Mary Byron By Mary Byron • March 16, 2018

Microblading: Brow-mance Your Way to Beauty

Imagine waking up to beautiful brows that don't need plucking, threading, waxing, and penciling! Those who have never had tattoos and not crazy about needles or blades are understandably wary about Microblading. But done well, you can say goodbye to faint, shortened, or sloping brows.  

It is a fast and safe way to shape your brows so that your face is beautifully framed. Similar to a tattoo, pigment is implanted into the skin using a handheld tool with ultra thin needles, acting like a very thin blade so the strokes etched on the skin are fine and feathery.  Topical anesthesia is used because the cuts are made until the level of the dermal-epidermal junction and it would hurt if you weren't numbed.

The color used is closely matched to your own hair and the final result is incredibly realistic - not an expanse of ink as seen in tattoos but fine wispy "hair" that looks like your own. Microblading perfectly complements your eyes and facial shape in the most natural way and can last up to two to three years. It can also give your brows a lifted, more youthful look and can correct asymmetries. As we grow older, brows become more sparse and like everything else, goes south. However, if you are considering Botox, have it done two weeks after Microblading. 

To ensure that you get exactly the look you like, give your Provider a clear idea of what shape, color, and thickness you like. Do your leg-work before you even book an appointment. Show brows you like and discuss whether it's suitable for you. Be aware that the most common "mistakes" are brows that are too close knit (it makes you look fierce), too thick (Angry Bird?), and too dark. Don't believe everything you read like undoing these with lasers, saline etc. Erasing is never that easy - so plan ahead. That being said, there are some factors that are beyond the powers of even the most skillful brow artists. Some skin don't take up dye readily and some ink react with a person's chemistry and can turn a different color.

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Great brows don't happen overnight, which is why we have the perfection session about 4-5 weeks after the initial microblading.

It's important to do this because scabs might have taken some of the dye and parts of your brows may look sparse. Lush, full, well-shaped brows are  "no-maintenance' but skin regimen like AHA, BHA, retinols, and practically any treatment that enhances cellular turnover like microneedling, microdermabrasion, facials, peels, and lasers can speed up fading.



What to Expect During Microblading

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1. Does it hurt? No. At Juvly you are numbed the whole time. Please inform Juvly if you are allergic to Lidocaine.

2. Is bleeding normal? There's very little bleeding - if at all.

3. Why didn't the pigment take? This is complicated and can be due to many reasons: As you can see from the graphic, some loss of pigment is normal. However, if the cuts were shallow, the dye probably didn't penetrate deep enough. Picking at scabs, infection, faded dye, and not following post-Microblading instructions can also lead to loss of pigment. Plus, some skin types are just plain more resistant.

4. Is scabbing normal? Yes, it's normal but there shouldn't be pus or prolonged redness.  After the scabs fall off, your brows may look patchy but regain some pigment (as it rises to the surface) - even before you have your perfection session!

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