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Questions About Microblading with Dr. Bowles | Popsugar Feature

We’re thrilled to see our provider, Dr. Alexandra Bowles, featured in a recent article on Popsugar: “What Is Microblading? An Expert Answers All of Your Questions”

Expanding on her insights revealed in the interview with Popsugar, Dr. Bowles is sharing the inside scoop on Microblading with you, and what to consider if getting a treatment.

Microblading

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a cosmetic technique that tattoos the eyebrows to help enhance and reshape them. The practitioner uses small, fine-point needles to deposit pigment into the superficial layers of the skin. Unlike traditional eyebrow tattoos that use a machine, microblading is done by hand, which allows the practitioner to create fine, hair-like strokes that mimic the natural pattern of the eyebrow.

How long will my results last?

It typically lasts between one to three years but it can vary for each individual. Those with oily skin might find that their pigment fades a bit more quickly versus those with less oily skin. In order to get the most out of your microblading treatment, it’s important to follow specific aftercare instructions. This can include moisturizing properly and even avoiding certain activities such as swimming and excessive sweating. Avoiding these activities will help the pigment last longer. 

Other factors that determine the longevity of the pigment include your exposure to sunlight, your body’s own healing process from the procedure, and the quality of the pigment. A combination of using a quality sunscreen, working with your practitioner to determine if any touch ups need to be done, and finding a qualified practitioner to perform the service all play a major factor in the longevity of the service. 

What is the downtime?

Given the procedure involves the use of small yet fine-point needles, you can expect a bit of swelling and redness immediately after the procedure, just as you would any other invasive procedure. 

You may even notice your skin adjust over time to the procedure and show signs of scabbing, flaking, itchiness, darkening or even fading. This is all part of the healing process and over time your skin will adjust and the pigment will lighten as it settles in. You should then start to see the final result. Of course if you have any concerns, questions, or you don’t feel your skin is healing as well, it’s best to follow up with the practitioner.

What does the aftercare look like?

Aftercare is a crucial part of the microblading process to ensure proper healing and long-lasting results. General guidelines include keeping the eyebrows clean and dry for 24-48 hours following the procedure. This includes keeping the eyebrows dry to allow for them to heal. Additionally, applying an ointment will help keep the skin moisturized and protected. 

Similar to any procedure on the skin, you’ll want to avoid excess exposure to the sun, whether that be direct sunlight, tanning beds, and more. Make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen and even consider covering the eye area for added protection.

Aftercare will also include refraining from applying makeup and skincare products for at least one week following the procedure. Not doing so could interfere with the healing process. This is also a good time to simply be gentle with your skin such as not rubbing your eyes or causing any additional irritation to the skin. 

How much can it cost?

The cost of microblading can depend on a number of factors, such as the city you live in, experience of the practitioner, and more. On average, the cost for the procedure can range from $500-$1,000. 

Is it permanent?

It’s important to note that microblading is considered a semi-permanent procedure, meaning the pigment will gradually fade over time and may need to be refreshed with touch-up sessions to maintain the desired appearance. The frequency of touch-ups will depend on individual factors and personal preferences.

There is also a level of risk associated with microbladed brows. Improper technique and poor quality pigment can leave behind a less than ideal color to the skin. I have seen this in a few patients who required laser treatments to attempt to remove the pigment, which is difficult to do in a hair-bearing area as laser removal can also cause permanent hair loss. I caution all of my patients to make sure that their microblading is performed by an experienced professional using a high quality product. 

What does the Microblading feel like?

The pain level experienced during microblading can vary from person to person based on individual pain tolerance, the skill of the technician, and the techniques used. Generally, most people describe the sensation of microblading as uncomfortable rather than painful. 

In most cases, a topical anesthetic will be applied to aid in numbing the area. You will most likely feel the strokes of the pigment being deposited onto the skin. Be sure to communicate to your practitioner if you have any discomfort during the procedure. To ensure a more comfortable and positive microblading experience, it’s important to choose a skilled and experienced technician who uses high-quality tools and techniques.

What is the process of Microblading?

Your experience may vary depending on the practitioner you are seeing, however, most will likely start with a consultation before the actual procedure begins. This will include your ideal eyebrow shape, color of the pigment, and the general look you desire. The practitioner may also assess your eyebrows to customize the treatment for your facial features and based on your desired outcome.

Following the consultation, the topical numbing agent will be applied allowing it to take full effect before beginning. While that sets, your practitioner may map out your eyebrows and ensure your pigment aligns with your eyebrow, skin and hair color. 

Using a sterile, handheld tool with fine-point needles, the technician will carefully map out and shape the eyebrows according to the agreed-upon design. This involves creating precise, hair-like strokes that mimic the natural growth pattern of the eyebrow hairs. The technician may also use a special pencil or marker to outline the shape and arch of the eyebrows before starting the microblading process.

Once the eyebrows are mapped and shaped, the technician will begin using the handheld tool to deposit the chosen pigment into the superficial layers of the skin, creating fine, crisp, and natural-looking strokes. An experienced technician will work meticulously to fill in sparse areas, define the shape, and enhance the overall appearance of the eyebrows. Throughout the microblading process, the technician will periodically apply more pigment to the eyebrows, allowing the color to penetrate the skin and create lasting results. The technician will also ensure that the pigment is evenly distributed and that the strokes blend seamlessly with the natural eyebrow hairs. The entire microblading process typically takes about 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the design and the individual’s needs.

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