Permanent Make Up: What is Microblading?

What is Microblading?
Microblading is the process of depositing pigment through a series a brushstroke like scars created in the dermis of the brow. A thin blade-like needle is used to create a realistic eyebrow hair look with each stroke. The most commonly used pigment in this process is Iron Oxide.

As per the League of Permanent Cosmetic Providers
“Iron oxides used for permanent makeup pigments are essential because iron is the most stable and the most common of all of the elements. It’s nontoxic and has a variety of  colours available to technicians.”

The application process begins with the cleansing and numbing of the brow either by topical cream or injection. Most clients report that the process of microblading is relatively painless. Typically taking no longer than 30 minutes to an hour, the results leave you with a full and manicured looking brow. Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup. Despite it not lasting “forever” there are long term lasting results.

How much does Microblading Cost?
The cost of microblading can range between $300 and $1200 dollars depending on the technician. Certain technicians will include a touch up treatment in their pricing. Be sure to do your research when choosing the professional who will be doing the application.

How to make your Microblading last?

Keep your eyebrows dry
When the procedure is first completed you are not supposed to get your eyebrows wet for at least full week, if not two. This can impede the healing process. Although the healing time post procedure is shorter than a traditional tattoo, it still requires approximately 1-2 weeks before being completely healed. Wetting your eyebrows will not only make the healing process take longer but, it can impact the integrity of the pigment in your brow allowing them to fade.

Don’t Pick Your Scabs
Like a tattoo, you will experience scabbing, flaking and potential inflammation as it heals. As tempting at may be, picking your scabs is just another way to impede the healing process. It irritates the skin not allowing it to fully heal. In addition to that, picking the scabs or flakes in the brow can potentially remove pigment. Allowing the scarring to peel naturally and not tearing the skin prematurely will optimize the healing time and the appearance of your brows.

Avoid Sunlight
Overexposure to sunlight in the first month of microblading. The UV rays from sunlight can cause damage to the skin and impact the pigment of your results. Avoiding sunlight as much as possible during the first couple of weeks post microblading will help limit the lack of protection your eyebrows have during their healing process. Once they are healed regularly using sunscreen and be mindful of directly excessive sun exposure on your brows.

Maintain your brows
Microblading last approximately 1 – 2 years.
The strokes created in the brow will naturally metabolize by the body overtime. This will cause the overall appearance to fade. It is recommended that a client who returns for touch every 6 – 12 months to maintain the results of the microblading.

What do you think about Microblading? Would you have your eyebrows done?

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