Things to Know
I know microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo. What is the difference between permanent and semi-permanent tattooing?
The difference is where the pigment is deposited. Permanent tattooing deposits color at the dermal layer of skin, which is the layer directly below the top layer of skin (epidermis). Semi-permanent tattooing deposits pigment at the base of the epidermis.
Proper anesthetics are used to ensure the process is as pain-free as possible. Your microblading artist will consult with you before the procedure to make sure your individual requests are honored. That said, those who choose to not receive anesthetic before the procedure have described the feeling as “being scratched,” and the pain level as a 3 on the 10 point scale.
Unfortunately, there’s no set answer. The results depend on several factors, such as medication, sun exposure, after-care treatment, and genetics. The average person can expect results to last anywhere from 1 year to 18 months.
You don’t have to, but if you want your brows to have optimal results, touch-ups are necessary. After the initial treatment, your body will start to heal itself. The healing process will include some fading. Therefore, 1-2 touch ups are necessary for semi-permanent lasting results. The first touch-up is included in the initial price if performed within 4-6 weeks.
Only the most well-researched, inorganic, microblading-specific pigments on the market. For microblading, inorganic is preferred to organic, because inorganic material consists of natural metals, whereas organic consists of plant and animal matter. The reason this is extremely important is because organic matter is far more likely to produce allergic reactions. The main inorganic ingredient used is iron oxide, which sounds scary, but is simply iron and oxygen. Be careful of those who promote “organic” pigment. This is not the same “organic” that you read in the grocery store. In this case, “organic” is meant to convey that it is somehow better than the more trusted inorganic pigments used for microblading, but this is simply not true. Ask for scientific studies if you’re unsure.
An allergic reaction is extremely rare, but those who are concerned can schedule a patch-test to be performed approximately 1 week before scheduled treatment. Your microblading artist will collect a list of your known allergies, and provide you with a summary of all ingredients used during treatment.
Expect the initial procedure to take anywhere from 2-3 hours.
Your microblading artist will ask you several questions about how you’d like your enhanced brows to look. Taking all answers into consideration, your microblading artist will draw an initial brow shape. You will approve and adjust each brow shape until desired shape is achieved. Only then will actual microblading begin.
No. Microblading is done by a disposable, single-use, hand-held “pen.” the pen quite literally draws hairstrokes into the eyebrow template. Very small needles scratch the epidermis, depositing pigment with each stroke. The artist should be very gentle when depositing pigment, as it often requires “surgeon’s hands.”
Sometimes, but only a very small amount. Each person is different, but generally no more blood than a minor scratch can incite. Those who are on blood-thinning medications may not receive microblading treatment.
Those who are pregnant, breast-feeding, and/or taking blood-thinning medications. Also, those who have had recent severe sun exposure, botox/filler (within the last month), eczema, severely oily skin, and those prone to keloid scarring. Additionally, if you are being treated for a compromised or impaired immune system, you must secure a doctor’s note stating you can receive the treatment. This is your responsibility.
More than likely, if you receive treatment from highbrow microblading, you will love your enhanced brows! In the rare case that you prefer your original brows, you would simply consult with your highbrow microblading specialist to discuss the fading process.
I want microblading, but the process seems intimidating. I’m also seeing conflicting information online when I research my options! Can you help me make sense of everything?
Yes. We recommend you have a phone consultation before committing to any procedure. This is your time to ask the questions that can help you get a feel for your artist. Additionally, be wary of any service that seems too good to be true. It’s your face- be careful and do your research!