One look at the face, and you will agree that the eyebrows are essential in shaping our appearance. Microblading, one of the most sought-after aesthetic procedures, has emerged as a promising technique in permanent cosmetics. Let us understand what this technique involves and what you need to know before you consider getting it done.
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattooing used to create fuller eyebrows.
The procedure involves pigment deposition in the superficial layers of the skin.
Complications like allergies and foreign body reactions to the dye are common.
It requires a very experienced hand to do the procedure perfectly and give a natural appearance.
What is microblading?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattooing where pigment is deposited in the superficial layers of the skin with the help of a manual device and blade consisting of tiny needles.
It is one of the most sought-after aesthetic treatments today due to the awareness raised by social media. It is an option to consider if you wish to achieve fuller eyebrows that last for an extended period.
During a microneedling procedure, ink is deposited with the help of tiny needles stacked in the blade, resulting in crisp, hair-like incisions that resemble the eyebrow to give it a natural look.
It can be used to thicken your natural eyebrows or when you have lost your eyebrows due to alopecia, hypothyroidism, or chemotherapy.
What should I know about the procedure?
The shape of an individual's eyebrow depends on their age, sex, and genetics. It is always best to draw the eyebrow with a face/eyebrow pencil to show your preference.
However, suppose there is no eyebrow for reference, as in the case of alopecia. In that case, your skilled provider will draw it first for you, keeping your bone structure and other facial characteristics in perspective.
Every face is unique, and the shape of the eyebrow that is created can range from:
Microblading is similar to tattooing but requires high skill and expertise to create a natural look. Also, the ink used for this procedure differs in terms of its ability to be retained in the skin. The ink is selected depending on the skin tone, though the most common colors range in the black palette.
Microblading of the eyebrows is done under topical anesthesia and causes little to no discomfort.
Immediately following the procedure, it is best to clean the face with wipes and avoid wetting the area altogether. One can resume regular activity immediately, keeping a few things in mind:
- Mild irritation and scabbing of the area are expected. One must avoid picking or peeling the scab, which might lead to infections.
- Avoid harsh chemicals. Avoid the use of harsh exfoliants, anti-aging creams, or other irritants.
- Do not use makeup. Avoid the use of makeup over the area, at least till the area heals completely.
- Avoid water. Avoid long-water contact activities such as swimming or saunas.
- Use sun protection. Avoid excessive sun exposure and protect the area with sunglasses, as direct sun exposure can lead to faster pigment degradation.
In general, it takes up to a week to return to the regular routine for your face care. Though it might seem like a long wait, it is worth considering.
What to expect
The resultant eyebrow should mimic the strokes of the natural brow. A good, experienced artist can create a near-naturally appearing eyebrow for most individuals.
The results can last for 12–18 months. However, a touch-up session may be required in the areas that lose color after the scabs fall entirely off. It is difficult to achieve results if your natural hair is lighter, but with newer composite inks available, natural-looking brows may be achieved if an experienced professional does it.
Is microblading a safe procedure?
Microblading is a relatively safe procedure and should not result in complications if done by an experienced professional. The most common complications, if any, are related to the pigment mixing and getting the right color, an art acquired by a trained eye.
However, several complications and side effects have been reported after microblading sessions, and it is essential to remember these.
Provider-related complications include:
- An unnatural eyebrow shape
- Infections if hygiene is not followed and new blades are not used for every session
Procedure-related complications include:
- Pain and itching due to inflammation
- Foreign body reactions
- Allergic reactions to the dye
- Spread of active disease at the site
- Color changes due to sun exposure or exfoliation practices
Microblading has emerged as an excellent tool for restoring eyebrow appearances for those needing the volume or the appearance for various reasons. If you need to use a brow pencil every time and need a break, then microneedling is an option. However, as with any procedure, it has its share of potential complications. One must always consult their dermatologist and get an experienced opinion to assess whether it is the correct procedure for you.
How much does it cost?
The cost of microblading depends on many factors, such as the area where you are located and the experience of the provider, but in general, the price may vary from $500–$1500 for the first session.
What is the healing time?
The initial healing time ranges from 5 to 7 days. However, the entire time for the inflammation and scabbing to settle even after the touch-up session and to see the resultant shade the dye achieves takes about a month post-procedure.
How painful is the procedure?
Topical anesthesia is most commonly used while performing the procedure, and, apart from mild discomfort, one shouldn't feel any pain during the process.
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