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Eyebrows FAQs

I have prepared a series of questions and answers below just to inform you of what the treatment entails and the most frequently asked questions.

Don’t forget that perfect eyebrows are a form of art. I am passionate about my work and can create beautiful and, importantly the most natural brows you could ask for.

 

You can have thick, ultra-faint brows or have even lost your brows but I can still create the appearance of naturally full brows by using different blades and several shades that match your hair colour, so your brows will look multidimensional and 'real'.

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a manual method of permanent cosmetics for your eyebrows which creates extremely fine natural looking hair strokes. The results? Perfectly natural looking, thicker, full brows (depending on your requirements of course).

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What is Nano?

Much like the Microblading, I create strokes of fine hair, but this time using a machine/instrument, and it penetrates deeper into the skin. We can colour in or 'shade' the gaps gently - the possibilities with the machine are endless.

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What is the difference between the two treatments?

Nano blading gives more precise and meticulous looks. Each stroke is individual and thinner than a microblading stroke, so they are better incorporated into the natural brows and the artist can modify the arch with much more precision. Nano blading also looks more natural on people with thin eyebrow hairs.

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How long does Microblading last?

There are two stages to the Microblading treatment.

The first appointment will be mapping and doing all the strokes that we need to shape the brows to get them looking fuller (and thicker in some cases). Then 6-8 weeks another appointment to go over the work and fill in any gaps and fades. Then, depending on your skin type and care, the pigment will fade slowly over 18-24 months.

 

Nano results last from an average of 2 to 3 years, depending on skin type and lifestyle. However, Nano blading is more suitable for oily skin and is more resilient to excess oils produced within the pores. Similarly, it is more suitable than Microblading for skin with large pores.

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Is Microblading/Nano painful?

The service can be a little uncomfortable for those who are more sensitive. However, an anaesthetic is applied before and during to keep this to a minimum so that it is completely tolerable.

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How does it work?

The pigment is applied with a specific tool with a row of several fine needles to create thin hair-like marks on the skin. I will choose needles and the blade type according to the technique and the skin type. The pigment is bladed just below the epidermis and the shallowest part of the dermis, making extremely fine natural-looking hair strokes. A very natural result is achieved, as the hairs are bladed into the skin according to the natural hair growth direction. A touch-up is included 4-6 weeks after your initial treatment.

Nano blading is a more precise version of Microblading. With Nano brows, the artist uses a single-needle device, the nano needle machine, which works like a tattoo machine but uses an extremely fine needle to inject pigments into the epidermis.

The Nano needle is flexible and as thin as a hair. The most common thickness is 0.18 mm. Some artists call it 3D nano brows because the thin strokes are indistinguishable from the natural hairs.

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How long does the appointment take?

The appointment should take about two and a half hours.

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Are there any pre-existing conditions that interfere with consideration for a Microblading treatment?

  • Pregnancy

  • Breastfeeding (treatment is possible, though anaesthetic will not be possible)

  • On keloids or if you have tendency to keloid, birthmarks or moles. • Diabetic.

  • Serious diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, autoimmune disorders (doctor's note is required)

  • Circulatory disorders (doctor's note is required)

  • Any bleeding disorders (doctor's note is required)

  • You're taking blood thinning medication

  • Currently on Accutane or other strong retinoids (must wait until 6 months after treatment ends)

  • If any skin disease symptoms or irritation appears on the area.

  • You've recently had Botox or Disport treatment (must wait 2 months)

  • Old PMU

  • You have a broken capillary in the eyebrows area

  •  If you have sunburn.

  • After waxing (must wait 3 days)

  • After chemical peels (must wait two weeks)

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Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my appointment?

  • Do not drink coffee, alcohol or energizing drinks on the day of treatment.

  • Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 hours before treatment.

  • Do not take omega3 (fish oil) 1 week before treatment.

  • Do not tan or have intense sun exposure 3 days before treatment.

  • No waxing 2-3 days before treatment.

  • No chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser or any other intense treatments 2 weeks before treatment.

  • Shower and fix your hair as you need to take extra care not to get your brows wet for several days.

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What can I expect during my appointment?

Here's a quick rundown of a typical service provided by Lolfa Lois

  • First, I will need to do a patch test on the skin at least 24 hours before the procedure. Make sure to call and book a 15-minute consultation prior too!

  • Before the appointment begins, I will provide a quick consultation to discuss the expectations and results of the treatment. Most importantly answer any questions regarding the treatment

  • When happy and the anaesthetic has kicked in I will measure parts of the face and thoroughly draw on the eyebrow shape - measured perfectly to complement your unique face shape and size.

  • Next, I choose the perfect pigment colour depending on your skin tone, hair colour – I will then mix the pigment/s and brush the colour just below hairline for you to see and check before we begin.

  • Initial strokes are placed, then more anaesthetic is applied if necessary to reduce any discomfort.

  • Pigment is worked into each stroke to define the brow.

  • After, a pigment mask is left to absorb into the skin.

  • We will repeat 5,6 and 7 few times to create the perfect brows that you’ve been longing for.

  • Once that's finished, the artist cleans the area thoroughly.

  • After the treatment I will go over the after-care and a complimentary aftercare kit to take home which includes an important after-care plan, ointment (moisturizing balm) and your next appointment card.

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Is there any after-procedure care?

Yes! Make sure to avoid ALL of the following for THE FIRST 3 DAYS AFTER TREATMENT:

  • Increased sweating, practising sports, swimming, hot sauna, hot bath or jacuzzi, sun tanning or salon tanning.

  • Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycol Acid on the face or neck.

  • Picking, peeling or scratching of the micro pigmented area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment.

  • Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris.

  • Drinking alcohol in excess as it may lead to slow healing of wounds.

  • Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles or motorcycles.

  • Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab.

  • Before showering apply a layer of post-care cream to protect your eyebrows from moisture. During the shower keep your face away from the shower head. Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post microblading procedure, However, experience has shown that by following these aftercare instructions these symptoms may quickly disappear.

  • Once completely healed, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the colour pigment to fade away more quickly.

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What happens during the touch up?

The touch up is recommended 4-6 weeks after initial treatment. During your touch up, I will fill in missing hairs, add or make hairs longer or just achieve a darker colour.

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What's the Microblading healing process like?

Your new eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle. True reflection of healed colour can only be assessed 3-4 weeks after treatment. Touch-ups and/or correction of the shape/design is recommended at least 4 weeks after initial treatment. It will go from too dark, to too light, to just right!

Immediately after the procedure, the pigment will appear very sharp and dark. This is because the pigment is still seating on top of your skin and has not yet settled in completely. The colour of the pigment will soften gradually (do not be alarmed if you see some pigment on the cotton swab as this is excess pigment and/or body fluid that is naturally exiting your skin).

Once the healing of the skin starts taking place it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the colour pigment is fading too quickly. However, this is just superficial colour and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows.

Your eyebrows will be the lightest tones during days 5-12 because the colour is absorbed in the deeper layers of the skin. Later skin cells push it back to the upper layers. Once the healing is completed, you will enjoy a pair of beautiful, new, natural looking eyebrows.

I hope the above information gives you information on what to expect before/during and after treatment. I have a great duty of care and I will monitor the progress of your eyebrows throughout and I will ask you to send me pictures of your brows every 3 to 4 days for the first two weeks.
 

If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask, I am here to help you to achieve your perfect brows!

Diolch o galon, Lois x

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