At least 3 weeks in advance. After you get your brows microbladed, you cannot have high amounts of sun exposure or get your brows wet for around 10 days. Your brows will also go through a dry phase where they may flake, so you would want to complete that phase before your vacation. When you return from your vacation would be the perfect time to come back for your complimentary touch up.
The pain level is considered to be very mild, with some clients saying it does not hurt at all. Everyone is different, but most people say it feels similar to getting threaded. While you fill out your paperwork, I will apply a topical anesthetic containing lidocaine to the area. After layer 1 of the microblading is complete, I will apply an anesthetic gel that will be better able to sink in now that first layer of micro cuts is complete.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. The feeling may be similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.
The average length of time for microblading to last is 1 year. It is recommended to come in for touch-ups annually to maintain your brows. There are several factors that can affect the longevity of your results such as:
- Oily skin (the oilier the skin, the faster the pigment will fade)
- Sun exposure
- Extreme perspiration
- Heavy makeup use
If any of the following describes you, then microblading is not recommended:
- Have any skin diseases
- Using Accutane
- Taking any blood thinning medications
- Have had Botox within the last 2 weeks
- Have had a chemical peel within the last 2 weeks
- Sunburn on the area to be microbladed
- Very dry or peeling skin
- Excessively oily skin
- Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
- If you have ever had your brows previously microbladed or tattooed, you must come in for a consultation
Lash extensions typically last through the full growth cycle of your natural lashes, which can be 6-8 weeks. However, every person’s hair growth is different and it is normal for lashes to fall out, especially depending on daily activities. For this reason, fills are suggested every 2-3 weeks to keep the lashes looking full.
For the first 24-48 hours you will need to avoid water and steam to make sure that the glue bonds to your natural lashes. After that, you can get right back to your routine. However, keeping away from extensive contact with steam such as in saunas or certain facials is recommended since it can begin to loosen the bond.