.

 

Can you come for a touch up sooner than 4 weeks?

Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after the initial microblading session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.

 

How long does it last?

Since pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. 

Microblading typically lasts 1-2 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/ mature). 

 

Microshading and combination brow lasts 2-3 years. Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, use products with AHA or Glycolic Acid will fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary. 

 

To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.

 

What if I do not like it?

As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly. We always recommend clients do their research, understand the procedure and compare different artists' work and portfolio when making their decisions. Our brow technicians will do their utmost to shape and style the eyebrows to the clients satisfaction prior to the procedure.

 

Every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Uneven appearance can be fixed during the touch up session. Pigment discoloration and color correction can also be fixed during the touch up session. Microbladed brows will eventually fade away if no additional touch ups are done.

 

How long is the recovery or healing time?

Immediately after your procedure and in the first 10 days, your brows will appear significantly darker and defined than perhaps your desired look. It may continue to get darker over the next few days as scabs begin to form, however this is not an accurate indication of the finished and healed result. 20-50% of your brow color will fade as the scabs fall off within 7-10 days. In some cases, the scabs may take longer to heal and fall off. DO NOT PICK YOUR SCABS. The pigment is within the scab and you do not want to pull any pigment out of your skin prematurely.

 

We all heal differently and what works on one client may not be effective on another so please do not compare your results. The complete healing process takes approximately 4 weeks.

 

How do you choose a colour?

We choose a colour together by applying small amounts of different coloured pigments to the skin near to your brows and selecting the best match for your skin tone, features and personal preference. As a rule of thumb, we closely match the color of your brow hair rather than your current hair color for the most natural results.

 

Does it hurt afterwards?

The area can be a little sore for the first few hours and tender to touch for a couple days.

 

What types of pigments do you use?

We use iron oxide or carbon based pigments that will fade over time and are naturally absorbed by the skin. Both are innocuous, harmless and perfectly safe for your skin.

 

Can you microblade over an existing brow tattoo?

Microblading can be done over an existing brow tattoo, however the old tattoo must be significantly faded for the hair strokes to show through and look natural. Please advise if you have an existing tattoo and submit a picture to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.

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