Microblading, a process where pigment is manually 'scored' beneath the surface of the skin using tiny microneedles attached to the end of a pen-like instrument, has been increasing in popularity due to several factors:
Following are commonly asked questions regarding the process and what to expect before, during, and after you have your brows microbladed.
What is Microblading, and how is it different from other cosmetic tattooing techniques? Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow cosmetic tattoo procedure used today where pigment is ‘scored’ into the dermal layer manually using a small pen-like hand held tool that has tiny sterile needles on the end of it. It is less invasive to your skin than the machine-based method of cosmetic tattooing and is designed to gradually fade out over the course of 1-3 years. Typically, microbladed brows will need to be refreshed with a refresh appointment once per year, whereas with machine-based cosmetically tattooed eyebrows, a refresh appointment isn't expected for 3-5 years following your procedure.
How long does it take? Your first appointment will be your longest appointment. This will include your consultation, brow shaping, shade selection, numbing, and the actual procedure itself - and can be expected to last anywhere from 2.5 - 3 hours. After that, you will be required to come in for a necessary touch up appointment 6-8 weeks after your procedure and is usually shorter in length, in the 1-1.5 hour range.
Does it hurt? There can be some discomfort, usually more so towards the end of your procedure, however a topical numbing anesthetic is used prior to starting and if needed, during the process, that will help ease the level of discomfort you may experience. Many people liken the feeling of microblading to that of tweezing your eyebrows or a scratching sensation, and since the procedure is usually only 30-45 minutes in length, is considered tolerable to most individuals.
How long will it take to heal? How will they look? From start to finish, your brows will take about 6-8 weeks to fully heal. Please read more about the aftercare instructions here. For the first few days, your brows will appear much darker as the pigment is oxidizing on and in your skin and setting in, after which they will begin to lighten, the skin will flake, and sometimes form scabs, which should all fall off naturally over the course of 7-10 days. Following, as your skin generates new cells, a layer of skin will sometimes form over your tattooed brows and it may appear to have lost most of it's pigment. This is common, and as the tissue heals and regenerates 6-8 weeks following that, the pigment will reappear softer and in a lighter shade, revealing its finished healed results. The hair strokes will appear much more soft and will be much lighter, with the hair strokes showing a more 'powdered' and natural effect. At this time you will be required to come in for your touch up appointment, where your final shade, shape, and pigment retention will be re-assessed and altered as necessary.
It is important to note that every single person and their skin type will present a different case; results will ALWAYS vary and are not always guaranteed. In some cases, due to many factors (described in more detail below and in the aftercare instructions), your skin may not retain the pigment as well and may take up to 3 or even 4 appointments to fully reach your desired results. While it's easy to get discouraged by this, know that it is normal and common for fading and pigment loss to occur, and depending on your skin type and other factors, may be completely unavoidable. Microblading is a MINIMUM two-part process.
How long will it last? Many factors, such as sun exposure, skin type, and lifestyle choices to name a few, will contribute to the overall life span of your newly tattooed brows. After your final shape and shade is achieved, it is recommended to come in once per year for a refresh appointment to keep your brows looking fresh, as fading can start to become more prominent anywhere from 10 months to 2 years following your procedure.
What factors will affect my results? Individual results will ALWAYS vary. Following are points to keep in mind on the life expectancy, what to expect of your semi-permanent brows, and the factors surrounding them:
PLEASE NOTE: If you have an existing cosmetic tattoo, you must schedule a consultation or email with a clear picture of your existing tattoo before you can be considered for a procedure.
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