Seattle’s premier brow artist, Kim Filion, explains the ins and outs of the procedure
A few years back it was all about lashes. While lash extensions are still riding the popularity train, we’re now seeing eyebrow microblading sweep the nation. This is an exciting new service to offer clients and for the public to enjoy, however there are some very real issues to consider before taking the plunge.
THE RISE OF MICROBLADING EYEBROWS
Just where did our obsession with eyebrows come from? The eyebrows, also known as the ‘frame to our eyes’, have played a vital role in our appearance. With each decade we’ve seen the styles change, from big and bushy in the 80s to pencil thin in the 90s and a more natural vibe in the 2000s.
With the rise of social media and the ‘selfie,’ it was no wonder that ‘brows on fleek’ became the slang term to use. And, what about those ‘Instagram Eyebrows?’
While ‘Instagram Eyebrows’ took a huge amount of time to draw on each morning, there was a new technique that would allow women to wake up with their brows ‘on fleek.’ Welcome, microblading!
Microblading originally came from Asia but made it’s big debut in the US in 2015. It involves an embroidery of small, precise strokes that mimic the effect of real hairs, and uses a special microblading pen to individually draw on the strokes – creating a very natural effect. This procedure is semi-permanent and can completely transform the eyes and face!
THE DO’s AND DON’Ts OF MICROBLADING
Microblading eyebrows is an incredible new procedure that offers a host of benefits that can really make a big difference in your appearance. However, it is a medical procedure that should not be taken lightly. A few tips to consider:
Research, Research, Research
This is probably the most important thing you can do before getting your eyebrows micro-bladed. There are many so-called professionals out there that are not licensed, are inexperienced, do not have good education or follow safety procedures.
Did you know that you can take a microblading course online and then go out and cut on people’s faces? Yes, it’s true. Others have watched how-to videos YouTube and promptly start performing the service on gullible clients.
Ask your technician where they were educated as well as certificates and licenses. How long have they been performing this procedure?
Kim Filion, owner of London Brows & Lashes, has trained in-person with the best-of-the-best in permanent makeup. She has traveled abroad and spent over $30,000 in advanced training with internationally acclaimed tattoo expert, Rita Romo.
You should NEVER look for the cheapest ‘deal’ for a permanent procedure like microblading (i.e. Groupon or Social Living). You will get what you pay for and chances are, severely disappointed. When it comes to your face, always choose quality and experience over anything else.
Here are some examples of what could happen…
Be sure to look at their portfolio of work and ask for references. What is their level of expertise in brow shaping and color theory?
Your eyebrows are a major focal point of your face and the shape and color is crucial to the overall success of your microblading procedure.
Kim is an expert in brow shaping and created the Design-a-Brow mapping system that she teaches to students at London Brows & Lashes. It is not a one-size-fits-all approach and therefore each client receives individually shaped brows that best suits their specific features. In addition, Kim has developed her own style of microblading that incorporates the latest techniques in semi-permanent makeup, including ombre and color-wash.
“I love what I do but it is very scary to see what goes on in the industry,” says Kim. “I have seen clients come in with major scarring due to a technician not understanding the correct depth to use when microblading. What should have been a beautiful brow is now a permanent fixture on their face that cannot be removed unless they undergo laser treatment.”
Be sure to do your prep work
Once you decide that microblading is right for you, it’s imperative to follow all pre-procedure instructions.
- 3 days before the procedure:
- Avoid using exfoliators like any skincare products containing glycolic acid, Retin A, Renova, and alpha hydroxy acids, since they may inflame the skin.
- Do not take aspirin, green tea, vitamin E, or any herbs
- Two days before the procedure:
- No alcohol, caffeine or salty foods.
- Do no tweeze or wax your eyebrows.
Microblading is NOT for everybody. Organ transplant recipients may not receive permanent brow enhancement. Pregnant, nursing mothers or diabetics are also not candidates.
Other issues to consider
If you have oily skin, microblading is also probably not for you as the strokes will blur and disappear. An alternative option would be to have the ombre technique applied to your brows which gives a soft, feathery powdered effect.
Microblading is problematic for people with couperose, which is the visible presence of capillaries, as they tend to bleed more.l
If you have Botox, the waiting period is two months before having the procedure.
A doctor’s note is required for the following:
- if you take blood thinners. The note must have the doctor’s approval for the procedure and permission to stop your blood thinner for 3 days prior to procedure.
- if you take aspirin daily, you will need a note to stop taking aspirin 24 hours prior to procedure.
- if you had surgery of any kind within the past 6 months, or will have over the next 6 months.
Be diligent about post-care after treatment
You are just as much in charge of the end results as your technician. If you don’t follow post-procedure recommendations you can significantly change the outcome.
First of all, you should be aware that microblading involves the initial treatment and then one or two follow-up visits to perfect the brow color and/or shape.
After the initial procedure, your brows will be much larger and darker. They will be about 30% lighter at the end of the healing process. With that said, you might not want to plan any major social events for the first 7-10 days while your brows heal and the outer layer of skin exfoliates.
That first week is when you should ‘baby’ the area as much as possible. Avoid washing with heavy duty cleaners but rather rinse with warm water and apply healing ointment regularly.
Avoid picking, peeling or scratching the area as this can pull the pigment and leave the area blotchy.
Other things to avoid during the 7-10 day healing period – swimming, tanning, direct sunlight, increased sweating and exercising.
If all goes well, you can expect beautiful semi-permanent eyebrows that will last for about 1-2 years before needing a touch-up.
If you’re interested in booking a microblading session with Seattle’s leading brow experts, London Brows & Lashes, please book online at www.LondonBrows.com or call us at 425-780-9505.