Everything You Need to Know About Microblading
By Boni Ray Chaney, PMA
Photo (bottom) by Nancy J Reynolds Photography
Did you know Cleopatra had facial tattoos? Discovery of ancient Egyptian mummies, have revealed some of the world’s earliest tattoos, proving the art is thousands of years old. Obviously, today’s advanced tattooing technology and techniques don’t even resemble the ancient process of sharpening sticks to a fine point, then dipping in black suet. Tattoos of all kinds, including cosmetic tattooing, has reached tremendous popularity and growth and with that have come better guidelines, restrictions and results. Cleopatra would be a fan!
Microblading is a relatively new term in the permanent cosmetics world. With its popularity on the rise, some may not understand what microblading is. Basically, it is tattooing the eyebrow area to make the eyebrows full, shapely and visible. The procedure is the same even though different practitioners call it by various names. Some names you may have heard include: permanent cosmetics; microblading; feather stroking; or cosmetic tattooing. Any time color is injected into the skin with any device, manual or machine, it is a tattoo.
The Art of Microblading
Microblading is the best way to create long-lasting, natural-looking, hair-like eyebrows.
Licensed practitioners use a manual pen that contains tiny needles to implant pigment into the basal layer of the epidermis, which is the top layer of the skin. Because it only permeates the top layer, microblading is considered semi-permanent because the pigment starts to fade in 8-12 months.
Microblading can be a bit painful, but the use of a topical anesthetic, which is applied 30-minutes before and during the procedure, makes getting fabulous looking brows completely tolerable. Complete procedures can take up to two hours or longer.
Choosing a Permanent Cosmetics Practitioner
Being smart and savvy when choosing a professional permanent cosmetics practitioner will help you achieve best results. Any time a treatment requires puncturing the skin, safety should be of utmost concern. Finding an experienced licensed professional is imperative, as they are educated and trained in minimizing risks associated with puncturing the skin and making the procedure successful and beautiful.
It takes a lot of practice and experience to master the art of working with different pigments on different skin types. A microblading brow artist should be licensed and certified from a reputable school that specifically teaches microblading. To become licensed, aestheticians also have to complete first aid and blood-borne pathogen training, understand any contraindications and able to answer all questions regarding the treatment. Not everyone is a candidate for microblading for various reasons, so this is where a professional can help in making a wise choice for your investment—both personal and cost.
Brow Benefits for All
Some wonderful benefits of microblading include how you will look and feel afterwards. Microblading can help those who have sparse brows and want them to be fuller or more visible. New brows can be beneficial for those who have over tweezed, or who seek new brows post-chemotherapy. It is also perfect for those who have to draw on their brows every morning, reducing time and frustration in morning routines. They do not smudge, wash off or wear off! And, microblading gives those with skin diseases like Alopecia a chance to have natural looking beautiful brows.
For reconstruction and filling in over-plucked brows, microblading is truly ideal. It helps to define and covers gaps. This procedure offers clients a fast, effective and convenient way to keep their brows in shape for an extended period of time.
For additional information, here is the law on Permanent Cosmetics in Georgia: In May 2018, Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill permitting microblading—the cosmetic tattooing of eyebrows—making it a legal form of tattooing. This bill was signed into law and took effect July 1, 2018. Now permits must be applied for. Environmental Health offices have adopted tattoo rules to eliminate public health risk factors, confirm sanitation practices and ensure written after-care instructions are provided for clients. As with a traditional tattoo artist, a microblade artist must abide by certain regulations to get permitted to legally perform microblading in Georgia. This includes a certificate of completion in blood-borne pathogens, basic first aid, CPR certification and provided documentation series of Hepatitis B vaccination. For more information on the new law go to Legis.ga.gov/legislation. Senate Bill SB461.
Boni Ray Chaney, PMA, is Board Certified by American Academy of Micropigmentation and in good standing with SPCP. BellaMichelle Skincare, 276 Redfern Village, Suite #C, Saint Simons Island, Ga.; 912 223-4741; www.lovebellamichelle.com.