Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure, creating hair strokes one by one for the simulation of a fuller and thicker eyebrow. There are two methods for microblading, either with a motorized pen tool or individual strokes made by hand. A motorized pen tool penetrates the pigment deeper into the epidermis ultimately lasting longer. The hand method uses only hand tools alone with no electric or motorized parts to apply pigment as close to the surface of the skin as possible.
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About the Procedure
First, a thorough consultation is had with the technician about the client's desired shape and fullness for the brows. The outline of the ideal brow shape is then drawn onto the skin. The technician will likely use a measuring apparatus to ensure symmetry and suitable proportions for the client's face. Once the client approves the shape of the brows, a numbing anesthetic will be applied to the brows. Depending on the method used, either a motorized tool will inject pigment into the skin or a small blade dipped into pigment will be used to make fine, hairlike strokes. A motorized pen tool penetrates the pigment deeper into the epidermis ultimately lasting longer (between 2-5 years) and is typically a shorter process. The hand method uses only hand tools alone with no electric or motorized parts to apply pigment as close to the surface of the skin as possible. While this method does not last as long (typically 1-2 years), it does allow the client to easily change eyebrow shades and shapes since the pigment is deposited more superficially. Each microblading specialist uses their own techniques to create the brow, using between 1-6 pigments to create a natural shade for the eyebrow. If multiple colors are being used, the specialist may "mask" the brows with pigment inbetween colors to ensure each hair stroke is saturated with color. Excess pigment will be removed and the process repeated until the desired shape, fullness, and shade is achieved. Further sessions will be necessary to perfect or touch-up the eyebrow as needed.
The goal of microblading is to create a more aesthetically pleasing brow, either by enhancing shape, color, or fullness.
What to Expect
Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure that creates realistic hair strokes for fuller and thicker eyebrows. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after microblading.
- Do not tweeze or wax 1 week prior
- Do not tan 2 weeks prior
- Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior
- Do not work out the day of the procedure
- Do not have Botox 3 weeks prior
- Avoid alcohol, coffee and blood thinning medications for 48 hours
Depending on the method used, either a motorized tool will inject pigment into the skin or a small blade dipped into pigment will be used to make fine, hairlike strokes. Typically 1-6 pigments are used to create a natural shade for the brow.
Eyebrows take 2 weeks to fully heal. Scabbing, flaking, itchiness, and lightening of the pigment is expected. For two weeks after microblading, avoid excessive sweating, swimming, saunas, hot baths, tanning, and laser or chemical treatments, excessive alcohol consumption, and driving in open air vehicles. Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.
The ideal candidate for microblading has faint or minimal eyebrows and is looking to achieve a more defined, fuller, or darker eyebrow.
Not Recommended For
Microblading is not recommended for candidates who have a history of keloid scarring, are pregnant or nursing, have an active skin infection, or have used Accutane, Isotretinoin, or other strong retinoids with 6 months.
Side effects from microblading may include dermatitis, infection, redness, itching, and permanent scarring.