The microblading for eyebrows is similar to regular tattooing. A handheld tool is used to manually implant pigments in the upper layer of the skin. The technician will draw fine, hair-like strokes to fill the gaps in the brows or make them appear thicker.
Microblading is usually done to improve the appearance of eyebrows by: making sparse eyebrows look fuller, filling any gaps, extending the eyebrows if you want them to be longer, or creating a new eyebrow shape.
Anyone can have microblading, as long as they are adult and in good health – but not if one or more of the following conditions applies: you are pregnant or breastfeeding; you have diabetes, circulatory or bleeding disorders, skin diseases, other serious diseases like cancer or epilepsy; you have broken capillaries or sunburn on the brow area; you have recently had Botox, had your eyebrows waxed, or used a facial chemical peel. (For any disease, you should ask your doctor if microblading can safely be done.)
A full session on both eyebrows should normally take around 2 hours.
Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Don’t drink alcohol, caffeine or take any blood-thinning substances, such as aspirin, for the 24 hours before the procedure. Don’t pluck or wax your brows or exfoliate the area around your brows.
There will be slight discomfort - like scratches - from the tattooing process. The technician can apply an aesthetic cream if necessary.
The brow area will take about two to three weeks to heal completely. Especially in the first 48 hours, avoid getting your eyebrows wet, and stay away from activities such as sauna, swimming, and sports which involve excessive sweating; and while showering try to cover your eyebrows to avoid the pigment losing colour. Do not use any makeup, lotion or creams on the eyebrows. Avoid re-creational drugs or excessive alcohol intake. Even if they itch, do not rub or pick at your eyebrows; instead use Vaseline or soothing lotion to reduce the itchiness. Do not exfoliate, dye or tweezer your eyebrows.
Once the skin has healed and new skin has formed, a follow-up session is required after 4 to 6 weeks. The technician will use this opportunity to fill in any spots that are missed and correct the shape or the colour if it appears uneven after healing. Because of the small amount of pigment that is used in the procedure, a further touch-up may be required for maintenance of the microbladed eyebrows every six months or so. The touch up process is shorter and simpler than the initial microblading procedure.
The eyebrows are semi-permanent - the microblading effects should last for at about 3 years. The colour is bound to start fading away slowly and may require touch-ups every 6 months or so.
Once the eyebrows have healed, you can treat them just like regular skin without any maintenance. But they may last longer if you use sunscreen and avoiding exfoliating the eyebrows.
The eyebrows may appear darker than you like after the procedure, but the colour will soon start to fade to its permanent appearance.
We are not aware of any long-term side effects having been linked to microblading, but you are always advised to obtain and follow medical advice before any procedure.
If you are planning on taking an MRI scan, please notify your physician about the work on your eyebrows. The reason is that the pigments contain nickel and iron oxide, which could affect the results.