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Understanding Microblading: The Comprehensive Guide

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing designed to enhance eyebrow definition. Each client receives a personalized approach, adjusting the eyebrow shape to complement their face best.

The procedure utilizes a specialized tool akin to a pen, whose tip is a sloping blade with 10-12 fine needles. These needles lightly scratch the skin's surface, similar to a paper cut.

Applying medical-grade pigment to the skin's epidermis layer results in fine, natural-looking hair strokes, offering a more realistic appearance.

What distinguishes microblading from tattooed eyebrows?

The fundamental difference between microblading and eyebrow tattooing lies in their skin penetration and permanence depth. Microblading affects the skin's surface, while tattoos penetrate deeper layers. Moreover, the color of microbladed brows tends to fade within 18 months.

Microbladed hair strokes are more natural and refined than tattooed brows due to the use of a handheld needle/blade, eliminating the need for any electronic devices.

What is microshading, and how does it differ from microblading?

Despite their similar names, microblading and microshading are distinct techniques. While both are forms of semi-permanent eyebrow makeup, their outcomes differ. Microblading creates precise, individual hair-like strokes, whereas microshading results in a softer, less defined finish comparable to the effect of a brow pencil versus a brow powder.

For a more tailored outcome, some technicians combine both methods.

Could you have an allergic reaction to microblading?

Allergic reactions to the pigments used in microblading are rare but can occur. As a precaution, a patch or scratch test is conducted before the treatment.

What does microblading cost?

The cost of a Suman microblading treatment is £500, which includes a consultation, the initial treatment, and follow-up treatment after 6-8 weeks.

What are the steps in the microblading process?

The microblading process includes:

  • Multiple steps.

  • Starting from threading and cleaning up the brow area.

  • Numbing the area.

  • Discussing the desired color shade with the client.

  • Measuring the area around the brows.

  • Implanting the pigment.

  • Applying a final layer of pigment.

After about 6-8 weeks, a follow-up session is scheduled to address gaps or areas that didn't heal properly.

What is the purpose of the follow-up microblading session, and when does it occur?

The follow-up session is held 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment. This appointment permits the practitioner to review the outcome of the first session, adding more strokes or a darker pigment if desired.

What occurs in the interim?

Following the treatment, clients are advised to adhere to the aftercare instructions to prevent picking or scratching. Over the next ten days, the brows will change color, potentially becoming flaky and appearing faded. However, the final color and shape will emerge after around 30 days, which can then be adjusted during the follow-up session.

How do you determine the suitable eyebrow shape? Are pictures helpful?

Although clients are encouraged to provide images of their preferred brow style or come in with their usual brow makeup, the practitioner's expertise in determining the most suitable color and shape is paramount.

What factors influence the choice of color in microblading?

Several factors influence the pigment choice for microblading, including eye color, hair color, and skin tone. The Fitzpatrick Chart accounts for skin changes due to sun exposure, ensuring the correct pigment choice.

How is the appropriate shape for microblading determined?

The practitioner uses a Microblading Ruler to measure the eyebrows and decide on the ideal brow shape that caters to each client's uniqueness. The final shape is then freehanded based on these measurements.

How long does microblading last?

Microblading typically lasts 12-18 months, depending on the individual's skin type. Those with slightly oily skin may require a top-up around the 12-month mark, while those with normal skin can expect the effect to last up to 18 months.

Does microblading cause discomfort?

While not necessarily painful, microblading can cause a sensation due to the scratching sound produced by the blade. The numbing ointment applied before the treatment helps to minimize discomfort. The actual needling process is quite brief, with the numbing process taking up most of the time.

Can microblading be undone or removed?

The microblading procedure can be reversed using a salt/saline solution. The pigment leaves no scarring or discoloration. However, it's necessary to note that during the first 7-10 days of the healing process, the brows will appear significantly darker, which can be alarming for some clients. Nevertheless, this is a regular part of the healing process.

Microblading Do's and Don'ts

Before the treatment, avoid picking, waxing, using sunbeds, facial peels, retinol or Vitamin A products, exercise, botox, fish oil, and Vitamin E. Also, refrain from waxing or tinting your eyebrows.

On the day of your appointment, avoid alcohol, coffee, aspirin, and ibuprofen.

Post-Microblading Care

For the first seven days after treatment, gently wash your eyebrows twice daily with water and antibacterial soap, then pat them dry. Apply a small amount of coconut or rosehip oil to each brow twice daily. Avoid cleansers containing acids or exfoliants.

Other post-treatment considerations include using a clean pillowcase, avoiding picking at your brows, refraining from facials, botox, or peels for four weeks, avoiding exercise and direct sunlight for one week, skipping long, steamy showers, and swimming for ten days. Avoid using makeup or skincare on your brows until they've fully healed.

Remember, your eyebrows are only considered complete after the follow-up session.

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