Microblading, or also known as brow embroidery, is a procedure that is categorized under the permanent makeup section, but not like the traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is considered as semi-permanent and less invasive. It usually lasts one to three years, depending on the skin type or skincare of the patient.
This operation is done by using hand tools with an ultra-fine needle and every hair are carefully etched into the skin and giving an incredibly and natural, as well as realistic look.
It can drastically correct and fully reconstruct any lost brow and is great for people wanting to enhance the eyebrows or people who have little or no brows, thinning the from age or over-tweezing. Pigments that are used are carefully chosen to match the desired or natural color. Skin tone will also be considered during the procedure.
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How long does the procedure take?
From the first session, the procedure can take about two and a half hours to three hours. During the session, the technician will style and shape the client’s brows for their approval. Follow it with selections of pigment colors. Once the customer is satisfied with the color choice, technicians can now begin the procedure — the client returns for a follow-up visit to have minor essential touch-ups.
The next session takes place four to six weeks after the first session. The course will take at least one and a half to two hours to complete.
How long does it take for the spot to heal?
The brow area will be slightly red during and after the session and color will appear medium to super dark. It is usual for this procedure and it is part of healing. The color of the microbladed area will fade by 40% at most as the spot heals.
In the next few days, the brow will continue to be dark, and the patient will notice slight scabbing on the affected area. Do not pick or remove the scabs as this can damage the skin, and eventually, the result of the microbladed spot.
The color will lighten up as it heals. There is no required downtime after the procedure. It takes at least seven to fourteen days for the eyebrows to completely heal, and more or less one month for the color to set in completely. You will notice that the color will start to get light after two weeks of healing.
The skin will at least have an opaque milky quality to it. It is known as milk skins and is very common in tattooing. It is because the tissue is still healing, inside out, even if the surface is treated. The real color of the pigment will reveal itself once the bladed area is totally healed.
Is touch up sessions really necessary?
The answer is a resounding yes. A follow-up session after four to six weeks is crucial as people heal at a different rate or pace and the outcome will vary. Specific areas may not pick up during the previous sessions and may need a new refill.
The color may need an adjustment, brow may need to thicken and more strokes might be added. People with oily skin, usually require a deep shade during these return sessions as the oil tends to make the pigments lighten up. Most importantly, the course is done to refine the eyebrows to make sure that it looks perfect and keep the color for one year.
Can I get my follow up session sooner than four weeks?
Follow up sessions should be done after four weeks of the initial blading course, because the pigment color has not yet settled on the skin entirely. Most importantly, it is to prevent scar damage since the tissue will require more time to heal the wounds completely.
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Is microblading painful?
The level of pain of this procedure is mild to at least no pain. Before the microblading, your technician will apply topical anesthetics to numb the spot and will re-apply during the procedure or if needed. People respond differently to topical anesthetic; depending on the patient, the feeling of it has been described as close to light scratches, to not feel anything at all.
This topical anesthesia may contain Prilocaine, Tetracaine, Lidocaine, Benzocaine or epinephrine. After the session, slight swelling and redness is pretty standard. Patients describe the swollen area as similar to a sunburn. They can take Tylenol for pain, but not ibuprofen or aspirin since these, two are known as blood thinners.
How long does a microbladed eyebrow last?
Because microblading pigments are not directly implanted in the skin as deep as the regular tattoo, the microbladed spot will fade over time. It usually lasts one to three years, depending on the skin type (dry, normal or oily), age (mature or youthful). Skin care routines can also affect the pigment in the long run: people who tan uses products like Glycolic Acid or AHA with fade faster as the skin resurface more quickly.
To maintain the eyebrows looking new and fresh, a follow-up session is suggested every 12 to 18 months. Customers can let the area fade over time, but they need to remember that a slight shadow may remain even after the touch-up session. It would be best if you also remembered that this is only a semi-permanent solution to your brows problem. Even permanent tattoos will fade over time, so do not expect from its color to remain the same.