What is Microblading ?

Whether it’s called “microblading”, “eyebrow embroidery”, “microstroking”, “semi-permanent makeup”, “cosmetic tattooing”, “pigment embroidery” or “3D eyebrow embroidery”, it’s undeniable that this new technique is the new big thing in salon treatments and permanent makeup. When I first started seeing microblading before & after pictures popping up on the Internet, I didn’t really believe them. They were the definition of too good to be true! The before pictures looked a lot like the eyebrows I had seen in my day to day life as a makeup artist and eyebrow technician: sparse, uneven, short, or spaced too far apart. The afters? Perfect, natural looking, lush, symmetrical brows!

So What Is Microblading/ 3D Eyebrow Embroidery Magic, Exactly?

3D eyebrow embroidery or microblading is a “permanent” makeup technique done with a tiny, angled blade made of a row of even tinier needles. The microblading blade is dipped in ink, and then lightly scraped across the skin in delicate strokes, mimicking hair. I put the word permanent in quotation marks because, while it is the technical term, it’s not apt.

Unlike eyebrow tattoos that often look unnatural and unappealing, eyebrow microblading lasts for 3 years at most, providing you with your dream naturally looking bushy eye lash or any other shape your prefer. For women in their 30s or younger the microstroking will likely not last for more than a year.

Eyebrow Microblading Origins

At first the only person who seemed to be doing eyebrow microblading was a permanent makeup artist out of Vancouver, but soon the technique spread like wildfire throughout salons all over Canada and the US. It’s not surprising, not only because of realistic results, but also because of the semi-permanence.

Eyebrow Microblading, from start to finish, takes about two hours, which includes the time it takes to design the eyebrow shape with a pencil, the time it takes to numb the skin, and the microstroking itself.

Things to Keep in Mind: The Pros of Microblading

If you are also interested in microblading, it’s important to be well informed! There are a lot of wonderful things about eyebrow embroidery. For example, short of eyebrow extensions (similar to lash extensions), eyebrow embroidery is the most natural-looking way of correcting sparse or uneven eyebrows, without the fear of losing hairs.

The semi-permanent makeup results last for up to 3 years, and very few touch-ups are needed. Because the results are not totally permanent, there is no need to worry about the changing eyebrow trends. One year you can have your brows microbladed to look fuller and thicker, and two years later you can have them microbladed to look thinner and sleeker.

Cons of Going for Eyebrow Microblading

However, there are also some risks associated with microblading. Eyebrow microblading is done with a blade that cuts into the skin, and one session can require over 100 tiny cuts. If the person doing the microblading is not properly trained they could cut too deep or skip important sterilization steps, potentially causing an infection. That is the worst-case scenario with microblading, of course.

Slightly less dangerous, but still scary, is the possibility of the eyebrow microblading technician just not doing a good job, and giving you a wonky eyebrow shape.

There is also some pain and discomfort involved in the process, although most microblading technicians will use a lidocaine-based numbing cream like Zensa before doing the procedure. However, the numbing cream may not be completely effective for everyone, and some discomfort may still be felt.

You Have Your Work Cut Out For You, Too

Semi-permanent makeup must be taken care of as much as one would take care of a regular tattoo. The aftercare of cosmetic tattooing is intensive; for the first few days the microblading recipient cannot wear any makeup near or above the eyebrows, lest makeup get in and infect the microblading cuts. They must keep the brow area clean, and well moisturized.

Some cosmetic tattoo artists swear by Vaseline, since it creates a total barrier and prevents bacteria from getting in the cuts. Other microblading technicians prefer natural oils like grape seed oil or coconut oil, since they still allow the skin to breathe and will not pull ink away from the microbladed eyebrow the way Vaseline might. Either way, you must remember to re-apply your chosen microblading moisturizer/protector multiple times a day.

For 7 days after the pigment embroidery it is important to avoid swimming or sweating heavily, since exposure to too much water can cause the microbladed eyebrows to scab over, which will cause the cuts to heal unevenly resulting in patchy eyebrows.

How to Choose Your Microblading Technician?

The key to having an amazing eyebrow http://blsmedspa.com/eyebrow-microblading-toronto/microblading experience is to do your research before choosing a technician, and making sure you are ready for the involved aftercare process. When you search for your permanent makeup technician, make sure to look at their Instagram or website gallery for microblading before and after pictures.

Make sure you like their personal style. Some cosmetic tattoo artists have a preference towards longer, bolder strokes, while another might prefer softer, shorter strokes. You might see one microblading gallery filled with precise, artificial looking eyebrows, while another will be filled with more natural looking eyebrows that will be a little messier. The beautiful thing about microblading is that there is no right or wrong style – it’s all up to personal preference.

However, if it seems like the microstroking was done very tightly that’s actually a concern. Some technicians know that very tight microblading strokes look better in the before & after pictures, and might attract more customers, but the truth is that they don’t heal well, and after 2-3 months the semi-permanent makeup will likely look blurry and muddy.

Important Questions to Ask Your Technician

Once you have selected your eyebrow embroidery technician, either give her a call first or do an in-person consultation. During an in-person consultation, or even right before the microblading session itself, the microblading technician should fill in your eye brow with pencil, giving an idea of the kind of shape you will end up with.

During the microblading consultation make sure to find out what kind of pigments she uses, and how often she replaces them. Some great permanent makeup pigment brands include the Nano, PCD, and Biotouch. These cosmetic tattoo pigments must be replaced on a yearly basis, lest they expire.

Next ask her how she sanitizes her blades and blade pens. The best answer would be that she doesn’t. A good microblading technician will use a brand new, disposable, sterile tool on every client.

The last question to ask is whether a touch-up is included, and after how long. While some cosmetic tattooing salons like to have their microblading clients come back after 3 weeks, waiting for 6 weeks is preferred.

Why is a Microblading Touch-up Necessary, Anyway?

After 6 weeks, the skin will have fully healed from the microblading. This means that a new layer of skin has grown over the eyebrow embroidery pigment, so it will become anywhere from 30% to 70% lighter.

Many people leave their first microblading appointment worried that their eyebrows are too dark, however by the time their skin has healed the color should be perfect, or maybe even too light.

In some cases the body totally absorbs the ink, and the semi-permanent tattoo totally disappears. In other cases, because of a variety of factors, including body chemistry, medication, or sun exposure, the pigment embroidery might even change color.

The touch-up is an opportunity for the microblading technician to fix any of the changes that may have occurred. And before you ask, yes, even changed ink color can be corrected! It’s also an opportunity for your permanent makeup artist to make any small corrections or changes to the shape.

A lot of the time, during the first appointment microblading clients will be nervous about their brows becoming too dark or heavy, only to completely change their mind 6 weeks later and request stronger looking-brows.

Pros and Cons of Cryolipolysis

There have been all types of ‘cures’ and treatments available for fat loss. Cryolipolysis is a revolutionary non-surgical contouring treatment that freezes stubborn fat. Like any other methods, Cryolipolysis has its pros and cons.

If you’ve been considering cosmetic surgery to get rid of unwanted body fat, you may be a good candidate for the Cryolipolysis procedure. Here’s a close look at the pros and cons of this innovative procedure.

The Pros:

It is a non-surgical procedure.

No downtime and you can return to normal right after treatment.

Little pain or discomfort.

No pain-killers needed afterwards.

Helps get rid of those areas of fat that didn’t go with dieting.

Can help tighten the skin

Precisely controlled cooling is applied to fat layer without harming the skin

The Cons:

There may be some redness, or bruising for a few days, but this will go and it is considered a safe treatment.

While it’s true that fat does not return to treated areas after the fat cells have been removed, this does not prevent subsequent weight gain. Your weight still needs to be maintained through diet and exercise.

Beware of scams, some people have been offering similar sounding treatment, or putting patients in a ‘cold chamber’ as a way of fat reduction.

Most people need to undergo several treatments in order to see significant results, and results are usually visible within two to four months, with continued improvements at the six-month mark.

During the treatment process, individuals are advised to follow a healthy diet and continue exercising, as these strategies will help the body release toxins and dead fat cells.

What is fat freezing sculpting ?

Do you have a bit of extra fat around your abdomen that you’d like to get rid of? Fat freezing treatment might be the option for you. Unlike other methods of fat removal, such as liposuction, which physically removes the fat from your body.

It’s a much less invasive option that other treatments, as it’s non-surgical and has little to no downtime. After your treatment, you can go back to your regular life right away. It usually takes several months for your results to appear, and you can double or triple your results by having the treatment two or more times.

Although This treatment destroys the treated fat, it’s not a magic bullet when it comes to weight loss. The treatment’s not recommended for people who are looking to lose a lot of weight. And, although the destroyed fat is gone for good, any remaining fat cells can get bigger if you end up gaining weight. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to get the most from your Fat freezing treatment now and in the years to come.

Diet and Exercising

Sadly, a series of fat freezing treatments doesn’t give you a free pass to eat however and whatever you’d like and to take up permanent residence on your couch. You’ll still need to pay attention to what you eat and make sure you exercise regularly.  Although you don’t have to make major changes to your habits and lifestyle after the treatment, you might find that you place more importance on eating well than you did before.

One way to improve your diet and help keep your weight steady after treatment is to focus on eating whole foods when you get, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and protein. Skip the frozen dinners and processed foods, which usually contain more calories than you need and are likely to help you gain, not maintain, your weight.

Exercise can also help you maintain your weight and fat levels after treatment . If you aren’t used to exercising or are used to a sedentary lifestyle, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor before you start any type of exercise program, to avoid any injury or other health issues.

Fat freezing treatment isn’t a way to lose massive amounts of weight. If you’re 20 pounds or more overweight, you’ll want to speak with your doctor about weight loss options before you consider Fat freezing treatment Remember, Fat freezing treatment only removes about 25 percent of fatty tissue from the treated area. It won’t help with all-over fat loss or with a significant reduction in fat.

But, if you’ve got a few extra pounds to lose, say less than 10, fat freezing treatment can be a good way to get your weight loss going. Watching the fat fade away over the course of a few months can be the encouragement you need to shed those last few pounds, by improving your diet and exercise

You might be wondering if weight gain is possible after Fat freezing treatment After all, the treated fat cells are destroyed and flushed out of your system for good. While it’s true that you won’t gain back the fat that was removed after Fat freezing treatment, weight gain is still a possibility.

That’s because the process of gaining or losing weight is different from the process of destroying fat. When you lose weight, your fat cells shrink, making you smaller. When you add more pounds, you don’t gain more fat cells. Instead, the cells you do have become larger, so that you also become larger.

 

Why do lash extensions fall out?

Many of you have probably, at some point, wondered why lash extensions fall out? Why can’t you keep your perfect lashes forever? Well, the truth is, lash extensions fall out with your natural lashes – yes, your natural are the culprits!

You might be wondering why you’ve never noticed your natural lashes falling out before having lash extensions. The answer is simple, when one of our natural lashes is about to fall out, new ones grow to replace them – almost the same size, so we difficult to spot the difference on the daily basis. When you have lash extensions – which are always darker and longer than your natural lashes, the gaps in your lashes are more obvious and you’re more likely to notice outgrown lashes on your pillow or floor – ahh the loss! So when you think your lashes are falling out because of the lash extensions, you need to understand that they don’t. So no need to worry, it’s not the lash extensions causing your lashes to fall out, it’s simply a natural process we all grow through – see what we did there 😉

The process is called a lash cycle. There are 3 stages phases of lash growth: Anagen Phase (lasts between 30-40 days until the lash reaches its full length), Catagen Phase (lash is pushed upwards, disconnecting from the blood supply – this might take up to 3 weeks) and Telogen Phase (final stage of the lash cycle finishing with lash falling out: it might take up to 14 weeks).

We all have different lash cycles and so it’s well worth to baring in mind that your own natural lash cycle, your lifestyle, and aftercare will affect how long your lash extensions last. We don’t apply lash extensions to baby lashes as they are too thin and weak to hold additional lash. It’s also not the weight of lash extensions, that makes your lashes fall our quicker! In general, the lash extensions will not pull out your natural lashes. However, if you pull on the extensions, your natural lash may come off with the extension. But do not worry; your natural lashes will grow back. Do not attempt to remove the extensions yourself; otherwise you will pull out your own natural lashes. Each human eye has about 200 lashes. The lashes usually grow in 3 rows and have a lifespan of 60 to 90 days.

Want to ensure that your lash extensions lasts longer? Try to avoid rubbing your eyes as this may cause them to fall out before your natural lash has grown out – especially in cases where the lash was too heavy for your natural lash. But we can assure you that if you take care of them as advised your lash extensions will not fall out before your natural lash.

As always, whether you decide to use an alternative lash salon service, we always stress the importance of researching for a qualified and skilled lash technician, one who uses good quality products, which will make the lashes stay longer and healthier.