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Why Microblading is Bad for You
Microblading is a manual tattoo done with a disposable blade and sterile tool. It is used to scratch the skin to mimic hair strokes. The blade is dipped in pigment and then dragged across the skin and then tear. When the skin tears, a little channel is created where the pigment is deposited. The channel then heals itself shut, leaving a small line or “hair stroke” in the skin.
I personally received my original training in microblading and microbladed in the beginning of my permanent makeup business. I wish that I had known then what I have learned through both my experience and through continued advanced education in the field. I now know better and try to educate as many people as possible.
When the skin tears it causes trauma to the epidermis layer of the skin or even deeper if the technician does not execute it properly. This type of drama is not a huge deal IF it’s done on strong and appropriate skin for microblading. This type of skin that can receive microblading is not too oily, not too dry, not too thick, not too thin, not sensitive and very youthful. Honestly, the majority of people do not have this type of skin unless you are under the age of 30 and come from the Asian regions of the world. This makes a ton of sense because microblading was actually originated in China/ Japan.
If you are one that has the perfect skin for microblading, it is still not something that should be done multiple times. Think about scratching the skin over and over again on the same exact spot. Eventually the skin will become tougher, scarred, and weaker and now it needs to be corrected by covering it or removing it. This is definitely not worth the trouble.
Even if you wait long enough for all of the ugly, blotchy, colors to fade away, you will still have compromised skin, possibly forever. If the colors or strokes are bad then maybe you can have the microblading removed, but you can’t remove scars. Unfortunately, the majority of technicians microblading have only completed a 2-4 day training which can lead to poor techniques, going too deep, bad unnatural designs, and no knowledge of the repercussions.
Many women are now left with grey, thick lines, scars, blotchy color, or an unnatural color sometimes after only 6 months, but even more after several years. A microblading artist will tell you to get touch ups every year to keep them from changing colors but this is the worst possible thing you could do. Not only will this cause more trauma/ scars to the skin, but now you have multiple drawings over each other all faded at different levels and designed in somewhat different ways. A microblading technician will tell you that it will last 1-3 years, however this is not true if they scratch too deep there is no knowing how long it could last. Bottom line is that it does not heal well over time and will end up looking awful as it ages on almost everyone and it is not easily sustainable.
The obvious thing to do is cover the old microblading with powder brows, but this is not done so easily. The powder brow is done very gently, with a tiny, single needle, with no skin resistance. This means it might not penetrate the skin at all if it;s too scarred and tough from microblading. We can force the needle to penetrate the skin but now the powder brow will not be as soft and natural looking as it would have on none compromised skin. We also have to cover not only scars, but harsh, discolored lines, so again we are covering it more heavily, making it impossible to give a true natural looking powder effect.
If you have had bad microblading in the past with a lot of dark color then you will need to have it removed first. If you had microblading that looks faded but has scars then the good news is that the powder brow needle will break up the scar tissue over time. Almost all microblading clients have mild to severe scarring even if you can’t see it. We can feel it with our needles.
IF you have have had microblading done and need corrective work, please call or text for a consultation 812-343-7010
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