WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing for the brows. It has many differing names such as 3D brows, microstroking, micropigmentation, among others, but it is the same procedure. It is the process of implanting color pigment beneath the surface of the skin with a manual tool that has tiny, sterile, disposable needles to produce the appearance of hair like strokes, makeup. The goal is to enhance the natural features of the face and appear as natural as possible. The results will fade gradually and usually last 12-18 months if proper aftercare is taken.
DOES COSMETIC TATTOOING HURT?
A highly-effective, topical anesthetic is used for numbing before and during your procedure. Every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure, but please note pain level vary from person to person. Having this service performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, be aware that this may affect your sensitivity tolerance to the procedure. Most clients have described the pain level between a 1-3 on a 10 point scale.
WHAT ARE COMMON CONTRAINDICATIONS?
- Pregnant or nursing
- Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
- Viral Infections and/or diseases
- Pacemaker or major heart problems
- Organ Transplant
- Skin Irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, burns, acne, etc.)
- Sick (color, flu, etc.)
- Botox in the past 30 days
WHAT FACTORS WILL AFFECT MY COSMETIC TATTOO?
Sun exposure: The sun will extremely soften the look of your tattoo, so sunblock should be used (once healed) to prolong your enhancement. The regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment holds. The choice of color: Some colors fade quicker than others, i.e. a blonde color will fade quicker than a dark brown color. Bleeding during the procedure: Any bleeding during the tattooing procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol and certain medications act as blood-thinners and should not be taken prior to and following your appointment. Immune system: a stronger immune system will cause faster fading due to the body's ability to attack pigment.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
For most clients, a minimum of two treatments are usually needed, at least 8 weeks apart. At the initial appointment we will build the initial shape. At the second session, we will assess the color retention, make adjustments as necessary and build density. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your cosmetic tattoo does not heal perfectly after the first session, do not worry! We can always go darker and add more density at your next appointment. Occasionally, due to factors outside of our control some clients may need a third treatment and they will be responsible for any additional costs. After 12-18 months most clients will require a touch up or color boost.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY EYEBROW PROCEDURE?
If you have an ideal shape and color in mind, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment. You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so we can take into consideration the shape you desire. If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please do so at least 3 days before your appointment; do not do any method of hair removal 3 days prior to the appointment. If there are any stray hairs that fall outside of our final shape, we can remove them. If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days after the procedure. We require our clients to avoid any blood thinning medication for a minimum of 72 hours prior to their appointment; check with your doctor before stopping any medication. This includes: Vitamin E, Aspirin, Niacin, fish oil supplements, and Ibuprofen. Avoid alcohol and caffeine 48 hours prior to your appointment. If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this procedure. It is highly recommended that you avoide SUN and TANNING BED exposure for 30 days BEFORE and AFTER your procedure. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule and will forfeit your deposit. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn, it will take the pigment with it. Do not get Botox or injections 30 days prior to the procedure or 30 days after the procedure. Do not wear contact lenses to your appointment or put them in immediately after, bring glasses to your appointment if needed.
HOW WILL I LOOK IMMEDIATELY AFTER? WHAT IS THE HEALING PROCESS?
Your brows will appear crisp, darker and more intense than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten and soften during the complete healing process. Redness and swelling is minimal, but sensitive skinned clients are more prone to redness and swelling which usually subsides within 24 hours. Please view our detailed aftercare instructions here.
IS THE STUDIO AND EQUIPMENT SAFE?
Absolutely! We pride ourselves on proper training and licensing. Also, we have an immaculate and sterile studio space. Single use, sterile, disposable needles and hand tools are used. The client will actually see the pre packaged, sterilized tools before the procedure begins. All supplies are one time use and discarded immediately after. This means that each set-up for each new client is discarded safely afterwards. The space is thoroughly disinfected before opening and after each procedure throughout the day.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
We have detailed aftercare instructions listed here. It is highly beneficial to follow these instructions to ensure a comfortable healing process and to achieve the best results.
So impressed with Amanda's talent.
"Just had my brows micro bladed--they look awesome!!! So impressed with Amanda's talent. I also love what she does with lash extensions. She is meticulous and her salon/spa is very clean and her attention to sterility is bar to none! Highly recommend,"
I absolutely love love LOVE my new eyebrows! I went to Amanda after plenty of research and comparing different businesses in the city of Charlotte and I am so excited I chose her. I trusted her 100 percent with my eyebrows. She is extremely professional and also very warming. Amanda knows exactly what she is doing and exactly what shape will suit your face. I had like zero eyebrows before, after waxing left me eyebrowless. Eyebrow makeup was something I felt I always needed because of how insecure I was about not having any. It feels so great to not have to worry about drawing on eyebrows or even having them sweat off or even coming off while at the pool or beach. I would definitely recommend Amanda to anyone who needs micro blading. She is awesome and I will be a returning customer!
-A.E. Charlotte, NC
“I just had my eyebrows microbladed by Amanda and if I could give her 100 stars I would! She is not only such a sweet person but equally professional and BEYOND talented. I have red hair and she matched the exact color for my eyebrows and knew what would look good for my skin tone and my style based off of my pictures and talking to me before my appointment so it was already ready to go when I got there. I mean my eyebrows are white/blonde and she knew exactly how I wanted them and I felt so at ease the entire time. It was honestly a fun and exciting procedure and I would recommend her to ANYONE I know! My mom also came with me and she didn’t mind inviting her to join us in the room and talked with her about her eyebrows and now my mom is getting hers done as well :) so excited to not have to color in my eyebrows anymore. Amanda truly is the best!!“
-S.W. Charlotte, NC
“I've never had my brows cared for professionally and then I found Amanda! She is skilled, professional, gentle and so sweet! She's very responsive in listening to your goals and is eager to meet them.”
-A.J. Charlotte, NC
“I could not be happier with my brows! I only wish I had had them done years ago. I thought I did a fairly decent job coloring them in on my own, but there is absolutely no comparison - they are now symmetrical, a better color for my skin and hair, and a beautiful size and shape. Amanda is precise, takes her time, and doesn’t cut any corners. She makes sure that everything about your brows - shape, color, and intensity - is perfect for your face and exactly what you want. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.“
-M.G. Greenville, SC
“There is only one person in Charlotte that I’d trust with microblading and permanent makeup, and it’s Amanda Lesmes. She is so professional, well trained, and she is wonderful at explaining the service. She is extremely detail oriented and takes her time measuring your face. Her bedside manner is great, as I’m a little nervous with needles. She calmed me right down. I’ve had eyebrows, eyeliner, and lip blushing done and I’m extremely happy with all 3 outcomes.“
-A.D. Charlotte, NC
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