What is Microblading?
Microblading is a less invasive and more temporary option for those people looking for “permanent makeup”. This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. The results are natural looking hair-like strokes. This procedure can be done regardless of the amount of hair present. There are several colours and shades within our pigment lines that are used in this method. Much care, consideration and time is spent to ensure a good match to your original eyebrow colour. If there are eyebrow hairs still present, your new strokes will blend perfectly into them. Microblading strokes replicate exact brow hairs more-so than a tattoo or feather technique used with a machine. This is a manual method, done with a disposable handheld implement.
Microblading can be used to fill in sparse brows, go over an old tattoo, darken existing brows or create symmetry between two different eyebrows.
How Long Does Microblading Last?
Microblading results can last anywhere from 12 months to 3 years and is ideal for all skin tones and skin types.
The end result will depend on a few factors; the type of pigment used, how individual clients heal, the client’s skin type and post treatment care.
What Happens After the Pigment/Strokes Fade?
The Canmore Medispa & Laser Centre offers a ‘Touch Up’ appointment. This visit is to refresh an existing Microbladed brow. The cost is substantially reduced in an effort to encourage people to keep up their colour and the full look of the eyebrows so they always look fresh, crisp and at their best. Typically, clients like to do a touch up between one to two years after their last Microblading appointment. If there is never a second procedure done, the Microblading strokes will gradually fade and heal completely as the pigment is slowly absorbed by the body.
What is treatment like?
There are different responses from clients regarding the process of the Microblading. Some people are so comfortable that they can doze off during the procedure while some people find it quite uncomfortable but always tolerate it well. In all cases, numbing cream is applied beforehand and continuously during the procedure to help with any discomfort. The initial treatment should always be followed by a second touch-up treatment about 6 weeks after the first. The second treatment is scheduled for two hours, rather than the initial three. The second visit is so important because it corrects any irregularities in colour and strokes and helps ensure a longer-lasting result. The initial procedure can take up to 3 hours. During this time, the numbing sits for 30 minutes, a colour is chosen and an initial outline of the procedure area is drawn on for the client to approve. Once the client is satisfied with the basic shape and symmetry, the area is then marked as an outline to be followed. Finally, the pigment is applied with a hand held tool. The actual process involves running a fine blade where a hair should be. The pigment is deposited in that crease by the blade (and a masque at the end) and during the healing process, the skin heals around that pigment, trapping the colour and ‘holding’ the stroke that has been placed under the skin’s surface.
When is it a good time for Microblading?
For ideal results, it is imperative to follow Post Care recommendations. These will be carefully explained before, during and after the service. In an effort to find the right time to get your brows done, we ask that clients book their appointment when they can dedicate about a week of healing, post-treatment. For the first 48 hours, your new eyebrows must stay dry and clean. This means no sweating, steam showers, swimming or getting them wet. The most successful results are achieved by extending this to a week. The more effort put into keeping your strokes dry so the skin can heal over the pigment to prevent the strokes from ‘popping out’, the better. After the first couple of days and for the next couple of weeks, general care should be taken to avoid disrupting the healing process. After a couple of weeks, there will be significant fading and shrinking of the strokes. The final results of the procedure often don’t show themselves until four to six weeks after the procedure was done.