As a mother of two young boys, my makeup routine is fast and simple in the mornings. I leave with my moisturizer, sunscreen and my brows filled in. I've tried using shadows, liners and gels to fill in my brows but by the end of the day my brows are faded and smeared. I've had several friends try eyebrow tattooing as a solution to this problem. I've never been one to consider eyebrow tattoos, until now with the latest method called microblading. I spoke to Denise Elias Wu, owner of Browistry, San Francisco to learn more about Microblading.
Microblading is a Semi-Permanent Method of Tattooing
It is often referred to as eyebrow embroidery and microstroking. Feather like strokes are drawn onto the brows with a hand tool instead of machine. The pigments are deposited into the upper layer of the dermis, making it shallower than traditional permanent makeup technique. The results are more natural looking, hair like strokes that complement the existing hair. This method is ideal for those who are looking to change up their eyebrow shape, make their brows fuller or for those who are suffering from hair loss conditions such as alopecia. But, there are contraindications: skin disease, epilepsy, heart disease, severe eczema, someone who scars easily, pregnant and breast feeding.
What to Expect During the Consultation
It is important to do your homework and find an Artist who fits your style. Microblading is a work of art which requires precision and lots of practice. While there are many Artists out there, it is wise to select a certified Artist with professional references and samples of their work. Denise Elias Wu utilizes her consultations as an opportunity to answer questions. The consultation takes 30 minutes, during this time she discusses color and brow style. A photo is taken as reference for the future procedure. For safety purposes, she also conducts a patch test.
How to Prepare for the Procedure
"I ask my clients to stop taking blood thinners, painkillers,aspirins,vitamin e and fish oil supplements 5-7 days before the procedure. Also, if they were to wax, thread or tint their brows; they should do it 10-14 days before they come in, “says EliasWu. Those on Accutane or other strong retinoids should wait after 6 months.
Timing for the procedure varies, depending on the Artist, client and condition. But typically it could last up to 2-3 hours. A topical numbing agent is used to reduce any discomfort. The discomfort level depends on your threshold and pain tolerance.
The healing process, typically takes between 7-14 days. During this time, it is important to remember to let it dry naturally and not to wet the brows for at least a week. Avoid swimming pools, saunas and intense workout. It is especially important to stay out of the sun until the skin heals.
What is the Investment?
The initial investment could cost $450 to $900, depending on the experience of the Artist. Follow up visits are recommended after 30-60 days for color refresher and 8 months to a year to maintain the shape of the brows.