Q: What is Microblading?
Microblading (aka microstroking) is a form of semi-permanent makeup. Unlike a regular tattoo, microblading is a form of tattoo artistry where pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine. The results mimics natural hairs in your brows.
Q: What is Ombre Shading?
Ombre Shading is another technique of semi-permanent makeup. Ombre Shading is performed with the use of a machine. This technique creates a soft powdered effect that resembles eyebrow pencil or powder.
Q: Does it hurt?
Topical numbing cream is used to help with any discomfort and pain; however, everyone’s pain tolerance is different.
Q: What can I expect after my procedure?
A little redness and swelling may be expected after the procedure.
Q: What is the approximate healing process?
Day 1-2: Color is 20-40% than what it will look like healed. Color is more solid, strokes are more crisp. Mild swelling, light bruising, redness, and discomfort will subside. Apply balm, don’t touch otherwise.
Day 3-7: Outer skin healing and exfoliation begins where top layers of skin shed causing excess pigment to flake away. Don’t pick at the peeling skin or scabbing. Skin starts to itch. Don’t scratch, tap lightly around the area to alleviate itching. Color may appear gray. Keep applying balm.
Day 8-10: Flaking is in final stages. Apply balm until day 14. Color may look gray, light or spotty and in some cases, may temporarily disappear only to reappear later.
Day 11-14: Skin begins to take on normal characteristics again.
Inner skin healing begins. Color starts to come back after disappearing or looking gray, light and patch. Color and strokes begin to soften.
Inner skin healing reaches final stages. Color and strokes continue to soften.
*individual results may vary
Q: How long does it last?
Every client varies base on their skin type, lifestyle, and how well you take care of your eyebrows after the procedure.
Q: What is your safety practice?
South Bay Brows uses disposable blades and ensure that area of procedure is well kept clean.
Q: If I’m pregnant or nursing, can I get my eyebrows done?
We suggest waiting until after birth and after nursing.
BEFORE AND AFTER CARE
Do not work out the day of the procedure
Do not tan (sunbath/spray tan/tanning bed) fore one week prior to the procedure
Do not consume alcoholic/caffeinated beverage on the day of the procedure
Do not take aspirin, niacin, vitamin E, or ibuprofen 24 hours before procedure
Any waxing or tinting of the brows should be done 2 weeks prior
No botox for 2 weeks prior to the procedure
Do not wash or wet the area for 5 days. To prevent water from seeping in, apply a thick layer of Aquaphor on the eyebrows before washing your face or before taking a shower/bath.
Do not work out for 24 hours after the procedure.
Avoid heavy sweating for the first 5 days.
Always use a very mild soap (do not exfoliate) on the area and re-apply the Aquaphor or A&D right after.
Do not put makeup on the area for 7 days.
Before bathing apply a light coating of Aquaphor or A&D on the procedure area using a clean cotton swab.
Always wear sunblock once eyebrows are fully healed.
DO NOT touch, rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Hands may contain bacteria and cause an infection. Use clean cotton-swab to apply A&D or Aquaphor to eyebrows twice daily for the first 5-7 days. Picking can cause scaring.
Continue this regimen until the procedure area has completely healed.