Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What is the process?
Microblading is a 3 part process:
- The Consultation
The first part of the process is a consultation. This is normally done as part of your initial treatment, but can be done separately if you prefer. I will talk with you in great detail about the look you are trying to achieve and what I recommend. Once we have an idea of the look you are aiming for, I draw the brows on with a makeup pencil. These can be drawn on and adjusted 50 times if necessary! I will never begin the tattoo process until you are completely happy with what they are going to look like.
- K.B Pro Brows: Microblading Treatment
Using a state of the art microblading tool, tiny precision hair strokes are created by hand, mimicking the natural direction and lengths of your brows. Pigments are then implanted into the channels created by the microblades in the dermal layer of the skin. The sensation is similar to a little scratch but you should not feel any discomfort. As with the permanent makeup treatment the area will look 40-50% darker than the colour you have chosen in consultation, but this will fade within 3-4 days to reveal your chosen colour. The treatment generally takes around 2 hours and will leave you with highly defined, ultra-realistic looking brows.
- The Retouch
A second appointment is needed 6 weeks after your first treatment. This is usually a 1 hour appointment to add more pigment to the brow area. This is because as the area is healing, some parts may not ‘hold’ as well as others and you may have a few patches that need more colour. This is completely normal and everyone heals differently, e.g – oliy or aged skin may not hold the pigment as well as a young, healthy skin type. Whatever the case, we advise you always come back to clinic for your retouch.
Does it hurt?
I don’t find microblading painful and I have a very low pain threshold! You may feel a sensation similar to the feeling of having your eyebrows plucked, I will ensure that your experience is as pain free as possible. Just let me know if you are in any discomfort.
How long will it take?
It varies between clients as it depends on the condition of your eyebrows and the look you want to achieve. Please allow 2-3 hours for the initial treatment and 1-2 hours for top ups.
How long will it last?
Again, everyone is different; some people retain pigment really well whilst others find that it fades quicker. Some people get their brows topped up every 6 months whilst some people can and prefer to leave it nearly 2 years. On the whole the better condition your skin, the longer the pigment will hold. Mature and oily skin tends to need topping up sooner as the skin doesn’t retain the pigment so well. Most people get their brows topped up annually.
Who isn't suitable for Microblading?
Most people are suitable for Microblading, however, you must be over 18 years of age. Mature and oily skin may not retain the pigment well and the hairstrokes may not stay so fine and crisp so this is something to bear in mind. There are certain medical conditions that may mean I have to decline treatment, I will go through this with you at consultation when you complete the medical form. Please flag any medical concerns in advance in case I need to ask you for a doctors note.
What will they look like immediately after?
They will be 40-50% darker than the finished result so expect them to look darker than you’d like initially. Your brows may also look a little red and puffy so don’t plan to go out straight away afterwards. You need to avoid make up in the area until they are healed so make sure you factor in things like holidays, wedding etc when booking them in.
How do I take care of my new brows?
I will provide you with an aftercare leaflet to take away. You will need to avoid touching them, getting them wet or picking them (they can be a little itchy as they heal) but this can really impact the healing process. Don’t be concerned about the aftercare, I can go over it all with you; its mainly just common sense.
Why have my brows healed less crips?
Why do the healed results always look cloudier and less crisp than the initial implanted strokes?
Microblading inserts pigment into the skin using small needles that puncture the skin. The needles penetrate past the epidermis into the underlying dermis, leaving behind pigment in the entire area. The living dermis is composed of collagen fibers, nerves, sweat glands, sebaceous glands, blood vessels and everything that keeps the skin connected to the rest of the body. With each stroke it causes a wound in the skin and sends a message to the body to begin the healing process. The cells of the immune system travel to the wound site and begin repairing the skin. These cells called macrophages carry the pigment in an effort to dispose of it whilst repairing the skin. Some of the cells are pulled back holding onto the pigments into the lymph nodes, while others remain in the dermis until they realise the pigment cannot be carried away and they are left visible through the skin. Initially, the pigment is deposited in both the epidermis and dermis, but as the skin heals, the damaged epidermal layers are lost and replaced by new, pigment free ones. This is why the colour may look less deep and vibrant as the initial channel as it is covered by layers of fresh skin.
I have recently had Botox, can I still have my brows done?
It depends where youve had the botox but it Botox routinely includes the forehead area, between the eyebrow bulb area (frown lines). Their eyebrow muscles are not relaxed in a normal position and as a result, symmetry of the eyebrows cannot be determined to be exact. Therefore usually it is recommended that a client who has the effects of Botox wait until the effects have diminished (when you are due for another treatment is a good guide).
Is it Safe?
Yes, you will be given a patch test to test for sensitivities; this must be carried out at least 48 hours before having the procedure. This can be posted to you for ease. Your medical history will be examined before going ahead. It is really important to work in a clean, sterile environment and to have had thorough training which I have had. The premises that I work from have been inspected to ensure I have a suitable licence and all my tools are one use only. Recently there has been an increase of Microblading trainers poping up, offering to train people new to the industry in 2 days! This is concerning as its barely enough time to cover the basics. Microblading is a skilled and complex treatment, make sure you research the treatment and industry before booking in.
I'm still unsure!
Please feel free to book a free consultation with me at either my Bromsgrove or Redditch clinic, I’d be happy to discuss any concerns with you. I know it is a big decision so I want you to feel 100% comfortable before going ahead.