Microblading: The Semi-Permanent Brow Treatment

How microblading actually feels, how well it works, and whether it is worth it? Everything You Need to Know

Microblading may be the hassle-free alternative to spending hours penciling in your eyebrows just to get the form entirely wrong. It’s the semi-permanent trick to creating larger eyebrows that seem completely natural.


What is Microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent technique for enhancing the appearance of the eyebrows, in which pigment is scratched into the skin in fine, short strokes resembling hair, using a hand tool with a blade of tiny needles.

The operation is highly exact thanks to the equipment that is utilized, which is practically a pen with the nib being a slanted blade with 10 to 14 tiny needles at the end. Needles that don’t enter the skin but merely gently scratch the surface, much like a paper cut. The needle creates fine, realistic, and natural hair strokes by implanting featherweight strokes with a medical-grade pigment on the epidermal layer of the skin.

How is eyebrow microblading different from getting them tattooed?

In contrast to tattooing, microblading is more prominent on the skin’s surface. This is also temporary, and the color wears out after 18 months. Since a manual needle or blade is used instead of an electrical device, the hair strokes are much more natural and delicate than those of any tattoo. Therefore, rather than the buzz of a tattoo gun that pierces the skin so deeply, there is more of a scratching noise.

How much does microblading cost?

A Microblading treatment generally costs between ₹10,000 – ₹25,000. This includes a consultation, the main treatment as well as a touch-up treatment after 6-8 weeks.

What actually happens when doing microblading?

1. Shaped- The brow area is shaped by threading the hairs. The area is cleaned and prepared for the treatment.

2. Numbing – It takes 40mins using a topical ointment to numb the area. 

3. Measurement- Around 10 minutes before the numbing cream has got to a stage of working, measurement is started of the area around the brows, taking into account face shape, symmetry, facial features etc.

4. Needling- Then needling process is started – gently implanting the pigment via featherweight strokes. Each stroke is a superficial line in the skin where the colour pigment seeps in and settles then. If there is any discomfort at this stage we add another quick layer of numbing cream to the area which will become effective after 5 minutes.

5. Pigment Layer- I add on a final layer of pigment that stays on for 5 mins, and then the area is cleaned.

6. Touch Up Session- In 6-8 weeks there’s a top-up session to fill in any gaps where the pigment hasn’t taken or healed properly.


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When and why is a top-up microblading session performed?

The top-up (touch-up) session happens after 6-8 weeks. This is the time when the first step is assessed. If required any further strokes and darker pigments are added if preferred.

How long does microblading last?

Microblading can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months, but your skin type will affect how long the pigment lasts. Those with average skin can last up to 18 months, while those with somewhat more oily skin tend to endure around the 12-month mark before having a top-up.

If you don’t keep getting touch-ups every 18 months or so, your brows will eventually fade away. With the colors used, there is no scarring or discoloration, so you wouldn’t know if you let them fade out.

Does microblading hurt?

It is more of a sensation than actual pain. The numbing ointment that is used makes the procedure itself painless. People occasionally find the blade’s sound worse—a slight scratching noise.

How much time does the procedure take?

The whole process is very quick – it’s actually the numbing that takes most of the time (50mins). Actual microblading takes around an hour to complete.