Microblading is considered semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing of eyebrows. Your pre-procedure preparation should focus on ensuring accurate placement of pigment, maintaining ideal skin conditions for best pigment acquisition, and reducing the chances of side effects from the procedure. Read more...
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What is microblading?
Microblading is considered semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing of eyebrows.
Is there any preparation needed before microblading?
Your pre-procedure preparation should focus on ensuring accurate placement of pigment, maintaining ideal skin conditions for best pigment acquisition, and reducing the chances of side effects from the procedure.
To ensure accurate placement of pigment by microblading
Avoid Botox or other neurotoxins 2-3 weeks before your procedure. Botox can take about 2 weeks to be fully active. If microblading is performed prior to this time, inaccurate placement of pigment can occur.
Avoid waxing, plucking, threading, or shaving your eyebrows in the days leading up to your appointment.
To maintain ideal skin conditions:
Discontinue retinol or prescription retinoids, AHA and BHA creams, or other antiaging or exfoliant products to avoid excess dryness or irritation as well as reduce the chances of pigment fading prematurely.
Avoid chemical peels for 30 to 60 days prior to your appointment depending on the nature of the peel.
Avoid tanning or getting a sunburn the week of the procedure
Avoid excess sweating on the day of the procedure
In terms of medications discontinue ones that may cause more bruising or bleeding such as aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, or other blood thinners with the approval of your physician two days to 7 days prior to your procedure.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine within 24 hours of your procedure to reduce the chances of swelling and bleeding.
To reduce the risk of side effects:
Review your risks of scarring and keloids to see if you are at risk of scarring.
If you have a history of fever blisters or cold sores, it may be important to consider pre-medicating under the supervision of your doctor.
Avoid sweating for 2 weeks after the procedure
What is the process of microblading, step by step?
Generally, the following steps are to be expected during the process of microblading.
Preplanning takes place to determine the ideal eyebrow placement.
Topical anesthetic applied (occasionally injected anesthetics used but risk swelling and altering the anatomy)
The area is cleaned.
The microblading tip is placed in the instrument, dipped in ink, and stroked in different directions to place the pigment.
As the pigment is placed, there is some slight bleeding and some slight oozing to be expected given that the pigment is placed in the superficial layers of the dermis.
Afterward, the pigment may be smeared over the area for a few minutes in case some extravasation of pigment occurred through areas of bleeding.
Saline is used to wipe away excess pigment.
Antibiotic ointment is applied.
What should people do after treatment?
Avoid touching the treated area, excessive sweating, or washing the treated area with water in the first 48 hours. For the first week, do not resume your skincare routine, makeup, or soap. Only wash with water and pat dry while taking care to avoid picking at any scabbing or crusting that has occurred. Do not swim or use a sauna for 2 weeks. And, do not wax, pluck or thread your eyebrows for 6 weeks after your treatment.
To avoid fading your eyebrows too quickly, use wider sunglasses and/or sunscreens to protect the pigment.