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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: $100 (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
    • Freckle Touch-Up: $50
  • Beauty Marks: 2 for $100

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a form of permanent makeup that enhances your eyebrows. While traditional eyebrow tattooing uses a machine, microblading uses a handheld tool with a series of ultra-fine needles to create thin lines that look like brow hairs. Microblading is a way to create realistic, natural looking brows by adding definition and fullness.

Microblading requires two appointments spaced 6-10 weeks apart. At your first appointment, your artist will map your ideal brow shape based on your personal preference and bone structure and draw on the design with pencil. Once both the client and artist approve the shape, the artist applies numb cream to your brows and allows it to numb the skin before beginning the process.

The artist then chooses a color 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 and color, then goes over each stroke a second time to set the color. Then a thick layer of pigment is applied onto your fresh brows, and once it is wiped away your new brows will be revealed!

At your 6-10 week touch up, your artist will assess how your skin absorbed the pigment, correct any areas that did not retain color and perfect the brows for longer lasting results.

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Monday-Friday 10-6

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2819 River Drive
Thunderbolt, GA 31404

FAQ’S AND AFTERCARE

Microshading is a combination of microbladed hair strokes and soft machine shading. The brow is darker and bolder toward the tail and gradually becomes lighter toward the front of the brow. Hair like strokes add a natural feel while the shading creates depth and helps the brows last longer. Shading can be as subtle or dramatic as you’d like it, varying from a natural look to a more done look.
This option is a great choice for everyone who wants the natural look of microblading combined with the more defined look of powder brows.Microshading is a better option for oily skin and those with large pores, since microblading alone can blur and fade more quickly with oily skin. Microshading is also a better option for more mature skin. Microshading is a better option than microshading if you have little to no hair, course brow hair, thin tails, or a lot of gaps in the brow compared to your desired brow shape. Shading is placed strategically to blend your brow hair with the microbladed hairstrokes and heals about 30-40% softer and more natural after 30 days.

Freckle tattoos are a way to get that sun kissed look without the sun damage. Freckle tattoos can enhance your natural freckles or add some if you don’t have any currently, you can get as many or as few as you’d like. Freckle tattoos are mapped based on your personal preference and facial structure and are done using a manual handheld tool and semi-permanent makeup pigment, like microblading and microshading. Freckle tattoos can last between 1-3 years with a touch up and strict adherence to aftercare and pre-care.

Your artist will use a lidocaine numbing cream on the area to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible, and can re-numb you during your session if you feel any pain. We all experience pain differently, but most clients feel little to no pain during their session, comparable to tweezing.

The brows and freckles tend to last between 6 months- 2 years before requiring a touch up, and continue to fade over time. Some people can retain color and shape past that length of time. Thinner skin and mature skin can retain the pigment for longer while oily skin tends to fade faster.
Taking antibiotics and hormone replacement therapy can also fade the brows faster.

 

Following pre-care and after-care instructions, coming to your touch up appointment and continuing to protect your brows or freckles with sunscreen after they heal can help your microbladed eyebrows last longer.

Brow appointments take about 4-5 hours start to finish, but the actual microblading and/or shading only takes about 1.5 hours. The beginning of the session is the longest part and includes the consultation, where we discuss your goals, skin type and lifestyle, and then brow mapping, where we use the golden ratio method, manual and digital symmetry to find your perfect shape. After this, you get a 30 minute break while your brows are numbing before we begin the procedure.

Freckle appointments take about 2.5 hours including mapping and 30 minutes of numbing.

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.

Before your appointment:

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

3 Days Prior: No waxing or tinting brows.

24 hours Prior: Do not use alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, Niacin or any blood thinning medication. This is important for best color retention and healed results!

In order for your artist to work with as much natural brow hair as possible, feel free to stop tweezing, threading or waxing a few weeks before your microblading appointment.

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.

Aftercare makes up half of your treatment success! Consistently follow these aftercare instructions for the for the next 10-14 days
CLEANING: Within 4 hours of your procedure, wash your brows gently with soap and cool water at your sink, not in the shower. First apply soap and water to your fingertips, then look in the mirror to make sure you are GENTLY cleaning the brows in the direction of hair growth, no rubbing, tugging or circles. After rinsing, dry them completely with a clean tissue or paper towel before applying a very thin layer of ointment. 
Clean your brows like this twice a day until they are healed. If your skin is dry or your brows feel tight during the day, you can apply the ointment one additional time. If your skin is oily, stick to only applying the ointment after cleaning 2x a day. Do not pick, rub or scratch any of the flakes while healing. Try to sleep on your back, use a clean pillowcase and avoid sleeping on your face or side.
THINGS TO AVOID: While healing, no sun exposure, no makeup above the eyes (including foundation and eyeshadow), no heavy exercising, no swimming, no saunas, and no getting them wet! Avoid long, steamy showers and baths.
Do not let your brow tattoos get wet in the shower. While rinsing your hairline, use a dry washcloth on your forehead as needed to keep them dry and protected from shampoo and conditioner products . If you do not follow these instructions, it could blur your results and affect your eyebrow color and retention.
Once all of your flakes are gone and your eyebrows feel smooth (after 10-14 days), you can swim and sweat again! After 3 weeks, you may fill in your eyebrows with makeup again and wear foundation around the brow.

Once all of your flakes are gone and your eyebrows feel smooth (after 10-14 days), you can swim and sweat again! After 3 weeks, you may fill in your eyebrows with makeup again and wear foundation around the brow.

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.

Always:

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.

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