Microblading is a form of semi-permanent make-up in which the pigment is deposited by the upper layers of skin being penetrated by needles in the form of a blade. The instrument used is a hand-tool. Unlike a tattoo, where a machine and needle is used to penetrate the dermal layer to deposit pigment; microblading is semi-permanent (It will fade and shed out over time) and it only penetrates the top two layers of skin.
MicroSHADING is known by many other names: Ombre Brow, 3d or 6d brows, Micropigmentation, dimensional brows, etc. The difference is MicroSHADING is performed with a machine. The machine deposits pigment at a lower level, therefore is more permanent than microblading. The machine’s needles pierce the skin depositing pigment in a soft, stippled effect or even in cleaner lines. The machine is an excellent tool for creating density, dimension, and depth to a brow. The machine technique is highly recommended for oily skin types, and it will last longer than microblading, typically fading out within 3-5 years. MicroSHADING is beautiful when mixed with microblading.
The treatment may last anywhere from 6 months to 5 years; depending on your lifestyle, heredity, aftercare, etc. affect the duration of your treatment. Therefore, touch-up appointments scheduled 6 and 12 weeks post initial visit are strongly advised to achieve a uniform outcome. A healing period of 4-6 weeks in between appointments is required prior to a touch-up procedure. On a rare occasion for microblading, the pigment may migrate to a lower level of the dermis and become permanent; whereas pigment for microshading is deposited into the lower levels and is more permanent lasting 3-5 years.
At The Lash Extension, we believe one size does not fit all. We were certified and trained by Lithuanian Permanent Makeup Master, Rita Romo. Both Rita and I have studied Architecture and Design. Why is this important? Because we have an acute understanding of how to lay out your perfect brow based on the Golden Ratio. The way your hair grows naturally is also important. Strokes and hair growth patterns are important in achieving a natural, cohesive brow appearance. Strokes that go against the grain can make you look angry and the hairs can appear unnatural.
CORRECTION FOR BAD MICROBLADING OR PREVIOUS BROW TATTOOS
WE FEEL YOUR PAIN!!! This is why it is imperative you check out your salon, talk to your stylist. Look at their work, drawings, salon, sanitation etc. You get what you pay for; and good brows aren't cheap..and cheap brows aren't good! This is your face...trust someone that knows what they are doing - This is an unregulated procedure in many counties because it is so new. As of July 2016, The Lash Extension was the ONLY salon in Columbia County, GA working with the Health Department as well as Columbia County Licensing and Permits to be compliant.
WHAT SETS US APART?
We have completed the Bloodborne Pathogens certification; and are also certified in First Aid and CPR; and we trained under a MASTER ARTIST. We practice our craft daily and we start conservatively - we can add on; but we can't take away. We CARE about doing things the right way, and take extra precautions to make sure we are compliant. We understand the skin too. At this time (September 2016) microblading courses are training anyone...This means anyone not versed in skin - or brows - can be trained. We ask you, would you trust a licensed Esthetician or an inexperienced layperson to give you brows? My money is on someone that really knows the skin; and who is a trained artist.
SO, IF YOU ARE THE UNFORTUNATE RECIPIENT OF BAD BROWS
At this time, laser removal is the best option for correcting poor microblading applications. It is also possible to lift some of the pigment at the time of the service if you are not satisfied. However, once the healing process has begun, you will have to wait it out. The pigment will lighten - but the shape will not change. At The Lash Extension, we would much rather start with a clean, fresh slate and give you wonderful brows. Corrective work is not recommended - in fact, most stylists will NOT touch up over someone else's work. The best option is laser.
The microblading procedure may be slightly uncomfortable. The procedure involves abrading the skin and depositing pigment in the abrasions. Some folks find it more uncomfortable than others. If you are 5 days before or after your menstrual cycle, the pain may feel more enhanced.
There may be swelling and redness following the procedure. You may experience minor bleeding.
Initially the pigment will appear very dark. Like Groucho Marks dark. Immediately after the procedure, the pigment can appear 30-50% darker than the desired result. REST ASSURED, THIS WILL FADE! The reason is because your pigment is mixed with blood and has created a scab. This is normal for the healing process. PLEASE BE PATIENT. The pigments WILL fade. Once your skin heals we will touch-up the brows again.
Clients with oily skin may not hold pigment as well as those with drier skin types. This is why we recommend 3 visits to ensure you have proper coverage. Pigment loss is common, and all skin is different. Some hold pigment better than others. Some skin types (especially oily skin) have trouble retaining pigments and may need to make additional visits.
A negative patch test does not guarantee that you will not develop an allergic reaction after the procedure. Allergic reactions to anesthetic may occur.
Infections may occur if aftercare instructions are not followed correctly. ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS prior to touching your treatment area.
If you have an MRI or CAT scan within 3 months of your Microblading/Microshading procedure; you should notify and discuss with your physician possible side effects.
Though it is possible scarring may occur, it is rare.
There are several contraindications which may prevent pigment from adhering into the skin:
Have you used Retin-A, (or any retinoids) or AHA products within the last 2 weeks?
Have you used Accutane or Steroids within the last 6 months?
Have you ingested any of the following in the last 2 days: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Alcohol?
Have you had a reaction to a numbing dental injection?
Prior to dental procedures do you receive antibiotic therapy?
Have you ever had a reaction to topical creams?
Are you currently under the care of a doctor or hospital specialist?
Have you received chemotherapy or radiation within the last 12 months?
Have you ever had Botox®, Juvederm®, or any other injectables within the last 6 weeks?
Have you ever had a sensitivity or reaction to any topical or cosmetic products?
Have you had a chemical or laser peel in the last 6 weeks? Do you plan to have it done?
Have you received permanent make-up, micropigmentation or a tattoo before?
Have you ever had a tattoo removed?
Do you have a tendency to rub your eyes or pull on your eyelashes (Trichotillomania)?
Do you suffer from eye Infections/styes?
Do you go tanning (in a salon or outside)? (avoid 14 days post-procedure for best result)
Do you receive regular facial treatments? (This will fade your procedure more quickly).
Do you scar easily?
Do you have a tendency to develop hypotrophic/raised or keloid scars?
Do your scars heal a darker color than the rest of your skin?
Do you bleed or bruise easily?
Do you have any skin healing issues?
Are you pregnant or nursing?
Do you exercise? (postpone for 14 days post-procedure for best result)
If you have any of the following medical conditions or are on medications for the following, this procedure may not be the best option for you:
Autoimmune:(Crohn’s Disease, Arthritis, Lupis, Ulcerative Colitis, Raynaud’s Syndrome, Sjogren’s Syndrome, etc.)
Autoimmune: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Blood: Prolonged Bleeding
Cancer/Cancer treatment - you must be 12 months out from your most recent treatment.
Cardiovascular: Abnormal Heart Condition
Cardiovascular: Artificial Heart Valve(s)
Cardiovascular: Heart Murmur/Palpitations
Cardiovascular: High Blood Pressure
Cardiovascular: Mitral Valve Prolapse
Cardiovascular: Rheumatic Fever
Diabetes and/or Diabetic retinopathy
Epidermal: Chapped Lips
Epidermal: Cold sore(s)/HSV1
Epidermal: Couperose Skin
Epidermal: Hair Loss
Epidermal: Ocular Rosacea
Epidermal: Pityriasis Rosea
Epidermal: Recent Hair Loss
Epidermal: Seborrheic Dermatitis
Epidermal: Tendency of redness, rashes, or hives
Epidermal: Trichotillomania (hair or pulling)
Epidermal/subdermal: Tumors, growths or cysts
Fainting spells or dizziness
Gore-Tex Implants/Silicone Injections
Hormonal disorders or changes
Ocular: Blurred Vision
Ocular: Contact Lenses
Ocular: Dry Eyes
Ocular: Eyelid Surgery
Ocular: Light sensitivity/Sensitive eyes
Ocular: Watery Eyes
Pregnancy or nursing
Prosthetic Hip or Joint
Respiratory: Bronchitis (chronic)
Seizure disorder/Stroke/TIA/Epilepsy/Bell’s Palsy
Vitamin/mineral deficiencies contributing to hair/eyelash loss (A, B, F, Iron, Selenium, & Zinc)
What if i don't like it?
As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly. We recommend clients always do their research, understand the procedure, and compare different artist's work and portfolio prior to making their decision. The Lash Extension shall work with clients to create a flattering brow shape. Clients will review and verbally approve the initial placement of the brows. We shall attempt to create an even appearance with the understanding our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Unevenness and density, even pigment alterations of the microbladed brows shall be modified at each touch-up appointment. Microbladed brows will eventually fade if touch-up appointments are not maintained.
There are no refunds for this service.
MICROBLADING/MICROPIGMENTATION AFTERCARE TREATMENT
Always thoroughly wash hands prior to touching the microblade treated area to avoid infection.
Prior to procedure:
Stop using any AHA, Peels, Glycolic Acids, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid products. 1 week prior;
Stop using any Retinols, Skin brighteners, Retin-A 4 weeks prior;
Do not ingest Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, or Alcohol 2 days prior.
Many clients take ARNICA (Sublingual tab from GNC or Health foods store) to promote healing.
DAY 1, 2
Gently cleanse by washing hands with UNSCENTED ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAP; and rinse with tap water.
Pour DISTILLED WATER in bowl and wash/lather again. Apply lather to brows and gently rub. Rise with
distilled water. Pat dry, and apply AFTERCARE ointment.
Repeat every 2 hours while you are awake.
At night, cover brows with NON-STICK GAUZE PAD and affix with FIRST AID PAPER TAPE. (Repeat this
every night during the healing process).
***AFTER DAY 2, DON'T GET AREA WET****
DAY 3 – Until Completely healed
Always thoroughly wash hands prior to touching the treated area.
Only use AFTERCARE Ointment 1-2 times/day for days 1-10 until scabs start to fall off.
***If a crust appears on the pigmented surface DO NOT FORCE THE REMOVAL BY PICKING, SCRATCHING OR WASHING!!!
PIGMENT MAY BE REMOVED ALONG WITH THE CRUST!!!***
When washing the rest of your face, use a gentle face cleanser and avoid the treatment areas. If the area does get
wet, pat dry very gently with a clean paper towel or tissue.
AVOID THE FOLLOWING FOR DAYS 3-10
Soaps, facial cleansers, and water on treated areas – keep area covered with AFTERCARE during healing;
Washing/moisture on the treated areas;
Chlorine, Saline pools; Jacuzzi or saunas;
Retin-A and AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) on treated areas;
Receiving chemical facial treatments;
Receiving irritating eye-area treatments;
Using cosmetics over treated areas for 5 days, including non-allergenic/hypoallergenic/noncomedogenic
Hot, steamy, long showers or sauna;
Exposure Direct sunlight or tanning bed UV rays on treated areas;
Drying/rubbing/blotting with towels on treated areas;
Sleeping on my side or my stomach; and
Shower with your back to the spout to avoid water; deter shampoo and conditioner from getting into the
pigmented areas. Apply a sufficient barrier of AFTERCARE Ointment on the pigmented area during
Care and Maintenance
Our procedure/results require careful aftercare maintenance. Please follow the instructions thoroughly outlined.
It is normal to have scabs, swelling and redness of the skin at the treated area which may subside within 1-14
days depending how you care for your application and your individualized healing process.
It is recommended you resume normal activities after 14 days following treatment.
Be aware at or around weeks 2-3 a ghosting effect may occur. This is due to the skin healing itself. The pigment may appear lighter or non-existent. Please be patient. The healer cells are occulouding your pigment. After the skin has healed, the color should return. This may take 3-6 weeks. If color does not return, schedule your touch up appointment for us to redeposit pigment.
Be aware that everyone heals differently and results will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during the first session and will need to be refilled. It is rare, but possible the entire brow may need to be retouched.Pigment, thickness, shape and/or strokes may be added at the touch-up appointments. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch-up sessions due to the natural oils in their skin which have a tendency to push pigment out and lighten it. Results are not guaranteed.
Contact us or set up your appointment online now. Text or call 404-884-4828 or email us at: Info(at)TheLashExtension.com (please replace (at) with @) or you may schedule your appointment online anytime online.
Initial Microblading visit: $400.00. A 50% deposit of $200.00 is due at the consultation to book the full service appointment.
($175.00 + $25.00 Consultation fee = $200.00 = 50% deposit). At the time of your full service, the balance of $200.00 is due. 2.5 hours.
Touch-up visits $150.00 each. Recommended at 6 and 12 weeks after initial visit and depending on fading. Touch-ups after 6 months may be subject to an increased cost, no more the cost of the initial visit.
MicroSHADING uses a machine to achieve a denser, stippled, powdered/ombre effect. The machine adds more natural dimension, and is recommended for oily skin. It is possible to mix both microblading and microshading; however, the cost of services will reflect the higher price of the two services.
MicroSHADING Initial Visit: $450.00 3.5 hours
MicroShading Touch-ups $350.00 each. 2 hours
Please note, there are no refunds issued for this service.