If you never leave the house before drawing on your eyebrows, microblading may be your answer! Microblading is perfect for anyone who wants to reconstruct, define, cover gaps, or fill in over-plucked eyebrows that used to be en vogue.
Microblading is a form of medical tattooing. However, unlike what you might think of traditional tattoos, microblading uses a manual hand-held device rather than a digital device used by tattoo artists. During a microblading session, a special blade (which is more a series of small needles) is used to meticulously draw individual strokes. The ink is deposited into the dermis which is the layer of skin just below the outer layer of skin called the epidermis. Because the pigment is placed relatively shallow as compared to a traditional tattoo, it can fade over time. The ink typically lasts 18-36 months.
What to Expect
You should expect your appointment to last about 2 hours. You will first meet with a skilled aesthetician who has undergone additional intense training and certification in microblading. She will assess your eyebrows and skin and discuss with you what your expectations are for the results. She will make recommendations based on her experience as to the shape and color of your brows.
Once you are comfortable and you both agree on moving forward, she will begin to draw your brows with a removable pencil. This is the longest but most important part of the process. Often the design of your brows is created slightly larger than how you want your finished brows to appear. Imagine you are coloring in a picture. The outside lines are used as a guideline but you are coloring inside the lines so the actual area you ae filling in is actually smaller than the outline. The same is true for the microblading process. The aesthetician carefully measures and draws your brows to mimic the natural shape of your eyes and current eyebrows. Keep in mind, that your eyebrows are like siblings and not necessarily twins. We all are slightly asymmetrical on our left and right. It would almost be silly if both brows were created identically as your bone stricture actually does not allow for it.
Once your new brows are drawn on, you will be asked to confirm that they are as you would like. When you are happy with the outline, the aesthetician will apply a numbing agent to your eyebrows and let it set for a few minutes to ensure the procedure is comfortable for you. The aesthetician will then clean the area and start to create your new brows by creating individual brow strokes. At the end of the procedure, she will apply an ointment to your brows and give you instructions on how to take care of your new brows.
Your new brows will take a few days to heal. They will appear larger and darker before they are healed. This appearance usually lasts 5-7 days. Some people choose to come back in about 6-8 weeks for a touch-up. As your brows heal, you may “lose” some of the strokes. During the touch-up session, the aesthetician will fill in any areas that were lost.
After Your Treatment
Immediately following your initial microblading session, it is important to keep your new brows clean and moist. It is generally recommended that you do not exercise / sweat for 48-72 hours. This ensures that dirt and sweat do not enter the small cuts that host your new “brows.” She will also give you an ointment to apply to your brows. It is important to keep your new eyebrows moist and that you do not pick on them as the skin is healing.
Enjoy your new found freedom! You are on your way to having more time in the morning when you are getting ready for your day because you no longer need to pencil on your eyebrows!