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The Long Term Effects of Microblading

In recent years, microblading — the process of applying tiny, semi-permanent tattoos to the brow area to mimic the look of hairs — has become all the rage.

But while the immediate effects of microblading are obvious, the long-term effects of the treatment aren’t talked about as often. Keep in mind that microblading is the semipermanent tattooing of the skin, so a full picture of what the treatment entails before, during, and long after is important before you even consider booking an appointment.


The Side-Effects of Microblading
In addition to walking out with brows that look nothing like your inspiration photos, there’s also the more serious possibility of infection. If you experience prolonged swelling, redness, crusting, or oozing after microblading, it’s a sign that you should see your doctor immediately.

But keep in mind that the impressive before-and-after photos you’ve seen don’t tell the whole story about the long-term effects of microblading. Though the process is increasingly common, there are always going to be risks that include long-term complications or allergic reactions because the process involves actually cutting into your skin, in some cases, over and over and over.

Other major side effects include discoloration, incorrect shaping, scarring, and when your microblading begins to fade, you simply cannot keep going back for more.

Let me also add the following fact that’s never mentioned but so worthwhile to note: The US government does NOT regulate the color-additive substances of the pigments used in microblading so allergic reactions and contamination are very likely.

There’s No Quick Fix for Faulty Microblading
The most common thing you’ll hear about microblading is that the pigment fades over time. In most cases, the brows change start to change color, then simply fade away. This leaves the client having to cover the consequences of their decision every single day, without fail. Waking up in the morning with red, pink, blue, purple brows just isn’t pretty.

Immediate removal is impossible and requires numerous, expensive laser sessions. In the US, one session can cost up to $1000.

More Long-Term Microblading Concerns
Simple things like sun exposure can fade your brows more quickly than you might expect. Unless you’re living in a cave, your face gets a ton of sun, even in the winter and cold climates, and it does degrade the ink faster. Sunlight will change the color of the ink to sometimes look orange, blue, and I’ve even seen pink, as I mentioned earlier.

And while many people believe they’ll use less brow makeup after microblading, the opposite is actually true: people with microbladed brows usually use a lot of brow powder to mask discoloration and to even out some weird things that happen to their brows over time.

The number one concern about this service isn’t that most governments have little or no regulations in place. The biggest issue with microblading is that the service itself is flawed. In the end, microblading causes more frustration, depression and embarrassment for people who undergo the treatment.

Block out the hype and the noise about microblading. Remember that advertising companies don’t care about the results of what they market; their job is just to make us say yes. So you need to do your research and due diligence. After all, it’s your face, gorgeous!

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