Certainly, you have already heard about very popular among women and men eyebrows treatment called microblading. But how much do you actually know about it? How is it different from eyebrows tattoo technique? What are the pros and cons? In this article we gathered all the information you need to know about microblading.
Microblading vs. Permanent eyebrows tattoo
Microblading or eyebrows micropigmentation is a new and very popular procedure. It is true, that unlike tattoo technique, microblading is performed by a specially trained professional with the use of a hand tool with a tiny blade and a high quality pigment ink.
This technique is called hair strokes because it is supposed to mimic real hair by the injecting pigment under the skin at different angles. This method causing the eyebrows to look full and realistic.
How long does microblading last?
Unlike permanent tattoo, microblading is a semi permanent treatment which lasts slightly less, 1-3 years. The reason for it is the way the pigment injected into the upper layer of a dermis. Microblading hand tool doesn`t penetrate as deep into the dermis as tattoo machine which causes the pigment stay on the upper level of the dermis and fade quicker. But this fact is more an advantage than disadvantage, as it leaves the room for a change of the style and shape of your eyebrows at anytime.
Does it hurt?
Microblading procedure is quite painful, but don`t need to worry about it, as the technician will apply anesthetic cream around the area, so at the time of the procedure the skin will be numb and the treatment more pleasurable.
How much does microblading cost?
Obviously price range is pretty wide and depends on many factors, such as the level of professionalism of the permanent makeup artist, the location of the salon and other factors.
But, generally speaking, the average price in the big cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Miami ranges from $200-$1600 for a single procedure.
Before the microblading procedure
There are some simple steps and rules to get yourself ready for a procedure to avoid any complications.
- Plan your visit ahead of time.
Look through the magazines, read the articles like this one, find pictures of eyebrows shape you like and desire to get. If you will get an idea of what you want and will know the answers on most of the questions it will save a lot of time for a technician to do the good job on your eyebrows.
- Do not drink alcohol the night before.
Drinking excessive amount of alcohol before the procedure can cause bleeding which will affect the final results or even make it impossible to perform the procedure on the scheduled day.
- For females
Reschedule an appointment if you are having a period for the same reason. It may cause bleeding.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women also better wait till that period is over and the hormone level comes to normal .
- Avoid the sun
Try not to get tanned and of course don`t get sunburn 3 days before the procedure.
Microblading Aftercare and Touchup
To get the desired results which will last longer you need to follow some simple rules of aftercare and preferably come for a touch up procedure a month after the treatment.
- Do not scratch, peel or scrub the microbladed area, it may cause scarring. Healing process usually takes 3-4 weeks ,so be patient.
- Do not get the treated area wet for 48 hours. That means no swimming pools, saunas or steam rooms.
- Avoid direct sun ,as well as tanning salons for 2 -3 days after procedure.
- Use aftercare ointment cream. Do not let the treated skin to dry out.
- Go for a touch up treatment if needed. Usually, permanent makeup artist will recommend to do so after 4-6 weeks when the microbladed area is totally healed.
In conclusion, it is worth to mention about the importance of the choosing the right permanent makeup artist. Before going for a treatment make a research through the internet (google search and social media) or local newspapers and magazines about the best eyebrow blading technicians in your area.
The chosen permanent makeup artist must have:
- special certificate in microblading.
- proved evidence of his experience (before and after photos of his work and good reviews of the previous clients).
- clean and safe location where the treatment will be performed.
Remember, microblading is a great, long time investment in your beauty! Good luck!