Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology

Microblading

Microblading

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a form of tattooing, in which a small handheld tool is used to add semi-permanent pigment to the skin to mimic the appearance of natural-looking eyebrow hair. Microblading is known to create, enhance, or reshape one’s eyebrows, resulting in a subtle, yet fuller look.

How long does it last?

Microblading can last anywhere from 12-24 months and results can vary due to skin type. 

Will I need a touch-up appointment?

Yes! Touch ups are normal and expected in permanent cosmetics. Microblading requires two sessions- the initial appointment and the touch up appointment. During the touch-up appointment, we will assess your healing results and make adjustments, which will increase the durability of your brows. Touch-up appointments can be anywhere from 6-12 weeks after your first session. Following the second appointment, touch-ups should be every 12-18 months, or as needed.

Is microblading permanent?

Although microblading is considered to be a form of tattooing, it does eventually fade over time due to the pigment used, the density of the hair strokes, and also if one does not keep up with the touch-up appointments. Microblading deposits pigment into the epidermis, so it fades more rapidly than traditional tattooing techniques, which place pigment deeper into the skin.

Am I an ideal candidate for microblading?

Microblading heals best on dry to normal skin. If you have oily skin, an ombre or combination brow would help achieve the best results. For more questions, please see the attached document below.

Will this procedure hurt?

A topical numbing cream is standard and used to make you feel at ease and comfortable during the service, but pain tolerance does vary from client to client. Our numbing cream contains three main ingredients- 12% Benzocaine, 4% Lidocaine, and 2% Tetracaine. If the client is having the service done during their menstrual cycle, some increased sensitivity may occur.

What is the downtime?

Microblading has no downtime per say, because clients normally walk out ready to show off their new brows! However eyebrows will initially appear bolder and a little patchy for about the first week or so, depending on the client. The color will later rise back to the surface to a beautiful, natural color within 2-5 weeks. On average, your brows will fade up to 40-50% to its lasting color, which is why it is important to book your touch-up appointment.

Anna Tassi licensed esthetician
Anna Tassi, Microblading Specialist

How do I book an appointment?

Call our office a call at 312- 245-9965 to book your appointment with our Microblading Specialist, Anna Tassi!

  • If you have reference pictures or current brow products, feel free to bring them! 
  • Please wax or tint your brows at least 72 hours before appointment. 
  • Brow makeup or gel can be worn 5 days after appointment.
  • No caffeine or alcohol 24 hours before appointment (There is still caffeine in decaf coffee and tea!).
  • No working out 24 hours before appointment.
  • No antibiotics (Advil, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Fish Oil, etc.) 24 hours before your appointment.
  • No AHA products close to the eyebrow area 2 weeks before and after appointment. 
  • No Latisse or lash serums for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after appointment. 
  • Need to be off Accutane for at least 1 year.
  • No Glycolics, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion,  or Retin-A for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after appointment.
  • Fillers or Botox should be performed 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after appointment.
  • Note: You may be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.

Washing your Brows:

  • Wash within 4 hours of brow appointment
  • Wash 2 times a day for 7 days with Dial Antibacterial or Cetaphil Soap (morning and night)
    • Wipe gently in the direction of hair growth (no circles or hard rubbing).  
    • Rinse with cool water, and pat dry with a clean paper towel.
  • For DRY SKIN- only need to wash once at night

Moisturizing your Brows:

  • Apply a tiny amount of a balm, such as Aquaphor with a Q-Tip 3 times daily (morning, noon, and night)
  • For OILY SKIN- can use balm 2 times a day instead of 3; blot during the day if needed
  • For DRY SKIN- can use balm a 4th time if needed

Do’s & Dont’s:

  • DO NOT rub, pick, or scratch your brows. Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate off. 
    • Picking can cause scarring and pigment loss.
  • DO NOT wear makeup on brows for at least 5 days after appointment.
  • DO NOT sleep on your face or brows for at least 10 days.
  • DO keep your brows as dry as possible for at least 10 days.
    • Wash face with makeup wipes and keep brows out of shower, so no water drips on your brows!
    • Includes: HOT shower water (do medium temp), saunas, hot tubs, lakes, oceans, sweat- exercise or any activity that causes you to sweat, hot weather
    • Sweating will cause “hair strokes” to fade quickly, leaving them to appear blurred and not distinct 
  • DO stay out of the sun and tanning beds for 10 days after the procedure.
    • Direct sunlight can cause the pigment to change color while healing and can cause hyperpigmentation.
    • After 10 days, consider using sunblock on them while out in the sun to keep color from fading. 
  • DO NOT put any anti-aging or acne products directly on your brows (keep on your face). 
    • Includes: anything with Retinol, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, etc.  
  • DO wait 2 weeks before getting facials, chemical treatments, or microdermabrasion. 
  • Day 1: New brows! 
  • Day 2-5: Brows are 20-25% darker and bolder than what they will be when healed. There may be some swelling and redness, which will disappear within 24 hours.
  • Day 5-10: Eyebrows may experience some light flaking or scabbing- peeling from the outside edges first.  They may start to itch, but do not pick at your brows. 
  • Day 10+: New skin will heal over pigmented area, which results in a lack of pigment or much softer appearance of your brows  until they have fully healed..
  • Week 4-8: The color will start to bloom back to the surface of the skin, resulting in your desired look of natural, beautiful eyebrows. 
  • At 4-6 weeks, your brows will be fully healed .
  • At 6-12 weeks, you’ll need to come in for a  touch-up appointment.
If any of these items relate to you, you will not be a good candidate for microblading:
  • Pregnant/ Breastfeeding
  • Have Rosacea
  • Currently using Accutane or have within the past year
  • Have a freshly tanned/ sunburned face
  • Are on blood thinners or antibiotics
  • Currently undergoing any Cancer treatments (Must be off chemo or radiation for 6 months)