Brows are back. Gone are the days when pencil thin brows were in. It's all about full, natural brows. Chances are you've heard the term Microblading on social media lately. You may have seen the brow transformations taking over beauty accounts all over Instagram. They've piqued your interest, but you don't really know what it's about or what Microblading actually is. Maybe you've got a general idea, but you feel a little scared about the process. You have the questions and I've got the answers.
I often hear, "I wish I hadn't over tweezed when I was younger." "My brows just don't grow in the way I want them to." "I'm starting to lose my brows." This is then followed up with the same question, "What can I do to make my brows grow so I can get the shape I want?" As an Esthetician, I used to be only be able to suggest trying a brow serum and trying to just let your brows grow in as much as possible with just a little cleanup. This method takes takes a lot of time and patience and in the end you likely still won't end up with the brows you've been dreaming of.
Microblading has changed all of that. Your dream brows are attainable!
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup using a hand held tool comprised of micro needles in a blade shape that deposits pigment into the epidermis. This creates fine, crisp, hairlike strokes that mimics the appearance of natural hair.
So what do we mean when we say semi-permanent? Unlike traditional permanent eyebrow tattooing, Microblading fades over 1-3 years depending on your skin type. This is because the pigment is not going as deep and less pigment is being deposited into the skin. Why is this a good thing? Because those microbladed hair strokes will maintain their crisp, hair like appearance. With eyebrow tattooing over time the lines tend to bleed out as they fade. This creates a blurry appearance to the brows.
What to Expect
After explaining what exactly Microblading is, the follow up question is usually, "Does it hurt?" At the start of your procedure you a numbing cream will be applied for 30 minutes to desensitize the skin. Some slight discomfort/sensitivity can be felt, though this varies from person to person depending on your pain threshold.
Next comes the pre-draw, where we map out the shape of your new brows. Taking into account your facial features and bone structure every line is meticulously measured until we achieve your desired results. The aim is to get as close to perfect symmetry as possible.
When you are completely happy with the pre-draw design then we decide on the perfect pigment. The aim is to get as close to your natural brow color as possible. These pigments can also be mixed to create a completely customizable color.
So once your pre-draw is on point and the color has been selected the first round of Microblading can be performed. This first pass is building the outline or "skeleton" of the brows. Here is where you will usually feel the most discomfort as the numbing cream used only desensitizes the surface of the skin. But after this first pass is complete you get another round of numbing. Now that the skin has been opened, this numbing agent can now penetrate into the tissue of the skin and it will be smooth sailing for the rest of the procedure.
The rest of the Microblading procedure is following the flow of the outline we created and filling in the brows completely with the Microblading strokes. Your brows are finished when it is determined that everything blends together and that symmetry is complete.
After Your Procedure
How will your new brows feel after the procedure has been finished? The best way to describe it is the sensation of a light sunburn. This feeling does not last too long as your skin begins to heal. You also may experience some redness around the treatment site. This is completely normal.
At home after care is essential to the healing process (14 days) and will determine how good of a result you will have at the end. You will be provided with a healing balm that should be applied 1-3 times a day depending on your skin type.
-Avoid wetting your eyebrows during the healing process. If they do get wet during the healing process pat them dry with a towel. Do not rub.
-No makeup or skincare products should be applied directly on the brows during the healing process.
-Avoid saunas/steam rooms/ sun beds during the healing process.
-Avoid excess sun exposure.
-Avoid touching them with your hands and fingers unless you have thoroughly washed your hands prior.
After the procedure your brows may appear 30-50% darker than the desired result. As the healing process continues they will become darker before starting to transition to their true color. Some mild scabbing will occur. Do not pick at these scabs as it will pull the pigment with them causing your brows to be patchy and could cause a scar to form.
After 14 days your brows will begin to show their final results. Make sure you are taking notes about the shape and color. Any issues or changes you wish to make to your brows can be addressed in your touch-up session. The touch-up is where your new brows will be completely perfected. And then voila! Your brows will then be good for 12-18 months before they need a refresh.
Feel free to leave any more questions I can address in the comments!