How does microblading really feel, does it work, and is it worth it? Hint: YES
I will try to explain in more detail what exactly microblading is and answer the questions that most of us ask ourselves when considering whether to undergo this procedure in Greenford in West London. You, like me, must have spent countless hours looking at these before and after photos on Instagram, which are endless.
Also read my article on the difference between the difference between permanent makeup and microblading.
Microblading can be called the semi-permanent secret to faking fuller brows that look completely natural. This can be a simple and hassle-free solution to the problem of spending hours pencilling in your brows only to get the completely unwanted shape.
Everything you need to know about Microblading
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a type of eyebrow architecture. It’s all about creating the best shape for each person – a completely individual approach for each client.
The microblading process is very precise thanks to the tool used, which practically looks like a pen with an angled blade with 10-12 tiny needles at the end. These needles do not penetrate the skin, but only delicately scratch the surface, similar to a paper cut.
The needle of the microblading tool very finely implants medical pigment on the epidermal layer of the skin with light scratches, like from a feather. This creates fine, realistic and natural eyelashes with the thinness of a hair.
How are Microblading eyebrows different from eyebrow tattooing?
Microblading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of the skin, but rather on the surface. This is not permanent, permanent and the colour fades within 18 months.
Hair-thin eyelashes are much more natural and finer than any tattoo and permanent makeup because a manual needle / scalpel is used. In Varna microblading, there is no electrical device that penetrates deeply. Therefore, there is more of a scratching noise than the hum of a tattoo gun piercing the skin so deeply.
Could you be allergic to Microblading?
There are people who are sensitive and allergic to some pigments, but in my experience this is extremely rare. A test is always done to check if you are not allergic before a Microblading procedure in Sofia or Varna.
Microblading price in Greenford, West London?
Microblading prices in West London vary from £200 to £400. This usually includes a consultation, a pre-procedure/preparatory procedure, and a touch-up 6-8 weeks after the procedure. You can see our microblading price on this page.
What actually happens when you get Microblading on your eyebrows
1. The eyebrow area is shaped by treating the hairs, cleaning the area and preparing for the procedure
2. Numbness – this takes 40 minutes using a topical ointment. While this works its pain-relieving magic, the client’s colour swatches are shown and the best shade for their desired look is discussed.
3. 10 minutes before the numbing cream starts working, tools are used to measure the area around the eyebrows, taking into account the shape of the face, symmetry, facial features, etc.’
4. Then the piercing process begins – pigment is gently implanted through light cuts with the weight of a feather. Each incision is a surface line in the skin where the colour pigment penetrates and then settles. If there is any discomfort at this stage, another quick layer of numbing cream is added to the area to take effect within 5 minutes.
5. A final layer of pigment is added and left for 5 minutes. Then the area is cleaned and a “miracle”- beautiful eyebrows!
6. After 6-8 weeks there is a top-up and touch-up session to fill in gaps where the pigment has not gone in or healed properly.
Why is there a supplement and correction procedure and when is it done?
The microblading top-up procedure is done after 6-8 weeks. This is the time when the first steps can be evaluated and any subsequent strokes added and darker pigment added if preferred.
What happens in the meantime?
You will need to follow the microblading aftercare instructions (see below) and avoid any picking or scratching. Your eyebrows will begin to heal, much like a tattoo, which can cause irritation but is completely normal.
Over the next ten days, your brows will change colour, they may become flaky and appear faded, but this is completely normal. It is also normal for microblading crusts to appear, which will fall off after time. They will reveal their final colour and shape after about 30 days. They can then be topped up at the second session, also called microblading top-up or touch-up.
How do you know what eyebrow shape to choose? Should I bring photos?
Customers are welcome to submit photos of the eyebrow style they like or come with the eyebrow makeup they usually do in their daily life.
Choosing the right microblading colour
People often want a darker colour than they actually need. It’s always better to use a slightly more natural microblading colour in Greenford, West London – if it doesn’t suit you, you can add more in the top-up and correction session for a darker color.
It takes into account your hair colour, eye colour and skin tone using the Fitzpatrick chart which also takes into account how your skin will change with sun exposure etc to ensure the right choice of colour pigment.
Choose the right form of microblading
Your eyebrows are measured using a special microblading meter to choose the perfect eyebrow shape that is individual to each client. Based on this, the final form is made.
How long does microblading last?
Microblading in Sofia and Varna can last between 12 and 18 months, but the longevity of the pigment will depend on your skin type.
People with slightly oilier skin tend to last about 12 months before needing a top-up, but those with normal skin can last up to 18 months.
Your brows will eventually fade if you don’t keep filling in every 18 months or so. No scarring or fading of pigments, so it won’t look like you let them fade.
Does microblading hurt?
It could not be defined as pain, but rather as a sensation. The process itself is not painful thanks to the numbing ointment that is applied. Sometimes the sound of the blade is more frightening to people – a small scraping sound.
The whole process of doing microblading in Greenford, West London on eyebrows is very fast – in fact, the numbness takes most of the time (50 minutes), you are not under the needle for the whole 2 hours.
Can eyebrow microblading be removed?
Yes – the pigment used does not leave scars or discoloration and saline solution can be used to remove eyebrow microblading.
It is very important to know and understand that the brows will be up to 40% darker for the first 7-10 days during the healing process when microblading crusts and flaking can occur.
It happens that ladies leave the studio and two days later are horrified that their eyebrows are too dark. But, be patient – as this is completely normal! After 7 to 10 days you will start to see the final coloration.
Microblading – what to do and what not to do
Before the procedure:
- Do not pluck, clean, wax or electrolyze for one week prior to the eyebrow microblading procedure.
- Do not go to a solarium or expose yourself to direct sunlight two weeks before the procedure.
- Do not do any type of facial massages or exfoliation for two weeks before.
- Stop using any retinol or vitamin A products one month before your eyebrow microblading procedure.
- No exercise that day.
- Don’t get Botox three weeks before.
- Do not take fish oil or vitamin E for a week before (these are natural blood thinners).
- Do not dye your eyebrows three days before.
On the day of the procedure
- Do not drink alcohol 24-48 hours before your eyebrow microblading appointment.
- Do not drink coffee 2 hours before. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen 24 hours before the procedure.
The rules after Microblading
Days 1-7 after the procedure
- Gently wash your eyebrows every morning and night with water and antibacterial soap. Make sure all the soap is rinsed off and dried by gently patting with a towel. This will not remove the pigment.
DO NOT use cleansers containing acids or scrubs.
- Apply a very small amount of coconut or rosehip oil to each eyebrow morning and night.
Things to consider after having your brows microblade
- Use a clean pillow case
- No plucking!
- No facials, Botox or peels for 4 weeks
- Avoid exercise for 1 week
- Avoid direct sun for 1 week
- Avoid long, hot showers for 10 days
- Avoid swimming for 10 days
- Do not wear any makeup or use skin care on your eyebrows until they are healed.
- Remember, your brows aren’t complete until the second touch-up and touch-up session.