What is Microblading?
Microblading inserts pigment within the skin to create an aesthetic, visual effect by a microblading professional. A small, precise blade is utilized. It is usually used on the face, and commonly used to create eyebrows. Many women either don’t have eyebrows, have light eyebrows, or prefer to have their eyebrows trimmed in the latest styles, but don’t have the time or finances to keep the updated look constantly. The term microblading may seem intimidating. There are a few tips we’d like to share to make the treatment more comfortable at our local Cary-Raleigh microblading salon.
1. Use a Topical Numbing Agent
Apply lidocaine numbing lotion to the site of microblading before the procedure begins. Give it some time to set in and be absorbed, but keep the lidocaine away from the eyes. The lidocaine should be at five percent strength or lower. It may not be enough for some patients but should be suitable for most people. For those that require an extra numbing agent for microblading, a compound solution made of lidocaine, benzocaine, and tetracaine. It’s quite powerful and is guaranteed to make microblading more comfortable. The lidocaine or the compound solution can be applied to the eyebrow or microblading area with a Q-Tip, and allow it to set for about fifteen to twenty minutes before the procedure.
2. Listen to Music During Procedure
Listening to music, especially calming music, can lower anxiety and release endorphins. Endorphins are natural opioids that help block pain while increasing feelings of happiness and pleasure.
3. Be in a Temperature Controlled Environment
Cold environments can cause constricting of the skin and blood vessels. Very hot environments can encourage excessive bleeding and sweating, which can interfere with the final results by making it for challenging for the microblading technician.
4. Avoid Alcohol, Aspirin or Blood Thinners Before Procedure.
All these encourage blood flow and can promote more blood flow to the microblading site. Since the body may recognize microblading as a minor injury, it may send extra blood flow to the site.
5. Keep Skin Clean
Extra oily can be very difficult to work with. This may increase the risk of the skin rejecting the pigment. It may also increase the chances of the pigment spreading and blurring. To decrease this risk, it’s best to have a good skin care regimen to reduce the amount of oil on the skin.
6. Use Toner to Absorb Oil
Using toner and high quality skin care products may lower natural oil before the microblading procedure. Wiping the area with oil absorbing pads before the procedure may help remove any oily residue that may interfere with the end results. Avoid using exfoliators. Exfoliators may increase inflammation, before and after the microblading procedure.
7. Consider Anxiety Medications
Some patients may need anti-anxiety medication like Valium to feel more comfortable. This should be discussed with one’s physician prior to the procedure.
Ultimately, microblading is less painful than obtaining a new tattoo, but it is more painful than tweezing or getting the eyebrows waxed. With these microblading tips, microblading can be a breeze, leaving one with beautiful eyebrows that last for several years. It’s best to have the microblading done by a seasoned professional at a local salon, much like The Green Room located in Cary, NC.