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What exactly is Microblading?

Updated: Jul 22, 2019



Having thicker, gorgeous eyebrows has been the beauty trend taking the world by storm. Everyone wants that perfectly structured yet unkempt "fluffy" brow to enhance their appearance and youthful look. No longer is the theory that thin brows make you look younger...now thick beautiful brows are the magic "pill" to keep us all looking younger. This new trend has most women over the age of 35 looking angrily over at our mothers for ever letting us pick up a pair of tweezers. I can't tell you how many pictures I have of myself in my 20s, in a smoky bar wearing pencil thin eyebrows believing I was looking good...yikes...


So what if you were one of those young girls like me that picked up tweezers and followed in your mother's footsteps of over-plucking, or you just weren't blessed with beautiful brows in the first place or you lost them due to a disorder like alopecia or, heaven forbid, a condition like cancer?? Are there any options to turn back the hands of time??


Drum roll please.....Yes, welcome to the world of Microblading...


So many people are unsure of exactly what this is, what the procedure entails, etc..so I am writing this blog to answer the most common questions so that if you are interested in Microblading you can have all the information to make a real, informed decision.


So What is Microblading exactly?


Microblading (also known as 3D brows, eyebrow embroidery, micropigmentation, etc.) is a semi permanent cosmetic tattooing procedure where pigment is manually implanted beneath the surface of the skin (the epidermis) using a very fine, sterile, disposable blade. Using this blade, certified microblading artists implant pigment in hair like strokes completely mimicking the look of real eyebrow hair creating natural looking results. 


Who can have these procedures done?


Microblading is ideal for anyone looking to enhance the look of their eyebrows no matter how much or little eyebrow hair you currently have. Some prospective clients fear artists will remove their existing hair, this is not true. Artists will try to keep as much natural hair as possible, however, light tweezing around the decided shape can occur. No hair is ever removed without the client agreeing. Clients with no eyebrow hair are also perfect clients for this procedure, shading can accompany the hair strokes to create a fuller 3D effect.

If you have extremely oily skin microblading will not work well for you. Due to the constant production of oil the pigment will not retain well and the desired look of crisp hair strokes will heal blurry. Powder Brows are a great alternative (will do blog post on this soon). If you are a frequent smoker your pigment will also fade sooner.


Does it hurt?


The pain, if any, is extremely minor. Clients sit for 35 minutes to pre-numb with a topical treatment and then another numbing product is applied throughout the procedure. 

There is minor to no bleeding during the procedure. Please review the pre-care instructions as they are important to limit bleeding and skin sensitivities. Excessive bleeding due to alcohol consumption and/or blood thinners before procedure can dilute/expel pigment leading to poorer results. Please note that getting the procedure done during your menstrual cycle can lead to a increase in discomfort.

Frequent smoking can lead to the anesthetic not lasting as long along with poor color retention. Clients with Fibromyalgia might also have a higher sensitivity to the procedure.


What factors affect Microblading?


Sun exposure

Regeneration of skin cells - the longer the regeneration the longer the pigment remains in the skin.

Skin type (oily vs dry) - excessively oily skin can expel pigment faster.

Bleeding during the procedure - avoid alcohol, caffeine and blood thinning medications.

What is the healing period like?


You can expect after the procedure some mild swelling and redness, however this generally subsides within hours after the procedure. During the first couple of days pigment tends to look darker and sharper. During the end of week 1 to week 2 the skin will begin to naturally exfoliate and shed. Flaking can occur, it is important to follow all aftercare directions and to not pick or scratch the eyebrow area. Eyebrows will generally look lighter after exfoliation. Weeks 4-6 skin completes the healing process and pigment becomes more visible.

What should I do to prepare for my appointment?


Bring and photos of eyebrows that you like. Wear the normal make-up you wear so we can see your shape and color preferences.

Do not wax, tweeze or thread eyebrows for a minimum of a week before procedure.

Avoid blood thinning medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, niacin, fish oil) for a minimum of 2 days prior to your procedure.

Keep alcohol intake to a minimum of 2 days prior to and after your procedure. Do not drink any alcohol 24 hours prior to your procedure.

Do not use Retin A skincare products close to your brows for a minimum of 1 month before your procedure.

Laser Hair Removal should be preformed no less than 2 weeks prior to your procedure.

Chemotherapy should be received no less than 3 months prior to your procedure.

Botox should be preformed no less than 1 months before procedure and 4 weeks after.

Accutane should be used no less than 1 year before procedure.

Avoid sun tanning 30 days before and after procedure. If you come to your appointment sun burned your appointment will be rescheduled and deposit forfeited.


What are the After-care Instructions?


Aftercare instructions are made personally for each client as each client has different skin. Aftercare will be provided after each appointment.


How long will it last?


Pigment will fade overtime. All brow procedures are multi-step processes. There is a 30-50% fade that occurs during the healing process after the initial appointment, due to this a complimentary enhancement session is given for all brow procedures to address any changes and/or fading.


There is no guarantee on how long it will last as each person has different skin and lifestyles but the average for clients with oily skin- 9-12 months and for clients with dry skin- 12+ months before a touch up is needed.


Frequency of touch up and color retention cannot be guaranteed and depends on skin type, pigment selection (lighter pigments fade faster), lifestyle choices (smoking, sun exposure), iron deficiency, chemical peels, etc. Aftercare (how the client takes care of their skin) is extremely important for the longevity of the work.


Who do I contact for more information??


Contact Kieran at kieran@koalash.com to receive a free consultation.


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