What is Microblading?
Microblading is a procedure categorized under semi permanent makeup. Typically lasting 1-2 years before beginning to fade, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is done using a hand tool with ultra fine needles gently etching pigment into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and
The initial application is always applied conservatively because every person’s skin is different and the final colour can only be precisely determined and adjusted during a follow-up appointment after the initial application has fully healed. Because of this, the process is not complete after the initial procedure. In all cases, a follow-up appointment is required approximately 4-8 weeks after your initial application to fine-tune and ensure the best result.
How long does it take to heal?
The area may be slightly pink after the procedure and colour can appear a little darker. This is normal for spmu procedures and part of the healing process. The colour will fade by up to 25-40% as it heals. In the following days, the treated area will continue to be darker and you will notice a little dryness & flaking. Do not pick or scratch as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the pigment. The pigment will lighten up in colour as it heals. No down time is required after manual pmu procedures. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the area to completely heal over, and about 3 weeks for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light right around 1.5-2 weeks post treatment; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. True color will reveal itself once fully healed.
Is the touch up session necessary?
More often than not a touch up session after 4-8 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcomes will vary. In certain areas the pigment may drop a little and will need to be touched up. Your touch up session is when we fine tune to ensure it looks perfect.
Can I get my touch up session sooner than 4 weeks?
Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent skin damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.
Is it painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild. The feeling of the procedure has been described as bearable small scratches to discomfort similar to plucking/threading.
After the procedure, slight redness in the area is normal, varying depending on which area has been treated.
How long does it last?
The area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 12-18 months, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, use products with AHA or Glycolic Acid will fade quicker as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the pigment looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12 months. Clients can let the treated area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.
Who is not suitable for the procedure? Manual spmu may not suitable for the following candidates.
Risks and complications
I take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment, disposable sterile needles and working in a sanitized environment. Should clients follow pre and post care instructions, there should be extremely minimal risks or complications.
What if I do not like it?
As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly. I always recommend clients do their research, understand the procedure and compare different artist's styles of work and portfolio when making their decisions. I will do my utmost to give you the best result possible, every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Realistic expectations will be discussed prior to treatment, and shown through examples of my work. Microbladed brows will eventually fade away possibly leaving a slight shadow if no additional touch ups are done. Pigment can also be removed through removal treatments.
Many examples of my work can be seen on https://www.instagram.com/microbladingbymadeleine/?hl=en