Coleen Rooney, Natalie Cassidy, Angelina Jolie, Rhianna – What do all of the celebrities have in common? They all have their eyebrows cosmetically tattooed on – you’d never know it right!? The process of cosmetic tattooing is becoming extremely popular. Why? Well, that’s a simple answer – because you just don’t have to worry about applying makeup everyday! But what’s the experience of micropigmentation for the brows actually like? Is it all glitz and glamour?
The process of micropigmentation isn’t too bad, but can be slightly uncomfortable for some – especially the squeamish. It involves the use of a small handheld tool that contains needle-like points (hence the discomfort for the squeamish). This tool is then used to trace small hair-like strokes onto the brow area. Pigments are inserted 1-2mm under the skin. In most cases your technician will apply a numbing cream to ease any discomfort, but if you have a low pain tolerance you may also want to take a pain-killer beforehand.
Okay, so you’ve battled your way through the discomfort, now what?
Now comes the healing process – and it’s not pretty.
Immediately following the procedure your technician will apply an invisible bandage over your brows. It will wear off in about 48 hours. You will also be asked to apply ointment to aide in the healing process. During this time, you are going to be very tempted to look in the mirror – and eventually you will have to. But don’t let your appearance frighten you. Your brows will be very dark to start, but once the healing process has completed they will fade – so don’t freak out!
Other things that may freak you out during the healing process?
Redness, swelling, peeling, and scabbing. It may take a few weeks for your new brows to heal completely, so give your body time to go through its natural healing process. But if you notice any oozing or goozing, it’s not normal – contact your doctor immediately.
Once your body has healed, it’s pretty smooth sailing until touchup time. And most people don’t require touchup until 12-24 months.
So if you can get through the initial discomfort and bare through the healing process, you too can have brows like Angelia Jolie!