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Semi-permanent make-up is a complexion treatment to enhance eyes, brows, and lips to add definition to the face. The most popular semi-permanent make-up procedures are microblading eyebrows, eyeliner (top) and lip blush which are all available at ERA Skin & Laser Clinic in Thame, Oxfordshire with our microblading specialist Charlotte Chenery.

The technique involves introducing pigment into the skin using a fine needle-like tool. Only the most superficial layers of the skin are affected. A local anaesthetic cream numbs the area pre-treatment. The colour only penetrates 0.2mm deep and unlike a tattoo it fades with time, making in semi-permanent.

Microblading is a semi-permanent brow tattoo performed with a small handheld tool, using a feather stroke technique to produce the appearance of fuller eyebrows or to enhance the natural features of the face. Unlike body tattooing, microblading is a much more subtle type of cosmetic tattoo using pigments rather than ink.

How It Works

Microblading fades naturally which is important as our faces continue to age, thus brows can be reshaped as desired over the years to reflect changing style and preference.

What are the benefits of microblading and semi-permanent make-up?

  • Save time in the morning by not needing to apply make-up or shape your brows.
  • Expertly shaped eyebrows with natural-looking results.
  • Results are waterproof, smudge-proof, and maintenance free.
  • Long-lasting eyebrows, eyeliner, or lip shading.
  • Restore eyebrows for those with hair loss, alopecia, or undergoing cancer treatments.



Procedure Time

45 minutes

Recommended No. Of Treatments

2 (1 is a top-up)

Numbing Cream


Side Effects

Redness, swelling, transient dark colours


Colour settles over 6-8 weeks

Duration Of Results

1-2 years

Back To Work


Full Recovery

24-72 hours


What areas of the skin can be treated?

Microblading for eyebrows and semi-permanent make up for eyeliner (top) and lip blush are all available at ERA Skin & Laser Clinic.


Will I need a consultation for microblading or semi-permanent make-up?

Before any treatment can take place, you will need to have a 30-minute consultation with our microblading specialist to discuss your brow shape and the type of brows you would like, or your desired eyeliner or lip look for semi-permanent make-up.

If you would like to find out more about how microblading treatment or semi-permanent make up could benefit you, we offer free consultations at our clinic in Thame, Oxfordshire with microblading specialist Charlotte Chenery.

​Following your free consultation, a £50 booking fee is required to secure your initial treatment and top-up appointments, with the balance of your treatment cost payable on the day of your treatment. Please note that booking fees can be transferred but are not refundable.

If you have an ideal shape and colour in mind, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment. You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so we can take into consideration the shape you desire.

If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded, or tinted, we ask you to do this 3 days before your appointment.


What can I expect during treatment?

During your treatment appointment most of the time will be spent measuring and drawing on a symmetrical set of brows and ensuring you are happy with the shape and colour. The procedure itself takes around 45 minutes.

To ensure the highest quality of safety, all our tools are single use only. We only use high quality professional pigments by U.S. microblading guru Tina Davies which are vegan and cruelty free. Our blades, hand tools, wipes, and any other product used during the procedure are disposed of in our clinical waste after each appointment, giving you peace of mind that there is no cross-contamination risk.


How long does microblading take?

Your actual treatment appointment will take around an hour and a half.


How many treatment sessions are recommended?

Following your initial treatment, you will need a touch up appointment 6 weeks afterwards. This is because the original treatment always fades, and touch-ups are needed. A touch-up appointment takes around 60 minutes. The touch-up appointment is included in the treatment cost. One touch-up is included as it enables your specialist to make any tweaks you may need.


What conditions are contraindicated for microblading or semi-permanent make-up?

If you are on an acne treatment like Roaccutane, you must wait at least one year before considering this procedure.

If you use Retinol, you much stop using it 2 weeks prior to your appointment and refrain from using it for 2 weeks after your appointment.

If you have regular anti-wrinkle (botulinum toxin) injections, you should have this done no later than 2 weeks before your appointment. This is to ensure we can make your brows as symmetrical as possible. Chemical peels should be done at least 4 weeks prior to your appointment.

We are unable to treat you if you have sunburn, so if you have a holiday planned, please factor that in before booking your appointment. It is important to avoid sun exposure for 14 days after your treatment, so if you are booking a holiday, please bear that in mind. If you have treatment in the summer when there is a risk of direct sun exposure, we recommend you wear a hat for the first 2 weeks.

Avoid alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, or any blood thinning medication 24 hours prior to your appointment.

As a responsible clinic, we are unable to offer microblading treatment to pregnant women, for your safety.


Does microblading or semi-permanent make-up hurt?

We use a numbing cream or topical anaesthetic to ensure any discomfort is minimised. The treatment itself should not be painful.


Is there downtime after microblading?

After treatment, the microbladed area will appear darker and bolder in colour and more sharply defined. This will last 3-4 days. Please do not panic! This is completely normal.

You may experience swelling and redness, but this is minimal and will disappear within 24-48 hours. In some cases, it may last around the eyebrow area for up to 3 days and may feel slightly sore but not uncomfortable.

Keep the area clean by rinsing with lukewarm water and patting dry with a disposable paper towel morning and evening. Apply a thin layer of the aftercare ointment provided using a disposable cotton bud or similar. Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching the treated area. Avoid applying make-up to the microbladed area for the first 14 days after treatment.

As the healing process begins it is important that you do not pick or scratch the area. Let any dry or flaky skin fall off naturally. If you pick the skin flakes off this can cause scarring and you may lose pigment. Once the flakes have fallen off, a new skin layer will cover the hair strokes. This will take up to 2 weeks, you will start to notice the strokes slowly appearing as a lighter shade.

You must avoid working out or exercising for 7 days following your microblading appointment. Light exercising is allowed (minimal sweating), but you must clean the tattooed area with lukewarm water as soon as you are done exercising. The salt in sweat will fade the pigment very quickly and give poor results. Do not swim or take part in any activities which require your face to be under water as this can affect the results. When bathing or showering, do not allow your face to be immersed in water for long periods of time.


When will I see results?

It will take around 6-8 weeks for your microbladed area to heal, by which time, you will be able to see the true colour of your brows. During this process, the pigment will soften and lighten.

Be patient, even if you feel your brows are too light as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. It will take at least 6 weeks for the true colour to be revealed. For this reason, you can only have a touch up appointment after 6 weeks. The final result will be 30% lighter than the colour your brows looked immediately after your treatment.


How long does a microblading last?

The treatment is semi-permanent; most people will require a top-ups every 1-2 years to maintain the shape, colour, and detail. The frequency of top-ups depends on various factors,

  • Your skin type: if you have naturally oily skin, pigment will fade faster.
  • Pigment colour used: lighter pigments typically fade faster.
  • Sun exposure: if you are a sun lover, over exposure to the sun can cause fading.
  • Use of anti-ageing products: retinols and AHA/BHAs which encourage skin cell turnover will cause faster fading.


Who will carry out my microblading or semi-permanent make-up treatment?

Charlotte Chenery is an expert in her field offering microblading and semi-permanent make-up at our Thame clinic, serving Thame, Aylesbury, Oxford, and surrounding areas. She only uses high quality pigments by U.S. brow queen Tina Davies which are vegan and cruelty free.

​You can see Charlotte’s before and after client results by visiting her Instagram.


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