Also known as Micro Pigmentation, Permanent Cosmetics, or Permanent Makeup, microblading is the revolutionary method of depositing hypoallergenic mineral pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. Our Brow Expert creates the most natural looking, realistic hair strokes with the use of manual microstroking, also known as eyebrow embroidery. This technique allows her to create crisp, fine hair strokes that fill in thin brows, brows with bald spots, total brow reconstruction and even alopecia.
How permanent is Microblading?
Microblading is considered semi-permanent as it does not wash away, however pigments are designed to fade over time & does require touch ups. Factors such as skin type, iron deficiency, pigment color (lighter colors fade faster) and sun exposure can affect the rate at which these pigments are broken down.
*Please note that final results CAN NOT be guaranteed due to the nature of skin as it heals, and a follow-up appointment is recommended at 4-6 weeks where we can assess your pigment retention and make any changes necessary. People with lighter hair, correction work or sparse eyebrows may require more than one follow-up to reach their desired look at an additional cost.
Do I need a consultation before Microblading?
A consultation is not required but is helpful if you have medical issues we should be aware of or if you would feel more at ease with a precconsultaion prior to your service.
How can I book an appointment?
Contact the salon at 636-240-6918 to schedule your appointment. A $100 deposit is required to reserve the appointment & is placed toward the cost of the procedure.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require a 48 hour notice via email to cancel or make any changes to your appointment. Deposits are refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to the appointment via email. To cancel your appointment please email us no later than 48 hours to ensure your refund, at email@example.com
What does the procedure involve?
Our Brow Expert will discuss the shape which would be most flattering for your face as well as the color which will harmonize with your skin’s undertones. She will show you some before and after photographs to give you an idea of how the procedure can transform and give youth to your facial features.
She 'pre-draws" your new eyebrow using a brow pencil. This ensures that the correct colors and styles are chosen and the finished result is exactly what you want. No two brows are the same. Because client comfort is the utmost importance to us, numbing agents are applied during the treatment process. A "Pre-drawn template" is followed with use of our custom mixed specialized pigments. Your appointment takes around 3 hours and our clients describe the sensation as 'like having your eyebrows tweezed." During the second or third visit the color can be adjusted, made warmer or cooler if skin chemistry demands it. We work conservatively & increase the width of the brow as sessions progress. This can give a client time to adjust to the look of having their facial features refreshed with color.
Should I clean up/wax my brows before my appointment?
No, we prefer that you leave us all the hair. We will take care of it.
Is it painful?
A topical anesthetic is applied after the skin is open during each procedure to numb the epidermis and help ease any discomfort. Every client is different, some will feel vibrating or scratching and some will feel nothing at all & some will feel temporary discomfort.
How safe is it?
The strictest sanitation and safety standards are followed by using only single-use needles and parts. Also, hypo-allergenic pigments containing no fragrances, emollients or other irritants are used during the procedure.
What is the recovery period?
Some clients may experience slight swelling or bruising and is usually not noticeable. Most can return to normal daily activities right away. Healing period is about one week.
What colors should I choose?
There is a right color for everyone. We take into consideration your natural skin color, hair color and eye color. A soft, natural color is always preferred. Your brow expert will help you choose the proper color.
Why are pigments so intense when first implanted?
Like wet clothing is darker before drying, pigments look brighter and darker immediately after they are implanted into the dermal layer of the skin. Increased blood flow to the treatment area is one reason for the more intense colors. Another is that the pigments are made up of liquefied powder particles. The body gradually absorbs the liquid allowing the pigments to return to their original dry condition.
Are activities restricted during the healing period?
It is important to avoid saunas, facials, steam baths, activities that will result in extreme sweating, tanning salons, sun and chlorinated or salt water pools for a minimum of a week and preferably two weeks after a procedure. It is recommended if you are receiving facials, chemical peels, laser treatments or eyelash extensions you wait at least two weeks between the microblading & these services.
What if I am taking a blood thinner?
Little bleeding is normal. Excessive bleeding, caused by blood thinners or a health problem, pushes the pigment out as quickly as it is being implanted. The brow expert will ensure a medical history form is completed in order to vet clients for contraindications. If an individual wants to have microblading and is on blood thinners, then they should be discontinued for a week prior to and a few days after their appointment. If aspirin has been recommended by a physician, then the doctor should be consulted prior to stopping any blood thinner. Certain prescribed medications are contraindications and may prevent microblading from preceding.
I tend to get cold sores. Will it affect the procedure?
Make sure you take your anti-herpes medication like Valtrex or Zovirax to help prevent cold sores two days before your appointment.
How long does the procedure take?
The time can vary depending on the procedure. For the initial appointment we tend to dedicate 3 hours. Much of that time is spent choosing colors, design and allowing the topical anesthetics to take effect.
Will microblading change or look bad as I age?
Microblading will fade gradually over time & will not look bad (unnatural) as you age.
Can I keep my own brow hair?
Yes. Once you and our brow expert have decided on the best brow shape, any hair within that shape can stay and will only make the work look more natural. Any hair outside the shape can be waxed or tweezed just as you would normally do with your normal brow maintenance.
Is microblading permanent?
The cosmetic implantation technique deposits color pigment into the upper reticular layer of the skin and is considered permanent because it cannot be washed off. Microblading pigment is more delicate and designed to work with the skin’s undertones and to mimic hair. Every person’s skin is different in regarding pigment retention. Factors which effect longevity of permanent cosmetics are: color selected, age, thickness of skin, scarring of skin, use of skin care products, injectables, laser treatments, medication and sun exposure. You will need periodic refreshing of color, depending on how light the shade of implanted pigment, as well as factors mentioned above.
A general Color Retention guideline is:
Blonde and light taupe shades may need refreshed every 10 to 12 months
Mid-tone browns may need a yearly touch-up
Dark browns and blacks may need a touch-up every 12 to 24 months
I had an unsatisfactory permanent cosmetics brow procedure done elsewhere, can you fix it?
We do not do touchups for other artists work. We take correction work on a very limited basis and require that anyone who has had their brows microbladed previously by another artist schedule a consult before reserving a microblading appointment time. If you book an appointment without disclosing previous microblading work, your deposit will be forfeited and your appointment cancelled.
Could I be allergic to the pigment?
Allergic reactions to pigments have been reported, but they are very rare. If you are concerned about the odds, especially if you have other skin sensitivities, we always recommend an allergy patch test to safeguard against allergic reactions to pigments or topical anesthetics. Final determination is the responsibility of the client. Client may waive testing if desired. Unlike body tattoos, which are made using carbon based ink, microblading is made using iron oxide based pigments. These pigments are safe to use and are created to slowly fade over time. The pigments we use do not contain organic material (i.e. vegetables) as these have a higher risk of causing allergic reactions.
What if I don't like the design or color after the procedure?
During the procedure, you are ultimately the one in control of both of these important decisions. You will be provided with several pigment colors to choose from, all of which are complimentary to your skin tone. You will also have ample opportunity to direct the path as the procedure is happening. Things to take into consideration are your bone structure, skin tone and facial shape. You must approve of all design work (color & shape) before we proceed. This is your face, your procedure and it must meet your expectations. The most common issue with microblading is slight patchiness. This sometimes does occur during the healing process and is easily adjusted when you come in for your follow-up visit in 4- 6 weeks.
Why are multiple sessions necessary?
Every face is different. Each skin type is different. Some skin types accept the pigment better than other types and more pigment may be retained in one session with one person over another. Also, fine details, additional color, depth or design adjustments are more easily made after the initial healing is complete. A follow-up visit is always considered vital - if only to meet to discuss healed outcome of the procedure, take your after picture, and agree that no further work is necessary.
If this is permanent, why are future touch-ups necessary?
Because there are always issues that affect the appearance of your procedure. The number 1 culprit is sun exposure! Also, changing health conditions, smoking, medications, anti-aging products, and hormonal changes all can have an effect on your pigment retention. You should keep your follow up visit since it helps prolong your investment.
The word "Permanent" scares me.
Don't be afraid. Microblading is a multi-session process. During the healing process, the first application will fade by at least 20-30%. Some people even can fade by up to 50-60%, while others may lose all color. There is no way to tell how much any one person will fade. You just have to wait to find out. The length of time that pigment will remain is very individual. Body chemistry, skin pigmentation, and sun exposure are just a few of the factors that affect fading. Technically, permanent cosmetics procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. Fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance or refreshing. Just like hair color, furniture that may be located near a window, or even house paint, pigment implanted in the skin will fade to some extent with time.
Is this considered a safe process?
Yes. It is a safe process. But only if conducted by a trained professional that is educated and follows the proper sanitation and sterilization procedures. To ensure peace of mind to each of our clients, we open a sterilized tool and a manufactured sealed sterilized needle at the beginning of the procedure. The used needle is placed in a Sharps container when the procedure is completed. In addition, we sanitize all areas the client will come in contact with while in the treatment room. By conducting our procedures in this manner, we feel that our clients' health and safety have been safeguarded to the highest standards. After leaving, it is then the client's responsibility to care for the procedure strictly adhering to the post treatment instructions, assuring normal healing and the prevention of an infection.
What is the potential for medical problems to arise after a procedure?
Slim... especially with the health standards and precise methods of sanitation and sterilization that are in place today. Pre and Post procedural instructions, if followed carefully, will completely eliminate any risk. But remember, you have to take care of an open wound. If you are not careful, an infection could occur and if allowed to get out of control, worse problems could arise. So if you suspect an infection may be brewing, call your doctor and then call our salon.
What can I expect after the procedure?
Each procedure behaves differently after its application. You will see various changes occur within the next few days/weeks. Immediately after the procedure is done your make-up may look like it has been stamped onto your face - and will be much too dark. This is normal. You can expect also swelling and redness caused by the procedure, which should diminish over the next day or so. It is extremely important that post instructions are followed to guarantee the results you've just invested in. Aftercare ointment must be applied on the treated area once a day. But since wounds need air to breathe, the application should be thin, not thick. We also recommend washing the eyebrow area once every hour for the first 24-36 hours. Once the area has healed, there is a much greater chance that the microblading will be too light or too subtle. But just remember, this is because by applying it more conservatively in the beginning, changes can be more easily made later, without being traumatized with too much. It is much easier to add pigment than to remove it. This is the reason we require 1-2 follow-up sessions. The touch-ups are fast, easily tolerated and recommended to perfectly balance your outcome. Within 7-14 days this artificial look will give way to a more naturalized and softer look. It is impossible to accurately evaluate what the final result will be until this "naturalization" process occurs. Several hours after application, they will appear much darker and thicker than they will in a week or two. The shape may even appear to be somewhat distorted; don't worry. Brows may scab over and have a "Groucho Marx" appearance for a few days, but when fully healed, there are soft beautiful brows underneath. Make sure to let it heal naturally, DO NOT PICK at it or your brows will not appear uniform. If you have any concerns about any reactions you are experiencing please contact the salon or your brow expert.
Terms & Conditions
If you deliberately violate any of our terms and conditions, including our aftercare suggestions, we will be excluded from liability and we have the right to cancel any complimentary treatment in the future.
We reserve the right to refuse our services. Prices are subject to change at any time.
If you have existing microblading/shading in the area where you would like to have touched up or a new microblading service, please email us a current picture to info@studio1HD.com
Each new treatment is two sessions, the initial procedure and the perfection session is to fill in any gaps that did not take from the first session. On the rare occasion a client may need a third session due to having a skin type that is more resistant to the implantation of pigment or from incorrect aftercare taken and will be charged accordingly. The second session that is included is not to change the shape or color of initial treatment but if you wish to do so it will be charged accordingly.
We cannot guarantee successful result on 100% of our clients especially those with problem skin and do not offer refunds.
A touch-up treatment will be booked at least 4 weeks after but within 6 weeks of initial treatment, the day of the initial procedure. This appointment will be to assess your design, color, and whether or not you will need any adjustments.
A 48 hour notice via email is required to transfer an appointment to another date and or time or to cancel. Email should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to give the appropriate time to cancel will result in penalty of the $100 deposit.
You must arrive on time to your appointment, as arriving more than 10 minutes late will result in loss of your appointment as this will delay the stylist schedule and is not fair to the following clients.
48 hours prior to the appointment time is required to change or cancel your appointment. Failure to give appropriate time to transfer/cancel your appointment will result in penalty of the $100 deposit. You must arrive on time to your appointment, as arriving more than 10 minutes late will result in loss of your appointment as this will delay the stylist schedule and is not fair to the following clients. We reserve the right to refuse our services. Prices are subject to change at any time.
We accept cash and all major credit cards. Cash gratuity is appreciated.
You know the state of your health better than anyone. If you have any medical issues that you feel might be a contraindication, then we suggest you get clearance from your doctor.
- Patients who have epilepsy, diabetes, hemophilia or a heart disease of any kind should have a physician’s approval prior to any microblading procedure.
- PREGNANT or NURSING: Although there is no medical evidence that microblading would have any effect on an unborn child, we don't know for sure. So we suggest you err on the side of caution and come back after the baby is born and you are no longer nursing.
- UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE: Parental consent & signature is required.
- ON ACCUTANE, RETIN A: Topical steroids thin the skin. Depending on the stage your skin is at, it may be too fragile to undergo procedure. You should get clearance from your doctor before considering microblading.
- ON PRESCRIPTION STRENGTH MEDICATION OR TREATMENTS: that affect the dermal layer of the skin can affect the microblading.
- ON ANTICOAGULATIONS: (blood thinners) long term use of aspirin, ibuprofen and some herbs reduce clotting time resulting in increased bleeding and bruising, which will affect the implantation of pigment as well as increase the healing time.
- HAVE AN AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE: You should get clearance from your doctor before considering microblading.
- DIABEDIC: If you are insulin dependent, you are not a candidate for permanent make-up. Healing could be compromised and take longer than average. Otherwise, if your doctor feels your condition is under control you may request a letter stating that you are able to undergo microblading.
- BLOOD DISORDERS: that affect clotting such as hemophilia, sickle cell anemia and platelet disorders could interfere with implantation of pigment, however it is possible to receive successful implantation of permanent cosmetics.
- MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE, ARTIFICIAL HEART VALVES, OR ARTIFICIAL JOINTS: or any person that requires prophylactic antibiotics before dental or other procedures will need consult their physician for treatment prior to microblading.
- HAVE ANY OTHER HEART CONDITIONS: uncontrolled high blood pressure and poor general health would be special concern, you will need to see your physician and discuss the procedure to gain pre-approval.
- HERPES SIMPLEX: People who get fever blisters and/or cold sores may experience an outbreak after procedures. It's imperative that you discuss the procedure with your physician before the procedure and receive proper instructions how to prevent an outbreak post procedure. Most physicians will offer a prescription for Zovirax or Valtrex to take prior to and after procedure.
- KELOID OR HYPERTHOPHIC SCARRING: Persons with tendencies for this type of scarring have the same risk with microblading also. The risk is mainly in the torso area, however, we may decide to do a patch test to insure that you do not scar in this manner.
- If there are any blemishes, pimples, active cold sores, irritation of the skin of any kind, moles or other skin imperfections in or around the area of the procedure, we will NOT be able to do the procedure until the blemish or area of concern is gone or the mole is removed and healed.
You must wait if you've recently had:
- SCARS from surgery or injury must be healed for at least one year prior to service.
- You must be off Accutane, Retin-A or Retinols 30 days prior to appointment. If used before 30 days, it can cause the pigments to fade prematurely..