Microblading can be known by a variety of different names such as Semi Permanent Make Up / Cosmetic Eyebrow Tattooing / Eyebrow Micropigmentation / Microblading / Feather Stroke Brows / 3D Brows / Eyebrow Embrodiery.
Microblading originated in Asia and can be known by a variety of names such as eyebrow embroidery, cosmestic tattooing, micropigmentation, feather stroke brows, microstroking and 3D brows. This procedure falls under the semi permanent makeup and cosmetic tattooing category.
Microblading uses a manual hand tool, with specially designed sterile microblades, to deposit semi-permanent pigment under the epidermis of the skin. Unlike a machine, using the hand held microblade means the colour is deposited closer to the surface, leaving crisp, thin and realistic hair strokes, creating the most beautiful natural looking brows.
This procedure is carried out within a private Microblading Studio, based in Peacehaven East Sussex. It is used to improve or create eyebrow definition, to cover gaps of lost hair, to extend the eyebrows or to fully reconstruct the brows where they have little/no hair. Sparse or missing brows can be completely restored.
Together at my private studio, we design a brow which is totally bespoke to you, using pigment made with the very best ingredients. Each stroke is applied individually, allowing control of the shape, colour and density of the brows.
Microblading is a 2 step process, usually 6 weeks apart. It is important to complete both the initial procedure and the 6 week touch up.
Reasons for Microblading
Microblading is the hottest trend in the beauty industry at the moment and this is because it is suitable to so many people for a different variety of reasons:
- For those lacking brow definition or for those wishing to change their brow shape.
- To thicken or add density to thin or sparse brows, especially those caused by years of over plucking / tweezing.
- To replace individual hairs which may have been lost through Alopecia, Chemotherapy, Trichotillomania or any other medical condition, via natural looking microbladed hair strokes.
- To cover scarring or gaps within the brows.
- To lengthen the tails of existing eyebrows.
- To correct asymmetry of the brows.
- To add colour / intensity to the brows.
- For those with active lifestyles whereby wearing make up or reapplying makeup throughout the day isn't suitable.
- For those who have trouble applying conventional makeup or do not wish to wear makeup.
The list goes on ...
Benefits to Microblading:
- Reduces the amount of time it takes to get ready in the morning - no more waking up with a need to 'put on your face'.
- Smudge and smear proof. Clients can enjoy an active lifestyle without the worry of the brows getting ruined. Reapplying your eyebrow makeup can be a thing of the past. Gym and swimming sessions just got a whole lot easier.
- Brows always look fresh and tidy, unlike eyebrow powders and pencils which can look messy and faded throughout the day.
- To restore brows with crisp and natural looking hair strokes.
- To give those with skin diseases like alopecia or hair loss- secondary to chemotherapy, a natural looking brow. The natural and crisp looking characteristics of microblading make it very difficult to tell you have even had the procedure done, which is often the desired outcome for those who have lost eyebrow hair due to medical reasons.
- On average, it is only a 2 hour procedure with results lasting between 1-3 years. Results are influenced by individual and environmental factors such as sun exposure, lifestyle and personal skin types. Imagine years of worry free brows and the time saved each day.
- Minimal healing time and simple aftercare for a long lasting result.
- As this is a 'semi' permanent procedure, it allows you to change the shape of the brow with new trends, should you so desire this.
- It is very safe. Microblading is safe in the hands of a trained and qualified Microblading Technician. It is minimally invasive and a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
Reasons why Microblading may be unsuitable:
- Under the age of 18
- Pregnant or nursing
- History of Keloids or Hypertrophic scarring
- Diabetic (requires doctor's clearance)
- Receiving Chemotherapy
- Viral infections and/or diseases
- Pacemaker or major heart problems
- Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
- Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
- Botox or Fillers in the past 2 weeks
- Aesthetic treatments in the past 6 weeks
- Accutane in the past 3 years
- Heart conditions, uncontrolled high blood pressure, poor general health.
- Taking blood thinning or blood clotting agents
A medical history form will be completed at the initial consultation to determine your suitability for Microblading. Some of the above listed reasons do not automatically mean you are unable to have this procedure. Some medical conditions may simply require a note from your GP giving clearance and consent to the procedure taking place. Other conditions which pose risk, may require the client to sign a disclaimer should they still wish to undergo the procedure. Please do not hesitate to message me should you wish to discuss anything.
Please note this procedure cannot be performed on those under the age of 18 even with a consent form.
Due to a lack of medical and scientific research on Microblading during pregnancy (including Microblading whilst breast feeding), Ibrowink Boutique are unable to perform the Microblading procedure on any person who is pregnant or breast feeding.
For any person currently receiving Chemotherapy, Microblading is not recommended due to the higher risk of infection and an uncertainty on the way pigment may be affected. Microblading is however possible before Chemotherapy treatment commences and following treatment.
- Aftercare instructions will be discussed with you at your appointment as this will be specific to you and your skin. It is important that the advice is followed correctly to ensure the brows heal as best as possible.
- Initially, following the procedure, your brows will appear darker than what is expected of the final result. Approximately 25% - 50% of the colour can fade during the initial 10-20 days. This is very normal and is an expected result of the application and healing process. Although the area will appear to be healed it will not be fully healed for 4-6 weeks. Continue to follow aftercare instructions as recommended within your appointment.
- To avoid fading or loss of pigment, avoid steam and heat treatments for at least 14 days- Ideally and wherever possible, these are to be avoided until the eyebrows have fully healed.
- Do not pick, peel or scratch the protective scab that forms on the area. This contains pigment and it is important not to remove the pigment from the skin prematurely. Do not touch the area after the procedure. Try to allow the brows to heal naturally.
- During healing, do not perform activities where the scab can be irritated. Do not perform activities where excessive sweat is caused as this could cause the scab to peel causing potential scarring.
- Do not swim or go in a sauna /steam room / hot tub for at least 14 days- Ideally and wherever possible, these are to be avoided until the eyebrows have fully healed. Try to avoid hot steamy showers where possible. If the micorpigmented area becomes wet, lightly pat dry.
- Avoid Sunlight and Sun beds for at least 14 days- Ideally and wherever possible, these are to be avoided until the eyebrows have fully healed. Use a complete sun block on the treated areas after the 14 days wherever necessary.
- Do not apply make-up to the eyebrow area for at least 14 days wherever possible. Avoid eyebrow tinting for at least 14 days following the procedure. Ideally and wherever possible, these are to be avoided until the eyebrows have fully healed.
- Keep your eyebrow area free of any products or lotion for at least 14 days. This especially includes any anti ageing products, retin A, retinols, moisturises, glycolic acids and exfoliants. These can cause pigments to fade and lighten prematurely. Ideally and wherever possible, these are to be avoided until the eyebrows have fully healed.
- If you are planning a chemical peel or aesthetic treatment, please inform your therapist of the microblading procedure you have had. Such procedures should be avoided until the healing process is complete. Botox should be avoided for 2 weeks following the procedure.
- Do not drink alcohol after the procedure for at least 24 hours.
- After a microblading procedure you may feel a tight or heavy feeling around the eyebrow area or have a slight headache. There may be slight swelling or redness. To reduce any possible swelling you can apply a cold compress to the area that has been treated.
- Although rare, excessive swelling or an allergic reaction may occur. If you do suffer an allergic reaction you should consult your GP immediately. If an allergic reaction causes difficulty in breathing or swallowing, call 999 or go to the hospital immediately.
Follow on Advice / Recommendations:
- Following the initial procedure, you will require a 4-6 week top up treatment. This is necessary to perfect and refine the brows as everyone heals differently and as pigment will fade. If you fail to attend your top up appointment within 6 weeks your results will fade and you will be charged at the full rate on your next appointment.
- A yearly colour boost is strongly recommended to keep your brows looking fresh and optimal. This is because the pigment will gradually soften and fade overtime. Colour boosts are important to maintain the brows and to achieve the best possible ongoing results. Colour boost prices are available at www.ibrowinkboutique.co.uk. Annual colour boost prices are honoured if booked within a maximum of 14 months following the initial procedure. After 14 months, you will be charged at the standard rate for a new set of brows. Remember, results cannot be guaranteed and some peoples brows will retain longer than others. Results tend to last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, but there are no certainties. Some people therefore opt for 6 monthly colour boosts (see price list). The advice is to return for your colour boost before the strokes have faded out too much- it is important they are still visable for your Technician to see.