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Microblading, what it is and why it’s so popular?

Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup giving the wearer the appearance of real brow hair. The Esthetician uses a technique whereby pigment is deposited into the skin using a very, very fine blade. Strokes using the bladed tool are superficial, and only to the top surface of the skin. This allows for very fine, and well-defined lines that look like natural hair. This along with an experienced Esthetician, or Makeup Artist, creates a customized look for your face.

Regardless of the amount of brow hair you already have microblading can create the appearance of additional natural looking hair. Your natural hair remains, we simply enhance the look of your brows by blending applied strokes with your natural hair. Even if you suffer from conditions that cause hair loss, Microblading will allow you to benefit from the appearance a full amount of natural looking hair.



Is Microblading the same as a traditional Tattoo?

Microblading is semi-permanent, placed at the bottom of the first layer of skin. A tattoo, on the other hand, uses ink that is penetrated into the deepest layer of the skin, making the tattoo last forever. Microblading pigment uses different, more natural looking inks, and the ink RuBrows uses is plant based, contains NO heavy metals and remains very stable, unlike some inks that can grey or blue green over time.


How Long Does Microblading Last?

On average Microblading lasts in the range of about one to three years – Depending on lifestyle and skin type. Best results are usually seen on individuals having normal to drier skin. More oily skin types might not last a full year, but certainly have in many clients.

Microblading starts with the first appointment, which includes a free consultation and can, if the client desires, proceed right in to the procedure. A free touch up then follows between 4 to 12 weeks from the original application. Touch ups are the perfecting stage and allows for any small adjustments wanting to be made, as well as a color boost. If clients received their initial Microblading at RuBrows, and after the first free touch up, RuBrows touchups years later are at a greatly reduced cost.


Does Microblading Hurt?

Numbing Cream is applied to greatly reduce discomfort. everyone’s pain threshold and perception are different, but feedback from thousands of clients range from, no pain, absolutely none at all, to mild discomfort, something similar to a small scratch. There can be some discomfort however, but remember you are in the hands of a professional, and the pain should never feel unbearable.



How Much Does Microblading Cost?

Microblading costs vary quite a bit, but are mostly influenced by, location, competition, the experience, and the skill level of the artist. Truly the artist’s ability and ink quality will determine the most desirable outcomes. Most prices range anywhere from $300-$1000, even more in some cases. 

RuBrows currently charges $499.00 which covers your first appointment and a free touch up scheduled between 4 to 12 weeks after the initial application. Consultation is free and includes a design session to experience that exciting new look you have been waiting for!



Is Permanent Makeup, MicroBlading worth the money?

Permanent makeup is not inexpensive, but it can be priceless.  It has been estimated that the savings in daily makeup is about $400 per year, and in time that you may save 380 hours per year. Most people don't have permanent makeup to save money; they do it for convenience and to know that they always look their best.  If you compare other non-surgical procedures such as Botox or wrinkle filler it gives you a good idea of the value of permanent makeup. For about the same cost as some Botox or filler, which may last only 3-4 months, you will get permanent makeup that lasts for years and saves you time every day.


How long does a procedure take?

Usually, each procedure appointment is about two hours.  The majority of the time is spent in selecting the appropriate color for your skin, and in measuring and artistically drawing on the planned procedure prior to actually implanting the color. Adequate time is allowed for topical anesthetic to make you completely comfortable. You will also be given thorough aftercare instructions for optimum healing and outcome. 



Can I have eyeliner and lips and eyebrows all done at once?

Yes, a full-face procedure will take 3-5 hours. In fact, one advantage is that your aftercare for all the areas is all done at once and healing at once.


Is the procedure safe?

We use a very state-of-the art digital computerized machine. The parts that actually touch the client and the needles that penetrate the skin are all pre-sterile from the manufacturer and we use medical grade single-use needles. There is no physical way for the needles or casings to transmit air-born or blood-born diseases or bacteria within the system.  All other aspects of the procedure are done to OSHA standards – the same standards of sterility, cleanliness and patient protection used in any clinical medical setting. 


Are there other health concerns?

People with a history of cold sores need to pre-medicate with an anti-viral drug (Zoviraz, Valtrex, or Acyclovir) prior to a lip coloring procedure. People with active Glaucoma that requires eye drops to treat cannot have eyeliner due to the pressure sensitivity in the eye. Any active skin condition such as exema, psoriasis, or cystic acne in the area must have clear skin in the area being addressed at the time of the procedure.  People taking blood thinners cannot have permanent makeup.  Prospective clients with any other chronic medical condition (metabolic) being treated by a physician should have an OK from your doctor. 


How will I look immediately after the procedure? 

You may experience minor swelling and redness on procedure day. You may resume normal activities immediately except that you will be advised to wear no makeup on the treated area for about one week. There are might have some minor redness, healing and peeling during the first week, It varies from person to person.


When will I see the final result?

At first the pigment will appear too dark. There is a natural exfoliation process that takes place after healing for 5-7 days and the dark residual pigment is then lost, leaving a soft natural color behind.  The final result is not absolute until 4 weeks. Skin tone, exfoliation, settling of the color into the dermis all contribute to the final outcome at about 4 weeks.


Usually, the eyebrows and eyeliner are basically healed and true to tone and depth of color after 7-10 days.  


The lips go through a different type of process and often appear too light after the initial “peeling” in the first 3-5 days. The color intensity becomes more visible after 3-4 weeks. A review of the procedures will take place 4-6 weeks after to check for perfection. Often minor touch ups are needed at that time.


Is it really permanent? How long does it last?

Some people may need the color darkened within one to three years after the procedure.  This typically starts at only about $100, since it is merely a re-coloring of any areas that have lost color intensity.  


What factors affect how long the color lasts?

The individual's skin type, how dark the original color is, sun exposure, and use of exfoliating skin-care products, the skill of the technician.



I am nervous about the fact that it is permanent. How can I know what to expect before I have it done?

We use makeup pencils to draw it on in advance for your approval. Then we are always cautious to keep on the side of light and natural, for we can always add more color later during your follow-up visit.


Can permanent makeup be removed?

Yes. There are special removal techniques using a salt-based removal product for small corrections or complete removal.  Some laser tattoo removal processes work for permanent makeup as well, but often are not the best choice due to proximity to the eye etc. We have had great success with removal of undesirable makeup done by other practitioners using our salt-water technique, which is very safe and causes very little trauma to the skin.  



My lips have no color, and I want daily natural color without appearing to be made up. Can this be done?

Yes, this can be achieved. We custom blend all of our lip colors to the individual’s preferences. People of color with very dark natural lip tone are not good candidates for the lip procedure.


Can I have lip liner only, and leave the lips natural?

This is not stylistically recommended. It is recommended that the lip liner be gently blended into the lip tissue just inside the borders of the lip line. That way you achieve definition and color in the lip border, can add fullness and create a perfect shape, but it doesn’t look like just a ring of color around the lips. This is a specific technique and looks best when using a natural color that mimics the interior color of your natural lip tone. 


What is eyelash enhancement?

For a more natural, less dramatic effect than is achieved with the eyeliner, eyelash enhancement can be done as the color is implanted only at the base of the lash line, creating definition and framing of the eyes, without looking like “eyeliner”. 



I have no or little eyebrow hair.  Can eyebrow be made to look natural, and not "drawn on".

Yes! Using highly specialized techniques we can replicate the look of natural individual hairs.  The effect looks like your own eyebrows, not like someone drew your eyebrows on with a magic marker. 


I am planning a cosmetic facial procedure. Should I wait until after that for my permanent makeup?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no.  It depends on the cosmetic procedure you are undergoing. For example, we prefer to do lip color first before getting filler to augment the lips. We can create the perfect lip line for the doctor to follow later. It is advised if planning any cosmetic procedure within 4 weeks of permanent makeup that you have a personal consultation to determine the order in which you should get your procedures done. 

Call RuBrows to schedule your free consultation today!!  513-898-0800  

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