Microblading, a form of eyebrow tattooing, produces the look of natural, full eyebrows. Plastic Surgery Affiliates offers microblading to patients in Nashville, Brentwood, Hendersonville and the surrounding areas in Tennessee.
Kassity Shepherd is our Certified Microblading Artist and Licensed Aesthetician. As the best in Nashville, she has the experience to give you the brows of your dreams! Follow her Instagram account @brows_by_kassity to see more of her portfolio pictures!
What Is Microblading?
Microblading is a form of semi permanent makeup that creates natural, beautiful eyebrows with a handheld microblade. It’s perfect for people who have overplucked or those who want to define darken or reshape their eyebrows.
Microblading originated in Asia over 20 years ago and has gone by many names: eyebrow embroidery, feather touch, microstroking and micropigmentation. By 2015, microblading became popular in the United States.
Technically, microblading is a form of eyebrow tattooing. But unlike traditional tattooing, which uses a machine; microblading artists apply each hairstroke with a handheld microblade. This produces a very fine line that resembles real hair. Each individual hairstroke is hand drawn by the artist and blended in with the client’s existing eyebrow hair. The results can be gorgeous and very lifelike.
Who Performs Microblading?
Kassity Shepherd, our Licensed Aesthetician, is also a Certified Microblading Artist. She is certified through Brow Design International and their artists are the best in the industry. These artists have proven their skills in a consistent manner with tasteful artistry, proper color matching, and excellent healed results. A Brow Design Certified Artist is the most qualified and elite in the industry of Microblading. Kassity has the knowledge and skills to transform your eyebrows to the brows you’ve always wanted.
How Many Microblading Treatments are Required?
Microblading typically takes two appointments, sometimes three, to complete. In the first appointment, the artist will draw on a design that is proportional your face’s natural shape, hair growth, and bone structure to create a perfectly placed brow. The artist then microblades the eyebrows and the client is ready to go back into the world. There is some mild flaking and aftercare required, but your microblading should be completely healed in 30 days.
The second appointment is a touch up at least 30 days after the first session. This allows enough time for the ink in the epidermis to naturally slough off, and the color to settle into your skin. In the touch up appointment, the artist can see how your skin has received the ink and make any necessary corrections.
Sometimes a client’s skin undertones may have unexpected effects on the ink’s color, and the artist may need to add color to adjust. These kinds of corrections are normal with any microblading artist and an essential part of the process, as everyone’s skin is different and receives ink differently.
Is Microblading Painful?
Most of our clients report minor pain during the procedure. It almost feels like small cat scratches made on your face. But we do use a topical anesthetic on the eyebrows during the procedure to keep the client as comfortable as possible. Once the procedure is complete, your skin will feel like you have a very mild sunburn, but no pain.
How Long Does Microblading Last?
The fine lines of microblading typically fade and lighten over time. For most, they fade over 1 to 3 years. In truth, with microblading, there is a lot less ink deposited under the skin in fine lines. In the dermis, where the ink is placed, this ink is moved around over time. When there is a lot of ink, like in traditional tattooing, the tattoo remains very much permanent. With microblading, the pigment often fades and disappears, depending on the skin type and other factors such as sun exposure, facial products used, and medications. Each skin type will retain pigment in different ways, so it is recommended to get a yearly touch up to maintain the color and shape of your brows.
How Much Does Microblading Cost in Nashville?
Please contact the friendly and knowledgeable team at Plastic Surgery Affiliates to discuss pricing, as well as answer any questions or ease any concerns you may have about receiving Nashville Microblading, Brentwood Mircoblading or Hendersonville Microblading.
What to Expect After Your Microblading Session
The entire healing process will take from 4-6 weeks depending on your body regeneration and age. Your new temporary eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle.
The pigment will appear very natural looking immediately after the procedure. The color of the pigment will appear much darker the next day.
Note that because of natural skin regeneration, after recovery period (peeling), brows might appear lighter than original. This might give you the impression that color is fading too quickly. Often even with proper care, customers can develop bald spots or lose original hair stroke which make brows look uneven. It is absolutely normal. That is the reason why all customers need a touch-up after 6 weeks.
Color WILL fade/soften anywhere from 10% to 50% or more. At the touch up we will fine tune any area that has faded too much. Healing is specific to each client. It is important to realize that you will need a color boost every 1-2 yrs to maintain its fresh natural appearance. Fading WILL happen after each procedure. We do not have control over your bodies healing process. You may need still to powder and/or pencil even after the healed results. This is an enhancement to your natural brows, not a permanent solution. If they fade more than you like, it is acceptable to pencil or powder after 14 days until your next scheduled appointment.
Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. However, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows. The final look of your eyebrows will be apparent approximately 30 days after your procedure.
Never rub the treated area as it will disturb the skin from natural healing.
Once completely healed, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly. When using foundation, be aware when applying to avoid your healed eyebrows. If foundation covers healed brows, your eyebrows will appear lighter.
Who Should Avoid Microblading?
While microblading is great for most people, there are some people who are ineligible for microblading:
- Those prone to keloids or post-inflammatory hypo-pigmentation. Unfortunately, since microblading punctures the skin as we add pigment, we cannot work with clients with these conditions.
- If you have a transmittable blood disease such as HIV or Hepatitis. Again, microblading artists cut the skin so it is our policy not to work with these conditions.
- If you’ve had Juvederm® or other fillers in that area. Depending on the timing, we recommend to get microblading first! Otherwise, check with your doctor. Many artists may request a note from your doctor first.
- Patients undergoing chemotherapy. Although microblading is great for restoring eyebrows, we would require a doctor’s note in order to perform the procedure for anyone undergoing chemotherapy.
- If you have any kind of skin condition on or near your eyebrows. This includes eczema, shingles, rashes, or anything else near eyebrows.
- Children. Microblading is for adults only! We do not recommend microblading for anyone under the age of 18.
- People on Accutane. You must be off the medication for one year before being a candidate for microblading.
- Women who are pregnant or nursing. There is not enough research done to determine if cosmetic or tattoo ink is safe for women who are pregnant or nursing, so it’s better to be on the safe side and wait.
What to Know Before Your Appointment
The following restrictions are to ensure that your skin is in the best possible condition for an amazing microblading procedure. Please read carefully:
- Try and let your eyebrows grow out before your appointment so the artist can see the natural growth pattern and shape of your eyebrows. If you wax or tint, please do not do this 7 days prior to the procedure.
- Please do not work out the day of the procedure as the body heat will expands the pores. Sweat is salt and can prematurely fade the treated area.
- Avoid heavy sunlight and especially sunburn 10 days before procedure. Skin should not be in process of healing before procedure!
- Do NOT drink coffee or anything with caffeine the day of procedure because this can thin the blood and cause additional bleeding.
- Do NOT take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E and/or Ibuprofen, omega-3, unless medically necessary, 48-72 hours prior to the procedure due to blood thinning effects. (Tylenol or acetaminophen is acceptable.)
- Do NOT drink alcohol 24 hours before the procedure.
- If you get Botox®, have it done at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure or 2 weeks after so it can settle.
- Avoid chemical peels and laser treatments 4 weeks prior to the procedure.
- Stop any Retin-A or Retinol products 7 days prior to your procedure.
What to Know for Care After Your Appointment
Day 1 (Day of treatment): Once your procedure is complete, you will wipe your brows with a moistened cotton round every 1-2 hours to remove lymph that weeps from the wounds. Then you will apply a very thin layer of the provided cream to ensure your brows won’t scab. At night, wash the treated area very gently with warm water and mild soap like Cetaphil. Wash your hands with a disinfectant soap before washing your eyebrows and/or applying the post-care cream.
Day 2-10: Repeat the wiping of the brows at least 2 times a day. At night wash the treated area with warm water and mild soap like Cetaphil. Wash your hands with a disinfectant soap before washing your eyebrows and/or applying the post-care cream.
The following must be avoided during all 10 days post-microblading procedure:
- Increased sweating
- Practicing sports
- Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi
- Sun tanning or salon tanning
- UV/UVA Rays or chemicals as they have been known to cause a shift in color and premature fading
- Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the face or neck
- Picking, peeling, or scratching of the micro pigmented area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment
- Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris
- Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds
- Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles
- Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab
Please wash your face carefully around the eyebrow without getting water on the treated area. During the shower, keep your face away from the showerhead and do not get your face wet at all or take a bath. Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-microblading procedure. However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.
If you have any unexpected problems with the healing of the skin, please contact Plastic Surgery Affiliates immediately, to discuss further instructions.
Dr. Michael Hueneke offers microblading to patients across Tennessee including: Nashville, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Lebanon. If your eyebrows are over-plucked, misshapen, or thinning, schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Affiliates to find out more information about microblading. Contact Dr. Michael Hueneke today to schedule your free consultation!