What is microblading?

May 31, 2018

What is Microblading?

Microblading comes under many aliases and fancy names that no doubt you would have come across during your google search for brow tattooing. “Feathering, Feathertouch, Hairstrokes, Eyebrow Embroidery, 3D Brows, HD Brows the list goes on. There is one important thing to know... They all mean the same thing! The technique, method and process of each of the above names are exactly the same.

A lot of my clients are surprised when I tell them that Microblading isn't actually for everyone! A lot of skin types have trouble retaining the hair strokes and it generally requires a color refresh every 6 - 12 months to keep it looking fresh. Skin types that are oily, thick, sun exposed, damaged, very thin and sensitive do not like this method of tattooing and will forever be wanting ‘touch ups’ of color. If this is the case I would not recommend this method of tattooing for you. A machine method with shading would be more suitable.

Microblading is the most topical and natural form of tattooing available, a great place to start for women who don't wear a lot of make up and are lacking natural brow hairs. Each individual hair stoke is placed into the skin to replicate natural hair growth. This method uses a hand held disposable tool that implants pigment into the skin.

What are the Powder / Shading method of Eyebrow Tattooing?

Also known as “ Mist Brows, Ombre’ Brows and Powder Brows” It is important to not get the Powder / Shading technique confused with the old school “Block” tattoo. This new modernised technique involves pixilating the pigment to mimic a shadow and shading of the brows so soft that it looks like you are wearing a brow powder through your brows. A great technique for women who want something a little more dramatic and longer lasting than hair strokes. Women who are used to wearing a fuller make up look each day and filling in and over drawing their brows will prefer this method over microblading. As I was saying above, a lot of clients have retention issues with microblading, if this is the case then your solution is to use the tattoo machine and softly shade the area to implant pigment into the skin for a longer lasting result.

Is Eyebrow Tattooing painful?

No, a topical anaesthetic is applied prior to the treatment to numb the area. An additional numbing gel is then continually applied throughout the treatment to make the process as comfortable as possible. Patients describe it as a light scratching sensation and may experience the odd sting throughout the treatment.

Is there any down time after the treatment?

The brows will appear up to 30%- 40% darker in color and up to 15% larger immediately after the treatment. This will settle down as soon as the brows begin to heal within the first 7 days. People can resume work immediately after treatment. Make up can still be work as normal around the tattoo. Nothing will go directly over the tattoo except for your aftercare cream for the first 7 days. Your brows will NOT look messy, bleeding or like a wound that needs to be covered up at all! Depending on the look and outcome you are wanting to achieve generally they will just be a subtle enhancement and more perfected version of what you came in with.


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