Microblading is a semi-permanent form of cosmetic tattooing. But unlike traditional tattoos which require a tattoo gun, Microblading uses a blade-shaped tool with a row of tiny, barely visible needles to create hair-like strokes along your brows while depositing pigment into your skin.
The result? Realistic-looking brow hairs that don’t wash off for a year or more.
This procedure inserts pigment under your skin using a needle to give you well-defined and natural looking eyebrows. The results can last from 18 to 30 months, depending on your skin type, lifestyle, and how often you get touch-ups.
Is Microblading a tattoo?
Microblading is a type of tattoo, but it’s not permanent like a regular tattoo. Not only do the two use different inks; traditional tattoos use concentrated tattoo ink while cosmetic tattoos use smaller pigment particles but they’re also applied differently. With Microblading, the pigment is applied superficially to your skin rather than placing it into your skin’s deeper layers where it becomes permanent.
Because of the pigment used and the way it’s applied to the skin, Microblading produces a semi-permanent “tattoo” that looks soft and subtle, instead of opaque and bright as with traditional tattoos. Over time, the pigment on your brows will also lighten a shade or two from its original colour, whereas a tattoo on your body can have a blue-green tint on the edges when it starts to fade.
Who is a good candidate for Microblading?
Whether you are a good candidate for Microblading or not is based on your skin type. Is your skin super reactive and sensitive? Do you currently or consistently deal with break outs or acne around your brows? Then you may not be a great candidate at the moment, since Microblading will initially cause some inflammation that can exacerbate skin conditions and affect your tattoo’s healing process. Similarly, oil can make Microblading fade faster, so you’ll get less time with your micro bladed brows if your skin is very oily.
How long does Microblading last?
Microblading can last anywhere from one to three years depending on your skin type. In one year, you’ll likely notice some fading, but your microblading probably won’t totally be gone. By three years though, you can expect your microblading to be nearly untraceable. However, consistent touch-ups every 12-18 months can help your micro bladed brows look fresh throughout the years.
Microblading Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to heal?
No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 10-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in.
Is the touch up session necessary?
Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added.
Is it painful?
Prior to the procedure, a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb the area, and also reapplied during the procedure if necessary. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic, however the pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none.