Suppose you have not been into the hype train of eyebrow microblading before and after stalking Instagram profiles of famous people. In that case, we really applaud you for your patience and self-control. If, like most women, your brows suffered at the hands of inexperienced “eyebrow specialists,” then a microblading obsession is inevitable. The “secret” of faking a fuller set of brows that looks natural might be the hassle-free answer to spending a lot of hours penciling the brows, only to get the shape wrong.
What is microblading?
It is a kind of brow architecture and is all about designing or creating the best shape possible for every face shape and size. It is a totally bespoke approach for every client. The process is pretty precise, thanks to the equipment and tool that is used. It effectively likes a ball-point pen with a blade and ten to twelve little needles at the end.
These needles do not penetrate the skin but delicately scratch the skin surface, just like a paper cut. The needle will implant featherweight strokes of medical-grade pigments on the top layer of the skin (or the epidermis). It can create an elegant, natural, and realistic hair stroke.
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How is it different from having the brows tattooed?
Unlike tattooing, microblading is not in the deep layer (dermis) of the skin, but more on the epidermis or the surface layer. It is also not permanent; the color will fade after one year and six months. The strokes are more delicate and far more natural compared to any tattoo, as a handheld blade with needles is used. There is no electrical device that permeates deep in the technique. Therefore, it is more of scratching than a buzzing of the tattoo machine that pierces the skin.
Can people be allergic to it?
Specific individuals are very sensitive and allergic to certain pigments, but in our experience, it is very rare. Expert professionals will always perform a scratch or patch test to check if their client is allergic to certain chemicals or pigments before the treatment procedure.
How much does it cost?
A regular microblading treatment can cost from $100 to $500. It includes a series of consultation, the initial treatment, and a top-up treatment procedure after six to eight weeks.
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What happens during the procedure?
Professionals will start the procedure by threading brow hairs, cleaning the area, and doing the prep work for the treatment.
Numbing will take at least 40 minutes with the help of a topical ointment – most probably lidocaine. While the cream is setting in, the professional will show the color swatches to their clients and discuss the best shade for their faces and their desired look.
Ten minutes before the topical ointment sets in, professionals will use their tools to measure the site around the eyebrows, taking into consideration the shape of the face, its symmetry, or facial features.
Then they start the needling process. After this, they will gently implant the pigment using featherweight lines. Every stroke is superficial lines in the skin where color pigments seep in and settle in the epidermis. If there are discomforts at this stage, the expert will add another coating of numbing ointment to the area. It will be effective after five minutes, and the procedure continues. Professionals or clinics providing microblading services in Atlanta are all well-trained on this.
They will then add the final layer of pigment that will stay for another five minutes before cleaning the brow area. In six to eight weeks, there is a top-up session to fill the gaps where pigments have not been healed or taken properly.
Why is there a top-up session, and when does it happen?
The session happens after six to eight weeks. It is a time when professionals can assess the steps they have taken, add any further strokes or add darker pigments if necessary.
What happens after?
You will need to follow the after-care directions from the dermatologist and avoid picking or scratching the area. The brows will start to heal, just like a regular tattoo, and might irritate. Itchiness and redness of the area are totally normal. Make sure to avoid scratching it or apply different chemicals aside from what the professionals gave you.