There are a wide range of terms used to describe this technique, the more general being microblading, feather eyebrow tattooing, eyebrow embroidery, to the glamorized terms of 3D brows, 6D effect, etc.
While the terms may vary, they all broadly refer to the same process whereby a tattooist applies colored pigment to a client’s eyebrows using a fine bladed hand tool. Unlike standard eyebrow tattoos, this method is semi-permanent and can last up to three years.
This method is ideal for clients who want to naturally enhance the look of their eyebrows. People suffering from alopecia, those who have over plucked, or who have sparse eyebrow hair growth can benefit greatly from microblading.
With the microblading technique, a more natural look is achieved as it aims to simulate hair strokes rather than a full shaded or block effect.
A touch up appointment is required at a minimum of 6 weeks later to address any inconsistent healing.
Following this, a touch up once a year is recommended to retain the shape and saturation of pigment.
Microblading is not recommended for clients in these categories:
- Pregnant or nursing.
- Have taken Accutane in the past 1.5 years as the skin has not regulated.
- Botox or fillers in the brow or upper face area.
– Have any diseases or viral infections.
- Diabetic or those with autoimmune disorders due to thinned blood and poor healing.
- Organ transplant as they may have compromised immune systems.
- Went through chemotherapy in the past year.
- Epileptic as seizures may be induced by pain.
The procedure usually takes 1 to 2 hours.
You may experience some swelling in the area which typically resolves soon after the treatment. There may be residual plasma or blood clotting over the eyebrow’ area. This is the result of the body’s healing process when a wound is inflicted.Eyebrows will appear up to 50% darker and more intense in color. This is due to pigment implanting in the upper layer of the epidermis which will eventually flake off.
The eyebrows will begin to scab and hair strokes feel somewhat raised when touched. You will experience itching as the skin starts to heal itself. It is critical that you do not pick or scratch the eyebrows as this will impact pigment retention.
Scabbing and eventual flaking of the eyebrows will occur until they no longer feel raised. The itching sensation should be minimized once the skin has fully exfoliated. You may be concerned that there is little color retention at this point due to masking by the epidermal layer of the skin.
The pigment implanted in the upper dermis will solidify. At this point, a touch up of the eyebrows should be done to assess where additional hair strokes or pigment adjustments are required.