Lately there is new craze all over social media known as Microblading. Videos are being uploaded of talented artists giving women a whole new look with natural looking eyebrows that frame their face. Local techs are popping up left and right offering this service and its something people inquire about at my office daily. Clients need to realize Microblading and Permanent Makeup are two very different procedures and the facts behind those differences may be surprising.
Its important to know how the body responds to any form of tattooing, or pigment in the skin. The skin has an outer epidermis which exfoliates constantly, and a deeper dermis. The art of tattooing is pigment placed down into the dermal layer. The healing process is around 14 daays. During healing time the outer epidermis exfoliates, allowing the tattoo to go through a peeling phase. Once the skin is fully healed the pigment is left in the dermal layer and is considered permanent. Pigment contains either iron or synthetic plastic depending on the brand and those molecules are what makes a tattoo there to stay. Our bodies immune system sends macrophages aka white blood cells to attack and break down these foreign particles like mini pac men. NOM NOM NOM! The macrophages are much smaller then the iron/plastic molecules so the majority of the pigment is left and over the years will continue to be broken down by the maccrophages. The mini pac men continue do their job – NOM NOM NOM; the particles are then flushed through ones lymphatic system causing the tattoo to fade over time. Many pigment lines are made specifically for Permanent Makeup and contain less iron, which may cause fading to happen more quickly.
What is Microblading? It’s labeled as “semi-permanent” and there is a very good reason why. Microblading is done with a handheld tool with a curved blade at the end. The technician dips the end of the blade into the same pigment used in Permanent Makeup procedures and cuts into the skin. The blade is drug across the brow, leaving the pigment behind, creating a hair like effect. This new treatment is catching on quickly and is popular with people because it gives such a natural look. Artists claim it lasts up to 12 months but many clients are noticing it disappearing after just a few months, left with not much look for the price they have paid. Studios offering the service are aware of this disappearing act and many offer touch ups months later which will still cost the client $150+. The coined phrase “semi permanent” is more than accurate, as the pigment is not penetrating to the dermis evenly. Some strokes may take down to the dermal layer, while others more superficial are left in the epidermis exfoliating out the pigment after just 28 days!!!
What is Permanent Makeup? Permanent Makeup can be done with many machines but is a form of tattooing, placing the pigment down into the deep layer of the dermis. Many schools offer weekend courses – that is scary! I have been doing permanent makeup for over 12 years and I will tell you it is an art, a talent that gets better with time. The color of pigment along with the shape can determine a good permanent makeup outcome from a horrible unnatural one, giving the procedure a bad rap. Even done flawlessly, it is still a very penciled look; that is… until now! New end pieces are used with the Permanent Makeup machine, shaped similar to the Microblading arched blade (thanks Microblading!!!) which create the exact same hairline stroke, but now with the controlled penetration only the machine can give. Pigment is placed down into the dermis, creating the perfect natural hair stroke eyebrow, that lasts more than a few months!
Beauty Mark Boutique offers the natural hair stroke look and has over 12 years of Permanent Makeup experience. Located in Richardson, I am excited to work along side you to give you your vision of the perfect eyebrows!
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