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WHAT IS MICROBLADING?

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Hello Ladies,

If you don’t know who I am, my name is Sabria Bullaku & I’m the owner here at Brows and Beyond, located in Ottawa, Ontario. At Brows and Beyond, I specialize in permanent makeup, lash extensions, skin tightening and eyebrow shaping and tinting. 

The world of permanent makeup isn’t a new concept, techniques like Mircoblading have been around for years, however techniques like Powdered & Nano Brows have become quite the rage due to the advances in technology & pigments within the permanent makeup industry. With all of the permanent makeup solutions out there, it may be hard to decipher which is right for you. Powerdered Brows, Nanoneedling and microblading each exhibit enhancements that are alluring, clean, & striking for years to come. In this blog, I will discuss the wonders of Microblading and how it has evolved with technology. Also I’ll answer all of the most frequently asked questions from my potential and returning clients – enjoy!

1. What is Microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent make-up procedure that enhances or creates natural looking brows. The truth is, many of us are not born with perfectly symmetrical, deeply vibrant, or youthfully full looking brows. The Microblading technique was created by manually implanting pigment into the epidermis of your skin within the eyebrow region, creating very fine hair-like strokes to reshape or fill in your eyebrows. To better understand this process, I like to think of the bladding portion as though it were a cat scratching you. Once the skin has been opened, just like a tattoo, ink is applied to this very fine scratch and left to settle for 10 minutes. The ink will take to the scratch only where the surface has been wounded and as it heals the ink becomes part of the new tissue, leaving you with a very fine and precise hairlike stroke.

2. How long does the Microblading procedure take?

The Microblading procedure can take up to 2-3 hours depending on various factors like skin type, sensitivity etc. Because every stroke has to be perfectly planned and customized to your natural brow hair pattern to achieve the most natural and brilliant aesthetic, I take the greatest care on every stroke. It is more than a skilled service I’m providing you, every stroke is an artistic expression of your potential beauty. And I take that very seriously

3. Does Microblading hurt?

Don’t worry, I tend to use numbing cream for the procedure. The numbing cream last for about 3 hours. Often if there is any discomfort it is right at the end of the procedure.  Pain level from clients is roughly 5/10. Majority of my clients find that the front of the brow hurts a little more than the tail.

4. How long does the healing process take for Microblading?

It’s important to understand your healing process in a matter of phases. The first phase usually takes about 7-10 days. During this phase the flaking will come off & your eyebrows will return to their natural look. 

The second phase will take about 30 days for it to be completely healed. After this phase it’s safe to start increasing your exposure to the sun, and use makeup as you would normally apply it.

5. Should I stay away from certain skincare during the healing process?

You should stay away from all skincare products and makeup for the first 10 days after your Microblading procedure. You can still apply your creams/cleaners to your face, but stay away from your T-zone & Eyebrow region. Just because your getting your eyebrows done doesn’t mean you have to stop your skincare routine entirely, however, be cautious about where you’re applying your creams, makeup, cleansers, etc., and steer clear from putting anything directly on your eyebrows.

6. Can I continue to exercise during the healing process?

Excess sweating can push the pigment out of your skin. I would say wait at least 10 days prior to your Microblading procedure before doing any rigorous cardio or any exercises that induces excess sweating. If you want to work out, I’d say go for it! However, stick to the light stuff – like weights!

7. How long does Semi-Permanent pigment last?

We actually aren’t allowed to use the word “semi-permanent” anymore – the reason being is that we never know how long it’s going to last on the client. Even though the molecules are a lot bigger in pigment colours compared to ink, it still comes down to the clients skin. Some artists work deeper so that is going to last even longer – especially if it isn’t done right. That’s just another reason it’s important to come see me. My reputation for professional and outstanding permanent make-up is indicative of the kind of perfection you can expect in my work.

8. Will I need any touch-ups, if so how many?

Microblading is a wonderful permanent makeup solution, however one of it’s main downsides is that: it’s done with a blade. A blade can only go so far without causing tremendous bleeding, thus making pigment harder to get into your skin. Touch-ups are very common and the big problem with that is the more touch-ups, the more scar tissue. So, if you’ve had Microblading done before and would like to get a touch-up – consult with a licensed Permanent Makeup Professional in order to determine the best touch-up solutions

9. Is Microblading suitable for all skin types?

Microblading is probably only suitable for less than 10% of the population. Microblading is not recommended for mature skin because of how invasive the procedure may be. For normal to oily skin it’s an even bigger no-no because it will fade RIGHT away, these skin types are also prone to excess bleeding. Microblading is suitable for Dry Skin but not just any dry skin, we’re talking about dry skin that is smooth and perfect like a baby’s bum (which is rare). But I say why damage that skin with a blade when there are other options such as nano-brows and powdered brows

10. I’ve had Microblading done before on my eyebrows but the pigment didn’t last as long as they said it would, do you know why?

There are many factors that can contribute to the loss of pigment, here are some: 

– pigment was not suitable for your skin  

– the artist used a light colour or was way to gentle

– aftercare wasn’t done properly

If 40% of your Microblading pigment has faded, that isn’t anyone’s fault. It’s common for Microblading to fade that much but if you’ve noticed that the colour has gone grey/red, it’s likely the artist chose the wrong colour or went too deep. It also could be the way your skin heals. 

To be honest, Microblading isn’t a cheap procedure, it often fades way beyond the client’s expectations, and is very invasive on your skin. Even though Microblading has some downsides, those beautiful, crisp, defined strokes trump it all. On the other hand, there are other options out there like Nano Brows and Powdered Brows which are less invasive and easier to maintain. They are the future of microblading and will eventually replace the technique all together. Not sure if Microblading is still the right choice for you? Give me a call to schedule your FREE CONSULTATION, or stop on by and we can discuss the next step in your Permanent Makeup regiment.

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