Post #7 Microblade Those Wimpy Brows?
Karen's covering this one in Podcast Episode #3. Here are her notes...
If you've got sparse eyebrows in the age of the full-brow look, Microblading may be an option for you.
What exactly is Microblading?
New York City-based microblading guru Piret Aava, aka The Eyebrow Doctor, describes it like this:
"Microblading is a form of tattooing. Unlike a regular tattoo, microblading is a form of tattoo artistry where pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine," Aava explains. "I draw hair-like strokes with the tool to mimic natural hairs in your brows. Even though it's not as deep as the regular tattoo, it's still a tattoo because pigment is implanted under the skin."
Aava first introduced us to microblading two years ago, and says that the popular beauty service has since evolved, with new techniques introduced such as microfeathering, which is microblading but with a lighter touch focused on adding just a little to the brows' existing shape. There's also Ombré or microshading, which mimics the look of brow makeup with with a more obviously filled-in look instead of hair-like strokes. Aava swears by the OG version "I'm not a huge fan of following brow trends," she says. (You mean like when everybody tweezed those brows into skinny into the skinniest of lines?)
This is a semi-permanent tattoo, an the pigment WILL CHANGE over time!
While they will be long-lasting, Aava says clients should have realistic expectations and understand the brows will naturally fade. "Your body might metabolize pigment faster, or if your skin is oilier, the pigment breaks down faster," she says. "Strokes soften and blur a bit. If you think it'll stay looking exactly like hairs forever and stay sharp, that's not going to happen."
Since the procedure is still relatively new and has only recently become a trend, determining the risk of side effects is tricky. The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals says permanent makeup, such as microblading, is safe as long as “sterilization and disinfection guidelines are met.” The procedure does pierce the skin, which increases the risk of infection. And since it’s performed close to the eyes, infection can come with serious complications. Major FYI... this industry is not regulated! Nail salons and spas with untrained employees can perform this procedure.
Recently, a Michigan woman claimed she ended up in the hospital after a microblading procedure. She required IV antibiotics to treat the infection near her eyes.
In 2017, an Australian mom named Amanda Coats posted pictures of her unpleasant experience. She claimed to have a rushed and unprofessional session, after which she allegedly ended up with a severe infection, with her skin peeling off and her eyes puffing up. The salon filed a lawsuit against her… said it was her lack of care that caused it.
Another woman, with the user name Shelly R., posted a Yelp review with photos of an infection she experienced following a microblading session at a California facility. She claims that her infection lasted four weeks, clearing up only after she received medical treatment. “Two weeks later I got a severe infection below my left eyebrow. I have been to an eye doctor, urgent care, and dermatologist that has cost me hundreds of dollars. [I] have been suffering with open wounds, redness, major swelling for nearly three weeks. [I] have been on antibiotics and now an anti viral prescription.”
So before you even schedule an appointment, do your research. Check with your local health department to see what regulations are in place in your state. You can also check with the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, which can refer you to a technician.
Still wanna' try it?
Prior to getting microbladed, avoid anything that will thin out your blood! If you drink a lot of alcohol, take aspirin, ibuprofen, ginger, garlic, or use retinol, stop one week before your treatment. "Retinol makes your skin thin and then you bleed a little more," Aava advises, adding that profuse bleeding pushes out pigment so that it doesn't stick as well.
After the treatment, no sweaty workouts, makeup, swimming, or washing your face with water for a whole week. Also, avoid the same blood thinners listed above, as well as caffeine. It can take up too a month to heal completely.
This is probably safe in the hands of a trained, experienced technician who follows all the protocols. And, ah!...to not have to draw in those eyebrows everyday is very tempting!!!