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Meet Melissa VanSlyke MSN, Nurse Practitioner

Melissa became a Registered Nurse in 2006 after obtaining her Associates Degree from Fulton-Montgomery Community College. She furthered her education by obtaining her Baccalaureate Degree in 2012, and completed her Master's Degree through The Sage Colleges May 2020. 

She completely understands how you feel, and had Microblading done herself. Every product she uses has been used on herself, and she stands by her product line. Everything is single use only, and disposed of properly. As your safety is paramount. 


What is Microblading?

 Microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattooing. A row of tiny needles make up a blade that is used to make cuts or channels into the skin and form the eyebrow hairs by laying pigment in them. It is considered semi-permanent because the pigment is not placed in the dermis, and is in the epidermis compared to normal tattooing. 

Pigments are used versus conventional tattooing ink. Doreme pigments used are specifically for permanent cosmetics usage, and are considered some of the safest, as they do not contain preservatives, carcinogens, or heavy metals. Doreme is the only brand that is used here, and are safety tested by the German Laboratory Dermatest. 

Who is it for? 

Pretty much everyone, though there are some limitations! People who have sparse or little to no brow hair, those who live active lifestyles, workout frequently, swimmers, etc. Those who have lived through the 90's and over tweezed. Medical conditions that can contribute to poor hair growth, such as hypothyroidism and alopecia. Those who are not good at drawing their eyebrows on, have poor vision, or unsteady hands are all excellent candidates. 

Limitations to Microblading include the follow, but are not limited to: pregnant or nursing, active cancer/chemotherapy/radiation, history of keloid scarring, or have prominent capillaries that may contribute to extensive bleeding. Those that are on accutane, blood thinners, or antibiotics. If there are other concerns, please feel free to contact Melissa for further consultation. 

Price List:

Microblading (initial session)..............$550

All Touch-ups....................$100-$150

*complete fading of microblading due to poor up-keep will result in being charged an initial session fee.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does it consist of? Your initial appointment will be about 2-3 hours. It includes consultation, consent forms review, and a health history. It is strongly recommended that a touch up be done 6-8 weeks after your initial appointment, to obtain beautiful brows that last. 

What does it feel like? It is best described as a cat-scratch type feeling and sound. Keep in mind that everyone's perception of pain is different.

Will I be numbed? Melissa prefers to not use pre-numb creams as it makes the skin more difficult to work with. She completes the outline, and then uses an intra-procedure numbing solution to make you more comfortable. 

What does the aftercare include? It is very important to follow aftercare instructions as this will help you obtain your desired result. These will be reviewed during your appointment, an aftercare sheet will be sent home with you to follow, and a tube of aftercare ointment. The most difficult part is not getting your new eyebrows wet for 2 weeks while they are healing, as the pigment can be washed away. 

How long does it last? It typically lasts 6 months to 1 year before needing a touch up. Everyone's skin is different, and there are multiple factors that contribute to skin cell turn over, such as products used on the skin, skin type, age, and care of the procedure area. 

What about allergic reactions? Melissa does offer a patch test of all the products she uses 5-7 days prior to your appointment. It can also be waived on the day of your appointment. 

How old do I need to be? You must be 18 in order to be tattooed. NYS Penal Law code 260.21 does not allow tattooing of minors, under the age of 18, regardless of parental consent. Two forms of ID will be taken the day of the appointment. No exceptions. 

I don't know what shape or color I want? Trusting your artist, Melissa, is the best thing you can do. Explain your goals to her, but shape will be, most often, determined by things such as facial/bone structure, muscles, and skin type. Shape will be drawn on and must be approved by you before the procedure can start.  As for color explain your goals, Melissa must take into consideration your skin and undertones, as this will effect the final results.

Is there anything I need to know before my appointment? Do not drink alcohol the day of the procedure. Stop all retin-a/retinol products 1 week prior. Caffeine can increase pain, and it is recommended to not drink any at least 3 hrs prior. No botox for at least 3 weeks before your appointment, but can be complete afterwards.

Booking an appointment: Feel free to call the shop and leave a message or you can directly text/call her at 518-844-2594. 

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