What is microblading exactly, and how is it different than permanent makeup?
Microblading is a semi-permanent type of cosmetic tattooing performed specifically on the eyebrows. It is done by manually depositing pigment into the second layer of the skin (the dermis). What makes microblading truly unique is the hand tool used. The unique formation of the needles allows the artist to create the look of real eyebrow hairs by tattooing very fine hair-like strokes into the skin.
Meanwhile, permanent makeup is a form of cosmetic tattooing, sometimes called micropigmentation, that inserts pigment into the skin to resemble makeup. It is typically achieved using a machine or manual hand tool to create permanent enhancements to the eyebrows, eyes, lips and body.
Is microblading right for me?
Microblading is a great solution for you if you wish to fill in overplucked eyebrows. It is also a great option if you have naturally very thin or light eyebrows and you would like to accentuate the look of your brows.
Do I have to shave off my eyebrows to get it done?
No! Microblading enhances what you already have to make your eyebrows look as natural as possible. It is not necessary, nor recommended, for you to get rid of any natural hair you may already have.
How long does microblading last?
While there is some variation, microblading procedures should last anywhere from one to three years. Since microblading is semi-permanent, it will fade over time due to natural exfoliation, sun exposure and skin care products that may increase exfoliation.
Not to worry, though. You can maintain your look and combat fading through microblading touch-ups. We offer and recommend a 12- to 18-month touch-up service to keep your brows looking beautiful.
What can I expect after a microblading procedure?
The healing process after a microblading procedure varies from person to person based on many factors, including but not limited to: adherence to aftercare instructions, whether or not shading was done and how someone's body and skin react to the procedure.
Some of the most common things you can expect after a microblading procedure are:
- Tenderness in the area
- Pink or redness around the affected area
- Thickening and darkening of the area
- Moderate to thick scabbing three to four days after the procedure
- Scabs will begin to flake off between five and 10 days after the procedure
- After scabs flake off, pigment color and strokes will look light, gray and blurry
- After the area is fully healed, about four weeks after the procedure, the pigment will return to full color
How long does microblading take to heal?
The area will be fully healed 30 days after the procedure is done. Be sure to read and follow your aftercare instructions to aid in the healing process.
Does microblading hurt?
Because you are numbed prior to the procedure, the level of pain experienced can be minimized, but in all honesty, there is definitely some discomfort involved. The best way to describe the discomfort felt during a microblading procedure would be similar to that of a continuous cat scratch.
The skin near the front of your eyebrow is thicker, so this will likely be a lot less painful than the tail of your eyebrow. The tail of your eyebrow sits very close to the temple, where the skin is very thin. The thinner the skin, the more likely you will experience a higher level of discomfort. That being said, everyone's skin and pain threshold are different, but during the procedure, there shouldn't be a point where the pain becomes unbearable.
Does microblading scar?
No. Microblading itself will not cause scarring. What can cause scarring after a microblading procedure is picking at the healing skin. This is why it is extremely important to not pick at any scabs or flaking skin after you have had a microblading procedure. Picking could also result in the loss of pigment.