Micropigmentation vs. Microblading

Micropigmentation vs. Microblading

Micropigmentation and microblading are two of the most popular contemporary cosmetic techniques that help ladies (and men!) to achieve a balanced brow that flatters their natural shape, colouring and personality.

So, what’s the difference between the two? Well…

Micropigmentation is the injection of a coloured pigment, especially developed for cosmetic purposes into the dermal layer of the skin. This is managed with a hand-held machine fitted with a micro needle that operates much like a tattoo gun to achieve a realistic, hair stroke finish that can last for 1-5 years.

Microblading is the application of individual brow hairs, drawn on by hand using a special pen that’s equipped with a super-fine blade made up of 6-14 micro needles. This technique implants pigment beneath the skin, though not as deeply as micropigmentation, for natural looking results that last around 1-3 years.

That’s how the treatments differ but they actually have a number of things in common:

Firstly, both treatments require the expertise and artistry of a skilled technician who can create the right look for you because although the results will fade in time, they may never fade completely and should be considered permanent. If they’re poorly applied to begin with, the effect can be disastrous and very costly and painful to correct.

For that reason, it’s wise for anyone considering either of these treatments to give them careful thought before making the commitment to have them done.

If you don’t currently invest time at home or in a salon getting your brows properly shaped or defined then it’s advisable to try alternative, non-permanent brow techniques like HD brows first to experiment and find the right look for you.

There are many reasons why people opt for permanent eyebrow treatments but whatever your motivation, whether it be cosmetic enhancement or a more convenient lifestyle, both of these options are ideal for anyone with patchy, uneven or absent hair growth.

If you need advice on which one is right for you, simply contact us to arrange a free consultation and we’ll talk you through your options in detail.

If you book in for either the micropigmentation or microblading treatment, you’ll need a patch test at least 48 hours before your appointment and should allow around 2 hours for the procedure to be completed.

Neither option is particularly painful, especially if you’re already used to waxing, plucking or other cosmetic procedures, however it can be uncomfortable so a topical numbing cream will be applied to help you feel at ease while the treatment is carried out.

Once complete there will be some temporary redness but that should fade within a couple of hours and your new brows are good to go! However, some basic maintenance can help the skin to recover and prolong the effect.