What Are the Benefits?
One of the most popular, time-saving beauty trends of the moment is a procedure called “microblading” – which has bestowed full, beautiful eyebrows on everyone from Hollywood stars to busy moms to high-powered executives. Microblading can be an instant lift to your face, framing your eyes semi-permanently so when you wake up, you can just go, without worrying about makeup or brow grooming. “Microblading creates the illusion of fuller brows by adding hair strokes within the brow shape,” explains Chronos medical aesthetician Angela Blanchard. “You can wake up without having to fill or define your brows. It’s fantastic for time saving and for those who want a beautiful but natural-looking brow.”
No more messy eyebrow pencils or uneven brows! The procedure isn’t even painful like having a normal tattoo since Blanchard numbs her patients before beginning the treatment. The most you’ll feel is a slight scrape, and many patients report feeling nothing during the procedure. “It’s a semi-permanent tattoo,” Blanchard says. “What that means is that we aren’t going as deep as a traditional tattoo.”
Will Microblading work for me?
Like any cosmetic procedure, different patients respond in various ways. Since this is only a semi-permanent tattoo, Blanchard can somewhat tweak a patient’s results several weeks after the initial procedure is complete. She can adjust the color or shape of the brow, according to a patient’s preference, in follow up appointments. “You’ll need to have your brows touched up 6 weeks after your first session and then every 6-8 months after that,” Blanchard explains. “Everyone holds their pigment differently and there are many factors that can impact this.”
Skin type can also play a role in the eventual outcome of microblading. If you have oily skin, microblading may not “stick” as well as on someone who has normal to dry skin. Blanchard says powder brows may be a better option for oily skin types. All of this can be determined during a patient’s initial consultation, which Chronos Body Health and Wellness is now offering at no charge.
What is the Treatment Process?
If a patient is a candidate for microblading and decides to go forward with the procedure, Blanchard will spend extensive one-on-one time with them, creating the perfect brow for their features and face shape. “We draw the brow design out and make sure both the client and technician agree on the shape before we begin the treatment,” Blanchard says. “This part takes the longest because we measure everything out for symmetry and correct any asymmetrical areas. The initial procedure then can take anywhere from one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half hours.”
Since microblading is a tattoo (albeit semi-permanent) in the center of your face, it’s crucial to have an expert perform the procedure at a facility equipped with a dedicated, sterile space. At Chronos, Blanchard performs all microblading procedures in a separate area away from any other treatments to protect patients from bloodborne pathogens. Blanchard has completed extensive training for microblading and is a recognized license holder through the State of Louisiana.
What Happens After Treatment?
Since there is no pain or anesthesia associated with the procedure, patients can drive themselves home after microblading is complete and resume their normal routines, minus any exercise for at least 24 hours. You can wash your face that night, apply moisturizer and use make up on your face the following morning, as long as no cosmetics come in contact with the brows. After microblading, your eyebrows need to be treated as if they were a wound for the next 2 weeks, meaning no makeup or any other possible contaminants while the area heals. A patient should look and feel normal enough to return to work or social activities the next day. Like with most cosmetic procedures, it is recommended that you NOT schedule microblading immediately before a photoshoot or an important event, such as a wedding.
“Immediately after the procedure, you’re going to be in love with your brows,” Blanchard says. “We always warn people to trust the process though, because come Day Three, you’re going to feel like the color is too dark. Then you’ll feel the strokes magically disappear around two weeks. This is all part of the process. The strokes are healing and that creates a roller coaster of a process. But your technician will be there to guide you.”
The Dos and Don’ts of Microblading
- Wax your brows 1 week before
- Stop Vitamin A/Retinol 1 week before
- Use Anti-Microbial Cleanser
- Use Sunscreen!
- Have a Sunburn
- Schedule the procedure within 2 weeks of a big event
- Forget to apply sunscreen to your brows