Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo done manually without a machine. The implanting of the pigment is done on the topmost layer of the dermis (skin) using disposable and sterilized tools.
Time: The procedure takes about 2 hours to do.
What is microblading?
Microblading is a technique in which individual hair-like strokes are etched into the skin to reshape eyebrows and/or fill in gaps. Microblading uses a handheld tool and semi-permanent pigment. It is also known as eyebrow embroidery.
How does microblading work?
Microblading is performed with a specialized tool consisting of a row of fine needles that etch hair-like strokes into the skin. Semi-permanent pigment is implanted on the top-most layer of skin (epidermis).
Is microblading the same as eyebrow tattooing?
Microblading is different from eyebrow tattooing. Microblading uses semi-permanent pigment which is implanted in the top-most layer of the skin. In contrast, tattooing uses permanent ink which is injected into a deeper layer of the skin. Microblading usually results in finer strokes that look more natural than tattoos.
Why do people have microblading done?
Common reasons for microblading include thinning eyebrows, over-plucked eyebrows, or unevenly shaped eyebrows. Medical causes for eyebrow hair loss include alopecia, thyroid disease, hypotrichosis, trichotillomania, and chemotherapy treatment. Microblading is a long-term solution for improving the shape of your eyebrows without the need to apply makeup.
Does microblading look natural?
Fine, hair-like strokes are etched in the same direction as your natural brow hairs, resulting in realistic and natural-looking eyebrows.
Will microblading suit me?
The microblading technician will spend time with you before the procedure to discuss the best shape and thickness of your eyebrows. Key measurements on your brow bone with a specialized ruler will help make sure that the result will look symmetric and natural.
How long does microblading last?
Microblading generally lasts 1 to 3 years, depending on your skintype and skincare routine. Pigment fades faster in people who have more oily skin, who use chemicals such as alpha-hydroxy acid or glycolic acid for exfoliation, and who spend a lot of time in the sun.
Will microblading fade completely?
Because the pigment in the microbladed area is semi-permanent and applied to a superficial layer of skin, it will fade completely over time.
Can microblading be fixed or reversed?
Microblading pigment can be removed by using a concentrated saline (salt) solution in a procedure that is similar to the microblading process. The skin will scab over and heal in several weeks, after which the pigment will have faded.
Does microblading affect hair growth?
Microblading does not affect hair growth.
Does microblading cause scarring?
Microblading will not cause scarring if done correctly. Microblading cuts are made to the top layers of the skin (to the dermal-epidermal junction). Scars do not form unless the deeper layer of skin called the dermis is damaged.
Does microblading cause bleeding?
Microblading should not result in significant bleeding if done correctly. Microblading cuts are made to the top layers of the skin, where there are no blood vessels and blood is present only through diffusion.
Who should not get microblading?
Some people have conditions that may make them ineligible for microblading. Consult your doctor if you:
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have a history of keloids
- Have a chronic skin condition such as rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema
- Have diabetes
- Have epilepsy
- Are taking blood thinners or antibiotics
- Are currently undergoing chemotherapy
- Are currently using or have used Accutane within the last year
The Microblading Procedure
How should I prepare for my microblading procedure?
Before your microblading appointment:
- Do not have microdermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser treatments for two weeks before the procedure
- Avoid tanning and sun exposure for one week before the procedure
- Do not wax or tint your brows for one week before the procedure
- Avoid aspirin, niacin, vitamin E, ibuprofen (Advil), and fish oil supplements for 48h before the procedure
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol for 24h before the procedure
How long does the microblading procedure take?
The microblading procedure takes about 2 hours.
Does microblading hurt?
The microblading procedure involves making tiny cuts in the skin, which can cause some pain. The sensation is similar to eyebrow threading, waxing, or plucking. A topical anesthetic is used during procedure to minimize any pain.
Is microblading safe?
Our trained microblading technicians use sterile, disposable tools and medical-grade pigment.
Can you have an allergic reaction to microblading?
Although very rare, some people are allergic or especially sensitive to the pigments used in microblading. The technician will perform a scratch test on your skin before the procedure to ensure that you are not allergic.
How do I take care of my eyebrows after microblading?
Be gentle with the skin that was microbladed. Keep the skin dry during the healing process to prevent loss of pigment from the skin. Apply healing ointment as directed by the technician.
- Avoid using chemicals on your skin (e.g., peels, bleaching), or exfoliation (e.g., glycolic acid, granular substances)
- Do not apply makeup for at least one week after the procedure
- Avoid tanning
- Avoid swimming or excessive sweating
Will my skin be irritated after microblading?
It is normal to have some swelling and for the skin to be red and tender for the first few days after microblading.
Will I have scabbing after microblading?
Around 5 days after microblading, your skin will form a layer of scabbing as part of the normal healing process. Your skin may also be itchy. It is important to not scratch or peel the scabs, since this may result in loss of pigment. The scabs will flake off on their own 1-2 weeks after microblading.
Why do my brows look so dark after microblading?
It is normal for your eyebrows to look darker than expected at the beginning. Brow colour will lighten in the two weeks following microblading.
Does microblading need touch-ups?
A touch-up after 6 to 8 weeks is recommended to fill in any areas where the pigment is uneven.