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What is microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that creates hairlike strokes to fill in sparse or thinning brows. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with fine needles and each ‘hair’ is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrows and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.
Why should I get a microblading treatment?
The microblading procedure gives you an effortless full brow. Patients often find that they no longer need expensive brow pencils. Microblading is perfect for those who want to fully reconstruct, define, cover gaps, or fill-in over plucked brows. In addition, those who just want to add a slight arch are also great candidates, and the results are a natural, undetectable fringe.
What to expect during the treatment
When the actual tattooing takes place, a small sterile needle is secured into the tattoo gun, and the motor is started. Tattoo ink loads differently depending on the type of tattoo gun used. Some instruments might require dipping the ink directly into the ink dispenser before application, while others have a preloaded ink cartridge inserted into the gun itself. The aesthetician will then pass a tattoo needle into the eyebrow area while small amounts of ink are injected or “tapped” into the skin (top dermis layer). You may feel different sensations depending on your age, pain tolerance, or skin type.
After completing one side of your face, the artist will give you a chance to view the work with a handheld mirror. You will be given a chance to communicate with her and give your input. In total, the entire procedure should take about 1-2 hours.
What to expect after the procedure
Don’t be surprised if the tattoo looks dark. The brand new ink from a fresh tattoo will appear extremely dark. The pigment will lighten and settle into the appropriate shade over time. You may experience some swelling, redness, or skin sensitivity for about 1-2 days. Your artist may suggest an over the counter pain reliever. Exposures to sunlight, swimming pools, or saunas should be decreased.
How long will the results last?
A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcomes will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during the first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure they look perfect and retain the color for the whole year!
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. The treatment will typically lasts 1-3 years. This depends on age and skin type. Patients who use products with AHA or Glycolic Acid will fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months.