In the sea of brow styling methods, microblading has emerged as a favorite. So in case you’ve heard of this treatment but aren’t quite sure what it is, experts will answer all your questions.
So, what exactly is microblading?
Microblading is the most popular permanent makeup procedure on the planet. Permanent or semi-permanent makeup means injecting pigments into the face – in this case, the eyebrows – to recreate the look of wearing makeup that lasts for years.
The procedure of microblading eyebrows implies drawing on additional hairs in the brow arch, filling it in, and modifying its shape. One thing is clear – it is a great way to achieve a trendy look and boost your confidence.
But isn’t that just an eyebrow tattoo?
The results of microblading are very subtle, due to the fact that the needle strokes recreate the length, thickness, and direction of growth of natural brows hairs, whereas eyebrow tattooing comes down to filling in the outline of the arch, creating an unnatural and unattractive block of solid color.
The main difference is the fact that in permanent makeup, hypoallergenic organic pigments are used instead of ink. The body gradually breaks down the pigments injected into the skin, and the results eventually fade.
How long do the results last?
Microblading might be called permanent makeup, but the results fade over a period of up to 3 years. Of course, everyone’s system is different and some bodies break down pigments faster, while some retain them a lot longer. Oily skin is known to retain the results of microblading the shortest.
In case of improper care, fading can be accelerated. The same goes for using skincare products with aggressive ingredients like glycolic and Retin-A, and most anti-age products that stimulate exfoliation.
How is microblading done?
Microblading is done by depositing organic pigments into the skin underneath the brow hairs using a special, multibladed microblading tool. Tiny incisions that imitate the shape of natural brows hairs are made, and the pigments are injected into the skin at the border between the epidermis and the dermis, at the depth of 0.08 to 0.15 mm.
Does microblading hurt?
A topical anesthetic is used during the procedure, so there is no pain involved, but there may be a slightly uncomfortable sensation similar to pinching. Clients report that it’s no worse than tweezing your brows.
How long does the treatment take?
The initial microblading appointment usually takes 2-3 hours. It starts with consults, where the artist measures and outlines the arches, and chooses a pigmented shade.
Then, a numbing cream is applied and once it kicks in, it’s time for the actual needling.
In most cases, a touch-up appointment is booked 6-8 weeks after the initial one, where the artist adds more pigment if necessary.
How long does the recovery take?
Microblading is relatively non-invasive. There is no downtime per se, but you might notice a bit of swelling and redness in the first 2-3 days, and during the first weeks there will be some scabbing and itchiness, which is normal. And that’s about it.
The skin heals completely in 6-8 weeks, at which point a touch up can be done.
How do I care for my new brows?
Once your brows are microbladed, you’ll need to follow aftercare instructions your technician gives you for about a month. After that, you should avoid sunlight exposure, excessive sweating, and swimming for a while, but other than that, it’s business as usual.
Can anyone get microblading?
In certain cases, it’s unsafe to get permanent makeup, so microblading isn’t an option for anyone who:
- is pregnant or nursing
- has epilepsy, any autoimmune disorder, or major heart problems
- has viral infections or diseases
- has a skin condition like eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, or psoriasis near the treated area
- is prone to keloids
- takes blood-thinning medication
In case of some other condition, consult your physician.
How much does microblading cost?
The price of a microblading treatment depends on the artist and the location. It can be anywhere between $200 and $1000.