Microblading Eyebrow Enhancement
Unfortunately not everyone is born with full, perfectly shaped brows. There’s also those of us who suffered from the 90s tweezering craze only to realize too late that what’s once tweezered stays twezered.
Whatever your reason, the latest beauty trend is making it possible for anyone to have perfect eyebrows without spending hours in front of the mirror.
It’s called Microblading.
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo that uses tiny needles arranged into a small scalpel like shape to help deposit pigment into the outer layer of your skin.
This technique goes by a few different names like, microstroking, micropigmentation, eyebrow embroidery, eyebrow feathering, and 3D eyebrows – regardless of what you call it, here’s what you need to know.
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Microblading Versus Powder Brows
In short, microblading actually looks like tiny-individual hairs. It's also used to apply light shading along side the defined “hairs” to give your brow a more dimensional look, as opposed to the more solid look you get with powder brows. Many people have trouble telling the difference between microblading and real hair even when looking up close.
The individual hair look is achieved with the special microblading tool, which instead of being a blade is actually a series of micro needles. This microblade is used to carefully make fine cuts, or micro strokes, in the skin where pigment is deposited.
Microblading is also semi-permanent, so your brows will always be symmetrical and you won’t have to waste time putting them on every morning.
Microblading Versus Permanent Makeup (Tattoo)
First, the type of pigment used for microblading has an iron oxide base. Iron oxide is a popular ingredient in cosmetics like foundation, blush, lipstick, and eye shadow because it allows the color to softly fade over time and ultimately vanish, unlike the inks used in permanent cosmetic tattoos that have been known to change color over time.
Additionally, microblading pigment is custom mixed to match the exact hair color of each client.
Second, microblading doesn’t implant pigment as deeply into the skin as permanent cosmetic procedures. The proper depth for the color to be implanted during the microblading procedure is the upper layer of the dermis – this allows for excellent color retention and fine crisp lines, without the risk of scarring or blurring.
What Microblading Can Do for Your Brows
The precision of this technique makes it perfect for any cosmetic need.
- Fully reconstruct, define, cover gaps, or fill-in over plucked brows
- Create natural looking brows for those with zero brows
- Completely transform blonde ultra-faint brows
- Recreate brows lost due to alopecia
- Perfectly fill your arches in
- Fill out the beginning and tail end of arches that have gotten thinner
Microblading is the ultimate way to get natural looking, multi-dimensional, perfectly symmetrical eyebrows that require absolutely zero upkeep in the morning!
Things to Know Before Your Appointment
- Plan ahead to set aside 7 to 14 to focus on healing and post care
- No Botox treatments should be done for 3 weeks prior
- No chemical peels for 30 days before
- Avoid using Retinols/Retin-A or other anti-aging/acne creams, or serums containing acids for 30 days prior, as these will fade brows prematurely
- Do not work out or sweat heavily the day of the procedure
- Do not tan or have a sunburned face the day of the procedure
- Do not take aspirin, niacin, vitamin E, fish oil or ibuprofen 48 hours before procedure
- Do not take any blood thinning medications for 1 month before procedure
- No waxing or tinting 3 days before procedure
- No alcohol or caffeine 24 hrs before procedure
- Pigment will be dark for up to 5 days after the procedure. It takes 2 weeks to reach your final color
What It’s Like On Appointment Day
- The first thing we do get your Picture. Trust us, you’re going to want to see your transformation!
- Next is the Consultation. You’ll spend some time chatting with our brow specialist to make sure everyone is on the same page in terms of shape and color. We want to be sure to nail the brow look you want.
- Right after the consultation we’ll get you to fill out a little paperwork, like a consent form and medical history to ensure we’re looking out for your well being.
- Then you’ll move to Shaping, where we draw the eyebrows on your face for you to see.
- Approval time. Check out your drawn on eyebrows and make sure they are exactly how you want them. It’s absolutely no problem is some adjustments need to be made. We want you to be completely happy.
- Once you’ve approved, we’ll apply a topical anesthetic to get you Numbing. Pain is not an issue, we’ll make sure you’re completely comfortable.
- Now the Microblading! Our specialist will paint individual hairs on using a custom mixed ink color that come together to create the brows of your dreams.
- Care Instructions. Before you head out we’ll provide you with all the care instructions and supplies you’ll need to take care of your new eyebrows. We’ll also go ahead and schedule your touch-up appointment for around 4 to 6 weeks.
Excellent after care is essential for getting great results.
- Beginning an hour after treatment, use a clean cotton-pad to lightly dab the microbladed area with distilled water every few hours for the remainder of the day.
- Be sure to sanitize your hands before cleaning your brows.
- There will be some itching – so make a special effort not to touch, rub, pick or scratch your brows.
- You can use Benadryl or Zyrtec to reduce itching if necessary.
Days 2 through 10
- There will continue to be some itching, so be sure not to touch, rub, pick or scratch!
- At the start and end of each day, use your clean fingertips and a mild soap, like Cetaphil, to gently cleanse your eyebrows.
- Avoid using any cleansing products that contain exfoliants or acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA).
- The cleansing shouldn't be a thorough scrub-down, simply rub the microbladed area in a soft, smooth manner.
- Be sure to gently rinse every trace of soap from the microbladed area.
- Dry your eyebrow completely by blotting it with a clean tissue.
- Once completely dry, use a clean finger to apply a small amount of ointment, like Stratamed to the microbladed area – a thin layer will do.
- Only apply ointment twice per day following the washes. This allows your skin to breath and aids the natural healing process.
- Apply a generous layer of Aquaphor before showering
Things to Avoid (for the first 10 days)
- Touching your brows, except when washing or applying ointment
- Scratching, picking or peeling; this can cause scarring and/or color loss
- Applying makeup, moisturizer, lotion, or sunscreen to your face
- Sun exposure – sun tanning – salon tanning
- Laser or chemical peels, and any other form of exfoliation
- Exercise – participating in sports and activities that make you sweat
- Long, hot baths or showers – jacuzzis – saunas – swimming
- Applying any products containing retinol or glycolic acid
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, as it can cause wounds to heal slower.
- Riding in open-air-vehicles like convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, and boats.
Receive a complimentary skin analysis with the VECTRA® 3D imaging system during your skincare consultation. Learn More.
Is Microblading safe?
Absolutely. At Elamar, we take all the steps necessary to ensure this procedure is as safe as possible. We use disposable blades (needles) that are never reused; all our handpieces are sterilized and disinfected before every procedure; and we always keep our rooms neat and clean and our surfaces sterile.
How long does Microblading take?
Our appointments typically last about 3 hours. We take our time to make sure everything is exactly how you want it and to work thoroughly to provide you with gorgeous natural looking brows.
Does Microblading hurt?
Most clients say they experience no discomfort during microblading – thanks numbing cream! You may feel a light scratch with a little discomfort.
Does Microblading fade?
Microblading fades gradually over time, causing the color to gradually get lighter. It will not, however, fade into shades of blue or pink like with permanent cosmetics. Touch-ups are recommended 12-18 months after the initial treatment to keep the color looking vibrant.
Is Microblading permanent?
No, microblading is considered semi-permanent. The final result will last between 1 to 3 years – the variation is depends on lifestyle, sun exposure, and skin type.
How much does Microblading cost?
Microblading starts at $600. This includes a touch-up appointment scheduled 4 to 6 weeks after the initial treatment.