Microblading is a technique of cosmetic tattooing performed specifically on the eyebrows. Like earlier methods of cosmetic tattooing, it is done by manually depositing pigment into the second layer of the skin (dermis). But what makes it truly unique is the hand tool used. The unique formation of needles allows the artist to create the look of real eyebrow hairs by tattooing very fine hair-like strokes in the skin.
It really depends on the client and the health of their skin, but microblading procedures should last anywhere from 1 to 3 years. Microblading is not supposed to last forever and will require touch-ups when the pigment begins to fade.
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup and is subject to fading over time due to exfoliation, sun exposure and skincare products that may increase exfoliation of the skin. Microblading should last anywhere from 1 year to 3 years before requiring a touch-up.
Just like a typical skin wound, microblading takes about 10 - 14 days to heal before it can get completely wet without disturbing the skin or the healing process. This includes heavy exercise and sweating, showering, and face down swimming. The area will be fully healed 30 days after the procedure was done.
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 is different, but during the procedure, there shouldn't be a point where the pain becomes unbearable.
In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:
Gently blot the area with clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid. Do this every 5 minutes for the full day until oozing has stopped. Removing this fluid prevents hardening of the lymph.
Wash daily to remove bacteria and dead skin. (Don't worry....THIS DOES NOT REMOVE THE PIGMENT!)
Gently wash your eyebrows each morning and night with water and an antibacterial soap like Dial Soap, Cetaphil or Neutrogena. With a very light touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the eyebrows. Rub the area in a smooth motion for 10 seconds and rinse with water ensuring that all soap is rinsed away. To dry, gently pat with a clean tissue. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or any exfoliants.
Apply a rice grain amount of aftercare ointment with a cotton swab and spread it across the treated area. Be sure not to over-apply as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin. Never put the ointment on a wet or damp tattoo.
Important note about showering:
We get asked a lot about the difference between microblading/hair strokes and powder brows. Here is a visual. Powder can also be done much softer than this image, with less saturation of color to give it an even softer look. There is also the option to do a completely customized combination of the two techniques, which can be referred to as a combination brow. My personal favorite is the combination of the two techniques. It can blend the areas where you have no hair very well with areas where you do have brow hair. It also looks more finished than microblading alone. I usually make a recommendation based on your skin, existing brow hair and how you normally wear your brows for what I think will work best for you.
📆. ✍🏼Service: Microblading/machine shading
🔎Purpose: Fuller, darker, natural looking eyebrows.
🖌How it works: A small handheld pen-like tool is used with ink to draw fine lines that resemble natural brow hairs. Shading by machine.
💊Anesthetic: Topical anesthetic is used.
🤕Pain: Varies from none to mild.
⏰Time it takes: 2-2 1/2 hr appointment, about 30 minutes for microblading.
✏️Note: Results may vary by skin type, health, lifestyle, etc.
🛌Recovery: Clients return to normal activities immediately, about 7-10 days total healing time.
🗓Lasts: Around 18 months on average, varies. Most clients come for touch ups once a year.
⚠️Caution: Licensed, certified artists only. This is a tattoo, do your research.
💸Cost: $450 includes in-appointment consultation, brow shaping, After Care Kit.