What You Need to Know Before You Try Microblading

The average cost of microblading in the United States is about $600, but it can cost anywhere between $250 to $2,000, depending on your needs and where you live. But what does microblading really entail, and is it worth it? Let’s discuss!

What Is Microblading?

Microblading uses a sharp “pen” with a sloped blade to create natural-looking eyebrows. Some people compare it to a modern version of eyebrow tattooing since there are little needles at the end of the pen, but they only scratch the surface (versus penetrating the skin).

The Process

Microblading sessions begin with your technician shaping the brow area. They may thread or pluck hairs to clean it up and prepare for the treatment. Next, they will apply numbing cream to your brow area for 30-50 minutes. At this point, you will decide on the color and your desired look.

Just before the numbing cream is fully working, your technician will take final measurements. They will base your shape on your face, symmetry, facial features, and preferences. The needling process comes next, where your technician will add pigment by using tiny strokes. (Each stroke is a small line, and pigment fills in those lines.) If you feel any pain, you can ask for more numbing cream.

The final step is to add more pigment, which will make you look like you have two large brown marks across your forehead. Once they are wiped away, you will see a darker version of what your brows will look like. The color will slowly fade to become more natural-looking.

After your procedure, you will need to avoid getting your eyebrows wet for up to two weeks, making showering and washing your face difficult. You may also experience some itching and scabbing after your appointment. The effects can last 1-2 years, depending on your skin type. You may require a top-up session in 6-8 weeks if your skin does not take the pigment properly.

Who Should Get Microblading?

Microblading has given hope to those with super-blonde brows, who experience hair loss (such as alopecia), or have fallen victim to the ’90s eyebrow overplucking trend. Anyone who does not want to use makeup on their brows may also benefit from microblading. Note: Microblading is not without potential side effects. It can lead to scarring, infection, skin reactions, and potentially more serious problems. Be sure that you speak to your provider before getting any treatments done.

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