What is Microblading?
Microblading involves using a precise, blade-like instrument to make tiny incisions while depositing pigment into the skin. Different from brow tattoos or “permanent makeup,” microblading doesn’t go as deep and allows for more natural-looking, hair-like strokes.
Who is Microblading Best for?
Microblading can make sparse brows look fuller, make light brows look darker, and give brows a better overall shape. Whether your brows are suffering from years of over-tweezing or you just want to wake up with perfect-looking brows every morning, microblading might just be the answer.
Does Microblading Hurt?
Some microblading techniques involve application of numbing creams, while other techniques forgo the numbing on the first pass. (Ask your microblading professional about this ahead of time.) Needless to say, if there’s no numbing, there will be a degree of pain as the microblading tool cuts into skin (similar to the pain involved in getting a tattoo).
The healing time for microblading varies: Flaking is not uncommon, and some people experience scabbing—the severity of these side effects often depends on how closely you follow the aftercare instructions. Aftercare typically involves keeping brows dry for at least the first 24 hours and then applying an oil or balm daily. Within 10 days, the majority of the healing should be well under way.
How Much Does Microblading Cost?
Depending on where you live and the expertise of the person providing the service, microblading prices typically range from $500 to $800.
Given the price, it may be tempting to look for a less expensive deal (hellooo, Groupon), but it’s imperative to perform due diligence—check online reviews, seek out their microblading before and after pictures, and ask around for recommendations. Even if your microblader is certified (which they absolutely should be), there’s a major learning curve when it comes to perfecting one’s technique—the more experience the microblader has, the better.
How Long Does It Last?
Results from microbladed brows can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, with a touch-up recommended between 4 to 8 weeks after your initial appointment to fine-tune the results and redeposit color.
You’ll notice that the results change throughout the first several weeks. In the early stages, the color will likely be darker than anticipated, and certain strokes of pigment may show up stronger than others. After your touch-up, and once everything has settled in, you should be left with natural-looking, beautifully shaped brows.
Factors to Be Aware of
Anyone can get microblading done, but not everyone should. We highly recommend scheduling an in-person consultation before your appointment so your microblading pro can discuss issues that may affect the results, such as:
Prior permanent brow tattoos.
Aging skin that has lost its elasticity around the eyebrow area.
Scarring that you already have in the brow area.
Certain thyroid medications and blood-thinning medications you take. (Check with your physician before having microblading done.)
It’s also important to note that microblading, along with tattoos of all sorts, is not FDA approved or regulated.
How to Reverse Microblading Gone Wrong
As great as microblading can be, when it’s bad, you can be stuck with the results for a long time. If the results are not what you intended, in the early stages, washing your brows frequently and using a gentle AHA (glycolic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant will lessen the pigment’s visibility on skin’s surface.
Unfortunately, skincare can do only so much in this regard—most likely, you’ll need more extreme measures to get your brows back to normal. We highly recommend consulting a dermatologist and an experienced microblading professional (not the one who did a bad job on your brows in the first place) to discuss your options, such as laser treatments or manual removal (which is as painful as it sounds).
What is Nanoblading?
Nanoblading is a more precise version of microblading. With nano brows, the artist uses a single-needle device, the nano needle machine, which works like a tattoo machine, but uses an extremely fine needle to inject pigments into the epidermis.
The nano needle is flexible and as thin as a hair. The most common thickness is 0.18 mm. Some artists call it 3D nano brows, because the thin strokes are indistinguishable from the natural hairs.
What Is the Difference Between Microblading and Nanoblading?
The results of both treatments are natural-looking, but enhanced brows, which last a relatively long time. The main differences between microblading and nanoblading are the tools and the technique.
The biggest difference and main reason why many clients go for nanoblading over microblading is the fact that nanoneedles cause significantly less trauma to the skin than the microblading tool.
The flexibility and thinness of the nanoneedle prevent the pigment from going too deep into the skin, which sometimes happens with the rigid microblading tool and creates an unattractive shadow. As the nanoneedle is extremely thin, the cuts are very narrow.
There is less scabbing than microblading scabbing, and the possibility of infection and scarring is minimal.
Do Nano Eyebrows Hurt More Than Microblading?
No, on the contrary. When it comes to pain involved with nanoblading vs microblading pain, the degree of discomfort is individual and depends on the toughness of your skin.
But generally speaking, nano brows hurt less than microblading, as the nanoneedle is much thinner. On the other hand, nanoneedling sessions last longer, since each stroke is done individually.
Both procedures are done after applying a numbing cream onto the skin, so chances are, it won’t hurt more than a wax.
How Long Does Nanoblading Last?
Nano brows’ results last from 2 to 2.5 years on average, depending on skin type and lifestyle.
However, nanoblading is better suited for oily skin and is more resilient to excess oil produced within the pores. Likewise, it is also more suitable than microblading for skin with large pores.
How Much Does Microblading Cost?
The price of the microblading treatment start at $400, but can go up to $1000, depending on the artist.
How Long Does Healing Take with Nano Eyebrows vs Microblading?
The healing process for both treatments is considered complete after about 6 weeks, depending on your skin and age.
Yet, the initial consequences, like redness, scabbing and itching last slightly longer with microblading, as there is more trauma to the skin.
Generally, they should subside within 10 days for both treatments.
Is Nanoblading Better Than Microblading?
The answer depends on the look you want and your skin type.
Nanoblading gives more precise and meticulous looks. Each stroke is individual and thinner than a microblading stroke, so they are better incorporated into the natural brows and the artist can modify the arch with much more precision. Nanoblading also looks more natural on people with thin eyebrow hairs.
In addition, nano brows treatment is more suitable for clients with oily skin and large pores since thin strokes are more resilient, and clients with alopecia who have no brow hairs, as nanobrows tend to look more natural than microblading (which doesn’t mean a skilled microblading tech won’t give you super realistic brows too!).
On the other hand, microblading is the slightly cheaper option, so if you’re looking for a more enhanced look and don’t insist on perfect precision, microblading may be the right choice!