What is Microblading?
Microblading is a new technique by which a certified practitioner uses a semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing technique to fill eyebrows. The technique uses a hand-held tool with disposable microblades that draw thin marks which resemble eyebrow hairs in areas of the brow that appear sparse. The practitioner imprints the semi-permanent tattoo into the upper layers of the skin using a feathering technique. The end result of microblading is fuller and more defined eyebrows.
How does it work?
Conventional eyebrow tattooing requires a gun to push ink deep down into the skin. This results in harsh appearing lines that do not resemble natural eyebrow hair. Unlike conventional tattooing, microblading provides a less invasive, and more natural result. Microblading creates a long-lasting, soft appearing tattoo that matches the natural eyebrow color.
Is Microblading for me?
Microblading is a good option for people who are looking to thicken, lengthen, correct asymmetry, and achieve more defined eyebrows.
People going through chemotherapy, suffering from alopecia, or any other medical condition that causes hair loss, will benefit greatly from micro-blading, as well as people who simply aren’t happy with their eyebrows.
How do I prepare for Microblading?
To prepare for microblading, we ask our patients to avoid plucking, waxing, or trimming their eyebrows for at least three days before their treatment. In addition,we also ask that patients refrain from exfoliating agents and using products such as Retin-A, glycolic acid, and alpha hydroxyl acids. Do not use blood thinners, including aspirin, Advil, and Motrin, as well as fish oil for at least one week to minimize bleeding during the procedure. Microblading is not recommended for pregnant, nursing, diabetic, and epileptic patients.
How will the technique be performed?
At Walker Plastic Surgery, our practitioners are amongst the best in the field, hand picked by Dr. Walker to provide our patients with the best microblading has to offer, The choice of ink will be an exact match to your natural skin tone and hair color. In addition, your bone structure and facial contour will be the main focus when creating the perfect design for your eyebrows. To make measurements on the brow bone, a specialized protractor that is unique to microblading is used. In addition to their professional skills, our practitioners will consult with you regarding your personal preferences and the look you are trying to achieve.
Before the actual procedure is performed, the shape and thickness of your brow will be drawn so that you will be able to see what the final result of of microblading will be. Once you have come to an agreeable shape, your natural eyebrow contour will be created to enhance the characteristics that are already present.
What to expect after Microblading?
Microblading requires minimal down time. It is recommended that you refrain from using skin care and makeup products in the brow area for at least 10 days after treatment. It is also recommended that you apply post-care cream during the healing process to ensure the best results.
- Refrain from any sun exposure, tanning, swimming, or exercise for at least one week after the procedure and use SPF 50 sunscreen on your eyebrows once they are healed.
- The healing process is entirely based on the individual, however it may take up to 10 days to fully heal.
- After the initial treatment, most patients typically receive a touch up as the first treatment is normally done on the lighter end of the spectrum. It is always easier to add in darker color later.
- It may take a couple of sessions to achieve the ideal brow shape. Since microblading is semi-permanent, you may not see the full effect after the first treatment.
- The results of microblading can last for one to two years. Over time the pigments will fade, so we recommend a touch up once a year.
To grasp a better understanding of whether or not microblading is for you, please telephone our office at 202-364-6673 and schedule a consultation with our expert practitioner Doan for more information.