07 Feb What is Microblading or Micro-pigmentation?
Microblading, sometimes also referred to as microstroking, is an advanced brow tattoo technique whereby a superfine row of needles is used to create thin, hair like marks on the skin. This process lasts around 18 months and can be as heavy or light as needed.
It is ideal for creating full and realistic looking eyebrows, and is becoming an increasingly popular method in permanent makeup as the micro strokes mimmick the natural hairs.
It is not the same as hair stroke cosmetic tattoo using a tattoo machine as the strokes are finer, and are not implanted as deep into the skin. Therefore, cosmetic tattoo brows completed using microblade or microstroke technique are not as permanent. They are really to be considered semi-permanent, lasting usually around 18 months before a retouch is required.
During the treatment, after consultation, the new brow shape is measured multiple times, with the final outline then penciled on. At this stage, the consultation can determine if the client and therapist are happy with the new shape before the brow area is numbed, and then pigment is implanted into the skin using very tiny needle strokes. These are feathered into the new brow shape, and the area gradually made denser with lots of tiny hair strokes, depending on the desired result.
One, two or even three different shades of pigment can be used, creating a single, double or even triple layer brow tattoo, resulting in a life-like eyebrow tattoo.
The treated brows are usually a little tender, and the colour a little darker than the healed result – but they are not normally so dark as to be unsightly. Normal activities like work and socialising can generally be resumed the same day. They lighten considerably to a softer tone over the next 10-14 days.