What is Microblading?
Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. The procedure is done by using a disposable sterile blade with ultra- fine needles where fine lines are etched into the surface of the skin with pigment create an incredibly natural and realistic crisp hair stroke. The procedure can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrow and is excellent for those who have the wrong brow shape, thinning brows from age or over tweezed and those wanting to enhance their brows. The strokes accurately replicate the hair which gives a natural look. Results can last from six months to over two years, depending on a variety of factors such as colour of pigment, skin type, and lifestyle. It is a two-step process and the perfecting session after 4 weeks is necessary to set the colour and shape. This is included in the initial cost.
How long does it take?
The first session will take up to 2 hours. The consultation is a part of your appointment.
What happens during treatment?
I will take photos of your before look. I will shape, style and draw on your perfect brow and take photos followed by pigment colour selection. Once you have approved the look and colour of your new brows we then begin with the procedure. A topical numbing cream is applied that stays on for about 20 minutes, and then a special tool is used to make small, hair-shaped incisions in the skin underneath the brow– this technique is known as Microblading. The shallow cuts are filled with highest-grade pharmaceutical pigments selected to match or darken arches. All our pigments are cosmetic grade, meaning that they are sterilized and purified for cosmetic use. The ingredients used have been approved by the FDA for cosmetic use. In addition, all our tools are single-use and discarded after the treatment. I will also discuss the procedure, the after-care, how long it takes the skin to heal and how to ensure the best results.
How long does it take to heal?
The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and colour will appear very dark! This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The colour will fade up to 40-50% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to darken and you will notice slight scabbing. DO NOT PICK at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the Microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in colour as it heals. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over and about 1 month for the colour to fully set in. You’ll notice the colour is very light right after the two weeks after healing and the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the “milk skin” and is common in tattooing. This is due to the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True colour will reveal itself once healed.
How long does it last?
This is an amazing Semi-Permanent procedure that lasts up to two years. Since Microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Semi-Permanent makeup is an ART not a science. Microblading typically last anywhere from 6months -2 years, depending on many factors including skin types; normal, dry, oiliness and textured. All client’s results will vary and no guarantee can be made, everyone’s skin is different and it is very important that you understand not everyone will benefit the same. Microblading heals about 50% lighter. A client’s skin care routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment. Clients who suntan, who use corrective skin care products containing, AHA, Glycolic Acids, Retinols and Hydroquione creams will fade faster and your colour will not last as long. Each individual’s colour retention within the skin will vary. To maintain brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.
Is it painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild. Prior to the procedure I will apply a topical aesthetic to numb the area and reapply during the procedure. I use effective numbing creams that are FDA approved. On a scale of 1 to 10 with “1” being no discomfort, clients often experience between a 2 and 5. Everyone responds differently to aesthetic; depending on the client. Other factors such as menstrual cycles also affect level of sensitivity. I will use a specially-made tool to delicately scratch the pigment into the skin, strand-by-strand. Some have described this as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anaesthetics used may contain, Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Benzocine, Tetracaine and Epinephrine. After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients described the area feeling similar to a light sunburn.
What is the perfecting / top up session?
Each new treatment includes a Perfecting Session which is included in the initial treatment cost but must be completed within 4-6 weeks of the original treatment. This is extremely important to ensure the best results. The Perfecting Session is necessary to set the shape, colour and make any small adjustments if needed. Generally, the results are excellent but certain areas may not pick up during the first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment colour may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up sessions as the oils tend to lighten the pigment.
Who is not suitable for this procedure?
Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:
- Currently using Accutane or has taken this in the past 6 months
- Has Diabetes type 1 or 2, this is prone to slow healing, infection and colour may or may not retain well. (Will require doctors note)
- Has had Botox in the last 2 weeks
- Has had a Chemical Peel or deep tan in the last 2 weeks
- Has Thyroid or Grave’s Disease (Medication may cause pigment to not retain properly)
- If you are pregnant or nursing * no exceptions
- Heart disease needing blood thinning medication
- Any blood borne diseases, HIV or hepatitis
- Currently undergoing a cancer treatment with medication, Chemo etc needs doctors approval.
- Allergic to lidocaine, priliocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
- Anyone who has a serious medical condition may require a physician’s note
- Epilepsy– must be fit free for 2 years
- Taking steroids
- Please note – NO caffeine or alcohol 24 hours prior to treatment
- No pain killers on the day of treatment
Before and after photos
Is Pubic Hair finally back in fashion?
Pubes have been enemy number one when it comes to grooming for years - but that might be about to change according to a Vogue magazine and The Independent newspaper.
We have recently updated our menu to include microblading hair like strokes in any shape required to the pubic area.
- Fashion changes
- Hair loss, both age related or due to illness
We will be happy to show you models photos at consultation which would not be appropriate on our web site.