Frequently Asked Questions

What is Microblading?

Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery, eyebrow tattooing , feathering, permanent eyebrow make-up, brow micro pigmentation, is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi- permanent. 

Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each 'hair' is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrow and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.

How long does it take?

For the first Microblading session, plan for about 2.5-3 hours. During this session, I will shape and style your brows for approval.  Then we will select the pigment color.  Once you are satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure.

The client will need to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups approximately 4-8 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete.

How long does it take to heal?

The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark the next couple of days. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals.  In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing.  Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area.  The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals.  No down time is required after microblading procedure.

It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about one (1) month for the color to fully set in.  You'll notice the color is very light around the two week time point during the healing process.  The skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it.  This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing.  This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed.  True color will reveal itself once healed.

I cannot stress enough for you to do your research and to understand the healing process.  It is a process and you will have less anxiety if you know what to expect.  Everyone heals differently, so please understand this is a flexible timeline. 

Is the touch up session necessary?

Yes! A touch up session after 4-8 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary.  Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled.  Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added.  Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment.  Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!

Can I get my touch up session sooner than 4 weeks?

Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin.  Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.

Is it painful?

Pain is subjective.  However, the pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none.  Prior to the procedure, I will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and also reapply during the procedure.  Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything.  Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.

After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn.  Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.

How long does it last?

Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime.  Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, use products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster.  Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary.  To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.

What are the pre and post care procedures?

In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions.

Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:

Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.  Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.

No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.

Feel free to come in with brow makeup on so I can see your every day look you prefer.  Bring reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows you desire. We will then work together to create the perfect brows!

After the procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:

When showering, minimize water exposure and avoid hot water on brow area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to lightly wash brow area with an antibacterial soap (Dial) and use luke warm water.  

Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days.  Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections.

Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours.  Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab over.  Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation.

Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days.  No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after.

Who is not suitable for the procedure? 

Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:

            *Using Accutane

            *Have heart conditions or using heart medications

            *Have diabetes (will require a physician's note)

            *Have skin disease or irritations

            *Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks

            *Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks

            *Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine

            *Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician's note.

            *Pregnant or nursing clients who want to microblade can be done at your own discretion. We suggest discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.

            *We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who we deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason.  

What if I have a latex allergy?

 Advise upon scheduling so accommodations can be made ahead of time. 

Risks and complications?

Proper precautions for a safe session are practiced by using disposable, sterilized equipment, new needles and in a sanitized environment.  Should clients follow pre and post care instructions, there should be minimal risks or complications . Although allergic reactions to the pigments are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals.  We suggest a pigment patch tests, 5-7 days prior to treatment, for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive/allergic to:

  • Topical makeup products
  • Gold, silver and nickel Hair dyes
  • Soy or Eggs

What if I do not like it?

As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly.  We always recommend clients do their research, understand the procedure and compare different artists' work and portfolio when making their decisions.  I will do my utmost to shape and style eyebrows to your satisfaction prior to the procedure.  Every effort will be made to achievean even appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical.  Uneven appearance can be fixed during the touch up session.  Pigment discoloration and color correction can also be fixed during the the touch up session.  Microbladed brows will eventually fade away if no additional touch ups are done.

How much does it cost and what’s included?

Fees vary.  Contact for details.  Also, confirm if the touch-up session, 4-8 weeks after initial appointment is included in the original fee. 

What if I have concerns, I’m unsure and would like a consultation?

A consultation should be scheduled. 

  • Although consultations are free, we require 24 hours notice for cancellations or rescheduling. 

What are your cancellation or missed appointment policies?

Clients are able to cancel or reschedule appointments at anytime with a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to the appointment time.  To cancel or reschedule, please email or call us.  Confirmation of cancellation will be done by email or phone.  We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who have canceled or rescheduled multiple times.

Still have more questions?

Should you have more questions or concerns, feel free to call 260-403-6431, 260-399-5874 or email microbladingbykellie@gmail.com.