What is Microblading?
Microblading is a new way of eyebrow tattooing and a great alternative to traditional permanent makeup. While traditional permanent makeup is done with a machine, microblading is done manually with a pen. With gentle pressure a color pigment is implanted into the basal layer of the skin using a sterile microblade. This creates individual crisp hair strokes, and results in very natural looking eyebrows.
How Microblading Works
The microblading procedure is simple. To begin, your skin is cleansed with an antiseptic solution. You receive a numbing anesthetic. The esthetic technician loads the pigment into the microblading tool. The tool has a row of fine needles. When the pigment is released from the needles into you dermis, it creates a stroke that looks like an individual hair. The strokes are made in the natural direction of your hair growth, resulting in a seamless finish. About four to six weeks after your initial treatment, you get a touch-up session.
Conditions That Benefit from Microblading
Many people have thin eyebrows. This could be from naturally fine hair, or it could result from a hair or skin condition. Microblading helps people with thinning eyebrows caused by aging, alopecia and hormone-related hair changes.
What to expect during and After Microblading
A day before you get a microblading treatment, you’ll need to have a patch test done. This takes about 15 minutes. The artist outlines the best eyebrow shape for your face with the aid of a Golden Ratio tool. The technician places the initial strokes, then you receive an anesthetic. After the area is numb, pigment is added to the strokes. Once the technician places each stroke of pigment, a mask is added. This mask helps set the pigment. Your skin is thoroughly cleaned, and a silicone gel is applied to the skin in order to protect and moisturize it.
Dos and Don’ts before your Microblading/Permanent Make-up Appointment:
- Pause any Vitamin E or Fish Oil supplements starting at least one week before the procedure, since they are known to thin the blood.
If you are using prescription blood thinners or were advised by your physician to regularly intake Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or any medication that thins the blood, or alters the blood clogging time, please consult with your physician.
- Pause using any skin care products with Retinol, Retin-A, Glycolic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Lactic Acid, or Alpha Hydroxyl starting at least two weeks before the procedure. After the treated areas are healed you can start using your products again, just be aware that those products can alter the color and cause premature exfoliation of the pigment, resulting in quicker fading.
- Eyebrows only: Botox treatments should be done no sooner than two weeks before the microblading procedure, that way the Botox has time to settle.
- Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microneedling, laser treatments, etc. should be done no sooner than 4 weeks before the microblading procedure, so the skin has time to fully recover. Waxing should be done no sooner than one week prior.
- When booth or salon tanning, please make start covering your face or avoid tanning starting at least two weeks before your appointment. Sun damaged skin tends to bleed and makes the color pigment heal grey.
- Avoid heavy alcohol and coffee intake the night before and the day of the procedure.
- Eyebrows and Eyeliner: Please stop using lash growth serums on the areas to be treated at least 4 weeks prior to the appointment.
- Lips only: If you have ever had chickenpox, cold sores, or fever blisters in the past, it is highly recommended to get a prescription of Valtrex or similar from your physician for 2 days prior and one week after the procedure.
Otherwise, it is recommended to get an immune booster (L-lysine or similar) two weeks prior to the procedure until the lips are healed.
I know it is a lot of information and it seems like a lot of restrictions but it is initial to follow these “rules” to achieve the best possible healed result.