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FAQ Microblading

Phibrows is a manual, semi-permanent technique of hyper-realistic eyebrow drawing in which the shape of eyebrows is calculated according to facial morphology and golden proportion (PHI 1.618).

The technique is intended for anyone over the age of 18 who wants to correct the aesthetic problems of the eyebrows. In order to successfully perform the treatment, the skin must not be in the regenerative process I.E. it must not be damaged: eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, acne, pimples or any damage in the eyebrows area.

Microblading is a cosmetic procedure that is less permanent than traditional cosmetic tattooing. The results typically last 1-3 years, depending on your skin type and skincare routine.

After carefully measuring to determine placement and shape, each ‘hair’ stroke is gently etched into the skin with a sterile and disposable hand tool with super fine needles using the highest quality standards on the market (Phibrows Microblading pigments). The pigment is chosen to match the natural or desired brow colour, taking into consideration skin tone. Pigments are cruelty free and vegan, without nasty iron oxides and heavy metals that usually make the eyebrow colour turn green, purple, orange or red.

Microblading is perfect for anyone wanting to enhance their brows. Whether you have little to no brows, thinning or over-plucked brows, the results are beautifully realistic.

If in doubt please book a complimentary consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for semi-permanent makeup.

A mandatory sensitivity patch test to ensure there won’t be any reaction to the pigment and/or numbing agent will be carried out on the consultation day; it can also be sent by post or, alternatively if refused, a waiver must be signed stating the decision of not having the patch test at your own responsibility.

However, the procedure can not be performed on those that are: pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, taking blood-thinning medication, or have an autoimmune disorder, or have recently completed chemotherapy.

You may not be a good candidate for microblading if:

  • there is psoriasis/dermatitis, eczema, keratosis pillars, chronic acne, rosacea (mild cases can be alright) on and around the brow area;
  • you are an insulin-dependent diabetic;
  • you are prone to keloid scarring;
  • you are under 18 years old;
  • you have previous microblading or permanent makeup (I would need to see you in for consultation or have sent over very clear pictures to help decide what is the most suitable);
  • you are pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • you have a heart condition;
  • you have taken Roaccutane, Warafin, Antabuse; in the last year; side effects may affect healing and recovery from treatment

MicrobladingThe eyebrows area will be slightly red and possibly swollen after procedure and colour will appear darker. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The colour will fade by up to 40-60% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice light scabbing.

Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the micro-bladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in colour as it heals. No downtime is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-10 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the colour to fully set in. You will notice the colour is very light after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the ‘milk skin’ and is common in tattooing. This is due to the skin tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True colour will reveal itself once healed.

Touch up session is mandatory to lock in the process and fill in any possible gaps where the pigment did not take initially to further correct and enhance the final result; it has to be booked on the day of your appointment or after, within the time frame of 6-8 weeks, no longer than that to avoid being surcharged

How long does it last?

Since Microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime.

Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful, mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, use products with AHA or Glycolic Acid will fade faster as your skin will resurface faster.

Each individual’s colour retention will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microblading area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.

Is there anything I should do/not do before my procedure?

If you are taking any fish oils or omega supplements, please stop one week prior.

Do not consume caffeine the day of your appointment (not tea, coffee, chocolate, Coke, Diet Coke). Avoid any spicy foods, Aspirin, Advil, Paracetamol/Ibuprofen the day before and day of. Do not use Retinol products for 2 weeks prior to your appointment indefinitely as it will increase the speed at which the pigment fades.

No waxing or tinting at least 3 days before your appointment. Tweezing around is ok (will be done on the day by the artist). Keep a 3-week time frame after and before your microblading to get botulinum toxin injections to avoid it interfering with the shape of your eyebrows.

What is the difference between microblading and shading?

Manual shading is a different technique of depositing pigment into the skin by a sterile single use hand tool with a few needles.

It gives us an illusion of a ‘fuller’, more ‘powdered’ or ‘coloured in’ brow outcome and helps blend areas with very little hairs to area that have thick dense hairs.

Does microblading hurt?

The pain level of the procedure is considered mild to none. Our clients claimed that there is more of a slight discomfort to it and it lasts for less than 10 minutes until the crisp clear 3D hair strokes are created.

Once the skin is open, numbing solution is applied and no pain will be present at all.

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