Any procedure with ‘blading’ in its name and ‘cutting’ in its description, sounds fairly frightening. But don’t be put off. It’s not anything like as bad as it sounds, and it can dramatically improve the look of your eyebrows.
For women in particular, eyebrows are a vital feature, because our ideas of beauty include the right appearance of our eyebrows. Having beautifully shaped and lush brows is every woman’s aim. But our eyebrows come in a whole variety of different colours, shapes, and thicknesses, depending on our genetic makeup. So, if you are not blessed with your ‘dream’ eyebrows, are you doomed to a lifetime of daily colouring to enhance the appearance of your eyebrows? Fortunately, not. Eyebrow microblading is a procedure which can be used to enhance, reshape, and improve the appearance of eyebrows.
Microblading is particularly useful if you have thin or sparse eyebrows, or if, due to medical reasons, you have lost your eyebrows. In these situations, microblading is an ideal choice for improving the look of your brows.
If you are spending a large part of your morning, attempting to give the right look to your eyebrows – and fighting against the clock because you are a working woman or a mother – microblading might be the answer. After the microblading procedure you will always have perfect eyebrows, which are ready for any occasion, without having to do any more hard work to make them look perfect.
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing procedure. The specialist technician uses a handheld device with a series of parallel blades in it. She uses this to draw – in fact, thinly cut – hair-like lines into your skin, and then deposit pigment under the skin. The result is semi-permanent hair-like lines which look like eyebrows.
My description of it in the previous paragraph may not have improved the impression created by the ‘microblading’ name! But the slight cuts to the skin which are necessary for depositing the pigment are relatively painless. Most people would equate it to a tingling sensation or scratching, no worse than that. But it’s possible to have cream applied to the area before treatment begins, to numb the skin against even the low level of discomfort which you might experience.
Before anything happens, the specialist technician will spend time with you discussing exactly what should be done for you. This will involve discussing the shape and nature of your eyebrows as they now are, and exactly what you think should be done to improve them. It’s not just a matter of filling in apparent gaps in your existing eyebrow area. You need to consider what would be the best eyebrow shape for your face type. You might want more of an arch, or you might want a rounder look than you have at present. Just as there are theories about what shape of glasses suit different shapes of faces, so there are similar theories about eyebrow shapes. All that will be discussed with you before you make your decision.
You will also discuss what pigment colour will suit your skin tones.
Having made these decisions, the specialist technician will begin the careful work of putting your wishes into effect. The whole process may take up to two hours. The first part of the procedure consists of drawing the desired eyebrow shape with a removable pencil. Then when the technician is satisfied with that, she can begin the microblading work to insert pigment under skin with her hand-held tool. The advantage of a handheld tool is that the specialist technician can use her own skill to make lines which are not all the same, and which should ideally create a 3-D appearance of hairs of different shapes and sizes, as in your normal eyebrows.
When the procedure is finished, you will have a good idea of how they will eventually look, but there is a healing process which must be gone through first. Post procedure creams are recommended to help the process. During the initial healing period, you need to keep moisture away from the treated area as much as possible. Not being able to easily wash your hair and face can be a bit irksome for a few days after the procedure. But you can clean your face with wet wipes and get away with avoiding washing your hair for a few days for the sake of your new beautiful eyebrows. You also need to avoid sweating during the early healing period.
There can be some itching after the process, and sometimes it can be intense, but this can be handled with creams and medication. You may initially suffer some minor swelling and redness. After all, the procedure does involve cutting into the skin surface. But very quickly you should be able to show off your new eyebrows.
Once you have had them done, your improved eyebrows should last anything up to three years before the pigment fades so much that you need to have them redrawn. However, this depends on you having the necessary touch-up procedures. Touch ups are required after about six months. Depending on your lifestyle and how much care you take of your new eyebrows, you may need further touch-ups over a period of years.
The best part about this cosmetic procedure is that it is low maintenance and, once the healing period is over, you can enjoy your normal life. You don’t have to worry about rubbing your brows. You can enjoy swimming.
The bottom line is that if your eyelashes are sparse, or you want to avoid the daily grind of pencilling in your eyebrows, then as long as you don’t mind putting up with some slight discomfort during the procedure and slight inconvenience during the healing process, then microblading may be the ideal choice for you.