The beauty world has been buzzing in recent years over microblading and microneedling, as these two treatments have quickly gained a ton of popularity.
Fans of microneedling treatment swear by its ability to improve the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and visible pores.
And people with historically thin to almost non-existent eyebrows can now live their best (full brow) lives, thanks to the revolutionary microblading technique.
So, what exactly are these treatments, and do they live up to the hype?
What Is Microneedling?
If you’re looking to improve the appearance of scars and visible skin imperfections, boost collagen and generate smoother and firmer skin tissue, microneedling could be a highly effective solution.
The derma-rolling procedure rejuvenates the surface of the skin by pricking the surface with tiny, micro-fine needles. According to dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, MD, Ph.D., microneedling can make the skin look plump and more radiant for a couple of weeks after treatment.
Why Is Microneedling So Popular?
There are a few reasons why microneedling’s popularity has exploded so quickly!
1. The Results Are Fairly Immediate
Everyone loves fast-acting results, and microneedling is known to deliver on that front, with initial pore reduction and skin tightening effects visible right after treatment.
2. Continuously Improves Skin Over Time
The goodness doesn’t stop there — skin treated with microneedling reportedly produces up to a 400% increase in collagen and improved elasticity up to six months after completing the treatment!
Curious about trying microneedling? Ask a specialist if it could be beneficial for your skin and any specific goals you have.
What Is Microblading?
Weren’t blessed with naturally full eyebrows? You’re not alone! Or maybe you’ve inadvertently lost hair in this area due to over-tweezing back when ultra-thin brows were in (early 2000’s, looking at you). Sometimes, pencils, powder, pigments and gels can only go so far in recreating the look of a full eyebrow.
That’s where microblading comes in — the more permanent fix for thin brows that promises to be life-changing. There are several types of microblading, which is considered a form of facial tattooing. Piret Aava (“The Eyebrow Doctor”) explains that microblading is similar to getting a tattoo (though not as deep), in that pigment is implanted under the skin using a manual handheld tool. Hair-like strokes are drawn in to look like natural hairs, filling in your brows.
There are two main types of microblading:
- Micro Feathering: This form of microblading uses a lighter touch, working from the existing brow shape to create an “undone” look, or more natural-looking, feathery brows.
- Microshading: This type of microblading fills in the brows completely, giving the permanent makeup look.
Things to Know About Microblading
Here are a few things to keep in mind about the treatment:
1. Preparation Is Key
Avoid consuming anything that thins the blood before your treatment — if you drink alcohol, take aspirin or use retinol, it’s recommended to stop a week before the treatment.
As always, consult your physician for the proper do’s and dont’s you should be following prior to the treatment.
2. For the Most Part, it’s Not Extremely Painful
Some feel it more than others, but microblading is usually described as a series of “scratches.” If you have a low pain threshold, ask your specialist about applying a numbing cream to your forehead an hour prior to the procedure.
Interested in booking an appointment for microneedling or microblading? Find a specialist near you who offers these treatments today!
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