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Happy Friday loves! Today I’m going to give you the scoop on Microblading! I interviewed my colleague, Lisa Filip, who is a microblading specialist!

Lisa’s beautiful work!

Ashli: Thank you so much for chatting with me today! Let’s start off with the basics- what IS microblading exactly?

Lisa: “Microblading is a form of semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing. With the use of a tiny, sterile, disposable needle it is the manual application of inserting pigment into the outer layers of the skin, imitating individual hair strokes to produce the appearance of cosmetic makeup or to enhance the natural features of the face.”

AC: Is it painful?

LF: “Before and during the procedure a highly effective topical anesthetic, Zensa Numbing Cream, is applied to ensure that our clients are as comfortable as possible. Pain threshold levels vary from person to person, but every effort is made to ensure that you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure.”

AC: How long does it last?

LF: “Microblading typically can last anywhere from 1-3 years, depending on your skin type, sun exposure, and skin care routine. To maintain your eyebrows, touch-up appointments are necessary every 6 months to a year. Final results cannot be guaranteed as everyone retains pigments differently. Multiple sessions are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring a minimum of 2 visits. A follow-up appointment is necessary and recommended at 6-8 weeks to evaluate pigment retention and to make any adjustments needed.”

AC: How many treatments are needed?

LF: “For most clients microblading is a two step process, requiring a touch-up 6-8weeks after your initial appointment and an annual maintenance appointment every 1-2 years.”

AC : How long does the actual procedure take?

LF: “Including the numbing and mapping process, the appointment can last up to 1-2 hours.”

AC: What factors affect the result?

LF: “Sun exposure: the sun fades the pigment faster so sunscreen may be used to prolong your enhancement. The regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment holds. Anti-aging skincare also speeds cellular turnover, so be sure to avoid having “active” skincare make contact with your brows. The speed at which the skin absorbs pigment: The slower the absorption, the longer the pigment will hold. The choice of color: Some colors fade quicker than others. E.g. a blonde color will fade quicker than a dark brown color. The area of treatment: Enhancements to the face, for example, fade more quickly due to constant exposure.Bleeding during the procedure: Any bleeding during the tattooing procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol and certain medications act as blood-thinners and should not be taken prior to and following your appointment.”

If you live in the Raleigh Durham area, come see Lisa at Synergy in North Raleigh! 919.510.5130

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