What is Eyebrow Microblading?

Licensed Esthetician

Eyebrow microblading is a cosmetic tattooing procedure that is performed to fill-in eyebrow areas that are thin, in order to make them look fuller. It is not permanent (like a traditional tattoo) and the color from microblading can last around one or two years. 

During the eyebrow microblading process, color pigments are applied to the eyebrow area in order to give them the appearance of hair. A hand-held microblade tool is used to enter the skin so the patient can obtain a more defined, yet natural look, to the eyebrows. 

It is important to perform proper research when it comes to finding a licensed esthetician who has the proper training and experience to perform the treatment. Look for a person with accreditation from the Society of Permanent Cosmetics or the American Association of Micropigmentation when searching for someone to perform the procedure.

As hair restoration experts explain, it is important on the day of the treatment to sit down with the esthetician to ask any questions or voice any concerns about the procedure. The person performing the eyebrow microblading treatment should also walk the patient through the process and discuss color and style options to make sure both the professional and the patient are on the same page when it comes to the final results.

At the start of the treatment, the esthetician will likely use a topical numbing ointment on the brow area to help reduce any discomfort felt by the patient during the procedure. The process usually takes about two hours to perform and is quite detailed. The patient might feel a little bit of a scraping sensation, but it is usually only minimally painful. 

During the first week of the recovery period, the eyebrows might appear darker and also feel a bit sharper because of any scabbing that occurs after the treatment. It will also be normal to experience some redness and swelling after the procedure. The recovery process also involves using some moisturizing ointment to soothe the treated area. The patient should also keep their brows away from water for anywhere from 7-10 days. Do not pick at the scabs and avoid direct sunlight for around a month. Makeup should not be put on the eyebrow during the healing process. 

The final results last anywhere from one to two years. The length of the results depends on the patient following the post-treatment instructions and the quality of the job performed by the esthetician. 

The procedure can cost anywhere from $500-$2000 and this price might not include the cost of any touch-up treatments.