SPMU Trainer & Practitioner founder of Leslie Jane Cosmetics, Quattro Lounge, Tebori Brow Architects and SPMU Microblading Union International Community.
We all want to have an easier regime to follow in the mornings...with the fast pace of life, we are always looking for convenience...or just that look good, feel good, boost of self esteem.
Microblading seems to be the buzz word at the end of everyone's lips. From a professional point of view, there is much more to it than meets the eye.
The bigger picture is micropigmentation (digital or manual) which is a form of tattooing, albeit semi-permanent, which has a number of facets and results for different individuals. Eyebrow restoration or definition, eyeliner, lip liner/a full tint or perhaps scalp pigmentation, areola restoration. Microblading is one option, but just scratches the surface of the micropigmentation world and the remarkable results consumers can have.
Microblading is a manual method of micropigmentation, which is temporary, and can last up to 18-36 months, with maintenance (colour refresh).
Here is a bit about the process. A consultation is held with the practitioner. On this initial appointment, taking a medical history, skin analysis, patch testing (with pigment and topical anaesthesia), elimination of contraindications, pre-procedure recommendations and a treatment plan is all carried out. All legal documentation is completed to protect the consumer and the practitioner, which is a binding contract and agreement. A patch test does not guarantee that there will be no allergic reaction, however it does give reassurance.
Microblading is usually a two-part treatment with an interval of 4-6 weeks in between appointments. On the first treatment application, it can take up to two hours. Brow mapping takes place and agreement of shape and colour of the overall style. A topical anaesthetic is applied to ensure that there is little, or no discomfort, within the treatment, and a further anaesthetic gel is used during the treatment as a top-up. On this appointment, a qualified practitioner will use a sterile hand tool and needle to create light handed and fine incisions into the upper dermal layers of the skin from 0.25-0.75mm. These incisions deposit pigment into the skin and create the simulation of hair strokes. The procedure is not painful, but there is a light crunching sound made with the incisions. This is a sign that the practitioner is working at the right depth. A practitioner will have trained and worked extensively to perfect their craft. Your confidence is in their hands...
Continuing learning is key for all practitioners regardless of tenure or expertise. All micropigmentation practitioners work within stringent health and safety legislation, and your practitioner should be qualified, licensed and insured. At the end of the treatment, the pigment is rested on the skin for 15 minutes for the incisions to absorb the colour. Then it is removed to reveal natural feathered brows. A follow-up appointment to complete the brows is scheduled 4-6 weeks later, as this is the healing, regeneration and maturation time for the skin.
With manual micropigmentation, there are more advanced techniques available including ombré (powdering/shading), combination techniques, eyeliner, lip liner. All created with the use of different needles.
On average services can cost £350-£750 per session, dependent on the treatment requested and treatment plan. This can seem expensive to some, however a good practitioner will have the expense of training, and components used in treatments, along with ongoing maintenance.
Like any procedure, there is an element of risk associated, and sometimes the desired results are not what the outcome shows. This can be attributed to many factors, for instance skin and how it reacts to colour, client after care and so on.
Research your practitioner and their portfolio, have a look at their recommendations. The work should look artistic. The horror photos in the media can be scary, and extreme. But this is in a minority, there are counter active treatments available to remedy occasions when semi-permanent procedures or tattooing goes wrong; including laser removal and saline/salt removal, as a last resort.
When micropigmentation is done well, confidence is given back to consumers who want a natural aesthetic enhancement or medical restoration. You will be amazed at what can be achieved within this growing industry which is the birth daily of extraordinary artists who strive to deliver the best.
So if you want that extra time in bed in the mornings, without getting up to pencil your brows...micropigmentation may be your next option!
Before and after examples of microblading.