What Is Microblading?

If you have thin, fine eyebrows and you are tired of filling them in every day, microblading may be the answer for you.  Microblading is a non-invasive treatment that enhances the brows and frees you from having to apply makeup every day.  But what is microblading, and how does it work?

What Is Microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique that makes the eyebrows thicker by creating tiny marks on the skin that resemble eyebrow hairs.  These marks add color, shape, and dimension to sparse, uneven brows, making them look completely natural.   

Microblading is carried out using a small hand-held tool with a blade made of multiple microneedles.  

Microblading is a convenient way to enhance the brows as the implanted pigment does not wash off.  The pigment color is customized to ensure the best match for the individual’s skin tone and natural hair color.  The eyebrows are also shaped to fit their unique facial features.  

How Does Microblading Work?

The brow area is cleaned and numbed with a topical solution at the start of treatment.  After this, a template is made in the brow area so the procedure can be done according to the treatment plan.   The microblading tool is then moved across the brow area, creating tiny superficial hair-like strokes and simultaneously depositing pigment under the skin.   

The pigment is placed within the upper layer of the skin (epidermis).  The sharp, crisp strokes are done in a natural pattern to look like real hair, so the brows look naturally fuller after treatment.  

A second microblading session takes place 4-8 weeks after the initial treatment.  This touch-up session is used to assess the brows, as there may be some gaps or uneven areas that need to be filled in.  

Microblading is a safe, comfortable in-office procedure that takes 1-3 hours to complete. 

Is Microblading Painful?

A topical numbing solution is applied to the brow area before treatment to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. 

What To Expect After Microblading?

There is typically some mild redness, irritation, and swelling after microblading. Clients are advised to avoid direct sunlight for the first 7 days after treatment.  Swimming, facials, botox, exercise, and saunas should also be avoided during this time.   

There is generally some scabbing and flaking during healing, but clients are given an antibiotic cream, which must be applied daily to keep the brows well-moisturized and promote healing.  No makeup should be worn on the brows until they are fully healed.  

The brows may appear darker immediately after treatment, as it typically takes 7-10 days for the brows to settle into their final color.  Clients should follow the after-care instructions of their microblading provider to ensure the best results.

How Long Does Microblading Last?

Microblading typically lasts 12-18 months.  However, the longevity of the results can be affected by skin type, as people with oily skin generally notice that their results fade faster.  Daily skincare routines, excess sun exposure, and environmental factors can also affect how long the results last.   

The results of microblading fade over time as the body breaks down the pigment.  Consequently, touch-ups have to be done to maintain the results.

Are You A Good Candidate For Microblading? 

If your eyebrows are sparse and you would like to achieve lusher, natural-looking brows without using makeup, you may be a good candidate for microblading.  

Eyebrow tattooing is a precise procedure, that should be performed by an experienced aesthetician using the latest technology and techniques. 

Whether you have naturally thin brows, or they have become thinner over time, microblading can give you thicker, beautifully shaped brows that will give your face a fresh new look.  

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