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Eyebrows are deemed as one of the most prominent facial features, adding character, and bringing out definition to the facial line. Eyebrows can come in all shapes and sizes, and some of us are looking for those perfect arches. One technique that is picking up the trend is called microblading. It involves developing custom made, thick, and natural-looking eyebrows, by using a hand-held blade and needles. This technique is pegged to transform the shape and aesthetics of the eyebrows.
Performed in up to two sittings, microblading is a beauty treatment that incorporates cosmetically tattooing the eyebrow region, which breaks down the skin, and creates an implant of an eyebrow. Unlike a conventional tattoo, microblading does not lead to a permanent implant, and lasts up to 3 years.
As per research published by Westlake Dermatology Clinical Research Center, this technique leads to natural looking, and fuller eyebrows. A numbing cream is used. Thereafter, small incisions are made in the eyebrow, mimicking the natural hair. These incisions are then filled with pigment.
The numbing cream is supposed to help with the pain, and ideally, a small amount of pigment is used, to ensure that the overall results are aesthetically pleasing, and adopt minimal quantities of chemically potent pigment. A patch test is also conducted, to make sure that your skin type is not sensitive to the pigment.
The needles do not penetrate the skin, and merely scratch the surface. This is done to implant delicate strokes, using medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer for the skin. The process results in the creation of fine, realistic and natural hair strokes.
Aesthetics: Eyebrows implanted through this procedure, could help people without natural or unaligned eyebrows, to positively add a feature to their aesthetics. For alopecia patients, and for those suffering from eyebrow hair loss, microblading is a relatively non-invasive way to obtain naturally looking eyebrows.
Scabbing: When the skin starts to heal, a certain amount of pigment may be lost from the skin, post the scabbing (a crust that forms over a sore or wound during healing) stage of the process. In some cases, a touch up might be required to reverse the effects of loss of pigmentation and scabbing.
Infections: Considering the usage of needles, unhygienic or unsterilized tools, could increase the risk of transmission of bacterial skin infections.
Just like any other cosmetic treatment, this one also requires careful aftercare. This could involve washing the face with an antimicrobial soap, and avoiding makeup or cosmetic treatments for at least a month.
Microblading is not for everyone, especially people suffering with diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, and autoimmune disorders. Patients of bleeding disorders, skin disorders, psoriasis, and people who take blood thinning medications, should also refrain from this procedure.
So, ladies, if you are considering exploring microblading, then do consult a medical professional, and get those arches that you have been vying for!