The permanent makeup world is booming and becoming more popular every day, thanks to the longevity these services offer, people are hooked. Brow microblading is a tattooing technique in which a small handheld tool made of several tiny needles applies semi-permanent pigment to the skin. Each hair stroke is created by the artist using a blade that creates tiny incisions into the eyebrow. Microblading creates, enhances and reshapes eyebrows in terms of both shape and color, and the results can last years. Waking up with perfect eyebrows is possible!
As the owner of Brow Eyed Girl in Essex County, NJ, I’ve heard many stigmas/misconceptions about microblading from clients, social media, and gossip from other NJ eyebrow professionals. I will now nip these misconceptions in the bud. If you are wary of booking a microblading service because of things you may have heard, here are the top 5 popular microblading stigmas…squashed!
Brow stigma #1: “Can microblading leave scars?”
Nope! Although brow microblading is classified as permanent makeup, this technique is semi-permanent. Therefore scarring is not possible. Microblading deposits pigment into the upper region of the dermis, not all the way down to the epidermis like traditional tattooing techniques; less invasive than traditional tattooing. Pigmentation also dissipates after a year or more depending on each person.
Hearing the word tattoo or tattooing can scare many… however a “cosmetic tattoo” accurately describes the popular service of tattooing (which is most identifiable and popular,) permanent makeup, a less often used term, but … of terms as cosmetic tattoo services became mainstream in the beauty industry. We, as beauty professionals often use the term “PMU” (Permanent Makeup) as a community and industry, because its reformed and less daunting then the word, tattoo.
Brow Stigma #2 “Is microblading is painful?”
Microblading is not am entirely painless process, but it’s neither agonizing. In fact, many clients insist that plucking hurts more. The initial application (use different word) can be a bit uncomfortable, but definitely manageable. Rest assured, I apply a high-grade topical numbing agent to your entire brow region before the procedure begins. Then, I reapply numbing cream as necessary throughout the procedure. My goal is to have you feeling relaxed and comfortable and listening to your favorite music during your treatment.
Brow Stigma #3 “Can your brows stay dark after microblading?”
Nope! Your brows may appear darker on two occasions: 1. Immediately after your initial microblading procedure. 2. In the first 10 days of healing your brows will appear significantly darker and defined than perhaps your desired look. This completely normal. Your eyebrows may continue to get darker over the next few days, this is because of scabs forming. However, scabs are NOT an accurate indication of the finished and healed result. In fact, 30-50% of your brow color will fade as the scabs fall off within 7-10 days. After your microblading healing process, you will return for the final magic in your retouch appointment 4 weeks later.
Brow Stigma #4 “Does Microblading use a real blade?”
Nope! Although the handheld device to microblade looks like a blade, it’s not. The tool used to apply the pigment is approximately between 6-10 pins (needles) fused together which allows the pigment to deposit into your skin.
Brow Stigma #4 “Will everyone have the same results from microblading?”
Not true. I wish I could say this was true but microblading results vary for each individual. Many variables are taken into consideration: your skin type (oily, dry, or combo), brow aftercare, any sun-exposure to eyebrows after the procedure, and the makeup of your body.
I hope this information provides clarification and answers to your questions about microblading. I encourage you to take the leap into microblading your eyebrows if it been on your mind, because I know you won’t be disappointed. In fact, 9 out of 10 of my clients say “I should have done this a while ago!”
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