Frequently Asked Questions About Microblading
Microblading has become a very popular brow treatment in Rochester. At Brow Diva, our microblading expert, Chelsea, creates beautiful brows that are perfect for you!
To help you better understand how microblading is performed, how to maintain your results and who it is best for, we have put together a list of microblading FAQs. If you have any additional questions about microblading, please call us at (585) 271-2950!
+ What is microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow enhancement treatment. At Brow Diva, your microblading treatment is completely customized to your eyebrow needs, including both the shape and color of your brows.
Individual hair strokes are hand drawn and blended in with your existing eyebrow hair and pattern. Whether you already have a nice brow shape and just want them to look thicker and bolder or your brows have thinned out significantly due to aging, Chelsea creates results that are natural looking and perfect for you. Furthermore, microblading can greatly benefit people suffering from alopecia, trichotillomania or any other condition that causes hair loss.
+ How is microblading performed?
Microblading is performed by using a very fine blade to delicately deposit color pigment into the epidermis in fine hair-like strokes to create the appearance of fuller eyebrows. This technique places the pigment on the surface layer of the skin, so the strokes appear crisp and very fine, and there is no “spilling” under the skin, as seen with permanent tattooing. Furthermore, microblading is a 2-step process - the initial microblading treatment and the “perfecting” appointment 4 to 8 weeks after the initial treatment.
Chelsea will meticulously customize the pigment to compliment your natural eyebrow color and blend the strokes and pigment perfectly into your brows. The results are natural, flawless, fuller looking brows. Please note that in the first two weeks following your microblading session, it is normal for your brows to appear very dark, but the color will fade.
You will come back within 4 to 8 weeks following your initial microblading appointment for a perfecting treatment with Chelsea. At this time, she will evaluate your pigment retention and make any modifications necessary to your brows.
After these first two appointments, most clients will only need to come back for an annual touch-up with Chelsea to maintain fresh looking brows.
Please understand that final results cannot be guaranteed. Everyone has different skin types, which ultimately affects how the skin holds and breaks down the pigment. Some people do not retain the pigment as well as others and will therefore require more frequent touch-up treatments to maintain optimal results.
+ How long will my microblading last?
Since microblading is semi-permanent, the color gradually fades over time. While results vary from client to client, on average, microblading results last 1 to 2 years. To maintain your results longer, we strongly encourage annual touch-ups with Chelsea to refresh the pigment and redefine the hair strokes. Without maintenance, your microbladed brows will look faded, which can be a great guideline when filling in your brows with Brow Diva brow powder. But most clients love their microblading results so much they never want to let them fade!
+ Am I a good candidate for microblading?
Microblading can be a wonderful beauty enhancement treatment for many people! Whether you already have a nice brow shape but want to enhance them a little more so you don’t have to fill in your brows with powder every morning or have very thin brows and want to create a fuller appearance, you are likely a candidate for microblading.
Although microblading is a safe treatment for most people, there are some conditions that can prohibit clients from being a good candidate. Below is a list of conditions and circumstances that prohibit clients from undergoing a microblading treatment.
If you have any of these medical conditions and arrive to your appointment without a legitimate doctor’s written consent, we will not perform this procedure and our late cancellation policy will be enforced - No exceptions! (Please see our POLICY for more details).
This last sentence is a little harsh and you will have to ask my mom what she wants the late cancellation policy to be, but somehow say if you have diabetes or on any blood thinners please consult your doctor for permission. we don’t necessarily need a note.
- Pregnant or breast feeding
- Use of retinols or retinoids (must stop use for 1 week prior to appointment)
- Recent Botox/Dysport or filler treatment around the brows (we recommend waiting 1 month)
- Sunburn or deep tan (must wait at least 2 weeks)
- Waxing (must wait 3 days after waxing)
- Chemical peels or micro-needling (must wait at least 2 weeks so your skin heals properly)
- Keloid scarring or prone to keloids
- Moles or birthmarks on the brow area
- Serious diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Autoimmune Disorders, Viral Infections
- Chemotherapy treatments within the past year
- Circulatory disorders
- Have an organ transplant
- Any bleeding disorders
- Any recent colds or flus (please wait at least 1 week before rescheduling so your immune system is strong and you can heal properly)
- Broken capillary or raised bumps in the brow area
- Symptoms of skin disease, acne, blemishes, rash, lesions, psoriasis, rosacea, eczema or any skin irritation around the brows
- Have taken Accutane within the past year
- If you take blood-thinning medications within 72 hours of services
- If you heavily consumed alcohol within 72 hours of services
- If your old eyebrow tattoo is too dark (Chelsea will determine if you are a candidate once she sees you in person. You may also email us photos for her to review prior to your consultation if you prefer.)
- If you smoke your pigment will likely fade sooner
- If you have an iron deficiency or anemia, your pigment may fade sooner and bleeding/bruising can occur during and after the treatment
- If you have problematic skin, tend to bleed excessively, do not heal well when cut or injured and/or get infections easily, you may want to reconsider doing microblading as the results are influenced by the healing process
+ Which skin types are ideal for microblading?
The results of microblading vary based on your skin type.
Microblading works best on the following types of skin:
Dry skin types with tiny pores.
In this case, we want skin that is thin but not super thin (think of the skin on a grape). This type of skin is a non-translucent fair ivory skin tone, with low sensitivity and does not bleed easily.
Normal to combination skin types with small to normal pores.
In this category, the skin is slightly oily to dry with normal sensitivity (think of the skin on an apple). This skin type is usually non-translucent and can range from light to dark skin tones, young or mature skin and doesn’t bleed easily.
The following skin types are not ideal for microblading:
Super-thin, hypersensitive, soft skin with hardly any upper skin layer.
Think of this category of skin as compared to a peeled hard boiled egg. This skin type is usually translucent/pale with invisible pores and can have rosacea or dermatitis. It is prone to developing scar tissue, bleeds very easily, has a harder time healing, and the results may appear blurred and blotchy.
Microblading can be performed on this type of skin but experiences softer results:
Thick, oily skin with large pores.
This type of skin tends to bleed easily and can negatively impact the absorption of pigment (think of the skin on an orange peel). This thick skin texture and constant production of oil will cause the microbladed hair strokes to heal looking thicker and the pigment will look softer or even bleed together. Chelsea can microblade clients with this skin type, however you must understand that the final results will look more solid and less intricate.
+ How do I get the best microblading results?
At Brow Diva, Chelsea customizes your treatment to your brow needs and goals so you get the best microblading results. She creates precise hair-like strokes with the pigment so your results blend in flawlessly and highlight your natural brow arch. However, while Chelsea does everything she can to give you the best microblading results, the ultimate results also depend on how well you take care of your new brows! Additionally, factors such as age, skin type, ethnicity, genetics, etc. also play a role in how your final results look.
During your microblading consultation, Chelsea will go over exactly how you should care for your brows in the initial healing process, as well as on a daily basis, to optimize your microblading results.
The most common factors responsible for pigment fading include:
- Not following our aftercare instructions properly (link to instructions)
- Lifestyle choices (ie. professional athlete that regularly sweats heavily, smoking, etc.)
- Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA - skin peeling agent)
- Glycolic Acid
- Iron deficiency
- Excessive sun exposure
- Retinols and anti-aging skin care products
- Treatments or products used for age spots, dark spots, fine lines & wrinkles, or acne scars
- Strong immune systems
- Exposure to salt water
+ How much does microblading cost?
At Brow Diva, microblading costs $450. This price includes the consultation, initial microblading treatment and the “perfecting” session (4 to 8 weeks after the initial treatment).
The price of microblading touch-ups are as follows:
- Perfecting Session (4-8 weeks after initial procedure) - Complimentary
- Within 6 months of initial treatment - $100
- Within 6 months - 1 year of initial treatment - $200
- Within 1 - 2 years of initial treatment - $300
- After 2 years of initial treatment - $400
- After 3 years of initial treatment - $450
+ Microblading vs. traditional tattoo - what's the difference?
Permanent tattooing uses a machine tattoo gun that penetrates the top three layers of the skin. This depth makes the tattoo pigment bold and last forever.
Microblading, on the other hand, does not go as deep. A handheld microblade deposits pigments only into the top superficial layer of the epidermis. Because the pigment is not placed as deeply as a traditional tattoo, the microbladed hair strokes fade gradually over time, making microblading semi-permanent. With the fine microblade, Chelsea creates strokes to closely mimic your real hairs, making the microblading technique far more customizable than traditional tattooing.
+ How is the brow shape determined?
Determining the perfect brow shape for the microblading treatment is determined by both you and Chelsea. Chelsea recommends you bring reference photos of your ideal brow shape with you to your appointment. Additionally, she encourages you to fill in your brows with makeup the way you want your brows to look so she can see what you like best. Once Chelsea understands your goals, she will measure your facial features and finesse the brow shape to be perfectly balanced with your overall appearance. Chelsea will not begin the microblading procedure until you are in 100% agreement with the final mapped out brow design.
If you are a current Brow Diva client, you must make sure you have your eyebrows groomed no sooner than 3 days before the microblading procedure. If you are not currently a Brow Diva client, we recommend you have your brows groomed by your brow specialist at least 3 days before your microblading appointment. If you do not have a brow specialist, any of our sculptors can help you achieve the best shape out of your existing eyebrows prior to your microblading appointment with Chelsea.
Please note that Chelsea has the right to refuse service to any client with unreasonable or unrealistic requests and expectations.
+ How is the microblading pigment color chosen?
Microblading pigment color is primarily chosen based on your natural brow hair color and skin tone. During your consultation, Chelsea will analyze your skin type and skin tone to evaluate how the pigment will fade in the future. She then mixes the perfect pigment color to ensure it blends in well and matches your natural brow hair color as closely as possible.
Most clients’ pigment results stay true to color and lighten naturally over time. At your perfecting appointment, Chelsea will analyze how your body responded to the initial color and make any modifications needed.
+ What type of microblading pigments do you use?
Chelsea uses a water based pigment formulation. The pigment is highly concentrated with a creamy base, so it works well for all skin types. If you have any allergy concerns, please contact us and we will provide you with a full list of ingredients.
+ Is microblading safe?
Brow Diva takes great pride in having an immaculate and sterile studio space so our microblading treatments are very safe. We only use sterile, single-use, surgical-grade, stainless steel bladed tools, which are safely discarded in a sharps needle container after each appointment. Instruments such as wipes, gauze, cotton swabs, gloves etc. are also single-use and disposed of after each client. Chelsea wears gloves at all times during the procedure, with the exception of taking before and after photos and mapping out the brow design. Each workstation at Brow Diva is thoroughly disinfected before and after each treatment throughout the day.
+ What does the microblading appointment process entail?
We tell clients to expect their microblading appointment to take approximately 2 hours. During the first hour of the appointment, you will complete all paperwork and then Chelsea will thoroughly explain the microblading process and aftercare instructions, answer all of your questions, discuss your ideal brow shape with you, take your before pictures, map out your perfect brow, and, finally, color match the pigment to your natural brow hair. In the second hour, Chelsea will perform the actual microblading treatment and take your after photos.
+ Does microblading hurt?
To make the treatment as comfortable as possible, Chelsea will apply a combination of topical anesthetic gels with 5% Lidocaine so that you are numb throughout the procedure. On a pain scale from 1-10, most clients rate the procedure as a “3” and very tolerable.
Please note that pain tolerance varies from person to person, and clients tend to be more sensitive while menstruating. If you have a low pain tolerance, you can bring 1-2 extra strength Tylenol to take after the consultation stage of your appointment for additional comfort.
+ How should I prepare for my microblading appointment?
Before your appointment, Chelsea highly encourage new clients to look at her portfolio of before and after pictures.
Eyebrows come in many shapes and styles, from feathered to bold, arched to straight. At your initial appointment, Chelsea spends about 30 minutes working with you to customize the best brows for your face.
In the week before your appointment, she recommends you discontinue the use of blood thinners, aspirin, alcohol, retinol creams, and direct sun exposure so your skin is ready for the treatment.
Please also reference our list of conditions that may not allow you to have the microblading prior to booking your first appointment.
+ What is the healing process after microblading?
It takes the body approximately 30 days to completely heal wounds, including microblading. During this time you may experience changes such as mild scabbing and fading in the pigment intensity. Chelsea will explain exactly how you should care for your brows during your consultation. Two of the most important after care instructions are:
- Avoid getting your eyebrows wet for 3 days after microblading.
- Avoid working out, sweating, wearing brow makeup for 5 to 7 days after microblading.
Please see our Aftercare Instructions for full details.
+ Does everyone's skin heal and retain pigment the same?
Everyone's skin is unique and therefore, everyone heals differently after microblading. Depending on your skin type, skin quality, lifestyle, etc., some clients retain pigment better than others. Based on Chelsea’s experience and expertise, she does her best to ensure pigment is placed well within the skin to achieve exceptional results for every client. However, a small percentage of clients do require additional touch-ups for best results. She will let you know what to expect during your consultation.
+ Are microblading touch-ups necessary?
The first microblading appointment is about brow design and building natural hair strokes. The “perfecting” touch-up appointment focuses on how the skin healed and retained pigment. At this appointment, Chelsea will make any necessary adjustments to achieve better brow symmetry, definition, or volume. Overall, drier skin types will retain pigment more easily, while extremely oily skin types are more likely to need a more in-depth touch-up.
Most clients need a touch-up appointment within 4 to 8 weeks after the initial microblading treatment to fill in any areas of the skin that did not fully retain the pigment; this is completely normal and to be expected. The touch-up takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half and is included in the price of your initial treatment.
In our experience, some clients require a third session to achieve their desired brow results. Clients with little to no hair to begin with, have scar tissue, oily skin type, or are trying to cover up an old tattoo generally need this third session.
+ What happens if I don't come back for the perfecting session or recommended touch-ups?
One microblading session will certainly improve the appearance of your brows by giving you a fuller brow and providing a perfect guideline for filling in your brows with makeup.
Some clients love the softer look after just one microblading session and don’t want the touch-up. But if you want bold brows or require additional layering for volume, then a touch-up is absolutely necessary. Chelsea tells her clients that the perfecting appointment is where the magic happens because this is when you will achieve your final result.
Please note that if you do not come back for the perfecting session within 8 weeks, it will be charged as a touch-up.
+ How often will I need to return for touch-ups?
Touch-ups are truly dependent on what results you want. If you want softer, natural looking brows, then just an annual touch-up may be enough to keep your brows looking fresh. If you want bold defined brows, you will need to come back more frequently for touch-ups to maintain that appearance.
+ Will I still need to fill in my brows with makeup after microblading?
That’s up to you! Many clients love their results because it gives them enough fullness so that they no longer have to fill in their brows. Other clients love that their microblading results create a better foundation and guideline for bolder brows and continue to fill them in with makeup.
If you do want to fill in your brows with makeup, you must wait 2 weeks following your initial microblading treatment to do so.
+ Can you fix my existing eyebrow tattoos?
As a microblading specialist, Chelsea is able to help clients whose old tattoos are faded enough to work over and improve. In order to determine whether or not your brows can be fixed, Chelsea will need to see a clear, close-up, makeup-free photo of your brows prior to your appointment. She also requires you to send information about when you had the tattoo done and any complications you may have faced. Correctional clients must understand that there may be limitations, due to the probability of working over scar tissue, in what Chelsea can do and results are not guaranteed! Multiple sessions may be required to get the best results. Chelsea will let you know what she anticipates during your consultation.
Book Your Microblading Appointment at Brow Diva Today!
If you are ready to transform your brows and wake up every morning with perfect brows, schedule your microblading appointment with Chelsea today! You can book an appointment online or call us at 585-271-2950.