If you were to ask the average American woman whether she wanted a tattoo on her face, she would think you were crazy. However, if you were to ask the same woman if she wanted perfectly sculpted eyebrows that enhanced her face and improved her overall look, you would most likely be met with a different answer.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a cosmetic enhancement procedure that involves filling in sparse or light eyebrows to improve their appearance by tattooing hair like strokes. This technique has become much more popular in recent years, as it promises thicker, more sculpted eyebrows. Here are some things to consider when deciding if microblading is for you:
Microblading is not Semi-Permanent
After the initial application of color, which can last anywhere from six months to thirty-six months, touch-ups are needed. Many permanent makeup artists recommend that you have a touch-up appointment at least once a year, depending on your skin and how well the microblading works. This isn’t something to try on a whim and get rid of in a few weeks. Although you may hear it is semi-permanent this is not accurate as pigment tattooed into the skin will always be there. What happens is that after 12- 36 months the pigment fades on the surface which requires a touch up.
Microblading Is Not for Everyone
The ideal candidate for microblading has brows to fill in or brows that require a more defined arch. Skin is normal, and the patient is in good overall health. Certain skin conditions are not ideal for microblading, such as oily/combination skin, people suffering from eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and other autoimmune disorders. Also, pregnant women should steer clear of this procedure until after they give birth.
Microblading Should Be Performed by Quality Professionals
True microblading professionals should adhere to state regulations and they should have a Bloodborne Pathogens certification. Other credentials such as membership to either the American Academy of Micropigmentation or the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals are also well respected. Don’t trust your face to anyone who is less than qualified. Most qualified professionals work out a salon. Make sure you do your research before choosing the salon and professional.
Your Eyebrows Will Lighten Within the First Week
Initially choosing a slightly darker shade for application might startle you those first few looks into the mirror, but take heart. Your eyebrows will lighten considerably within a few days. Talk to your application professional about which shade would be best for you, and how much fading you can expect to take place.
You Are Responsible for Aftercare
Your artist will give you a list of do’s and don’ts immediately following the procedure, and it is your job to follow up on this list to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from the procedure. Maintaining low levels of activity and avoiding direct sunlight for a few days are just a few of the suggestions that professionals have for proper healing.
Do your research, find a qualified professional, and evaluate what your desires are about improving your appearance. You deserve to look and feel your best!