Microblading

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What is Microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent make-up technique, lasting up to 18 months to 2 years. This depends on skin type, lifestyle, medication, and most of all your aftercare. Hair strokes are created using a small hand-held tool that is dipped into the pigment and inserted into the skin. I use only the best pigments and top-quality disposable blades. The results are fine hair-like strokes, that blend into your own eyebrow hairs. I use the ‘golden ratio’ or ‘perfect proportion’ when mapping out your brows, this is the 1st step after your numbing cream has been applied. Once they are mapped out, you will see the shape to check you are happy with them before we start.

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What you will achieve

Once you have had your 4-6 week top up and your brows are completely healed, you will be left with perfectly shaped, even, fuller, more defined brows, designed and shaped just for you. Great brows completely frame and define your face, giving you that ‘done-up’ look, even on a no make-up day. Your new and improved brows will frame your face beautifully, leaving you feeling confident even without makeup.

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The Process

Apt 1

During your consultation, we will discuss your concerns, your options and the desired overall look you want to achieve.

A full HD Brow treatment is the 1st step to creating your perfect brows.

A patch test will also be carried out during this appointment by making a small scratch at the back of your ear.

 

 

Apt 2

Your first Microblading appointment!

We will start off with numbing cream and a detailed consultation form. Once this is complete, I will then draw on your desired shape and we will both decide on the correct pigment for you. The perfect colour should complement your skin tone and hair colour.

Apt 3

Your 4-6 week Top Up is very important to the final result.

During the initial healing process, hair-strokes may have faded or completely gone. This is normal which is why a top-up is needed. Skin type and aftercare play a big part in the healing process.

This will all be discussed during your appointment

What you must do before your Microblading appointment

1) Avoid Botox

Cosmetic BOTOX® or filler should not be performed within 2 weeks before/after your microblading treatment.

Cosmetic botox and fillers can interfere with the microblading process for a few reasons. First, microblading involves creating small incisions in the skin to deposit pigment, and Botox or fillers can affect the skin’s texture and elasticity. This can affect how the machine or needle glides though the skin and how it holds the pigment.

Cosmetic botox and fillers can alter the shape and position of the eyebrows or surrounding facial features. We design the shape of the brows in the perfect place to frame your face and features, so if the botox relaxes after two weeks, it could potentially move where the brows have been placed. Let the Botox and filler settle beforehand.

2) Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine and Some Medications

DO NOT consume alcohol, caffeine, or any blood thinners (aspirin, ibuprofen, Niacin) 48 hours before.

Avoiding alcohol, aspirin, and caffeine before a microblading appointment is primarily to minimize the risk of bleeding and ensure optimal results.

If you are bleeding, the pigment is difficult to insert. The skin is harder to heal, potentially causing more risk of infection, and undesired results such as patchy, uneven healing.

By avoiding alcohol, aspirin, and caffeine before your microblading appointment, you can help ensure a smoother procedure, minimise the risk of complications, and increase the likelihood of beautiful crisp results.

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3) Be Mindful of Timing

You may experience hypersensitivity or pain if you are close to/on your menstrual cycle.

While the experience of pain during microblading can vary from person to person, some women may find that they are more sensitive to discomfort during their menstrual periods due to hormonal fluctuations and other factors.

4) Check Your Skin for Blemishes

We cannot microblade over any blemishes, sores or moles in or around the brow area.

Blemishes or moles can affect the texture and appearance of the skin. Microblading over these areas may result in unpredictable outcomes, such as uneven pigment distribution or irregular healing. The blemishes or moles can also make it difficult for the microblading technician to achieve precise and uniform results.

Moles may be indicative of underlying health concerns such as melanoma or skin cancer. Microblading over moles could potentially interfere with the monitoring of these skin abnormalities, making it more challenging to detect changes in size, shape, or colour that may be indicative of a severe health issue.

PATCH TESTING

A patch test conducted at least 48 hours before microblading is essential to identify potential allergic reactions, minimize risks, and ensure a safe and successful procedure for the client.

Microblading Aftercare Guide

Proper aftercare is critical for the longevity of Microblading results. We will talk through this in detail near the end of your appointment and an aftercare kit will be given along with instructions.

1) Avoid Getting the Area Wet

For the first 7-10 days after the procedure, avoid getting the treated area wet to allow the pigment to settle and the skin to heal properly. This means avoiding swimming, saunas, steam rooms, and excessive sweating from exercise.

2) Keep The Area Clean

Gently cleanse the eyebrow area with a mild, unscented cleanser (baby shampoo) and room temperature water three times a day using a gentle cloth. Avoid using harsh cleansers, exfoliants, or rubbing the area vigorously.

3) Apply Aftercare Ointment

Apply a thin layer of the provided aftercare ointment or balm to the treated area 2-3 times a day using a clean cotton swab. This helps keep the skin moisturized and promotes healing.

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4) Avoid Picking or Scratching

Resist the urge to pick, scratch, or peel any scabs that may form during the healing process, as this can interfere with the pigment retention and result in patchy or uneven colour.

5) Avoid Sun Exposure

Protect your eyebrows from direct sunlight and tanning beds during the healing process, as exposure to UV rays can cause the pigment to fade prematurely. If you need to be outside, wear a hat or sunglasses to shield the area.

6) Avoid Makeup and Skincare Products

Avoid applying makeup, moisturizers, or other skincare products directly on the treated area for at least 7-10 days after the procedure. These products can interfere with the healing process and affect the color retention of the pigment.

7) Avoid Certain Activities

Avoid activities that may cause excessive sweating, such as strenuous exercise, hot baths, or heavy sun exposure, as sweating can cause the pigment to blur or fade.

8) Follow Up for Touch Ups

Microblading typically requires a touch-up appointment 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure to perfect the shape and colour of the eyebrows. Follow your technician’s instructions for scheduling and attending your touch-up appointment.

By following these aftercare guidelines carefully, you can help ensure the best possible results from your microblading procedure and enjoy beautiful, natural-looking eyebrows for months to come.

Powder Brows

‘Powder brows’ is a combination of hair strokes (handheld) and a powdered effect using a machine.

The overall look can be natural and soft, bold and full, and anything in-between. Together we can decide what will best suit you and your skin type, and design the perfect combination for your desired look.

It can last from 18 months – 3 years, depending on your skin type and lifestyle. Below are some examples of the different looks you can achieve.

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Microblading FAQS

Does it Hurt?

I use a two-step numbing process which keeps the pain minimal. Clients normally say it’s a 0-3 out of 10.

How Long Does it Last?

Microblading lasts from 18 months to 2 years. Ombre or powder brows tend to last slightly longer as more pigment is inserted. Other factors, such as what type of pigment is used, can determine the speed of their fading. There are Organic and inorganic pigments, and both have pros and cons. This will all be explained during the consultation and will depend on skin type, and lifestyle as to what pigments we use.
To help make them last for as long as possible, you can apply an SPF 50 stick that protects the pigment from sun exposure. Here is a link to a stick. Even when you are driving and the sun is coming through the window, your brows need to be protected. I have found that clients who drive a lot each day have significantly more fading on their right eyebrow compared to the left.
Anti aging treatments and supplements can fade pigment quicker, such as collagen, retinols, AHA acids. Avoid these around the brow area if you want them to last.

When Can You Have Them Topped Up?

A colour boost is usually around 18 months depending on how much they have faded and what results you would like. If, for example, you have natural hair strokes, and you want to keep that look, then they must be faded to almost nothing for that effect. This is due to Migration, where over time certain pigments smudge slightly, which then becomes difficult to cover with hairstrokes only. Other alternatives are to add a powder effect combined with the hair strokes for natural texture and to cover up the faded pigment still left in the skin.

Who is Not Suitable?

Microblading is not suitable for the following?

  • Using Accutane
  • Have heart conditions or using heart medications
  • Have diabetes (will require a physician’s note)
  • Have skin disease or irritations
  • Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
  • Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
  • Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
  • Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician’s note.
  • Pregnant or nursing clients who want to microblade can be done at your own discretion. We suggest discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.
How Often do I Need a Colour Boost?

Most clients have an annual colour boost to keep them fresh and defined. In some cases, a 6-month colour boost is required depending on your lifestyle and skin type.

How Long Does it Take?

Your appointment is normally between 2-3 hours.

How Long is the Healing Process?

It takes 4 weeks for your brows to completely heal, then another 4 weeks after your Top Up. The aftercare is only for the first 7 days after your treatment. This will all be explained in detail during your appointment.

Microblading Aftercare

DO

Clean them 3 times a day with warm soapy water and a cotton bud, and pat dry.

Apply the vitamin cream 3 times daily.

Use a gentle face cleanser and avoid the treatment area when washing/scrubbing.

If the area does get wet, pat dry very gently.

DON’T

Expose the area to extreme heat or extreme cold E.G sunbathing, tanning beds, saunas etc.

Do not use make-up on your eyebrows

avoid itching, scratching or rubbing the brow area.

Will Microbladed Eyebrows Fade Completely?
There is an element in some pigments called Carbon Black, which is very difficult to leave the skin and can take years, if not ever, to completely fade. If the correct depth is used by your artist, then the pigment should fade. Here at LYB, the pigments mostly avoid carbon black, and the pigment will eventually fade completely.
Is Microblading Permanent?

Microblading is semi-permanent if your artist has up-to-date knowledge of skin anatomy, pigment science and correct technique. Normal tattooing lasts forever due to the depth the pigment is implemented. With Microblading we only go into the top layer of the skin.

What Are the Alternatives to Microblading?

There are many brow treatments out there, depending on what you desire. If you have light eyebrow hair and only need it slightly darker and more shaped, you can choose an HD Brow or even opt for a treatment where tint stains the skin. Although the results are very short term, it may be a better option for you to have monthly brow treatments. If you are unsure of what you need, please get in touch for advice.

Can Microblading Be Reversed?
Yes, Microblading can be reversed with laser removal, saline removal, and glycolic acid removal. Ideally, letting them fade is the best option for your skin due to the removal options being invasive and sometimes damaging to the skin. This is why choosing a professional artist with much experience is important.
How much is microblading?

The average price/cost of Microblading in the UK varies from £200 – £500. This all depends on the artist’s experience and the area of the salon. At LYB the cost starts from £270 – £300 depending on the technique used.

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