Semi Permanent Make Up
Natural looking pigment, especially developed for cosmetic and medical purposes, are deposited by a single needle below the epidermal/dermal junction of the skin. This is managed with a hand-held machine, much like a tattoo pen to achieve realistic hair strokes or misty finishes for the eyebrows, natural or winged eyeliner and defined, blushed lips that can last for 12-18 months.
Semi-permanent make-up is a much more superficial treatment than the more permanent tattooing. The pigment is deposited into the border between the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin) and the dermis (middle layer of the skin). For this reason, pigment may migrate to the surface and exfoliate away requiring either a top up session or a colour boost when needed.
The pigments fade or fade away between 12-18 months and there are various factors associated with the length of retention of the colour, but generally most patients tend to come back for a colour boost at these times.
We believe in working with your natural features to create a long lasting look that enhances your natural beauty.
PRE TREATMENT ADVICE
Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may be swollen or red, you are advised not to make social plans on the day of your enhancement.
If applicable please wear your normal make-up to your enhancement appointment.
Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen 2 days prior to your enhancement.
Do not discontinue any medication before consulting your doctor.
Keep alcohol intake to a minimum 2 days prior to your enhancement.
Do not use 1% Retin A skincare products close to the area to be treated for 6 weeks prior your procedure.
Do not use AHA skincare products close to the area to be treated for 4 weeks prior to your procedure.
Avoid professional chemical peels close to the procedure site for 4 weeks prior to your procedure.
Please be aware that the National Blood Service does not accept donations of blood for 4 months after micro-pigmentation.
Microblading & Nanoblading
Microblading is an updated semi-permanent makeup technique for enhancing the appearance of the eyebrows. It’s the process in which pigment is scratched into your epidermis layer of skin using fine, short strokes resembling hair. Microblading uses a hand-held device with a blade formed of tiny needles.
It’s also sometimes known as feathering or micro stroking. Unlike a regular tattoo, microblading is a form of tattoo artistry where hair-like strokes made with the tool that will mimic natural hairs in your brows. Even though it’s not as deep as the regular tattoo, it’s still a tattoo because the pigment is implanted under the skin.
Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery, is a procedure categorised under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. Microblading can dramatically correct or can fully reconstruct lost eyebrows. It’s excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over-tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow colours and skin tone.
Microblading has been around for at least 25 years in Asia and Europe. The popularity in the United States has been growing. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. Once applied, the microblading pigment does fade. How long your microblading results last will depend on your skin type, lifestyle, and how often you get touch-ups.
Microblading aims to give you well-defined brows that look natural without the hassle of daily makeup application. The results are very lifelike, giving the eyebrows a natural, fuller look.
Your first microblading session should take up to 2 hours. During this session, the brow technician will shape and style your brows for your approval. The second Microblading session takes place after 4-6 weeks after the initial meeting. It’s known as “a follow-up.” In this session, you will have any minor necessary touch-ups.
Microblading is somewhat uncomfortable and can be painful despite the use of a topical anaesthetic. When it’s finished, you’ll have what small cuts on your eyebrow that are no wider than a thread are.
Before the procedure, your brow technician will apply a topical anaesthetic to numb the area, and also reapplied during the process. Everyone responds differently to anaesthetic; depending on you, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anaesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine, and epinephrine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area are normal. Some describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. You can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.
The effects of microblading can last anywhere between 18 and 36 months. Once pigment from the procedure begins to fade noticeably, you’ll need to go back to your practitioner for a touch-up application. Microblading touch-ups are similar to getting root touch-ups for your hair. If you go when your microblading first starts fading, you can have the colour filled in. Touch-ups can be necessary every year or year and a half, depending on your skin type and preferred look.
While the results are long-lasting, patients need to understand that microblading is semi-permanent and depends on how well you take care of them. Healthier skin is better able to absorb and retain the pigment used. Smoking cigarettes are also costly as the act both restricts pigment absorption and encourages early fading. If your skin type is oilier, the ink will fade faster and certain medications you may be on like thyroid medications.