BEFORE AND AFTER PIC THE DAY OF THE PROCEDURE:
I am willing to bet there are a lot of people out there like me that have had a love/hate relationship with their eyebrows. Mine have always set on my forehead like two furry caterpillars, growing straight across. (I was never in danger of a unibrow, but they did look like Bert and Ernie eyebrows.) A while back, I did a magazine shoot in New York where the makeup artist decided to shape all of our brows with a fine razor, which was terrifying. And sure enough, my eyebrows never grew back the same.
Fast forward to today: I’ve been using brow gel, brow liner, brow everything to give me some semblance of structure and a subtle arch. Though I think they look okay sometimes, they can look pretty inconsistent and it’s a pain to fill them in constantly. (And don’t even get me started on when you go to the pool or the lake and they start to come off.) You never really understand how vital brows are to making your face look complete until yours are all over the place. That’s why I finally did it: microblading. And you know what? I LOVE it.
The most important step in this process isn’t picking the shape or even the cost. It’s choosing where you get the procedure done.
I went with Renaissance Plastic Surgery in Plano, Texas. Not only do they have a great reputation, but you can see clear examples of their work on their website. They have comprehensive patient paperwork for you to fill out, which is very reassuring. (You don’t want to risk ruining one of the most prominent things on your face to a shady microblading operation that doesn’t ask any questions or want to know your health history.) The staff at Renaissance was incredibly nice and made the experience easy to understand. My brow master, Ericka, immediately put me at ease on the day of the procedure. She asked lots of questions about the shape I wanted, the color I wanted, and gave me plenty of info on how to take care of my brows once it was all over. Ericka numbed up my eyebrows first, which takes about 20 minutes or so. She then drew on a preliminary shape based on what I’d described. She showed me the shape of the new brows to get my approval, and then I chose to mix two colors to create a color that most closely resembled my natural brows. The microblading procedure from start to finish lasted about an hour and half. Since you’re numb, you don’t feel the procedure at all.
Renaissance sends you home with detailed instructions on how to care for your brows, which includes not using Retin-A or retinol products, not scrubbing them with face wash (or rubbing them at all, actually,) and not taking super hot showers, baths, or spending time in saunas for the first ten days. I was very careful to wash around my brows and not get makeup or face creams in them. I didn’t touch them, even when they began to heal and itch a little. And yes, they will likely scab and itch. But the scabs fall off naturally and the redness fades quickly. I swell easily, so my face was puffy for two days, but after the inital two days after the procedure, the swelling went away. (For the record, my husband and friends couldn’t even tell my face was swollen, so it’s just me paying extra close attention to it, I think.)
And the final result? You can see in the pics above! Natural, pretty brows that don’t require any pencils, gels, or sculpting. I am thrilled with the results! I’m pretty picky when it comes to my face, so the fact that I don’t have a single complaint or regret speaks volumes about Renaissance Plastic Surgery and Ericka. I’m not finished with my microblading experience, however. I go back in about four weeks to have a the final touch up done. It’s at this appointment that I can request a slightly different color or shape, or just the finishing touches on what I already love about my brows. I will let you guys know how the final appointment goes in a few weeks. Until then, I will be enjoying my new brows and the extra time I gained by not having to “create” them anymore! 🙂
Photography: S. Jackson
Microblading: Renaissance Plastic Surgery
5880 Ashmill Drive, Ste 200,
Plano, TX 75024
Telephone: (972) 378-3870