Eyebrows are arguably one of the most important facial features. Over the years, people have utilized eyebrow enhancements, such as brow gels, pencils, and even tattooing, with limited success. Now, there’s a new option that delivers results that are natural-looking, as well as semi-permanent; Microblading.
What is Microblading?
Sometimes referred to as Semi-Permanent Makeup, 3D Embroidery, Hair Simulation Effect or Hair-Stroke Eyebrows, Microblading involves using a special handheld tool (Microblading pen) to etch ink into the skin, creating a natural-looking eyebrow.
The pen allows ‘drawing’ individual hair strokes, mimicking natural hair to create a 3D (or feathering) effect.
What Conditions can be Treated or Improved with Microblading?
- Loss of hair and lack of shape or definition
- Thickening thin eyebrows
- Correcting asymmetry
- Hair loss due to Chemotherapy or Alopecia
- Thin brows, due to years of plucking/tweezing
- Covering scars or gaps in the eyebrow
- Trouble applying conventional makeup due to a physical disability or impaired motor skills.
What does the procedure involve?
First, the appropriate ink (or pigment) color is selected. The shade is typically matched to the hair and skin color profile as closely as possible, to ensure a natural look. The skin is cleaned, and numbing cream is applied to lessen discomfort.
The specific shape of each eyebrow is drawn. This is the longest and most important part of the procedure, as everyone’s eyebrow shape is unique. The Microblading tool has a row of several fine needles to create thin lines in the skin to simulate hair. The ink is bladed just below the epidermis and the shallowest part of the dermis, making extremely fine, natural looking hair strokes.
As the Microblading tool is not powered or attached to any motor, the blading process is performed manually by dipping the tool into the ink, and the blade is used to deposit the ink into the skin via small cuts. The hairs are bladed into the skin based on the natural hair growth direction, achieving a very natural result.
What Is the Down Time and What Will I Look Like After Treatment?
The best part of Microblading is that there is no downtime. There may be, however, a bit of itching and redness during the first week. At first, the eyebrows will appear sharp and dark, but within two weeks will fade to the perfect color for a natural look.
The full healing process typically takes between 25 and 30 days. While healing, aftercare ointments should be applied daily. After this time, you can rub your eyebrows and enjoy activities such as swimming.
How Many Treatments do I Need and How Often Should Microblading Procedures be Repeated?
As Microblading is a semi-permanent solution, results last up to three years. Based on the individual patient, periodic touch-ups may be needed.
For more information about Microblading, or to schedule a Microblading consultation, please contact Dr. Garramone’s office today at 239-482-1900.