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Your solution to beautiful brows By Janae Peterson, Refined Aesthetics Med Spa, pllc

If you have ever picked up an eyebrow pencil, chances are you have at least considered semi-permanent makeup to simplify your morning makeup routine. Microblading is a great option to give you beautiful brows every day, without any effort. We answer all your most asked questions.

What is microblading? Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique to give the illusion of fuller, more youthful eyebrows. Pigment is scratched into the skin using a hand tool, in short strokes resembling natural eyebrow hair.

What is the treatment process? After finding a trained professional, your artist will decide the best eyebrow shape for you based on your face shape, bone structure and features. The correct pigment color will then be chosen while carefully considering your hair color, skin undertone and natural eyebrow color. After the eyebrows are properly sterilized, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the area to ensure little to no pain during the procedure. Instead of using a traditional tattoo gun, your brow artist will use a freehand tool to gently place small, feather-like brush strokes with the chosen pigment color. You will leave your appointment with a thin layer of medical ointment on your eyebrows. A six- to eight-week follow-up appointment will be required. At this appointment, the process is repeated to achieve full results.

What is the healing process? Days one through three your eyebrows will be darker and bolder than you anticipated. They will also be tender. Days four and five your eyebrows will be dry, flaky and, for some, itchy. Days six through 14 your eyebrows will appear lighter in color, as well as patchy. You’re welcome to fill them in at this time if needed. Weeks two through six your eyebrows will slowly become the correct pigment, and the fine hair-like strokes will appear. Weeks six through eight your touch-up appointment is recommended.

How long does treatment take? The process can take between one to three hours, start to finish. This includes the time it takes to get your skin numb, paperwork and the procedure itself.

How much does it cost? Depending on location and the expertise of your artist, cost typically ranges from $250 to $600. This generally includes your six-week touchup, but be sure to ask.

Is the tattoo permanent?

Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique, and results for most will last between one and three years depending on your skin type (the ink will fade more quickly with oily skin), facial products used and lifestyle. At this time, a maintenance touchup is recommended.

Who would not be a candidate for microblading?

Microblading is a form of tattooing, therefore there are some medical conditions, medications and allergies that prevent clients from getting the service. These include anyone under the age of 18, women who are pregnant or nursing, have an active autoimmune disorder, blood disease, are currently undergoing chemotherapy, or have an allergy to lidocaine or epinephrine.

Those looking for a more permanent and natural-looking alternative to filling in their eyebrows, microblading may be the answer for you!

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