What is Microblading?

Microblading is a type of cosmetic tattooing that is performed specifically on the eyebrows. It is performed by hand using a very thin blade made of tiny pins. The pigment is implanted into the skin by lightly scratching the blade against the skin, creating hairlike strokes mimicking the look of real brow hair. Microblading is ideal for someone who may not wear makeup on a regular basis but would like the added definition to their brows or someone who loves the look of individual hair like strokes vs the more uniform look that ombre powder brows (another style of semi-permanent brows) provides.

  1. How much does it cost?
The cost of Microblading ranges anywhere from $200-$900 depending on several factors including the level of skill/experience of the provider along with the region of the country you are in. If you live in a big metropolitan city for example, the cost will be on the higher side due to higher cost of living, rent, etc.

Is it permanent?

Unlike traditional tattoos, Microblading is considered semi permanent, not permanent. Microblading is applied to the superficial layers of the skin which allows the ink to fade over time.  

How long does it last?

Microblading can last anywhere from 1-3 years. It all really depends on your skin type, pre/post care, and lifestyle. If you are someone who is very active, spends a lot of time in the sun, or uses skincare that contains acids/retinoids/etc, you will need to get your brows touched up sooner because these are all things that can make your brows fade quicker. Applying SPF to your brows daily is imperative to protect against further fading of your brows.

What should you do before your Microblading appointment?

To ensure the best possible outcome from your procedure, you should avoid the following for 48 hours before your appointment:
-aspirin (or any pain reliever that thins the blood)

All of the above can lead to excessive bleeding which will not allow the pigment to be properly implanted into your skin, creating an undesirable final outcome.

There are other contraindications to Microblading such as medical conditions like diabetes, cancer, etc of which you can go over with your Microblading provider. In some circumstances, you can get medical clearance from your doctor depending on what medical condition you have.

What is the healing process like?

Immediately after the procedure, your brows will feel sore, similar to how a mild sunburn might feel. Over the course of 10-14 days, your brows may start to scab while the brows are in the active healing process. It is imperative to leave the scabs alone and not pick them off. Doing so can cause the ink to be pulled out with the scab causing your brows to heal unevenly. Allow the scabs to fall off naturally to ensure the best possible outcome.  

When your scabs fall off, you may notice your brows look significantly lighter than they were immediately after your appointment. This is completely normal and a part of the process. As your brows continue to heal over the next several weeks, your brow color will slowly “bloom” and at the 6 week mark, is when you can expect to see the final result.

During the healing process, you should avoid sweating, getting your brows soaked with water, and using skincare that contains acids/retinoids, and the sun. This will ensure your brows heal properly.

Does it hurt?

Getting your brows Microbladed can be slightly painful depending on your personal pain tolerance. However, numbing cream is applied before and during the process to allow for a more comfortable procedure. Some clients even fall asleep during the procedure because of how effective the numbing gel is.

Who is Microblading best for?

Microblading is best for clients who have dry to normal skin. Due to the fact that Microblading is applied superficially, clients with oily skin tend to have excessive “blurring” of the hair strokes creating a less than ideal outcome. For oily skinned clients, ombre powder brows are a much better option. With the ombre technique, ink is applied to the skin in such a way that the brows look like they’ve been filled in softly with a brown pencil.  

Microblading can be performed on someone who has little to no brow hair or even on someone who does have a lot of brow hair but maybe needs more definition, fullness, or to fill in some areas that are more sparse than others.  

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