No one under 18 years of age is permitted to receive the procedure.
Consult with your physician. He/she is the most knowledgeable about your body and its ability to heal. All of the following discontinuation requirements must be considered as “unless medically necessary.”
If you have had any facial surgery, you must wait at least 1 year before considering the procedure.
1 month prior to your procedure: Discontinue the use of Accutane/ Retin-A, topical steroids, and any medication that affects the dermal layer of the skin.
3 weeks prior to your procedure: Discontinue receiving Botox injections or procedures of the like (around the eye, brow, and forehead areas). This will help Valerie to gauge the proper placement of your brows.
If you have your brows waxed, do so no less than 2 weeks prior to your procedure. Also, if you tan outdoors or indoors, receive chemical peels, or harsh facial scrubs, do so no less than 2 weeks prior to your procedure.
1 week prior to your procedure: Discontinue the use of Retinol.
48-72 hours prior to your procedure: Discontinue the use of anti-coagulants, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Fish Oil, Niacin, and Vitamin E. These drugs thin the blood and affect the way your body will retain the pigment. Acetaminophen is permissible. Also during this time frame, refrain from using tobacco, nicotine, and alcohol. These drugs will also affect your pigment retention and healing.
If you require prophylactic antibiotics before dental or other procedures, you will need to take them for this procedure, as well.
The following are contraindications for the procedure, and thus, render anyone possessing them a bad candidate: Pregnancy/breast-feeding, skin rashes or infections, acne or open sores, diabetes, blood/bleeding disorders, mitral valve prolapse, artificial heart valves, heart conditions, uncontrolled high blood pressure, artificial joints, propensity for keloids/hypertrophic scarring, any treatment or medication that weakens the immune system, and poor general health. If you are on an antibiotic regimen, finish the regimen as directed and wait 2 weeks before having the procedure done. Most of the aforementioned cases require a physician’s release in order for us to consider the procedure.
Please call us at (585) 419-6222 if ANY of the above circumstances apply to you and we will discuss your options.
1. Is it permanent?
Microblading is only semi-permanent in that it lasts anywhere from 1-3 years. The time frame is largely dependent upon factors such as your age, skin care routine, the natural regenerative properties of your skin, etc. Individual results will vary.
2. How does it differ from traditional tattooing?
Microblading is a relatively easy and painless procedure. It is a process that implants pigment more superficially than traditional tattooing, making it less painful and giving a sharper look. Traditional tattooing is performed with a motorized device, whereas microblading is done using a hand-held tool, also known as a pen. The tool is used to finely etch pigments into your skin, which simulates the look of hair strokes, allowing for an incredibly natural look. There is no “spilling” of the pigment under the skin, meaning the strokes will be very fine and precise.
3. How long does the procedure take?
The procedure will take around two hours, depending on individual need. Because Valerie is so determined to help you maintain your individuality and consult with you on your best brow shape and hue, much of the process is spent in this consultation period. She will not perform the service until you are satisfied with the outline and color choice.
4. Is it painful?
The procedure is virtually painless. Before the microblading begins, a topical numbing cream is used. Then, once the initial etches are made, another topical anesthetic is used. You may feel a slight discomfort or burning during the procedure. Some clients liken the feeling to little cat scratches. And the feeling post-procedure has been likened to a slight sunburn. Because microblading is so minimally invasive, there is no downtime afterward.
5. Can you microblade grey brows? What about previously tattooed or microbladed brows?
Valerie will work with you to choose the right hues for your skin tone and natural hair color, but there are no grey pigments that are used. With grey-haired clients, the best color match is usually a soft brown with cool undertones. As for previously tattooed or microbladed brows – please email us a clear photo of the condition of your brows and we will assess the possibility of covering them up. Oftentimes, cover-ups do not work well, and we may need to suggest you get the current pigment removed before considering a procedure with us. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. How do natural oiliness/dryness affect the procedure?
The oilier the skin, the softer the look will be. This is because the oils will mix with the pigment, making a blurrier effect. Conversely, drier skin will allow the pigment to look sharper and more precise.
7. How many times will I have to come back?
There are usually only two procedures involved in the microblading experience - the initial appointment and the follow-up. In some instances, additional follow-ups are required. The first step is your initial appointment with Valerie; imagine the first step as the creative consultation, where you determine the best shape, hue, and definition of your brows. Feel free to arrive with any brow makeup you usually wear, as well as photos of brows you like. The second part of the process is a follow-up/touch-up, completed about 6 weeks after the initial session. Because the healing process causes the pigmentation to fade, the touch-up session is crucial in creating more definition and lasting impact. It will allow for any necessary alterations or color adjustments, as well.
8. Do you have a Deposit and Cancellation Policy?
Our Deposit and Cancellation Policy is as follows: For all services, there is a non-refundable fee of $50. This fee will be applied to your total service cost. Cancellations must be made within 48 hours of the scheduled appointment. Frequent or untimely cancellations risk the forfeiture of the ability to reschedule and the deposit will be retained. Please arrive 10 minutes early to your appointment in order to complete paperwork and make your final payment. Late arrivals may result in forfeiture of the appointment and the deposit will be retained.
9. How may I reach out with more questions?
You may call us at (585) 419-6222 or email us at email@example.com.