Frequently Asked Questions What is Microblading? Microblading is a manual method used to deposit small amounts of ink in the superficial layer of the skin. It is considered to be a semi-permanent tattoo. How long does it last? Your tattoo will last as long as it’s maintained. Untouched, the ink will last 1-3 years. How often do I need a touch up? Touch ups are recommended every six months to a year, to keep the color fresh and the strokes crisp. Does it hurt? A topical anesthetic is used to numb the area. People say the sensation is similar to getting threaded. There is some discomfort associated with the procedure. How long does it take? The procedure takes roughly about two to three hours, sometimes more sometimes less. Please allow a solid two and a half hour window for your appointment. We likely won’t need that much time, but this isn’t something we want to rush. Do I need to take a day off work? No. There’s no downtime associated with the treatment. Redness and swelling will dissipate within an hour after. Your brows will appear darker initially, but not so dark that you will be prevented from your activities of daily living. How long does it take to heal? Healing time varies from individual to individual. Usually, it takes about a week to ten days for the epithelial crust to form and slough off. Your skin will be considered healed after that happens. Then, the pigment takes some time to settle into the skin. A good month should pass before we consider the process complete. What’s the process like? Microblading is a two-step treatment, consisting of an initial procedure and then a touch up four to eight weeks after. After we take your before photo, we shape your eyebrows and decide on the color. Shortly after that, a topical anesthetic will be administered to ensure comfort. Once you’re numb, the pigment is deposited. During healing, it's normal to experience some pigment loss; this is why we have the touch up in place. The process is considered to be complete 4 weeks after the first touch up. What can’t I do after the procedure? You are advised to keep the skin clean and dry - that means no swimming, sweating or otherwise getting the area wet; no tanning or prolonged sun exposure; no picking or peeling the tattoo. What kind of pigments are used? Tina Davies pigments manufactured in the USA.