Microblading - Everything you need to know

1. What is microblading?

Microblading is the process of implanting pigment beneath the surface of the skin by using sterile, disposable, tiny hand needles to create the appearance of hair strokes. Unlike traditional tattoos that use a machine, the hand needles can create crisp thin lines or “hair strokes”.  This technique is meant to be a natural, subtle looking enhancement that creates the illusion of fuller brows.  Unlike traditional tattoos, microblading brows are designed to gently fade over time, allowing the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years, as client’s natural colouration and facial changes occur.

2. Is microblading suitable for me?

Microblading is a safe and reliable procedure and suitable for most people and skin types.

Unfortunately, not all clients are good candidates for permanent makeup due to their compromised skin condition or pre-existing medical conditions. Please contact us at kyla@brow-boutique.ca if you have any questions.

If you have any of the below conditions your colour will not retain well or your healing may be compromised.

Pregnant and/or breast-feeding




Oily skin



On blood thinning medication

Have had injections/fillers in the brow area within the last 3 months

3. Is microblading painful?

There is minimal pain associated with microblading. A topical anesthetic is used to numb the brow area prior to the procedure and throughout the duration of the procedure.

4. What should I expect after the procedure?

Directly after the procedure expect very minimal swelling and redness for a couple hours similar to being waxed.

The eyebrow area will appear very dark immediately after the procedure. There will be mild to moderate flaking, redness and itching starting around day 4.

Healing usually concludes around day 10-14 with the colour faded about  40% and in some cases looking patchy and uneven. You will return in 6-8 weeks for your perfecting touch-up. This is crucial and necessary to obtain the best possible result.

5. How long does microblading last?

Your new eyebrows will last between 1-3 years. Yearly touch-ups are recommended to keep the eyebrow colour looking fresh and to ensure the strokes are defined.

6. How long does the procedure take?

The initial procedure takes approximately 2.5 hours and includes numbing, brow shaping, customized colour matching and the microblading procedure.

Preparing for your appointment

No drink coffee or energy drinks on the day of procedure

No Alcohol 24 hours before the appointment

No Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 hours before treatment

No omega3 (fish oil) 1 week before treatment

Do not tan or have intense sun exposure 3 days before treatment

No chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser or any other intense treatments 2 weeks before treatment

1. Aftercare

How you take care of your new microbladed eyebrows over the first 14 days will ultimately determine its healing, colour retention, final appearance and longevity.

For 24 hours gently blot the brows every couple hours with a dry tissue to remove any lymph fluid.

For 10 days gently wash the microbladed area with warm water, a clean cloth and a mild soap (Dove, Baby Shampoo, Cetaphil) twice a day. Pat the eyebrows dry and apply rice sized piece of provided aftercare ointment.

Always wash your hands before your aftercare routine.

2. What to expect following your procedure:

The following day your brows may appear darker or show some redness, this is normal as the brows enter the natural healing process. The colour will fade throughout the next 10-14 days.

3. Important Do's and Dont's

Do not pick at your eyebrows. As the skin starts the natural healing process you may experience some flaking and/or scabbing. Picking or peeling any flakes can cause loss of pigment and scarring.

Refrain from touching tattooed area except during your aftercare routine.

4. Things to avoid

Pools, Jacuzzis, tanning, excess sweating, facials and saunas should be avoided for a period of at least 10 days or until tattooed area is fully healed.

Skin creams and products containing Retin- A, AHA or any kind of skin peel must not be used directly on the tattooed area as they will fade and possibly distort the tattoo.