Commonly Asked Questions About Micro-Blading
What Is The Procedure?
We will first draw on the brow by hand, strand by strand, to get to the shape that is made just for you. The specialist will take into account existing brow shape, your facial structure,and your preferences. Once we decide on the brow form, we consult on the color. A hue is mixed to order (we will track the formulation, for future touch-ups), from pigments made with TGA-certified ingredient.
A topical numbing cream is applied which will take approximately 15-20 minutes to take effect. Then, the specialist will use a specially-made tool to delicately scratch the brow into the skin, strand-by-strand. This technique is also known as Microblading. Dye is applied into the brow design. The entire treatment time is approximately 2-2.5 hours.
What Choices Do I Have?
MICROBLADING (3D HAIRSTROKE)
Micro-blading has taken the beauty industry by storm in recent years. A very natural looking brow can be achieved using a hand-held tool, creating many hair-like impressions by implanting pigment strokes under the skin. Microblading is meant to replace individual hairs, not to fill your brows to look like they're filled in with pencil or shadow.
Pros and Cons
Pros: Micro-bladed brows look very natural. If done by an experienced professional, each stroke looks like real hair.
Cons: Micro-bladed brows are the least permanent of all Permanent Makeup because of the shallow depth we penetrate the pigment under the skin. They therefore require more frequent touch ups than other techniques. Typically, clients come back between 8-12 months for a colour boost. Microblading is less effective on oily/combination skin types than other methods.
Who is it best for:
Microblading is perfect for someone who:
- has thin or patchy brows
- wants a subtle shape enhancement
- doesn’t regularly fill in their brows
OMBRE POWDER FILL
Overview: This technique has been around for decades, but has been gradually improving over the years. The ombré powder fill method is more like a traditional tattoo, and involves the application of thousands of tiny dots of pigment, inserted into the skin, gradually building up a colour and defined shape.
Pros: Ombre powder fill brows use a more traditional tattooing method, with longer lasting results, and works with most skin types, including oily or combination skin. Clients come back for colour boosts closer to the 12-18month mark. The brow is also fuller and more defined or dramatic than with the hairstroke method.
Cons: Because this method has been around for a long time, it doesn't have the best reputation. Many people are fearful of this method looking unnatural, because it does create a more defined, solid look than microblading alone. But today's powder fill permanent brows are waaaaaaay more natural looking than their 1985 predecessors. In fact, ombre fill brows can be made to look very natural, by not saturating the desired brow shape 100% with pigment and allowing for a defined yet soft/non solid look.
Who is it best for:
If you are someone with oily or combination skin, or who fills in your brows regularly with pencil or shadow, then this is the method for you. It mimics the look of filled in brows, without all the effort each morning.
Overview: Remember when I said up above that there is no BEST method? It's true, it's true, but between you and me, the hybrid brow is my favourite. It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a combination of microblading and powder fill.
Pros: The combination of microbladed hair strokes and a powder fill gives an incredibly natural looking brow. It's a bit more defined and filled in than just straight microbladed brows, and a bit less solid and dramatic than the ombre powder fill.
Cons: The hybrid brow costs slightly more than the other two methods, but only slightly.
Who is it best for: I really love this technique for everyone to be honest. All brows are customized specifically for each individual client based on your desired look, skin type, colouring, bone structure etc. There are no two clients with the same brow design.
Who Is Not Suitable?
Individuals prone to keloids, super thin skin, Rosacea or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Individuals with transmittable blood disease such as HIV or Hepatitis.
If you've had Botox/filler in the brow area.
Individuals undergoing active chemotherapy.
Is There Any Down Time?
There is no downtime, however the brow will take about two weeks to fully heal. The brow may appear darker than you are used to for a few days, then will lighten into the desired color within two weeks. Please follow after-care instructions and return for the Touch up Session within 3 months.
Between the initial treatment and the Touch Up Session, you may experience peeling (typically noticeable only up close) and fading of the brow. This is natural and part of the treatment process. The Perfecting Session will build on the colour that has already been absorbed into the skin.
How long will the results last?
Your result will last for up to 18 months, depending on individual circumstances (e.g. skin type, thickness and depth of colour chosen, and lifestyle), and fade gradually and naturally.
Immediately after your cosmetic eyebrow tattoo procedure, you will feel tingling and tenderness, and probably a bit of swelling in the tattoo area. This is because the numbing cream/anesthetic used on your brows before applying the tattoo, will start to wear off and the newly exposed wound will begin the process of healing immediately.
Super-natural & Creative Microblading
Microblading differs from standard eyebrow tattooing because each hair stroke is created by hand using a blade which creates fine slices in the skin, whereas eyebrow tattoos are done with a machine and single needle bundle. Microblading is typically used on eyebrows to create, enhance or reshape their appearance in terms of both shape and colour.
It deposits pigment into the upper region of the dermis, so it fades more rapidly than traditional tattooing techniques, which deposit pigment deeper. Microblading artists are not necessarily tattoo artists, and vice versa, because the techniques require different training.
Modern Cosmetic Tattooing at Its Finest
MBV Brow Bar is co-founded by Jenny Xue, a tattoo artist who discovered microblading on the brink of its popularity in 2010. Jenny has been obsessed ever since, she and her team are excited to bring you the best of modern cosmetic tattooing and the latest techniques from around the globe.
" My skin has definitely never felt or looked this great until I got my very first Hydra Facial from My Body Vibes, Jessica was very informative & knowledgable leaving me confident & comfortable in her care. "