Once upon a time, the appearance of eyebrows could only be altered with a pencil and a prayer that it stayed in place all day.
Who knew that advancements like microblading would enter the aesthetic scene and change our brows forever?
This popular process deposits semi-permanent pigment superficially into the skin to customize the thickness, shape, color and definition of brows.
You can officially say goodbye to the endless options of waxes, pencils, gels, powders and pencils on the market. It seems every time we turn around a new micoblading studio has popped up.
Here are the answers to the most common microblading questions!
1. How does microblading work?
An extremely fine needle is utilized to make tiny incisions where pigment will be added to create the “eyebrow hair.” This is the ideal long-term solution for those with thin or sparse brows as well as those seeking to augment their brows for a more dramatic appearance.
2. What can I expect from my results?
When microblading is performed properly you should not be able to distinguish between the authentic eyebrow hair and the pigmented strokes. The length of the strokes should match the length of the real eyebrow hair and enhance your natural hair growth. It is also important to note that your natural eyebrow hair color should be used to determine the appropriate pigment, not the hair on your head.
3. Is it the same as eyebrow tattooing?
Although miroblading is considered a form of tattooing, it is not the same thing. Why? Microblading only goes into the most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis, whereas tattoos penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin making the process permanent.
4. What can I expect during treatment
Typically, the first session consists of a consultation to customize the perfect brow shape and pigment color to enhance your facial features. Then at the first treatment, a numbing agent is applied to the brow area and the pigment is administered. A renaturation treatment is required 4 to 6 weeks later.
5. How long do results last?
You can expect your brows to maintain their look from anywhere between 1 – 1.5 years. Different factors such as skin type and products being utilized can influence how long your results will last. For example, those with oilier skin or those who use exfoliators regularly, such as Retin-A or acids, are more likely to need a touch up sooner.
6. Is there downtime?
There is little to no downtime post-treatment, but it is common to experience minor redness and swelling, but that usually resolves itself quickly. The color of your new brows will appear darker within the first few days, but this will lighten to the desired color in 2-3 weeks. It is crucial to keep the brow area clean and dry as it heals.