Microblading is a type of semi-permanent makeup for brows. Perfect for anyone wanting to ‘enhance’ their brows with colour/shape in the form of 3D hair strokes which provide a soft textured look and give the impression of hair simulation. Microblading, also known as Eyebrow embroidery is a procedure which is less invasive than cosmetic tattooing and has a more natural finish. The results of Microblading typically last 12-18 months, depending on skin type and aftercare following the procedure. The procedure is carried out using a hand tool (a blade) which consists of ultra-fine needles and each hair stroke is etched in to the skin. Although the results from Microblading are more natural they can dramatically transform your face. This procedure is also perfect for brow reconstruction – an excellent treatment for those wanting to enhance their brows, have very little brow hair or even none. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural hair colour (skin tone is also taken in to consideration.
How long does the procedure take?
The full procedure is carried out over 2 treatments. The first session will up to 2.5 hours. During this session I will draw the shape of your brows using measurements specific to your own facial dimensions and we will agree the shape and style together prior to starting the procedure. We will then choose your colour and once you (the client) is satisfied the procedure will begin.
A top-up procedure is required 4-6 weeks after the first treatment to complete the full procedure. We can also discuss any minor colour changes or areas for touch ups. This session will take up to 1.5 hours to complete.
The brow area will be slightly red after the procedure has taken place and the colour of the brow will appear very dark. This is a normal part of the healing process but the colour fades up to 30-50% as it heals. In the first few days (up to a full week) your brows will continue to be darker than the healed results and you might notice slight scabbing on the brows. Brows must not be “picked at” whilst healing, even if they are itchy as this will affect the results of your treatment. After around 4 weeks the colour will be fully set. It is advisable due to the nature of the healing process to avoid booking your microblading treatment if you have a big occasion/event on in the first 7 days due to the brows being darker than “normal” for you.
Is a touch up necessary?
Yes – if you want to achieve the best results then a 4-6 week top up is definitely necessary. Any further touch ups will depend on your skin type and aftercare. Semi-Permanent makeup is not a guarantee for everyone. If you have oily skin, several top ups might be required before achieving the results you want. You will be advised of this at the consultation stage and then it depends on yourself – whether you want to proceed. Often clients with dry skin retain colour the best and get great results! Sun exposure (and sun beds) and facial treatments such a microdermabrasion, laser treatments, chemical peels etc could also affect your results. Pigment colour can be adjusted as well as brow thickness and extra strokes. Most importantly, your top-up session will refine your brows and help the colour to retain for up to 12 months.
Is it uncomfortable?
This depends on your tolerance for pain. I would say some could sleep through it and some find it a bit uncomfortable but bearable. A topical numbing cream can be added to the skin later in the procedure to make it more comfortable, only once the skin has been broken. After the procedure there might be some slight swelling and redness.
Am I suitable for the treatment?
Some people are not suitable for this treatment and must be honest at consultation if there are any concerns. Clients sign a disclaimer before the treatment to take full responsibility of completing an honest medical questionnaire. There are some areas where a doctors note must be provided to allow the treatment to go ahead. I will not carry out any procedures on anyone if I have any reservations on health/skin concerns.
Microblading is not suitable (or may require further action) for the following;
- If you have had any semi-permanent brow treatment within the last 6 months (microblading or tattoo) by a different technician
- Using Accutane
- Have a heart condition or take medication for heart conditions
- Have skin disease or skin irritations
- Had botox or a chemical peel in the last 2 weeks
- Allergic to lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or ehinephrine
- Pregnant or nursing mothers.
- Some types of scarring over the brow area
- Plastic surgery less than 6 months ago
Medical approval is required for the following;
- Cardio-vascular disorders
- Blood clotting disorders and problems
PATCH TEST AND CONSULTATION MUST BE CARRIED OUT AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE TREATEMENT