MICROBLADING FAQS

Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic tattoo to enhance the eyebrows. Pigment is etched into the upper layers of the skin by hand; these microscopic strokes mimic the look of actual hair as we artistically create hyper-realistic designs.

Our clients come to us for the most natural results while crafting fullness, symmetry and shape.

A complimentary touch-up is always recommended 6-10 weeks after your initial microblading service to build the brows; we avoid over-working the skin and over-saturating the surface (which results in blocky, solid brows. No good.) 

What is Microblading?

HOW DOES MICROBLADING DIFFER FROM TRADITIONAL TATTOO METHODS? 

1. TRADITIONAL TATTOOS USE A MACHINE/GUN TO IMPLANT PIGMENT. MICROBLADING IS PERFORMED MANUALLY WITH A HANDHELD TOOL CLUTCHING A “BLADE” OF TINY, STERILE NEEDLES.

2. MICROBLADING PIGMENTS ARE SEMI-PERMANENT AND DESIGNED TO GRADUALLY FADE OVER TIME WHILE TRADITIONAL TATTOO INKS ARE NOT.

3. TRADITIONAL TATTOOS ARE PLACED DEEPER INTO THE DERMIS (LIVING SKIN LAYERS) RESULTING IN PERMANENCY. MICROBLADING PIGMENT IS PLACED IN THE SUPERFICIAL LAYERS OF THE SKIN AND IS EXFOLIATED OVER TIME. 

Microblading pigments fade gradually over time. The rate of fading varies case by case and depends on a variety of internal and external factors. On average, clients with refresh their brows annually.

Our clients can come see us anytime for easy refreshes for up to 18 months. After 18 months, it’s safe to assume that 75% or more fading has occurred and a full microblade is required.

We recommend touching up your brows regularly to keep the color fresh, the strokes crisp, and the shape defined.

We’ve created a few easy options to fit everyone’s needs and personal preferences.

· Within 6 Months - Cost: $150 - Duration: 1.5 hours

· Within 12 Months - Cost: $350 - Duration: 2 hours

· Within 18 Months - Cost: $450 - Duration: 2.5 hours

· After 18 Months - Cost: Full Price - Duration: 4 hours total (two sessions)

How long will my brows last?

How and why does microblading fade?

Fading is desired, as your skin and facial structure will change as you age. This allows us to adjust the shape and color over time.

However, this does not mean that your pigment will completely disappear. Depending on your skin and health, there may be a soft haze of residual pigment left behind.

A variety of internal and external factors will play a role in the rate of fading. These include, but are not limited to, metabolism and hormones, skin type and oil production, excessive sun exposure, lightening and exfoliating skin care products or treatments, techniques from the artist, depth of placement, etc.

Dry, nonporous skin typically heals with crisper, individual strokes and fades more slowly than oily skin types.

Oily skin with larger pores in the brow area tends to heal with coarser strokes or a more powdery look and fades more quickly due to extra oil production.

Please review our detailed after care instructions for tips on how to prevent premature fading.  

A highly effective topical numbing cream will be applied before the procedure begins. A second numbing gel is applied directly to open skin during the procedure to ensure maximal comfort.

While every client has a different pain tolerance, most report that microblading is painless. Some even fall asleep!

Please note that having this procedure done during your menstrual cycle can increase sensitivity.

Does microblading hurt?

How do we choose the brow shape and color of my brows?

Client Consultation
we’ll discuss your goals, talk all about your brow vision, and offer our professional expertise to achieve the best results for you. Communication is key; we listen in order to fully understand our client’s dreams while sharing our strategy, every step of the way, for making those dreams come true.

Color Customization
we select the optimal color for your desired healed outcome together, customizing the depth, shade and tone as needed.

Custom Brow Design
every face is unique and deserving of a fully customized brow design. No stencils here! Using our artistry, we create the most beautiful brow shape and natural hair flow for your features by hand. By drawing our design directly on the face, you’ll see exactly where your future brows will live before we ever microblade them.

You will get much better results when you properly prep your skin for microblading. It all starts with a good canvas! The eyebrow area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive and non-irritated.

Read our pre-care info here. (link)

Feel free to prepare any brow-spiration photos for us to review during your session. These may be of yourself with your brows filled just the way you like, photos of others’ brows you love, or photos from our Instagram for brow features you’d like to attain. 

What do I need to do before my treatment?

What is the microblading healing process like?

You will be required to take care of your brows by keeping them clean & hydrated during the first 10 days as instructed - the healing process is very simple and easy.

Your brows will be slightly darker, thicker and more intense during the first 5-7 days. Redness and swelling is minimal immediately after treatment.

Please refer to our detailed aftercare instructions below. 

Do you offer microblading corrections (from brows done elsewhere) & tattoo cover-ups?             

Yes, we are happy to offer microblading corrections and tattoo cover-ups for brows that have been done elsewhere but we must see them beforehand to determine that we have a workable canvas.

Prices will vary based on your situation so please send us an emailus to inquire about your situation. Corrective work often requires additional sessions and will be charged accordingly.

We will need to see photos of your brows in order to provide more details and set realistic expectations of what can be done. If we cannot improve the previous work, we will advise you appropriately. 

Microshading is another popular technique in cosmetic tattooing resulting in a powdery, makeup effect.

Combination Brows simply refers to the combination of microblading (strokes) and microshading (powder fill). This is our preferred application of any shading and allows us to create desired density and pigment retention in special cases.

Powder Brows and Ombré Brows are forms of only microshading, typically performed with a machine, without any hair-like strokes. Ombré infers that the head of the brow is lighter and less dense that the remainder of the brow but it is not a separate technique.

We offer both manual and machine microshading as an add-on service to our microblading. We recommend this combination only when beneficial to the client based on a variety of factors including skin type, lifestyle and desired results.

Feel free to inquire via email if you would like to know more about whether or not these methods are right for you. 

What is microshading, combination brows, powder brows, ombré brows, etc.            and do you offer these?

 

Where can I find more photos or videos of your previous microblading?

While you can find some of our photos on OUR WEBSITE'S LOOKBOOK SECTION, the best place to check out our work is on Instagram and Facebook. We always aim to credit the specific MELT artist within the caption and photo tags. 

Do you offer training? 

Due to high demand, Melissa offers a limited number of private and small group training courses for beginner and advanced artists.

Please submit an inquiry via email to receive more information and to apply for in-person instruction


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