The answer depends on what your eyebrows are like. But first, let’s look at what these treatments are and how they differ.
What is microblading?
Microblading is a way of applying semi-permanent pigment into your eyebrows to give the impression of eyebrow hairs. The colour pigments are inserted into the uppermost skin layer by a handheld device with special sterile blades. The blades contain a series of needles that slide across the skin creating the appearance of natural-looking hairs.
What is micropigmentation?
Micropigmentation is also called permanent or semi-permanent make-up. This involves the introduction into the skin of micro particles of pigment. Micropigmentation can be performed for the lips, eyes and even nipples, as well as eyebrows. But for this comparison we are only considering eyebrows, which is the only area on which microblading is also performed. Micropigmentation is performed using a machine with an ultra-fine needle. A natural colour is injected into the uppermost skin layer only.
How to compare them?
What they intend to achieve.
Microblading creates tiny pigmented lines which look like real eyebrow hairs. This is what is needed if you have thin or sparse eyebrows. Micropigmentation creates a much more consistent surface, like the use of an eyebrow pencil. This is what is needed for adding colour, shape and edges to normal fairly thick eyebrows, where you’re not trying to fill in gaps, but merely to have the appearance – straight out of bed in the morning – that you’ve spent half an hour applying make up.
The physical side
Micropigmentation involves a machine using tiny needles to make little punctures. Microblading involves cuts – albeit small surface ones -in the skin and this can result in initial bleeding and formation of a scab while healing takes place. In comparison to the method with a pigmenting machine, the microblading treatment is considered less painful since the immersion depth of the pigment is lower. (Neither one is considered seriously painful, and anaesthetic cream can be used if you want it.)
How long the ‘new’ eyebrows will last
Microblading results may last up to three years whereas micropigmentation results may last for three to five years. If you want to be able to make a change earlier rather than later, you must choose microblading, and if you want changes to stay for a longer time, then you would choose micropigmentation.
What to choose? Microblading or micropigmentation?
The choice is really to do with your existing eyebrows and what you want to achieve. For filling in gaps or creating fuller eyebrows, microblading is the treatment which should give you the look you want. For generally shaping and colouring your eyebrows, micropigmentation will probably be your best bet.