Foreword From Leonie – During my recent time in Brisbane, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Marina Capitelli at iBeauty Medispa. I had been contemplating having some kind of permanent shading added to my brows because years of waxing and “professionals” sometimes removing far too many hairs, my brows had been left sparse in some areas, microblading seemed to be the best option for me. To be honest, this is not a relaxing procedure, it can sometimes verge into discomfort depending on your pain threshold. After the Microblade procedure was completed I did decide to take some Tylenol/Panadol (Acetaminophen) which I repeated 6 hours later, there was absolutely no residual pain the next day. In the weeks after, my brows healed without issue, I simply followed Marina’s care instructions. I am extremely happy with the result, my brows look natural and in regular light I can’t distinguish between my natural brow hairs and Marina’s skilled microblading. The 3 photographs below are my eybrows ….
I know I have written about the benefits of Cosmetic Tattoo/Permanent Make-Up in the past but I wanted to re-visit a particular and relatively new off-shoot of this treatment called ‘Microblading’.
Also known by other names such as Feathering, Hairstroke, Microstroking or Embroidery (to name a few); Microblading is the manual technique of tattooing eyebrows using very fine, life-like strokes that imitate the natural hair and flow of the eyebrow to fill and shape the brow, while still looking natural.
Although technically still considered a Cosmetic Tattoo, there are some big difference between Microblading and the more traditional form of Cosmetic Tattooing so if you have been considering getting your eyebrows permanently perfected then here is some insiders’ tips to help you safely get those perfect arches you’ve been longing for.
Insiders Tip #1
It is a TATTOO! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Microblading uses a group of very fine needles, configured in a straight row to form a pseudo blade. The tiny needle/blade is inserted into the end of a slim hand tool (a bit like a long thin pen) with which the practitioner then uses to draw and etch the hair stroke pattern into the skin of the brow area. Unlike traditional Cosmetic Tattoo, results will usually last 1 to 2 years but some will advertise it only lasting 6 months.
Because of its short life span and the fact that it is not done with a traditional tattoo or cosmetic tattoo machine some practitioners will try and have you believe that it is not a tattoo in order to make it sound easy and less invasive but this is not the case. The procedure does break through the skin and bleeding and discomfort is usual… which leads to tip #2.
Insiders Tip #2
Make sure your practitioner is QUALIFIED and EXPERIENCED. So, here is what has happened in the world of Cosmetic Tattooing… and I’m talking to you as sincerely as I would talk to my best friend or my own sister here…
In the last few years, Microblading has exploded in popularity amongst those in the beauty industry because it is seen as a quick, easy and inexpensive way of getting into Cosmetic Tattoo. Of course, nothing can be further from the truth and there is much blaming and finger pointing currently going on behind industry lines as to how and why this has gotten so out of hand. I won’t go into detail because that is a whole other kettle of fish BUT I will tell you what it means for YOU… the end user. It means that, more often than not, you are likely to come across a ‘Microblading Expert’ who has only completed a 1 or 2 day training workshop with no prior experience in Cosmetic Tattooing and no idea of the risks associated with cross-contamination and blood-borne pathogens. Furthermore, many of these 2-day short-cutters are learning from other 2- day short-cutters who have decided that they want to get into teaching!
Personally, I would not have Microblading with a practitioner who does not have a foundation of traditional Cosmetic Tattoo or Body Tattoo or at least be an Aesthetician, Doctor or Nurse. That’s not to say no-one else can be talented at Microblading but I am talking about having fundamental health and safety knowledge which can not be learned sufficiently in a two day training workshop… which leads me to tip #3.
Insiders Tip #3
Make sure the clinic you visit is licensed for Cosmetic Tattooing or traditional tattooing. Licensing requirements will vary from country to country and even state to state. Here in Australia, in Canada and many US states, the clinic must be licensed with their local health department for ‘skin penetration’ services such as tattooing and cosmetic tattooing. Having this licence means that the clinic and the practitioner follow best practices in regards to providing services at risk of cross-contamination of blood born pathogens such as using disposable, single use needles and tools. It’s not worth the risk, for the sake of saving a few hundred dollars, to go to an unlicensed practitioner.
And finally…Visit your chosen clinic for a consultation. Ask to see before and after photograph – they should look clinical not all glitz and glamour, of both immediately after the procedure and healed. Check out their certificates and diplomas while you are there, professionals will have them hung on the wall. Check to see if they have their health licence displayed on the wall… look around to see if all looks clean and hygienic. Visiting the clinic prior to deciding to go ahead is very important!
The Drawing Process To Align The Brows And Give Symmetry
Just After The Completion Of The Microblading
3 Weeks Healing After The Microblading
Tina Davies – Harmony Microblading Tool Is Single Use And Fully Disposable Image Courtsey Of TinaDavies.com