Willow Tree Body and Skin Care
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MICROBLADING IS CONSIDERED A FORM OF PERMANENT MAKEUP. YET IT ONLY LASTS SEVERAL YEARS VERSES TRADITIONAL TATTOO THAT LASTS FOREVER!! PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT BROW TRENDS ARE ALWAYS CHANGING. WITH MICROBLADING, A STERILE HAND HELD MICROBLADE PEN IS USED TO CREATE INDIVIDUAL HAIR LIKE STROKES WHILE DEPOSITING PIGMENT INTO THE SKIN. THIS ALLOWS THE ABILITY TO CREATE A NATURAL 3-D BROW EFFECT. A TOPICAL LIDOCAINE BASED NUMBING CREAM AND NUMBING GEL IS USED FOR COMFORT. THE COLOR IS THEN MATCHED TO EACH CLIENTS NATURAL BROW'S HAIR COLOR AND SKIN TONE TO ADD LIFE LIKE DETAIL.
What is Microblading?
Microblading (also known as eyebrow embroidery or feathering) originated in Far East Asia. This method is the finest form of eyebrow tattooing, using a pen-like device with a disposable microblade attached to stroke very thin lines of pigment into the skin. These thin lines flow in the same direction as your own hairs, and create the most natural results. This method is different than the traditional tattoo done by machine. If you get keloid scarring, this treatment will NOT be suitable for you.
What is Shaded Brows?
Shaded Brows is a form of tattooing, but it is different from the traditional method. It is a more modern method because it is surface work meaning it is on the epidermis layer of the skin. The technique is described by it’s name – the results are more powdery and fluffy with a faded front and a crisp tail and looks like you have makeup on! Because it does not penetrate deep into the dermis layer of the skin, the results will last UP TO 1-3 years depending on skin type and lifestyle. All results vary.
WHAT ARE COMBO BROWS?
This technique combines both microblading & shaded brows.
How do I prepare for the appointment?
- On the day of your appointment, you can take Tylenol or if you are prescribe pain medication you may take that. I often have many clients take a Xanax or another type of anxiety medication to help with relaxing them.
- 24 hours prior to the appointment, DO NOT drink alcohol or caffeine as it may increase your chances of bleeding during the procedure and/or bruising afterwards. Excess bleeding can cause the pigmentation to heal “gray/ashy” or push the pigment out.
- 72 hours prior to the appointment, DO NOT take Advil, ibuprofen, Aspirin, Vitamin E, Niacin or blood thinners unless medically necessary. NO waxing or tanning 3 days before. Botox and injection fillers should be avoided up to 4 weeks before AND after your appointment.
Who is NOT suitable for this procedure?
Microblading is a safe procedure that is suitable for most people, however, there are some conditions that exclude clients from being candidates. Those with overall poor health, Pregnancy, breastfeeding, history of keloid scarring, Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Autoimmune disorders, Viral infections, Chemotherapy within 1 year of procedure (must be cleared by a physician), Hypertension, organ transplant recipient, bleeding or clotting disorders, those taking blood-thinning medication, have taken Accutane within 1 year, Retinols/Retinoid use must be stopped 1 week prior, recent injections fillers or Botox must be at least a month prior to procedure, current sunburns, or anyone with previous brow work that is not significantly faded.
Are there any other reasons why I may not be a candidate?
You must be 18+ years of age to receive service at Willow Tree Body and Skin Care. Any client who has had previous brow work by another artist (no matter how long ago) must inquire and submit current photos of previous work via email at [email protected] before making an appointment. Individuals with diabetes or healing conditions are not candidates of this procedure. However, I have done microblading on several diabetics. So if anything you may schedule a consultation to see if you are a possible candidate. Uncontrolled and high blood sugar levels also contribute to poor healing and are not ideal candidates. Individuals who are on chemotherapy will not be candidate due to extreme high risk of infection to these clients who are immune compromised.
Can I get microblading done over an existing brow tattoo?
The original tattoo must be significantly faded (about 85% or more) to allow the hair strokes from the microblading to appear more natural and crisp. If your brows are not substantially faded, the risk of your new microbladed brow strokes will fade into the previous color and give you the appearance of a solid brow appearance. We ask that if you have had previous work on your brows to please send us an email inquiry along with a close-up photo of your brows.
Are there any possible side effects?
There may be minor bleeding during the procedure. Slight bruising is rare, but possible. Tenderness is likely for a few days following the procedure. We ask you to follow our after-care plan in order to help deter the risk of infection after the procedure is completed. Risk of infection is always possible in any treatment when the skin is broken or penetrated.
How does microblading differ from a traditional tattoo?
Microblading is a manual method of eyebrow tattooing, however unlike traditional tattoos performed with a machine that penetrates multiple dermal (skin) layers, microblading uses a handheld tool to embed pigment into the superficial epidermal layer of the skin. Pigment is therefore not implanted as deeply as a traditional tattoo. Because of this, the hair strokes from microblading gradually fade with time and as the skin ages. Microblading allows for the finest hair-like strokes to be made that appear as real hair growth which makes this technique far more customization compared to traditional tattooing. Each hair stroke is hand drawn and blended with the natural hair growth patterns. The microblade’s depth varies per stroke which creates a more dimensional appearance, hence 3D brows.
Does the procedure hurt?
Each individual will have a different level of discomfort associated with the procedure. Some say they only feel pressure being applied and others say it feels similar to tweezing. A topical anesthetic will be applied prior to the procedure to help ensure your comfort.
What is the recovery time?
Immediately your brows may appear pink/red and the pigmentation may seem darker than you may prefer. The healing process takes about 2 weeks and 4 weeks to be fully healed. There is no need to shy away from public events as your brows will appear natural pretty quickly.
How often can I get touch-ups?
You most likely won’t want or need a touch-up until at least 12 months after the initial procedure. It may be common that some fading or unevenness in pigmentation may occur after just your initial microblading session. To achieve the best results, Megan will always recommend that you have a touch-up session after 4-6 weeks to your initial session to really define your brows. It is not required, but recommended. Maintenance touch-ups should be delayed until significant fading has occurred in order to achieve the best microbladed look going forward. Often times, results may last 1-3 years. We do suggest a yearly touch-up for optimal results.
How long will the results last?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent/permanent makeup technique, meaning it will not wash off, but will fade gradually with time and aging. Results differ for each client, however typical results tend to last on average from 1-3 years. Annual touch-ups may be necessary to refresh the pigment and define the hair strokes. Good AFTERCARE is important in the longevity of your microbladed brows!
Should I wax or tweeze before my appointment?
No, it is not necessary. Come as you are. The more brow hair to work with, the better! Once a shape is mapped and agreed upon, any remaining hair that falls outside of the design will be shaped accordingly.
Can I wear makeup to my appointment?
Only if you wish to. Keep in mind, your brow makeup will be removed before the mapping & design process begins.
Do I need shading?
Shading is often recommended for clients who have sparse or inconsistent brow hair growth that are looking for a fuller look. Shading is always recommended for clients with oily skin and/or large pores for best retention. Shading always adds a more “finished” appearance to any microbladed brow and the amount of shading can vary based on client expectations and desire.
How do you choose a color?
Each client is color matched by applying small amounts of pigment to the skin near your brow to match. Skin tone, facial features and personal preference are all taken into consideration during the color match process. Your brows may appear darker than anticipated at first, but will fade into the intended color as time progresses.
Do I get to choose my brow shape?
Clients are more than welcome to bring in inspiration photos of their ideal brow and even fill them in as you normally do to see for reference. Keep in mind, the perfect brow for YOU is going to be based on YOUR measured facial features and bone structure while your desired brow will be taken into consideration in the process. We will not begin the actual procedure until the client is in 100% agreement with the final mapped out design and pigment selection. Please note that Megan has the right to refuse service to any client with unreasonable or unrealistic requests and/or expectations.
What are your safety precautions?
Megan takes great pride in having a clean and sterile work space and studio. Only sterile, single-use, surgical-grade, stainless steel tools are used which are safely discarded in a Sharps needle container after each appointment. Sanitation of the work area occurs before and after each client with hospital grade formula and the use of sterile gauze, cotton swabs, gloves are used for protection. Gloves are worn at all times during the procedure with the microblade.
What does the microblading appointment process entail?
Your initial appointment is scheduled for 2-3 hours. The first portion of the appointment begins with a consultation and the second half being the actual procedure itself. The first half of the appointment is spent completing paperwork, going over your expectations, measuring and mapping out facial features, brow shaping, design and color matching. Photos of your natural brow will be taken. Once the brow shape and color are agreed upon. The second half of the appointment includes the application of topical numbing to the brow area and the procedure will begin. Following the procedure, final photos are taken, after care instructions are explained and provided, topical ointment is applied and your 8 week touch-up is scheduled!
Can I bring my children to the appointment?
Microblading requires diligent focus and concentration. Although we absolutely love children, we ask that you come to the appointment with a commitment to perfection. In order to achieve this, we ask that you understand the sterility and precision that goes into designing your brows. Please be courteous and plan to attend your appointment without children. We hope you understand!
Do different skin types react differently to Microblading?
In short, yes. Healed results are unique to each client. Dry skin typically heals more crisp hair strokes, whereas excessively oily clients heal a softer and slightly blurry hair stroke. When clients are explained this, they often agree to the procedure knowing the outcomes do vary. This is why following the aftercare instructions is very important.