What is microblading?

Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery is a procedure under the semi-permanent makeup catagory, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each 'hair' is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrow and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow colour and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.

How long does it take?

The first microblading session will take 2.5 - 3 hours to complete. Medical forms will be sent out for you to read prior to treatment, at which time you can raise any concerns you may have that could prevent the treatment from going ahead. During the session we'll discuss how you'd like your brows to be shaped and the colour pigment that will be used to achieve a natural finish. The brows will be drawn on for you to see and agree on before any microblading is started. The client is to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second Microblading session takes place after 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete.

How long does it take to heal?

Immediately after treatment the eyebrow area could be slightly red and sometimes a little swollen. The brows will initially look quite dark but this is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The colour will fade by up to 60% during the healing period to reveal the true intended colour. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark 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. No down time is required after microblading procedure but it is recommended if you've got an important event or holiday booked you might wish to wait until after or get it done far in advance enough to heal. 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; 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 the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True colour will reveal itself once healed.

Is the top up session necessary?

Yes! This is why it's included in the price. Some salons try to make the treatment sound cheaper by breaking down the cost over 2 treatments and making the touch up sound optional. Everyone heals differently with some retaining the pigment perfectly while others find the pigment has not picked up from the first session and needs going over. We can also adjust brow thickness and more hair strokes can be added where necessary. Those with oily skin often find they need to go a deeper shade as the oils in their skin tend to break down and lighten the pigment. This is the session where we make the brows perfect and help keep the colour for as long as possible!

Can I get my touch up done sooner than 4 weeks?

Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading session as pigment colour has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal. It may look healed from the outside but don't forget it is still healing underneath the surface of the skin.

Is it painful?

This is the most frequently asked question and probably what puts most people off having the treatment done! If you ask any of my clients about the pain level, they would most likely describe it as mild to no discomfort, with some preferring it to brow waxing or threading. Before treatment commences a topical anaesthetic will be applied to your skin helping to numb the area and a second will be added during treatment and can be topped up as needed to prevent any discomfort. After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.

How long does it last?

Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's colour retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the 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.

What are the pre and post care proceedures?

In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions. Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following: - Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours. - Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone. - No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior. - Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so our technician can see your every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colours of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows! - After your procedure you'll be given an aftercare sheet, but the most important points clients MUST follow are: - Keep your brows dry and DO NOT TOUCH THEM WITHOUT CLEAN HANDS! It can be tempting to keep touching them but this could lead to infection - Make sure to apply a light layer of healing balm morning and night to brows for at least 5-7 days. - Do not over apply healing balm. - Do not immerse brow area in water for 14 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around it. If washing hair or face etc gently wipe some vaseline over the brows and remove with a clean cotton bud after. - Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections. - Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours. - Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab over. Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation. - Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days. - No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after.

Who isnt a suitable candidate for the proceedure?

Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates: - Using Accutane - Have heart conditions or using heart medications - Have diabetes (will require a physician's note) - Have skin disease or irritations - Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks - Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks - Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine - Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician's note. - Pregnant ladies * We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who we deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. We make the decision to microblade an individual based on our own discretion *

Risks and complications?

We take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment, new needles and in a sanitized environment. Should clients follow our pre and post care instructions, there should be minimal risks or complications. Although allergic reactions to the pigments are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals. We suggest a pigment patch test for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive to: - Topical makeup products - Gold, silver and nickel - Hair dyes Patch tests should be performed 5-7 days prior, with a minimum of 24 hours before

What if I don't like it?

As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly. We always recommend clients do their research, understand the procedure and compare different artists' work and portfolio when making their decisions. We will do our utmost to shape and style the eyebrows to the clients satisfaction prior to the procedure. Every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance, but please realise our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Uneven appearance can be fixed during the touch up session. Pigment discoloration and colour correction can also be fixed during the the touch up session. Microbladed brows will eventually fade away if no additional touch ups are done.

What are your cancellation or missed appointments policy?

Clients are able to cancel or reschedule appointments at anytime with a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to the appointment time. A £50 deposit must be paid when booking your appointment before it is approved, failure to provide 24 hours notice to move or cancel your appointment will result in you losing your deposit to cover part of the lost time.

What does it cost?

The initial appointment and top up appointment 4-6 weeks later costs £250 in total. Top ups are £150 and are advised every 9 - 12 months, some clients will get longer out of their microblading than others depending on skin type and environmental factors. If clients leave their microbladng fade to the point where they need 2 appointments to re-do it, then this will be charged at £250 again.

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