Everyone has a different pair of eyebrows. Some are naturally thinner than others, and some can become sparse as you age or experience postpartum or medical treatment side effects. If you’re seeking a long-lasting, natural-looking solution to thin or sparse brows, Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX proudly offers microblading, which is 100% customizable and delivers excellent results to patients ready for the best brows of their life.
If you’re unsatisfied with the shape, color, or thickness of your eyebrows, you’re not alone. Brow grooming regimens like waxing, plucking, and threading can only do so much for the shape of your brows, and you may feel like you spend hours in front of the mirror each day, lining and filling your brows only to wash off all that product at the end of the day. Microblading, a semi-permanent brow-defining treatment, could be the perfect solution to these issues.
What Is Microblading?
You may have heard that microblading results in permanently tattooed eyebrows which, like traditional tattoos, are costly and time-consuming to remove if you ever decide to undo the process. While the basic concept is similar to that of tattoos, the difference is that a microblade treatment deposits pigment into the upper dermis layer of your skin, resulting in a semi-permanent look that will fade over time.
The microblade tool, made up of a row of tiny needles, is used manually to create thin, hair-like strokes in the skin under your brows and give them a fuller, thicker appearance.
While tattooing your brows is certainly an option, this treatment uses pigmented ink designed to break down and fade over time. This gives you the flexibility to maintain your look with regular appointments and even choose a different look when you feel like you need a change. You can also allow your brows to return to their natural state at any point by letting the strokes fade and opting out of maintenance appointments.
While you have your microbladed brows, you don’t need to worry about filling your brows every day. You’ll have full, thick brows all day and night, giving you the freedom you need to focus on the more important things in life and the confidence for every situation.
One reason this treatment has taken the beauty world by storm over the past few years is its entirely customizable nature. Your doctor can help you choose a brow shape that will accentuate your features or work with you to create your ideal shape.
You can choose a color that’s close to your natural hair color or create a dramatic look by choosing a darker color. You can even create the illusion of thicker brows by having your doctor microblade a new outline. The possibilities are endless, offering you complete freedom to design your new look.
How Does It Work?
The microblade tool is used to create natural-looking brows according to your personal goals. This can involve changing the shape of your brows, filling them in, or giving them a more defined shape by outlining the brows.
The tool is dragged across your skin in short, quick strokes to mimic the shape of your hair. The small row of needles, which are dipped in an ink matched to your hair color, create tiny wounds in the upper dermis of your skin and deposit the pigment.
The first step to achieving your perfect brows is an initial consultation with your doctor. This is when you’ll discuss your ideal results, your desired shape, thickness, and color, and what you can expect during and after treatment. Your doctor will evaluate your skin to ensure that this treatment is right for you. They’ll also give you instructions on how to prepare for your appointment, which you should follow carefully to ensure best results.
You should feel free to ask any questions you may have about the treatment and recovery time, and you should disclose any medications you take regularly. Finally, you should tell your doctor about any treatments or procedures you’ve had in the past which affect the brow area (examples include dermal fillers or facelift procedures).
Once you’ve spoken to your doctor, it’s time to prepare for your appointment. The key is to keep your skin healthy and calm–avoid irritants like harsh exfoliants or new products which may cause your skin to react negatively. You should avoid plucking or waxing for 3 days before your appointment. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain medications before the appointment, but you should plan to at least avoid blood-thinning pain relievers like ibuprofen for 48 hours and alcoholic beverages for 24 hours.
Make sure that your skin is not freshly tanned or sunburnt before your appointment. Over 90% of common skincare concerns like wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and skin cancer stem from harmful exposure to UV rays, so it’s important to protect your skin by using sunscreen regularly and substituting trips to the tanning bed for skin-friendly alternatives like self-tanner. Skip your workout the day of the appointment to avoid sweating and excess blood flow to your skin and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and ready to bounce back after treatment.
Arrive to your appointment with a clean, bare face. You should tie hair back and out of the way and, if you have bangs, you may want to bring a headband to keep them off your forehead.
Your doctor will begin by sanitizing your skin and drawing an outline of your new brow shape. Once you’ve seen and are satisfied with the shape, your doctor will apply a numbing cream to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the appointment. The cream can take up to 30 minutes to take effect. Once your skin is numb, your doctor will begin using the microblade tool to create your new brows.
You’ll likely feel a little pressure as your doctor uses the microblade tool to fill in the shape of your brows. The microblading itself takes between 45-60 minutes, while the entire appointment can last up to 2 hours to allow time for any questions you may have and your doctor’s aftercare instructions once the treatment is finished.
Once the treatment is complete, you’re able to return to your normal daily activities with zero downtime. You’ll likely notice that your skin is red, and may feel mild soreness as the numbing cream wears off. Your brows will appear thicker and darker than the final version, which will be visible approximately 1 month after your appointment when the healing process is complete.
You must avoid wetting your brows for a week after your appointment. This involves carefully washing your face and showering to ensure that the affected area remains dry. Avoid direct sun exposure for at least 4 weeks.
You should plan to avoid strenuous workouts and makeup products for 1-2 weeks after your appointment. Your doctor can give you detailed instructions to follow depending on your lifestyle. Don’t wax, pluck, or thread your brows for at least 2 weeks after your appointment. 7-10 days after your treatment, you’ll notice the small wounds in your skin begin to develop scabs, which will fall off naturally over the next week or so. It’s important to avoid picking or exfoliating these scabs, which can lift pigment out of the skin and prolong your recovery time.
Once your skin is completely healed, your doctor will perform a touch-up session to perfect your results. This appointment is typically shorter and allows your doctor to evaluate the outcome of the first appointment and make any necessary changes, which may include adding more fullness or redefining the shape of your brows. It’s important for your doctor to complete this step when your brows are healed to revisit any areas which may require more pigment after the recovery stage.
During this appointment, you’ll be able to share any concerns with your doctor, and if you aren’t satisfied with your brows at this stage, your doctor can address any specific issues in addition to touching up your brows. The healing process is identical, and once your skin is back to normal, you’ll be able to enjoy your fresh new brows.
How Long Do Results Last?
Since this treatment is designed to offer you the ultimate flexibility to change your look in the future, it won’t last forever. The semi-permanent ink will gradually fade over time during a process that can be affected by your skincare routine, sun exposure, and skin type.
Results generally last between 1-3 years and, if you want to maintain your brows, you should plan to schedule an annual touch-up session. You can talk to your doctor about a personalized plan for you to help you maintain your ideal results for as long as you choose.
It’s crucial to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully once treatment is finished. This is especially important during the first two weeks of the recovery process when the pigment is settling into your skin, which is still healing. Getting your brows wet at this stage could cause the color to fade much more quickly, as could direct sun exposure. Pulling off scabs during the healing process can lift away color and leave gaps in your hair. By making sure that your recovery stage goes well, you can achieve the best, longest-lasting results possible.
Is Microblading Right for Everyone?
This treatment is ideal for men and women who want a faster, longer-lasting solution to sparse, thin brows than traditional, temporary approaches. It’s effective and safe for all skin colors and, when performed by a trained professional, the process is completely safe and able to deliver excellent results. However, as with any treatment option, it’s important that you consider a few factors before deciding to schedule an appointment.
Consider Your Skin Type
When it comes to pigment deposited into your skin, dry skin tends to hold color and lines longer than oily skin, since the ink is better absorbed into cells and lasts longer when there is a lack of oils.
Skin that is too oily can be prone to results which last for a shorter period and, in some cases, blurring of the fine lines over time. These conditions will naturally affect the appearance of your brows. You should talk to your doctor to assess your skin type and ensure that this is the best treatment for you.
Think Through Your Skincare Routine
Some skincare and anti-aging products can shorten the lifespan of your microbladed brows by breaking down the pigments more quickly. In general, you should be prepared to avoid products with retinoids and vitamin A as well as harsh exfoliants while you have microbladed brows.
Your skincare routine should be focused on keeping your skin, and especially the skin around your brows, hydrated and healthy. If you have questions about which products may not be ideal for microbladed brows, you should talk to your doctor during your initial consultation.
Consider Health Conditions
This treatment is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women; it’s also not ideal for those prone to keloid scarring, those living with a blood-transmitted or autoimmune disease, and those undergoing chemotherapy. Finally, it’s not recommended for those with severe allergies. You should speak with your doctor about these conditions and disclose any other health conditions which may not be compatible with this treatment.
Prepare for Commitment
Although the results you’ll experience aren’t permanent, they will last for a good amount of time. It’s important that you prepare to commit to your new brows. This means following your doctor’s instructions to the letter to ensure that your brows heal well, planning to routinely shave, pluck, or wax any part of your natural brow which isn’t part of your new microbladed brow shape, and schedule touch-up sessions to address any fading.
Microbladed brows are a huge time-saver in your daily routine. You can walk out the front door without touching them and still know that your brows are looking their best, but they do come with a commitment to care for and maintain your brows for as long as you choose to have them. This is something to seriously consider before you schedule an appointment. You can ask your doctor to tell you more about what care and upkeep your microbladed brows will need if you have specific questions.
Maybe you’ve always been self-conscious about the shape or fullness of your brows. Maybe you’ve experienced recent hair loss or thinning that leaves you wishing for a way to get your old brows back. Maybe you’re simply unhappy with the appearance of your brows and looking for a treatment that can address your concerns with no fuss, minimal recovery time, and long-lasting results. Microblading is an excellent option for almost every patient unsatisfied with their current brows. It offers unmatched customization, a relatively short recovery time, and results that you’ll love for up to 3 years.
Best of all, microblading can restore your confidence and make you feel great in your own skin. With results so natural that no one will be able to tell the difference between your natural brow and the added pigment, your new brows will blend seamlessly into your life as you enjoy your new look. Are you ready to refresh your brows and get a whole new look? Contact the experts at Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX today so they can help you achieve your brow goals.