I feel like it is safe to say that how good your makeup turns out is dependent upon how well your eyebrows look. In recent times, makeup enthusiasts have been on the lookout for alternatives to natural eyebrow growth and how to help people with thin eyebrows find a lasting solution. Eventually, an option called microblading appeared, and it has gained more popularity in recent times.

If you have ever thought about microblading, you are not alone. You probably have a few questions about it though. In this previous article, we discussed the microblading healing process but we wanted to share more about this new trend in the cosmetic industry so you can determine if it is right for you.

What is Microblading?

Microblading (also known as feathering or micro-stroking) is a cosmetic procedure similar to face architecture that helps create a perfectly-shaped eyebrow by inserting pigments under the skin with the use of a needle or a small electric tool with needles attached to it. This innovative tattooing technique injects pigment into the skin to create a new look, enhance the existing one, or reshape the appearance of your eyebrows in terms of shape and color.

The goal of microblading is to give you the kind of brows you desire and have a natural look without needing to use eye brow pencils, gel, or pomade to fill in your brows. While the process is similar to that of skin tattooing, microblading – unlike tattoos – does not last forever. Microblading is semi-permanent and will eventually fade away after some time because the pigment and hair-like strokes are not deeply infused into the skin.

How Long Do the Results Last?

Since microblading is semi-permanent, the effects diminish with time. Eventually, it fades off and you will need to go over the procedure again if you wish. Usually, the microblading results last between 18 to 30 months, but it tends to fade quicker on those with oily skin tpes. We recommended that you get your brows touched up every six months or once a year – depending on your skin type and the look you prefer.

Touchups will help save time and money because your brow color can be easily filled in when the microblading results start fading. However, waiting longer means you may have to start over completely for the best results.

Is Microblading Right for Me?

Though microblading is common among people with thin or light eyebrows, the good thing about this procedure is that it can help achieve perfect and naturally full eyebrows for anyone, no matter their skin tone or brow color. So, whatever your reason might be for wanting fuller eyebrows, you are a good candidate for microblading.

Similarly, if you suffer from alopecia (hair loss), you could also get microblading.

What is the Average Cost of Microblading?

Just like many other life-changing procedures, microblading doesn’t come cheap, so you might want to start saving up. The cost of getting your eyebrows microbladed is relative to your location’s cost of living as well as your aesthetician’s level of expertise and popularity. On average, the cost of a microblading session with a certified practitioner ranges from $500 to $2,000. Post-procedure touchups are also about half the price of the original procedure.

Sadly, microblading is not usually covered by health insurance, so you will need to pay in full. You should also note that some practitioners offer discounts, so you may ask your practitioner if you are eligible for any. Despite the cost, if you are not happy with your natural eyebrows, microblading is worth every penny.

How Long Does the Microblading Healing Process Take?

After your microblading procedure, healing usually takes between 10 to 30 days, during which the inserted pigment settles into your skin. It is normal for the skin on your eyebrows to come off after the brows have been microbladed. The eyebrow area will also be red and sensitive.

The speed of your healing is dependent on your age, skin type, and overall health. So, some may heal faster than others. However, while you are healing, ensure you don’t pick or scratch the affected area in order to prevent transfer of germs to your skin. Also avoid all forms of moisture on your brows during this period.

Microblading can help achieve your dream eyebrows. But, when considering such a sensitive procedure, it is essential that you do your own research and talk to a licensed and/or experienced practitioner for recommendations to find out if microblading is right for you.