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If you’re considering microblading or semi-permanent make-up, but you’re new to this area of cosmetic treatment then you’ve probably got lots of questions.

Below we tackle the most frequently asked questions about the treatments that we provide.

Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique used to enhance the appearance of the eyebrows. This is achieved using a specialist handheld tool to deliver a coloured pigment of your choice into the brow line. This creates the appearance of fuller eyebrows. The results of microblading can generally last upto 18 months, and gradually fade gently over time. Annual appointments are recommended to keep the microblading looking fresh.

This form of semi-permanent tattooing generally takes around two hours to perform. The treatment takes the form of two different tasks – taking precise measurements of your brows and drawing the new outline and shape of the intended result, and then performing the microblading treatment itself, which takes between 30 minutes and an hour on average.

No, we would usually recommend a second touch-up treatment 4 to 8 weeks after the initial procedure. This first touch up treatment is included in our service and allows us to make sure your eyebrows have healed as expected and to make any adjustments you may want and to add colour where needed.

Microblading is semi-permanent and is designed to fade gently over a period of years. Usually you should expect the benefits of microblading to last upto 18 months, but the exact time can vary depending on your skin type (oily skin results in a more rapid fade), the tone of pigment used (lighter pigment fades more quickly), exposure to sun, exfoliation and the use of certain skin products.
We would recommend have a touch-up appointment every 1 – 2 years to maintain consistent colour and shape to the brows.
Topical numbing creams are used to ensure the least possible discomfort. Microblading is a form of tattooing, so some people may find the treatment a little uncomfortable, but most patients report experiencing only a sense of pressure on the brow line.
There are no permanent restrictions on your lifestyle following the microblading treatment, but there are some steps we strongly recommend you follow for the first 7 to 10 days. These include avoiding intensive exercise (or any other activity likely to cause you to sweat heavily – the salt in sweat accelerates the fading process), keep your face dry, avoid using certain skin products, especially acne or anti-ageing creams or products containing retinol.
Yes. In order to ensure our treatments are as safe as possible, we have a single-use policy with regard to all the microblading equipment used at Sian Dellar Semi-Permanent Make-up. This means all our blades, and tools and wipes, along with any other products we use, are disposed of in line with accepted best practice for biohazardous waste immediately following every treatment.
The more we understand the look or effect you’re trying to achieve, the better the outcome is likely to be, so if you have any photos or magazine images that show what you’re looking for, bring them with you to your consultation.
You can continue to apply any brow products as normal but if your brow routine involves regular shaping, waxing, threading or tinting, this should be done at least 3 days before your appointment. Similarly, if you get Botox regularly, or plan to do so before your treatment with us, please ensure it is carried out at least 2 weeks before your appointment.
If you have acne and have been on prescription Roaccutane you must wait at least 6 months before considering this procedure. Similarly you should not use any Retinol products for a period of 2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after your treatment.
Semi-permanent make-up is a form of light tattooing where pigment, rather than ink, is deposited into the surface layers of the skin (the epidermis) using digital tools specially designed for the process. These pigments are designed to fade over time – anything from 6 months to 5 years, depending on the treatment – allowing you either to alter your look through future semi-permanent make-up treatments, or to return to using conventional make-up products.
The most obvious benefits are results that ensure you look your absolute best every single day, and the convenience of not having to apply certain make-up routines on a daily basis. Semi-permanent make-up is designed to enhance your features with long-lasting results. Whether you just want to free yourself of the hassle of applying make-up and re-touching smudged make-up, or you struggle to apply conventional make-up effectively, there’s a semi-permanent make-up solution for you.
Most people find the experience of having semi-permanent make-up a little uncomfortable, but not painful. We use numbing creams to ensure any discomfort is minimised as much as possible.
Yes, semi-permanent make-up is completely safe. We follow strict hygiene protocols that include the use of sterile single-use equipment and products that are disposed of after each treatment in line with best practice for biohazardous waste. Before your treatment, we will go through your medical history and check for allergies to ensure our treatments are suitable for you.
The exact time varies from treatment to treatment, but generally healing takes between 7 to 10 days, and other than observing some aftercare good practice during that time (no heavy exercise, keeping the treatment area dry, avoiding certain skin care products) it should have no impact on your daily routine.
You should expect to experience minimal local swelling and inflammation for 24 hours following your treatment, and it is normal for the colour of the treated area to be much darker for the first 10 days to the skin tone you want. This normalises quickly.

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