Microblading results can create the look of fantastic, natural looking eyebrows. In order to achieve the best outcome, there are certain things required of you.
What to do before your appointment…
- No Botox, fillers, chemical peels, laser treatments or other cosmetic procedures 4-6 weeks prior.
- No anti-aging, anti-acne creams, serums or lotions containing acids, at least 2 weeks prior.
- No Retin-A/Retinols for at least 2 weeks prior.
- Do not sweat heavily (no working out) on the day of the procedure.
- No working out for 10 days after the procedure. Sweating will push pigment out and may blur the “hair stroke” appearance.
- No Latisse in the eyebrow area for 3-4 weeks prior and at least 6 weeks after.
- No waxing, tinting or tweezing brows 3 days prior.
- No tan or sunburned skin near the eyebrows on day of procedure.
- No Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin), Naproxen Sodium (Aleve), Fish Oil, Vitamin E or any other vitamin supplements for 7 days prior.
- No alcohol or caffeine 24 hours prior. Decaffeinated products still have some caffeine in them.
- No chemical peels 60 days prior.
There are certain instances when persons are not a good candidate for microblading. Those include the following…
- Previous eyebrow tattoos (must be approved by Dr. Moore prior to scheduling)
- Pregnant or nursing
- Under 18 years of age
- Eczema, Psoriasis, dermatitis, acne or any skin irritation/ wound near the eyebrow on day of
- Undergoing chemotherapy
- History of keloid or hypertrophic scarring
- Ill with cold, flu, sinus infection or other infectious diseases
Please call the office if you are not sure if you are a candidate for the procedure
Patients with very oily skin types may have difficulty holding the pigment and may require more frequent touch-ups. Oily skin types or large pores in the eyebrow/forehead area may not produce as crisp of “hair strokes” when healed.
On day of appointment
- Bring a list of medicines you take with you.
- It is encouraged that you wear your eye makeup to the appointment for reference of color and shape.
- No children will be allowed in the procedure room so please make child care arrangements prior to the appointment.
Topical anesthetic is used prior to and during the procedure. You may experience mild discomfort depending on your pain threshold. The procedure usually takes about 2 hours total.
ln order to achieve the best results possible, it is critical that you follow the after care guidelines.
- Blot brows with a clean facial tissue every 10-20 minutes for the first 2 hours after the procedure.
- After the first 2 hours, GENTLY cleanse the area with Ivory soap and a small amount of water. Dry very well by blotting gently with tissue. Apply a “rice” sized piece of the cream that was dispensed by Dr. Moore in the office, using a clean Q-tip.
- Cleanse and apply cream twice daily approx. 12 hours apart using the same technique as above for 14 days. Apply another “Rice sized amount of cream midway throughout the day during those 14 days.
- Keep brows completely dry other than when cleansing. Be very careful to cover with wash cloth or hand towel while showering. Take short showers and not too warm. Steam can affect the healing also.
- Do NOT apply any type of cleanser, ointment, makeup, powder, pencil or antibiotic ointment to the brows for at least 14 days. Absolutely no Neosporin or Vaseline. This will blur pigment lines.
- Do NOT pick, scratch or pull at any scabs that may form. The pigment will come out with the scabs. Let them fall off naturally.
- It is normal for the brows to look dark and bold right after. They will lighten up by approx. 30-40 percent and will shrink down after the inflammation of the procedure subsides.
- Please contact the office if you have any questions or concerns.
- Please do not throw away the after care cream that is supplied to you. You will need that for the touch up session and you will have to purchase another if lost.
- It is completely normal to experience scabbing, flaking and peeling. This typically will start 3-4 days after. Please do not scratch, pick or peel these areas. You may pull pigment out, cause scarring, infection or loss of color.
- Avoid sleeping on the brow area. A neck pillow may help.
- No makeup, lotion, brow gel, powders or sunscreen to the area for 10 days.
- No direct sun exposure.
- No chemical peels or laser treatments in the area for 8 weeks.
- No Botox or fillers in the area for 4 weeks after.
- No exercising for 10 days.
- No long, hot, showers or hot tubs for 10 days.
- No gardening or outdoor activity where dirt or sand can enter the microbladed area.
- Do not apply Neosporin or other types of antibacterial ointments to area for 10 days.
The Healing Process
What can you expect during the healing process…
Please don’t worry. Your brows will look thicker and darker initially. The brows under will be slightly red and swollen which accentuates them. The color fades 25-30% in the first 2 weeks. The color also will look grayish after the first 2 weeks but will return to the regular color shortly after that. The brows will soften in appearance at 2-3 weeks.
Dr. Moore tends to be conservative with color and thickness. You can always go darker and thicker but you cannot go thinner and lighter.
Pigment may darken in appearance throughout the day. Brows may be slightly swollen and slightly red.
Pigment darkens more. Redness and swelling usually subside.
Light flaking, peeling and scabbing may start.
Light flaking, scabbing and peeling may occur. It may look like the pigment is going away or gone.
Pigment looks like it is returning and strokes begin to reappear but may look as if some parts are missing.
Eyebrows are healed and you can now return for your “perfecting” appointment
*Everyone’s skin takes the pigment differently and there will be some loss of pigment typically after the initial visit.
The initial appointment is the beginning of the process. The final touch up is what “perfects” them.
There are certain medical conditions and certain medicines that may preclude you from having microblading done. These conditions and medicines may interfere with the procedure and or results or be too risky due to the possibility of infection. If you have a medical condition or take any medications or supplements, please contact the office first for approval prior to scheduling an appointment.