Microblading eyebrows is a semi-permanent makeup technique similar to eyebrow tattooing, but far more advanced.
It is done manually, with a microblading tool – a blade consisting of 10-12 tiny needles – which is used to make thin incisions of the surface of the skin that look like natural brow hairs.
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Special pigments in the color of the natural hairs are then deposited into the skin, and the result is an illusion of thicker arches with a modified shape that best suits your face.
The results are very realistic and virtually unidentifiable, which is why this treatment is sometimes called 3D/6D microblading.
Unlike the traditional tattooed eyebrows, which look unnatural and last forever, as they go far deeper into the skin, eyebrow microblading pigments are inserted in the epidermis, at a depth of only 0.08 – 0.15mm.
Who Does Eyebrow Microblading?
Microblading eyebrows is done by trained, certified, and licensed estheticians called microblading artists. In order to stay safe and healthy and get satisfactory results, never go to untrained, self-taught artists who don’t have the mentioned credentials.
Who Is Microblading For?
The best candidates for getting microbladed eyebrows are people who have patchy, sparse brows or no brow hairs at all, but want to add the illusion of fuller and thicker eyebrows.
Basically, microblading eyebrows is for anyone who uses eyebrow enhancement makeup products every day.
Microbladed brows are also a great solution for people who don’t have their natural eyebrows, like people with alopecia, or people who suffer from brow hair loss caused by a number of reasons (natural hair loss, invasive treatments such as chemotherapy, postpartum hair loss, etc.). By microblading 3D eyebrows, entire arches can be created from scratch.
The treatment works best on people with normal to dry skin. Microblading oily skin is problematic, but not impossible. The problem is the fact that pigment is often ‘rejected’ by oily skin, and the microbladed eyebrows don’t last as long due to the overproduction of sebum, which literally pushes the pigments out.
How Long Does Microblading Treatment Take?
The whole eyebrow microblading treatment usually lasts for 1.5-2 hours, and it has 2 parts:
the consultation part
the actual blading part.
Will I Have to Shave My Brows for Microblading?
No! The artist works around the natural hairs, so there’s no need to remove your eyebrows for microblading.
What Does the Microblading Procedure Look Like?
The actual treatment consists of several steps that usually look like this:
STEP 1: Shaping the brows
The artist prepares the area around the brows by threading the stray hair and cleaning the skin.
STEP 2: Numbing
The brow area is covered with a topical anesthetic, or numbing cream, which is left on for a certain period of time. The time it takes for it to kick in varies from one product to another, but some take as little as 25 or 45 minutes.
STEP 3: Preparing the pigment
The artist chooses a pigment shade that will work best for your skin tone and blend in with the natural hairs. Sometimes, the artist will mix a custom shade.
STEP 4: Measuring, mapping, and outlining
Certain features of the brow area are measured, and an outline is drawn, taking into account your face shape, symmetry, facial features, etc.
STEP 5: The blading process
The artist makes fine strokes through the skin using a microblading tool, and covers them with pigment. If there is any severe discomfort at this stage, another layer of numbing cream is added to the area.
STEP 6: Another round of pigment implementation
A final layer of pigment is added, after which the eyebrow area is cleaned.
STEP 7: The touch-up appointment
As skin heals, it is common for a certain amount of pigment to be extracted as the scabbing stage ends. Once the skin has healed and the pigments have settled, the artist fills in the gaps where the pigment hasn’t taken or healed properly.the
Is Microblading Painful?
Even though it sounds scary, most clients claim that the eyebrow microblading treatment does not really hurt.
Numbing gel is applied to the treated area, so the actual process is more uncomfortable than painful. It’s claimed to be just a bit more uncomfortable than plucking your eyebrows, but it’s nowhere near as painful as getting a tattoo.
Note: Having eyebrow microblading during your menstrual cycle may increase your sensitivity, and your skin could bleed more, which can make the procedure more complicated.
Is Microblading Safe?
Although this type of eyebrow filling’s permanent, microblading eyebrows is generally considered a non-invasive treatment, and is safe for most people.
That said, it does involve the breaking of the surface of the skin, and thus carries certain risks, mainly the possibility of an allergic reaction to pigments, and skin infections.
Finally, there is a number of conditions that make microblading eyebrows impossible for some people.
1. Skin Infections
Infections are not that common, but they can happen if the tools used are not sterile, or the pigments get contaminated on their way into the skin. They can also develop in the days after the procedure, while the skin hasn’t healed.
If you choose a certified artist who works with sterile equipment, and you follow the microblading aftercare instructions they give you, there is nothing to worry about!
2. Allergic Reactions
The chances of an allergic reaction to eyebrow microblading pigments are very low, but it’s important to do a patch test before they are inserted into the skin.
Also, it’s not a bad idea to enquire about the type of pigment used, since some cause allergies more often than others.
Who Isn’t a Candidate for Microblading?
Unfortunately, microblading eyebrows isn’t safe for people who suffer from certain conditions:
People with diabetes
People with serious diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, or autoimmune disorders
People with any bleeding disorders
People who take blood thinning medications
People who’ve recently had Botox injections or fillers in the area (at least 2 weeks should pass before you get your brows microbladed)
People with viral infections or diseases
People who are going through chemotherapy
People with skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area
Permanent makeup also isn’t done on skin that’s recently been tanned, and it’s generally considered unsafe for pregnant women. If you’re not sure if getting eyebrow microblading is safe for you, consult your physician.
Things You Should Avoid Before the Treatment:
Don’t go sunbathing or tanning for at least 3 days prior to the treatment
Try not to work out on the day of the treatment
Stop using retinol or Vitamin A products one month prior to the treatment
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, aspirin, and fish oil supplements for at least 24 hours prior to the treatment
Don’t pluck or wax your eyebrows at least a week prior to the treatment
Don’t do any facials at least two weeks before the treatment
If you’ve had Botox or fillers in the area, wait at least 2 weeks
What Does Microblading Aftercare Entail? The success of the treatment and the attractiveness of microbladed eyebrows greatly depends on how you care for eyebrows after the procedure. So microblading aftercare is a very important part of the treatment. If you don’t follow the instructions given to you by your esthetician, you’re also risking your health. There are two general types of aftercare: dry or wet healing. Most artists advise keeping the treated area dry for at least ten days after the treatment. Others, on the other hand, claim that washing your brows after the treatment is not forbidden, but it must be done in a certain way which is prescribed by them. You must remove the bacteria, but make sure to do that by gently washing your face and the treated area with an antibacterial soap recommended by your esthetician. Also, check with your artist which products are strictly forbidden and avoid using them. After washing your brows, dry them by gently patting them with a clean tissue. You will need to do this for at least a week. Besides that, there is a list of things you need to avoid after the treatment.
Activities You Should Avoid After the Microblading Treatment:
Exposure to the sun
Swimming in the ocean or swimming pools
Sleeping on your face
Working out and sweating
Saunas or steam baths
Taking long, hot showers
Always be aware that you mustn’t touch your recently microbladed brows and remove the scabs on your own.
Following the after care steps as closely as possible is the only way to make your microbladed brows last.