Permanent Cosmetics and Microblading
Permanent Makeup and microblading is a great option for those who want to enhance their natural beauty and who want to steal back some lost time for themselves. Life doesn’t pause, so wouldn’t it be nice if you could save an extra 20 minutes or more each morning? Your time is valuable, so let us consult with you and show you how microblading and other permanent cosmetic procedures can help you to save time and always look your best.
What is microblading and permanent makeup?
At its most basic, microblading is the practice of using a miniature blade and natural permanent pigments to create hair like incisions (known as strokes) on the brow line in a precise sequence and in precise locations. The end result is a professionally designed brow that matches your natural color and desired style. In addition to microblading for the brows, there are other permanent makeup options to incorporate pigments into the skin to achieve subtle effects. Eyeliner and lip liner (with or without a color fill) are two additional popular choices. Even more forms of permanent cosmetics are scar camouflaging, which uses pigment to hide scars or to blend natural birthmarks and Virtual areola construction or reconstruction. The later is an option for those who may have lost the areola in part or in full due to any number of mastopathies.
A license from the state board is required to practice this art in Arkansas. We refer to this type of treatment as permanent although no one in the industry can make a guarantee of permanence. Permanence is determined by multiple factors. Some people use the wordplay of semi-permanent makeup which is misleading since some or all of the implanted pigments could potentially remain in the skin indefinitely. The confusion often arises because of the fading effect that occurs over time when some of the pigment is expelled. Some people keep their color for years where others may experience a higher rate of pigment loss due to wide variations in sebaceous and sweat gland activity and other environmental factors like higher than average UV exposure.
Preparation, RECOVERY & SIDE EFFECTS
You should consult with your microblading artist to determine your qualifications for each procedure. Medications, pre-existing health conditions and environmental factors all play key roles in the success of these types of procedures. Human skin’s natural reaction to having a pigment implanted is to push the pigment out so it is essential that you take great care when preparing for the process. Appropriate pre and post process care of the treated areas is essential for the longest retention of full shape and color. The most common side effects include mild tenderness, redness, mild scabbing and itch as the penetrations heal. With proper care these will be minimal with no downtime from work or life. Since your skin has sebaceous and sweat glands, it is recommended that you prepare to take a break from anything that would increase production in these glands which includes consumption of alcohol, extreme exercise and the avoidance of other environmental factors.
- Initial Consultation. This includes brow mapping, the creation of a color profile and reviewing medical information that could affect the outcome. You should plan on a minimum of 1.5 hours for a thorough consult.
- Procedure: Depending on what you are having done, procedures could be as little as 1 hour or as long as 4 hours depending on the number of areas you are having treated.
- Sessions Required for Optimal Results: maintenance as needed every 6-24 months. This varies widely based on skin type, personal care and habits and gland activity.
- Recovery Time: Little to no social downtime is needed. The whole goal is to decrease your downtime when it comes to makeup application, and the recovery times are generally in line with this goal.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Long Will It Take To Notice The Results?
The results of your initial treatments should be fully realized within 3 weeks. During this time, you will scab and it will appear that you are losing the color, but this is expected and calculated in the initial consult. The end result will be 50% lighter than the initial pigment implantation so your brows will look natural in the end.
How Long Will Results Last?
It can last from several months to several years depending on the skin type and the recipient’s personal habits. Maintaining good overall health and maintaining healthy and strong skin with appropriate products and skin treatments will improve the results and longevity.
Who is a good candidate for these types of procedures?
Good candidates for permanent cosmetics will be those who might have poor eyesight, unsteady hands or those who generally have issues putting on makeup. Also, anyone looking to save preparation time each day as it relates to the application of makeup would be ideal. Candidates that should use caution are those who use certain types of medicines, those who have certain types of disease or syndromes and those who are unable to follow the pre or post care instruction.
Is there pain involved?
We typically use pain-reducing lidocaine to help manage pain or discomfort during the procedure. Most people have described the pain associated with the microblading experience as akin to a scratch from a cat. The lines are hair thin so the application is mostly described as uncomfortable more so than painful.