Article Medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
Why consider eyebrow microblading or tattooing?
Eyebrows play a big role in an attractive, youthful appearance. When perfectly shaped and maintained they act as a picture frame for the eyes and give your face a natural lift.
Whilst some of us can be blessed with naturally thicker brows some of us find ourselves reaching for an eyebrow pencil or powder as part of our make up routine. Even those who have naturally thick brows will find themselves filling in their eyebrows to complete their make up look.
When we are young our eyebrows are naturally thicker and darker, then ageing can take its toll on our eyebrows, as well as other facial features. With age eyebrows get thinner, lighter and can make us appear older than we actually are. Eyebrows which are fuller and darker contribute to a youthful appearance.
What is eyebrow microblading, feathering and powder brows?
Eyebrow Feathering, Microblading and Powder Brows are all semi-permanent techniques where your trusted eyebrow artist creates hairlike strokes or uses a tattoo machine to fill in sparse or thinning brows. The procedure aims to give you an effortless full brow without the use of brow pencils or make up. Depending on the method of tattooing will depend on what tools your tattoo artist will use in your treatment. Depending on the individual skin type and how the skin retains pigment the eyebrow tattooing lasts approx 6 to 12 months.
Which type of eyebrow tattoo techniques are offered at Victorian Cosmetic Institute?
At Victorian Cosmetic Institute we offer two types of tattoo techniques:
- Microblading, otherwise known as Eyebrow Feathering, is a technique which includes the use of a micro blade and involves multiple single strokes to resemble natural eyebrow hair.
- The Power Brows technique includes the use of a tattoo machine. The end result of treatment will resemble the look achieved when filling the brows with an eyebrow powder palette.
Are you a suitable candidate for eyebrow microblading or tattooing?
If you feel your eyebrows could be a little fuller or not symmetrical and you are sick of penciling them in, this could be the treatment for you.
Please see below the list contains medical contraindications that would stop you from being suitable for eyebrow tattooing:
- Diabetes – due to problems with healing
- Hypertension – blood thinning medication causes excess bleeding and may affect colour
- Glaucoma – medical certificate with your GP’s approval will be required
- Roaccutane – in the last 6 to12 months as may result in poor healing
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Psoriasis, rashes, abnormal skin textures, moles or irritation
- Chemotherapy patients
- Sun burnt skin
- Recent laser or cosmetic treatment (we advise waiting 4 weeks so that anti wrinkle / dermal filler can completely settle and so skin can recover)
What to expect at eyebrow microblading or tattooing consultation appointment
At Victorian Cosmetic Institute, we offer a thorough consultation to determine the best shape and colour to suit your complexion and enhance your natural features.
Your eyebrow design will be measured up and drawn over your natural brows with a pencil so that you can see what they will look like prior to your treatment.
It is at your consultation that you and your eyebrow artist will determine which tattoo method and best eyebrow shape to help you achieve your ultimate eyebrow goals.
Is eyebrow microblading or tattooing painful?
When performing eyebrow microblading or tattooing we make the treatment as comfortable as possible. A fast acting numbing cream is applied to your brows 20 to 30 minutes prior to your treatment. A topical numbing agent is also applied frequently during your treatment to maximise your comfort. The first few minutes are the most uncomfortable as your eyebrow tattooist outlines the shape that has been drawn before any more numbing cream is used. Once this is applied, the area goes almost completely numb, and the rest of the procedure will be a lot more comfortable.
What should I expect after my eyebrow microblading or tattoo appointment?
You will be provided with after care cream at your tattoo appointment to use through your healing process. Immediately following your appointment your eyebrows will appear swollen, red and tender. A barrier cream will be applied to your brows by your eyebrow artist to help soothe and keep the area protected post treatment. Your eyebrows will go through a series of changes after your treatment until the final result is seen. A timeline and summary of what to expect whilst your eyebrows are healing:
Day 1 – Brows look great
Day 2 to 3 – Colour of your brows will look almost too dark. This is part of the healing process, they will not stay that dark
Day 5 to 7 – Brows become scabby and the pigment appears to be falling off
Day 8 to 10 – The pigment in the brows may look like it’s disappeared
Day 14 to 28 – Brows may appear slightly patchy and uneven
Day 42 (after your touch up appointment) – Brows will be true to colour and shape
Aftercare for eyebrow microblading or tattooing
It is important that your aftercare is followed correctly so your eyebrow microblading or tattooing isn’t compromised. No make-up, cleansers, serums or moisturisers are to be used on your eyebrows until your tattoo has healed, which is approximately two weeks post treatment.
Swimming, spas and saunas are also prohibited until you have completely healed. The area of tattooing needs to be kept as dry as possible for one week. You will be provided with an aftercare cream and you are to apply this prior to showering and during your healing phase to keep the area from drying out too much.
If your brows become itchy, apply a small amount of aftercare cream.
No vitamin A or AHA products to be used over the area as it will cause the tattoo to fade. It is also important to cease the use of vitamin A or AHA’s one week prior to having your treatment.
Exfoliation of the area is normal part of the healing process and usually take 7 to 10 days to resolve. It is important not to pick at this as it will affect your final result.
Eyebrow microblading / tattooing case study
This patient wanted a natural looking eyebrow tattooed so she could cease penciling and powdering her eyebrows. The after photo was taken several weeks after her complimentary touch up appointment. The result is a natural looking brow and she reported a time saving in her morning routine.
Why choose Victorian Cosmetic Institute for your eyebrow microblading or tattooing
At Victorian Cosmetic Institute we have a fully qualified tattooist performing your treatment, using the latest cosmetic tattooing techniques. Your treatment is performed in a professional, hygienic and clinical environment.
You will receive one complimentary touch up treatment following your initial treatment appointment.