Microblading is a technique very similar to tattooing. It creates the illusion of having thicker hair in the brow area, so the brows look fuller.
What is the treatment like?
- The first step is to begin with a consultation with a practitioner, where you discuss the best brow shape for your face, and choose a color that would be appropriate and matching to your own hair.
- The second step is cleaning the brow area and then numbing it with a topical cream.
- A handheld blade like tool is used to draw hair like strokes.
- An aftercare ointment is applied to help with the healing process.
The procedure can take up to 40 minutes, depending on how full you want your brows. A follow up appointment is scheduled 4 to 6 weeks later, incase you wish to touch up the brows, or make any changes. Microblading can last between 1 to 2 years, depending on your skin type. If you have oily skin, the ink fades faster.
Instructions to follow prior to the procedure
- Do not pick, tweeze, wax or tint your eyebrows a week prior to the procedure.
- Avoid direct exposure to the sun 2 weeks prior.
- Avoid facials or peels 2 weeks prior.
- Avoid usage of retin A or vitamin A products one month prior.
- Do not exercise on the day of the procedure.
- No botox three weeks prior.
- Avoid fish oil and vitamin E tablets a week prior, as these are natural blood thinners.
- Avoid alcohol 48 hours prior to the procedure.
- Do not have any caffeine 2 hours prior to the procedure.
- No aspirin or ibuprofen to be taken 24 hours prior.
Are there any side effects?
There are no side effects to microblading process if you get it done from a trusted practitioner. You are prone to infection only if you don’t follow proper after care instructions. Before choosing a practitioner, you need to do your research, go through before after images and read client reviews. Only then will you be able to find the right professional.
Using a good sunscreen is extremely important post microblading as it prevents the brows from fading against the sun, and enhances longevity.
You need to be off any products that contain Retin A or retinol, a week prior to the procedure, as well as a month post the procedure. Retin A causes the pigment to fade sooner than otherwise. During the healing phase, do not wet the brows for at least a week or more, and don’t use any makeup in the brow area. Give the brows time to heal. Once they heal, you can go back to your regular routine.
We hope this article is of help to you. If you are interested in improving the appearance of your brows, micro- blading is certainly worth giving a shot.