Is it important to have realistic expectations when you have Permanent Makeup or Microblading treatments?
There are a few factors that you must consider. One being that no one’s face is 100% symmetrical from left to right.
If you take a moment to look very closely into a mirror you’ll see one side of your face is generally wider than the other or that the shape of your skull could be slightly different.
Or perhaps you may have stronger muscles on one side and the other is slightly lazy. This is what makes us unique. No one is perfect, and being realistic will avoid you being disappointed.
Additionally, what skin type are you?
Do you have very dry skin or problematic areas?
- Thick, Oily Skin conditions ( Orange Peel in texture)
- Large open pores
- Auto Immune conditions
- Pregnant or Nursing
- Sun burnt / Spray Tan
- Thyroid Conditions
- Chemo Medicine
- Thinning Medication
- Botox or fillers in the last 4- 6 weeks
All of the above could have an affect on how well you heal. Everyone heals differently. You need to have clear skin to get the best results.
This Model above has a skin condition on her nose and chin. It could possibly be Rosacea – she wouldn’t be an ideal candidate for PMU or Microblading. You can see she had a few moles on her right brow area, which was a contra-indication. The treatment couldn’t be performed over moles so we advised her to get them removed.
It’s unlikely she would heal well due to her skin condition so we explained all this in our consultation.
Here is another example below of model 2. Her left brow was slightly lower than her right, and her eyes are in-set slightly differently.
She is a beautiful girl and has great skin, but setting realistic expectations are so important to avoid disappointment.
We have a saying in the industry – your brows are sisters, not twins.
If you were thinking about a lip blush treatment, you mustn’t have had a cold sore as you may have a breakout if you don’t take a course of strong antibiotics from your GP.
This model below has a small cold sore so we need to be careful not to touch her lip during her brow treatment, as it can spread.
Aftercare – follow the rules!
There are so different ways to go about aftercare. I personally ask my clients to keep the area dry and clean.
It’s common for the lymph and blood to appear over the first few days, and this can cause the brow to dry up or become scabby. Keeping the area clean is so important as it should stop this happening.
As a rule 80% of people do get scabby which can’t be helped. If your skin does than don’t panic – it will look fine in a few days. When the scabs naturally fall off (DON’T PICK!) the pigment looks like it’s disappeared. This is NORMAL – the pigment will resurface during the 5-6 week healing period.
It’s a 2-part process, so be patient and wait to see how much pigment returns to the surface of the skin. It’s common for it to be patchy in places and fade by 30-40%.
I recommend Grape seed oil or Bepanthen nappy cream to keep the area nice and moisturized for about 4 days to get the best results.
- NO MAKEUP for 10 days
- Don’t get them wet for 10 days
- Avoid the Gym for 10 days
- No Sun beds
I wish that I could predict how each client would heal, but it’s different for everyone and a lot is to do with your health, lifestyle and skin Type.
If your skin is healthy without any conditions you’ll get an incredible result, and below is a perfect example of skin that has held the pigment well and the colour has stayed nice and warm to match her natural brow hair.
Microblading offers super fine strokes as I use the sharpest blades on the market.
Soft wispy follows the natural hair direction.
For info about my training courses or treatments, my clinic / Academy is based in Cheadle, Cheshire.