For many, keeping up with makeup trends can add some serious time to our already busy daily routines. It is common for people to wake up hours ahead of schedule to get their makeup and clothes ready for the day. If you are tired of waking up early each morning to pencil in eyebrows and apply makeup or if you are sick of rushing to the bathroom for a quick touch up throughout the day, it may be time to consider microblading.
What is microblading?
Microblading is a form of micro-pigmentation or cosmetic tattooing. It uses a hand-held tool with needles to apply pigment into the skin at microlevels in a technique that looks similar to natural hair, which helps patients to achieve fuller and darker eyebrows. Microblading is a semi-permanent method that helps patients attain a more natural result.
One of the prime benefits for microblading is that you save time in your daily routine as your eyebrows will always look perfect and ready for whatever adventures you have planned– day or night! Not only do you save time getting ready, but also lower costs on makeup as microblading results can last for years with minimal maintenance appointments.
What should you expect from treatment?
Before scheduling an appointment, be sure to consult with your primary care provider to ensure this procedure is right for you. When you first arrive, your consultant will discuss with you the desired look and go over your skincare history and medical conditions. Avoid drinking alcohol or taking blood-thinning medication such as Ibuprofen or Aspirin 48 hours before your procedure.
When you arrive for your procedure, a local anesthetic will be applied for your comfort. As the numbing takes a while to take effect, measurements and guide marks will be made to ensure your desired look during the procedure. The procedure can take anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the patient and their goals.
How long do results last?
The color will appear darker after treatment than the end result, and the color may take a month to soften and set. Microblading can last up to 3 years depending on skin tone, skincare routine, and sun exposure. Touch-ups may be required for color consistency every 6-8 weeks following initial treatment.
There is no downtime following the procedure, though redness and swelling may occur within the first 24 hours. An antiseptic cream may be prescribed to you to apply during the first week of recovery. Patients should avoid the sun, tanning, salt or chlorinated water, and hot tubs until your skin has completely healed. Mild scarring may occur, but do not pick at, itch, remove, wash off, or exfoliate scabs. Flaking may occur but can be minimized with ointments and gentle moisturizers.
Microblading can be considered a multi-stage process as a check-up will be required following your initial application. As mentioned above, touch-ups can also help throughout the year to maintain consistency in color and fullness.
It can be time-consuming to fill in eyebrows daily, but microblading can offer you a more long-term solution and save you time. However, it is important to be sure your esthetician is properly trained and you are confident in his or her skill as the outcome of the procedure will depend on his or her ability to perform since it is completed with a hand-held tool. For more information on microblading and to see if it is the right treatment option for you, contact The Gael Center today.