What is Microblading (or eyebrow embroidery)

Microblading is a relatively new, manual method which does not use a normal Permanent Makeup Machine. It is now being offered at our Birmingham AL office in vestavia hills. Microblading is becoming an incredibly popular treatment as more and more people like the fine results that it can offer. The pigment is implanted in the basal membrane which divides the epidermis from the Dermis layer of the skin. This technique is therefore more superficial than tattooing. This amazing eye brow treatment suits people who ideally have the wrong Brow shape, over plucked, loss of hair / patchy areas and won’t grow back or through medical reasons such as Alopecia or chemotherapy. Micro-blading gently enhances clients’ natural features, giving them more confidence in their overall appearance. The results are fantastic and look natural in appearance. So a breakdown:

  • Your ideal brows are achieved by tiny pen strokes with a pigment-filled needle (essentially drawing in tiny hairs to fill in your brows).
  • The process can last for a minimum of 1 year depending on your skin regimen and sun exposure.
  • Microblading is so precise in both color and shape, that you would NEVER be able to tell the real hairs from the tattooed ones.
  • There is no machine used (FYI tattooing & permanent makeup use a machine,) instead, microblading uses a hand tool & only impacts the top dermis, or layer of skin.
  • This incredible treatment gives a beautiful 3D realistic hair stroke effect to the eyebrows.
  • Suits you if you are wanting to change your brow shape, improve definition, add color, density, lengthen or thicken over plucked brows, replace brows that have been lost

Contact us for more information and to schedule a consult with our skilled aesthetician.

See current pricing, before and afters, and more at avcaesthetics.com

 Price

(subject to change)

 

First visit Fully Eyebrows - Shape, Countour, and Color
$600 - Includes Perfecting Session

Perfecting Session only after 6 weeks - up to 60 days FREE

Important! Required minimum of 6 weeks for skin to heal before I will follow up with the Perfecting Session

IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL TO HAVE THE PERFECTING SESSION DONE AFTER THE INITIAL PROCEDURE. THIS APPOINTMENT IS TO PERFECT THE WORK DONE ON YOUR BROWS. ADDING MORE STROKES AND COLOR TO PERFECT THE WORK. 

PLEASE REFER TO THE FOLLOWING PRICE STRUCTURE FOR FIRST TOUCH-UPS

Perfecting Session after 60 days:
Sometimes required for clients with oily or difficult skin - $200

Perfecting Session after 6 months - $400

Annual Touch-up - $600

During the Perfecting Session I will apply more strokes and pigment, 
completing your look with thicker and more voluptuous brows to your liking.

$50 deposit required to hold your appointment

What does the procedure involve?

On the day of the procedure: A patch test can be performed to determine if you have any sensitivity to the pigment. We use only sterilized pigments made in the USA. Our artist, Christina, will then 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 is very skilled at blending pigment for a client’s skin tone. 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 brow pencil. This ensured that the correct colors and styles are chosen and the finished result is exactly what you want. No-ones brows are the same. Because client comfort is the utmost importance to us, numbing agents are applied prior and during the treatment process. "Pre-drawn template" is followed with use of our custom mixed specialized pigments. Your appointment takes around 90 minutes and our clients describe the sensation as 'like having your eyebrows tweezed" she will usually schedule 2 to 3 visits to give you the perfect result. During the second or third visit the color can be adjusted, made warmer or cooler if skin chemistry demands it. Christina works conservatively, so she will increase the width of the brow or eyeliner as sessions progress. This can give a client time to adjust to the look of having their facial features refreshed with color.

Is the procedure painful?

A topical anesthetic is applied prior and, if needed, 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.

How safe is microblading?

Yes. 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. We offer a patch-test prior to the procedure.

How long does it take to recover?

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.

Are there any restrictions during the time it takes to heal?

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.

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 technician will ensure a medical history form is completed in order to vet clients for contraindications. If an individual wants to have permanent makeup 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. Prescribed medication is an absolute contraindication, in other words, permanent makeup should not proceed.

Is this appropriate for men?

Men who have had hair transplants can have hair-like strokes placed in the bare areas of the scalp where hair follicules are harvested. For men who have had face lifts it is possible to camouflage face lift scars or add hair strokes to enhance the sideburns that may have been moved.

Could I be allergic to the pigment used?

Allergic reactions to pigments have been reported, but they are very rare. There have been so few reactions to the pigments that some doctors are suggesting that the patch test be eliminated. But I feel that skin testing should never be eliminated. Better safe, than sorry! So, if you too are concerned about the odds, especially if you have other skin sensitivities, I 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.

What if I don't like the color or design 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. Christina is an artist who has been trained in designing eyebrows that are right for your face... So I will be happy to assist you in determining a design. The 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. I do work conservatively and won't do anything I feel won't give you a subtle, natural look. The most common issue is with slight patchiness. This sometimes does occur and is easily adjusted when you come in for your follow-up visit in about 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. Typically it takes a total of at least 2, possibly 3 applications, 4-8 weeks apart to achieve the desired outcome. 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.

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, I sanitize all areas the client will come in contact with while in my treatment rooms and I apply barrier film to protect all surfaces from contamination during a procedure. 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. If proper sterilization and sanitary guidelines are met, permanent cosmetics should be completely safe. These guidelines include the following: MOST IMPORTANTLY: * All Needles should be new and sterile for each client. * Other machine parts should also be pre-sterilized and disposed of in a sanitary manner. * Other equipment and supplies should be kept in a sanitary manner. * Gloves should be new for each client and changed during the procedure when needed. * The technician should be clean and neat and knowledgeable of environmental safety requirements. * Clean sheets should be used for each patient or the non porous chair should be wiped with a sterile solution between clients. * The room or treatment area should be in an area free from other contaminants.

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 me.

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. Once the area has healed, there is a much greater chance that the makeup 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 I 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 me. Due to varying degrees of difficulty of applications associated with skin texture, wrinkles, scarring, anti-aging laser treatments, medications, smoking, sun or tanning bed exposure and use of hydroxy acids, and we cannot guarantee "perfect" results in two visits. Therefore, if irregularities in pigment color develop from the above mentioned conditions, additional procedures may be necessary. These conditions also affect the longevity of the procedure, causing some persons to require maintenance sooner than others.

 You will be given a detailed list of instructions when your come in for consultation, on pre care and post care. If you have any other questions please feel free to call or email us! Thank you