Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Feathering, 3D Eyebrows, and Eyebrow Embroidery, is a relatively new method for enhancing your eyebrows for a very natural-looking, fuller brow.
Eyebrows – your most valuable fashion accessory, an integral part of your self-image. Eyebrows define your face, complement your features, and are one of the first things people notice about you. Brooke is a certified Phibrows artist qualified to customize eyebrows to meet the highest of Microblading standards whether you need volume or density, a new shape, or both. Microblading is known for providing remarkable results. No matter the amount of natural brow hair you have, rest assured the results will be stunning.
Microblading is a process and will take time. I always tell my clients, whether semi- or permanent, “Tattooing is an art not a science – a technique and no one technique fits everyone’s needs”.
We’ll start by going over the paperwork and your aftercare instructions in detail. We will conclude candidacy while completing a medical history questionnaire, as alterations/alternatives may be necessary before proceeding. It’s very important to have a complete understanding of what is required before booking a service appointment. Consultations are free of cost, and all of your questions can be answered during your consultation appointment.
At your service appointment we’ll map out and measure your face to find the optimal placement for your brows. From there we work together to define a shape that you desire. Once we’ve agreed upon the design we begin the procedure. Microblading is the implementation of pigmented hair strokes with a handheld Microblading tool.
After the first pass a numbing agent can be applied to alleviate any discomfort you might experience during the remainder of the procedure. Your initial Microblading session consists of 2-5 passes determined during the procedure and based on your skin and the amount of bleeding that may occur. Generally, 2-3 passes is sufficient.
Once the first session is complete we’ll clean your new brows and apply a light layer of ointment specifically designed for tattoo aftercare, which is then provided to you. It is recommended that you book your “4-6 Week Touch-up” service appointment at your first appointment to ensure your meet the complimentary 4-6 weeks timeframe, which important as that is when you’ve completely healed from your first appointment, but before the pigment begins to fade through your skins natural regeneration process.
At your 4-6 week Touch-up appointment we’ll determine your healed results and your skins agility for pigment retention. It is normal to lose up to 10% of pigment after the first session; however, several factors can interfere such as skin type and tone, lifestyle, and medical condition/medication. The color will fade by approximately 30% and your brows will narrow by about 1/3 in width/size. After assessment lost pigment is replaced through Microblading and minor adjustments can be made in keeping with the original desired shape, as necessary for optimal final results. You will maintain the same aftercare practices after your Touch-up appointment, and your final results will be noticeable once your brows have fully settled and any residual redness and swelling subsides, usually within 30-40 days, concluding your Microblading service.
Duration – Microblading is considered semi-permanent makeup (SPMU) lasting up to two years, versus permanent makeup (PMU) lasting up to five years, before fading or requiring a color refresh. Microblading methods require maintenance, as will Permanent Makeup, should you choose to continue to receive Microblading services. You can save time and money with our annual “Color Boost” service. Otherwise, you may choose to allow Microblading to simply fade away.
Although, Microblading is considered to be semi-permanent, it is still a form of tattooing and trace elements of pigment may be visible after a two-year period. The application of pigment through Microblading is an art form, and not a science, consisting of the artist placing pigmented hair stroke simulations into the epidermis via a handheld sterile, single-use tool.
Skin – the epidermis is the third of four layers of skin – the first layer being dead skin; the second being new skin cells that constantly regenerate; the third being the epidermis; and, the fourth being the dermis, which is the deepest layer of the skin, and the layer of skin where pigment is placed during permanent makeup and body art tattooing procedures, thus causing its permanence. Each layer of skin is not flat, but instead consists of peaks and valleys. In order for Microblading to last up to two years it is necessary to place the pigment, precisely, along the uppermost ridges of the dermis while keeping, mostly, within the epidermis. This allows for pigment to fade almost completely, but lasting more than a couple of months during the skin’s natural process of regeneration.
Therefore, trace elements of pigment may remain in areas where pigment placement passes through into the dermis. This should not be of much concern, as your artist should be qualified in the application of pigment consistent with Microblading and without going too deep, and too often, into the dermis. You should not recognize pigment lasting beyond the 1-2 year period consistent with the Microblading procedure, as it should fade to almost invisible and/or be disguised by your natural hair.
Pigment retention (and the length or duration of your Microblading procedure) – is determined by several factors including your skin type and tone; post-treatment care; your lifestyle and skincare regimen; medications; sun-exposure; as well as your body’s natural ability to retain pigment during the initial healing process and after.
Candidates – not everyone is a candidate for the Microblading procedure and may need to look into permanent makeup options. If you do not qualify for semi-permanent methods (Microblading) PMU is commonly approved. Most people will be eligible for one of the cosmetic procedures Brooke offers, and candidacy can be established during an in-person consultation.
Microblading vs. Micropigmentation
Microblading is performed using a handheld instrument with a very fine blade to deposit pigment into the epidermal layer of your skin rather than the deeper dermal layer of skin. Since the pigment is closer to the surface the strokes appear very crisp and fine. In this case, the pigment fades as your skin regenerates naturally and depending on several factors such as skin type, health, lifestyle, etc. Microblading lasts up to 2 years, optimally, but each person is unique and the timeframe can be between 6 months (commonly seen with persons having very oily skin) and 3 years (commonly seen with persons having naturally darker skin pigment). Not everyone is a candidate for Microblading; however, while oily skin and a few other factors may disqualify you from being a candidate for Microblading, Micropigmentation (permanent makeup aka PMU) may be available to you. During Micropigmentation procedures the pigment reaches into the deeper dermal layer of the skin allowing better retention and overall results. There are a few conditions that might hinder your chances for semi- and permanent makeup tattooing and therefore a consultation is recommended prior to scheduling your service appointment.
Numbing – with both procedures, a numbing agent can be used after the first pass where the initial strokes are placed into the skin. Brooke does not pre-numb the skin as it compromises the integrity of the skin causing the skin to prematurely swell and become rubbery and asymmetry and pigment retention are commonly seen problems after pre-numbing agents are used. After the first pass, which is approximately 20 minutes per brow, a numbing agent can be used to alleviate any pain you might experience during the remaining passes – the number of passes is determined during the procedure and is based on the client’s skin and the amount of bleeding that occurs – usually between 2-5 passes for either Microblading or Micropigmentation procedure.
Discomfort – clients express discomfort at different levels, but most commonly described as having 2-3 hairs plucked at once or as receiving a small paper cut. Due to the procedure being segmented by 10-minute breaks during *masking between passes (*ink masks allow the pigment to thoroughly penetrate the procedure area of skin) Microblading and Micropigmentation procedures are considered minimally invasive and clients often decline the use of a numbing agent, receiving optimum results.
Who Should Get Microblading
Microblading is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. The results are natural looking hair strokes, regardless of the amount of the hair you currently have.
Also, anyone suffering from medical conditions that cause hair loss, including alopecia and telogen effluvium, can benefit greatly from Microblading.
Cancer survivors are great candidates for micropigmentation and microblading procedures for the eyebrows. Phibrows artists offer a special “Pay With A Smile” program offering one complimentary Microblading or Micropigmentation service to cancer survivors with one year cancer-free and oncologist approval. Please call Brooke for more information and the terms and conditions for this service, as there is a strict protocol for candidacy. As much as Id like to please note that each Phibrows artist can offer only a few complimentary procedures annually so I cannot guarantee an spot in the program for everyone.