Microblading, also known as microstroking, is an advanced brow embroidery technique whereby a superfine row of needles is used to create thin, hair like marks on the skin, which last up to 18 months.
It is ideal for creating a very full and realistic looking brow, and is becoming an increasingly popular method in permanent makeup.
It is quite similar to hair stroke cosmetic tattoo using the machine method, however the strokes are finer, and are not implanted as deeply in the skin. Therefore, cosmetic tattoo brows completed using microblade or microstroke technique are not as permanent. They are really to be considered semi-permanent, lasting usually around 12 months before a retouch is required.
During the treatment, after a brow consultation, the new brow shape outline is penciled on, the brow area is numbed, and then pigment is implanted into the skin using very tiny needle strokes. These are built up into the new shape, and the area gradually made denser with lots of tiny hair strokes, depending on the desired result.
One, two or even three different shades of pigment can be used, creating a single, double or even triple layer brow tattoo, giving a 3D brow effect.
The treated brows are usually a little tender, and the colour a little darker than the healed result – but they are not normally so dark as to be unsightly. Normal activities like work and socialising can generally be resumed the same day. They lighten considerably to a softer tone over the next 10-14 days.
Charlotte our cosmetic tattooist is trained and certified in both the machine method of hair stroke tattoo, as well as microblade/microstroke technique. She often uses a combination of both of these methods in her treatments, to create perfectly natural brow enhancements.