What is Microblading?
Microblading is a method of semi-permanent eyebrow enhancement that is different from traditional tattooing. Microblading is also known as Eyebrow Embroidery, Microfeathering, Microstroking, or 3D Hair Strokes. Which are all the same procedure. Instead of using an electrical machine such as a tattoo gun, Microblading involves using a pen-like hand tool to deposit pigment into the skin. A “blade” that consists of tiny, short acupuncture needles is used, hence the name “microblading”.
Individual feathered hair strokes are drawn onto the skin by hand, mimicking real hair. The result is the most natural-looking eyebrows.
Microblading can be used to fill in sparse areas or bald patches in the brows, darken light or blonde eyebrows, correct uneven brows, define brow shape, or create a whole new eyebrow for those with little or no hair. It lasts up to 2 years and doesn’t damage your natural hairs. It’s also waterproof, sweatproof, and smudge-proof.
The pigments come in many different colors and can be customized to your skintone, hair color, and/or preferences. Before the procedure begins, a consultation will be held and you will be asked about your color and shape preferences. The shape will be drawn on and you will be asked for your approval.
Microblading is considered semi-permanent makeup because it will fade within a few years. As your skin regenerates, old skin cells are shed, eventually taking the pigment with them, and new skin cells will grow.
A benefit of this semi-permanent procedure is that you won’t be stuck with the same brow shape forever. Eyebrow trends come and go and you might want to change your brow shape in a few years. Microblading is a great option for people who hesitate to get their eyebrows tattooed because of the fear of permanence.
microblading pigment doesn’t stay in your skin long enough to change color from sun exposure. The sun can alter the pigment colors over time- especially with permanent makeup that lasts 10 years or more. Traditional eyebrow tattoo has been known to turn blue, red, purple, or green after several years of UV exposure. Microblading, on the other hand, will just get lighter in color until it fades completely in a couple years.
There is no downtime for Microblading. You can go right back to work and it heals completely in about one to two weeks. Your brows may be a little tender and swollen for the first two days. They may appear up to 30% darker and thicker for the first week because of the scab and minor swelling. You will have to avoid getting your brows wet, sweating, and direct sunlight until they heal.
Touch-ups for Microblading are recommended approximately 1-2 times per year, depending on your skin type and how well you take care of your eyebrows. Oily skins tend to need touch ups more frequently and should plan on coming every 6-8 months for touch ups. Those with normal to dry skin can hold the pigment longer and should come in every 8-12 months. Avoid exfoliating near your brows and wear sunblock to prevent them from fading.