The latest beauty trend has flown towards microblading but what exactly is this? Well in simple terms, microblading is a form of semi-permanent make-up whereby pigment is inserted into the skin to create a desired effect ie. For adding volume, replacing lost hair, creating length or creating an arch etc. Microblading is preferred by those who are after a softer, natural-effect.
The benefits of Microblading
How does microblading work?
Before we go ahead with the procedure, the eyebrows are numbed with a topical anaesthetic to reduce the sensation felt. Thereafter a brow-mapping and design is done in order of client preference. Once the client is happy with the brow design, we begin with the microblading procedure.
A new, sterile blade is opened and inserted into the microblading tool. The blades contain several surgical-grade needles which are used to glide over the skin, creating channels whereby the pigment is inserted, to create a hairline stroke. Each individual hairline stroke is drawn with precision to ensure the most natural look. These hairline strokes are placed between the hairs of the eyebrow to create fullness and volume.
I have lost my eyebrow hair, can I still do microblading?
Of course you can! The loss of hair, also known as alopecia, may affect the eyebrows causing either partial or complete loss of the eyebrow hair. The microblading hairline strokes looks like hair that lying flat on the skin.
What is the difference between microblading and permanent make-up?
All cosmetic make-up procedures heal, peel and fade. As mentioned earlier, microblading is a form of semi-permanent make-up, meaning it is long lasting. No permanent make-up is completely permanent or remains perfect forever as the skin grows out and regenerates, just like your hair and nails, and dead skin cells constantly shedding.
Technically, permanent make up procedures are considered permanent since the pigment is placed into the deep dermal layer of the skin and therefore cannot be washed off. Permanent make-up is done using a machine containing several surgical-grade needles which oscillate at high speeds, allowing for deeper insertion of the pigment. People who prefer the look of a pencil-filled brow will love the look of permanent make-up. Permanent make-up is said to last 5 – 10 years, sometimes longer.
As mentioned earlier, Microblading is considered semi-permanent make-up as the pigment is not inserted as deep as with permanent make-up. The procedure is done with a manual tool and each hairline stroke is drawn with precision and intent. This is a very natural-looking option. It is recommended to have annual touch-ups done to enrich the faded pigments, however some people get away with touch-ups once every 18 months to 3 years.
Why are touch-ups required?
Since your skin is living tissue and susceptible to change from various external factors, any colour or pigments that are implanted will also become susceptible to change, generally fading. Fading will occur and the pigment will require periodic maintenance, colour re-enhancement or colour refreshing.
External factors that influence longevity of pigments include:
- Unprotected and prolonged sun exposure
- Exfoliating facial products that contain active ingredients
- Neglect after the initial procedure
- Picking of the scabs after the initial procedure
Who can’t have microblading done?
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
- If you have a skin disease and under the care of a physician
- Blood thinning medications
- If you have open or broken skin in the area to be treated
- Prone to keloid scarring
- Any skin sensitising medications including Roaccutane and Cortisone
- Minors without parental consent
What do I need to know before the procedure?
- No asprin, niacin, vitamin E or C, or ibuprofen 48-72 hours prior unless otherwise directed by a physician. Tylenol is alright.
- No waxing or tinting the brows 3 days before your appointment.
- No botox or fillers 2 weeks prior or after procedure
- No tanning or excessive sun one week prior. If you arrive for your appointment with a sunburn you will not be able to have microblading done.
- No Retin A or retinols for 7 days prior to the procedure.
- No Accutane for 6 months – 1 year. NO exceptions – dosage depending.
- No alcohol or caffine 24 hours before.
- No chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or resurfacing facial treatments 10 days prior to the procedure.
- Being on your menstrual cycle can cause hypersensitivity and the procedure can be more painful.
- There is no guarantee how your skin will heal and take to the pigments. Every client has unique skin and some may take to the pigment better than others.