Having spotty, uneven, or thin brows may be difficult. It will make your stomach whirl if you spend copious amounts of time in front of the mirror, struggling to repair them and feeling anxious.
Going out and being concerned about them smudging may make you feel uncomfortable and reluctant. Getting microblading may be a life-changing experience since it can break this vicious cycle and free you from the shackles of uneven brows.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a practice that lets you improve the appearance of your brows and make them look almost natural. It is also referred to as micro-stroking, eyebrow embroidery, micro-pigmentation, and feather touch. For over 25 years, the practice has been widespread in areas of Asia and Europe.
Microblading is a cosmetic treatment in which a skilled individual shapes the brows using a specific apparatus. It entails creating hundreds of tiny incisions in the skin and then introducing pigment to create a texture that bears a resemblance to your own brow hair and provides the illusion of larger natural brows with the appropriate contour.
The process is similar to getting a tattoo because that is indeed what it is. Microblading, in particular, is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo. The results of microblading not only seem incredibly natural, but they need no regular maintenance. The effects of microblading can last for up to 12-18 months, a noteworthy reason for its allure.
However, to improve and extend the effects of your improved brows, it is critical to follow the aftercare instructions.
What Does Microblading Aftercare Entail?
Following your microblading operation, you should follow all your technician’s instructions. Your skin may be sensitive following the process, and you should avoid touching or wetting it for at least 10 days. An ointment, and care sheet with instructions, should be provided by the technician.
Aftercare for microblading is cleaning your eyebrows, keeping them from contaminants, and caring for the skin in the area as guided by your microblading artist, according to a specific schedule.
Types of Aftercare
Depending on your skin type, an aesthetician will determine which form of healing best suits you. You may care for your brows after microblading in two ways: dry healing and wet healing.
To begin the wet healing process, begin by gently washing your brows with sterile water, then gently dry them by blotting them with a clean towel or a cotton pad. Apply a thin coating of aftercare ointment after that.
When it comes to dry healing, there are two schools of thought. The first includes gently washing and drying your brows without using any ointment. The second is a bit more dramatic, requiring no bathing and no ointments. All you have to do is avoid water and let your brows recover on their own.
Some microblading artists advocate for moist healing, stating that an ointment assists the skin recover faster, positively impacts the cells, and operates as a barricade averting contamination.
Step By Step Microblading Aftercare
Your brows will seem overly black, puffy, and sensitive for the first few hours following your microblading treatment. Blot the treated region gently with a clean tissue or cotton pad to absorb any extra lymph fluid. This fluid is removed to prevent build-up and scabbing. Repeat until the oozing has stopped.
Day 2 to 7
Use clean fingertips, a little antibacterial soap (or sterile water), and a gently patting gesture (not rubbing) to wash your brows at the start and end of each day. Rinse after cleaning the area for around 10 seconds. Rinse with water, making sure to remove all traces of soap from the microbladed spot.
Pat dry gently with a clean tissue. Apply a tiny portion of the aftercare ointment to the affected area with a clean finger. The amount placed to each brow should be around the size of half a grain of rice.
Day 5 to 10
The scabbing process begins. Allow the scabs to naturally fall off. You risk damaging your microblading if you touch them. Continue with the aftercare procedure – gently wash, dry, and moisturize as per instructions. Over-applying the aftercare ointment could smother your skin and slow the healing process.
If your skin is dry, you can apply the balm up to 2 or 3 times per day. If your skin is very oily, you may not need to apply a healing balm at all.
Day 10 to 14
The aftercare ointment is no longer obligatory, although the brow region should still be gently washed every morning and night.
After Day 14
You can resume your normal regimen, that is, washing your face often and even applying makeup if necessary. Continue avoiding the use of any other products, specifically those containing glycolic or retinal acid, laser or chemical peels or other exfoliation forms, until your microblading touch-up session is completed and the healing process has begun.
What Not To Do
During the first two weeks after your microblading treatment, you should avoid excess consumption of alcohol – it may slow down your healing process. Stay away from practicing sports or using Jacuzzi’s and saunas – it may increase sweating.
Except to rinse and apply the post-care cream using a cotton swab, avoid touching the brow area. Do not scratch, pick, or peel the micropigmented section to avoid scarring or pigment removal.
Additionally, avoid UV rays’ exposure, creams containing Glycolic or lactic acid or Retin-A, or riding in open-air vehicles like boats, motorcycles, or convertibles.
Short-term adverse effects are possible, like with other types of cosmetic tattooing. Tenderness, minor bleeding, a darker look than expected for 6–10 days, and realistic bruising are all possible. Itching and flaking are typical, especially within the first seven days after the treatment. Picking or scratching can cause scabs to fall off prematurely, resulting in patchy results or scarring.
People who use blood thinners are more susceptible to have bleeding or bruising during or after the treatment, according to the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. However, more substantial complications, including infections and allergic responses, are possible.
Points to Note
If you are scheduled to give blood following the operation, please notify your nurse about the microblading therapy you received, since this may affect the outcome.
Suppose you are planning a chemical peel or another medical treatment. In that case, kindly notify your therapist about the surgery you’ve undergone. This type of surgery should be performed only after the healing process post microblading has been completed.
Furthermore, if you are scheduled for an MRI, please make your doctor aware that you have had semi-permanent makeup done.
If you have any unanticipated complications or adverse effects with the healing process of your skin after your microblading treatment, please call your microblading technician immediately.
Do you struggle everyday with making sure that your eyebrows look their best? Perhaps you’ve grown tired of trying to fill them in every time your put-on makeup and you just want a simple way to keep your look flawless. Maybe the cost and time spent on this is becoming too much to handle. Well, there is a new procedure that is growing in popularity that will help you with this struggle.
What is Microblading?
The simplest way to describe it is a form of brow tattooing. Tiny needles are used to draw delicate hair like strokes across your brow while depositing ink pigment under the skin. The tool used for this looks like a pen with the nib looking like a slopped blade that is made up of 10-12 little needles. This is meant to give you realistic-looking brows. Though it is applied similar to tattooing, this procedure is actually different as it is not a permanent marking. The needles that apply the façade of hair does not penetrate the skin deep enough to create a permanent marking. The pigment used is also different because it is eventually metabolized and fade away. Plus, it is less concentrated to give a softer, more realistic image.
With it being semi-permanent, that means that this is something you will have to do on a somewhat frequent basis. Typically, it is advised that once you have had the procedure done to return in four weeks for any touchups that may have been missed due to initial swelling of the area. Then, from that appointment, you should only need to go in for touchups once a year. This will keep the money you invested in it from going to waist and keep you look on point.
Should I get Microblading?
A truly versatile procedure, anyone can get this done. If you have an auto-immune disease that causes the hairs on your face to fall out, you can get microblading done and it will help return the confidence you had before. Those with alopecia are highly encouraged to consider getting it done. However, you don’t need a medical reason to get it.
If you rely upon your looks for your profession or if you are a public figure and don’t want to have to worry about your appearance all the time, getting microblading done can be seen as an investment in your future. And it will last for length periods of time, which will allow you the freedom to keep the amazing look without having to take time from your busy schedule. Even if your face isn’t on the front page of a magazine, everyone has a right to look their best and do what they can to make that a reality.
Microblading Before and After
Before having the procedure done, make sure to do tons of research on the people who offer the procedure and get reviews from previous clients. You want to be certain that the person you are trusting to do this has the appropriate skills to make it look as realistic as possible. Once you know who you want to do it, set up a scheduled meeting to go over what you are wanting done and start looking at color matching the ink that will be used to your natural hair coloring. Then, you will need to discuss shaping and the look you are aiming for with this procedure.
With everything in place, you will arrive at your appointment where they will prep you for the microblading. A good technician will first draw in the areas that are to be filled in to ensure that what you see in the mirror is what you are truly wanting. With the thumbs up, they will lay you down on a sterile bed for your comfort before they begin marking the area with superficial cuts to help with depositing the pigment. That may sound painful, but most people who have had it done akin its discomfort level to that of having their eyebrows threaded.
Once the procedure is done (should only take about an hour), there will be some slight swelling and puffiness to the area, but it should go down quickly. For the first week after your appointment, do not get your eyebrows wet or sweaty. Take a break from the gym and allow the area to fully soak in the coloring that you’ve just saturated it with. However, if you’re an athlete that requires to constantly workout, cover them with an ointment to help keep the pigment in as well as keep the cuts clean.
Also, try not to aggravate the area for a couple weeks with any kind of facial products or makeup. After four weeks, head back in to do any possible touchups needed to ensure that your brows are full and look exactly how you want it to. After that, you should have a full year of fleek eyebrows before you will need to consider having the procedure done again. Make sure to keep a watchful eye on your brows coloring and when you start to notice the richness underneath fading, then reach out to your technician and make another appointment to bring the look back to life.
The Cost of Microblading
Microblading is not cheap to get. Where you live and the person performing the procedure can affect the price. You can look at a price tag between $500.00 to $2,000.00 USD. The price typically covers the cost of the procedure, the pre-procedure consultation, the post-procedure consultation as well as a follow up within the next 6-8 weeks. That may seem steep, but if the person doing the microblading is highly skilled in it, then it will be well worth the investment. Make sure to shop around before you settle on a price and make an appointment to get this done.