Comedian Jack Black once joked, “You must never underestimate the power of the eyebrow.” He was right. Eyebrows are crucial for balancing the face and framing the eyes, as well as conveying a multitude of emotions.
If your brows are sparse, shapeless, uneven or overplucked, the renowned aesthetics team at evolv Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics can impart lushness and symmetry with a procedure called microblading. Keep reading to learn what microblading is and what it can do for your brows.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic technique that mimics fuller brows. It utilizes a handheld, pen-like tool tipped with 12 to 15 tiny, fine-pointed needles that lightly scratch the skin and deposit pigment into the cuts. This creates delicate, hairlike strokes that resemble the real thing.
Microblading is a form of tattooing, but unlike traditional tattoos, which go through the first three layers of skin, the ink is only etched into the skin’s superficial layer.
Results typically last one to three years. The brows’ lifespan depends on your age, lifestyle and skin type. For instance, the ink will fade faster on oily skin. Touchups are recommended every 18 to 24 months.
• What Happens During Microblading?
Microblading is an in-office procedure. First, the brow region is cleaned and numbed with a topical cream. Then you’ll choose a custom color to get the specific shade you want. You can also bring in a picture of the color or brow style that you desire.
Next, your doctor will take measurements to map out your new brows’ symmetry and will begin making superficial cuts and depositing pigment into them. A final layer of pigment may be added, and then the area is cleaned. A session generally takes one to two hours.
• Does Microblading Hurt?
While each person’s pain threshold is subjective, microblading is generally known to be painless or mildly uncomfortable. It’s been described as feeling like a scratching or stinging sensation. Many people indicate being more unnerved by the instrument’s scraping sound than by physical discomfort.
• What Happens After Microblading?
It’s essential to follow specific aftercare instructions. Don’t put any makeup on the brows or pick or peel the area. Don’t get the brows wet for two weeks (although you should clean them every morning with the cleanser provided by your doctor). This includes sweaty workouts or washing your face with water. If you get the brows wet, the scab may fall off too early, and you’ll lose the color.
Although the pigment may appear light, it will darken as your brows heal. You must have a touch-up eight to 12 weeks after your first treatment.
How Does Microblading Differ from Microshading?
Microblading and microshading are both techniques that make brows look full, crisp and realistic. However, microblading uses a pen-like tool that makes tiny incisions in the skin, while microshading involves a rotary tool that inserts tiny dots of pigment to produce a powdery, gradient effect.
You can equate microblading to drawing individual brow hairs with a fine-pointed pencil and microshading to filling in brows with powder. Although, like microblading, microshading breaks the skin, it’s less invasive and better suited for sensitive skin.
Microblading is great for filling in gaps in the brows or creating brows when a substantial amount of hair has been lost. Microshading is best for those who have hair, but fill it in with powder makeup and want to replicate that look.
Additionally, microblading creates more of a feathery look because it uses strokes, while microshading creates a thicker, denser eyebrow.
How Does Microblading Give the Perfect Eyebrow?
Where age, habit and lifestyle may have taken a toll on your eyebrows, microblading can restore them to perfection. Microblading creates dramatically transformed eyebrows that hold their shape and look fresh all day, every day. They eliminate grappling with liners, pencils, powders and gels that smear, go on unevenly or require an impossibly steady hand to apply symmetrically.
If you’ve ever seen a tattoo that fades from black to green, rest assured that microbladed eyebrows will never change color. They will simply lose saturation, which can be easily touched up. And if your real eyebrow hairs turn gray, it will be your little secret.
Say goodbye to struggling with constant eyebrow maintenance. Toledo’s Evolv Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics offers state-of-the-art microblading that can give you lush, beautiful, hassle-free brows. Helmed by the highly experienced, board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Frank Barone, Evolv will provide you with personalized, meticulous and compassionate service to achieve your ideal eyebrow.
Schedule your consultation today by calling 419-464-9422 or by completing the handy form on our website.