What is Semi Permanent Makeup or Microblading ?

SPMU Eyebrow Tattoo & Microblading

Semi Permanent Makeup (SPMU) or Microblading is a cosmetic tattooing procedure that inserts pigment under your skin using a needle or a Microblade.

SPMU aims to give you well-defined brows, Lips or Eyeliner that look natural without the hassle of daily makeup application.

Once applied, pigment does fade. How long your results last will depend on your skin type, lifestyle, and how often you get touch-ups.

I think a lot of people do not realize that Microblading is cosmetic tattooing. We often times use the same pigment brand, and implant the pigment at the same depth in the skin.

So it really is just a difference in the tool that’s used:

Tattooing is done with a machine that’s plugged into a wall with a tiny needle or group of needles.

Microblading is done by hand dragging a group of needles across the skin to create micro-cuts where the pigment is implanted.

I think every technician has a preference: I’m trained in all techniques and tools but I prefer machine work, as I’ve found it safer.

SPMU vs Microblading

How long does it last?

The effects of SPMU or Microblading last anywhere between 12 and 30 months. It depends on so many factors. So I really cannot give you an exact answer. Sometimes lasts forever in the skin, but it fades a lot (sometimes to visually nothing) due to sun exposure, medication and just how quickly your body breaks down the pigment. Generally natural looking results (less pigment deposited) like Hair-strokes fade quicker then Ombre or Powder Brows. Once pigment from the procedure begins to noticeably fade, you’ll need to go back to your practitioner for a touch-up application. Touch-ups can be necessary every year, depending on your skin type and preferred look.

SPMU or Microblading touch-ups are similar to getting root touch-ups for your hair. If you go when your Microblading first starts fading, you can simply have the color filled in just one session. But if you wait too long and pigment fades too much, you may have to have the whole procedure done over again on both of your eyebrows.

How long does it last on oily skin?

If you have oily skin, you’re still a candidate for SPMU. But the results might not last as long as they would on other skin types. High amounts of sebum, or oil, being secreted from your skin can make it more difficult for pigment to adhere and stay in your skin. Best to choose techniques like Ombre rather than Hair-strokes to get more pigment deposited for longer lasting results. Speak to your specialist about any concerns you have about your skin type and how long you can expect your results to last.

How much does it cost?

The cost of SPMU or microblading will vary depending on the cost of living in your area and the level of experience of your aesthetician. Performed in a sterile, safe setting by an experienced certified practitioner, costs range in Kent around £380-£400 including top up. It may sound expensive first but if you divide £380 by 12 months it’s only £31 a month. Much cheaper then what you would pay for your eyelash extension or hair coloring. After that your annual maintenance appointment is usually around £150 that is £12.50 a month – cheaper than getting nails done!

Here at RKE Clinic we also offer 0% APR flexible finance over a maximum of 12 months.

Long term care

To avoid pigment fade for as long as possible, avoid excessive exposure to the sun or UV rays and use a good sunscreen and moisturizer with SPF50 or higher. Wear hats and sunglasses.

Avoid any skin peels, laser treatments, creams with Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Glycolic Acid or retinol around the area of your SPMU or microblading.

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