MICROBLADING – A GUIDE TO ACHIEVING YOUR PERFECT BROWS
If you are reading this, you have taken your first step to achieving your perfect brows, and I’m sure you have so many questions to ask. I understand how important it is that you do your research when choosing to have a permanent makeup procedure, so I decided to help take the stress out of it for you. Here is a list of frequently asked question and my responses. So, grab yourself a cup of tea and take some time to have a good read through all of this information. If I have missed anything, please feel free to ask any more questions. I hope you enjoy the read and look forward to hearing from you.
What is Microblading?
Microblading, otherwise known as the hand tool method, is a semi-permanent eyebrow procedure which originated in Asia and is fast becoming the treatment of choice in brow design for men and women across the UK.
The hand tool method differs only from conventional ‘permanent makeup’ by the very fact that it is a manual procedure. Using a hand tool with a collection of between 8 to 14 very fine needles side by side, delicate fine channels or incisions are made in the skin in the shape of a natural hair. Your chosen colour of pigment is then deposited into these channels, matching in with your natural hair colour. Once healed, the pigment will lay under the surface of the skin, creating a fuller shape for your brows.
What look can I achieve with Microblading?
This procedure creates very natural results which enhance and perfect your natural brow, creating the perfect shape to frame your eyes. It will not replace a heavy pencil look as it is deposited under the skin and not on top of the skin, it will create a beautifully natural result that you can wake up with every morning and a perfect guide to follow with your pencil or powder if you want a stronger look. As an artist, I will advise you on the perfect shape and colour to suit your individual needs, and work closely with you to choose the most flattering look for your facial features.
It is recommended that you keep up with regular waxing and tinting procedures which will keep your brows looking at their best at all times, these can be done by specialist brow technicians at Mybrows.
Can I have this treatment if I already have my brows tattooed?
It is possible that this treatment can be performed over the top of an existing tattoo. However, this will depend hugely on the existing work. If the shape is uneven it is sometimes more difficult to correct, also if they are quite a strong block look, it is often advised to fade out the existing work by laser removal before implanting more pigment. If you are unsure as to whether you are a suitable candidate, please feel free to book a consultation to discuss your options. Also be aware that all treatments performed when working over another technician’s work will be charged at the full new treatment price with an extra needle fee for any extra treatments needed.
How long does Microblading last and can the colour change over time?
Microblading is a form of tattoo, it differs from a usual conventional tattoo as we deposit pigment and not ink. The molecules in the pigments we use are much smaller than the molecules in tattoo inks, which means our bodies will break them down quicker. The reason we choose pigments that will fade out over time is because all pigments and inks change colour through environmental exposure. Therefore, we aim to allow the pigment to fade down naturally over a 6-12 months period, allowing more space to implant fresh colour.
The implanted colour will typically last between 6-12 months (see treatment menu for current prices) this varies hugely from person to person, depending on skin type, environmental exposure etc. Too much exposure to UVA or UVB can cause colour change to the implanted pigment. There are precautions you can take to help your brows to last longer, including following the aftercare advice 2 weeks post treatment (see aftercare leaflet). Following a maintenance program and applying a high factor physical sun screen containing zinc oxide to your brows daily. Your body will gradually metabolise the pigment making the colour appear lighter and lighter. It is completely your choice when you come back for your colour boost between this time, providing there is still colour left to follow the existing shape.
Which skin conditions and factors can affect the outcome of a Microblading procedure?
You often will hear professionals in the industry refer to skin type. When asked how long a treatment might last or asked to predict the final outcome of the treatment this can be extremely difficult. We cannot fully predict how long your treatment will last or how it will heal, as there are so many different variables that will affect the outcome of the treatment. Not only do these variables effect the longevity of your semi -permanent makeup, but they can also affect the overall result. It is possible for the hair strokes to blur out quickly or pigment to fade quicker on certain individuals. In extreme cases your body could reject the pigment entirely.
Although it is important to know before your treatment which skin conditions can have an effect on the outcome of the treatment, these are not contra-indications and the treatment can still be performed- and in most cases can still produce beautiful results.
The main factors that can affect your treatment are-
Skin conditions- Your skin is our window to the pigment we implant. Therefore, the condition of your skin can greatly affect the outcome of a permanent makeup or Microblading procedure.
Oily skin– The implanted pigment settles under the skin and mixes with the oils under the skin, causing the hair strokes to blur out and affecting the longevity of your treatment.
Excess sebum– small, white lumps of fat appearing on the surface of the skin, this condition is not limited only to oily skin types, and can affect the consistency of the pigment under the skin.
Open pores– can make hair stokes appear thicker when healed and colour can be lost during the healing process.
Peeling of the skin– makes it more difficult to achieve the correct depth of pigment implantation and excess colour loss occurs during healing. If the skin is dry over the top of your implanted pigment, it will make your implanted colour look lighter and dull. Keeping the skin well moisturised and exfoliated can help this problem.
Keratoses– keratoses are small skin coloured bumps under the skin caused due to a build-up of ordinary skin cells. This is quite common, is not harmful or contagious but can be quite a nuisance to your Microblading treatment. Keratoses are very difficult to detect and can often only be detected once the treatment has begun. The small lumps under the skin make it very difficult for the pigment to settle, causing the treatment to either heal patchy, light in colour or in extreme cases can push the pigment out altogether.
Pigmentation– loss of pigment in the skin is often related to skin damage caused by the sun or Melasma, which can occur during pregnancy due to hormonal imbalance. It is an indication that the skin is damaged and therefore may affect the outcome of your treatment.
Scars– it is possible to perform permanent makeup or Microblading over scar tissue, however often multiple treatments are required as the thickening of the skin can make it difficult for implanted pigment to be visible on the surface.
Hormonal imbalance– caused by pregnancy, menopause, stress, poor diet or medications.
Thyroid abnormalities– underactive or overactive thyroid can cause changes in the skin and hormones making the treatment outcome unpredictable.
Excessive exercise– causes an increase in the metabolism often resulting in your body breaking down the pigment much quicker, resulting in more regular top up procedures.
Incorrect aftercare– This is the main reason for failure in pigment retention. All aftercare is given for a valid reason, to try to get the very best out of your treatment. Not following the aftercare correctly can result in extra top up procedures needed.
Can I have this treatment whilst pregnant?
We are not able to perform this treatment whilst pregnant or breastfeeding. It is advised to leave at least 8 weeks after pregnancy or after you have finished breastfeeding to allow time for your hormones to settle down.
Is it painful?
Microblading is relatively pain free, topical anaesthetics are used throughout the procedure to keep pain at a minimum. Most clients find the treatment quite relaxing and often fall asleep.
How long does a treatment take?
Your first treatment will take around 2.5 hours from start to finish including numbing time and a thorough consultation to choose your shape and colour. You will then return 4 weeks later for your second top up appointment which will take around an hour and a half. This retouch appointment is not included in the price quoted, it is extremely important that you return for this visit.
Why will I need a retouch visit?
Microblading a 2-part process. The first session is to design your new brows, and deposit the first coat of pigment under the skin. When you leave they will look perfect, however, depending on skin type, aftercare and colour choice they may heal lighter and possibly patchy after the first session. A little bit like painting a wall, after the second session your brows will really come to life. This second treatment is to perfect the shape and colour, going over the whole brow again filling in any patches or shape change that may have occurred during the healing process.
For this reason, we recommend that you allow plenty of time to have your brows completed if you would like to have them done in time for any big event.
Pencil can be applied if necessary between appointments to keep your brows looking beautiful. And this will now be so much more enjoyable as you will have the perfect guide to follow. This can only be applied 2 weeks after your treatment.
How will my brows look straight after the treatment and is there anything I should know about the aftercare?
Immediately after, your brows will look quite dark and prominent, most clients experience very little redness or swelling and feel fine to go about their usual routine straight away. The following day, brows will look darker and will have started to form a thicker healing layer of skin over the top of the brow. At around day 5, you may start to experience flaking. This will make the brow area appear a little patchy in colour. It is imperative you do not pick the area as this can lead to pigment being displaced from the skin. This usually lasts for a couple of days before all of the healing layer has shed away, revealing a much lighter colour underneath. At this stage the implanted pigment is covered by another healing layer of skin, so the brow will appear much lighter. It will take around 4-6 weeks for the true healed colour to be revealed, which will be around about the time you will be ready for your retouch visit, when we implant more colour where needed and correct any shape change caused during the healing process.
During the first 2 weeks, you will need to avoid getting your brows wet, avoid any direct sunlight, heat or steam, chlorine and avoid any excessive exercise. No oils or facials creams can be applied to this area- keep the area dry at all times. These same rules apply after your retouch visit also. So be sure to avoid any holidays, spa days etc. for the 2 weeks post treatment.
Will I need to do anything to maintain my brows once they are finished?
It is recommended that you keep up with a regular maintenance procedure which will keep your brows looking at their best at all times. This will include a wax or thread and tint. Because the pigment is implanted underneath your skin and not on top of your skin, it does not colour your natural brow hair. If you have opted for your colour to be slightly darker than your natural brow, you will need to continue to tint your own brow hair in order to keep your colour looking at its best at all times. However, you will be able to go much longer between visits, 8-10 weeks would be adequate. You may also want to apply pencil or powder over your new brows depending on your everyday makeup routine. In time you will find that the pigment starts to fade, at this point it is time to visit for your yearly or bi-yearly top up.
How much does each treatment cost?
For all current prices, please click on our treatment/prices tab.
How do I book and what happens next?
If you would like to book an appointment, we require a £20 deposit to secure your consultation booking, however this is fully refundable if you wish to cancel and leave us with at least one week notice or more. This money will be deducted from the cost of your treatment, should you choose to go ahead. On your consultation day we require a £40 deposit to book you in for your first microblading treatment. On your treatment day all remaining first treatment fees should be paid. We will book you in with us for your perfecting second treatment 4 weeks after your first, it is essential you attend this appointment to complete the microblading process.
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