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What Is Microblading/Microshading?


Microblading is a tattooing technique in which a small handheld tool made of several tiny needles is used to add semi-permanent pigment to the skin. Microblading differs from standard eyebrow tattooing because each hair stroke is created by hand using a blade which creates fine slices in the skin, whereas Microshading/ Powdered techniquies are done with a machine and a needle. Microblading is typically used on eyebrows to create, enhance or reshape their appearance in terms of both shape and color. It deposits pigment into the upper region of the dermis, so it fades more rapidly than traditional tattooing techniques, which deposit pigment deeper. Microshading often referred to Powdered or Ombre brows, is the less invasive alternative to Microblading. It gives brows a gradient/powered apperance using an eletric machine. Microshading is a better option for clients that have sensitive or oily skin. Services are also offered that combine both technologies.




How Long Does It Last ?


The treatment is considered semi-permanent and fades over time. Touch-ups are recommended every yearly to maintain shape, color, and detail; After mandatory 4-6 week touch is completed. Results depend on several factors, including:- Skin type (oily skin fade faster)- Pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster)- Sun exposure (over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment)- Use of daily anti-aging products, e.g.- (Tretinoin (Retin-A) & Alpha Hydroxy). These products increase your cell turnover rate and shorten the life of your cosmetic tattoo.




How Long Does The Procedure Take?


Two hours on average. During your appointment, we consult with you the entire time ensuring we are on the same page. Most of the time is spent measuring and drawing on a symmetrical set of brows and agreeing on your perfect shape and color. The actual procedure itself takes 30min to an hour. The touch-up appointment takes about an hour.




Is the Follow Up Appointment Included?


To ensure that the brows heal correctly, a minimum of two treatments are usually needed 6-10 weeks apart on average. This first touch-up is included as it gives us the ability to correct any areas that possibly faded or allows the client to make suggestions if they want adjustments with the shape or color.




Does It Hurt?


We do all that we can to ensure that the process is as comfortable as possible. Before the Microblading begins, a topical anesthetic is applied to the area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic during the procedure. Some clients may feel slight discomfort, but it’s relatively pain-free for most part. (PLEASE NOTE that if you are a frequent smoker, or have your appointment during your menstrual cycle, the pain level could be more intense.)




What Safety Precautions Are In Place?


Safety precautions for microblading and microshading are similar to those for any other tattooing technique. Serious complications are uncommon. Procedures performed by Ari Kay Studio technicians who have completed a comprehensive course of instruction, in addition to sterile based precautions incorporated within the medical industry. To ensure the highest quality of safety, all of our tools are one-time use only. ALL blades, hand tools, wipes, and any other product used during the procedure are disposed of as biohazardous waste after each appointment, giving each client peace of mind.




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 usually 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.
If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you must wait at least one year before considering this procedure. You must stop using Retinol 2 weeks before your appointment and avoid using it for the 2 weeks following your appointment.
If you get Botox regularly, please get that done no later than 2 weeks before your appointment.
Avoid chemical peels at least 4 weeks before your appointment.
Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning for 2 weeks before and after your procedure.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, or any blood-thinning medication 24 hours before your appointment.




What Are The Possible Side Effects ?


• Allergic reaction: there is a slight possibility of an allergic reaction to the materials used during the procedure. You have the option to take a patch test prior to service, to determine this possibility. Please ensure you have booked a consultation appointment if you have a history of allergic reactions.

• Anesthesia: topical anesthetics are used to numb the area before the procedure. Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Benzocaine, Tetracaine, or Epinephrine based cream or gel is used to numb before the procedure. If you are allergic to any of these, please inform your PMU specialsit to avoid any allergic reactions!

• Infection: the areas treated must be kept clean and only cleaned. Only sanitized hands should touch the treated areas.

• Pain: there can be some pain even after the topical anesthetic has is applied. The pain level is different for every person.

• Uneven pigmentation: this can result from poor healing, inappropriate aftercare, infection of the treated area, other causes. The follow-up appointment is for correcting any uneven appearance after healing.

• Asymmetry: we do everything to avoid asymmetry, but our faces are not symmetrical. "You eyebrows are sisters, not twins".

• Excessive swelling or bruising: this varies from person to person. Ice packs can help, and the bruising and swelling typically disappear with a few days.

• MRI scans: pigments used in the microblading procedure contain inert oxides, a low-level magnet is required if you need to go under an MRI scanner. IMPORTANT: You must inform your MRI technician of any tattoos or permanent makeup procedures.




Is There An Alternative Procedure Available ?


The alternative to Microblading/ Microshading is to use cosmetics on a daily basis or have temporary beauty enhancement procedures such as waxing, and brow tinting; Which are also offered by Ari Kay Studio.




What Should I Expect After The Procedure ?


Initially, your brows appear more bold than usual. Over the next few days after the procedure, your brows may darken during the healing process. Darkening is normal, and this is not the way they look after healing. Around 7-14 days, you may notice some flaking/shedding of the skin near the brow area. Think of this as very small “scabs” falling off the skin now that the skin underneath has healed. You may feel they appear uneven at times because of this. When the skin flakes off, many times the microblading strokes appear very light, or sometimes it seems that they have disappeared. THIS IS NORMAL !
Because there is still a thick layer of protective, opaque skin, creating a veil over the pigment.
Once you go through a skin cycle (4-6 weeks) the pigment reappears but with about 30-50% lighter than it was immediately after the procedure. Usually within 7 days the color will fade 40-50%, soften and look more natural. The pigment is semi-permanent and will fade over time. A 4-6 week touch-up is mandatory and scheduled at the end of your first service. Any touch-up service not completed prior to 6 weeks will require an additional fee.




What Are The Aftercare Instructions ?


Please follow these instructions for 14 days after the procedure to improve and prolong the results of your microblading/microshading. If you don’t follow these instructions, it can significantly affect your microblading results or put you at risk for infection, scarring, or loss of pigmentation!

Immediately after the procedure:
Avoid getting anything on the brows, including water, except for cleansing as directed. Starting 30 minutes after your procedure, please gently blot your brows every hour until bedtime, to remove any excess lymph fluids. To ensure flawless healed results, gently wash with baby soap or a mild antibacterial soap. Pat your brows dry, do not rub ! And use the provided aftercare gel with a Q-Tip. You can set the alarm on your phone to help remind you. The reminder is critical to minimize scabbing and allow for better pigment retention !
Day 1
Cleansing: Right before bed, gently wash your brows with mild antibacterial soap. Use room temperature water to wet your brows lightly. Pump a small amount of soap onto your fingertips and make suds. You should no longer feel the soap, just the bubbles. Gently pat the bubbles on your brows for about 10 seconds. Splash rinse and pat dry with clean gauze or tissue.
Wait 10 minutes and apply a small amount of aftercare gel by tapping it on the brows with a clean Q-tip. If they look too saturated, use a tissue to blot the excess carefully. Day 2-14
Repeat this washing procedure, very gently every morning and night. If you have oily skin, use aftercare balm only after washing. If you have normal to dry skin, apply aftercare throughout the day as needed when brows feel dry. Do not overuse aftercare. Do not pick or rub the brows. The scabs/flakes must fall off on their own, or you risk removing the color and possibly scarring.
• DO NOT get the brows wet other than washing. Do not soak the treated area in the bath, pool, or hot tub. For 30 days, refrain from swimming in salt water or chlorinated pools, saunas, hot yoga, steam rooms or sunbeds. Avoid hot, steamy showers.
• DO NOT sweat for 10 days. This means no exercising or workouts.
• DO NOT expose the treated area to direct sunlight. After healed (30 days), use a sunscreen to avoid fading from the sun.
• DO NOT apply makeup to the brow area during the healing process. After the brows have healed (14 days, OR after the scab/skin flakes off) you may wear brow products if needed.
• DO NOT sleep on your face, try to sleep on your back. • No other products should touch the brows during healing, other than the soap and the aftercare balm.
• Do not touch, rub, pick, or scratch your brows following treatment or during the healing process.
• If your eyebrows get wet during the healing process, pat them dry with a clean tissue, DO NOT RUB.
• Avoid using daily skincare products directly on the eyebrows.
• Wait 4-6 weeks before having facials/peels. Please inform the therapist of the procedure you have had.
• If you are scheduled to give blood after the microblading procedure, please inform your nurse about the treatment.
• If brows become painful, red or oozy, please see a physician. These symptoms could be signs of an infection. It is normal to be sore and red right after, but if it persists and gets worse, this is cause for concern.
• Call or email your technician with any questions or concerns.