18 Common Questions Regarding Microblading
Although microblading has been around for a while, it has gained traction and popularity only within the last few years. We realize that you may have several questions regarding the procedure and what to expect. Below, we have wrangled up the 18 most common questions about microblading from the best microblading in dallas company, DFW Microblading.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow procedure using a microblade tool that is dipped in pigment. We create tiny, hair-like strokes that blend into and mimic the natural brow hair pattern. Unlike a tattoo which is implanting ink deep into the layers of skin, the pigment used in microblading is implanted just below the outer surface layer of skin. The results are more natural and soft.
Will it Hurt?
This is almost always one of the first questions that we are asked. Although there are times that it is more uncomfortable than others, it is hard to answer this question given that every person’s pain tolerance is different. We use a numbing gel once the skin is opened that numbs the brow area. This leaves the procedure almost completely painless for most. Some people have said that it’s similar to a cat scratch. Others have said that it feels like eyebrow threading. In any case, we do our absolute best to make sure you are comfortable throughout the process and use high quality numbing gels. Just one of the things that make us one of the best microblading in Dallas!
Is it Permanent?
Unlike a tattoo, microblading is not permanent. On average, microblading lasts between 9-18 months. A person’s skin type as well as lifestyle can be a factor as to how long it lasts. Tanning and sun exposure can fade the pigment faster. It tends to fade slightly quicker on oily skin as opposed to normal or dry skin. The perks to it not being permanent is that when the brow trends change, so can you. Each time you come back for a touch up, alterations can be made, whereas you cannot alter a tattoo. All you can do with a tattoo is go thicker, but you cannot take away.
How do you Choose the Color?
To get the best microblading in Dallas, the choice of pigment is very important. The color is chosen based on the natural brow hair color. If you have naturally light brown brow hair, then we will use a light brown pigment. If you have dark brow hair, then we will use a dark pigment to blend with it. We will not use a light brown on someone who has dark brow hair. It will not blend well and the results will not look natural. The only time that this does not apply is if they do not have any brow hair at all. In this case, we will use a color based off of the tone of the hair on their head. If they are brunette, we will use a pigment that matches. If they are blonde, we will use a color that matches the darkest tone in the hair.
Can you go Over Old Permanent Brow Makeup?
The best answer to this question is: It depends. If someone has previous permanent makeup on their brows, such as a tattoo, it must be faded enough to where our microbladed lines will be able to cover it. If the tattoo is still very dark, then our lines will not show up. If the tattoo has faded to a different color (such as blue or green or pink) then we will have to use a pigment that is dark enough to cover and blend over it. We have been able to transform many people’s brows who had previous permanent makeup, so it is definitely possible!
Will it Fade to a Different Color?
If you have ever seen someone with tattooed eyebrows; after several years, they begin to fade and sometimes turn to a different color. I have seen an eyebrow tattoo turn PINK! Most commonly, it will change to a greenish-blue. This is because of the ink that they use. Because we use pigment instead of ink, it does not contain metals and does not fade to different colors. It will simply lighten up as it fades. For the best microblading in Dallas, we use pigments that are high quality and produce the best results!
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Every artist works at a different pace. Some are faster than others. At DFW Microblading, the average amount of time it takes from beginning to end of the microblading procedure is 2 hours. Sometimes it can take up to 3 hours depending on the amount of changes the client wants to make and if they choose to have them shaded as well. Shading is a technique we use that requires extra time and tools where we give the brow a more filled in look. This is a great option for those that like their brows to be a little darker. It can also help with blending the microbladed lines into the natural hair.
Can it be Removed?
Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure that will eventually fade over the course of 9-18 months. There are ways to help aid the fading process, but it cannot be completely removed altogether until it has naturally faded out. When you are getting the best microblading in Dallas, there is no desire to have it removed. You will be obsessed! The positive side of microblading is that it does eventually fade if you decide that you do not like the way it looks. During the procedure, there is a little more room for correction while the skin is still open. If, for example, there was a line that was just a little too long, that can be modified.
How Long Does it Take to Heal?
The average amount of time it takes for the eyebrows to heal is 2 weeks. In the two weeks, it will go through a few phases that you can track to see your progress of healing. First, it will begin to get darker and scab. Then, the scabs will start falling off (flaking). After that, the brows will have externally healed and will begin to heal internally. At this point, the pigment begins to resurface as the cells push it back up and the color will begin to show more. For some people, this process only takes about a week. For others, it will take the full 2 weeks. Certain medications can cause your skin to heal slower. Smoking can also cause you to heal slower.
How is the Shape Chosen?
To have results for the best microblading in Dallas, the artist will first measure your brows and draw them on based off of symmetry. During this process, the thickness and shape will be talked about. If you like for the heads of your brows to be more square as opposed to round, then the artist can make note of that. If you like a higher arch and thinner tail, then the artist will draw them accordingly. Make note that if you ask for a shape that is different than your natural brow shape, the artist may have to pluck hair away to create that specific shape. If your brows are naturally lower set but you desire a higher arch, then the artist will have to pluck hair off from the lower brow line to bring it up.
How Often Should I Have Them Touched Up?
For those who prefer their brows to stay fresh and dark, we recommend that they get touched up every 6 months. This will keep the color nice and bold. 6 month touch up appointments also take less time, making it easier on the client’s schedule. Yearly touch ups are recommended for those who don’t want to come as often. At this point, the brows will have faded quite a bit, but the lines should still be visible. If you wait until they’re completely faded to get them touched up, then the artist will have to do a full procedure again and will charge accordingly.
How can I Make the Color Last Longer?
To have the best microblading in Dallas, there are ways to help keep the color fresh and last longer. Color retention differs with every person. The age of the skin and the skin type (oily, dry, normal) are things that affect the retention, but cannot be controlled. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can help prolong the color retention:
- Use sunscreen or limit sun exposure
- Avoid using products around brows with AHA or Glycolic Acid which cause the skin to resurface faster
- Smoking can dull the color and affect the retention
- Avoid laser treatments on or around the brows
Is the Touch Up Session Necessary?
Being that microblading is a manual procedure, the artist may use different pressure on different parts of the brow. If the lines are not implanted deep enough, the color may not retain in the healing process. Also, if the after care routine is not followed, it can greatly affect the outcome. It is important to follow the after-care procedure as best you can and for the amount of time required.. For the maximum benefit and results from this procedure, we highly recommend that you take advantage of the complimentary touch up procedure that is 4-6 weeks after the initial session.
Can I get a Touch Up Sooner than 4-6 Weeks?
We do not allow touch ups before 4 weeks after the initial microblading procedure because the color will have not been fully settled into the skin and it is not wise to make changes before the brows are completely healed, inside and out. It takes time for the tissue to fully heal and if you re-open the skin before this time, it could cause the skin to heal incorrectly, producing scar tissue and damage. To have the best microblading in Dallas, we encourage you to stick to the process.
Who is not Eligible for Microblading?
Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:
- Using Accutane within the past year
- Have heart conditions or using heart medications
- Any form of diabetes (we would need a doctor’s note)
- Have skin disease or irritations (acne, cancer, excema or psoriasis in brow area)
- Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
- Been exposed to the sun for prolonged amounts of time 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.
- We require a doctor’s note to perform this procedure on women who are pregnant or nursing. Although no known issues with pregnancy have been linked to microblading, it is still important to use discretion.
Can I Bring Someone With Me to my Appointment?
According to health code, no one else is allowed in the room while the procedure is being performed. They are welcome to wait outside the room. Kids are strictly not allowed as they may cause distraction and disrupt the other clients in the building. There are sharp objects involved in this procedure and it is not safe for curious little hands.
Can I Choose my Artist? I Want the Best Microblading in Dallas and Ft Worth!
Here at DFW Microblading, you are absolutely allowed to choose the artist that you want to perform the procedure on you. We encourage all of our clients to check out our facebook and instagram to browse through the pictures which are labeled with the artist who did them. Every artist has a specific style unique to them. The Dallas location has it’s own facebook and instagram. You can see more pictures there as well.
What are the Risks?
It is important to read the after care instructions carefully and answer all of the questions truthfully during your consultation for the best microblading in Dallas. If you have known skin sensitivity, we recommend that we do a patch test with the pigment 5-7 days prior to your appointment. All of the tools are sterilized twice before use and the blades are disposable. Once we have used a microblade on someone, it is then placed into a sharps container, never to be used again. As long as the brows are taken care of during the healing process, there is an extremely low risk of infection. If you are prone to infection, we do not recommend this procedure.
I know that all of this information may seem overwhelming, but we wanted to do our best with answering every question possible so that there is an ease of mind for those contemplating getting it done. If we didn’t answer your question, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our number is 855-696-5274 and we are available during regular work hours, 9am-6pm. We will make sure you have the best microblading in Dallas and Fort Worth!