WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is a form of tattooing, but is semi-permanent. The result of Microblading is extremely realistic hair-strokes. The hair-strokes are fine, crisp, with extraordinary definition and dimension. There is no pigment spilling under the skin. This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. The results are natural looking, hair-like strokes, regardless of the amount of hair present. People suffering from alopecia, trichotillomania or any other condition that causes hair loss benefit greatly from Microblading, as well as people who simply aren’t happy with their eyebrows. This technique originated in China, then spread all over Asia. In the last few years, the rest of the world have been catching on to this revolutionary method of eyebrow restoration, adapting the styles of brow, hair-stroke patterns, and shapes.
HOW IS MICROBLADING PERFORMED?
It is done with a pulling or swiping motion of a manual pen and a set of very fine needles, implanting pigment under the epidermis of the skin. The pigments used in this method have been formulated to match the client’s original eyebrow color, and if the eyebrows are still present, blend perfectly into them. The results are a natural, flawless, fuller-looking brow. Initially, the brows appear darker but fade significantly over a two-week period.
IS MICROBLADING PAINFUL?
It's not painful but it's uncomfortable. If you've had a tattoo, the pain is way less than that. If you haven't been inked, it feels more or less like a light scratch or tweezing. Numbing cream is typically used so that the procedure is not very uncomfortable.
HOW IS MICROBLADING DIFFERENT FROM TATTOO?
There are few differences between tattoo and microblading.
Ink vs. Pigment.
Tattoo ink is used for eyebrow tattooing while microblading uses a specialized mineral-based pigment. Ink differs greatly from pigment in the way it fades over time. As tattoo ink fades, it often changes color, to a blue-green colored tint. The microblading pigment is specifically designed to fade into a lighter version of the color used (only loses saturation) so the patient retains a natural appearance.
Regular eyebrow tattoos can last a lifetime, but with microblading, ink is not placed as deep underneath the skin. This means that as your skin naturally cycles through, the ink eventually rises to the surface or moves around underneath the skin as to appear lighter. Over time, the ink will fade significantly compared to an eyebrow tattoo. Depending on your skin, it may eventually disappear. The individual microblading strokes only grace the upper layers of skin, whereas tattoo ink penetrates deeper layers.
Individual Strokes Vs. Tattooed Brow Lines
The technique microblading artists use is very different than the technique used by tattoo artists. Instead of making one thick, dark eyebrow, microblading creates a series of individual hair-like strokes that look identical to your natural brow hairs.
Microbladed brows are hand-drawn; we don’t use a machine.
This makes a big difference! Because it’s hand-drawn so, there is less impact on the skin than with traditional tattooing, which uses a machine. What this means for you is that the ink will not bleed over time. With a microblading, you can be sure that the fine lines that are meant to simulate your natural hair will not bleed out, like the fine lines of a traditional tattoo.
HOW DO YOU PICK THE COLOR FOR THE BROWS?
When choosing the color, we'll always try to match with the colors of your eyebrow. We want to make sure that, when your eyebrows are healed, the strokes will blend with your natural eyebrow hair.
WHAT’S THE DOWNTIME/RECOVERY?
There is really no downtime with microblading. You just need to keep in mind that the first few days, your brows will look sharper and darker. The full healing process usually takes between 10-14 days.
HOW TO MAINTAIN THE LOOK OF MICROBLADING AS IT FADES?
It is absolutely crucial to have a touch up done after 4-6 weeks, as it is very difficult to predict how well the skin will retain the pigment. We call this the “Perfect Session”, where you can adjust the color and shape, and add more strokes to complete the look of the eyebrows.
The results can last up to years, depending on different factor affecting the procedure. However, a touch up once a year is recommended to retain the shape and saturation of pigment.
During touch up session:
1. Access the shape and make adjustments
2. Access the healed color and make adjustments
3. Layer more pigment for a more saturated color result
CAN I DO MICROBLADING IF I AM PREGNANT?
No. You will need to wait to until after breastfeeding. In addition to any health concerns, it’s worth considering that any baby weight and hormones will change the skin and thus change the appearance of the microbladed brow.
WHO IS NOT A CANDIDATE FOR MICROBLADING?
You are not a good candidate if:
Pregnant or nursing
Viral infections and/or diseases
Pacemaker or major heart problems
Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
PRE-TREATMENT TO-DO LIST
You must be off of Retinoid products for at least 2 weeks, out of the sun for 1 week and there needs to be at least 2 weeks since you had any botox.