So, what exactly is Microblading?
Microblading is a manual, semi-permanent method. Also referred to as embroidery, 3D brows or microstroking. It yields precise, natural, crisp strokes that resemble hair. It is done by hand, using a very fine blade to deposit a small amount of pigment into the skin. Manually done, microblading looks like hair. It is considered semi-permanent and lasts 1-3 years. Less invasive than the permanent method, it rivals the look of real eyebrows.
All the pigment is impacted into the epidermal layer of the skin - the one that naturally renews itself on a regular basis. Because we're introducing pigment so close to the surface of the skin, we're able to emulate the look of real hair. Unfortunately, for the same reason, these are considered to be semi-permanent. That doesn't mean they'll only last a little while-- they will last for as long as they're being maintained. Regular touch ups are recommended to keep the strokes crisp and fresh. Healthy skin, without any underlying pathological factors usually requires a top up every eight to 12 months. If untouched, the brows typically last up to 3 years. This, of course varies greatly from individual to individual. Over time your colour is not as brilliant and intense as it was when you initially had it applied. That’s because, the colours used in micropigmentation are cosmetic colourants, and, like all colours, they fade over time. Think about it…what happens if you put a red throw rug out in the sun for a week or two? How about curtains or drapes over time? Again…all colour fades. For a realistic expectation, clients need to think of this as a “low maintenance”, not a “NO maintenance” procedure. Clients should plan to visit once a year for a colour boost or enhancement to restore their designs to the desired colour and hue temperature.
When you come in for your appointment a topical anesthetic is administered. At that point we discuss shape and positioning of the eyebrows. There is very little discomfort associated with the procedure. It tends to be more irritating than painful, with the area remaining numb throughout the procedure.
Microblading is a two-step process, consisting of initial procedure and a touch up to be completed approximately 4 weeks after. The procedure is not considered finished until the second appointment is completed. Immediately following the treatment your brows will appear dark and well defined. After about a week to ten days, the color will fade slightly and the definition will soften. There's no down time, so there's no need to take a day off work. T