Manual microblading brows is a relatively new method gaining popularity across the globe. It is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a semi-permanent tattoo and techniques to achieve the appearance of fuller and precisely shaped eyebrows.
Unlike a tattoo, microblading uses a manual handheld tool with tiny needles at the end to create the shape of a small blade (a microblade). This tool enables fine, micro-strokes to mimic individual hairs, therefore, giving a very realistic and natural look, regardless of the amount of hair present.
While microblading is like a tattoo, the results are not permanent like a tattoo is. With microblading the fine lines made to provide a natural look will result in fading over 1 to 3 years. That’s why touchups are recommended.
At the end of your first session your provider will schedule a follow-up visit to refine the work in 3 to 4 weeks.
How long does it last?
After that a brow touchup should be planned after 1-2 years to keep your eyebrows extremely good and attractive.
How Is Microshading Done?
An initial consultation, by a licensed technician, will be held, where you’ll discuss how natural or bold you want your eyebrows to look. This analysis takes into account several factors including your natural eyebrow color, your skin tone and other facial features to determine what will best complement your face.
The technician will use an eyebrow pencil to create an outline of your desired brow shape and confirm the ‘plan’ in detail with you before proceeding.
For microblading, after cleaning and applying a numbing cream to the eyebrow area, your technician will dip the microblading tool into the pigment and make tiny cuts resembling eyebrow hairs within the natural brow.
Once the first eyebrow is done your provider will apply the pigment over the entire eyebrow and let it set while they repeat the process on the second eyebrow.
When the entire process is done, the technician will remove the unneeded pigment to reveal thicker, fuller, more precisely shaped eyebrows.
To prepare for a brows microblading, you should avoid the following:
- alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, and fish oil 24 hours before the procedure to prevent bruising and bleeding.
- waxing or plucking eyebrows 1 week before the procedure.
- facials at least 2 weeks before treatment.
- sunbathing and tanning beds on the day of the procedure.
- retinol or vitamin A products 1 month before the procedure.
It usually takes 7 to 14 days for the pigment to settle into the outermost layer of skin and for that skin to heal. However, deeper layers of the epidermis continue to rebuild for several weeks after the procedure.
During the healing process, your technician will give you several instructions on how to care for your eyebrows to get the best results, which may include:
- Avoid picking at or scratching the eyebrows as the skin scabs and flakes off. While the area may be itchy, scratching can make it susceptible to bacteria and infection.
- Keep the eyebrows dry, which means limiting exposure to sweat and water from the shower or swimming pool.
- Avoid sun exposure.
- Keep makeup, serums, moisturizers and other cosmetics off the eyebrows.
- Avoid facial scrubs or peels.
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