PhiBrows Q & A

HOW DOES MICROBLADING WORK?
Microblading uses a fine scalpel-type blade made up of tiny needles to apply the pigment, allowing the practitioner to create a natural-looking brow with ultra-fine micro lines that look like individual hairs.
The blade means the colour is implanted closer to the surface of the outer layer of the skin, meaning the strokes are crisp and fine.

The fine lines can be applied in the same direction of hair growth, resulting in an appearance that’s as close to a natural brow as it gets. Pigments that are used are of mineral origin, without heavy metals. They are assimilating with skin pigments which gives really natural look.

WHO IS MICROBLADING FOR?
Microblading is for anyone who wants to enhance or reconstruct their brows. People who over plucked their brows til they never returned, those born with sparse eyebrows, people who have lost their brows through chemo, trichotillomania or alopecia, or simply those looking for a bolder shape.

Of course there are contra indications to microblading so a full consultation is carried out before booking and a patch test is done. This is extremely important.

DOES IT HURT?
I do not apply anaesthetic until I have completed the first pass of the eyebrow as it changes the skin structure. Once first pass in done anaesthetic is applied and works very quickly so that it is more or less pain free throughout. During the treatment you will feel a scraping sensation but it shouldn’t be particularly painful. More anaesthetic can be added during the treatment to further numb the area if necessary.

HOW CAN YOU AVOID THE ‘BLUE-BLACK’ LOOK OF BROW TATTOOS?
With this technique, because the pigment is placed in the epidermis (top layer of skin), you will not get the blue black look of tattooing. Phi pigments have now been developed with a mix of both iron oxide and synthetic so results are super natural and true to colour and heal really well. Its important to match the natural brow hair colour and can always go a touch darker at the top up depending on healing results.

HOW DO THEY HEAL?
On the day of treatment the brows may look slightly red and the brow will look stronger and darker than expected. Strokes will look crisper but will settle over the next few days. Aftercare is so important and must be followed to achieve the correct healed results. PhiBrows have developed their own aftercare product call PhiCandy and this is applied for 7 days, 3-4 times a day to prevent crusting and aid skin healing. Also the skin can feel a little itchy for around 4-5 days so the balm helps. They must not get wet for at least 7 days, so no vigorous exercise or water on the face. Brows will fade around 15-30% and shrink about 15%. Skin must not be picked as this will cause uneven pigment.

After the first treatment you will need a second top up treatment 5 weeks later to review the result and fill in any areas that need it.

Correction is done 5 weeks after the treatment, because between 10 and 15% of drawn strokes disappear after the first treatment.

HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST?
The brow will fade naturally over 12-18 months as the skin rejuvenates, at which time you will need a top-up treatment to retain the shape and colour.

** The semi-permanent colour duration primarily depends on how oily the skin is. The oilier the skin, the shorter the colour lasts. Sweating and sun exposure also reduce colour fastness.