Microblading Frequently Asked Questions
On this page you will find answers to many of the questions you may have about microblading.
Is Microblading a tattoo?
With the sudden popularity and media attention to the term microblading, many are led to falsely believe microblading is not a tattoo process. Permanent cosmetics, micropigmentation, dermal implantation, microblading/microstroking, eyebrow embroidery, and long-time/long-lasting makeup, are all different names for the same procedure – cosmetic tattooing. Any time pigment is placed into the skin with any device, it is a tattoo process as defined by many well informed regulators, the medical community, and dictionary sources. Denying this process is a tattoo can be problematic for those who would, for religious or other personal reasons, normally refuse to have a tattoo.
Is it semi permanent or permanent?
Technically, microblading is considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off.However, microblading pigment is not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional cosmetic tattoos, therefore the pigment will fade over time rendering it semi permanent.
How long can I expect it to last?
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. There is no guarantee in how long it lasts as each individual has very different skin and lifestyle. Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: clients who tan and/or use products with AHA or Glycolic Acid will fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up (color boost) is suggested every 12-16 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.
Will you shave my eyebrows or remove all my hair?
Absolutely not! That is what is so wonderful about this procedure. The purpose is to enhance your natural eyebrows. After designing your shape we only clean out the stray hairs that are outside of our desired shape.
Does it look like real hair?
Microblading appears MUCH MORE natural than traditional eyebrow block tattoos, the whole brow is NOT completely filled in. It is important to remember that microblading is a tattoo and once the microblading heals there is a thin layer of skin over every hairlike stroke. The tattoo will always appear sharp and bright immediately after the procedure, but will soften and appear lighter once the skin heals over it. But this technique does give the illusion of hair, and if done properly, the results are beautiful, soft natural looking brows.
What should I know about long term care?
* The color will lighten over time. We recommend a touch up every 6-24 months to keep brows looking their best. Fading greatly depends on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, pigment color used, broken capillaries, iron deficiency, and if any chemical peels were done after your procedure.
* If you are planning a chemical peel, MRI or other medical procedure, please inform the technician that you have had an iron-oxide cosmetic tattoo.
* If you are planning to have laser treatments, tell your laser specialist to avoid the pigmented area.