Microblading is the highly anticipated form of tattoo artistry that creates the most natural looking set of eyebrows by using a handheld tool, the microblade, and pigment to simulate hair strokes, mimic the client’s natural hair color, texture, and growth pattern. While there are many techniques and patterns when it comes to Microblading, 3D Microblading, also known as 3 dimensional brows, provides a pattern that exhibits depth throughout the eyebrows as well as a natural direction of each hair stroke. An eyebrow that is 1D, or 1 dimensional, will portray strokes that all go in one direction whereas a 3D brow will have hair like strokes built upon one another to create dimension and a more natural flow to the brow itself.

Who is the ideal candidate for Microblading? Are there contraindications?

Most people are candidates for Microblading, especially those with small pores, those who have overplucked throughout the years, and who have very light brows. Even clients who already have hair can get Microblading performed so as to achieve a fuller and more defined brow. A client who has never had their eyebrows Microbladed are the most ideal candidate as we will have a clean canvas to work with and are able to customize their set of brows according to their bone structure. For clients who have had previous Microblading or tattooing on their eyebrows from another artist must wait for previous pigment to fade or have removal of previous pigment before proceeding with treatment. Like with most procedures there are still restrictions/contraindications to keep in mind. The following conditions are considered contraindications for Microblading:

  • Diabetes
  • Pregnant and lactating women
  • Skin diseases: psoriasis, eczema, and undiagnosed rashes/blisters on area to be treated
  • Skin cancer in area being treated
  • Heart conditions/high blood pressure

What are the pre-care instructions prior to my Microblading appointment?

So you have officially booked your Microblading appointment and are ready to prep for your big day! Listed below are your guidelines to review prior to your appointment:

  • Do not work out the day of the procedure as the body heat will expand the pores
  • Avoid heavy sunlight and especially sunburn 3 days before procedure. Skin should not be in process of healing before procedure!
  • Do NOT drink coffee or anything with caffeine the day of procedure
  • Do NOT take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen, omega-3, unless medically necessary, 48-72 hours prior to the procedure. (Tylenol or acetaminophen is okay!!)
  • Do NOT drink alcohol 24 hours before the procedure
  • The following treatments should be avoided within the indicated time from the procedure:
  • Waxing, Threading, or Tweezing (3 days prior)
  • A chemical peel/glycolic facial/AHA’s/retinol/anti-aging products (4 weeks prior and after)
  • Botox/Filler treatment (wait at least 4 weeks prior and after touch-up is healed. It is preferred that Microblading is performed first and then Botox once brows are healed.)
  • Laser treatments (4 weeks prior and after)

Aftercare instructions:

The next step to achieving and maintaining your new eyebrows is following your aftercare instructions carefully. This is a crucial step to follow post treatment to ensure the longevity of your pigmented brows. Your Microblading artist will go over with you in depth your protocol once treatment has been completed. The entire healing process will take 4-6 weeks at which point you will be due for your initial touchup. Your eyebrows will appear very natural the day of the procedure and much darker in color the following day. This is to be expected. Over the course of the next few weeks your brows will begin to peel/scab and may appear lighter. Pigment will begin to resurface approximately 30 days post treatment. The following instructions outline protocol for the first 24 hours and up to seven days post procedure.

First 24 Hours:

First thing after your Microblading procedure your brows may feel tender or raw-this is normal. Every 3 hours for the first 24 hours please use bottled or filtered water to gently rinse your brow area and pat day (do not rub) with sterile gauze. Do not apply any type of soap or cleanser. Do not rinse brows once 24 hours has passed in order to let your brows dry out and begin healing.

Seven Days Post-Microblading Procedure:

It is very important that you do not let any water, lotion, soap, or makeup touch your eyebrow area from this point on for 7 days. If you feel any uncomfortable dryness, tightness, or itching after 5-7 days, you may gently apply the post-care ointment with clean hands. This can be done at night or before a shower but be sure to use the ointment sparingly as your skin needs to heal itself. Please continue to apply the ointment only as needed until you no longer are scabbing.

Activities such as increased sweating, sports, swimming, saunas, tanning, chemical peels, laser treatments, alcohol, and rubbing the treated area must be avoided for 14 days thereafter to prevent premature fading of pigment.
Upon complete healing, applying SUNSCREEN to your eyebrows is ESSENTIAL! Apply SPF 30-50 when exposed to the sun to prevent pigment from fading more quickly. Now you will be able to enjoy your new eyebrows! Microbladed eyebrows can last anywhere from 1-3 years based on your skin type post treatment.