Frequently Asked Questions
What is Brow Microblading?
Microblading, also known as brow embroidery, is a less invasive form of permanent makeup. The custom blended, all natural pigment is deposited into the dermis (second layer) of the skin, using a series of very fine pointed needles. The end result becomes natural hair-like stokes that shape and fill your brows, giving them a youthful, symmetrical appearance. This method of tattooing is actually considered semi-permanent compared to traditional tattooing that uses the machine method to deposit dyes containing heavy metals into the subcutaneous (third layer) of the skin. Microbladed brows can be expected to last between 1 to 2 years.
How many appointments?
Two appointments are required:
The first appointment is 2 hours. This allows time to consult regarding shape and pigment shade and numb the area if desired. The actual working time is approximately 45-60 minutes. After care instructions are then given.
The second appointment is between 6 weeks to 3 months after initial appointment and is about 1 hour in length. It takes 21 days before we can assess how well your skin has held the pigment and a full 6 weeks for the pigment to settle completely into the skin. At this time, we can decide whether a darker shade is required I use only premium quality, synthetic, vegan pigments that do not contain any heavy metals. Fading of 5-10% is expected within the first few weeks which reveals a softer, natural shade. If your brow does not heal perfectly even after the first session, no problem at all! The pigment can be darkened and evened out at the follow up visit. The second appointment is essential and truly what makes your brows last! Everyone’s skin is unique and until the reassessment appointment, it is difficult to predict how you will retain pigment.
Does Microblading hurt?
I use two types of topical skin numbing creams for clients who request it or who are nervous about the possible discomfort. Brows are not highly sensitive and many clients do fine without the numbing. Post procedure healing is often better if numbing cream is not used, however, I am very happy to provide all necessary TLC to make your experience as relaxing and stress free as possible!
How long does it take to heal?
There is minimal down time after brow microblading. Slight reddness and minimal swelling for a day or two can be expected. The first 2-7 days, your brows will be their darkest. For 7-10 days, a healing ointment must be applied 2-3 times a day. This prevents the skin from drying out and becomming itchy or flaky. It is very important to avoid sun exposure and swimming, harsh soaps, skin peels or other facial resurfacing, heavy sweating, scratching or rubbing your brows. Day 21 the pigment is set in the skin and your brows are considered fully healed.
How long does brow Microblading last?
With proper post-procedure care and minimizing sun exposure by using a broad spectrum sunscreen, you can expect your microbladed brows to last between 1-2 years. Some people’s skin does not hold pigment well. The 6 week follow up appointment should allow us to approximate the longevity of your brows.
What will my brows look like in the future?
Most microbladed brows stay true to colour and will uniformly lighten over time. The hair strokes will become less defined giving a softer appearance. A 1 year refresher appointment is recommended to keep brow hair strokes crisp. Several factors, such as sun exposure and iron deficiencies, can lead to uneven pigment fade. The 6 week reevaluation should indicate how your body is responding and retaining the pigment.
Is microblading safe?
Only single-use needles and supplies are used at Brink Eye Artistry. Your brow area is disinfected prior to microblading and the work area is thoroughly disinfected between each client. Brink has been inspected and approved by Interior Health Public Safety for meeting the highest standards in Infection Control Protocol.
How old must I be to get my brows microbladed?
You must be 19 years of age or older to have semi-permanent microblading done in BC.