- WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is a cosmetic tattoo procedure where a skilled artist makes tiny slices in the skin with a handheld tool with a row of tiny needles on the end that look very similar to an x-acto knife. The tiny slices are made to simulate the look of eyebrow hairs to give the natural appearance of a fuller brow.
- HOW DO I CHOOSE A QUALIFIED ARTIST?
MAKE SURE YOU DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. Choosing an artist now days can be very tricky. Most artists only post what they want you to see and too many are afraid to speak out against the artist when they receive botched procedures from them. A skilled artist should always listen to their client’s needs and be able to give advice to help them with the process of their desired look. They should have a deep understanding of skin, how it heals and comprehends color theory. Microblading artist are a dime a dozen now days, but most of these artist are trained in a matter of two to four days and then released to open facial tissue with very little education or actual training. It is your responsibility as a client to make sure that you do your own thorough research to ensure you’re choosing the best artist suited for you and your needs. This is your face after all!
- DOES MICROBLADING HURT?
I apply a Lidocaine based topical anesthetic to the treatment area several times throughout the procedure to ensure client’s highest level of comfort. Pain tolerance differs from person to person. There are several possibilities in which you could be highly sensitive to pain and should avoid or reconsider the procedure if you fall under any of the following: If you are a frequent smoker (the anesthetic doesn’t last as long), if you are near or on your menstrual cycle, or have recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Also note that if you have taken any form of drugs, alcohol, and blood altering medications or fish oil it may cause your blood to thin. If you are on any substances that would cause the blood to thin you may also experience a higher sensitivity to the procedure due to the blood rushing quicker to the treatment site. These substances can also cause excess blood to push out pigment from the treatment site altering your healing process and healed results. It is very important you do not take any substances 48 hours before your scheduled appointment time unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor. If you are on prescription medications please speak with your doctor to find out if you are able to receive the procedure. Caffeine can also affect you the day of your procedure, causing some anxiety. I advise that you do not drink any form of caffeine eight hours before your procedure. *Please see deposit policy to see what your options are for reschedule and possible return of your deposit if any of these contraindications occur for you.*
- HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO GET MICROBLADING?
In the state of Louisiana, we are legally allowed to tattoo minors under the age of eighteen if they have a signed consent form and are escorted by a parent or legal guardian. Despite this, it is my own personal policy not to tattoo any minors due to the fact that their bodies and most definitely their faces are not done growing. Minors receiving cosmetic or paramedical tattoo can possibly cause distortion of work in the future as the minor ages.
- CAN I GET MICROBLADING IF I AM PREGNANT OR NURSING?
As a safety precaution to you and your unborn, it is my personal policy not to tattoo pregnant or nursing women.
- HOW LONG DOES MICROBLADING LAST?
Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure and will not wash off; however, they will fade over the course of time due to natural cell turnover rate. Every procedure is different, as every client is different. Eyebrows usually last between twelve to eighteen months, but it is recommended you receive an annual color boost procedure to ensure your eyebrows always look their best.
- HOW LONG DOES THE ENTIRE PROCEDURE LAST?
From start to finish it could be between two and three hours including your personalized consult.
- HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED BEFORE I OBTAIN MY DESIRED RESULTS?
Typically, you would have your initial procedure done and then return between six and ten weeks after the first procedure for a touch-up procedure. During this appointment, we will discuss how you healed, what else you would like to change now that you have taken the time to let your new brows settle and what is best suited for you and your needs. After that, it is recommended you have an annual touch-up or color boost procedure to make sure your brows continue to keep the look you desire.
- WHAT FACTORS WILL AFFECT MY MICROBLADING?
Sun exposure will soften and fade the look of your eyebrows dramatically. It is highly recommended that you do not spend prolonged periods of time in the sun. Always protect your eyebrows at all cost. Use sunscreen or a hat if you must be outside. The natural skin cell regeneration will also affect your eyebrows over the course of time. Lighter pigments will fade faster than darker pigments. Procedures on the face tend to fade quicker over the course of time in comparison to other body parts due to constant exposure. It is also important that you do not take any form of blood thinners 48 hours before your procedure. The excessive bleeding will cause poor pigment retention. If I suspect that you have taken any form of blood altering substances I will stop the procedure, you will forfeit your deposit and you will need to reschedule for at a later date.
- AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR MICROBLADING?
- If you are a frequent smoker, your eyebrows will fade faster than a non-smoker. If you have oily skin, microblading is not a good procedure for you. When your hair strokes heal they will heal blurred and diffused instead of crisp and defined. You may still have your eyebrows tattooed, but you should consider having powder brows done instead. It can be achieved with a nice soft look or even combination brows (microblading + shading) if you have more normal to oily skin type. If you have little to no eyebrow hair naturally, your eyebrows will look more two dimensional than someone who has more eyebrow hair who has achieved a three dimensional look.
- If you are on Accutane or have been on Accutane in the past, you must wait one year before booking the procedure. Your skin will be entirely too thin to handle the procedure and could cause traumatic damage to your epidermis.
- If you use Retinol, I advise you stop using Retinol one month before your procedure.
- If you suffer from any skin disorders that would cause irritation such as psoriasis, eczema, keratosis pilaris, dermatitis, chronic acne or rosacea in the area of the brow, I will not be able to tattoo you. If you have these disorders and they affect another area of the body other than your eyebrows, please contact me to discuss your situation with me before booking an appointment.
- If you are taking Latisse for eyelash or eyebrow regrowth, please stop using these products at least three months before your procedure. Do not underestimate these products. They could cause bleeding once I start the procedure, even if you are only treating your eyelashes.
- If you suffer from any autoimmune disorders that would affect the health of your skin, you may not heal correctly and I would advise against you having this procedure done.
- If you are pregnant, nursing, suffer from hemophilia, or a heart condition, it is absolutely not recommended that you get any form of cosmetic tattoo.
- If you are a diabetic, due to improper healing abilities.
- If you have any other health conditions, it is recommended that you speak with your health care provider before scheduling your microblading procedure.
- I RECEIVE BOTOX INJECTIONS. HOW WILL THIS AFFECT MY MICROBLADING PROCEDURE?
I ask that you get your Botox injections at least one month before your microblading procedure or one month after your microblading procedure. Receiving Botox injections too close to the procedure date could cause the symmetry of your eyebrows after the Botox finally settles.
- WHAT IF I HAVE HAD MY EYEBROWS PREVIOUSLY TATTOOED?
If you have had your eyebrows tattooed by another technician, you will be required to schedule a consult with me before booking your appointment. I cannot make any promises on what I can and cannot do for you depending on the condition and state of your eyebrows. I am highly skilled in corrections, but it is impossible to say that I could camouflage and fix all botched work. I will try my very best to help you either correct your eyebrows, or set you up with a reputable dermatologist in order to start removal procedures. If you book an appointment with me before you have a consult about your previously tattooed brows, and get my approval, you will forfeit your deposit the day of your appointment and I will not tattoo you that day.
- WILL MY NATURAL BROW HAIRS BE REMOVED DURING THE PROCEDURE?
Absolutely not! The reason why women had to have their brows shaved during "old school" procedures is because if your hair is not short enough or long enough it can get caught into a tattoo machine causing it to be ripped out. Since I use a hand held tool to micro-blade and shade it is not necessary to remove any of your eyebrow hairs. I simply remove hairs that fall out of the shape that you and I create together for your new brows.
- HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A COLOR AND SHAPE FOR YOUR CLIENTS?
This is a team effort between me and my clients. I like to involve you in every step of the process of your new brows, which includes color and shape. I do have a wide array of colors and I am confident we can pick the perfect and shape suited for you to make sure we create the eyebrows of your dreams.
- WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY PROCEDURE?
I encourage my clients to bring reference photos with them if they have an ideal color and shape in mind. I also encourage them to wear their normal day to day eyebrow makeup to the initial procedure so we can take into consideration the shape you desire. If you regularly wax, thread, tint or tweeze your eyebrows, please do so at least seventy-two hours before your procedure. I do enjoy when clients grow their brows out since it gives me a little more to work with when I can see the natural hair growth patterns and shape. If there are any hairs that fall out of the new shape of the brows we create together, I will remove them. If you plan on going on vacation after your procedure, I recommend that you do so at a minimum of fourteen days after to ensure your eyebrows have healed sufficiently and there is no possibility of infection. Do not take any form of blood thinning medications forty-eight hours before your procedure. Do not consume caffeine the day of your procedure. Avoid sun exposure from natural sun light and light beds for thirty days before and after your procedure. If you show up to your appointment with a sunburn, you will be asked to reschedule for a later date and forfeit your deposit. When your skin exfoliates and sheds from the sunburn, it will remove the pigment with it. It is very important that your skin is in a healthy state in order to be tattooed. I also recommend that you wear dark colored clothing to your appointment. The pigment could stain your clothes, but not your skin or hair.
- WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY MICROBLADING APPOINTMENT?
- We start out by having you fill out the proper forms, explain the procedure and make sure you have not taken any substances that would cause a bad microblading experience.
- Next, we discuss what look you desire for your new eyebrows. You and I will work together to create the eyebrows of your dreams. I listen to what my client’s want, but I also help my client’s understand what is a realistic expectation based on their brow bone structure, their face shape, skin tone and hair color (natural and colored). You may bring reference photos and fill in your makeup prior to the appointment to give me an idea of what your day to day brow shape looks like.
- After we have an in depth discussion, I remove any makeup and debris you may have on your eyebrows and apply a topical anesthetic. While we wait for you to numb properly, I allow my client’s to ask any question they’ve ever wanted answered about microblading to make sure they are thoroughly educated on the procedure and what to expect during and after.
- After you are properly numb, I start my brow mapping procedures. This consists of me measuring your eyebrows and creating a new shape that we will try to achieve during the procedure. I will have you lie down, sit up, and make facial expression for me to make sure that your brows are absolutely perfect for YOU specifically. You will be given a hand held mirror to watch every step of this process. I value your opinion and input. After all, these are YOUR brows and you should feel confident that you are a part of every step of this process and every decision we make for YOUR eyebrow design. We also choose a color together that is best suited for your hair, eye color and skin tone. We will also take your before pictures.
- After we have agreed on an eyebrow design, I start with what is referred to as the “first pass”. First pass is when I use my hand held tool to start making micro-slices into the procedure area to simulate the look of brow hairs. During this first pass, I attempt to create as much of the eyebrow outline that I possibly can. I then flood the cuts I have made with pigment allowing it to settle in. I remove the pigment, clean the area and apply yet another layer of anesthetic.
- I remove the anesthetic by cleaning the skin, and I examine further where I would like to add more hair strokes to the brow design to complete them. The second and third pass is the same as the first pass, only I am putting the finishing touches on your eyebrows. During each pass you will receive more anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during your procedure.
- If at ANY point and time you are no longer comfortable or feeling pain, please let me know and I will adjust the procedure accordingly for your needs.
- At the end of the procedure, I tidy up your new brows and take after photos. We will do a reveal to you, and you will get to inspect the finished product. We will go over in depth about your after care and healing procedures. I will also send you home with an after care eyebrow kit to make sure that your eyebrows heal perfectly.
- After you leave your appointment, if you have any questions you feel I did not answer during our time together, do not hesitate to send me an e-mail or text message to ask me about anything that may come up for you.
- HOW WILL I LOOK IMMEDIATELY AFTER MY PROCEDURE?
Your brows will appear darker directly after the procedure and in some cases seem much more dramatic than your natural brows and what you are used to. Typically, clients are pleased with the appearance of their eyebrows directly after and need a couple of days to mentally adjust to their new eyebrows. You’ll notice yourself looking in the mirror a lot more than usual, which will definitely help with you accepting your new eyebrows. After your brows heal, they will become slightly softer.
- WHAT AFTER CARE SHOULD I FOLLOW?
I will give you a printed version of my after care for your procedure. If you have misplaced this paper, please feel free to contact me and I will make sure you get your after care instructions again.
- WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME?
You may leave your appointment with no down time at all. This procedure does not prevent you from work or going out in public. There will be a total of fourteen days where it causes somewhat of an inconvenience to you and your schedule while your eyebrows are healing. You simply cannot get them wet or expose them to the sun during this time frame. This also includes going to the gym due to sweating.
- WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT LONG TERM CARE FOR MY EYEBROWS?
With any tattoo procedure, sun exposure does soften and fade your tattoo dramatically. After your brows are healed, you should wear a sunscreen with a high SPF over your brows to make sure they are protected. I also recommend you wear some type of hat if you are going to be outdoors for extended periods of time. If you choose to do chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or any form of chemical or mechanical exfoliant, please inform your technician that you have cosmetic tattooing so they can avoid the area all together. The rate of fading is different for every client. It all depends on your life style, sun exposure, skin type and after care.
- DOES EVERYONE NEED A TOUCH UP APPOINTMENT?
Not everyone needs a touch-up appointment, but I still ask my clients to schedule an appointment to get photos of the healed results and to ensure that you are satisfied with your new brows. We discuss what you would like to change, add, and how you healed. The touch-up appointment is already included in your initial payment and if you feel the need to make sure a few strokes that did not keep great pigment retention need to be touched up, we will do so at the touch-up appointment.
- THE LOUISIANA COSMETOLOGY BOARD INFORMED SALON OWNERS THEY CANNOT MICROBLADE IN THEIR FACILITY DUE TO SANITATION ISSUES, DOES THIS APPLY TO YOUR WORK SPACE?
I am not governed by the board of cosmetology, and neither is my studio space. I operate under the Department of Health and Hospitals and I am thoroughly inspected by this board in order to operate under safe and sterile conditions. I do not operate in a salon space. I actually operate in my own private room at Red Handed Tattoo Parlor. Our work space is extremely clean and every employee that works there has a deep understanding of how to create and hold a sterile environment to ensure client safety and prevent infection and blood borne illnesses. When you have these types of treatments done in a salon space or any space that isn't used for strictly tattooing or medical operations, you run the risk of sanitation issues and quality control. You wouldn't want to have a surgical procedure performed on you in the kitchen of a restaurant, so why would this be any different?
- DO YOU REUSE NEEDLES OR MICROBLADE HANDLES?
I DO NOT REUSE ANY NEEDLES, BLADES OR HANDLES. All my needles, blades and handles are sterile single-use and disposed of in a sharps container after every procedure.
- HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
You can book an appointment through this website, under the book now tab. If you find there are no appointments available, please check back on the 15th of every month when booking opens. I also have a cancellation list, and I will contact the first person on the list and so on, until I can fill the spot. Please feel free to sign up for this list via e-mail.
- WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
For booking your eyebrow appointment, a $100 deposit is required and can be paid through the booking system, the additional $300 is accepted the day of the procedure. I have a Square card reader, so I can swipe all major credit cards (yes, I also have a chip reader). I also accept cash. I do NOT accept checks or service trades.
- I FEEL LIKE $400 IS A LOT FOR THIS SERVICE. CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY YOU CHARGE THIS RATE WHEN I SEE ARTIST ADVERTISE FOR $200?
In my own experience, I have found that artist who are charging lower rates are simply trying to get clients on the books. They are trying to build a portfolio and gain more experience due to only taking a two to four day training class beforehand and generally do not understand the damage they are causing to their client's skin or to our industry with their lack of education. Most training classes cost artist thousands of dollars for a few days and they train you to use the cheapest products on the market to gain a larger profit. The products you use will almost always guarantee the healed results your artist is capable of. I have made sure to personally try every item on the market from my anesthetics, my blades, my needles, my machines, my pigments and everything in between to ensure that my clients only experience the best and receive the very best results. With that being said, quality does not come cheap and neither should quality work. I have a passion for this industry and I am constantly learning, growing and practicing my trade. There is absolutely NO way an artist can master a trade in a few days time. You should steer clear of artist who advertise their services for cheaper rates or post on the garage sale Facebook pages. This is YOUR face and their is no room for error, lack of education or for you shop for a cheaper rate. I have clients every day booking with me for correction work. Trust me, when I say that they had to learn the hard way and you do NOT want that to be you.