Microblading & Permanent Makeup

Microblading, also commonly known as micro stroking, eyebrow embroidery, and semi-permanent make-up, is a relatively new technique to North America. Using a manual hand tool, your artist etches a pattern of lines that mimic one's own hair growth pattern while implanting pigment simultaneously. The result is a very natural looking brow, often difficult to detect that it is in fact, a tattoo.

 

During your appointment, your brows will be shaped and drawn to your approval. each brow is custom designed to enhance your features according to your facial proportions and your desired overall shape. Once you are happy with the shape, your microblading specialist will begin the procedure - which usually takes an average of 60 minutes or less. This first appointment takes approximately two and a half hours from start to finish, and a one-hour follow-up visit is scheduled 6-8 weeks later. The follow-up visit allows for minor touch-ups, if necessary. You will be sent home with aftercare instructions and products, which you must follow diligently to ensure the best-healed results possible.

 Please note, that within the following few days after the initial procedure, your brows will appear very dark. This is normal and part of the healing process. You must keep the area as clean as possible to avoid infections. This also means you must not apply makeup to your brows until they are fully healed. You will need to keep your brows away from steam, immersing in water, and sweating (such as showering, swimming, working out) for the first 7-14 days. And away from direct sunlight for at least 4 weeks following your procedure.  Failure to follow aftercare instructions will result in poor healed results.

 

 

CONSULTATIONS

 

We offer a complimentary 15-minute consultation for Permanent Makeup for those who wish to meet with the artist in person.  However, an in-person consultation is not mandatory.  When you book your appointment online, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire and be given instructions on what pictures to email.  This serves as your online consultation.  It is required you carefully read all the information provided on the FAQs page in order to fully determine whether this procedure is right for you, and schedule it at a time when you are able to follow pre and post care instructions diligently.  It is crucial for best results to follow the instructions given.  

 

 

PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT:

 

  • To ensure the best results, make sure your health is in good condition. Get enough rest, eat well, exercise.

  • 72 hours before and after your microblading appointment: avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen.

  • One week before: stop taking the following supplements (Vitamin E, B6, Omega 3, Gingko Biloba, St. John's Wort) as they contribute to thinning the blood and may affect anaesthetic efficacy. You may resume taking your vitamins 72 hours after.

  • On the day of your appointment: avoid caffeine and exercise. Wash your hair in the morning as you will need to avoid the shower for several days. Baths are recommended.  For complete Pre and Post care instructions, please click here.

 

A colour boost is required usually between 18-24 months. A touch-up may be required at 12 months or sooner for oily-skinned clients, those who tan often or often expose to certain chemicals (facial peels, chlorine, anti-ageing products, etc.). Pigment retention varies depending on skin type, age, aftercare, immune system, medications, certain chemicals, and the type of pigment used.

 

 

You are NOT a suitable candidate for this procedure if you are:

 

  • Pregnant or nursing

  • History of Keloids or Hypertrophic Scarring

  • Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)

  • Viral infections and/or diseases

  • Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)

  • Sick (cold, flu, etc.)

  • Botox in the past 2 months

  • Accutane in the past 2 years

  • Recently tanned or will be tanning within 4 Wks

  • Any treatment, medication, or illness that compromises the immune system/ healing would NOT make you a good candidate for micropigmentation procedure. 

  • CONDITIONS THAT WILL REQUIRE A DOCTOR'S NOTE:

  • On certain medications

  • Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure

  • Organ transplant

  • Pacemaker or major heart problems

  • Epilepsy

  • History of cancer

  • Diabetes

 

As this is a semi-invasive procedure, which requires breaking the skin in order to deposit pigment, there are many things to consider before deciding to go ahead with this procedure.

 

First of all, make sure you are in good physical condition.  This will ensure you obtain the best-healed results.  If you have any broken, irritated, or blemished skin around the area of treatment, it is best you reschedule.  You may be refused service and lose your deposit if you show up with compromised skin. 

 

Make sure you disclose any medical conditions and medications and supplements you are taking.  It is important to rule out possibilities of any adverse reactions or undesirable outcome.

 

Please take the time to read the information below so that you are able to make an informed decision.  Feel free to send us an email with any questions you may have.

 

RISK & COMPLICATIONS THAT MAY OCCUR

 

Pain:  There may be some pain felt even after the anaesthetic is used.  Some people responded better to anaesthetics than others.

 

Infection: Infection is very unusual. The areas treated must be kept clean and only freshly cleaned hands should touch the areas. You will receive specific aftercare instructions upon booking your appointment. 

 

Uneven Pigmentation: This can result from poor healing, infection, bleeding or many other causes. Yours follow up appointment will likely correct any uneven appearance.

 

Asymmetry: Every effort will be made to avoid asymmetry but our faces are not symmetrical so adjustments may be needed during the follow-up session to correct any unevenness.

 

Excessive Swelling or Bruising: Not typical for Microblading.  Minor if it occurs, and subsides within a few days. Eyeliner and lips - swelling may last a few days. 

 

Anaesthesia: Topical anaesthetics are used to numb the area to be tattooed. Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Benzocaine, Tetracaine and Epinephrine in a cream or gel form are typically used. If you are allergic to any of these please advise your technician prior to your appointment date.

 

Keloid Scarring – occurs when a wound scar grows excessively producing the fibrous protein (collagen) after the wound has healed, beyond normal boundaries. Although keloid scarring is more likely with deeper wounds, persons with this tendency may have problems with tattooing also.

 

Cold Sores/Fever Blisters & Canker Sores- (lips) trauma around the mouth area may cause an occurrence of cold sores. It is usually a few days after the injury or procedure that cold sore pain begins. You are required to take anti-viral medication prior to your lip procedure and show proof of your medication on the day of your appointment.  Failure to do so at the time of appointment will result in loss of your deposit.  

 

Corneal Abrasion – (eyeliner) is a painful injury that usually heals in 1-2 days. It may result from a scratch or poke, or irritation from meds. If you wear contact lenses, you will be required to remove them prior to your appointment and wear glasses immediately after the appointment and for 3-4 days after. 

 

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) - dark-skinned individuals have a higher predisposition for this, and permanent makeup lip procedures are a higher risk (larger area, more swelling, longer healing time) than permanent eyeliner or permanent eyebrows.

 

Foreign Body Granulomas – nodules that form around material that the body perceives as foreign. This is rare but is possible with tattoo pigment, body piercing jewellery, splinters, or any foreign material that is too large to be ingested and removed by macrophages.

 

MRI: Some pigments used in permanent cosmetic procedures contain inert oxides, a low-level magnet may be required if you need to be scanned by an MRI machine. You must inform your MRI technician of any tattoos or permanent cosmetics. In some cases, some heat and/or tingling may be felt in the area of the tattoo.

 

Allergic Reaction: There is a small possibility, although rare,  of an allergic reaction to tattoo pigments.  However, this may show up many years after your procedure.  You may take a 5-7 day patch test to determine this.  However, it is up to you to seek advice from a Medical Professional to diagnose an allergic reaction should an adverse reaction occur.  Even if your patch test shows you are not allergic, this does not rule out a reaction showing up many years later. Allergic reactions to pigments are rare, however, it can occur.

 

You may also be allergic to other products used during the procedure.  This is why it is important for you to disclose information in the medical questionnaire.

 

The alternative to these possibilities is to use cosmetics and not undergo the Permanent Cosmetics procedure.

 

GENERAL PRE AND POST CARE INSTRUCTIONS

 

If you have any medical issues, on medication, or any general concerns, it is very important you discuss this with your technician prior to your procedure.

 

In order to achieve the best results, please follow the pre and post care instructions as outlined on this page as well as the post care document specific to your procedure after you book your appointment.  If you are unable to follow these instructions at the time before and after your appointment, it is best you re-schedule. 

 

PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT

 

GENERAL:

  • To ensure the best results, make sure your health is in good condition. Get enough rest, eat well, exercise. 

  • One week before: stop taking the following supplements: Vitamin E, B6, Omega 3, Gingko Biloba, St. John's Wort, Evening Primrose Oil, Niacin -  as they contribute to thinning the blood and may affect anaesthetic efficacy. You may resume taking your vitamins 72 hours after.

  • NO anti-ageing treatment (peels, facials, invasive laser treatments) at least 3-4 weeks prior to your appointment 

 

MICROBLADING: 

  • 48 hours before (and after) your microblading appointment: avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen 48.

  • On the day of your appointment: avoid caffeine (tea, coffee, pop, energy drinks)  and DO NOT exercise. Wash your hair in the morning as you will need to avoid the shower for several days. Baths are recommended.

 

AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT

 

WHAT TO EXPECT-

Your new cosmetic tattoo will begin to darken by the end of the day and may continue to appear darker and larger (thicker, bigger) than you would like.  This is normal and part of the body's natural healing process.  DO NOT PANIC!  This is expected.  Swelling should subside within a few days. You must follow the aftercare instructions provided to you for best results.  DO NOT PICK OR PEEL YOUR SCABS! Doing so may result in scarring, keloids, uneven patchy colour, and prolong redness that can last for several months.

You may feel a little sore from the procedure and this is normal.  You may take Tylenol, but NOT aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).  You will receive a care packet containing your aftercare product. Written and oral instructions will also be given.

 

General aftercare until your peeling is complete:

 

Until scabs have fully completed peeling:

  • Do not immerse the area in water or have shower spray directly in the area

  • Do not exercise where you will be sweaty

  • Do not wear make-up in the area

  • Avoid direct sunlight

  • Keep the area moist with aftercare ointment provided with a Q-tip

  • Never touch the area with your fingers

  • Keep the area clean as instructed

  • Never pick, or peel or rub your scab.  Doing so may cause scarring and prolonged redness

  • Eat a well-balanced diet, get enough sleep for best healing

  • Use a clean pillowcase

  • Use brand new makeup once healed for the area that has had permanent make-up done 

 

NO WORKING OUT including any activities where you will be sweaty FOR 7-14 DAYS until your peeling is complete.  You may resume regular activities once you have completed the peeling phase. 

 

AVOID IMMERSING BROWS IN  WATER. This means no swimming.  Use a face cloth to wash your face, go around your brows.

 

KEEP IT CLEAN! Your area is an open wound, which requires healing from your body.  Use common sense to ensure a good environment for healing - get enough rest, eat well, avoid public areas that may be very dusty or polluted.  

 

The healing process can take anywhere from 28-35 days to heal.  You will see many changes throughout this time.   When it starts to peel you may think the colour may appear very light.  Rest assured the final colour will show up after a month’s time.  This is part of your body’s natural healing process.

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