The Treatment Process
A topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the eyebrow area and allowed to work for 20-30 minutes. The eyebrows are then designed and drawn on with a waterproof pencil, using measurements and calipers to ensure the very best symmetrical look. The process is collaborative, with you the client making all the final decisions regarding shape, size, technique and colour (guided by my professional knowledge).
It is impossible to “design” your perfect eyebrows without using measuring tools. I believe that you should see what you are getting before you commit to this procedure. (For a “trial run” I offer a free consultation that takes about 20/30 minutes).
Once you are 100% happy with the penciled/template version of the brows, I will begin the procedure. My initial strokes within the template are the ones you will feel the most, this is not very painful just slightly so.
Once the skin is open, I then apply a secondary anaesthetic, to work deeper and totally turn off the feeling in the eyebrow. Although it takes more time and involves additional anaesthetics, I like to ensure my clients do not feel to much discomfort, this procedure does not need to hurt, Many technicians work too deeply causing excessive pain and bleeding.
The brow is completed by applying colour to the fine incisions, this is allowed to rest and uptake of maximum colour, for around 10-15 minutes the area is then carefully cleaned a barrier cream applied and you are ready to go…
How natural will it look?
If done correctly Micro blading is extremely natural. Colour is very important, the pigment should be custom blended on the day of procedure, to suit your skin tone and sit naturally with any hairs you may have in the existing eyebrows. The hand tools used come in a variety of needle diameters so that the thickness of each individual hair stroke can be customised to each client depending on the width of their natural hair.
Technique is vitally important, experienced advanced artists can make the micro-bladed brows look even more natural by following the direction of the hair; almost hiding the strokes behind the real hair growth is the key to beautiful brows. However if you have no hair, there is no reason not to have perfectly created eyebrows.
Does it hurt? What is the down time?
A numbing cream is used to limit discomfort and consequently like all forms of cosmetic tattooing if performed correctly the procedure causes minimal discomfort.
After treatment the area will appear much darker than when healed. The skin around the tattoo may be red and feel tender, like sunburn or a graze. Therefore some people do feel self-conscious and it is a good idea to schedule this treatment when you will have time to relax post procedure.
How long does it last? What is the maintenance?
Micro-blading initially requires 2 treatment sessions 4-6 weeks apart. After these first two treatments the colour can last up to 2 years. The clients skin type is a major factor when it comes to colour retention. Clients with sebaceous skin (oily and sensitive) may need a colour refresh as often as every 6-9 months. Most clients have a refresh every 12-18 months, but it can last up to 2 years in some cases.
There are several important factors which cause colour to fade more quickly, these include UV light (especially sunbeds), the use of face creams containing glycolic acid or Retinol, chemical peels and eyebrow tinting (the oxidizer contains peroxide).