FAQs – Microblading

First, what is Microblading?

Obviously we don’t live in a perfect world, if we did then puppies would stay puppies forever, and everyone would have naturally perfect brows.

As nice as that dream sounds, puppies always grow, and naturally perfect eyebrows are about as common as winning the lottery.

The truth is, eyebrows are not created equally. Some eyebrows require little effort to look perfect while others require the help of a small miracle just to get by.

Even though naturally perfect eyebrows are few and far between, eyebrow microblading makes it possible to transform any brows into the closest thing to naturally perfect as possible.

Microblading is a Permanent Makeup treatment that provides a means to fully camouflage your missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair. This natural looking technique creates fine hair strokes that last 1 to 2 years with proper care. Using deposits of cosmetic pigment, we hand draw each hair stroke to create natural and fuller eyebrows that are specially customized to you! This technique is especially great for those who may have over tweezed, or those who want to define, reshape, or darken their eyebrows. Microblading is also known as Micropigmentation, 3D Eyebrows, 6D Eyebrows, Eyebrow Feathering, and Eyebrow Tattoo.

How should I prepare for Microblading?

Microblading results create amazing looking eyebrows, however the procedure is not recommended for everyone. To prevent any complications relating to your overall well being, please review all the information below: microblading requirements; contraindications; and medications to avoid before your appointment.

Proper preparation for a microblading appointment will also help to achieve the best possible healed results, so be sure to prepare accordingly.

• No Botox treatments should be done 3 weeks prior or 4 weeks after procedure

• No chemical peels 60 days before or after procedure (brows will peel quicker due to chemicals traveling under the skin)

• No Retinols/Retin-A or other anti-aging/acne creams, or serums containing acids as these will fade brows prematurely

• Do not work out or sweat heavily the day of the procedure (or 2 weeks after)

• Do not tan or have a sunburned face the day of the procedure

• No waxing or tinting 3 days before procedure

• Stop taking aspirin, niacin, vitamin E, fish oil, CoQ10 and ibuprofen 48 hours before procedure

• No alcohol 24 hrs before procedure

• I know most of us need our morning coffee or tea; please use moderation, avoiding energy drinks, Having to much caffeine or stimulants that will make it difficult to treat yourself and facial muscles.

• The room is kept cool, so if you run cold, bring a sweater or sweatshirt and a pair of socks so your tootsies don’t get cold.

Do you offer consultations, if so cost?

Consultations are free but, not required. You’re welcome to either come in or have your consultation over the phone, whichever is most convenient for you. We are here to answer any questions you may have and make sure you are a match for microblading. During your consultation, Microblading Specialist Connie, discusses your goals, shape of your existing brows and problem areas you wish to address. Bringing reference photos of your desired brow shape is highly recommended and greatly appreciated.

What is the Microblading process?

It started when you saw the perfect set of eyebrows, but then quickly realized there’s been a big mistake… those perfect brows aren’t on your face where they belong, they’re on someone else’s face. You were hit with some eyebrow-envy, but more than anything you were inspired to transform your brows by taking them to the next level.

That’s where we come in, Brows to Bottoms artist Connie Antin has mastered the microblading process to give you the brows you deserve. There is never a rush during any part of the microblading process, so it’s important to know beforehand how long microblading takes for planning purposes. The average microblading appointment usually takes 2 1/2 – 3 hours from beginning to end. We make sure that you’re comfortable through every step of your eyebrow transformation. The steps we follow for a microblading appointment are listed below.

Will you take Microblading before and after pictures?
Microblading before and after pictures are a great way to see your brow transformation, so we snap a few quick pictures of your eyebrows before getting started, and then a few more after they’ve been microbladed.
Do you do Brow shaping?

Shaping eyebrows correctly is the foundation to getting perfect eyebrows. Using what is called the golden ratio, your facial features, and some measuring, we draw the perfectly shaped eyebrows for your face directly on your skin for you to see. Together we create the brows that best compliment your individual beautiful face. We won’t – don’t move forward with anything until you are completely happy with your brow shape, and if that means some adjustments need to be made, then so be it.

Does it hurt, Do you offer numbing?

At some point you’ve probably wondered, “does microblading hurt?” After a topical anesthetic is applied by using a specialized technique, pain is not an issue. Some clients have actually fallen asleep during the microblading process, so yeah, we make sure you’re comfortable.

Is there paperwork, how long does it last?

While your skin is numbing you’ll review and sign consent forms, followed by completing a brief medical history to ensure the microblading procedure won’t interfere with your overall well being.

***Appointments typically last 2 1/2 – 3 hours; babies or children can’t be present during your appointment, so please make necessary arrangements in advance.

What are the aftercare instructions?

After you’re looking in the mirror obsessing over your new brows, you’ll be instructed on the microblading healing stages, and how to take care of your microbladed eyebrows. We supply you with a special aftercare cream to help your brows during the microblading healing process, and then schedule your touch-up appointment for six to ten weeks later.

Do you offer Microblading Touch-ups?

If you’ve just had your eyebrows microbladed then we hope you couldn’t be happier! What’s next? You might think of your annual microblading touch-ups, but there is one more step in your microblading journey before you can get to that. This step is referred to as a Microblading Touch-Up.

Why Is This Important?

6 to 10 weeks after your first Microblading appointment you’ll want to return for your Microblading touch-up. The touch-up is important because it’s what gives you the longest-lasting results. It will also smooth out any imperfections that occurred during your Microblading healing. It is not uncommon for there to be some microbladed hair strokes that didn’t heal with full color. No worries there, because the follow up will take care of that. This is also your opportunity to go darker with the color if you were too nervous to do so during your initial microblading appointment.

Finally, your touch-up is a second opportunity to adjust the shape. As a first time microblading client you may have chosen a safer, or thinner, shape than you realized you wanted. Your follow up has you covered. Adjustments to shape and color are done at your request during your follow up. You’ll also find that you’re no longer nervous. You’ve gotten to live with your beautiful new eyebrows for at least six weeks so now you know exactly what to ask for.

“Microblading is always a two step process. Your initial Microblading appointment and your Touch-up.”

Without the touch-up your microblading is incomplete! Your microblading annual touch-ups should occur every 1-3 years for regular maintenance. Your follow-up will give you longer-lasting and more perfect hair strokes so you can keep your beautiful new eyebrows as long as possible.

***Please note skin cells turn over more frequently on oilier skin types causing the color to fade quicker than drier skin types. For oilier skin types more frequent touch ups may be required which are not included in the original price.

Who should not get Microblading?

• Microblading is not recommended for anyone who is or has the following:

• Sick with cold, flu, or sinus/respiratory infection (please reschedule your appointment and stay home to recover)

• Skin irritations including: sunburn, rash, eczema, shingles, acne, or psoriasis near the treated area

• Pregnant or nursing

• Under age 18

• Had Botox within 3 weeks from scheduled appointment

• Used Accutane in the past in the past year

• Epilepsy

• Undergoing chemo

• Prone to keloid scarring

• Pacemaker or major heart problems

• Had an organ transplant

• Viral infections and or diseases

• Transmittable blood disease, HIV or Hepatitis

What medications should I avoid before Microblading?

The following medications are known to affect the blood clotting process. Therefore, these medications need to be avoided (7) seven days prior to your procedure.

A

Actron Advil Aggrenox Aleve Alka-Seltzer Anacin Anaprox Anexsia w/Code Anodynos Ansaid A.P.C. Artrotec A.S.A. Ascriptin Aspergum Aspirin Axotal

B

B-A-C Bayer Bexophene Bextra Brilinta Buffered Aspirin Buffaprin Bufferin Buffinol

C

Cama Arthritis Strength Cataflam Celebrex Cheracol Capsules Clinoril Clopidogrel Combunox Congespirin

D

Damason-P Darvon Dasin Daypro DHC plus Dia-Gesic Diclofenac Dipryridamole Disalcid Dolabid Dolprin #3 Doxaphene Dristan

E

Easprin Ecotrin Emagrin Forte Empirin Equagesic Equazine Etodolac Excedrin

F

Feldene Fenoprofen Fiogesic Fiorgen PF Fiorinal 4-Way Cold Tablets

G

Ginko Biloba Gemnisyn

I

Ibuprofen Indocin Indomethacin

K

Ketoprofen Ketorolac

L

Liquprin Lodine Lortab

M

Magnaprin Marnal Measurin Meclofenamate Mefenamic Meloxicam Meprobamate Midol Mobic Momentum Motrin

N

Nabumetone Naprelan Naprapac Naprosyn Naproxen Norgesic Nuprin

O

Orudis Oruvail Oxaprozin

P

Pabalate P-A-C Percodan Persantine Persistin Piroxican Plavix Pletal Ponstel Prevacid w/ Naprapac Presalin Profen

R

Relafen Robaxisal Roxiprin Rufen

S

Salsalate Saleto Salocol Soma Compound Sprix Nasal Spray St. Joseph Sulindac Supac Synalgos-DC

T

Talwin Ticagrelor Ticlopidine Ticlid Tolectin Tolmetin Toradol Trental Trigesic Trilisate

U

Ultraprin Uni-Pro

V

Vanguish Vicoprofen Vimovo Vitamin E Voltaren

Z

Zipsor Zorpin

FAQs – Waxing

Can I go tanning right before or after my waxing session?
Plan on waiting at least 24 – 48 hours after your treatment to tan. And do not come in right after a fresh spray tan because the wax will take it right off.

Can I have sex the same day I get a Brazilian waxing?
While you might want to share your new look with a loved one right away, I always suggest waiting at least 24 – 48 hours for sexy time—especially if you are prone to ingrown hairs or are fairly new to waxing.

Friction and perspiration might aggravate the skin. During the first 24= 48 hours, your body is most susceptible to outside bacteria that might cause an infection of the hair follicle known as folicullitus.

What's your cancellation/No Show Policy?
Please be respectful of my time as well as that of other clients. Your reserved appointment time could have been utilized by another client. This is why I strictly enforce a 24 hour appointment change or cancellation notice on all waxing procedures.

Any appointment cancellation without a 24 hour notice or No-Show will result in forfeiture of prepaid service fees and additional service fees will be required upon re-booking.

I just shaved, how long should I wait before getting waxed?

The recommended time after shaving is 2 weeks. The hair needs to be long enough for the wax to grab it, about a ¼ inch long.

How long does the hair need to be for waxing?
For best results, the hair length should be ¼ inches long to do effective waxing. When in doubt, it is better the hair be longer than shorter.

How often should I get waxed?
The recommended time between waxing is 3- 5 weeks depending on your individual speed of hair growth.

One of the benefits of waxing on a regular schedule as above is that each session becomes easier and more comfortable as the hairs seem to come out easier.

I am going on vacation, how soon before should I get waxed?
The recommended time before going on vacation or preparing for any big event (i.e. wedding day) is 2-3 days. This will allow any redness to pass.

What are the benefits of waxing versus shaving?
Waxing is more effective than shaving because it removes the entire hair from the root, not just from the surface of the skin, giving you longer lasting results.

With consistent waxing over time, hair grows back finer and sparser whereas with shaving, hair appears to grow back faster, thicker and coarser.
In addition, shaving increases the risk of nicks, cuts, ingrown hairs and razor burn especially in sensitive areas such as bikini, chest and underarms

What can I do for maintenance between waxing services?

Exfoliate and Moisturize

To improve waxing results and reduce your chances of getting ingrown hair It is recommended that a few days prior to, and after your waxing appointment, you gently exfoliate the skin.

You can exfoliate as much as 3 times a week. Removing dead skin cells keeps your skin healthy and soft in-between waxing.

Moisturize.

To keep skin hydrated and smooth while helping new hairs to reach the surface of the skin without becoming ingrown, moisturize daily

Can I wax when I am pregnant?

Waxing during pregnancy is common; however, with increased hormones and blood flow, pregnant women may be more sensitive to waxing.

It is recommended that you consult your doctor first.

Are there any medications - topical or oral - that are contraindications to waxing?
Yes, exfoliating or hydroxy-based medications including but not limited to: Retin-A, Renova, Differin and Tazorac are contraindications to waxing.

Blood thinners, steroids, skin lighters and oral acne medications such as Accutane are also medications that should prevent you from waxing.

If you wax while on these medications, it may result in skin irritation, peeling or hyperpigmentation.

Always check with your doctor first.

What aftercare advise should I follow after Brazilian waxing?
As with all waxing, Brazilian waxing post-care includes exfoliation and moisturizing.

For 24 hours after waxing, it is important to avoid increasing circulation through any form. This includes exercise, tanning, spicy food and sexual activity.

Increasing blood flow and body temperature after waxing can aggravate waxed areas and prolong the presence of inflammation, redness and the potential for infection of the hair follicle.

How can I maintain my bikini line in-between waxing?
To maintain your bikini line between appointments, use exfoliant and moisturizer.

Shaving or tweezing between appointments interferes with the effectiveness of your waxing treatment. Therefore, it’s best to leave the area alone with the exception of exfoliating and moisturizing.

Why do I have to fill out a questionnaire before waxing?

Because I need certain information to ensure you a safe, comfortable experience with fabulous results.

Is there any type of wax that is better for sensitive skin?
At Brows to Bottoms we use only the finest waxes which maybe used on even the most sensitive skins on all body areas.

Should I trim beforehand?
No. Many newbies trim their hair before a wax and actually cut it too short.

That’s worse than coming in with your hair a little long—the wax won’t be able to get a hold on your hair and won’t work as well.

How close to the appointment should I shower?
Many people come straight from work, and not everyone can go home to take a shower and refresh.

However, you should definitely shower as close to your appointment as possible.

Are ingrown hairs awkward or problematic? I might have... a few.
No worries. We’ve pretty much seen it all.

If you want to get rid of ingrown hairs around your bikini area for your own sake, though, we recommend GiGi No-bumps Roll-on.

It’s designed to prevent ingrowns on the face, but it works everywhere else, too.

Can I get a wax while I'm on my period?
Yes, so long as you wear a tampon. We don’t mind … as long as it’s not “messy” down there

But, while you can get a wax during your period, you might not want to.

Your skin is more sensitive up to three days before and three days afteryour period.

If you want to do it anyway, simply wear a fresh tampon and take an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen about an hour before your appointment to help with the extra sting.

Bikini, Brazilian - What's the difference?
Bikini removes hair from just the sides.

Brazilian removes everything- front, back and everything in-between.

Strip Wax, Hard Wax - What's the difference?
We use whatever is best suited for your type of skin and hair removal. But if you have a certain preference, we will do our best to accommodate.

Do you double dip?
Never. We take every step to ensure the highest level of sanitation.

How long will a Brazilian wax take?
It usually takes me anywhere from 10-20 minutes. The more you’ve waxed, the faster it can be done.

How long before the hairs grow back?
Okay, this is a tricky one because when it comes to the hair re-growth cycle we are not all created equal.

Everyone’s hair grows at different rates, sometimes depending on ethnicity. We have some clients that come in every six weeks and have hardly any hair (no fair!) and others who have to come in every three weeks.

Will my hair grow back thicker and darker?

No. Waxing pulls the hair from the follicle weakening the root. So, if anything it will grow back weaker, more sparse and easier to remove next time.

Will my hair stop growing back all together?
No, but it will become more sparse and have finer texture if you wax on a regular basis.