The current eyebrow trend is the thicker the better, so if you’re looking for a more permanent solution over brow powder, there’s the option of microblading. Think of microblading as a tattoo that doesn’t go as deep under the skin. The result you will get is tiny hair-like strokes that create natural and fuller-looking eyebrows. Microblading can make your brows appear thicker without looking artificial or over-filled.
Some healing time comes along with microblading and there are a few risks. Dermatologists say they have seen complications like infection, allergy, and even permanent scarring. Make sure you find a skilled and reliable eyebrow artist. Consult your doctor before you give microblading a try.
What is microblading, exactly?
Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup treatment. It eventually fades away as your cells regenerate because the ink is placed just under the skin. The brow artist uses a tool resembling a pen to place special pigments under the top layer of your skin. The pen is outfitted with micro-needles that create tiny strokes realistically mimicking brow hairs. The result creates natural and fuller-looking eyebrows.
How much does microblading cost?
Microblading ranges in cost from around $350 dollars to as high as $800 dollars depending on your location and the experience of the artist.
How long does the treatment take?
Your first microblading appointment will last 1.5 to 2 hours with the procedure itself taking 30 to 45 minutes. The rest of the time will be devoted to paperwork, consultation, and developing a plan for the brow shape you’d like. Since some people react differently to microblading, the first session gives the artist insight about how your brows respond to treatment and what adjustments need to be made next time.
Does microblading hurt?
A numbing agent like lidocaine is applied to the brow area to make sure the procedure will not hurt. A trained, skilled eyebrow artist who has a lot of experience in the treatment will be skilled in making the entire process as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Some people will still feel pain during the procedure.
As the area heals after the procedure you may experience some discomfort.
How long does healing take?
The eyebrow area may turn very dark the day after your appointment before it softens and peels. The color sometimes disappears and then returns as it heals.
One full month after the treatment, the area should be fully healed and the true color of the brows will be revealed. You may go back for a touch-up at this time if needed.
How long does microblading last?
While microblading can last up to two years, the color will eventually fade. Brow artists advise their clients to touch up the shape every six months and come in if you notice your brow color starting to fade.
Who can try microblading?
Always talk to your doctor before seeing a microblading artist. People with healthy skin are good candidates for microblading. When you go in for treatment, be honest about your current medical history. You may not be a good candidate for microblading if you have active inflammatory conditions near the eyebrows like eczema, shingles, or allergies to ink. Others who might not be good candidates are those taking prescription acne medications like Accutane, using products with anti-aging ingredients like retinol, and taking blood thinners or supplements.