My Microblading Experience
Updated: May 16, 2019
I am really excited to share with you my microblading experience! What exactly is microblading you might ask? It is a semi permanent tattoo -- basically implanting pigment into the upper layers of the skin to create the appearance of natural looking hair strokes. This is done manually, using a blade made up of very tiny needles.
I have been waiting to write this post for a little over a week now. My eyebrows are healed now, so hopefully, I can answer some questions you might have
WHERE SHOULD I GO TO GET MY EYEBROWS MICROBLADED?
Research, research, research! I researched for about a week. I looked for reviews on Google, I checked clinic accounts out on Instagram and Facebook. Once I narrowed down a few clinics and artists, I checked through hundreds of photos to see who's work I liked best. I looked for any and all evidence that who I was trusting with my eyebrows was reputable and talented. I decided to go with Dejana at MyBeauty Clinic in Gothenburg.
DOES IT HURT?
Okay. So when I started researching microblading a lot of the information that I got was from the US. I read that most artists use a topical anesthetic cream on the eyebrows beforehand. That sounded pretty good as I was feeling nervous about what it would feel like. However, I am not currently in the US. I then read about the process of microblading in Sweden. It seems that most places DO NOT numb the eyebrows beforehand but rather after the second pass over the eyebrows. This was not ideal for obvious reasons and when I asked Dejana, my microblading artist, she said that there was anesthetic mixed into the pigment. I guess this was meant to comfort me. She also told me that the pigment settled in better if she put the anesthetic on after the first pass and who am I to question the professional?
The pain threshold levels vary from person to person. This being said, I personally thought I was really painful. I was tensing my body with each stroke and trying hard not to wince at the same time. It felt like a million little cat scratches stinging fiercely. Honestly, I was bracing myself and squeezing onto the band on my pants the whole time.
HOW LONG IS EACH SESSION?
Each individual session varies. I was booked in for 2.5 hours but was finished after about 1.5 hours. It really depends on how much work needs to be done. I haven't had my touch up yet but I am booked in for 1 hour. I will update here once I have done mine.
WHAT IS THE HEALING PROCESS LIKE?
It's very important that you follow the proper aftercare directions that you are given. From what I understand there are two methods, dry healing and wet healing. My microblading artist had me do wet healing. Basically, she told me to wipe my eyebrows every hour for the first day and apply some ointment each time. From day 2 -7 I needed to wipe my eyebrows and apply ointment 3 times daily. It is important to note that the first couple of days, your eyebrows will appear darker and pretty intense. I was freaked out at first but quickly got used to my new shape. I noticed that about 4-5 days after my microblading session my brows were scabbing over and becoming quite itchy. They were itchy feeling from about day 4-7 or so. Once the scabs flaked off, my brows began to get a little lighter as they healed completely. I didn't have any noticeable redness or swelling directly after but each person is different.
CAN I WEAR MAKEUP AND WORKOUT AFTER MY SESSION?
Something to note, Dejana made it clear that I should not get makeup on my eyebrows for about 10-14 days. I decided not to wear any makeup aside from mascara and cheek tint for the first week. After that, I added a primer and concealer and generally avoided getting anything too near to my brow area. She also told me to wear SPF 50 on my eyebrows to help preserve the color. As far as working out, that is a no go until the eyebrows are completely healed. The salt from sweat can bleach the new color which was so carefully applied. And of course, you should be mindful that you have tiny little scratches on your face. Gotta keep those clean.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED, IS THERE A FOLLOW-UP?
You will need two sessions. Dejana told me at the beginning of our first session that my eyebrows would not be “done” until after a second appointment. She recommends the second session to take place between 4-8 weeks after the first. During the second session, we will check the shape, add volume if necessary or possibly just touch up certain areas. However, during my research, I noted that the timing of the follow up is different from artist to artist.
HOW LONG DOES MICROBLADING LAST?
On average, microblading can last somewhere between 12-24 months depending on a few different factors; such as skin type, the strength and brand of pigment used, and things like sun exposure.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Cost varies depending on location and the microblading artist. Dejana charges 4,500:- Swedish Kroner ($473 USD) for two sessions. This is the average cost in Gothenburg.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND MICROBLADING?
Absolutely! I have some crazy sparse, not to mention uneven eyebrows naturally. It was such a pain to attempt to grow them out and a struggle to fill them in evenly. Though it was pretty painful, I would do it again. The hour of pain was a small price to pay for a confidence boost and making my morning makeup application way easier! I feel done up even when I'm not wearing any make up, a total win in my book.
Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions about my microblading experience.
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