Here at Hamptons, Ink. we want to help you be the most informed you can be to help make your microblading experience go as smoothly as possible. In our experience over the years, these are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) from clients both novice and seasoned.
If you have any other questions not on the list, please feel free to contact us and ask. We are happy to help and committed to friendly, personalized attention from beginning to end.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo procedure where a small handheld tool made up of tiny, fine-point needles is used to deposit pigment under your skin. This technique creates natural, hair-like strokes to give the illusions of fuller brows.
A mapping system is used based on your facial features, not a template, giving you the most natural shape for your face. Microblading is suitable for people with little to no brows as well as full brows that want more definition.
How long does it last?
Microblading lasts 1-3 years as it a semi-permanent tattoo. Cosmetic makeup is called “permanent makeup” because you can’t simply wipe it off. However, unlike traditional tattoos that penetrate into your dermal layer, cosmetic makeup deposits pigment into your epidermal layer.
This gives a softer, more natural look and the reason why touchups are necessary to maintain your desired look over the years while also allowing you to alter pigment color and shape over the years.
How long do sessions take?
Sessions typically take 2.5 hours. The majority of this time is for numbing and mapping. Please allocate 3 hours as consultation and mapping can take longer with some clients.
Is it painful?
A topical anesthetic is used before and during your session to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Some people experience minor discomfort, but it depends on the individual’s pain tolerance as well as various factors, such as your menstrual cycle. “That’s it?! That’s nothing!” is the response I typically get from clients, so have no fear!!
Can you fix/work over previous work?
This depends on how your previous work healed over time, as well as the pigment. It is imperative that you send a photo prior to making your appointment; this allows me to determine whether or not your brows can be worked on at this time. Solutions can help fade ink faster, or if traditional tattooing was done you may need to seek tattoo removal services before moving forward with microblading.
**Please note that my touch up fees are not for microblading done elsewhere. If you would like a touch up for services done at another location, the fee will be the full price of an initial session.
Are your pigments cruelty-free? What are they made of?
The ingredients are a combination of pigments, glycerin, witch hazel, aqua, rosin, benzyl alcohol, and isopropyl alcohol. It is gamma-ray sterilized, vegan and cruelty-free.
What do I need to do/avoid BEFORE my session?
Do Not drink caffeine day of your appointment – caffeine increases blood flow therefore increasing bleeding and implementation of pigment.
Do Not drink alcohol or take any blood thinners 24 HOURS prior to your session.
Do Not get waxed/threaded at least THREE DAYS prior your session
Do Not book any facials or botox/fillers AT LEAST TWO WEEKS prior to your session.
Do Not use retinol/anti-aging serums FOUR WEEKS prior your session.
Do Not use ACCUTANE ONE YEAR prior to your session
Do Not exposure yourself to excess sun before your appointment. Please be responsible with your skin. Do not come to your appointment with sun burnt or recently ultra tanned skin. We will not work on you and your deposit will be forfeited.
It is important for results/healing to keep your skin hydrated. Aside from routine lotioning, proper intake of water is also recommended – your skin will thank you!
What do I need to do/avoid AFTER my session?
I will go over all aftercare instructions with you at your appointment, but it is important to know what you’ll need to avoid to ensure you are prepared.
DO: Clean your brows once a day with antibacterial soap (lightly), pat dry with clean paper towel or gauze, then apply a thin layer of aquaphor.
FOR 2 WEEKS PLEASE AVOID:
EXCESS MOISTURE – (no pools, hot tubs, saunas, steamy showers, exercise that will cause a lot of perspiration) This will not only push out your pigment, but will also increase your chances of infection.
SUN EXPOSURE – Avoid direct sun exposure (and tanning beds) at least 2 week after your session.
TOUCHING – hands are dirty! Avoid touching your brows unless you’re cleaning them with washed hands.
What medical reasons cause me to avoid microblading?
Certain AutoImmune Disease – Lupus and Psorisis may hinder normal healing processes. Consult your doctor before scheduling an appointment
Diabetes – Consult your doctor
Chemo – Consult your doctor
Viral Infections and/or diseases
Sickness (flu, cold, etc)
**If your are in poor health or take any medications that compromise your immune system, please consult your doctor.
Can I get tattooed if I am taking medication?
It is ill advised to get tattooed while you are sick, as you not only run the risk of spreading germs in a sterile area but also can hinder your healing process because your immune system is not 100%.
Do you have to shave my eyebrows?
No! We work with your existing hairs and natural contours of your face to help add more structure and fullness to your brows.
Should I wash my hair?
It is recommended you wash your hair before your appointment. As a general rule of aftercare you will not be washing the brow area that often. For the healing period you will want to aviod excess moisture steam so the area will heal propery.