A new trend has popped up known commonly as microblading or micropigmentation. This is the process by which microscopic needles are used to implant semi-permanent or permanent ink below the skin surface to give the appearance of hair or makeup in an area. The procedure is medically safe and approved in the United States, and many are looking for information on the topic. If you're one of those people, look no further, as we have everything you need to know.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is the process through which permanent ink is applied below the skin to give the appearance of hair or makeup in areas that are particularly flattering to the one getting the procedure. Many people commonly think of microblading as a form of tattoo, however that isn't exactly the case. Microblading and micropigmentation have several key differences that seperate them from the tattoo process.
The tattoo process begins with a tattoo machine and needles that are much larger than those of microblading. While the needles may seem small, they are not microscopic and will punch much deeper into the skin. During the tattoo process, ink is punched below the skin surface where it will remain forever. Due to the needle going so deep below the skin surface, the pain is more severe as well as bleeding and healing times. Another result of the ink being deposited so deep below the skin is the color. Tattoo ink will typically come in colder colors and appear darker such as black, violet, and deep purples.
Microblading takes a different approach than the tattoo process. Microscopic needles are first primed with ink that resembles the desired natural or unnatural hair color by a licensed medical professional and the patients skin is prepared for the procedure. Once the process begins, microscopic needles deposit natural inks below the skin surface in very precise portions that can mimic human hairs almost indistinguishably. During the procedure, this ink is deposited in the subdermal layer where it will remain safe and protected while still being visible and matching the client's skin tone perfectly.
Required Micropigmentation Credentials
You may be wondering about the professionals that do microblading and micropigmentation and the required credentials. The answer is that all professionals that perform the microblading procedure must be licensed by the American Academy of Micropigmentation. Proper education, training and hands on experience under trained professionals is required in order to be licensed. This means that you will be in the good hands of a licensed, proven professional if you choose to get the treatment done. After getting their licenses, they are able to open up their own office in order to begin administering the microblading procedure.
Who can benefit from Microblading?
There are several groups of people who can benefit from microblading. The first and most prevalent are those who are seeking a natural looking improvement to their facial features. Large amounts of people see social media accounts by doctors or fans that posts microblading videos on their feed. This will attract those who are looking for an edge to their natural looking appearance and are seeking improved features. These people can benefit from things such as eyebrow, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lip liner, and other type of procedures. These will seek to highlight and boost the natural look of one's face.
Another group who commonly look towards microblading are those who suffer from diseases or illnesses. A good example of this is potential chemo patients. They can choose to get microbladed eyebrows prior to their procedure in order to reduce the negative affects associated with hair loss that includes the eyebrows.
Those who suffer from patches of discolored skin pigmentation. Microblading is an excellent way to help conceal this on the face and lips where some people may be sensitive about their appearance. Through microblading, they are offered a lasting solution that can relieve their insecurities in a safe and effective manner.
What are the Different Uses for Microblading?
Microblading can be used in several ways. Professionals usually specialize in a range of several makeups types. One of the most common is micropigmentation eyebrows. This is the process in which eyebrows are created, filled, or defined through microblading. This gives them a very natural appearance which greatly increases facial attractiveness. Since the eyebrows are the anchor of the face and very crucial in conveying emotion and tone, by having more attractive eyebrows, a very noticeable increase in overall facial attractiveness occurs.
Another type of procedure that is very common is choosing to get permanent eyeliner. Darker pigments are microbladed around the eyes in the same way that eyeliner would be applied. This creates eyeliner that can't be smudged or bleed. Your eyeliner now always has a professional look and is waterproof, sweat proof, smudge proof, and overall life proof. Any time of day you can find your eyes being highlighted by this gorgeous procedure.
Other types exist that you may not know about, such as lip liner, eyeshadow, as well as techniques that are used to fill in discolored skin pigment.
Microblading vs Conventional Makeup
For those who wondering why one would choose microblading over conventional makeup, here's a few ways that the two compare.
Microblading is a considered a permanent solution because natural mineral pigments are deposited beneath the skin surface by microscopic needles. This will result in a natural looking makeup effect that will last for years and be resistant to water, sweat, and life in general. Because of this, whether is be eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner or more, you will always be sporting a Hollywood salon natural look that works 24/7 and doesn't have to be reapplied.
Conventional makeup is different in the goals. You can strive for a natural look, or you can doll yourself up for a night on the town. It is very flexible, however not as useful for improving natural appearance over the long term as it has to constantly be reapplied. If you find yourself dissatisfied with your eyebrows natural appearance, your lips' contour, or your eye's highlights, you may wish to turn to micropigmentation instead as a viable long term solution. In the long run, the money and time saved of no longer having to worry about makeup and applying it to improve your facial appearance in these areas will greatly outweigh the initial cost of microblading tattoos.
Pros and Cons of Microblading
There are some very clear pros and cons of microblading. For several people, the pros outweigh the cons and it is an easy choice. For others, it's a fine line between whether they will get the procedure or not. Here's what we came up with.
- Natural Looking
- Permanent Makeup Solution
- Salon Quality Look
- Professional Care
- Save Money & Time in the Long Run
- Requires Proper Aftercare
- May Require Slight Touch-ups
- Slight Pain During Procedure
- Shortage of Professionals in Small Areas
- Initial cost
Let's break down each of these Pro's and Con's one by one, starting with the Pro's.
The microblading procedure offers a natural look through the trained hand and eye of the micropigmentation technician. They are not only medical professionals but also artists that must work with the client to achieve a satisfactory natural looking result and not go overboard. This leads into the salon quality look, as the trained hand and eye of the professional combined with their artistic ability allows them to offer permanent salon quality results that match those of Hollywood big names. The professional care offered by these professionals is unmatched by that of a cousin procedure which is tattooing. You will receive much better care than you might if you walked into a tattoo parlor. Finally, you will save time and money in the long run as a result of not needing to buy makeup and applying it to enhance your eyebrows, eyes or lips.
The Con's of this procedure are those that might only apply to a few select picky individuals. If you truly care about your appearance and getting your money's worth, then following proper aftercare procedures by making sure the area stays clean and moisturized will be no problem. Many professionals offer free touch ups during the follow up appointment, however if you take proper care of the area in between the consultation and followup, it will be minimal at worst. Pain during the procedure is comparable to that of tiny scratches, as this is the most common comparison. Some professionals may choose to use mild local anesthetics, however it is certainly not required. For those who live in rural areas or small towns/cities, they may not be able to locate a nearby professional. They will have to choose to drive to a more urban environment where a practice is open for business.
Overall, the microblading and micropigmentation process is a very safe and effective way to achieve professional stylist quality makeup that will stick around with you wherever you go. Consider reading more about the process on our other pages, and if you're interested try contacting a local professional and setting up a consultation.