Microblading FAQ’s

What is Microblading? Microblading is a manual “hand” method of permanent cosmetics for your eyebrows which creates extremely fine natural looking hair strokes.

The results? Perfectly natural looking, thick, full brows.

How long does Microblading last? Depending on your skin type and care, pigment will fade slowly anywhere from 12-24 months.

Is Microblading painful? The service can be a little uncomfortable for those who are more sensitive. However, there is a topical anesthetic applied before and during the procedure to keep this to a minimum which helps to make the treatment completely tolerable.

How does it work? The pigment is applied with a special hand tool that contains rows of several fine needles to create thin hair like marks in the skin. The pigment is bladed just below the epidermis and the shallowest part of the dermis, making extremely fine natural looking hair strokes. A very natural result is achieved, as the hairs are bladed into the skin according to the natural hair growth direction. A touch up is included and must be performed 4-6 weeks after your initial treatment. Microblading is a two step procedure! How long does the service take? The initial appointment may take anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. Your touch up appointment may only take anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours.

Are there any pre-existing conditions that might interfere with consideration for a Microblading treatment?

  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Keloid scarring
  • Diabetic
  • Serious diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, autoimmune disorders (doctor’s note is required)
  • Circulatory disorders (doctor’s note is required)
  • Any bleeding disorders (doctor’s note is required)
  • If you’re taking blood thinning medications (doctor’s note is required)
  • Currently on Accutane – must be off for at least 6 months
  • If any skin disease symptoms or irritation appears on the area
  • If you’ve recently had Botox or Dysport (discuss with artist)
  • Old permanent make up – (treatment will be determined by your artist and will be considered as corrective and may cost more if treatment is decided on)
  • If you have a sunburn
  • After chemical peels – (must wait two weeks)

Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my service?

  • Avoid alcohol 24-48 hours before your treatment
  • Avoid coffee, alcohol, or energizing drinks on the day of your treatment
  • Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 hours before your treatment
  • Do not take omega3 fish oils 1 week before treatment
  • Do not tan or have intense sun exposure 3 days before treatment
  • No waxing 2-3 days before treatment
  • No chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser or any other intense skin treatments 2 weeks before treatment
  • Shower and fix your hair as you need to take extra care not to get your brows wet for several days

Is there any post-procedure care?

YES! You must avoid ALL of the following:

  • Increased/profuse sweating, swimming, hot sauna, hot yoga, hot bath or Jacuzzi, sun tanning or tanning booth for at least 10 days.
  • Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A, Retinol, and Glycolic Acid on or near the treatment area for at least 2 weeks.
  • Picking, peeling or scratching of the area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment.
  • Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning or outdoor yardwork where there may be a lot of airborne debris.
  • Drinking alcohol in excess as it may lead to slow healing of wounds and promote bleeding.
  • Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles or motorcycles.
  • Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post care ointment with a cotton swab.
  • Before showering apply a layer of post care ointment to protect your eyebrows from moisture. During the shower keep your face away from the shower head. Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven to ten days post procedure.
  • Applying any eyebrow make up until all scabbing and flaking has resolved. Approximately around day 10.
  • Once completely healed, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure will cause the pigment to fade more quickly.

What happens during the touch up? The touch up is recommended 4-6 weeks after initial treatment. During your touch up, your artist will fill in missing hairs, add or make hairs longer or just achieve a darker color.

What’s the Microblading healing process like? Your new eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle. Think Peel, Heal, and Fade. True reflection of healed color can only be assessed 3-4 weeks after treatment. Touch-ups and/or correction of the shape/design is recommended at least 4 weeks after initial treatment. Your brows go from too dark, to too light, to just right! Immediately after the procedure, the pigment will appear very sharp and dark. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin and has not yet settled in completely. The color of the pigment will soften gradually (do not be alarmed if you see some pigment on the cotton swab as this is excess pigment and/or bodily fluid that is naturally exiting your skin). Once the healing of the skin starts taking place it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the color pigment is fading too quickly. However, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows. Your eyebrows will be the lightest tones during days 5-12 because the color is absorbed in the deeper layers of the skin. Later skin cells push it back to the upper layers. Once the healing is completed, you will enjoy a pair of beautiful, new, natural looking eyebrows.

What can I expect during my Microblading treatment? Here’s a quick rundown of your microblading service: First you will have an initial consultation with your artist. During your consultation you will go over medical health history and consent form, color selection, brow shape and post care instructions. (It is a good idea to bring your brow make up (if any) to this appointment). Then you will schedule your first microblading appointment. Topical anesthetic may be given to you to apply prior to your initial appointment.

  1. During your initial microblading treatment numbing will be the first step. This may be done prior to the appointment if it was given to you at the consultation, or it may be part of the treatment.
  2. Once the area is numb, your artist will draw on or fill in the area to be microbladed. Special tools to aid in proper measuring may be used.
  3. Next, initial strokes are implanted, then more anesthetic is applied to reduce any discomfort.
  4. Pigment is then worked into each stroke and then a pigment “mask” is left to absorb into the skin for several minutes.
  5. This may take place 2-3 times depending on how many passes are performed.
  6. Once that’s finished, the artist cleans the area thoroughly and applies healing ointment. Post care instructions will be reviewed.

    Dermaplaning

    A physical exfoliation treatment using a straight-edge blade to remove the top layer of skin. It also removes “peach fuzz” on the face. Dermaplane can be combined with a peel and/or a facial as well. Sometimes referred to as blading or epidermal leveling.

    Anyone except: active acne, acne prone, excessive wrinkles, moles, and anyone with a lot of actinic keratosis. Can be done monthly.

    Beta or Salicylic

    Antibacterial, great for active acne w/pus and ethnic skin.

    Brilliance Peel

    TCA medium depth peel, approx. 5 days of downtime, great for fine/medium lines, thick sun damaged skin, aging skin, rough textures. These peels come in a prepared kit, therefore they are priced per kit.

    Prestige Peel

    TCA based medium depth peel. Stronger than the BrilliancePeel. Approx. 7-10 days of downtime. Our strongest peel.
    *If a client asks if we offer the VI peel, this is an equivalent option. We think it’s better than the VI peel because we can offer two strengths vs. just one with the VI peel.

    Clinician will determine, but typically a series of 4-6 every other week for correction, then every 4-6 wks for maintenance, except for Brilliance and Prestige, which are spaced out a little further since they are stronger.

    Deep Pore Cleansing Facials

    A no “fluff” facial treatment designed to exfoliate dead skin cells and deep cleanse the pores with extractions. Deep pore cleansing facials can be combined with a Microdermabrasion or a Chemical Peel.

    Great for acne/ acne prone, congested skin or anyone looking for a facial withextractions.

    Clinician will determine, but typically every 2-4 weeks or once every 3 months when doing other treatments.

    Sanitas Signature Facial/

    Peptide Facial/ Specialty Facials
    An hour long hydrating facial in which the skin is cleansed, exfoliated (enzyme), massaged, and hydrated. The Peptide Facial includes the use of super anti-aging peptides. Specialty or seasonal facials feature seasonal products.

    Great for all skin types especially those looking to relax – usually with active acne the facial massage is omitted but patient can have a longer shoulder/neck massage instead.

    Recommended monthly to maintain skin health.
    *Facial time is 60 mins and the 15 mins is for changing the bed and clean up.

     

    Microcurrent Facial

    The microcurrent facial is also referred to as the “non-surgical facelift”. The microcurrent treatment sends electrical signals to the facial muscles and surrounding tissues to promote collagen production. These high frequency treatments reach deep within the skin’s layers in order to trigger cell production (ATP) and give the muscles a “mini workout”. This helps to tighten and tone the muscles over a short period of time and give an instant lift that can last up to 72 hours.
    Great for almost anyone who wants firmer more toned looking skin. People with Cancer and pacemakers are not candidates.
    A single treatment will provide an instant lift for approx.72 hours. (great for events). To achieve long term benefits a series of 10-12 treatments performed at least once or twice a week is recommended, then monthly for maintenance.

     

    *If booking a MDA with a Microcurrent- the MDA MUST be booked FIRST!

    FotoFacial (Broadway Location Only)

    FotoFacial is a light based treatment that uses BBL (Broad Band Light). It is not a laser. It is a broad spectrum light that is attracted to color, both reds and browns in the skin. The light turns into heat, hits the target (color) and scatters the capillaries and pigmentation, then the body absorbs the color. Fotofacial can be performed on most areas of the body. Face, Neck, Chest, Hands, Arms, etc…

    It is effective to treat red/vascular issues (broken capillaries/rosacea, flushing, redness) and hyperpigmentation (brown spots). A consultation is required as is a 2-4 week skin prep w/product (hydroquinone, Retin-A, AHA, Vitamin C, etc…)

    Typically 3- 5 txs 3-4 weeks apart is recommended for correction & amp; qtrly maint.

     

    SkinPen – aka Micro-needling

    For skin micro-needling, we use an electric skin needling device made especially for this purpose. The device is a pen shape with a disposable cartridge that contains 12 very fine needles. It is a medical device used in micro needling to break down old scar tissue and stimulate skin cells to proliferate. This cell multiplication results in the formation of new tissue layers of elastin and collagen fibers. The needle cartridge slides along the skin, penetrating the upper layers of the skin to a depth of up to 2mm to create numerous tiny needle wounds. The procedure prompts the body to respond through the creation of new collagen and elastin fibers. In response to the stimulus, the skin plumps and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, and fine lines and wrinkles.

     

    What does the procedure involve?
    The skin is cleaned and numbing cream is applied to lessen discomfort. A small handheld pen like device with a sterile, disposable tip with 12 tiny needles is then used to pierce the skin. The SkinPen’s multi speed and adjustable needle depth allow the needles to pierce the skin’s layer at 90 degrees and increase the absorption of products.

    Most people will experience redness and mild swelling just like a mild sunburn for 24-48 hours. Within a week or two, you will notice that the skin is smoother and more radiant looking but the full effects won’t be seen until a few months later.

    SkinPen is for anyone who wants to improve mild to moderate acne scarring; old or new scars. Fine lines and wrinkles, loose, lax skin, skin texture and pore size.

    Typically a series of 3-6 treatments is needed 4-6 weeks apart for correction and then twice a year for maintenance.