Even if you are well endowed in the brow department, most of us know that perfect brows are made, not born. The issue is time—and none of us have enough. Is it too much to want to greet each day with perfect arches and definition without all the fuss of pencils, powders, pigments and gels? Now with the arrival of microblading on the beauty scene, we can all have the brows of our dreams.
Microblading is a form of permanent makeup that lasts up to three years, with yearly touch ups. But unlike the sometimes severe Sharpie-esque effects of tattooing, microblading is much more subtle. The detailed technique involves drawing a pattern of fine lines that follow your existing brows—not unlike embroidery—that look just like real hairs. So whether you want to fully reconstruct, define, cover gaps, add a slight arch or fill-in over plucked brows, microblading provides long-lasting, natural-looking results.
Because microblading is a form of tattooing, it’s important to seek out only the most professional and experienced technicians. Our resident expert, Stella Kim, at Serenity MedSpa will use a special microblading pen to draw one fine line at a time. It’s this level of detail that takes around two hours to complete the procedure. (And, really, when it comes to your face, who wants to rush?) The first hour, she will spend refining your desired brow shape with removable pencil. This is the most crucial step to ensure you are happy with the results before the actual “drawing” begins.
(It’s important to note: If you drink regularly, take aspirin or use retinol products, you’ll want to stop one week before your treatment to reduce bleeding, and as a result, speed up your healing process.)
Once you’ve agreed on the shape, Stella will apply a topical numbing cream to your brow area to minimize discomfort. (Don’t worry—the process is relatively painless overall.) The best part—besides having awesome brows, of course—is that there is zero down time. Your new set of brows will be ready for prime time immediately after your treatment. Just keep in mind that you’ll want to baby them for the first few weeks while they heal by shielding them from sweat and water and avoiding any rubbing or picking. Mild itchiness can be easily soothed with a light swipe of Vaseline. Your brows will look slightly darker at first, but the color will gradually fade about 30 percent.
Unlike eyebrow extensions, microblading is very low maintenance once you’re healed. No special care is required, except for a brief touch-up about once a year. The smudge-proof solution will cost you between $500 to $750. But waking up every morning with perfect brows? Priceless.
To schedule your microblading consultation with Stella Kim at Serenity MedSpa in San Francisco, call 415-781-9200 or email email@example.com.