Microblading, also known by a variety of names such as eyebrow embroidery and microstroking is one of the hottest eyebrow trends out now. It’s saving a lot of women time and discomfort to get their eyebrows just they way the want them. It’s a form of semi-permanent makeup that provides a means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. The technique of implanting pigment after the creation of fine incisions in the skin may date back thousands of years.
But before you sign up to have your eyebrows on fleek too, there are some things you need to know:
It’s Kind Of Like A Tattoo (But Not)
Microblading is performed by depositing pigment superficially in the upper region of the dermis with the use of a hand tool with attached needles fused together in a curvilinear grouping, and may involve the use of a machine with a specially devised hygienic needle cartridge. Similar to permanent makeup brow treatments using a machine, the Microblading technique involves drawing individual, crisp hair strokes that can be very natural looking. However, over time the strokes can blur and fade and will need to be refreshed.
You Will Need To Prepare For It
If you drink a lot, take aspirin, or use retinol, stop one week before your treatment. The retinol used in the treatment makes your skin thin and then you bleed a little more. Also, it’s very important to note that if your are on any blood thinning medication or prescribed aspirin, to stop before treatment. Just like with most spa treatments, you should avoid alcohol too.
You Might Feel It (A little)
Pain is relative, but if you are sensitive to pain, you might feel this one a little. Some say its feels a little bit more painful than threading on your eyebrows. Some say it feels like little scratches. Others say it’s like getting a tiny pin stuck in them like acupuncture. But you be the judge. Some aestheticians use topical numbing cream to help dull some of the pain.
Aftercare Is Critical
After your first appointment, swelling and slight redness may occur. It’s important to protect your fresh brows from all moisture–no sweaty workouts or washing your face with water. Some patients experience itching and redness during the first week, which over-the-counter rubs like Vaseline can help alleviate. Brows will look slightly darker at first, but the color will fade 30 to 40 percent, resulting in a normal look.
It’s Not As Permanent As You Think
Depending on the skin and lifestyle, microblading can last up to three years. But with wear and tear on your skin, age and…