Perfect eyebrows. It’s such a big thing today that most women would spend hours fixing their eyebrows every single day. But not everyone would want to sit for long periods of time just to fix their brows. And that’s where microblading comes in.
What is microblading?
Microblading, if you must know, is a cosmetic procedure wherein thin eyebrow areas are filled in by means of tattooing. While eyebrow tattoo per se isn’t new, microblading apparently looks better and more natural than what was practiced years ago. In addition, traditional tattoos are permanent while microblading lasts for only 3 years as the latter uses a different set of tools and a smaller amount of pigment.
A professional applies the color pigments that mimic the looks of real hairs. The color will fade eventually and this means you have to go back to them for a retouch.
More often than not, the entire process can last for a couple of hours. But others are willing to wait because at least they don’t need to fix their brows every day. Expect that the brows will appear darker for the first week.
What are the risks of microblading?
Like all cosmetic procedures, there are risks that you have to consider.
Some people are allergic to organic pigments. Thus, it is important to ask your esthetician about what they are using. There is also a risk of having bacterial infection and even HIV.
In order to prevent these from happening, you need to do your research. Check with your doctor if you have allergies. And make sure that the facility uses the right technology and hires the best people to do the procedure. The microblading station should always be clean and the instruments must be sterile.
How do you prepare for microblading?
- Avoid sun exposure three days before your schedule.
- Do not color your brows.
- Do not wax or pluck your eyebrows.
- No chemical peels for at least three weeks.
- Don’t drink alcohol during the day of your microblading procedure.
Your esthetician should provide you with a complete list of what you should and should not do before the procedure. If there is no actual list, you need to ask them and take down notes.
What to expect after the procedure?
Expect mild swelling for at least a week. There will also be scabs and it might feel a bit sharp. Again, your eyebrows will appear darker but it will fade and look more natural after a week. Here are few tips on how to take care of your brows after your microblading procedure.
- Do not take long showers or swim for at least seven days.
- Stay away from facial scrubs or chemical peels.
- Do not put makeup on your eyebrow. Wait for it to completely heal first.
- Be conscious of your sleeping position. Do not sleep on your face.
Generally, it is safe to have a microblading procedure. But always remember not to rush things. Again, do your research and look for a facility that has established credibility. Lastly, do not fall for cheap offers. If the package is too good to be true, it probably is.