Microblading, also known as micro-needling or eyebrow embroidery, is a semi-permanent tattoo that creates hair-like strokes with the use of a manual pen containing very small needles. These needles implant pigment into the basal layer (bottom layer) of the epidermis. Here are some other common questions:
How long does microblading last?
The results of microblading vary by client and can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years. Various factors can determine how well the pigment will retain — such as amount of pigment implanted, the client’s skin-type, immediate aftercare, the client’s skin care regimen, and medical history.
Who is a candidate for microblading?
One common misconception about microblading is that it is only for individuals that have severe hair loss. Although these clients can benefit from the service immensely, anyone looking to add depth and color will find great value in microblading. It is also a great choice for those wanting to correct their brow shape after years of follicle damage from various epilation methods.
Why is microblading only semi-permanent?
Traditional methods of permanent makeup consist of implanting pigment into the dermis. The dermis is live skin made up of blood vessels, sebaceous glands, sweat glands, and nerves. Since this layer of skin is alive, it usually retains pigments permanently. In microblading, the pigment is deposited right above the dermis into the basal layer of the epidermis. Because the cells of the basal layer continuously divide, the pigment is then broken down and eventually migrates to the surface causing the pigment to fade away.
What is the maintenance for microblading?
A mandatory 4-8 week touch up is required to ensure the skin has retained the pigment and/or to insert additional strokes for a fuller look. We recommend that clients schedule a touch-up visit once a year to maintain the shape and ensure pigment retention.
Clients who are NOT eligible:
- Women who are breastfeeding.
- Clients who are keloid prone.
- Clients who are currently using Accutane.
- Clients who are currently receiving chemotherapy.
Skin treatments that include the exfoliation of the brow area (such as microdermabrasion), certain chemical, fruit peeling or laser treatments may affect the result of microblading. Clients must abstain from retinol for 30 days after the treatment. Sunlight — both natural and artificial — can also affect the results.
During and after the treatment.
It is normal for your new brows to go through several phases. Immediately following the procedure, they may seem dark and the strokes will appear very crisp. Throughout the weeks, the pigment will soften gradually as it settles into the skin. Once the skin starts to heal, it may appear dry and flake a bit. This is a normal healing process. Once your results are healed completely, the use of SPF is strongly recommended in order to prevent premature fading.