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All About Microblading

What is Microblading?

Microblading involves the process of implanting the pigment onto the layers of your skin (epidermis that enters right above and into the dermis level) in hair-stroke like using a blade pen that is packed with 7-16 tiny needles. It is different from traditional tattoo where, the tattoo ink is deposited deep into the dermis using a tattoo machine and ink (instead of pigment for the face). Microblading enters through the epidermis, reaching to the dermal level. It is semi-permanent that can last anywhere from 2 - 3 years, depending on the after care and body conditions, with annual touch needed to refresh the color. Microblading is a great option because it gives off the illusion of fuller and thicker brows while, still looking very natural because of the hair strokes.

The reality of Microblading - what most internet articles don't tell you:

1. The hair strokes look very real, right after you just got your brows microbladed. As your skin is going through several healing phrases, hair strokes will settle in. As the result, each hair stroke will expand and overtime will create "shadow-like" under your brows. This is to not mistaken that the hair strokes from the first session will forever stay thin and crisp. The reason is because pigments once entered the skin, will be mixed with your natural undertone, melanin level, keratin, etc. and will change after healed and overtime.

2. Microblading is semi-permanent and what this means is that it does not stay longer than 2-3 years and pigment does not fade altogether. Why?

Let's compare the 2 techniques of permanent makeup machine shading and microblading, assuming on perfect skin:

  • Permanent makeup shading uses the device to go over small areas at a time but in multiple dots, ensuring each tissue of the skin within the brows is packed with pigment. Pressure stays consistent with machine penetration. Therefore, the result is a lot more intense when it is first done, but overtime it softens and fades pretty evenly.

  • Microblading: uses a manual blade pen to go one hair at a time. Hair strokes have tiny gaps in between creating a realistic look of real hair. Within each stroke, the technician may go over anywhere from 4-5 times to implant pigments. Manual hand has different pressure than machine. Needles are also different. Therefore, once the brows healed certain hair strokes will be taken by the skin and some will not. Microblading looks soft and natural when it is freshly done, but hair strokes WILL NOT stay and fade evenly vs. machine work. If you are planning on getting just Microblading, be prepared that certain spots fading fast is expected. This is true to every microblading work unless, it is gone too deep causing scar tissues, or technician used thick diameter blades, etc.

At MaiLash & Brows, we value the integrity of our work combining with the art of microblading and permanent makeup. We use diameter of blade that is suitable with each individual skin, producing nice, thin and crisp results. Clients who seek to prolong the result of Microblading, we recommend to opt for the Combination of Microblading & Permanent Makeup Shading.

Read Microblading vs. Shading

Who cannot get Microblading?

Please check the CONTRAINDICATIONS: Who Cannot Get Microblading / Semi-Permanent Makeup section.

Who May Not Benefit from Eyebrow Microblading technique?

Individuals with oily skin generally do not have clear crisp result after healing. Because of the abundant amount of oily production underneath the skin that, the microblading hair strokes tend to be blurrier, especially in the front by the T-zone area. Oily skin clients or client who have large sized pores would benefit more from micro shading technique.

Redhead clients may experience an ashy healed result due to the skin undertone that changes the pigment into ashy. Redheads tend to bleed more during the procedure.

Does it hurt?

You will feel "scratches" but it definitely does not hurt like a tattoo. We use a good topical anesthetic that helps with reducing the pain level. Many clients feedbacks were that it doesn't hurt rather, it's a discomfort feeling. People with sensitive skin may experience more sensation, but it is tolerable. There will be a topical anesthetic applied prior and during the procedure for your comfort.

Are there topical anesthetics given?

Yes, topical anesthetics of 5% Lidocaine will be given in the form of cream and gel prior and during the procedure.

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