How long does it take?
As we mentioned the process is completed over 2 visits. For the first session, you should plan on spending 2-3 hours in our office. During your session, our brow technician will shape and style your brows to meet your aesthetic goals and your personal preferences. Then she will follow up with the actual pigment etching procedure.
4-6 weeks after the initial procedure a follow-up session is necessary for minor touch-ups. The second session takes 1-2 hours to complete. Following the second session, your new brows will be maintenance free for the next 12-36 months.
Does it hurt? How long is the recovery? Any Side effects?
When considering any cosmetic procedure, does it hurt is often the first question. The pain level for microblading is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure, your brow technician will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area to be worked on. Depending on your level of sensitivity it can be reapplied during the procedure. Most patients describe the sensation as a
mild scratching, some report feeling nothing at all. After the procedure, there can be some slight swelling and a feeling of tightness is often reported. The feeling is similar to what a light sunburn would feel like. Usually, Tylenol is enough to manage any discomfort you might feel.
As for the recovery, this procedure has no downtime. Most of our clients feel like they could return to work immediately following this procedure. The eyebrow area will be slightly red and the pigment will appear very dark. This is a normal part of the healing process. As your skin heals the pigment will fade up to 40% as it heals.
In the days following your procedure, your brows will continue to appear dark and you will likely experience some light scabbing. This is a normal part of the healing process, and it’s important to let your skin’s natural healing process takes place. As you heal you’ll notice the eyebrow color lighten.
Within 7-14 days your brows will be completely healed over and within one month the color will fully set in. It’s normal for your brow pigment to look significantly lighter as the skin heals. This is just a result of your skin healing in stages and is normal. The lighter appearance is caused because the skin under the surface is still undergoing a healing process, even when the top layer of skin is healed. Be patient during the healing process, and remember that the second session is where the details are perfected.
Is the touch up necessary?
A touch-up session will be scheduled during your first visit. It is a necessary part of the procedure and cannot be done properly earlier than 4 weeks after your initial session. It’s common for certain areas to not absorb the pigment during your first session, these will be refilled during the follow-up session. The important thing to remember is, this touch-up session is where we perfect your brows and ensure the quality of your service so that you can enjoy maintenance-free brows for the next year.