I have condensed as much information into this post about microblading hairline – what you need to know? One of the newest and most popular cosmetic procedures is microblading. It’s been popping up in over 6 million Instagram posts, as well as all over your newsfeeds. What really is microblading? It is a semi-permanent makeup procedure that involves drawing on eyebrows with a blade. The result looks natural and lasts anywhere from 18 months to 2 years depending on skin type and aftercare. This new technique is increasing in demand. I wanted to make sure you’re fully informed before heading in for treatment! Here are some things you should know before going under the needle…
What is microblading treatment?
Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup procedure that can be used to enhance eyebrows. The treatment involves using a small blade and pigment to create strokes of hair, as opposed to drawing on the shape with an eyebrow pencil. This technique requires training and the most important factor in determining your skin type. Those who have darker skin tones are more likely able to get away as you will not notice any adverse reactions.
What then is hairline microblading?
Hairline microblading is a cosmetic tattoo technique that creates the appearance of hair where there’s none. This treatment has become increasingly popular among those looking for alternative hair transplants or wigs. This procedure is usually done by an experienced cosmetologist who has undergone extensive training in this field.
Hairline microblading (see picture) known by many different names, gives the illusion of natural-looking voluminous hair. It may last up to 18 months before needing touchup sessions every 2-3 years.
The procedure can be done on your scalp or any part of the body with thin skin. It’s most commonly performed in eyebrows, eyelids and beard lines. It may take up to three hours depending on how much coverage you want from your new “hair”. The cost of the procedure varies based on the size and density desired (spider webbing).
Who can do hairline microblading procedure?
Many people want to get their hairline microbladed, but they don’t know who can do the procedure. The first thing you need to do is be sure that the person doing the work is qualified and certified. The work should be done by Estheticians or licensed Cosmetologist. Both professions have different skills sets. You want someone who has experience with the procedure, as well as has a good reputation in their field. You should also find out if they offer insurance to cover accidental mistakes. Also if there are additional fees for aftercare services.
Are there safety issues with hairline mircoblading procedure?
The procedure was initially introduced to the United States by Dr Jody Levine. A dermatologist and owner of an eponymous skincare clinic on New York City’s Upper East Side.
I had to refer to the FDA. to find out if hairline mircoblading procedures were safe. They are an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that regulates drugs, medical devices, biological products, food safety, etc. They approve or reject procedures based on their safety and efficacy. FDA mentioned that this hairline mircoblading procedure is effective for restoring pigment in skin tissue by injecting ink into the skin with a small needle. It offers better elasticity as well as a natural-looking colouration of skin cells.
However, FDA highlighted that there are also risks involved with this type of injection. There are possible allergic reactions or infection at the puncture site. This may cause scarring or disfigurement. I highly recommend you read the FDA tattoo and permanent makeup fact sheet for more information.
Hairline microblading is a tattoo technique that has been gaining popularity in recent years. It’s not a new concept by any means. It offers many benefits of traditional hair transplants or wigs for people who suffer from thinning hair due to male pattern baldness and hormonal changes. If you want to know more about causes of hair loss go to my previous post the Quickest Ways to Stop Hair Loss.
What are the benefits of hairline microblading?
- Lower surgical risk as compared to hair transplant surgery because there are no needles used during treatment.
- Cheaper than hair transplant surgery as it can be completed in a day.
- Substantial saving as this procedure can last up to 2 years.
- Those suffering from Alopecia Areata can have this procedure done with good results.
- It gives a look of thicker or voluminous hair.
- The receding hairline may appear less noticeable.
- It gives a natural look.
What are the disadvantages of hairline microblading treatment?
The cosmetic procedure involves injecting ink just below the surface of the skin. It can create realistic-looking eyebrows, eyeliner or hairline, often for those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. However, there are several risks associated with this type of treatment such as:
– Allergic reactions
– Microscopic lacerations on the skin’s surface
– Botched work done by untrained staff
Microblading techniques can be a bit painful if you’re sensitive to the hand tool. But topical numbing cream anaesthetics make it more tolerable. See below under Resources the horrifying images on botch microblading reported by a customer.
Comparing the long term effects and risks associated with the treatment
The long term effects and risk associated with microblading are not fully known yet due to a lack of research. There has been one case study published in 2017 by Dr Zara Riddle. He found that there was a correlation between patients whose eyebrows were waxed or tattooed for up to six months, to suffer porphyrin levels (which causes redness).
Inks used in tattooing are typically safer than the toxic ink traditionally found in permanent tattoos. There is still insufficient knowledge about how these compounds affect our bodies. Also, there is little understanding to indicate any adverse effects of pigments. Whether pigment responds differently depending on the type of skin being treated. (i.e., darker skins have more melanin which could make them better at absorbing certain colours). Then there is the question of potential cancer risk that can take place, all of which will take years to disc
How about aftercare?
Your hairline will be sensitive during the healing period. Try to avoid working out, submerging your head in any water or applying makeup. One recommendation is to use lukewarm water and cotton rounds to wipe down new hairline or eyebrows two-three times a day. This is important for keeping them free of lymph fluid!
Most people report that microblading lasts for years before fading away entirely. Some might experience changes sooner due to lifestyle factors such as sunbathing, swimming and diet changes.
The hairline microblading industry is still young. As with any new technology, many complications can arise during the procedure. You may have to take into account all the variables confronting a cosmetologist such as selecting pigments, skin tone etc. These risk may be avoided or can be minimized to an acceptable degree only.
With more scientific studies being conducted on this topic we will soon have a clearer understanding of how best to proceed. My advice is that you do your all homework first before making that final decision. You can start by reading the recommended books first.
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Disclaimer: These statements are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. They are for information purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the FDA. If you suspect that you have a medical condition, seek help from your doctor.