The norms of the Ministry of Health and Social Development clearly state that permanent makeup – a medical service, and therefore without a permit it is impossible to provide it, including microblading.
Microblading has only recently appeared, but it has already become one of the most popular services.
Who can do microblading?
Microblading is a manual eyebrow tattooing without the use of machines (manual method). Nevertheless, the tattoo implies the application of pigment under the skin with a special scalpel. The pigment is introduced into the epidermis. Compared with the traditional technique of tattooing microblading is considered a semi-permanent method, that is, it is not as stable and requires periodic updating. In most cases, the results of microblading can last from 11 to 18 months. It is recommended to make a correction once a year, in order to maintain the shape of the eyebrows and the saturation of the pigment. Meanwhile, despite some peculiarities, microblading belongs to the permanent tattoo.
To eliminate the contradiction, the norms of the Ministry of Health and Social Development clearly indicate that permanent makeup – a medical service, and therefore without a license to provide it can not.
What is the difference between permanent makeup and microblading?
In order to make it clearer, it is necessary to classify the concept of tattooing. Cosmetic tattooing is divided into two categories: epidermal and dermal. The dermal, in turn, is divided into three varieties: artistic tattooing, camouflage tattooing and permanent makeup. Permanent makeup is divided into two subspecies: tattooing with an electromechanical tool and tattooing with a manual tool (microblading).
The result of these procedures is different. The hairs in the microblading technique look so natural (curve, thickness, color, etc.) that it is difficult to identify which hairs are natural and which are drawn with a manual tool with a manipulator. The hairs are not blurred and do not fade.
It is not necessary to have medical training, as any cosmetic tattooing is not a medical service. It is a common service and no special knowledge is required.
How does a microblading session work?
A proper microblading session always begins with a personal consultation to define the client’s needs and to verify that she can benefit from the service without risk. During this face-to-face consultation, the practitioner fills out a health questionnaire to identify any current treatments, illnesses or allergies that may contraindicate a semi-permanent makeup session. If all the indicators are green, she can take out her pigments and prepare her equipment.
After a classic eyebrow plucking, the professional draws a suggested shape with a specific felt-tip pen or a simple eyebrow pencil. “We modify the line until the result is validated by the client and we never start the pigmentation without her agreement,” says Samira Izougarhane.
Does microblading hurt?
Depending on the extent of the work to be done, the session can last 30 minutes or more than an hour. But let’s be reassured, if the passage of the needles on the skin is not very pleasant, the pain is largely bearable. Nevertheless, if you are afraid of being in pain, you can ask your general practitioner for a prescription for a lidocaine-based anesthetic cream, to be applied to the skin half an hour before the microblading.
How does microblading heal?
Directly after the microblading session, there are a certain number of rules to follow to ensure that the healing process goes well and that the result is as satisfactory as possible. Until seven days after the service, it is advised not to touch your eyebrows, to avoid getting the area wet and not to do sports (nor to go to a hammam or sauna) to limit sweating. “You can apply a healing cream, but that’s all”.
It is also important to keep in mind that the final result will not be visible for several weeks. As the professional explains, “from the second day, the microblading will darken and small scabs will form on the surface of the skin. There is no need to worry as this is part of the normal healing process. Once the scabs have fallen off, you will have to wait a few more weeks for the pigments to stabilize and judge whether or not a second session is necessary.
How to maintain your microblading of the eyebrows?
Once healed, microblading requires little maintenance, even if certain precautions can help extend its life: “To ensure that the result lasts over time, you should avoid creams that boost cell renewal as well as resurfacing treatments, which risk damaging the pigments, and don’t forget to apply a sunscreen before each exposure to UV rays”.
What if you don’t like the final result? To remove a failed microblading or one that has aged badly, if you don’t want to wait many months for the pigments to fade naturally, you can have a tattoo removal session with a dermatologist or make an appointment with an esthetician trained in non-laser depigmentation.
Where can I get my eyebrows microbladed?
Before going to an institute that offers microblading, it is important to find out about the hygiene rules that are practiced there and the way the beauticians work. For Samira Izougarhane, “you should not hesitate to ask to see before/after photos to get an idea of the style of semi-permanent makeup that is performed. It’s very simple and can avoid some unpleasant surprises.