Microblading is an embroidery of small, precise strokes that mimic the effect of real hairs, a form of semi-permanent tattoo that involves using tiny needles (instead of a tattoo gun) to help deposit pigment under your skin. It is an extremely meticulous process that takes around two hours or more to complete.
Microblading Questions & Answers
Why does the procedure appear larger than the design I approved?
Wounds create irritation and irritation may add to the appearance of a darker pigment colour (e.g. red skin, around brown pigment can create a purple hue). The irritation should subside in a few days.
When the irritation subsides in a few days, will I see the final colour?
No, there is excess pigment in the epidermis (top layer of the skin). Which will shed during the healing period. The loss of pigment that occurs during the shedding process results in less pigment saturation and ultimately has a lightening effect on the healing of the procedure. You may actually find that some of your lines don’t appear at all. But once the healing process is well underway, and the scabs have been shed, new skin cells will eil the colour , so that it appears lighter than what is soon immediately after the procedure.
When will the scabs leave?
Most scabs shed within the first week, bust some stubborn ones can take longer up to two weeks). Everyone healing process is a little different. It is important to remind your customer not to interfere (pick) the scabs – no matter how bad they look. The Scabs have partially left and I see no colour! This is very common so don´t worry. You will likely see no color, for the first 1-2 weeks but by 3-4 weeks the ink will gradually appear on skin.
When can I use my cosmetics and wash my face?
You can wash your face thoroughly using a wet face flannel immediately. Use your soap or cleaner as normal. However, please ensure that you do not wet the area that has been newly tattooed. Similarly rinse your cloth with water and wipe the rest of the face to remove any remaining soap or cleanser. Wait at least a week or until the scab has lifted before wetting or washing the treatment area you can use moisturisers such as aqueous cream after the scab has lifted and the skin is soft but avoid using any topical makeup products until advised to do so by your practitioner at your follow up appointment after approximately six weeks.
How long will the scabs remain?
Scabs will heal at different rates, therefore we can not predict exactly how long will last. Usually in a healthy person the scab will come away between 7- to days. If an immunological chronic disease or a medcal condition that affects blood clotting exists, although rare, the scab may last up to 3 to 4 weeks.
Is there a chance that a scab may not appear?
In rare cases, the lack of thick scab has been observed, because it appears in the form of flakey peeling skin almost like a dandruff appearance. In the absence of a scab, we should still avoid contact with water until the texture of our skin becomes soft as the skin to the surrounding areas and dandruff like symptoms are eliminated.
What should I expect after the elimination of the flakey skin?
After the departure of scab in many cases it has been observed a blurred or pink version of your tattoo or even complete loss of pigment. Do not panic because this is normal especially after the tattoo application using the microblading method.
Why does the brow look pink?
When placing the pigment into the epidermal and dermal layers our skin rests, the body immune system steps in to heal the cut. Our body then recognises the pigment as a foreign body and tries to eliminate it by pushing it to the surface. At the same time the surface has started the process of injured skin regeneration which justifies the pink eyebrow. The regeneration can take from 4-8 weeks. In this period we observe daily change in colour intensity as it travels nearer towards the surface. We begin now to distinguish our tattoo with greater clarity and precision as regards the final colour and its intensity. Now we and our technician are only able to judge if we require additional hair strokes to cover any gaps caused by the loss of pigment.
What should I do until my second appointment/touch up/infill?
Once the scabs have fallen and the skin texture in the region is soft and the same as the surrounding skin you can safely use water and your moisturiser, you can also use a reconstructive cream to enhance the regeneration process. You can use makeup products until they receive the desired result i.e. eyebrow or lip pencils.
How should I treat my tattoo now that it has healed?
It is recommended that you use sun block cream in order to protect the implanted pigment from premature discolouration due to sun exposure. Pigment will change colour with direct exposure to sunlight and this will result in premature fading or discolouration. Important to put moisturizer in the area that has been treated in order to keep the colour vivid. Possible dehydration of the skini will result in skin peeling and frequent exfoliation of dead cells thus reduce the life span of your tattoo or even prematurely age your tattoo with colour changes.
Are there any products that I should avoid using?
Do not use bleaching creams, chemicals or other exfoliating products containing retinol, fruit acids or other exfoliating and whitening substances as they will adversely affect the colour and could result in premature ageing of you tattoos appearance.
When Can I have infill treatment?
It is advisable to make an additional appointment to determine whether you need to place repeat session. This session should be scheduled 45-60 days after the initial application. If done earlier while the skin regeneration procedure has not been completed there is a risk of creating scarring on the already sensitive skin that has not had time to heal. There is also the risk that the final colour has not yet fully revealed and that could lead to wrong conclusion about any alterations to your pigment choice. It better to choose to fill your gaps with a cosmetic pencil rather than rush to infill.
Is there a possibility that I might need a third session?
Rarely is a third needed, unless you have very oily skin. Or if you have taken prescription medications which has adversely affected the colour. The only instance where many visits are needed is in the scenario of an old tattoo correction with decoration (i.e., red, purple, green and blue) or shape reconstruction of an old defected tattoo, that can take up to as many as 5 visits.
How long will my tattoo last?
As mentioned, each individual is unique and for this reason we cannot guarantee or predict the exact duration of the tattoo. It depends crucially on three factors. How oily your skin is, how large your pores are on the treatment areas and whether the correct after care has been followed. A semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo should last up to 1 to 1.5 years, if you have methodically followed the after care. Beyond that time frame the tattoo will start to blur and discolour. If you would like to reinstate the shape, colour and design, this can be done on colour refreshing visits.
When should I renew my tattoo and how will I know that is time to do so?
When more of the contours and the overall picture of your tattoo is not as visible but instead the image begins to blur looking like it is shaded. If you enjoyed it and would like to refresh it you must book you annual refresher before the contours and shape completely disappear.
What is the difference between Microblading and Tattoo (Permanet Makeup)?
They are both types of cosmetic tattooing but they use different methods. Eyebrow tattoos are permanent. Once the ink is tattooed onto the skin it is there for life but after a few years the colours it will change a bit. This is very different from microblading, where the results typically last about 8 months to a year. Simple “touch up” treatments can be done annually if the microblading patient wishes to maintain their enhanced brow.
What if I don’t like my Microblading eyebrows?
We want to make sure you love your new eyebrows! A thorough consultation is always carried out first. We will look at your natural brow hair and shape, face shape and make-up style. Eyebrows will be drawn on and any adjustments made until we are happy with the shape. We will discuss recommended pigments to compliment your skin tone and hair colour. Measurements are taken to ensure your new brows are perfectly placed and balanced. If you are unsure about having Microblading or have any doubts we would advise a separate consultation first.
What you should know
On the first day after Microblading, clean your eyebrows with distilled water on cotton pad gently and apply aftercare cream every four hours. For the next five days, do this morning and night. Your brow area might be red and scabby, so try not to schedule big things (e.g., a huge job interview or engagement photos) for the first week or two. Also, avoid swimming or going to the gym, any excess sweating around eyebrows will prevent pigment retention and can cause infection.
You need to prepare
If you drink a lot, take aspirin, or use retinol, stop one week before your treatment. Retinol makes your skin thin and then you bleed a little more. Avoid blood thinners, aspirin, and alcohol.