Frequently asked questions
What is Microshading / Ombre Brows / Powder Brows?
Microshading is a semi-permanent makeup technique in which pigment is inserted under your skin using a manual or electric tool with needles which administers tiny, pin-like dots in a gradient pattern, creating a semi-permanent powdered effect, Making the brows appear fuller. However due to its subtler look in which the tail of the brow is darker and fades to a lighter shade towards the start of a brow, giving it a softer look. Note that some artists consider microshading and powder brows one and the same, while the others make a slight difference.
Who is a candidate for Microshading?
Microshading brows is a perfect solution for everyone with normal, sensitive and oily skin. In addition, this technique is perfect for anyone with sparse, over-plucked or light-colored brows. This technique will help to cut down the time in your daily routine.
What is the Difference Between Microshading and Microblading?
Microblading uses manual blades to make cuts into the skin, which mimic natural hairs and are filled with the ink. This procedure is a lot more invasive.
Microshading technique on the other hand, uses mostly an electric tool which uses numerous needles to ensure that the pigment is applied consistently and evenly throughout the eyebrows. Therefore, the pigment is the same for both treatments but the application, and the final look is different. This procedure is very gentle on the skin & lasts longer simply because of the powdery technique.
How long is the Microshading Process?
This process can take anywhere between 2 and 3 hours including consultation.
What is the Process for Microshading?
- The first step is always consultation. This is the time where you should ask all the questions and share the concerns you may have. This will help the artist to get a better understanding of what you may be looking for and what your expectations are. Therefore He/She will inform you on whether they can meet your needs.
- Next is choosing the shape & pigment color that you desire with the help of the artist.
- The artist draws & shapes your eyebrows with a stencil/pencil.
- Numbing agent is applied to the eyebrow area which takes some time to kick in.
- Microshading process begins & usually lasts from 1 to 2 hours.
Is Microshading Painful?
The Microshading procedure might sound painful, However a topical numbing agent is applied to the treated area which makes it less frightening. There is a slight discomfort associated with the procedure, but only for a short duration of time. But the end results of BOMB BROWS makes it all worth it.
Is Microshading Safe?
There are risks associated with any procedure we do on our bodies, regardless of how small it is, and microshading is no different. Knowing that a technician will have to break the dermal layer of skin to insert the pigment using a needle, causing injury to the area, brings risk of infection. Apart from this, there are common side effects which are not a reason for worry.
WHAT ARE THE PRE AND POST CARE PROCEDURES?
Follow these instructions to maximize your results and avoid rescheduling when you show up.
- No working out or any activity that will cause sweating the day of and for 7 days after procedure.
- Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so our technician can see your every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows!
- No Aspirin, niacin, vitamin E or C, or ibuprofen 48-72 hours prior unless otherwise directed by a physician. Tylenol is ok.
- No waxing 3 days before your appointment.
- If you are on blood thinners we will not be able to do this procedure. CONSULT A DOCTOR FIRST & BRING A NOTE OF MEDICAL CLEARANCE.
- Procedure will NOT be performed if you are pregnant or nursing.
- No Botox or fillers 2 weeks prior or after procedure
- No tanning or excessive sun one week prior. If you come to your appointment with a sunburn you will not be able to get microshading.
- No Retin A or retinols for 7 days prior
- No Accutane for 1 year. NO exceptions.
- No alcohol or caffeine 24 hours before. • No chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or resurfacing facial treatments 2 weeks prior.
- Being on your menstrual cycle can cause hypersensitivity and the procedure can be more painful.
- The procedure will NOT be performed if you have any lesions, irritation, or pimples. Moles are to be removed prior, and need to heal 1 month before Microshading procedure.
- There is no guarantee how your skin will heal and take to the pigments. Every client has unique skin and some may take to the pigment better than others. This is why a touch up is highly recommended 4-6 weeks after the first treatment.
WHO IS NOT SUITABLE FOR THE PROCEDURE?
Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:
- Using Accutane
- Have heart conditions or using heart medications
- Have diabetes (will require a physician's note)
- Have skin disease or irritations
- Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
- Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
- Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
- Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician's note.
- Pregnant or nursing clients who want to microblade can be done at your own discretion. We suggest discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.
* We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who we deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. Our brow technicians make the decision to microblade an individual based on their own discretion. *
What Does Microshading Aftercare Involve?
After the permanent makeup artist has completed his or her work, it is your responsibility to take care of the aftereffects. Although there are some variances in the aftercare approach—some say the treated region should be kept dry for 10 days, while others say it should be cleansed with a damp cotton pad—everyone believes that the region should be bacteria-free.
Also, avoid engaging in the following activities:
- Sports, or any other activity that causes profuse sweating
- Use of a hot sauna, hot baths, long showers, or a jacuzzi
- Sun tanning or tanning in a salon
- Chemical peels of any kind
- Removing the pigmented area by picking, peeling, or scraping it
- Sleeping on your face
Can I Wear Makeup After Microshading Treatment?
Because you won't be able to wash your face in the same way after microshading, your skin care routine will be slightly altered. This also applies to applying cosmetics, so avoid it for two weeks to allow the minor cuts to heal completely.
Although it is theoretically permissible to apply makeup to other parts of your face, it is not recommended due to the risk of infection in the treated region. If you have a big event coming up, this could be an issue, so prepare ahead with your microshading treatment!
How Long Does it Take for Your Microshaded Brows to Heal?
Your brows will take around a month to totally heal. This procedure is critical for long-term success. Your artist will recommend cleansers and aftercare creams that will aid in the proper healing of your brows and the prevention of infection.
What you need know is that your brows will go through various stages during the healing process, and not all of them will be attractive. The pigment will appear sharp and dark at first, but the ink's colour will gradually soften. So, don't be concerned, and especially don't be alarmed; this is all part of the process.
How Does the Healing Process Look Like by Weeks?
The first week: Your brows will most likely be puffy and black, and the skin around the treated region will be slightly red. It is critical to follow the aftercare instructions to the letter at this point.
2nd: The scabs may begin to peel off during this week, and your microshaded brows will appear lighter than they should, but don't worry; this is your skin rebuilding and naturally exfoliating. After some time, the colour of your brows will return.
4-6th week: Your brows will appear uneven and spotty four to six weeks after the procedure, depending on your healing process, which is why you must have the touch-up appointment. Following the pigment has fully set in, which is usually one month after the procedure, the first touch-up is performed. Its goal is to close any gaps and correct whatever you don't like or wish to modify.
How Long Will My Microshaded Eyebrows Last?
Microshading, as a semi-permanent brow treatment, can last one to three years with regular maintenance and touch-ups, which are recommended to extend the effects.
Because little pin-pointed dots replace the natural-looking hair strokes of microblading, this process can last even longer than traditional microblading, with the average treatment lasting two years. However, the length of time your brows endure will be influenced by your aftercare regime and overall lifestyle, as well as your skin type.
Are There Any Side Effects of Microshading?
As previously said, redness and itching may occur shortly after the treatment, and the brow area may swell. This is very normal, as is the scabbing that will occur a few days later, so be prepared for some discomfort. It is imperative that you do not scratch it in any way.
The good news is that microshading is particularly ideal for persons with delicate skin, and the procedure's minimal invasiveness means that side effects should be minimal.
All of this is true if the procedure is performed by a qualified technician who uses sterile equipment. If you contract an infection as a result of coming into contact with someone who isn't properly trained, seek medical care right away
Most common side effects that one might encounter:
- Swollen eyebrows
Can You Be Allergic to Microshading?
Although allergic reactions are uncommon, some people may be allergic to the pigment in the numbing cream used during the procedure.
Anyone who is concerned about possible sensitivities to the ink or even the numbing cream should have a patch test. Aside from that, it's a good idea to consult an allergist or your doctor to ensure that microshading is safe for you.
Also, do not overlook the importance of urgent aftercare, which, if not performed properly, can result in an allergic reaction.
Can Microshaded Eyebrows Be Removed?
With the treatment's growing popularity, a slew of new artists have emerged to offer their services. Unfortunately, some of those talents aren't up to par, and if you've had the misfortune of running into this set of specialists, it's reasonable that you'd like to get rid of your undesired brows.
If any of this is true, the fact that microshading is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure is a wonderful thing. Your microshaded eyebrows will fade with time. So the best and safest course of action is to wait it out. You can also forgo touch-ups because the pigment should fade away in less than a year.
The simplest method is to go against the aftercare protocol and wash your face frequently right after the treatment while using exfoliating facial products. Sunbathe or go to the sauna. Finally, laser therapy is a possibility, although it is not encouraged because it can cause major skin damage.
Don't rush; instead, wait (especially if you just finished your brows and are unhappy with the outcome) and observe how the issue unfolds. You might only need some time to adjust to your new appearance.
You can always rectify them with a touch-up. And if you're still unhappy with your brows, consider having them removed.