1. Who is a good candidate?
Anyone that wants to have full, beautiful brows all day, every day! That would include, busy parents or business people who don't have much time to apply brow make-up, active people who don't want to worry about sweating off make-up while working out or swimming, or any person who struggles with getting that perfect shape that the celebrities and make-up artists always seem to have. Other clients include those suffering from scarring, Trichotillomania, Alopecia and Cancer, or other diseases and disorders that have led to natural hair loss.
2. Who is NOT a good candidate?
-Allergy to nickel
-Taking blood thinners
-Skin irritations near the area such as sunburn or Psoriasis
-Taking sun sensitizing medications (ex. Retinol/Retin-a/vitamin A - these need to be stopped at least 2 weeks before the appointment)
-Botox within last 2 weeks
-Accutane within last year
-People with extremely thin skin (transparent, translucent or very vascular)
-History of keloid scarring
-People suffering from severe acne
-People with oily skin the strokes will appear blurred and may fade.
-Chemotherapy patients will need to check with their physician and provide a doctor's note
-People with conditions that cause them to bleed very easily (this impacts results)
-People with prior permanent makeup may not be good candidates for Microblading. This is determined by consultation.
3. Do I need to shave my hair?
No! We will shape your eyebrows as needed and choose a color pigment that blends seamlessly with your natural brows. We do not wax due to irritation of the skin. If you choose to wax your eyebrows prior to your appointment please allow at least 4 days for your eyebrows to heal before coming to your appointment.
4. How is this different than a traditional eyebrow tattoo?
The most common type of traditional eyebrow tattoos involves the use of a tattoo gun and block style brow, which leaves the client with a dark outlined eyebrow and no depth. These often fade to really unflattering colors. Microblading by Amy leaves the client with crisp, thin lines that look identical to REAL HAIR. Careful selection of pigment is chosen to give depth and shape so that the natural brows and Microbladed strokes blend seamlessly.
5. Does it hurt?
Every client is different and pain tolerance varies by client. Most clients describe the pain level as minimal and find tweezing more uncomfortable. At Tahoe Lash and Brows, I use the best topical lidocaine cream available to minimize discomfort. That being said, this is still a tattoo. You will feel some discomfort. Based on my personal experience, I would describe the feeling like a slight burning, astringent like sensation. Very tolerable and worth it!
7. What is the healing process?
6. How long does it take?
The process can take approximately 2.5-3 hours from the moment you walk in the door to completion of your beautiful new brows. This is a process that you do not want to rush trust me. The first hour or so is spent on consultation, consent forms, and designing your new brows. Trust me the time flies by and you will be happy the extra time was spent to create your perfect brows! There is no downtime! Occasionally, some clients will have some slight redness and swelling around the area which is very normal and will subside within a couple of hours.
Some swelling and tenderness after the procedure is normal and may last a day or so, depending on the client. Your new brows will appear DARKER, WIDER, AND SHARPER than the way they will heal. This is especially true for days 2-5. This is harder for some clients than others. Clients who rarely wear makeup may find that they don't like how their brows look on these days because they are too intense. That's normal! The pigment is sitting on top of the skin and has not yet settled into your face. As your skin heals over the tattoo, your brows will lighten and soften. This process takes about 10 days or so on average. Your brows will be dry and may scab a bit - it's important that you're prepared to go through this process BEFORE booking! It's important to follow all after care instructions and to attend the required follow up appointment to make the finishing touches to your new brows! Your healing is only about 50% in my control. Once you leave it's up to you to be diligent about following the instructions you're given to get the best result! And no matter how great they look, it's important to come for your touch up appointment to get the final result.
8. How long does it last?
This will vary by client. If aftercare instructions are followed diligently, your new brows will last approximately 12-24 months. For some people, their brows will last even longer. Certain factors such as sun exposure, getting chemical peels, oily skin type, etc. will affect whether your brows will last on the higher or lower end of the expected 12-24 months. There is no way for us to predict how long your brows will last or how they will heal with this procedure, since so much of it depends on skin type and lifestyle. Also, some clients really prefer a fresh, bright look. Those clients opt to come in for Color Boosts every 12-18 months instead of waiting for their brows to completely fade.
9. Will it look natural?
Absolutely! The technique used creates realistic, simulated hair strokes that look just like REAL HAIR! It's important you choose the right artist that can give you this realistic 3D look. Your brows can be as big and bold or as soft and subtle as you like!
10. Is it customary to tip and if so how much?
This a very common question that I get asked and I usually tell my clients "though tips are appreciated they are not mandatory for those with tight budgets." In any spa setting it is customary to tip your stylist 18-20% depending on your service and how much you liked your stylist. In a medical setting it is not required to tip your technician. I hope this helps : ).
Before and After-Care Instructions
Before your appointment:
-Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine, Aspirin or Ibuprofen for 24 hours before the procedure.
-Because Botox can alter the position or your brows, it should be performed no later than at least 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
-Discontinue Vitamin A/Retinol products two weeks prior to treatment.
-Discontinue Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior to treatment.
-Thoroughly read all the forms given to you at the time of your appointment and ask any questions you may have.
-Be sure to advise me of any allergies, medical conditions, prior permanent eyebrow make-up and prescriptions you take prior to your appointment.
After your appointment:
-After 3-5 hours gently dab eyebrows with medicated cotton pads supplied by stylist to absorb any blood.
-Ice packs protected with a cloth may be applied as necessary to reduce swelling. Sleeping slightly elevated helps alleviate swelling sometimes seen the morning after facial procedures.
-The customer is advised not to get the eyebrows wet for 10 days-2 weeks plastic face shields for the shower are supplied by stylist.
-Exposure to sunlight or any other form of UV rays are strictly prohibited for 1 month.
-It is strictly prohibited to apply any makeup (e.g. Eyebrows powder, foundation, BB cream, mineral powder etc.) in the eyebrow area for the next 2 weeks.
-Access to the pool is not recommended for one week (chlorine can cause irritation to the eyebrows).
-Sauna is not recommended for 1 week.
-Fitness and any activities that require effort and sweat are contraindicated for the next 5 days.
-During healing, small skin peels may appear. Their removal and their peeling, using any abrasive creams of sea salt are strictly prohibited.
-Strictly forbidden is sleeping with the head in the pillow or on a specific part for a period of 2 weeks. The reason is that accidental pillow contact with the eyebrow in the healing process can remove the pigment in some areas, creating an asymmetrical aspect between the 2 eyebrows.
-The 2nd Microblading session or "retouch" as it is called is recommended between 4 and 8 weeks after the procedure. If that person is over 50 years it adds one week, ex. 60 years - 6wk, 70 years - 7wk and so on.
Please note that a good aftercare is the key in order to have a satisfactory result. 50% of the final result is related to a good aftercare routine. The eyebrows immediately after the procedure will be up to 30% darker and up to 15% thicker than normal. Please be patient and follow the aftercare instructions as advised by your therapist. If you have extremely dry skin you may need to use extra ointment throughout the day to keep your wound moist, but not over saturated. It is strongly advised to get the second session as suggested by the therapist and the procedure is not considered finished without a touch up.