Microblading has become a popular eyebrow trend over the past year even though the average spa-goer only has a vague idea of what microblading actually is.

So, What is it?

Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery" (not like your grama's), is a form of permanent makeup, NOT like traditional tattooing.  It is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent.  The technique uses a small, manually operative blade-like tool made of tiny needles, allowing for clear and precise lines on the top layers of the skin, creating incredibly realistic looking eyebrow "hairs".  Our amazing technician Deborah, carefully creates each hair individually.  

What is the Process Like?

First, we take photos of your "before" look.  Your brow hair and color are analyzed then your desired brow shape is drawn on with a specialized colored pencil.  the area is measured to suit the shape of your face.  This creates a natural-looking, symmetrical brow that is customized exclusively for you, based on your unique facial and bone structure.

The Sylvana Institute Med Spa procedure can dramatically correct, or fully reconstruct lost eyebrows and is excellent for those of you who have the wrong brow shape, thinning, aged brows or over-tweezed brows.

When you are satisfied with the shape and thickness, Deborah will consult with you on the color, then mix and match with the pigments to ensure you get the shade that is closest to your natural eyebrow color.  The exact formulation will be noted for future touch-ups.  

A topical numbing cream is applied to your brow area for about 20 minutes, then a special tool is used to make small, hair shaped incisions under your brow area.  This is the technique referred to as "micro-blading".   The shallow incisions are filled with highest-grade, FDA approved, pharmaceutical pigments selected to match or darken arches.

How Long Does the Microblading Process Take?

For the best results, the treatment takes about two hours, with enough time to assess each step of the way.

How Long Does It Take to Heal from Microblading?

Your eyebrow area will be slightly red and perhaps swollen after the procedure and the color will appear too dark!  This is normal!  The color should fade anywhere from 40% to 50% as it heals.  In the following days your eyebrows will remain dark and you may notice slight scabbing.  It's important NOT TO PICK at the scabs since that may damage your skin and the outcome of your treatment. 












There is no downtime required but, it may take anywhere from 7 to 14 days for your brows to heal over and you skin may have an opaque "milky" look to it.  This is known as "milk skin" and is common in tatooing.  This is a result of the skin healing from the inside out, even though the suface of your skin is healed.  The true color will reveal itself once healed and in about a month, the color should fully set.

How Long Can I Expect My Microblading Results to Last?

This is an amazing, semi-permanant Sylvana procedure that can last up to two years.  Since the pigments used for microblading are not implanted deep into the skin like traditional tatooing, they will fade over time.  Since each person is unique, results may vary depending on several factors including  skin type and texture.   Remember that semi-permananet makeup, as medical aesthetics, is an art not a science, therefore; the results are not guaranteed.  It's important for you to understand that each person's results will not necessarily be the same, and your each individual's color retention will vary.    

Deborah will recommend an aftercare process that is important to follow.  Your own skin care routine will also have an impact on how long the pigment effects will last.  People who regularly tan, or use correct skin care products containing AHA, Retinol, and Hydroquine may cause the pigment to fade faster and your color will not last as long.  To maintain fresh looking brows, a touchup is suggested every 12-18 months. You may choose to let your microbladed area fade over time, but please note that a slight shadow may remain.


Does It Hurt?

Discomfort is usually minimal to none.  Prior to the procedure you will receive a topical anesthetic to numb the area and may

be reapplied during the procedure depending on your comfort level.  Other factors such as menstrual cycles may affect your level of sensitivity.  

As the the pigment is delicately administerd into your skin, you may feel a slight scratching sensation.  After the procedure redness and slight swelling is normal.  You may also experience brusing which is normal as well.  Deborah will recommend  products which will help with discomfort and recovery.

Before You Consider Getting Microblading Anywhere Else ...
At Sylvana Med Spa, our technician Deborah has extensive experience, training and artistry in microblading.  All of or microblading pigments are cosmetic grade, meaning they are sterilized and purified for cosmetic use.  The ingredients used have been approved by the FDA for cosmetic use.  ALL of our tools are single-use and discarded after each treatment.  We will discuss the procedure, the after-care, how long it takes the skin to heal and how to ensure the best results.  We are with you every step of the way. 

What Should I Do Beforehand?

  • Research eyebrow technicians in your area. Eyebrow microblading is an advanced, semi-permanent technique, so it is important to select a good technician. 

  • If you have health conditions, consult with your doctor before doing the procedure.

  • Avoid alcohol, aspirin/ibuprofen, and any blood-thinning vitamins for 72 hours prior to the procedure.

  • Avoid tanning so the brow technician can analyze your natural skin tone.

  • Do not use face scrubs, chemical peels or Botox for at least 2 weeks prior.

  • Wear your usual eyebrow makeup and bring eyebrow photos of your desired look. 

Not Everyone is an Ideal Candidate for Microblading.  If you:

  • have Diabetes type 1 or 2,

  • have had a chemical peel or deep tan in the last 2 weeks in the brow area,

  • have extremely oily skin, (the pigment will look more solid than hair strokes and may not last as long),

  • have pores on your forehead,

  • have existing, very dark permanent makeup,

  • have thyroid disease, 

  • suffer from alcoholism, 

  • are pregnant or nursing,

  • are currently Accutane or have ingested in the past 6 months,

  • are allergic to Lidocaine, Tetracaine, Benzacaine, Prilliocaine or Epinephrine.

These conditions may cause slow healing, infection and/or color may not be retained well.

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