Microblading is a cosmetic tattoo technique that creates the illusion of hair strokes using a manual pen-like tool and a small blade (composed of needles lined up in a row) attached to it. The artist uses the microblade to draw hair strokes in the skin, depositing pigment at the same time, creating the eyebrow tattoo.
WHO IS MICROBLADING FOR
Microblading may be a great solution for clients seeking to fill in thin, patchy, and uneven brows. However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for this procedure. Factors such as skin type, where natural brow hairs are distributed, and lifestyle contribute to determining whether one is a good candidate for this procedure . The ideal candidate should have healthy, non-oily skin, with some natural brow hairs to blend in with the hair strokes. Skin with large pores typically cannot hold hair strokes well. For clients with less than ideal skin that wish to have the hair stroke effect, Nano Brows offer a better alternative.
DOES MICROBLADING HURT
The answer varies from person to person, but in general microblading hurts a bit more than other forms of cosmetic eyebrow tattooing due to the use of a blade. An anesthetic is applied and left on the skin for 20 minutes prior to the start of treatment, and for most people, little to no pain is felt until the anesthetic begins to wear off. Usually this is the last 10-15 minutes of the appointment but clients do report the sensation is tolerable.
HOW LONG DOES THE APPOINTMENT TAKE
The typical appointment from start to finish may take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours. This includes a consultation, brow mapping and editing (creating the eyebrow shape), numbing, the actual process, and explaining aftercare instructions.
HOW LONG DOES MICROBLADING LASTS
There will always be some pigment left in the skin from a tattoo and microbladed eyebrows is no exception. In general if you do not ever touch up your microbladed brows, they may fade up to 80-90% within 5 years. This is true only when the pigment is implanted in the correct layer of skin.
IS MICROBLADING PERMANENT
Yes, please refer to my paragraph above.
HOW LONG DOES MICROBLADING TAKE TO HEAL
This depends on your age and the condition and type of your skin. Most people under the age of 35 can expect it to heal within 7-10 days. Skin turnover takes more time as you age, so someone in their 50’s may take 14 days or longer to heal.
DOES MICROBLADING MAKE YOUR EYEBROW HAIRS FALL OUT
No. Your hair follicles exist in the dermis layer of your skin. With all forms of tattooing, a properly skilled and trained artist will know to deposit pigment in the space where the epidermis and the dermis meet. At this depth, the blade does not reach the hair follicles to cause damage.
HOW TO KEEP MICROBLADING FROM FADING
The easiest and most effective thing you can do is apply a clear (non-white tint) sunscreen on your eyebrows every day. Avoid applying active ingredients (anti-aging ingredients such as retin-a, glycolic, etc) too close to your eyebrows. Inform your laser technician or esthetician that you have microbladed eyebrows prior to any treatments with them.
CAN I TINT MY BROWS BEFORE MICROBLADING
You may tint your brows a week before your appointment if you want your artist to see the colour you normally tint. However, if you do not regularly tint your brows, it’s best not to do it since your artist will choose a colour that will blend in with your natural brows.
ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUES TO MICROBLADING
While microblading is a popular technique for achieving fuller and defined eyebrows, it's important to acknowledge that it may not be suitable for everyone. Fortunately, alternative techniques are available that can deliver similar results. One such method is Nano Brows, a newer approach where hairstrokes are created using a single needle in an electronic device. This technique is known for being more gentle than microblading and suitable for a wider range of skin types. Another alternative is ombre powder brows, using a digital tattooing machine to create a soft, powdered effect on the eyebrows. This technique provides a more filled-in appearance, akin to expertly applied eyebrow powder. Both Nano Brows and Powder Brows can achieve a highly natural look, making them preferable options for individuals whose skin may not be suitable for microblading.
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