What is microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent brow tattoo that can be used to correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrows. It is performed with a small handheld tool with ultra-fine needles, making the procedure less invasive that traditional cosmetic tattooing. Using a precision stroke technique and appropriate pigmentation colour selection, natural and realistic looking individual hair lines are etched into the skin to enhance or create eyebrows.
What is the difference between tattooing and microblading?
Body tattoos use ink while semi-permanent procedures, like microblading, involve pigments. These non-toxic pigments are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years as client’s natural colour and facial features changes occur.
Microblading pigment differs from tattooing as the pigment is inserted into the more superficial (epidermis) layer of skin, whereas tattooing ink is placed into the deeper (dermis) skin structure.
How much does it cost and what is included in the price?
The cost is £295 and includes the following:
- At least 48hours prior to your booked appointment you will need a patch test, which can be collected from the salon reception. Help is available if needed.
- Your first appointment will last approximately 2hours, the first half hour is to complete a comprehensive consultation questionnaire. Then an hour and a half to complete the procedure which includes mapping of the brows and the microblading process. After the procedure your aftercare information and product will be provided to optimise healing.
- A 4-6week, 30minute follow up appointment. Allowing for a post-procedure check where finishing touches can be made if needed, this may be; evening out of pigment, adding additional hair strokes and/or fine tuning the shape.
Does it hurt?
The treatment is carried out to ensure that the process is as comfortable as possible. If you wish, about 20minutes before the Microblading begins, you can apply a topical anaesthetic (available over the counter from most pharmacists, e.g. Emla) to the area to minimize discomfort. The level of discomfort experienced will vary from client to client, some have commented, “it’s like a threading sensation” or “the tweezers were worse”.
* Consideration* If you are a frequent smoker, or have an appointment during your menstrual cycle, the discomfort level could be intensified.
Who is it suitable for?
Microblading is suitable for most people aged 18 years or older*. However, there are a small pocket of people who this procedure is not suitable for. These factors are listed below.
Those needing a doctor’s note or who microblading is NOT suitable for:
Clients who need a Doctor’s note/permission before receiving microblading
- Have diabetes as this can affect healing.
- Anyone who has any serious/complex medical conditions
- Have heart conditions or using heart medications
- Pregnant or nursing clients who want microblading can be done, we suggest discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is classified under the tattoo umbrella, and like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this time.
Microblading is not suitable for the following clients:
- Naturally oily skin, does not hold the pigment well, so clients can find the results don’t last.
- Actively using or have used Accutane or a strong steroid cream within the last 12months, as this thins the skin.
- Have skin disease or irritations
- Have had Botox/fillers in the last 2 weeks, this is to aid placement and symmetry of brows.
- Have had a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks; this may affect appropriate pigment selection and pigment retention.
- Allergic to topical anesthetic; lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine. Microblading can be done without topical anesthetic but may not be for the faint hearted.
* We reserve the right to refuse this service to anyone who we deem not suitable for this procedure*
Is there anything I need to do prior to treatment?
In order to achieve the best results, it is advised you follow the pre and post care instructions.
Prior to your procedure:
- For the 48-72hours prior to treatment avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins (garlic, turmeric, vitamin E and fish oils) that may thin your blood.
- Avoid highly caffeinated drinks the day of your appointment.
- Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.
- No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior, to minimise skin sensitivity.
- Discontinue use of the following facial skincare: retinol, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and alpha hydroxyls, chemical anti-aging exfoliants, eyebrow growth serums, or “brightening” skin care products at least two to three weeks prior to your microblading procedure. These products thin the skin and can inhibit optimal healed results.
- No brow waxing, tinting, or threading at least 72hours prior to your appointment.
- Feel free to come in with brow makeup on so our technician can see your everyday look. Also reference pictures of shapes and colours of brows can be helpful. Working together we can create your perfect brows.
- If you plan to go on a holiday, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 10 days after the procedure due to the aftercare maintenance.
Is there anything I need to do after getting treatment/aftercare?
Yes, after your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:
– For the first two weeks:
- DO NOT use any retinols, glycolic acids, lactic acid, AHAs, or salicylic acid
- DO NOT use any other creams or products, other than the one provided.
- DO NOT scrub or pick the treated areas if it’s itchy as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation. IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It will appear as though the eyebrows are gone. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.
- AVOID heavy exercise, light exercising is allowed (minimal sweating), but you MUST clean the tattooed area with a lightly moistened cotton bud with lukewarm water as soon as you are finished exercising. The salt in the sweat will fade the pigment very quickly and give poor results.
- DO NOT expose area to sun or tanning beds for three to four weeks after procedure.
- DO NOT dye or tweeze eyebrows.
- DO NOT use makeup on the eyebrows as this may cause infection.
- AVOID sleeping on your face/brows.
- AVOID steam rooms, pools, saunas, hot showers/baths, hot tubs, etc.
– In the first week:
- Keep the tattooed area clean by wiping over with a lightly moistened cotton bud with lukewarm water and patting dry with a disposable paper towel 2-3 times a day, then apply a thin layer of the aftercare ointment provided, keeping the area moist to deter scabs from forming. Apply using a disposable cotton bud. Do not over apply healing balm as this can cause loss of pigment.
- Do not immerse brow area in water for at least 7 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around them.
- Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours
– In the second week:
- Keep cleaning them with lukewarm water twice a day for the second week, no ointment.
- You may shower or bathe normally but avoid using any soaps or cleansers on the treated area as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to settle in the skin.
After your brows are healed.
- The treatment is considered semi-permanent and will fade over time. Touch-ups are recommended around the 12month mark to maintain shape, colour, and detail. The time may vary between individuals as longevity of results depends on a number of factors including:
– Skin type (oily skin fade faster)
– Pigment color used – lighter colors fade faster
– Sun exposure/tanning beds – can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment so protecting the skin area (using products, hats or sunglasses) to minimise UV exposure is recommended.
– Use of daily anti-aging products e.g.- (Tretinoin (Retin-A) & Alpha Hydroxy). These products increase your cell turnover rate and shorten the life of your results.
- Continued maintenance of unwanted brow hair outside of your brow shape by tweezing, waxing, threading, or shaving.
- Do not laser around the brow area, as some lasers can change the color of the pigment.
- Additional brow makeup application may still be required post-microblading to achieve your desired look.
*Although we use premium products and provide exceptional service, all clients heal differently, and many factors lead to varied results. It is crucial to have a microblading touch-up done, as it is very difficult to predict how well your skin will retain the pigment. Due to this and other varying factors, we cannot guarantee your results*
Can you microblade over eyebrows that have been previously tattooed?
Yes. However, the old tattoo must be significantly faded for the hair strokes to show through and look natural. If you do have an existing tattoo, we recommend that you submit a picture so we can advise whether you are a good candidate for the microblading procedure.
Can I book for treatment if I’ve been somewhere else for microblading previously?
Yes, if you have been elsewhere, a consultation will need to be booked, so we can advise appropriately.
If you are unsure about any aspect of this information, please speak to a member of the team.