Unlike an eyebrow pencil that you wipe off at night before you go to sleep, eyebrow microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo procedure where a special handheld microblading eyebrow pen is used to draw on strokes that mimic the appearance of real brow hairs. While it's a similar process to getting a tattoo, the ink that is used is far less concentrated than that of a regular tattoo and is specifically formulated for the microblading process.
While there are thousands of eyebrow products on the market, those that tend to opt for microblading want fuller, natural-looking eyebrows but don't want the hassle of filling them in every single morning, or the worry that the pigment won't last all day. "If you benefit from a brow pencil, then you will benefit from microblading," explains Aava.However, if you are pregnant or have any medical contraindications, Aava says you should not microblade your eyebrows.
Microblading can last anywhere from one to three years, depending on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, and the products that you use. However, touch-ups are commonly needed about once a year, especially for those with oily skin, as the ink tends to fade and blur faster.
After the area is sanitized and numbed, we consult with you to pick the eyebrow shape that will be drawn on and the pigment of the ink. In order to create a true natural-looking brow, she likes to follow the direction of the natural brow hairs and takes into consideration your face symmetry and age. Then, we move onto drawing the strokes in using the microblading pen, which can take anywhere from 30-40 minutes, depending on the eyebrow area. After the eyebrows are finished, we apply an aftercare ointment to help healing and a follow-up appointment is scheduled for four to six weeks later.
To prevent blurring or fading, keep them dry from water and sweat for a week or longer, and to refrain from wiping. Right after the treatment is done, the brows will be darker and slightly red, but the redness and the pigment will slightly fade in color as the brows heal.