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What You Should Know About Microblading

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

Are you considering a more permanent solution for filling out your eyebrows? Microblading might just be your saving grace! Here's what you should know about the current trend of microblading.




Know What Microblading Is?


Before you decide to go in for a microblading session, it’s important to understand what the procedure actually is. Microblading is an eyebrow enhancement technique that uses tiny needles to create semi-permanent “hair like” strokes on the brow area. This can give the facial feature a much fuller, natural look than traditional makeup and provide better definition to those who have sparse or otherwise thin eyebrows.


Microblading is a type of tattoo, but it is not permanent like a traditional tattoo. The two use different “inks”—traditional tattoos use concentrated tattoo ink, while cosmetic tattoos use smaller pigment particles—and they are applied differently. With microblading, the pigment is applied superficially to the skin, so that the body eventually metabolizes it until it fades away. This means that the semi-permanent “tattoo” looks soft and subtle instead of opaque and bright as with traditional tattoos.


The pigment used for microblading also lightens over time, whereas a tattoo on your body can have a blue-green tint on the edges when it starts to fade. This makes microblading an ideal choice for those who want to experiment with eyebrow makeup without committing to something more permanent. It's also great for people who want to add definition or shape their brows without having to go through the process of getting a traditional tattoo every few years.



Recognize Possible Complications


Despite the many benefits, there are possible complications that may arise during or after undergoing microblading treatment. That being said, these risks can be managed by properly researching who will be performing the procedure and taking preventive measures beforehand, such as following all pre-procedure instructions provided by the technician including washing your brows with antibacterial wash and not putting any products on them prior.


1. Infection


2. Allergic reactions or sensitivity to Pigments


3. Unsatisfactory color of pigment


4. Scarring from needle punctures


5. Excessive skin Growth and loss of pigmentation in the surrounding areas


6. Permanent stroke marks caused by too deep needles insertion


7. Blistering, Swelling, and Itching around the eyebrows


Microblading has become a popular beauty trend among women over the past few years because of its natural-looking results. But, like any cosmetic procedure, there are potential complications to be aware of before you consider microblading. Here’s what you need to know about the possible complications associated with microblading:


Poor Color Retention and Fading Over Time

The pigment used for microblading will gradually fade over time due to exposure to sunlight, sweat and other environmental factors that can affect its longevity. This is why it is important for individuals who get microblading done to understand that touch-up sessions will likely be necessary down the line in order to maintain optimal results.


Permanent Color Change/Discoloration

Fortunately this occurs rarely but occasionally certain underlying medical conditions can cause unexpected color changes with microbladed brows or they may discolor over time due to medications or other illnesses. As with any medical procedure it’s important consult your doctor ahead of getting anything done just in case he/she may be able to advise against it depending on your individual health situation.


Overall

While these potential complications are rare they are still good things for you consider before choosing micoblading as your desired hair growing solution so that you go into it as prepared as possible!


 


Find Out About Aftercare


Post-procedure aftercare is essential for keeping your eyebrows looking their best after microblading has been done. Common steps recommended by technicians include applying a healing ointment once per day for two weeks (and avoiding getting water on the brows), avoiding sun exposure, and regularly cleaning and moisturizing your brows with specialized cleansing products that won't clog pores.


Having defined brows doesn’t come naturally for everyone. Some of us have sparse and thin brows, which means using pencils or waxing is a must. But what if we told you there was an easier and more long-lasting solution? Microblading is an amazing way to give you perfect arching brows without having to worry about upkeep - but there are some important steps to follow in microblading aftercare.


Stay Out of the Sun

Your newly bladed brows are very sensitive as they are freshly healed from the procedure. To prevent any damage, excessive fading, or scars, be sure to wear sunscreen and hats when going outdoors. This will also help keep your natural skin color!


Avoid Sweat and Water

Sweating can cause irritation on fresh ink because it can fade quicker when exposed to salt and moisture -- that’s why it’s important to avoid exercising or taking hot showers immediately following your microblading session. Once enough time has passed (3-7 days), you can resume normal sweat and water activities such as exercise!


Take Care Of Your Skin

It’s also very important that you take care of your skin post-microblading. Use a gentle cleanser morning and night, followed by a moisturizer at least once daily -- always avoiding any sun exposure right after application. You should use oil free moisturizers with SPF for 24 hours before exposure to direct sunlight can occur.


Plan Downtime

Expect some downtime from procedures such as this! Depending on your skin type, expectations may vary; however plan for 7-10 days if possible to make sure everything heals properly with minimal scabbing, etc., preventing premature fading of color/shape of your new eyebrows!


Avoid Makeup & Pigment Products Near Bladed Areas

We also suggest avoiding any makeup products near bladed areas during the healing process, especially those products containing alcohol or pigments since these may irritate the freshly bladed area and cause fading issues down the line — so let them heal naturally!



Be aware of Potential Allergies/Sensitivities


Since this type of cosmetic treatment involves introducing pigments into the scalp/skin layers, there is a potential risk of allergic reaction or sensitivity to some of them used in microblading - so always make sure to ask your technician if they use organic/synthetic pigments which are less likely to cause irritation or breakouts later down the line. Additionally, those who already have allergies related to ink should avoid going through with it since they may experience adverse reactions during or afterwards.


Allergic Reaction or Skin Irritation

One of the most common risks associated with microblading is an allergic reaction or skin irritation. In some cases, people may experience redness or swelling around the area one day after their appointment. Additionally, those who have experienced sensitivities to tattoo ink before may also be more prone to an allergic reaction


Infections and Scarring

If the microblading process isn't done properly or in a sterile environment it can lead to infections such as Eyelid Dermatitis (inflammation of the eyelid), Staphylococcus (staph infection), and conjunctivitis (pink eye). It can also lead to permanent scarring if not administered correctly. To reduce these risks, it is very important to choose you a licensed and well trained PMU professionals.




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