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?
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?
Who isnt a suitable candidate for the proceedure?
Risks and complications?
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.