The following information about permanent cosmetic services is given to assist in deciding the best option for your eyebrows.
Powder Fill Technique
This type is the most commonly see, however if you have seen it around, then you haven’t seen it done well. Powder fill techniques and pigments have come a LONG way and the results that I have with my clients are VERY soft and powdery, undetectable from traditional cosmetic pencils, except that they are perfectly applied 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This method has been very popular around the world for decades. Often European clients (and others) will request a “BLOCK” brow. This is similar to the powder fill, although it uses concentrated pigments that are implanted in a very dense manner. I do offer this service, VERY SELECTIVELY, as this is the most permanent of all the brow techniques, therefore required a very serious, very long term commitment.
Hair Stroke Technique
This type of brow is taking the internet by storm. The service is done using the same type of equipment as a powder brow, although using a different needle type. Once your shape has been drawn, each hair stroke is individual implant with pigment to give the appearance of actual “hairs” in a beautiful pattern. The simulated hairs are not “mirror image” from one brow to another, they flow with your natural hairs that are growing in your brow area.
Also known as Feather brows, embroidery brows. It would be difficult to differentiate between this and the hair stroke technique at a glance. This type of brow results in VERY FINE AND NATURAL looking hairs. This technique is performed using a manual tool (no machine). The simulated hair are not “mirror imaged” from one brow to another, they flow with your natural hairs that are growing in your brow area.
Is permanent makeup really permanent? Do I have to do them again?
All permanent makeup cosmetic procedures FADE, some may fade away completely over time. There are many factors that affect the length of time that you will be satisfied with the appearance of your pigments. The pigment particles are placed in the dermal layer of the skin and remain there permanently, hence the name PERMANENT cosmetics. This is not meant to imply that your pigments will look the same forever…
Shiralee Skin Care & Cosmetic Tattoo Centre advises to refrain from all colour boosting services for as long as possible, using traditional cosmetics to enhance your fading pigment. This will ensure a truly “fresh” boost when the time comes and protects the integrity of the skin. A MINIMUM of 18 months after your perfecting appointment is advised. You may not want to come back for a decade. Due to the fabulous pigment line that Shiralee Skin Care & Cosmetic Tattoo Centre uses for all of its services, you are not committed in ;any way to continuous maintenance, your pigment will simply fade away slowly over time, however, because we are absolutely certain that you will LOVE your results, We are Sure we will see you back!
POWDERFILL TECHNIQUE: Colour boosts may be requested every 2-10 years (The BLOCK type (see above) of course will have a VERY long result, but is discouraged in most situations)
HAIR STROKE TECHNIQUE: This procedure is VERY delicate, and aftercare is the key to a great healed result. Proper aftercare and the right skin type and colour should result in a service that last 18months to 3 years
MICROBLADING TECHNIQUE: This procedure is extremely DELICATE and aftercare is the key to a great healed result, Proper aftercare and the right skin type and colour should result in a service that last 9 months to 2 years or longer
Is one type of service BETTER for me?
Yes – most clients have certain factors that GREATLY influence the success of Permanent Cosmetic Services. Answering a few simple questions really helps in deciding with technique is right for you.
1. Is your skin OILY with LARGE PORES?
~If the answer is YES, you are a fabulous candidate for permanent cosmetics, because you are most likely struggling with keeping you cosmetics in place. I you have this skin type you are NOT a candidate for either of the hair simulation techniques (Hair stroke or micro blading). Your skin type will simply not allow the delicate hair strokes to heal within the skin. The powder fill technique will be BEAUTIFUL for you for many years.
** Medications often prescribed for troubled skin are also a red flag that you should wait for your service. Those on ACCUTANE must wait a full calendar year prior to obtaining permanent cosmetic services.
2. Are you very fair and afraid of colour?
~ If the answer is YES – you are probably one of the gorgeous faces that would see a very dramatic and wonderful ‘lift’ to your appearance if your natural brows have not been giving you the frame that most of my clients are requesting. If this describes your skin and fears you are NOT a candidate for either of the hair simulation techniques (Hair stroke or micro blading). Very light pigment will simply not implant when we attempt to place these delicate strokes within your skin. The powder filled brow, when done properly, can produce a very soft very natural, “barely there” brow that will give your face a proper frame that you will absolutely adore the results. I can almost guarantee that you’ll be coming to see me every few years once you have your first service!
3. Are you loving the look of the hair simulation techniques, but afraid of the commitment? Alternatively are you hoping for a result that will last for years with little maintenance?
~If you answered NO to question 1 and 2, and are interested in the hair simulation technique, then look at the longevity and think about that factor to make your decision. If you are the kind of person that wants to have the service done once and then forget avout it for years to come, then maybe you should look at the powder filled brow option.
4. Do you have a suntan?
~ If you answered YES to this question, please reschedule your appointment and consider 30 days clear of sun exposure on either side of your appointment . Tanned skin is damage skin, and your colour will not heal properly.
5. Are you addicted to the gym and working out ? Are you in body competition or training for an upcoming event? Are you an avid swimmer?
~ Interestingly, YOU are the perfect person for our services. HOWEVER, if the answer is YES you really need to think about the investment that you are about to make. The powder filled brows will heal BEAUTIFULLY with 1 week proper care. Both hair simulation techniques require TWO WEEKS OF CARE. Any perspiration or over exertion will compromise this work of art I have just placed in your skin. SALT is used to REMOVE pigment, and hundreds of talented, educated technicians have all been documenting results that have shown a DRAMATIC improvement in retaining pigment if you can make this commitment to the healing time. Please don’t book if you can’t make this commitment. Remember, it is just as important to me that your brows heal amazing.
6. Do you have existing hairs that are very light or white?
~ If the answer is YES, then you would need to think about maintenance. White hairs are more visible on the surface of all of the pigment techniques. A very soft powder filled brow behind the light hairs is BEAUTIFUL. If you are certain that you want more colour in your pigment, then you need to realise that maintenance of you natural hairs will be required. Tinting your natural hairs ongoing is one option, shaving or waxing is another. It is important to realise that white, very light or clear brows create a beautiful dimension to a soft powdery brow without locking you into ongoing weekly maintenance. Alternatively, creating a slightly bolder frame to you face can appear to take years of a maturing face and create an illusion of an eye lift. This is really a personal decision that only you can make. Remember, if we start light, we can always add some additional colour. I would recommend trying the soft powdery brow first, we can add some depth at your perfecting appointment or a future colour boost if you decide.
Jenny would like to thank Revive Clinic Cosmetic for sharing their descriptions of Brow Techniques.