What does the Microblading process involve?
The microblading procedure involves depositing pigment into the skin, using a small pen-style machine which rapidly inserts small quantities of the appropriate colour pigment progressively in the required area with the expertise of a competent and skilled professional. Treatments available at Lady Lash are eyebrows (powder fill, hair stroke and partial/gap filling), as well as beauty spots. The pigment remains in the skin indefinitely although the colour may fade due to aging of the tattoo, health or environmental factors, eventually retouching may be required.
How long does it last?
There is no definitive answer to this one – it is dependent on many factors, such as: • the pigment used – darker pigments i.e. black and very dark brown last a lot longer than lighter shades. • The density of pigment – i.e. a treatment that has been reinforced with a second adjustment appointment will usually be longer lasting • Environmental factors such as exposure to UV light. Tanning and not using sun protection will fade microbladings faster • Your health and overall individual physiology – some people retain pigment extremely well Generally, the treatment is considered permanent; in many cases (especially eyeliner and very dark brows) you will always have some pigment in the skin. A touch-up treatment is recommended every 18-24 months for most microblading treatments.
Who benefits from microblading?
People who don’t want to spend their time applying makeup
People who need to look good every day for work and are expected to maintain a certain level of grooming
People who enjoy sports, swimming and the beach
Those suffering alopecia and hair loss from medical treatment
Those who suffer bad eyesight who have trouble applying makeup
Those who just don’t like the ‘made-up’ look and want to look great in no time
Those who are always in a rush and feel that applying makeup is a luxury they just don’t have time for!
How long does the procedure take?
Normally between 1-2 hours, depending on the treatment you are having. Often, for eyebrows, the longest part of the appointment can be the consultation and actually drawing on the brow shape – I will always spend time getting them as symmetrical and as close to perfect as possible, with your approval before any microbladinging begins. The actual tattooing rarely takes longer than 45-60 minutes. When you make your appointment, we will discuss the time needed and make sure there is plenty of time for you to ask questions and for us to discuss the look you are after.
Does it hurt?
It varies between person to person, most people experience a little discomfort during the first 5-10 minutes of the treatment, but once the area has been numbed effectively, feel very little. I myself have had my eyebrows cosmetically tattooed, and found it was like a light, annoying scratch for the first few minutes, after which I couldn’t feel much – it was a lot more bearable than I had thought! We advise you to purchase a small tube of EMLA cream and apply it thickly over the area for 1 HOUR PRIOR to treatment (eyebrows only, not eyeliner). This controls any pain significantly. Some clients choose to take pain relief tablets before the appointment but for most, it’s not really necessary. Many of the staff at Lady Lash have had various microblading treatments and will happily share with you their experience and what it involved and what it felt like, to alleviate your concerns.
Can it be removed if I change my mind?
Technically, most microbladings can be removed with specific laser treatments, however it can be quite difficult and many treatments are often needed. As such, I would go into the treatment with the view that it is permanent. If you are ambivalent and really unsure as to whether it’s something you would want in 2 or 3 years time, maybe take some more time to consider. Or, if you are committed to the idea but unsure of the look, go with something less dramatic and lighter – for examples, a thin top liner, or lighter brown hair stroke brows. Remember, it is quite simple for me to retouch a treatment and make it thicker or darker – but impossible to do the opposite. You can always go darker/more dramatic at your adjustment appointment!
Is it a safe procedure?
Yes, very. The microblading machine is one of the most hygienic available, a small, pen-like device that uses completely disposable parts. All needles, tubes, chambers, caps, casings – anything that comes into contact with clients, are brand new and sealed prior to your treatment. Our salon is clean, hygienic and compliant with all Department of Health Regulations for Skin Penetration. Allergic reactions to the pigments are incredibly rare. The pigments brands used are trusted, long-established USA made brands that have been on the market for decades. The pigments contain iron oxide that is already present in the human body, so highly unlikely to cause a reaction. In regards to patch tests, this can be arranged, and is recommended if you are concerned/are a highly allergic individual. However, – as an allergic reaction can sometimes show after 2 weeks, but sometimes 5-10 years later (this can be due to hormones/medications or simply unknown) a patch test can be rather ineffective. Most clients do not request a patch test.
How are beautiful eyebrows created?
There are basic guiding principles for creating the perfect eyebrow – measurements involving the spacing and the relationship between space, angles of the face, and the nose and eyes as to where the brow should begin, end, and where it should arch. However, there is a great variance between difference faces and what brow suits each – there is no one ‘perfect brow’ for all. I will take some basic measurements of your face, look at symmetry (no one is perfectly symmetrical, not even supermodels!) and work out the best way to balance your face. I will usually ask you to come to the appointment with your brows drawn on exactly as you like them. I find this is a good place to start, as it shows me what you are used to, what your personal makeup style is, and your colour preferences. Sometimes some subtle changes are made to the shape and colour, if I think this could achieve a better result. I will always show you the drawn shape before I begin tattooing, for your approval.
Why is it important to go to your 2nd/adjustment appointment?
I feel that two appointments are necessary to create fantastic, long-lasting brows, particularly for the hair-stroke method that seems to be the most popular at the moment. In the first appointment, a shape is established, colour saturation occurs, or the first set of hair-stokes. The second appointment is to reinforce the pigment (fill any spots where colour did not take as well, or where hair-strokes faded, as they can do), often using a slightly darker colour, to give a more realistic, 3D appearance. Sometimes, for eyeliner, minor swelling can occur, and a second appointment is needed to make minor shape adjustments to complete the final look. Often however, it is not. You don’t have to come to you second appointment if you feel it’s unnecessary. However, I highly recommend it, particularly in the case of hair stroke brows. They will last longer if you come in a second time. I want you to be walking around with the best set of brows that I can give you – and ones that last a reasonably good length of time!
What colours/pigments can I choose from?
I have a large range of over 30 pigments, however normally I will blend 2 or sometimes even 3 pigments to create a customized colour for you. For eyeliner, normally true black is used, but there are other options, such as very dark brown, dark blue, violet and green, and charcoal grey.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a way of implanting pigment under the epidermis using a specially designed tiny blade which leaves thin realistic hair strokes for the most natural finish. Together we design a brow which is totally bespoke to you – your colour will be mixed from the highest quality pigments just for you. With this method Neda can create almost any look, from a very natural light finish or a beautifully bold brow. Sparse or missing brows can be completely restored. When using the hand held microblade, the colour is deposited closer to the surface than when a machine is used leaving very fine and crisp hair strokes with no spilling under the skin.
Microblading originated in Asia and is also known as eyebrow embroidery. A fantastic treatment for anyone looking to improve or enhance the appearance of their eyebrows.
Before and After
Before your treatment:
Prior to your permanent cosmetic enhancement think about the look that you wish to achieve. As experts in the field of colour analysis and makeovers, we ensure that the correct colours and styles are chosen for you, however you are part of the decision-making process.
Permanent cosmetic enhancements normally require multiple application sessions. To achieve the best results you will be required to return for at least one control procedure four to six weeks after the initial application.
Be prepared for the colour intensity to be significantly sharper and darker immediately after the procedure. This will subside and become softer as the skin heals. This process can take up to fourteen days.
Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may be swollen or red, you are advised not to make social plans on the day of your enhancement.
Please wear your normal make-up to your enhancement appointment.
Do not take aspirin or Ibuprofen 2 days prior to and after your enhancement.
Do not discontinue any medication before consulting your doctor.
Keep alcohol intake to a minimum 2 days prior to and after your enhancement.
A sensitivity test will be performed unless waived upon request.
Do not use Retin A skincare products close to the enhancement area 1 month prior to and after your procedure.
Do not use AHA skincare products close to the enhancement area 2 weeks prior to and after your procedure.
As with electrolysis the National Blood Service does not accept donations of blood for 1 year after a permanent cosmetic enhancement.
Waxing treatments should be performed no less than 3 days prior to your enhancement.
IPL laser hair removal should be performed no less than 2 weeks prior to your enhancement.
Electrolysis treatments should be performed no less than 5 days prior to your enhancement.
Eyebrow tinting should not be undertaken for 2 weeks after your enhancement.
After your treatment:
The area treated may show redness and swelling and that the colour looks dark and intense – this is quite normal.
Additional treatments cannot be undertaken until the area has completely healed. A 4/6 week healing time is required before any more work can be undertaken.
In order to let your brows heal well, avoid water on the brow area, make up to the brow area, the gym, sauna or pool for 7 days.
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