What is Microblading?

What is all the hype about microblading?! Microblading is the process of mimicking real hair strokes that are achieved through a manual process rather than with a tattoo gun. It is considered semi-permanent because it reaches the first layer of the skin otherwise known as the epidermis. This causes the pigment to fade over time because the epidermis is continuously renewing itself. That being said, it is impossible to predict how much pigment will fade away and how long it will take to do so with any measure of consistency or reliability; everyone’s skin is different. Its beauty-span may be influenced by serval factors including the environment we live in, procedural treatments (chemical peels) and direct sun exposure can all speed up the fading process. Although the pigment does fade over time, there will always be a shape to follow for those who like to pencil in their eyebrows without having to worry about matching them. A touch up is required at discounted prices every few years depending on how quickly the individual’s skin renews itself to keep the strokes looking crisp and fresh.


Why does microblading not last as long as other eyebrow tattooing techniques? 

This is simply because a much smaller amount of pigment is inserted (tattooed) into the skin as opposed to a powder fill that is dense and created with a tattoo gun. Microblading mimics individual hair strokes that are very fine compared to standard eyebrow tattoo to achieve a very natural look. Powder fills, which are created via tattoo gun, are solid and tend to last longer for this reason and are best suited for someone who is looking for a penciled-in makeup look, hence the name powder fill. Microblading is done manually versus using a machine that reaches further into the second layer of the skin known as the dermis. 


How long does permanent makeup stay and why does the color fade? 

The best possible color results can stay for many years and/or may begin to fade over time. Generally, two to five years is common but varies per individual depending on their lifestyle and skin type. Skin tones can also be a factor in color changes over time as well as the amount and color of pigment deposited under the skin all have an effect on the length of time that permanent makeup looks its best. Natural looking techniques like microblading, for instance, are likely to require more touch-ups versus more dramatic ones for this reason. 


Are touch-ups needed in permanent makeup?

After the initial appointment, permanent makeup always requires a touch-up. This is because during the first healing process, the skin is working on repairing itself and the lymphatic system is trying to push out the foreign substance (pigment). This explains why the color that implemented after the first appointment is not perfect after it has healed. The initial procedure also acts like a sketch for the technician who tends to be more conservative to make more dramatic changes (if needed) during the next touch up appointment which is customarily done 4 weeks after the first appointment. Keep in mind that all skin is different and may respond differently to retaining pigment and the way it heals. Once the skin has healed, and the patient is ready for their touch up, the technician reviews their work and adds any corrective finishing touches based on the color and shape. Clients should remember that permanent makeup is almost always a two or more step process.


What is the difference between permanent makeup and a regular tattoo?

The difference between permanent makeup and a regular tattoo has to do with the pigment which is used and how deep the pigment is implemented into the skin. For instance, the pigments used for permanent makeup are meant to fade while still retaining a natural color. Permanent makeup is also introduced to the epidermis while a standard tattoo penetrates just beneath it in the dermis layer. Our skin is composed of three primary layers: (1) epidermis, (2) dermis, and (3) hypodermis. The cells of the dermis layer (where regular tattoos are implemented) are far more stable than the cells of the epidermis so a tattoo’s ink will retain for the remainder of the person’s life with minor fading and dispersion. Tattoo and permanent makeup tattoo inks are usually compromised of two basic components: pigments and carriers. Pigments are normally iron oxide pigments …to be continued.

 Before Microblading

Before Microblading

 After Microblading

After Microblading