- What is the difference between Microblading and Micropigmentation?
There are several differences between Microblading and traditional Micropigmentation:
1. The type of instrument used to perform the treatment
Microblading is a manual method, whereby a specialised hand-tool is used to adapt specific needles according to the desired effect. The movement of the feather and the speed of the needles are set by the technician’s hand throughout the treatment. By contrast, Micropigmentation uses a digital machine or device connecting the dermograph to a power base. The technician can establish his or her working speed before starting, with the needles varying from one method to another.
2. Depth and duration of treatment
In both cases the pressure and depth of treatment depend a lot on the technique and experience of the technician. But, since Microblading does not tend to penetrate as deeply (when working the right way) it usually doesn’t last as long (up to 18 months less) as Micropigmentation.
3. Definition and strokes in the hair-by-hair technique
Both Micropigmentation and Microblading use needles which allow for a variety of different effects, so it is possible to achieve shading or the hair-by-hair technique with both methods, as well as a combination of the two. If the client wants a shaded effect I recommend Micropigmentation because it lasts longer and the treatment is less traumatic for the skin in my opinion. However, I would advise using Microblading for the hair-by-hair method as the technique allows for much finer and more curved hairs, creating a more realistic effect.
4. Pigment types
Both techniques use different pigments; in the case of Micropigmentation the pigments have more of a liquid consistency while in Microblading they are denser and creamier.
- Is there anyone who would not be suitable for Microblading?
In some cases the client’s health might be put at risk, so it is necessary to find out more about their physical condition before arranging an appointment.
Microblading would not be suitable for people who:
• Take anticoagulant medications or alcohol, because they would bleed more than most clients
• Have insulin-dependent diabetes, as this can cause bad scarring
• Are allergic to any of the materials used in the treatment (for example an allergy to the pigment, latex gloves…)
• Are pregnant or breastfeeding
• Have a weak immune system as a result of chemotherapy. It is recommended that
clients wait at least a year after their last session
• Have keloid scars
• Wear a pacemaker
• Have recently had Botox applied in the area (it is necessary to wait four weeks)
• Suffer from inflammatory skin diseases in the treatment area, for example acne, eczema, rosacea, or dermatitis. In these cases it is advisable to treat the area with
dermatological treatments beforehand
- Can Microblading /Micropigmentation be performed on top of scars?
Many clients get in touch with me because they are searching for a solution to hide a gap or wound caused by a scar. In general there is no problem with working on top of atrophic scars, as long as they are at least a year old, and do not have a pink tone or a dark border. However, it is not always easy to guarantee effective long-lasting colour retention since the internal composition of the damaged skin is not always visible to the naked eye.
- Are there any instructions to follow before treatment?
In the 24 hours before a Microblading treatment, clients must avoid stimulants (such as tea, coffee, caffeinated drinks or drinks with theine), aspirins, alcohol and vasodilators.
In the week before, clients should avoid facial treatments, and should not sunbathe or expose their skin to UVA rays.
- What precautions should be taken after the treatment?
Clients should avoid exposing their skin to direct sun rays, and should not apply cosmetic powders, makeup or creams with active agents on top of their eyebrows during the first eight to 10 days. In addition, clients should avoid swimming pools, sunbeds, saunas, and any exercise which results in excessive sweating, as well as cosmetic treatments, peels and similar treatments.
Some post-treatment recommendations also depend on the client’s skin type; some clients will need to keep their skin dry by avoiding the use of creams, while others should ensure that they hydrate their skin well.
- On average, how long do eyebrows take to recover?
The recovery process is usually complete within 28 to 30 days. Accordingly, around four to six weeks after the first session it is possible to apply a touch-up.
In general, the recovery process includes several different phases, as outlined here:
Day 1: The client may experience an inflammation in the area which normally resolves itself shortly after the treatment. Eyebrows will appear up to 50 percent darker.
Days 2-3: In the days immediately following treatment, a small crust may form on the
eyebrows. Clients may also experience itchy skin as a result of the healing process. However it is crucial that the client avoids scratching the skin as this can affect pigment retention.
Days 4-7: Several days after the treatment is it normal to experience some flaking around the eyebrows. Clients often become worried about reduced colour retention during this stage.
Days 8-28: In the weeks following treatment, the pigment returns to the surface of the eyebrow area and the colour becomes more intensified.
- Can Microblading be applied on top of previous Micropigmentation?
In cases where the client has had previous Micropigmentation treatments on their eyebrows, it is necessary to evaluate whether the technique would be suitable according to the current state of the client’s skin and the saturation of the colour pigment.
- How long does Microblading last?
This technique usually lasts up to 18 months. This time frame can depend on many factors, such as skin type (more oily skin, for example, usually rejects the pigment within a year), sun exposure, the client’s age, and whether the client has skin-regenerating facials (chemical peels, glyceric acid, microdermabrasion, laser treatments, mesotherapy etc.). However it is also clear that the specific technique, the quality of the pigments, and the type of needle used will all affect the final result and how long it lasts.
- How can I book a consultation?
Contact me via WhatsApp on 622415535 or by email at email@example.com