Microblading with Melanie!
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Melanie Lavrisa is Riverside’s premiere Cosmetic Artist in Thunderbolt!
She specializes in custom, realistic and natural looking eyebrow enhancement with microblading and microshading. Melanie will assist you with achieving darker, thicker, and fuller eyebrows without the hassle of everyday make-up. Additionally, she is now offering semi-permanent freckling! We are happy to provide these techniques to Savannah and Thunderbolt, as well as the surrounding areas of Chatham County.
Brow Services & Pricing
- Free Consultation: (Ready for New Brows? Click here!)
- Microshading Treatment: $450
- Initial Microblading Treatment: $450
- Second Treatment: $75 (6-10 weeks after Treatment)
- Brow Touch Up: Prices vary from previous appointment
- 10 weeks to 6 months: $150
- 6 to 12 months: $200
- Annual Color boost: $250
- Freckling: Prices vary: $150
- Beauty Marks: 2 for $100
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a realistic, cutting edge method of semi-permanent makeup designed to enhance your eyebrows. The artist uses a handheld tool of ultra-fine needles to apply small, hair-like strokes with color pigment, creating the illusion of full and perfectly shaped eyebrows. Both microblading and shading create the appearance of natural looking brows, adding definition and fullness to enhance your shape.
Additionally, it is a preferred alternative for anyone experiencing hair loss, over-plucked or thin brows, or those wanting fuller, and natural brow results. Microblading is a quick way to get spectacular results that last!
FAQ’S AND AFTERCARE
Microblading requires two separate sessions, typically 6-8 weeks apart.
The first session, consists of a consultation the day of, where your daily brow maintenance and natural brow is assessed. Your artist will determine your brow shape by mapping your face to create the perfect shape that suits your bone structure and preference. Once you approve the brow shape, the procedure takes about an hour and a half. The entire session can take a total of 3 to 4 hours.
A topical anesthetic is applied to your brows, allowing the skin to numb before beginning the process. A color will be created based on your natural hair color, natural brow color and skin type.
Once the brows are drawn, the artist creates a series of micro-thin hair strokes in your skin that replicate your natural hair pattern, then goes over each stroke a second time to set the color. Lastly, a thick layer of pigment is applied onto your fresh brows, and once it is wiped away your new brows will be revealed!
After your treatment, be sure to follow strict aftercare procedures from your artist. No sun, no sweating, no exercise, no washing brows or brow area, no sauna, no makeup for at least 10 days. At your 6-8 week touch up, your artist will correct any areas that did not retain color and perfect the brows to set you up until your next annual touch up!
Most clients report little to no pain, and would compare it to tweezing. Since pain is relative, this can vary by your sensitivity and tolerances. Topical anesthetic is applied prior and during the procedure to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible.
In the days following treatment it is normal for your brows to feel “sore” and “raw.” As your brows continue to heal over the first few days, they will become less sensitive.
It is advised to stop tweezing, plucking, waxing or tinting a few weeks prior to your appointment, to see your natural brow. Do not wax or tint your brows 3 days before the treatment.
1 Month Prior: No Botox or fillers.
2 Weeks Prior:
- No IPL laser hair removal should be performed
- Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning
- No Retinol use
24 hours Prior: Do not use alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, Niacin or any blood thinning medication.
Do not come to your appointment with a sunburn, as we cannot work on skin that is currently healing from a tan or burn. In this case, email us at least 48 hours prior to your appointment to reschedule.
You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally do, so we can take into consideration the shape you desire.
If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 10 days after the procedure due to the aftercare maintenance. Avoid Retinol use for 2 weeks after.
Aftercare is very important to the appearance and longevity of your new eyebrows. Microbladed brows typically last 1 to 2 years, before a touch up is needed. This varies by skin type and how you take care of the treated area. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years as the client’s natural coloration and facial changes occur.
Other than the care detailed below, do not let any water, lotion, soap, or makeup touch your eyebrow area for 10-14 days after your procedure or until all scabs are gone. At the end of your session, you will be provided with an after care kit for the 7-14 day healing process. This may vary per skin type, but 10 days is recommended for the best results.
DAY BY DAY AFTERCARE
DAY 1 – 30 minutes after the brow treatment gently dab your eyebrows with a clean dry cotton pad or tissue without stretching the skin. Repeat every 2 hours. Allow the skin to dry and apply a very thin layer of ointment, using a Q-tip. If your brows look shiny, greasy or glossy, you’ve used too much. Brows need airflow and protection to heal but should never be left wet or greasy.
DAY 2-3 – Using a clean damp cotton pad with sterile water and gentle antibacterial soap, carefully blot the area in the morning and evening to remove dead skin and bacteria. Always start with clean hands and avoid aggressive movements like rubbing, tugging, or scratching your healing brows. Be gentle and blot, do not rub. Promptly dry your brows off by gently dabbing with a dry cotton pad afterward. Once brows are clean and dry, apply a very thin layer of ointment.
Day 4-14 – Continue cleaning your face 1-2x a day by using a clean damp cotton pad with sterile water and gentle antibacterial soap then promptly dry them off. If you have oily skin, cut back to only applying the very thin layer of ointment 1x a day, if you have normal or dry skin you can continue to apply 2x a day.
For 10-14 days after treatment (or until all scabs are gone) –
Avoid UV rays, sun exposure, saunas, sweating, exercise, and long or hot showers.
Avoid all ointments and creams (except the protective one instructed by your artist) and all makeup foundation or other products in the eyebrow area.
Avoid picking at or scratching the eyebrows to avoid pigment loss and prevent scarring.
Avoid sleeping on your face and be sure to use a clean pillowcase. Avoid heavy cleaning where there is airborne debris.
For 30 days after treatment:
Avoid facials, botox, chemical treatments, microdermabrasion and creams that contain regeneration factors such as fruit acids, Retin- A and Glycolic acid. Avoid sunbathing and exposure to UVA and UVB rays.
Avoid laser treatments over the treated brows because they can destroy the pigment and cause burns.
The entire microblading healing process takes 4-6 weeks depending on skin type, age and skin regeneration. Keep in mind, within the first seven days eyebrows are up to 40% darker and 10-15% thicker. The first 2 weeks are the most variable and dramatic in terms of healing. Vacations and events are not recommended during the first 2 weeks of healing.
In about 10-14 days you will be able to wear makeup, exercise and sun again. During the healing process, there are several phases. TRUST THE PROCESS! Microblading is not a quick fix solution, it takes patience, great aftercare, and coming to your touch up. At your 6-10 week touch-up we will fix any areas that did not maintain pigment and touch up any strokes that faded too quickly.
Day 1: Immediately after the procedure, your pigment will look very natural. They may appear slightly darker after, and the skin underneath will be red; If you have sensitive skin, it may appear puffy underneath your brows. Soreness and sensitivity are common as the numb cream wears off.
Day 2: This is the DARKEST and THICKEST they will look- it can be shocking!
It occurs due to the color oxidizing (turns dark) as it hits the air, and excess pigment remains on your skin. The bladed strokes widen, causing the brows to look thicker as the skin is inflamed and raised around the brow as the cuts heal. On this day- keep calm and try to not have anything important scheduled this day. Understand that this is part of the healing process, trust your artist.
Day 3-5: Brows will appear dark and thick, keep in mind they will heal 30-50% lighter and about 10-15% thinner.
Day 5-8: Brows begin to flake off and may feel itchy. Do not pick at the flakes. If you pick at your scabs, you may lose color prematurely or cause the skin to scar.
Day 8-14: As brows heal and flake, they may look uneven and patchy as different areas of the brow heal at different times. Some or all color may appear to have disappeared, and you may worry about the shape.
Day 14: Eyebrows are at their disappeared or light stage // You may wonder where your brows have gone. As the skin cells continue to turn over, your color will slowly come back in.
Days 14-28: Eyebrow color should slowly start returning a bit darker until the end of the first month. At this time, you’re closer to being ready for your touch up!
6 to 10 weeks (after initial appointment): Time for your Touch up appointment!
Yes, to ensure that the brows heal perfectly, a minimum of two treatments are typically needed 6-10 weeks apart on average. The first touch-up is necessary as it gives us the ability to correct any areas that possibly faded during the healing process. It allows the artist to set the color for longer lasting results, as well as gives the client an opportunity to make adjustments.
Microblading is not recommended for those with very oily skin or large pores. An recommended alternative, is microshading or combination shading and microblading technique.
Additionally, we do not provide microblading for those who are:
- under 18 years old
- pregnant or nursing
- if you have diabetes, glaucoma,
- skin diseases including Shingles, psoriasis or eczema on the area of treatment
- if taking blood thinners, heart medications, aspirin or products containing aspirin, medications for diabetes, lupus or any autoimmune disease
- allergies to makeup
- Keloid disorder, HIV/Hepatitis, skin cancer, hemophilia, or if you’re taking skin medications like accutane and steroids.
- or if you’ve had Botox in the last month;
If you are under a physician’s care, a written release stating it is safe for you to get the procedure done is required. Examples are if you are going through chemo or have diabetes.
Vitamins or supplements that thin the blood would must not be taken prior to your procedure, with the consent of your health care provider.
Please consider that there is permanency to semi permanent cosmetic tattoos, please do not elect to get this cosmetic treatment if you are unsure or change your brow shape often. The eyebrows can retain color longer than anticipated depending on your skin type, so be prepared to commit to your new brows.
In the studio, your artist does their part by giving you a custom treatment. You are responsible for maintaining aftercare during the healing process. Sun exposure, sweating, and messing with the brows during the healing process can cause the pigment to fall out or fade faster, so try your best to follow the aftercare instructions given to you while you heal.
Our after care instructions are provided at the end of your service, to create the best results. There is NO guarantee in the final results, as we have no control what happens during the healing process, how your skin types responds, and your personal aftercare maintenance.
Touch ups must be booked no sooner than 6 weeks following your appointment. Your skin must heal before any additional treatment. We may choose to not work on clients who have completed their healing or properly healed.
All transactions are final and no refunds will be issued.