Permanent Makeup and Microblading, What is the Difference?

Technically microblading IS permanent makeup. However, while microblading is performed with a small blade, permanent makeup usually refers to the method involving the use of a permanent makeup/tattoo machine.

So what are the main differences between the two?

1. Microblading involves cutting the skin with a blade, imitating natural hairs. This method can only be used on eyebrows. Machine permanent makeup is created with a fine needle powered by a tattoo machine. It creates tiny holes inside the skin rather than slicing through with a blade. This method can be used on brows, eyes, lips, areola, scalp. Machine method can create both powder and hair strokes effects.

2. Microbladed hair strokes are best suited for dry and normal skin types. Oily skin will make the strokes appear blurry and they fade quickly. Machine powder method is suitable for all skin types.

3. Since cutting through the skin with a blade is more traumatic to the skin, unfortunately the risk of scarring is high with microblading treatment. Very often ladies don't even realise that they have scar tissue and assume that their microbladed hair strokes have faded and became pink. In reality, very often those pink strokes are actually hair stroke shaped scars.

Of course there are skilled microbladers who create beautiful brows without any scarring. But even famous microblading artists admit that microblading can be done maximum of 2-3 times in your lifetime, otherwise too much damage will be done to the skin and scarring will be extremely likely.

So please, if you decide to go for microblading, choose your artist extremely carefully.

And remember that brows straight after the procedure can look very different to the healed brows. So ask for some healed work.

These are the reasons why I don't do microblading and only offer powder effect permanent eyebrows. This is a much kinder treatment to the skin, which is suitable for all skin types, including mature fragile skin. Nevertheless, whatever method you will choose, always check for some healed work before committing to the treatment!

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